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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.




Alton Brown’s Tuna Croquettes December 4, 2012

Filed under: Meal Planing,Recipes — hmyers1 @ 10:25 am
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Last night for dinner we had Alton Brown’s Tuna Croquettes. The kids and I loved them. I did make some modifications based on what I had on hand. I left out the green onions because I did not want to go to the store but normally I would have used them.  I also used regular bread crumbs, canned tuna, line juice, and added some garlic. My daughter and I think they need some more spice to them but we can fix that next time. They where not hard to make at all and I will be making them in the future. My daughter and I also talked about making them with canned chicken and leftover fish (like salmon!). I did not get any photos taken because I had the three kids by myself as I was cooking, Adding a camera to that could have been a recipe for disaster. What are your favorite tuna recipes?


Homemade Pizza in 30 min July 25, 2012

Filed under: Meal Planing,Recipes — hmyers1 @ 8:07 am
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I got a good deal on some Fleischmanns Pizza Crust yeast about a month a go and the kids and I gave it a try today. The best part is you don’t have to let it rise!  Here is the recipe from the Flischmanns web page. It makes one 12 in pizza. I split the dough in to thirds so we would all have our own and there was built in portion control.

Elliott’s Pizza

Kathryn’s Pizza

My Pizza

I used onions, tomatoes, spinach, and left over Corck-pot Chicken. No sauce on mine just some olive oil and pepper!


Spaghetti in Garlic Gravy – Total Winner! July 18, 2012

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

Filed under: Freezer Cooking,Recipes — hmyers1 @ 3:43 pm
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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.


Low Cal Quick and Easy Potato Soup June 26, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — hmyers1 @ 9:34 pm
This was a good find people.  I was on FB reading a conversation on a page.  Someone had asked about cheep summer dinners.  What this lady posted was the inspiration for this recipe. When I say recipe I mean a jumping off point because I had a tone of other ideas about what I can do with the base soup I made….but we will get to that. (Tonight was also one of those nights where things went kid of crazy at dinner and I was the only parent home and I did not get to eat much so I had food on my mind.)

You will need:

1 can of veggie broth ( that is what I had on hand)

1 can of low fat evaporated milk

1 baked potato cubed (with or without skin)

Salt and Pepper to tase

Cheese for serving

I know that there are two potatoes in the photo but I only ended up using one.

In a sauce pan warm the broth, milk, and potato. Add salt and pepper to taste (I put in some grill seasoning to for an extra depth).  Sprinkle with cheese if desired.

This is not super creamy but you get that fix of having a cream soup. I love chowders and as I was eating this I thought you could add:

Frozen Mixed Veggies

Frozen Corn

Caned Shrimp or Clams

I added some Crock-pot Chicken Taco meat to my second bowl and it was fantastic!

This is the BEST PART of this quick soup. I said low cal right…..the base of the soup…the broth and the LOW FAT evaporated milk is only 100 calories TOTAL. Even with the potato with the skin it is still only about 250 calories for the entire pot of soup! So depending on the other things you add it this is a good replacement for that can of clam chowder. I had two bowls and I am so content right now. I am going to put on my PJs, make my cup of tea, and chill watching Friends until I go to bed. This was a total surprise and a total success!

NOTE: You may see on the cans in the photo that there are tags that say 50 cents. We have a store in our town called Dents and Dings that has dented cans and other random products for cheaper then I can get them on sale or with coupons most if the time. I get all of my caned beans there for 50 cents a can. You never know what the are going to have so if you see it you better get it! Because that is where I got the caned goods this meal was less then $2.


Easy marinated squash June 25, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — hmyers1 @ 7:51 pm

If you have a garden and you planted squash you are probably swimming in them by now.  Or if you are like and are at war with squash bugs you are happy to get whatever you can. I have managed an ok harvest so far. Today I made some Easy Marinated Squash to start using it. It is good for a side or on a warm sandwich with some provolone cheese.

You will need:

3 squash (I used two zucchini and one summer squash)

1/2 cup of a vinaigrette based dressing (I used some balsamic vinaigrette that I had open)

Cut squash into equal size slices. Combined the squash and the dressing in a zip top bag or a storage container. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a pan with foil (optional but make clean up simple!) and spread the squash in as thin a layers as possibly. (I need a bigger pan..sigh)

Cook in oven for 30 -45 min. Look for the squash to be cooked through and starting to get golden brown. If needed up the heat to 375 and/or cook longer.

A simple twist on this is to just use some olive oil and salt and pepper. Three things I have on had all the time!


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