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3 Ingredient Snow Cream

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One of my most favorite memories from childhood was my mom making snow cream every time we got a big snow storm. We don’t get as much snow now as we did when I was a kid but at least once a winter we get a really decent snow day. I’m continuing the tradition with my kids now and they love it as much as I did! 

Ingredients:
10-12 cups of fresh snow
2 tsp vanilla
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:
1. Pour half of snow in large bowl.
2. Add 1 tsp vanilla.
3. Add half of sweetened condensed milk.
4. Gently fold together with plastic spatula.
5. Add the rest of snow.
6. Add remaining 1 tsp vanilla and remaining half of sweetened condensed milk.
7. Gently fold mixture together.
8. Scoop into tupperware container and cover tightly.
9. Place in freezer for an hour to solidify.

That’s it. Seriously, it’s so easy! The sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze so the snow cream stays the consistency of snow instead of becoming hardened. I made a double batch and we ate it for a few days. If you live somewhere with lots of snow, you have to try this treat!

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Frugal Menu Plan Monday {1.15.18}

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Sunday: Hearty Vegetable Soup ~ $5.62

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Monday: Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches ~ $2.58

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake ~ $5.84

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Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs & Fried Rice ~ $1.89

Thursday: Crockpot Cheesy Chicken & Rice ~ $5.19

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Friday: Homemade Pizzas & Side Salad ~ $6.87

Saturday: Sausage McMuffin Casserole ~ $4.62

Weekly Total ~ $32.61

Notes: On nights when I serve something like Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches I do serve a side. This week I’m serving sweet potato fries because I was given several bags by a friend so the cost to me was nothing. 

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Frugal Menu Plan Monday {1.8.18}

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I am on a mission this year to cut our grocery and household expenses. The amount of money I spend on both is out of control. I’ve spent a lot of time gathering recipes that my family will eat and adapting them to be budget friendly. Just for reference- I’m feeding 2 adults, 2 teen boys, a teen girl, a 10 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. I like to try to have enough leftovers for my husband to take for lunch the next day also. So I’m trying to get at least 8 servings out of each dinner. And I’m attempting to spend no more than $34 per week on 7 dinners. I cook every night of the week and we do not eat out. That’s one thing that we have cut out for 2018. 

Sunday: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Soup ~ $4.89 

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Monday: Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta ~ $5.55

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Tuesday: Scrambled eggs & fried rice ~ $1.89

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing ~ $5.38

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Thursday ~ Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches ~ $2.58

Friday ~ Homemade Pizzas & Side Salad ~ $6.87

Saturday ~ Biscuits & Sausage Gravy ~ $5.68

Weekly total ~ $32.84

Notes:

I shop once a month at Sam’s Club. I buy 10lb packs of frozen Tyson’s boneless chicken breasts. They are pretty big so most recipes only need 1 or sometimes 2 chicken breasts. I get 9-11 meals out of one bag! I also buy all our household products at Sam’s- laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwasher pods, paper products, toiletries…I don’t buy snacks there with the exception of Goldfish and fruit snacks. I buy lunch meats, cheeses, and some other things. We typically spend $250-300. 

I do a Walmart grocery pick up once a week. I’ve found that I spend far less money when I don’t set foot in the store. I get milk, eggs, drink enhancer drops, pasta, some canned goods, bread, and ground beef weekly. I try to keep my weekly Walmart to around $30-35. 

I do a weekly trip to ALDI too. I get all produce, fruit, snacks, breakfast foods, pasta sauces and some frozen stuff. I typically spend around $45-50 per week. 

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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole

I’ve been trying to use up some of the items in my pantry, freezers, and refrigerators before the end of the year. I had all these ingredients on hand and tossed them together to make a yummy casserole the other night. It turned out really great! Everyone ate it for dinner and then they all took it for lunch the next day! 

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Ingredients:
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 bag (16oz) frozen broccoli, cooked
1 can cream of celery soup
1 cup milk
16 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
3 cups rice, cooked
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
4 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided

Directions:
1. In microwavable bowl, combine soup, milk, and velveeta cheese. Microwave until cheese is melted; combine well.
2. Combine cheese mixture, rice, pepper, and chicken in large baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Add broccoli and mix gently.
4. Top with breadcrumbs.
5. Dot pats of butter or margarine on top.
6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

This was a super easy, super quick weeknight dinner for me. I literally tossed it together in minutes and threw it in the oven to bake. Those are my favorite kinds of dinners on busy nights. I’m definitely adding this one to the meal rotation. 

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Easy Cajun Chicken & Rice

Everyone in our household loves spicy food! One evening recently I was desperate for a quick dinner because while we were gone during the day the power went out and I came home to a completely frozen dinner in the crockpot. Sigh. It happens. I had all the ingredients on hand to create this Cajun dish and it was a huge hit! Everyone LOVED it! I’ve added it to our regular rotation now!

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Ingredients:

2 cups chicken, cooked & shredded
2 cups white rice, cooked
1 bag frozen fajita vegetables, cooked
1 can Rotel
2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Combine cooked chicken, rice, vegetables, and rotel in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Add cajun seasoning according to taste (*I used 2 Tbsp but we like it spicy so you can adjust for your family’s tastes)
3. Top with shredded cheese.
4. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

 I couldn’t believe how delicious this dinner ended up being. You can adjust the Cajun seasoning to your liking and if you really aren’t a fan of spicy, switch out the Rotel for regular diced tomatoes. This was a quick dinner that I was able to toss together with minimal effort. 

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