Monthly Archives: May 2008

Mom, what’s for dinner?

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Ever wonder what’s for dinner?  Your pantry is full, but it seems like you have nothing to eat!  This has happened to me so many times!  Now, you can be a Super Cook! :)

I found this website thanks to Money Saving Mom – it’s the neatest thing ever!  Basically, you type in the ingredients you already have at home, and the website spits out several recipes that you have ingredients to make already!  You can search by entrees, desserts, appetizers, and there’s a neat feature that lets you click on ingredients you have rather than typing them all in.  The more you add, the more recipes you can make!

Oh – and PS – it’s all free! :)

Try it out – I love it already! :)  www.supercook.com

 

Our trip to Charlotte

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Happy Birthday to my best friend and lover forever – my husband! :)

Lessons from a doorbell, a DirecTV wire, and chocolate chip cookies

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Yay!  I was hoping that title would attract your attention!  I wanted to share a little about what the Lord has been doing in our lives here on Backwater Way since we’ve moved in.  The following three things are now constant reminders of what our Great Commission is here on this earth – “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” – a doorbell, a DirecTV wire, and some yummy chocolate chip cookies. :)

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Have you gotten your free samples?

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Here’s something new I’m going to try as soon as my free samples come in!  It’s an all natural way to flavor your water without buying lemons whenever you go to the store! :)  Click here for your free sample!

$100 worth of food for $6?? Only in Greenville, SC! :)

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So, I went to the Sav-Mor food yardsale again today.  And I had a great time!  Check out what all I got for just $6!! 

For those of you who don’t know what the food yardsale is, it’s a sale put on by Sav-Mor on Wade Hampton.  They line all this food up in big boxes in aisles.  Everyone stands around the boxes until the big guy says “Go!”   Then there’s a mad rush for all the food!  What’s awesome about it all is that most of the food seems to come from places like Whole Foods and the Fresh Market.  Most of what I get is organic, which I love, but I”d never be able to afford it at full price (or even with coupons!).   So, each box is worth $6 – for as much as you can stuff in it! :)

Here’s a picture of what I got – and then some close ups so you can see what awesome deals we’re going to be “eating” off of for the next month or so! :)

 

My favorites in this picture?  The Toll House chocolate chips (2 bags), the Zatarains jambalaya (my husband will LOVE this!), the Emeril’s horseradish (we love ANYTHING by Emeril Lagasse!)  and the 2 cans of Bush’s baked beans – they were great!

So, there’s a little overlap in this picture, but I like the Rubbermaid container, the Taco Bell queso with beans dipping sauce, perfect for our Old El Paso taco night, 3 boxes of organic chicken broth, cereal bars, chow mien noodles, Wilton’s mini baking cups, and some Kraft Pasta Salad mix?  Yeah, we’re set for a while! :)

My favorites in this picture?  The Crystal Light, three boxes of Stove Top Stuffing, Two boxes of Organic cereal for Chloe, and 3 boxes of. . . get this. . . ORGANIC FRUIT ROLL-UPS!  Who ever knew they made that stuff organically?!?! :)

Happy Birthday Chase! (aka a few pics from Table Rock)

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Chris’ Favorite Tortellini – with tomato cream sauce!

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Thanks to our friends, Chase and Rachel, we were able to spend a weekend with them at Table Rock State Park.  We had a blast up there and loved being in the mountains again!  While we were there, I had the privilege of cooking Chase’s birthday dinner – here’s the recipe we chose – it’s Chris’ favorite.  Ironically, the recipe came from a cookbook that Rachel gave me at a bridal shower almost 5 years ago!

Sauce:

1 lb. ground italian sausage (I like Bob Evans the best – yeah, WV! :) )

1 (14 oz.) can of beef broth

1 can of tomato paste

1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream

1 tsp of crushed fennel seed (this is the “secret” ingredient – it’s worth buying it and believe me, you’ll make this recipe enough times to make it worth the search in the spice aisle!)

Pasta:

1 large bag of your choice of tortellini or  stuffed ravioli (I like the three cheese one the best with this recipe)

 

Recipe:

Boil your water for the pasta.  Add a little olive oil and salt for taste.  Cook the pasta according to the directions – but be careful not to overcook it or it will be watery!

Brown the sausage and drain off MOST of the drippings in a large skillet.  (I like to save these for flavor later in my scrambled eggs. . . it’s a great budget saver if you don’t have actual sausage, and just want the breakfast flavor!)  Keep some of the fat in the skillet.  Add the beef broth, tomato paste, heavy cream and the fennel seed.  Let it simmer on low heat until it’s cooked through.  

 

And that’s it!  It takes about 15 minutes to cook – and if you can cook the pasta and sauce at the same time, and put some garlic bread in the oven before all that, and have a salad in  the fridge ready to go – you can have dinner on the table in 15 minute!

 

Beat that, Rachel Ray! :)