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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.

 

 

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Three things that have saved me time, money, and sanity January 9, 2013

We all went back to school for a full week this week. This is my first full week back in four months and we now have a new born to add to the mix. In order to try and make things a bit more stream line I have found three things that help a lot.

1. Make all of the sack lunches on Sunday. This keeps us from spending money on school lunch (or the vending machine) and all I have to do is put the pre made items in every ones lunch box the night before. It took me an hour on Sunday night but I have 19 sack lunches ready to go! (I know that is one short for three people and a five day week but my daughter likes to get the school lunch on Wednesday.)

2. Make my breakfast for the week on Sunday. I don’t ever have time to eat in the morning before I leave. I have always eaten in the car or once I get to school (not the best but better then not eating at all). This means I have to pack breakfast. This week I took 30 min and made my self 5 egg breakfast sandwiches that I wrapped in a paper towel and then in foil. I stashed them in the bottom of the fridge door so all I have to do it grab one, unwrap the foil, microwave it for 1 min, re wrap in foil, and but in my lunch bag. It is about 30 min from the time I warm it up until I get to eat it and it is still warm! 

3. Make dinner in the crock pot the night before. If you are like me you are gone to long during the day to make something in the crock pot. I have found that the best way to still use my crock pot is the put the dinner I need for the next night in when I get home. When I do this I am there when the food is done and I don’t have to take time to cook dinner. I pack it up and put it in the fridge then warm up what we need in the microwave the next night.

CrockPot Programmable 6qt Slow Cooker with Bonus Little Dipper SCCPVC605S

This is the sweet Crock Pot set my Dad and Step-mom got me when I had the baby! LOVE IT!!

I will blog more about how I do each of these things latter but this week has been crazy! What tips do you have that help you and your busy family get through the week with some sanity left at the end? Leave a comment and let us know. I am always looking for a way to make life simpler.

Remember to follow me on Pinterest. Check on the Meal Plan Favorites board to find the crock pot recipes I used this week and other recipes that we have in joyed. I will up date it as we try new meals that my family things are winners!

 

Alton Brown’s Tuna Croquettes December 4, 2012

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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

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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.

 

 
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