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Easy DIY French Fries

I was supposed to write this blog post on Friday. And then Saturday. And then Sunday. But I had four sick kids and a husband who was gone for the weekend for Army Reserve training, so let’s just say I didn’t accomplish much. Anyways, here I am bright and early Monday morning, ready to start the week anew and get life back in order! Thanks for bearing with me!   We love french fries. They are a perfect accompaniment to many favorites: sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, cheeseburger calzones, chicken fingers, and lots of other things! But buying the bagged frozen french fries is both expensive and Read More

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Homemade Egg Noodles

You guys, we LOVE pasta. It’s so yummy & filling. But it’s NOT cheap. Even the cheapest kind at Walmart is $1/pound, and that’s more than I want to spend on carbs for a single meal. With my rice dinners, I’m spending something like 10¢ on the rice that all six of us eat for two dinners, under a penny a serving. So $1/pound for pasta is just too much for me. I’m not saying I don’t buy it — I do sometimes — but I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative. Welcome to my homemade egg noodle recipe! After much tinkering with various recipes Read More

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Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe! ♨️

You know that freak-out moment you have when you realize you forgot to buy the ingredients to make dessert for your dinner guests? Or you’re going to someone else’s house and you want to take something but the fridge is empty? Or you want to take a treat to an ailing friend but you don’t have time for a trip to Walmart? Cinnamon Roll Cake to the rescue!  I make this cake ALL the time. I love that it’s so versatile: it goes with nearly any kind of dinner, and it’s a huge hit with everyone who tries it! Ingredients: Cake:  3 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon 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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DIY Banana Flavored Oatmeal

My family eats eggs or oatmeal for breakfast pretty much every day. It’s healthier and cheaper! For the oatmeal, my kids like it flavored — of course, who likes plain oatmeal?! Sometimes they put in peanut butter, brown sugar, & cinnamon. I have another recipe {not yet published} for DIY apples & cinnamon oatmeal. Today I’m going to show you how I make banana oatmeal — it tastes just like the bananas & cream packets, but it’s a ton cheaper and healthier (no preservatives)! Ingredients: 1 big canister of quick oats (42 oz) 1 cup powdered milk 1 bag banana chips (12 oz) 2 cups of white sugar Directions: Read More

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Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Casserole

What’s better than enchiladas? Crockpot enchiladas! I love dinners that I can make and let sit, especially for busy nights with busy kids in all of their activities. Here’s how to make it! Ingredients:   1 can of cream of chicken soup 8 oz. sour cream 4.5 oz can of chopped green chiles 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 2 cups corn 10 oz enchilada sauce 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 10 corn tortillas OR 3 cups of cooked rice Instructions: Prepare soup if you’re making my homemade version. Mix together with sour cream and chiles. Mix in chicken and corn. I cook chicken breasts in bulk in the Read More

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DIY Tator Tots

I love tator tots! Who doesn’t? They are crispy and delicious! But one thing I don’t like is the price. Even a small bag costs $3-$4 at the supermarket. They can be made from scratch much cheaper, and I’m here to tell you how! Ingredients: 5 potatoes 2 tsp. corn starch 1 tsp garlic powder oil for frying Directions: 1. Boil your potatoes whole for 20-25 minutes, to make sure they are cooked through. {My photos will show a much larger quantity, because I was tripling the recipe when I made it.} 2. When they are cooked, pull them out to cool completely. (If you can refrigerate Read More

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

I think it’s no secret that I love Mexican food. We eat it several times a week — it’s my favorite! I love that it’s so cheap, so delicious, and pretty healthy too! One of the staples in several of my Mexican recipes is enchilada sauce. I use it to make flavored rice, several crockpot meals, and of course — enchiladas! But enchilada sauce can be crazy expensive. I would often need two large cans just for one dinner. Even at Walmart’s low prices, that would put me way over budget. So a few years ago I started making my own homemade enchilada sauce, and I’ll never go back. It’s pretty Read More

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Leftover Christmas Ham Crockpot Casserole

Did you have a ham for Christmas dinner? Every time I make a ham, we always end up with WAY too many leftovers! A few years ago, I made up this quick & easy recipe {because who feels like cooking the day after Christmas!?!} to use up the leftovers. It’s delicious too! See? So easy right? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday!