Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bargain Meal of the Week: Feb.24-Mar.2, 2010

Here in Colorado, we are still in the midst of WINTER. The snow just keeps coming (and then it keeps staying.....). This kind of weather makes me crave warm, hearty, comforting dishes (which are so fabulous for my family's weight. lol)

I ran across this recipe as I was searching for this week's bargain meal. I am not a huge fan of fruit/meat combo dishes, but somehow I think this one will work. Try it out and let me know what you think--I am going to make it this weekend, and see what my family says. After all, they are my best/worst critics. :-)

Apple Pork Chops and Oven-Roasted Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes
(Make sure you read the reader comments below the recipe--they give some tips to make the recipe work out better!)

Mixed Pork Chops--$1.49/lb. (use 1 1/2 lbs.) *$2.24*
Organic Cameo Apples--10 lbs./$10 (need 2 apples) *$0.50*

Organic Fingerling Potatoes--2/$5 (need 9 potatoes) *$2.00*

Est. Cost: $4.74

~~And always remember to check out the Grocery Gathering and if you live in Colorado, check out Springs Bargains for your local store deal!.~~

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Somethin' about pigs wrapped up that makes ya feel all cozy inside.....

My kids loved these....and they were so easy!

Pigs in a (Homemade) Blanket

I forgot to take pictures, but I promise they looked delicious! We even ate them with turkey dogs, and they still tasted good.

So, if you are out of crescent rolls (or are like me, and don't like to paying an arm and a leg for them)--then try this recipe out.....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Did I really eat that many?!

I have shared this recipe in the past, but it is so good--I thought I would "re-share".

My mother-in-law gave me the recipe, and I did not try it for a long time because I had a.....well.....a fear of using yeast. But I finally overcame it, tried out the recipe, the rolls turned out perfectly, and yeast and I have been friends ever since.

I have tried them with icing and with cream cheese frosting. Both are heavenly! Enjoy.....

~~Cinnamon Rolls~~

1 pkg. yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
3 T. butter
1 t. salt
3/4 cup scalded milk (just below boiling)
1 egg
2 1/2-3 cups flour

1) Soften yeast in warm water. In mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, salt, and milk. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in egg and yeast mixture. Gradually, add flour to form a stiff dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.
2) Put dough in greased bowl--turn so dough is greased. Cover, let rise 1-1 1/2 hrs. or until doubled in size.
3) Roll out in rectangle shape--put melted butter over dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll up, cut and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

To make icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. milk
Mix together and drizzle over rolls. Mmmmm......

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bargain Meal of the Week: February 10-16, 2010

Nothin' says I love you like a good meal. Can I get an "amen"? Seriously.....when someone cooks something good for you, you know they at least LIKE you. ;-)

My girls and I are making a Valentine meal for "our boys". It was fun to plan the menu with them, and have them help me shop for the ingredients. I will post pictures of our gourmet event next week....we are even breaking out the candlesticks for it!

If you are staying home and eating dinner with your sweetie, this meal is delicious and so easy to prepare.....and it serves two!

Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Bundles,
Greek Cucumber Salad
and Brownies Ala Mode

Fresh Tender Asparagus--$1.39/lb. ($2.10 for 1.5 lbs.)
Tyson Sliced Bacon--$2.99 ($1.00 for 4 slices)

Greek Cucumber Salad--$5.49/lb. ($1.83 for 2 servings)

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix--$1.69 ($0.32 for 2 big brownies)
Breyers Ice Cream--$2.48 ($0.42 for 2 scoops)

Est. Cost: $5.67

(Remember to check out the Grocery Gathering
for your local deals!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bargain Meal of the Week: Feb.3-9, 2010

I'm sure there are many Super Bowl snack recipes that I could post this week.....but since I am a bit of rebel, I am choosing not to. ;-) This recipe could be eaten at a Super Bowl party though. It makes my mouth water just typing it (although I cannot actually make it for myself because I ALLERGIC TO AVOCADO! I know--terrible, isn't it?)

So, enjoy the game.....enjoy the fellowship.....and maybe enjoy a juicy burger. Mmmm.....

Avocado Bacon Burgers

King Soopers Hamburger Buns--10/$10 (need 4)
93% Lean Ground Beef--$1.99/lb. (use 1 1/2 lbs.)
Kroger Cheese (cheddar)--2/$5 (need 4 slices)
Bar S Sliced Bacon--B1G1Free (need 4 slices)
Private Selection Organic Romaine Hearts--$2.99/3 ct. (need 4 leaves)
Large Avocados--2/$1

Est. Cost: $5.58

(And stop by the Grocery Gathering for your local store's deals.)