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Weekly Menu: July 3rd – 9th

So I failed in two major ways this week. I didn’t write a menu. AGAIN. I didn’t make it to Walmart until today… Thursday. Usually I try to go on Saturday, or Monday at the latest. So Thursday is bad for me. I don’t know what my deal has been this summer. I feel a little crazy with my husband gone for military training. If anything, that should make me want to be more efficient instead of decidedly less so. But I’m just trying to be honest and transparent with you guys. We have gotten McDonald’s and Little Caesar’s Hot’n’Ready pizzas a few times. Sometimes I make the kids Read More

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Taco Casserole

This is a recipe that I made up one day because I was out of dinner ideas. I just started pulling things from the cabinet, and you know what? It worked. This isn’t usually the case with my concoctions — I’ve had many duds in my time. But this one has been loved by my family for years now, and I’m going to share the recipe with you! I love this recipe because it is easy, delicious, and CHEAP! I can make a whole 13×9 pan, which feeds our family for two dinners, for under $4. Not bad, eh? That’s $2 a dinner, or less than Read More

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Chicken Azteca {Crockpot Recipe!}

Chicken Azteca is one of my favorite recipes! Not only is it SO easy and SO delicious, it’s cheap, filling, & healthy too! It’s also gluten free and sugar free, and can be made grain free/dairy free simply by omitting a few of the extras!! Here’s how to make it! Ingredients: 1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (depending on size) 2 cans of black beans 1 can of corn 2 cups of enchilada sauce 2 cups of dry brown rice shredded cheddar cheese for topping Instructions: It’s really easy, get ready… 1. Put the chicken in the crockpot. 2. Dump the beans (drained/rinsed), corn (drained), and enchilada Read More

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Pepperoni Strata {frugal dinner!}

Pepperoni Strata is one of my favorite dinners to make for my family. They love it because it’s hot, gooey, and delicious. I love it because it’s filling, cheap, and packed with spinach! Now, I’ll be honest… the first time I read the recipe, I thought, “That sounds disgusting. Eggs and pepperoni and spinach and bread?!?” But I’m glad I gave it a shot, because it’s really, really good! Here’s the recipe! Ingredients: 8 eggs 1¾ cups milk ¼ tsp each garlic powder and salt 1 loaf crusty Italian bread (I get it from the day-old shelf at Walmart for 40-60¢) sliced pepperoni (about half Read More

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DIY Taco Seasoning

Making homemade taco seasoning is one of my favorite money-saving DIYs. Not only is it cheaper, it’s also WAY healthier and it tastes better too! I mean, have you seen what’s in store-bought seasoning packets?… This recipe can also be part of a great frugal gift. Put several homemade mixes (like my brownie mix, pancake mix, cream soup mix, and others) into mason jars, put them in a gift basket, and you have a great cheap gift! Here’s the recipe! {If you want it in pretty layers for gift-giving, divide each ingredient into 1/3s and do it 3 times. If it’s just for you, dump Read More

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Garlic Bread

We love garlic bread, but in the store it is SO expensive! One package for one dinner costs $2, minimum. And don’t get me started on all the junk in it! I was experimenting one day with some leftovers and I came up with a garlic bread recipe that my family loves, even more than the store-bought kind! We’re going to start with some hamburger buns. I make this DIY recipe in bulk and keep some in the freezer, to pull out when needed. I usually make this recipe with my homemade buns. (The buns in the photos are store-bought though, because I had some Read More

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Easy DIY yogurt!

My kids go through yogurt like it’s water. I did a bunch of internet searching, and all of the yogurt recipes seemed really time intensive and hard! Eventually I was able to take a compilation of several recipes, and make a simple & delicious version! And it’s in the crockpot no less! Here are the instructions! Ingredients: 1/2 gallon whole milk 1 packet of gelatin 1/2 cup of yogurt starter (save from a previous batch, or buy plain yogurt with active cultures if it’s your first batch) 1 bag of frozen fruit in the flavor of your choice (*you could also flavor with just vanilla, or Read More

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I’ll admit, when I was diagnosed with PCOS, I cried a little. Okay, a lot. Not because I was devastated by my illness, but because I was grieving my old lifestyle — you know, the one where I ate whatever I wanted. Including my favorite food: pizza. I could literally eat pizza all day, every day, and not get tired of it. So I was ecstatic when my friend made me some cauliflower crust pizza! It was SO good! {Not as good as Papa John’s, but really good!} So today I’m here to share the recipe with you! Ingredients: For each pizza crust, you need the Read More

Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy (with FREE printable food pyramid!) ~ Our Cozy Den

Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy (with FREE printable food pyramid!)

I was getting fed up. My kids were asking me for food constantly, and my response was always, “What did you already eat today?” Then they would list foods, while I dissect which food groups they were lacking. Then I would make a few snack suggestions. It got old, and it took up a lot of my time. But I also didn’t want them to have free reign on snacks, because they would choose carbs about 150% of the time. So I decided that we needed individual food pyramids that they could use to track their daily intake. All of the food pyramids I could Read More