Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 34 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

apple coffee cake3 Breakfast Ideas

Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Quiche – a Sunday morning quiche is one of life’s must-experience indulgences.  {Pin it for Later}

Banana Bread with Walnuts, Coconut, and Chocolate Chips – I am always looking for ways to change up regular banana bread.  Adding walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips is one of my favorite ways to do it.  {Pin it for Later}

Apple Coffee Cake – Coffee cake implies that you should eat this for breakfast.  So, I gladly oblige.  {Pin it for Later}

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Our Favorite Barbecued Salmon Recipe – BBQ season is getting shorter everyday, if you haven’t tried this recipe, make sure to give it a whirl before you put the barbecue away for the season.  {Pin it for Later}

Cheesy Beef Tortilla Casserole – This casserole is stupid easy to whip up, and always makes mouths happy {in my family, at least}.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Sloppy Joes – Sloppy Joes are one of those rare meals that EVERYONE loves in our house.  And good thing too, because I usually make a big enough batch that we can all have one for lunch the next day.  {Pin it for Later}

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – Have you jumped on the Quinoa bandwagon yet?  This stuff is hearty and filling, without making you feel bloated.  What more could you ask for?  {Pin it for Later}

cheesecake-brownies3 Sweet Treats 

Blueberry Peach Cobbler – I could eat this stuff for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And I have.  {Pin it for Later}

Cheesecake Brownies – It’s like the two best desserts decided to collaborate on a deliciously sweet project.  {Pin it for Later}

Lemon Ice Cream – I know lemon seems like a strange ice cream choice, but seriously, this stuff is like silk in your mouth.  {Pin it for Later}

Freezer Meal - Beef Enchiladas Recipe with PhotosFeatured Freezer Meal Recipe

Beef Enchiladas – These were perfect last year when I needed to feed two hungry boys.  It didn’t hurt that they were so easy to put together, either.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Refrigerator PicklesFeatured Canning Recipe 

Easy Refrigerator Pickles – If you have cucumbers on the vine, you should try a batch of these easy pickles.  Plus, home canned pickles don’t have yellow dye in them {Why the heck do they have to put that crap into the store bought stuff?!  Ugh.}.  {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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The Great Toilet Seat Debate

Toilet seat up or down

Toilet seat up or down

So this is not the typical toilet seat up/down debate. We’re not talking leaving the bottom toilet seat up that has potential to have us crashing into cold water on the off chance we take a bathroom trip in the dark of night. That’s the stuff divorces are made of. That toilet seat always stays down. Period.

Today we’re talking about the lid. Which, in my opinion, should also stay down. I have no idea why but when the lid is left up it just gives me the heebeegeebees. It drives me crazy. Not everybody sees it that way though and I feel like I am a crazy person for putting the lid down when I use the loo at other people’s houses.  But somehow it makes the {my} world right again.

Now I need to know if this is the norm or if I’m a minority lunatic. Do you leave the lid up or down? Picture on the right or the left? Please weigh in oh wise readers.

~Mavis

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21 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

21 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

21 Ways to Reuse Plastic BagsIf you aren’t a reusable or paper bag user, chances are you probably have a bunch of plastic grocery sacks lying around your house. Here are 21 ways to reuse them, upcycle them and re-purpose them:

  1. Scoop up your pet’s business. We’ll get the groody ones out of the way first. Use those bags to scoop out a cat’s litter box or stuff one in your pocket to clean up after you dog on a walk.
  2. Luggage helpers. When traveling, wrap all cosmetics up in a spare plastic bag to prevent any nasty luggage leaks. I also like to store a few empty bags so I can put all dirty laundry or wet swim suits. etc. in them before we head back home.
  3. Bubble wrap replacer. Bubble wrap should be for popping, not for packaging! Stuff packages with bags before shipping them off. You can also wrap glasses and dishes in bags when packing for a big move.
  4. Kid’s parachute fun. With just a little floss or string, an old plastic bag turns into a cool new toy. Just cut a large square out of the bag and then tie a string to each corner. Then attach all strings to a small toy to give it some weight. Wallah.
  5. Donate them. Food pantries, kindergarten classroms and libraries often use plastic bags often. Call around and ask if any local branches/schools could use them.
  6. Trick-or-Treat bags. Let your kids go to town with some festive colors, paint, markers and glitter, and make some fun bags to gather all that candy!!
  7. Car trash cans. I like to keep a few in my glovebox and am always glad I do. I use them to gather all car trash on road trips. Keeps the car looking clean and tidy. Just how I like it.
  8. Paint brush saver. If I’m in the middle of a painting project and the day gets away from me, I just place a plastic bag over the wet paint brush and place a rubber band around it to seal it. Keeps the brush like new overnight so I can resume my project in the morning.
  9. Lunch box alternative. Plastic bags make for a great lunchbox for all those school and work lunches. No need to cough up money for those pricey packs!
  10. Endless trash bags. Plastic bags make the perfect trash liner for smaller trash cans in your office or bathroom. You won’t have to pay another dime for little trash bags.
  11. Recycling sorter. Hang plastic bags near your trash can to divide and sort your recycling. One bag for paper, one for plastics, etc.
  12. Ripen fruit faster. Place tomatoes, pears, peaches, etc. in a plastic bag to ripen them up a little faster. The bag traps the natural gas released by the ripening fruit, which helps it ripen faster.
  13. Protect your plants. Use bags to cover smaller outdoor plants when you know an overnight frost is coming. Use the handles to tie them closed at the base of the plant or the bottom of the pot. Just make sure you remove them in the morning.
  14. Stinky diaper deterrent. Wrap up those smelly diapers before you toss them in the trash to keep your whole house from smelling. No need for an expensive Diaper Genie.
  15. Arts and crafts applicator. Use a plastic bag as a paint, wax, stain, or polish applicator. Makes for a fun and funky paint brush alternative.
  16. Mini drip cloth. If you have smaller paint project, plastic bags work as perfect little drip cloths. Just lay them out on tables, under furniture, over carpet, etc. They work great to catch all those stray drips.
  17. Water park pal. Wrap up your wallet, car keys, or phone to keep the water out when you head to the beach or the water park.
  18. Trunk protector. You know how much I love new plants and flowers. I also like a nice clean car. So I throw down some plastic bags and line my trunk before I pile in the new pots in there. Keeps all that dirt and muck off my nice clean floors.
  19. Shape keepers. I stuff plastic bags in winter boots to help them keep their form when I’m not using them. I’m not a big purse girl, but I know a lot of my friends will stuff their flimsy purses with them to keep their shapes as well.
  20. Easy ice pack. Soak a rag in water and wrap it in a plastic bag before tossing it in the freezer. Makes for the perfect moldable ice pack.
  21. Recycle them. Many stores will pay you a bit to turn in your plastic bags, or they have bins at the front of the store where you can turn them in.

Do you use your plastic bags in any fun and inventive way?

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Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 34 of 52}

albertsons shopping trip

costco cheesecake

Costco $16.98

Cheesecake and French bread. Does it get any better than that? The Girl was craving a cheesecake and since we were having pasta that night I went ahead and picked up Costco’s 2-pack of French bread while I was there.

embasa chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Fred Meyer $1.77

3 stores later… I finally found the chipotle peppers!

chipotle chicken soup

I had been wanting to try a chipotle chicken soup recipe for the last two weeks and I am so glad I did. We all loved it and there were 3 servings of leftovers to pop in the freezer for the HH to take in his lunch. I’ll be adding this delicious recipe into our meal rotation, that’s for sure. {I’ll post the recipe tomorrow}

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $11.45

I stocked up on smelly bologna, white bread {barf} and cookies for the boys before I left. The bananas were for The Girl’s smoothies {we have plenty of frozen fruit in the freezer}. I find it mildly amusing the boys will eat every possible preservative filled packaged food product in the house before they’ll even consider making something to eat that involves cooking. It’s weird. The Girl on the other hand will make herself all sorts of yummy stuff. Even after all these years… I still don’t get it.

cucumbers

Fresh vegetables from the garden.canning

The Girl, teaching The Boy to make homemade raspberry jam. heirloom salsa

A small batch of heirloom salsa. I’ll be putting up as much salsa and tomato sauce as I can as the tomatoes ripen.

pasta

More pasta for Monkey Boy. lucy the puggle dog licking peanut butter

I was only home for half of the week before jetting off to the east coast. I did thaw some chili from the freezer for the boys though, but that’s about it. I hope they survive.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $30.20

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 Shopping wherever the heck I want $185.43 {$30.90 a week/$123.62 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1414.68

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Free Kindle Books, Weck Jars, Swingline Laminator, Columbia Fast Trek II Fleece, Recipes and More

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Hello from the east coast!!! On the agenda for today… go for a long drive, pull weeds, stop by the local thrift store and make something yummy for dinner {probably squash}.

Have a great day everyone! Enjoy the sun.

Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield East Coast Garden Pictures 8/23/15

onions drying

onions drying

I’m sure you may have noticed the lack of posts the past few days and that’s because I travelled to our east coast home and as usual, it takes me a day or two to get my bearings.  My flight was delayed 2 hours {one of those hours was sitting on the airstrip waiting to take off} and then because I wanted to score an extra 1,000 bonus airline miles I checked a bag {which I hardly ever do because I dislike waiting around in baggage claim immensely}.

Anywho… the bags were delayed because of a lightning storm {obviously workers cannot be expected to be high up on a metal ramp during a storm} and so I had to wait around an extra hour for the dumb bag making the trip 3 hours longer than normal.

Oh well. I’m here. And that’s all that matters, right?
weeds

I pulled weeds and planted a bunch of vegetable seeds before I left last time and paid the neighbor kids to weed for us while we were away. When I arrived I was greeted with a nice little harvest of onions on the back porch and a nearly weed free garden. HOW COOL IS THAT?garden tools

I still have some weeding to do behind the house over the next few days but let me tell you Bob, I could live here forever. heirloom tomato

A few months ago I tossed some tomato seeds into the ground and let mother nature do her thing. No extra watering, no staking, nothing. Just soil, rain and sunshine. Imagine that. No fuss heirloom tomatoes.

beets

In fact, the entire garden wasn’t watered one time while we were away. And yet, we still were able to grow a nice little crop of vegetables. fresh basil

I’m planning on harvesting the basil tomorrow morning to make a batch of freezer pestostrawberry plants

I also need to harvest a batch of strawberry runners and transplant them around the yard.Lakota squash

This year we planted Lakota squash. It’s a winter squash and I am excited to try it. Do you think the airlines will let me carry it home on the plane?

butternut squash

Butternut squash… I hope they make it before the first fall frost. turnip seed pods

When you neglect your turnips… they go to seed. turnip seed pod

Each little seed pod holds 3-5 seeds. I’m going to clip all the little dried pods and harvest the seeds. I should have enough turnip seeds for the next 5 years! 😉white hydrangea

In the backyard there is a white hydrangea bush. Or at least that’s what I think it is. Does anyone know the variety?

white farmhouse

I don’t know about you… but I’d much rather live in the land of farmhouses and cornstalks than high maintenance suburbia any day of the week. I wish I could only convince the HH to live here full time. I’M WORKING ON IT THOUGH. Trust me…

~Mavis

P.S. There are so few things about my life I don’t share on the blog, but the location of our east coast home is one of them. So if you know where it is, or where it might be, please refrain from mentioning it in your comments. Just know, I’d rather be here, than the land of snoopervising. 

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/22/2015

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Garden Updates

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Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

10 Tips for Eating Alone at Restaurant

Tips and Tricks

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – The True Cost: A Fashion Documentary

the true cost

I found The True Cost while perusing treehugger.com the other day.  Wowza.  This one will stop and make you think.  I have literally never even thought about the “behind the scenes” of cheap clothing, but let me tell you, Bob, it has kind of etched a permanent place in my thoughts.  In case you don’t have a second to watch the trailer, this one is about the working conditions and environmental repercussions of cheap clothing {and a constantly changing styles}.

the true cost

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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