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Kitchen Ramblings aka Home & Savings
April 18, 2013 Twenty Days of Deliciousness
This is the start of my twenty days of deliciousness. My goal: To make twenty new/delicious meals in the next month with as many OAMC meals as possible so that with all my free time I can brush up on my Candy Crush Saga skills.
I am tired of the same ol' same ol' menus, and quite depressed at the thought of making one more meal under $2 so I hopped on pinterest and found some of these beautiful wonders. Anything that made me want to lick the computer monitor went into the 'To-do' folder.
April 13, 2013 $6 off ANY Physician's Formula Make-up
This is not the greatest bargain ever but it's good enough to share. CVS has a $6 off any Physician's Formula make-up with a regular price of $6.49 or more.
My favorite concealer and color corrector happen to be $6.49 which makes them .49 cents each. I also decided to try the concealer in the picture for $1.99. It's okay. It's probably the same formula as the stuff I use that comes in a lipstick tube, only the one in the compact is.... well, more compact - which I like but it isn't worth the extra expense. Plus, I bought an additional two of the others so I won't need concealer or color corrector for a loooooooooooong time.
I also got a rain check on PF eyeliner markers which are normally $7.49, making them the cheapest eyeliner, without a coupon, to be had.
I will probably go back today to see if there are any other things that I need and look for another rain check opportunity.
This recipe is the hot sauce we used at my restaurant for our garbage plates. It was VERY popular. My daughter is opening the drive-in on Monday so I thought that I would share the recipe with everyone.
My mother bought some eggplant and asked me to make something with it. A couple weeks ago I made a lactose-carb free Eggplant Parmesan that everyone loved so she wanted something like that again.
She didn't buy enough eggplant to make the Parm, and I already had turkey thawed for dinner so I decided to make something similar to Ratatouille with the vegetables that I had on hand. I couldn't duplicate Ratatouille because I had no squash but I had a bunch of Baby Bellas, so I used the Baby Bella mushrooms instead and I think that I liked it better than the original version of Ratatouille.
Baby Bellas are button sized Portabello mushrooms which are picked before they mature into the huge Porabellos that we see in the grocery store. I like them because they have a much deeper mushroom flavor th
My father isn't usually an eggplant lover (or liker, for that matter) but he loves turkey and mashed potatoes, which is what I served with my version of Ratatouille.
My mom and I went to the thrift store yesterday. We were looking for computer cables. They had the exact cables that we were both looking for. Yay!
As I was browsing I heard my mom call me over to look at some dishes. My mom is always calling me over to look at some great deal, at which time I usually enthusiastically nod my head like I'm agreeing with her and then I point at something in the opposite direction and say, "Oh wow! Look at that! There goes the Easter Bunny!" To distract her from trying to talk me into buying whatever she is oogling at the moment. It usually works, unless it's Christmas time and then I pretend I saw Santa.
When I got over to where she was I saw her holding a tea pot, "Doesn't this remind you of Alice in Wonderland!?", she enthused.
Actually.... It does. It's adorable.
"Oh my gosh! That is so cute! I love it!" I really loved it.
I don't know how it happened but I was not my usual uninterested self. I completely forgot
CVS was extra nice to me again this week and it was perfect timing because I was running out of mascara. I kept putting off buying more because I was sure a good deal would eventually come along and it did!
I signed up for CVS Extra Care email because if you do they will send you great coupons if you're lucky.
This week Almay was on sale. Spend $10 and get $4 ECB.
Last week, the red box was giving $3 off $10 Almay coupons.
Coupons.com had Save $5 when you buy 2 coupons, of which I was able to print two.
And on Thursday CVS sent me a coupon to save $4 when I spend $20.
This isn't the greatest picture. I really need a better camera.... or a photographer. I'll settle for either. Maybe just better lighting. The lighting is definitely off. Imagine that's a perfect picture and it makes you hungry.
I've done it. I'm hungry.
This is a very budget friendly recipe because we've made the meatballs smaller so there are more on the plate and your eye thinks, Lots of meatballs! Smaller meatballs means smaller serving of meat. Plus, I've replaced 1/3 of the beef with ground turkey which Save-a-Lot often has on sale for $1 per pound. Bring my meat cost to $1.76 per pound and everyone RAVED over them.
This recipe is my meatloaf recipe which I also use for my meatballs. I make big batches for OAMC whenever I cook so I would quadruple this recipe and save tons of time later on by cooking one batch for dinner and then separating the rest into three freezer bags for three separate dinners later on. I don't cook them in advance because I never know if I'm going to want meatloaf or meatballs and this way it's more flexible than cooking it in advance and just reheating later on.
I've challenged myself to live on a $50 per week grocery budget for the next two months. There is obviously something very wrong with me because is my idea of fun. I love budgeting and menu planning. I find it very relaxing to sit down and write out a menu, a shopping list, and a budget for the week. To start, I make a list of what is on sale at the grocery store, then I check my stock, and then I make a menu. Once my menu is made, I write out my shopping list. Then, I stick to it!
I have found sticking to a budget means finding a babysitter for children. The desire to give to those under three feet tall leaves me powerless to stop myself from going over budget. Therefore, I do not take adorable children with me. I find it's better to plan to bake them cookies or some other homemade treat rather than waste money on impulse fueled garbage.
So this week I'm starting with my freezer. I do OAMC regularly so I won't have to cook much this week but I am going to be posting the recipes for the things that are on my menu.