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Homemade sports drink – 2 quarts for less then a $1 April 2, 2013

I am on my last day of Spring Brake and home with a sick kid. We do not drink sports drinks often but when the kids or I get sick we like to have them around. (I crave the red kind when I am sick). I have been wanting to try this for several months because I know it is so much cheaper.

I looked online and found LOTS of recipes for sports drinks. This one was simple so I went with it. The recipe is from the post Homemade Gatorade on the blog Living on a Dime.

Homemade Gatorade

2 quarts water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-2 teaspoons salt
7 Tablespoons sugar
1 packet Sugar-Free Kool-Aid

NOTE: We like it better with 1 teaspoon of salt. I also made some without the baking soda and it was fine too (I had two things of corn starch and no baking soda – that is just plane crazy!)

 

homemade sports drink less then a $1

After voting today my son and I went to Dollar General and got some Wyler’s dink mix for $.13 a pack (Kool Aid cost more and I like Wyler’s better anyway). The cost of the salt, sugar, and baking soda could not be much so we got 2 quarts of Sports Drink for way less then what one single serving would cost at the store!

Thinking this would be fun to make into ice cubes to put in the kids water in the summer as a treat on HOT HOT Missouri days. Also would be a treat to put in the kids water cooler I put outside for them when we stay out all day. Most they time it will be good old H2O but this would be fun to make it the night before and drink it the next day.

 

 

 

Meal plan fail December 14, 2012

I know that making a meal plan saves me a lot of money but his week I failed to make a meal plan. We ended up getting take out Mexican on Sunday for lunch and we got pizza last night for dinner. I don’t even want to think about how much this cost us. The truth is my husband payed for it both times so I don’t know for sure but it has to be more then $40….uggggg.

We did do the best we could to save when eating “out”. We got the Mexican to go so we did not spend money on drinks or the cheese dip. When we got pizza we did the beat the clock deal and had $7 left on a gift card we got when I was on bed rest. I AM making a meal plan this week.

I did make one meal this week and had soup that we had in the freezer so that saved us some!

 

Pinterest and meal planing July 19, 2012

I am a tech dork in a big way and have enjoy my time on Facebook and Pinterest when I can get it. I have found that Pinterest is a wonderful way to organize recipes that I might want to use for my meal plans or for freezer cooking. I also started a board for Meal Plan Favorites that I have found on Pinterest. This way I can find the recipes that I know we like when I am having a brain block about what to eat. In the comments I can make notes about things to chance for next time or something I did that we thought made the recipe better for us. As much as I love cook books this is also a free way to get new ideas that my family will love. It also saves lots of time because I have a list of things we like in one place. Tomorrow my 6 year old and I are going to make the meal plan for the week and use Pinterest to help us. She likes it because there is a photo and not just me telling her what is in it. So we also get some fun one on one time making then menu. When we are done I bet we will spend some time pining things that she likes on her board!

 

This weeks meal plan 7/15-21 July 18, 2012

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Sorry this is late!

Sunday 

Breakfast – Cereal

Lunch – Out with my husband

Snack – none

Dinner – Lunch meat sandwiches

Monday

Breakfast  – Cereal

Lunch –  Lunch meat sandwiches

Snack – White bean dip and crackers

Dinner – Sloppy Jo

Tuesday 

Breakfast – Cereal

Lunch – Open face tomato and cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese

Snack – none piano lessons

Dinner – Spaghetti with Garlic gravy

Wednesday

Breakfast – Cereal and fruit

Lunch  – Leftover Spaghetti with Garlic Gravy

Snack – Yogurt

Dinner – Homemade Pizza

Thursday

Breakfast – Yogurt and granola 

Lunch – Leftover Sloppy Jo or Spaghetti with Garlic Gravy

Snack – Crackers and string cheese

Dinner – Tomato and Avocado sandwiches

Friday

Breakfast – Oatmeal

Lunch – PB and honey sandwiches or left overs

Snack – Apples

Dinner – Eggs with Tomatoes and Toast

Saturday

Breakfast – Breakfast Banana Splits!

Lunch – Mac and Cheese with Peas and Hot Dogs

Snack – Apples and PB

Dinner – Left overs

 

Spaghetti in Garlic Gravy – Total Winner!

Lastnight for dinner we had Spaghetti in Garlic Gravy with Herbs and Lemon Marinated Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes and it was a total win! The kids loved it and so did I. My husband has not tried it yet but I bet he is going to love it too! I did not use as much oil as it called for I use about half of what it called for in the marinade and to cook the chicken in and did not add any when I made the gravy. Even with leaving out a lot of the oil the kids and I did think it still was a bit on the greasy side for our tastes so I think I will use half as much butter next time as well. My 6 year old said this was what she was going to eat for lunch every day until it was gone! Sorry there are no photos this time. It was just the kids and I and they were both a bit needy today. This did have several steps and I think I will save it for a weekend next time. The leftovers would be good for lunch. I also thing that I will make up a pack or two of the chicken in the lemon marinade and put it in the frezor to use during the school year. This way I can use the fresh herbs from the garden.

 

Yogurt Pancakes – Family Favorite! June 28, 2012

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When my daughter was little I got and Annabel Karmel cook book. There are lots of healthy kid and family friendly recipes. One of our favorite is her yogurt pancakes. When my daughter was little I would make them with the yo-baby yogurt and would even use the flavored kind (we like vanilla he best). They also freeze very well. This morning I made some for breakfast and mad some to freeze.

To freeze I let them cool as we eat and I clean the kitchen (today we went to reading time at the library and the post office too). I then put some waxed paper in between them and make piles of four. I then place them in a marked zip top back and place them in the freezer. When we want pancakes and I don’t have much time I just pop some in the micro wave and we have pancakes. Works will for Briner on a weeknight when you need a quick dinner too!

My plate of pancakes!

Kathryn’s pancakes that she made fancy all by herself!

12 pancakes ready for the freezer! I only had the yogurt to double the recipe. I will make then in a couple weeks and add some more to the freezer.

 

This weeks meal plan 6/24 – 30 June 24, 2012

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We will see how this goes this week. My six year old is sick so we will see how well we sick to the list. I hope to not eat out At all during the week and maybe just go out for a cheep lunch on Saturday.  My husband is gone for three weeks so weekday breakfast, lunch, and snack are just the six year old and I. At Dinner and on the weekend we add the three year old back into the mix!

Sunday 

Breakfast – Cereal

Lunch – Lunch meat sandwiches with spinach and apple slices

Snack – Fruit

Dinner – Strawberry and Spinach salad and chicken salad with crackers

Monday

Breakfast  – Smoothies (from frozen fruit/berries and fresh bananas)

Lunch –  Lunch meat sandwiches and  cucumbers in yogurt dill sauce 

Snack – White been dip and crackers

Dinner – Crock-pot Chicken Tacos 

Tuesday 

Breakfast – Yogurt and Fruit

Lunch – PB and honey sandwiches strawberries

Snack – Popcorn

Dinner – Baked Potatoes and Broccoli

Wednesday

Breakfast – Cereal and fruit

Lunch  – Left over chicken tacos

Snack – Fruit and yogurt

Dinner – Mac and cheese with peas and Hot dogs

Thursday

Breakfast – Yogurt Pancakes (large batch with lots to freeze)

Lunch – Left over baked potatoes and mac and cheese with peas

Snack – White Bean dip and crackers

Dinner – Home Made Pizza (might make one to freeze too)

Friday

Breakfast – Cereal and fruit

Lunch – PB and honey sandwiches or left over Pizza (if there is some)

Snack – Tomatoes (provided the large amount of green ones we have are red)

Dinner – Velveeta Box Meal (chicken broccoli rice)

Saturday

Breakfast – Eggs and toast

Lunch – out of town? – sack lunch?

Snack – out of town?

Dinner – Leftovers or Sandwiches if not out of town.

 

 
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