Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 35 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 35 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 35 of 52

Is it just me, or is baking {and cooking in general for that matter} about 10 million times more fun when the weather cools down and fall is in the air? With the temps in the upper 60’s this week my goal is to get a bunch of baking done and try out a few new soup recipes. I am SO READY for fall.

Bring it on!

Raisin-Bran-Muffins-recipe3 Breakfast Ideas

Raisin Bran Muffins – These are much better than a bowl of raisin bran cereal, and the recipe doesn’t call for a ton of sugar.  Oh, and they freeze really well, so make a double batch.  {Pin it for Later}

DIY Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie Bags – No that school has started for most kids, these pre-made smoothie cubes are perfect for the quick pace of “get out the door” mode.  {Pin it for Later}

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal – Peanut butter and bananas have to be one of the most amazing combinations ever.  {Pin it for Later}

Savory Biscuits with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Herbs4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Easy Corn and Tomato Quiche – I love having a quiche in the fridge for a quick lunch.  They travel well, so the HH is a pretty big fan of me packing them in his lunch too.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Cheesy Zucchini Rice – This rice is freakin’ awesome.  It tastes like Rice-a-Roni, but without the unpronounceable garbage listed in the ingredients.  As an added bonus, it’s a great way to use up some of that garden zucchini.  {Pin it for Later}

Savory Biscuits with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Herbs – These taste uh-mazing with pretty much anything…along side a soup, with BBQ chicken, you name it.  If you have an abundance of tomatoes, try drying your own. {Pin it for Later}

Greek Salad Wrap with Feta Cheese – I LOVE me a good wrap.  Since we don’t do Greek food that often, this wrap always takes me back with its awesome flavor combination.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade-Raspberry-Applesauce13 Sweet Treats 

Homemade Raspberry Applesauce – If your fall crop of raspberries are on, make sure to make a batch of this applesauce.  It tastes so good warm, you’ll want a big bowl for dessert.  If you want to get crazy, put a dollop of whip cream on it.  {Pin it for Later}

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – School may be back in, but the days are still warm enough to enjoy a nightly bowl of ice cream.  {Pin it for Later}

Kale Brownies – Just a spoonful of sugar helps the kale go down, the kale go down, the kale go down.  {Pin it for Later}

Freezer Meals - Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Featured Freezer Meal Recipe

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken – With Monkey Boy working full time and The Girl back at school, the crock pot is going to get a lot of use.  The boys can just swing in and grab a plate when their schedule allows and I don’t have to worry about having dinner on at a certain time.  {Pin it for Later}

canning-101apple-pie-jam-recipeFeatured Canning Recipe 

Apple Pie Jam – I don’t know about you, but I have found some killer deals on apples lately.  I guess it’s time to start canning everything apple.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Find more recipes on One Hundred Dollars a Month as well as on my Pinterest Recipe Boards.

 

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Brilliant PTA Fundraiser Idea

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I have a confession to make. The last few years my kids attended high school, I didn’t buy anything from their fundraisers. Nothing! Instead, I wrote a check directly to the PTA. So when I saw this form above all over the news and Facebook, it made me smile. Clearly I’m not alone in my desire to open up my checkbook instead of buying overpriced wrapping paper.

Yes, I volunteered at their sporting events and baked over 2,000 cupcakes. But did I buy any? Nope. Not a one.

frosting cupcakesI think there is a PTA training manual out there that talks about how important it is for these cute little kids to put on even cuter smiles and roam the neighborhood peddling whatever junk-of-the-month they are selling. Because how can you tell them no? And then, as parents, we feel obligated to buy. We shouldn’t, because if we are being honest, most of the stuff they are selling you can buy elsewhere for a fraction of the price. And even though the prices are jacked up for your fundraiser, only a fraction of that goes directly to your child’s school. It’s a racket!

That’s why I just started writing a check directly to them. I knew every penny went right to the school and then I didn’t have 12 sets of sports team mugs I’d have to donate to Goodwill in a year or two. The PTA that sent the letter home above is genius in my opinion.  I wish more schools would do the same.

What do you think of the idea? Would you rather write a check and not have to deal with the crazy fundraisers? Do you feel obligated to participate and buy? Do you think the letter that PTA sent in lieu of fundraisers is inappropriate?

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Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 35 of 52}

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Amazon Subscribe and Save {Food} $16.74 Free thanks to Swagbucks

*The prices I was able to get on the items above may no longer be valid.*

Amazon prices can change super quick, so when I find a good subscribe and save deal on something, I add the item to my subscribe and save order for the following month. I like the flexibility of being able to add items to my list as well as being able to delete them before a shipment goes out. Sometimes I order toiletry products, sometimes food, but if I can’t find at least 5 items to get the additional 15% off discount then I’ll usually just delete the order.

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Costco $15.98

I know it’s totally cheaper per ounce to buy the {3} 1lb containers of guacamole and freeze them, but once they are thawed, a certain teenage boy will walk off with an entire ONE POUND tub of avocado goodness and then, well, there goes taco night without the most important ingredient. Guacamole.

So this time around I bought the 12-pack of mini containers and hid them in the freezer {he doesn’t look in there}.

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Fred Meyer $6.75

Fred Meyer had 1/2 gallons of milk on sale for $0.99 last week and I found a 2 lb bag of organic carrots for $0.99. The vanilla bean yogurt is for a recipe I’ll be making tonight. :) :) :)
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Albertsons $11.82

I had planned on making salsa last week {that’s what I needed the jalapenos, cilantro and garlic for} but ended up canning tomato sauce instead. No worries though, I’ll make salsa with this weeks batch of toms. fresh eggs

Free eggs from the Hillbillies. lakota squash

East coast squash and onions. Yee-Haw!heirloom tomatoes

Garden fresh tomatoes GALORE. wood quart basket

The Boy. He dropped off some empty jam jars and a loaf of homemade banana bread. He said it was the very first thing he has ever baked on his own. And… it was good. :) chocolate chip cookies

Cookies for monkeys that live here. pasta

I made a pot roast on friday night and used the leftovers the next night.
taco salad

I think hard taco shells are incredibly overrated. I mean who needs taco shells when you can layer a fiesta of goodness on your plate? Am I right? Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe for Canning

And last but not least, I canned 8 quarts of tomato sauce. {I’m, hoping to get 24 quarts canned this year}.

How did you do this week?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $34.55

Weeks 1-28 Shopping Exclusively at Costco $1,229.25 {$43.90 a week/$175 a month average}
Weeks 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35 Shopping wherever the heck I want $219.98 {$31.42 a week/$125.70 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1449.23

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Free Kindle Books, Sheet Sets, SPANX, Enamelware, Save Money on Gas and More

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Word of the Day: Filial Definition: As of son or daughter Used in a sentence: The filial love of children for their parents is inspiring.

Hello Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. If you are in the Pacific Northwest I’m sure you loved the break in the weather. It’ feels like fall already!!!

The HH and I celebrated our 21st Anniversary. Any guesses on what he gave me? 😉

Have an AWESOME Monday,

Mavis

*This deal post will be updated throughout the morning so be sure and check back for deals. 

Panasonic Home Monitoring System

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – 60% off this Panasonic Home Monitoring System

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Amazon Bonus Buy of the Day – Up to 50% Off Select Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Also, today only Amazon is offering up to 90% off Kindle eBooks for Students with prices starting at $0.99.

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Amazon Subscribe and Save Deals

How to Save Money on GasGas prices are on the rise again. Ugh. Check out How to Save Money on Gas. Find more tips on my Money Saving Tips Pinterest Board.

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Available in Queen or King : Super Silky Soft Luxury Sheet Sets in Brushed Microfiber $29.99 with 10 color choices. 

Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter

Amazon has the KING Clara Clark White Goose Down Alternative Comforter on sale for $28.20 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. 

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Nordstrom has great buys in their Home Clearance section, here are a few of my favorites:

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Zulily has SPANX, Earth’s Best Foods, Pack It Lunch Supplies and Garden Tools on sale today with deep discounts.

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Amazon Travel Gear Deals

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Amazon has these adorable Crystal Football Earrings on sale for $10.85 shipped!

GoLite Crestone NeoShell JacketREI Outlet Deal of the Day – Woman’s GoLite Crestone NeoShell Jacket $179.73 $143.78 when you use code OUT20 at checkout {was $450}.

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Save an ADDITIONAL 20% off 1 REI Outlet item when you use code but use code OUT20 at checkout. Check out REI Outlet Clearance Deals HERE.

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Gymboree Sale – 40% off everything with savings up to 70% off clearance
Crazy8 Sale – $12.99 and under in-stores and online

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Amazon has the Cartoon R/C Race Car Radio Control Toy for Toddlers on sale for $13.50 {was $19.99}.

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Amazon has an awesome sweepstakes going on right now where you can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card to use on home automation products or ANYTHING ELSE on their site! You must be 18 years or older and can only enter once. Contest ends October 9th. Head on over HERE to enter.

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Amazon Prime special offer: Get a 3-month free trial to Audible

Right now Amazon Prime members can get a 3-month FREE trial for Audible!!! {I like to listen to audiobooks while I garden.} With over 150,000 titles to choose from you’d be CRAZY to pass up this freebie. Listen with the FREE Audible app on your smartphone or tablet. Yee-Haw!

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Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe for Canning

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe for Canning

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe for CanningI’ve been using this simple tomato sauce recipe from Simply in Season for a few years now and it’s a wonderful way to use your garden fresh tomatoes and enjoy them throughout the winter months when we are all yearning for something homemade. Just open a jar, pour over pasta and viola! Dinner is served. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

heirloom tomatoesIngredients 

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

2 carrots, shredded
1/2 sweet pepper, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme

6 cups tomatoes, peeled and chopped
6 oz tomato paste
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste

lemon juice or vinegar

peeling tomatoDirections

Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe for CanningSaute onions and garlic until soft. Add carrots, peppers spices and stir well. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe for Canning

Simmer 15 minutes, remove bay leaves and ladle into hot, sterilized jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar per pint or 2 tablespoons lemon juice per quart to assure acidity.

Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. Boiling water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Cover and process pints for 35 minutes {quarts for 40 minutes} in a hot water bath.   Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely.

This recipe makes about 4 pints or 2 quarts.

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe for Canning

Looking for a few more canning recipes? Search my Full List of Canning Recipes

Also, check out these tutorials if you’ve never used a canner before:
Tutorial: Hot Water Bath Canning
Tutorial: How to Use a Pressure Canner

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures 8/30/15

bean trellis

beets carrots raised garden bed

Finally, we are getting some rain. Lot’s and lot’s of rain to be exact. And you know what? I think it’s pretty rad. Especially after 80+ degree weather for the last 3 months. This is Seattle people… we need rain to survive. To breath. To feel whole. To give us an excuse to drink copious amounts of hot beverages and wear Smartwool socks and go on nature walks and say words like asinine when we see people walking around with an umbrella.

Why would you need an umbrella? Rain to someone who has lived in the Pacific Northwest all their life is like someone else’s daily moisturizer {that they paid too much money for}. It softens our face and gives us our youthful glow. Okay, so maybe that’s stretching it. But seriously, put away the umbrella’s people and enjoy the rain. japanese black trifele tomatoes

Tomatoes. It seemed like it took FOREVER for our tomatoes to ripen this summer.green tomatoes

But holy canolies people… we are enjoying a bumper crop this year. And loving it. meyer lemon tree in summer

Lemon, our Meyer Lemon Tree, is THRIVING and I am looking forward to a nice December/January harvest. I’m just a little on the fence with what I should do with her when the weather cools down later this fall. Do I bring her up on to our sheltered front porch… or bring her inside and place next to a sunny window?

Erin who lives in Sydney, B.C. keeps her in a greenhouse year round. {Erin if you are reading this I’d love a picture update of how your Lemon tree is doing this year}. So I’m thinking unless it’s freezing outside, Lemon might be okay on the porch. What do you think?
potato plants

The potatoes… I spy a few leaves turning yellow. Maybe all the plants will die back soon so we the HH can harvest them. {The HH is Irish and he takes great pride in harvesting the potatoes every year. I suppose I would too if it was the only thing I did in the garden ALL.YEAR.LONG.}
growing tomatoes in containers

The container gardens on the patio continue to overflow with tomatoes. It’s nuts. watering cans

Collecting rain water.bean trellis

Look at those beans grow! Next summer I’ll have to run some string along the gutter so the vines can grow an arch over the patio doors. lucy the puggle dog

And last but not least… Lucy.

I’ve been working on building up a couple of areas in the backyard with grass clippings and compost from my garden. The thing is… whatever I stick in there, Lucy digs it out and plays with it. Does your dog do this too? Are dead squash vines really THAT EXCITING?

She’s a total goofball, but I love her.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

~Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE.

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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Free Kindle Books, LMAO Boots, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Garlic Bulbs, Recipes and More

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invidiousWord of the Day: Invidious Definition: Repugnant, tending to arouse hatred, ill will Used in a sentence: They would not accept the invidious scheme proposed by the leader.

Happy Sunday!

The wind was howling like mad this morning so I thought I’d get up and post some deals. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday,

Mavis & Lucy

Rowenta DG84 Pro Precision Steam Station

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – 55% Off this Rowenta Pro Precision Steam Station

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Amazon Bonus Deal of the Day – Save Up to 35% on Select Graco Car Seat

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Amazon Subscribe and Save Deals

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480 Paper MINI Cupcake MINI Muffin Liners $3.21 shipped {I just ordered these in brown!!}

DIY Homemade Febreze RecipeI love Febreze and like to spray it all over the smelly laundry and stinky shoes that my boys like to bring back into the house. But I don’t like the price. That’s why I use this DIY Homemade Febreze Recipe. Find more cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board.

waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage

A MUST HAVE for your emergency kit! Amazon has the waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) on sale for $22.95. Holds 100 gallons of fresh drinking water and keeps water fresh for up to 12 weeks.

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Have a Papa John’s nearby? Now through September 13th, place a $15+ order on the Papa Johns site and use the promo code WINNING at checkout. When you so you will you will receive 25 Bonus Papa Rewards points which is enough for a FREE large pizza with up to three toppings on a future order.The points will be placed in your Papa John’s account within 24 hours.
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Have you ordered your garlic for fall planting yet? I just ordered my garlic bulbs from Botanical Interests. Never planted garlic before? See my How to Plant Garlic Tutorial

Petunia Pickle Bottom

Zulily has Petunia Pickle Bottom

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Amazon has the LEGO DUPLO Town School Bus Building Toy on sale for $9.99. This normally sells for $19.99 so half off!

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My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe is called that for a reason. It is so freakin good! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Carrot Recipes Pinterest Board.

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The Home Depot Special Buy of the Day – UP TO 35% OFF SELECT COMPRESSORS & NAILERS

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Walmart Value of the Day – Nutri Ninja 2-in-1, Black $69 shipped {was $99}. Amazon is selling the same Ninja Blender for $119 right now.

LAMO Queue Wrap Boots

Rei Outlet has the LAMO Queue Wrap Boots on sale for $22.73 but use code OUT20 at checkout and get them for just $18.18!!!{was $75}. I bought a pair of these last fall and LOVE THEM. Super cozy and great with jeans.

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Today only Best Buy has Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Mixr On-Ear Headphones on sale for $119.99 shipped! According to my teens, these headphones are the bomb diggety.

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*These are all Amazon Add-on Items and they will ship with qualifying orders over $25 and are eligible for free shipping on $25 orders with Amazon Prime {or will ship FREE on $35 orders without Prime}. 

Click on the banner above to Build your Disney Side stick figure family and order a free decal.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/29/15

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alaskaairlines snack packMavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share some random goodness

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Garden Updates

chipotle chicken soup

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

21 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

Tips and Tricks

Toilet seat up or down

Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Videos

Friday Night at the Movies – Blackfish

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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