Frugal Slip N’ Slide

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The boys have been having fun on our frugal homemade Slip N’ Slide.

What you will need…

  • Large Plastic Tarp
  • One or Two Sprinklers hooked up to a water hose
  • Kids that want to have some Summer Fun

Lay the tarp in the yard, turn the sprinklers on and have fun!

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Drugstore Deals

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Unlike last week, I was able to make a small run to the Drugstores. Last week we had so many Baseball Games, I didn’t have any time at all.

CVS had awesome deals on school supplies

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Bought:

2 pkgs of pens       $1.98

2 Composition Books     $1.98

2 pkgs Sticky Notes          $1.98

2 Pencil boxes          $1.98

1 pkg Pencil Erasers      $.99

Total Spent   $9.53

Received ECB  $8.51

OOP   $1.02  

Walgreens – I was able to find a few good deals, nothing like CVS though.

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2 boxes Puffs kleenex    $1.98

2 pkgs of pens                    $1.98

Buy 1 Get 2 Free Crayons  $1.99 (after buying these I realized I probably could have bought 3 boxes at Walmart for less, note to self)

Total Spent       $6.37

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Wordless Wednesday ~ State Champs

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Yesterday I shared with you some photos and the story of my son’s Baseball Team winning the Indiana State Babe Ruth Championship.

I just couldn’t help but share some more photos today, again, thanks to Baseball Mom Dionne. Thanks Dionne, you’re awesome!

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State Champs

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Todays tackle is not mine, but my son’s and his baseball team.  They won the Indiana State Babe Ruth Championship last Saturday.

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They fought hard and played really well. After losing the first game, that put them in the losers bracket, making them fight all the way back, playing 8 more games to win it all.

Game #1    LaPorte 8 vs. Logansport 10

Game #2   LaPorte 12 vs Dyer 2

Game #3   LaPorte 11 vs Penn 2

Game #4   LaPorte 13 vs Washington Township 0

Game #5   LaPorte 8 vs Logansport 5

Game #6   LaPorte 9 vs Munster 1

Game #7   LaPorte 6 vs Kokomo 5

Game #8   LaPorte 7 vs St. John 4

Game #9   LaPorte 5 vs St. John 1 for the Championship

Here are a few photos from some of the games, one of the Moms, Dionne, is an awesome photographer and shared some of her photos will the team. Thanks, Dionne!

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 this is my son, Nick, #6, scoring

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And even when they are in High School, their smiles are precious

Congratulations! LaPorte Travelers!

We are proud of you!

Win Regionals!

 

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

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Last week was our County Fair, I entered these Blueberry Crumb Bars and got 2nd place.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. White Sugar
  • 1 t. Baking Powder
  • 3 c. Flour
  • 1 c. Butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 t. Salt
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 4 c. Fresh Blueberries
  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 4 t. Cornstarch

Directions:

Mix 1 c. Sugar, Flour and Baking Powder. Mix in Salt and Lemon Zest. Add butter and egg and mix until crumbly. I used my food processor.

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Pat half of dough into 13 x 9 pan.

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In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in blueberries. Sprinkle over crust. Crumble remaining dough over berries.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 min or until slightly brown. Let cool and cut into bars.

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Meals July 27 – Aug 2

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Please visit I’m an Organizing Junkie for more great meal plans.

Here we are in our third week of the All You Grocery Challenge. I’ve done pretty good, considering we have spent alot of time out of town for baseball games. You can find my first week plan and second week plan posted.

Now, for this week…

Monday ~ Sandwiches and Pasta or Potato Salad

Tuesday ~ BBQ Meatballs, Mac & Cheese

Wednesday ~ Veggie Meal – this is one of our favorite summer meals, it’s meatless and full of great garden veggies

Corn on the Cob, Fried Zucchini, Green Beans, Cucumber Salad

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Thursday ~ Enchiladas (recipe from Vanderbilt Wife) 

Friday ~ We will be leaving for a Baseball Tournament, my son’s team won the Indiana State Babe Ruth Tournament and will travel to the Regional Tournament about 4 hours away. If we continue to win, we will be gone until Tuesday.

Lunch Options:

Mini Subs,Grilled Cheese, Grilled Ham & Cheese, Lunchmeat Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Egg Salad, Muffins & Smoothies

Breakfast Options:

Muffins, Smoothies, Breakfast Cookies, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Stew, Fresh Fruit

Aldi’s Meal Plan 7/20-26

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This is the second week for the All You Grocery Challenge, last week I shared with you my plan for meals from Aldi’s. We did pretty good staying under budget, here are the meals for this week.

The shopping…

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The receipts…

Spent $81.15 for a total of 58 products, including flour, sugar and some stockup canned goods.

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Spent $15.73 for 10 items, including hamburger

Monday ~ Breakfast

6 potatoes   $.78

6 eggs            $.48

Ham, Cheese and spices   $.50

Total       $1.76 

Tuesday ~ Salad (recipes here)

I had salad scheduled, but my day was super busy and we were going to the fair, so we ate off the dollar menu at Burger King and headed for some  Fun at the Fair.

Total $10.99

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Wednesday ~ Tacos, Chips and Salsa

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We had to head out of town for another Baseball Game, so I put the Taco Meat in the Crockpot after frying it on the stove, added the spices and it was ready for the 2 that stayed home and for the rest of us when we returned home from the game.

Hamburger     $3.71    (enough for 2 meals)

Shells                 $.40  (1/4 of $1.59)

Tomato Sauce, Spices  $.45

Chips & Salsa   $.93  (1/3 of Chips/$1.29,Salsa/$1.49)

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Total   $5.49

Thursday ~ Creamed Chicken over Biscuits

The team won last night, so we are heading to another game tonight. I put a Sticky Chicken in the Crockpot early, we will take some with us to eat on the way, and the rest of the family will have Creamed Chicken over Biscuits.

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Chicken     $4.61  (enough for 2 meals)

Cream of Chicken Soup  $.98 (2 cans)

Biscuits  $.33

Total  $5.92

Friday ~ Stromboli

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Crescent Rolls  $2.38  (2 cans)

Sausage & Pepperoni    $2.00

Sauce & Cheese             $1.50

Total   $5.88

Saturday ~ Mostacolli, Salad and Garlic Bread

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Pasta   $1.09

Sauce   $1.00

Cheese  $1.99

Salad and Bread  $1.50

Total  $5.58

Sunday ~ Grill Out~Hamburgers, Deviled Eggs, Chips and Fruit

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Hamburger  $3.71

Buns  $.49

Eggs  $.89

Fruit and Chips  $1.00

Total  $6.09

Total spent on dinners  $41.71

Total spent on groceries  $96.88

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Cucumber Salad

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One of the best things about summer are all the great salads you can make. They are quick, easy and refreshing in the heat.

During a quick trip to Aldi’s Grocery Store today, they had cucumbers for .49/each, I couldn’t pass them up, since our garden is quite a bit behind, and we don’t have any cukes ready yet.

Thinly slice 3-4 cucumbers ( I peel them leaving a strip to make them look pretty)

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Toss in 1 small onion, thinly sliced

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Sprinkle on 1 heaping hand full (that’s technical for tablespoon) of celery seed and 1 small hand full of Accent Salt

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Bring to boil on stove, 1 c. White Vinegar, 1/2 c. Water and 3/4  c. White Sugar. Pour over cucumbers.

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Cover and chill. You can eat the salad at room temperature, but it should marinate for at least 1 hour.

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           (they are having a Salad Round-up today)

Wordless Wednesday ~ Fun at the Fair

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Our County Fair is this week. We had fun, here are a few things that we did.

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Freezing Strawberries

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I have been lucky enough to get strawberries and blueberries at Aldi’s for .99/container, lately. I missed picking berries, seems like our season here was very short because of the wet, cool weather. But, I still wanted to put some in the freezer.

My son was helping me, I had him wash, clean and slice the strawberries and sprinkle Fruit Fresh on them. Then he laid them on a cookie sheet to freeze.

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I took them off the cookie sheet and put them in a Ziploc that I marked with the date.

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While putting the strawberries in the bag, I happened to think it would taste really good to use them like ice cubes in a glass with lemonade.

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Yum! It was a quick refreshing summer drink.  Gayle over at  The Grocery Cart Challenge recently shared her recipe for Strawberry Lemonade, which we made last week, it was great too.

We can also use them to make Strawberry Banana Smoothies. And if you missed them, here are more strawberry recipes and here.

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Meals ~ July 20-26

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Last week I shared my Aldi’s Meal Plan with you. I have joined the  All You Grocery Challenge. Since, I always get the best deals at Aldi’s, I’ve decided to base all my meals around the groceries that I purchase there.

This week is our County Fair, so it will be quite the challenge to stay within budget and eat at home.  I will be entering some of my baking in the Open Class, so I will probably be making you all quite hungry this week.

The meals that I have planned for this week are

Monday ~ Breakfast

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Tuesday ~ Salad

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Wednesday ~ Tacos, Chips and Salsa

Thursday ~ Creamed Chicken over Biscuits

Friday ~  Stromboli

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Saturday ~ Mostacolli, Salad, Garlic Bread

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Sunday ~ Grill Out, Hamburgers, Deviled Eggs, Chips, Fruit

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Lunch Options:

Mini Subs,Grilled Cheese, Grilled Ham & Cheese, Lunchmeat Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Egg Salad, Muffins & Smoothies

Breakfast Options:

Muffins, Smoothies, Breakfast Cookies, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Stew, Fresh Fruit

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Aldi’s Meal Plan

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On Monday, I shared my Aldi’s Menu Plan. I am participating in the  All You Grocery Challenge, trying to stick to a budget of $25 per family member per week. For our family, that’s $125. I usually am way under that, so I thought I would give it a try. Plus, I could win $1000 grocery card.

I thought it would be easier for me if I posted my meals and costs, and that way you can get some ideas on how to cut your grocery costs.

Here is what we had this week… starting with the shopping trip

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I have to document my spending for the Grocery Challenge, thought it would be easiest this way.  Spent $68.63 for 60 items

Monday ~ Sticky Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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Chicken   $4.23  (enough chicken left for another meal)

Potatoes $.92  ($3.49/10 lb. bag=27 potatoes per bag)

Green Beans  $.49

Condiments and Spices $.50

Total  $ 6.14

Tuesday ~ Baked Potatoe Bar and Side Salad

Potatoes  $.65

Salad   $1.00

Fixins’  $1.00

Total  $2.65

Wednesday ~ Free Arby’s

We were scheduled to have Sloppy Joes and got invited to some friends to enjoy the Candy Land Cake that I made for her. So, I opted to run by Arby’s for Free Roast Beef. There was no limit, so I got 5, but had to pay for drinks.

Total  $7.97

Thursday ~ Leftovers and FFYS (Fend For YourSelf)

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Friday ~ Bread Machine Calzones

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Calzone ingredients  $2.00

Sausage  $1.00

Pepperoni $1.00

Cheese  $2.00

Pizza Sauce  $.50 (homemade)

Total   $5.50

Saturday ~ Homemade Corn Dogs and Onion Rings

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Hot Dogs $1.50 (2 pkgs)

Batter  $.50

Onions $.50

Total $2.50

Sunday ~ Grill Out ~ Sausages, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad and Fruit

Sausages  $1.50 ($3.99/bag of 16/.25 ea)

Hot Dogs  $.36 ($.75/pkg of eight)

Salad         $2.00 (homemade)

Fruit          $.50

Total $ 4.36

Total for Dinners for the Week  $29.12

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Walgreens Deals

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I just found a couple good deals at Walgreens this week.

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The mechanical pencils were only $.39 per bag. I probably should have bought more, since my boys seem to eat them during the school year.

And the legal pads were 3 for $1.00, another good deal. Wish I would have had some Register Rewards, I would have done even better. But, I did save $9.81.

Total Spent  $2.74

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Candy Land Cake

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One of the all time favorite family friendly board games, is Candy Land. Who doesn’t love Candy Land? And since FishMama at Life As Mom put out a request for Birthday Cakes, I just had to join in.

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We started with half chocolate and half yellow cake.

Warning: many pictures ahead, eat before looking :)

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Frosted it green

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Added the sprinkles

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And a Starburst walkway

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And then even more candy goodness…

Gumdrop Pass

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Lollipop Land

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Ice Cream Cones

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Candy Cane Corner

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Birthday Girl’s Name in Gummies

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All the sugar goodness

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Here is a list of the candy I used:

Starmints (red & white circles on sides)

DumDum Suckers

Large Gumdrops and Small Gumdrops (on top of cones)

3 Cake Ice Cream Cones (2 cut off to make mini cones)

Starburst Fruit Chews

Gummy Letters for name

Cherry Gummy circles (cut on one side, put a toothpick in to make candy cane, I couldn’t find candy canes this time of year, so made do with these, I think they turned out cute)

Mini Marshmallows

Blue Rock Candy

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

-Cones (if you think it’s thick, make it a little thicker, it really needs to stand up on the cone, and then sprinkled with multicolored sprinkles)

-Happy Birthday and Start letters (piped on with small tip)

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

-Chocolate Forest (again, make it really thick, piped on with large circle tip and sprinkled with chocolate sprinkles)

And here is the Birthday Girl, she was really excited about her cake

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The cake was enjoyed by all

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Summer Fun

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Today I’m sharing some miscellaneous summer pictures with you.

Clematis next to house

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Boat ride with some friends

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Nick and his girlfriend

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Sunset on the Lake

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Turtles at a friend’s pond

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College Sports Fan Bedroom

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My middle and youngest sons are huge sports fans. My middle son came up with the idea of painting  jerseys on their bedroom walls. I’m very excited to share with you the finished College Jersey Bedroom. We still have some decorating and organizing to do, but the painting is done.

I shared with our progress on Week #1, Week #2, Week #3 and Week #4. For the Week #4 post, I showed you how we started with a foam core board, drew out the T-shirt, cut it out and traced it on the wall.

We started by painting each jersey the solid color.

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We outlined them using a Paint Pen, we tried several brushes, but this worked great. It was well worth the extra trip to Walmart to buy them.

After painting and outlining them, Nick printed the LongHorns symbol and the letters on the computer. We traced around them and painted them free hand.

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We also used the Paint Pen to draw the buttons and button flap.

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We found pictures of each of the jerseys online, using them for a base idea.

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Florida

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Texas

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Michigan State

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North Carolina

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On one of the walls we put the jersey on the edge so the sleeve was going around the corner.

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The boys had a good time painting.

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Nick had a little more fun than he should have.

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Meals July 13~19/Aldi’s Menu Plan

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The magazine All You, is having a Grocery Spending Challenge. They are hosting a challenge to spend $25 per family member, per week over a 4 week period. And since I do pretty well keeping our grocery budget down, considering I have teenage boys in the house, I decided to join the challenge. So, for the next 4 weeks, I will be posting my progress, beginning with this week. I shared my Menu for July with you last week, I will use that as a guideline, but will change it slightly, as I’m going to try to make most of our meals with groceries that I purchase at Aldi’s. I already do most of my shopping there, but will be sharing the meals and the budget for them. Amy over at MomAdvice is a great resource for recipes with groceries from Aldi’s.

Monday:  Sticky Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Veggie (recipe from MomAdvice)

Tuesday:  Baked Potato Bar and Summer Salad

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes and Steak Fries (recipe from MomAdvice)

Thursday: Ham & Potato Pockets (recipe from Once a Month Mom)

Friday: Bread Machine Calzones with Dipping Sauce (recipe from MomAdvice)

Saturday: Homemade Corn Dogs and Onion Rings

Sunday:  Grill Out – Sausages, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad and Fruit

Lunch Options:

Grilled Cheese, Grilled Ham & Cheese, Lunchmeat Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Egg Salad, Muffins & Smoothies

Breakfast Options:

Muffins, Smoothies, Breakfast Cookies, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Stew, Fresh Fruit

I usually re-cap last week’s meals and spending. But to be quite honest, I didn’t shop last week, and I really didn’t cook much. Our middle son was in the Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament which was 1 1/2 hours away, they played 4 games on 4 seperate days last week, which didn’t allow for much cooking. They won the District Tournament, going undefeated, and will travel to the State Tournament beginning Tuesday, I’m hoping with the exception of that day, I should be able to put dinner on the table.

Be sure to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie for more great meal plans.

 

Frugal Family Fun

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On 4th of July, the weather was not too good, to say the least. It rained and was 65 degrees. We did go to the parade, but spent the entire day at home inside, we did make it to the fireworks in the evening, in the rain.

While trying to decide what to do, we got out our Summer Fun List, it was pretty easy to chose, and we opted to take the afternoon and hit the beach.

We are lucky enough to live only about 15-20 minutes away from Lake Michigan. The two oldest boys weren’t with us, so we let Casey invite a friend, which made it much easier on Doug and I.

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This is the view from the top of the bridge.

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Casey running down the sand dune.

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The water was really cold, I only went in up to my knees.

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We had fun building a sand castle.

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Even thought we stopped at the Dollar Store for toys on our way, and spent $4, it was still a pretty frugal trip.

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Chicken Recipes

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Today, along with the others over at Life As Mom, we are sharing our Chicken Recipes.

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One of my favorite ways to cook chicken is to cook it on top of the stove. I had some celery, onions and spices, bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for a few hours. I usually cook the chicken this way when I make  Chicken and Noodles, that way I have great stock to cook the noodles in. This is also a very economical meal, as it costs me less than $10 and I can get 2 largers meals and several small meals out of one batch.

You could also make a Chicken Pot Pie with some of the cooked chicken.

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Or even maybe the Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps that MomAdvice posted.

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A great time saver is using your crockpot or slow cooker to cook a whole chicken. I put a little oil on the chicken, sprinkle with spices and put it in the crockpot, add about 6-8 chicken bouillon cubes, some onion and celery and just enough water to cover the chicken about half way. Cook on low for about 5-6 hours.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 4th of July Fun

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We always celebrate 4th of July with our hometown parade and fireworks. This year was no different…

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A Special Birthday Present

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Our son, Casey, turned 12, at the end of June. When I saw the  Father’s Day gift bottles that Amy over at MomAdvice made for her Notebook Experiment, I knew he would love some like it.

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My middle son, Nick and his girlfriend helped me with them. We started with a 6 pack of Orange Crush bottles.

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Wrapped the box with birthday wrapping paper

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I printed some clip art birthday designs like this one, and the kids glued them onto a piece of scrapbook paper and then glued them onto the bottle

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We filled each bottle with some of Casey’s favorite candy and gum.

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Then tied a coupon with a curling ribbon to each bottle. Some of them had a trip to the beach, video store, dinner out etc.

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We put Air Heads in this bottle, we had to fold them a bit to make them fit. We also had to do the same for the gum. But, they turned out fine.

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This is by far the best birthday present I have given in a long time.

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Concession Stand Cupcakes

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All week long, my middle son is playing in the Indiana State Babe Ruth Tournament. In fact, this is late today because we didn’t get home until 12:30 a.m. from the game last night. I thought it would be fun to create some Concession Stand Cupcakes. When I think of concession stand food, I think of pop, candy, popcorn, nachos and cheese. I didn’t think the popcorn and nachos would taste very good on a cupcake, so I just stuck with the pop and candy.

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For the cake, I used this Dr Pepper Cake recipe that I found on AllRecipes.com, but I changed it a little.

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I thought the batter looked funny with the marshmallows floating.  The batter was kinda runny and messy, and I had to be careful when filling the liners to get a few marshmallows with each scoop. I did end up with some batter left that had no marshmallows, so I baked the cupcakes plain, I liked them better that way. They are also very sticky, but taste good.

Dr. Pepper Cake

2 c. Flour

2 c. White Sugar

1 c. Dr. Pepper soft drink

3 T. Cocoa Powder

2 eggs, beaten

1 t. Baking Soda

1 t. Vanilla

1 c. Butter

1/2 c. Buttermilk (I used regular milk)

1 1/2 c. Mini Marshmallows (I used a little less)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, fill muffin tins with liners

Mix together the flour and sugar

In a saucepan combine Dr. Pepper, cocoa and 1 c. butter, bring to a boil. Pour melted butter mexture over the flour and mix well. Stir in the beaten eggs, baking soda, vanilla, milk and marshmallows and mix well. Pour into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 min.

Frost as desired.

I added some favorite candy that you might find at the concession stand.

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Butterfingers, Nerds, Whoppers and M&M’s

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A little while back I shared the Skittles and Starburst Cupcakes with you.

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For more great blog carnivals, please visit:

~Recipe Swap hosted by The Grocery Cart Challenge

~Food on Fridays hosted by Ann Kroeker

~Friday Feasts hosted by Momtrends

~Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted by Blessed with Grace

~Tasty Tuesday hosted by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

~Tuesdays at the Table hosted by All the Small Stuff

July Menu Plan

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WOW! What an awesome week Hoosier Homemade had last week. If you missed all the celebrating, you can find a re-play here. A Big Thank You to all who visited, commented and to all of the great bloggers that I linked up to. Because last week was filled with baking, cooking, decorating, and more baking, I didn’t post my July Menu Plan. A couple months ago, when I shared my menu plan for May, I thought it would be a good idea to keep the same menu for the summer months. Well, I haven’t been able to do that, mostly because of our crazy schedule, but I have been repeating some meals.  Oh, and you will see that this week is a little messed up too, we have a Baseball Tournament starting on Monday, will probably play 3 times this week and we have to travel 1 1/2 hrs. away. We are having lots of leftovers and sandwiches in the car.

July Menu Plan

6 ~ Leftovers

7 ~ Breakfast

8 ~ Chicken in the crockpot

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9 ~ Taco Bar

10~ Leftovers

11~ Appetizers

12~ Grill Out

13~ Fettucini Alfredo

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14~Seven Layer Southwestern Salad

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15~ Oriental Noodles & Egg Rolls

 16~ Ham & Potato Pockets (recipe from Once a Month Mom)

17~ Homemade Pizza Rolls (gonna try to make some like Pizza Hut has)

18~ Shanghai Wings, Rice

19~ Grill Out

20~ Breakfast

21~ Homemade Corn Dogs & Onion Rings

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22~ Chef Salad

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23~ Baked Potato Bar

24~ Stromboli

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25~ Mostacolli

26~ Grill Out

27~ Sandwiches and Pasta Salad

28~ BBQ Meatballs

29~ Chicken Stir-Fry

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30~ Summer Salad

31~ Quesadillas

Lunch Options:

Grilled Cheese, Grilled Ham & Cheese, Lunchmeat Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Egg Salad, Muffins & Smoothies

Breakfast Options:

Muffins, Smoothies, Breakfast Cookies, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Stew, Fresh Fruit

Be sure to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie for lots more meal ideas.

God Bless America

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Happy Fourth of July America!

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Our hometown has a huge, 120 unit parade.  Our local Jaycees put the parade together. The 4th of July has always been special to me, even as a young girl, we would always go to the parade.

And as a young adult, I was part of the Jaycees and helped with the celebration. This is where I met my husband, Doug. We were both involved with the Jaycees that year, 1988, I was General Chairman of the Celebration and he was Chairman of the Beer Barn (lol, ya). We started dating, and were married 5 months later. Here are some photos of the parades in earlier years. The first photo is me riding in the parade when I was the Chairman.

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My boys, ready for the parade, the year 2000, I think

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About 1999 (man, I really should have dated the photos)

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I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

 

 

Fun Fourth of July Treats

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Here are a few quick and easy treats that you are sure to love for the Fourth of July Holiday!

My youngest son and I had fun making these marshmallow treats.

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Start by pushing 2 large marshmallows onto a stick. I used the same sticks that I used for the Homemade Corn Dogs.

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I melted Chocolate Almond Bark in the microwave, then dip the marshmallows in the chocolate, and let the excess chocolate drip off. We used a plastic glass for the height, to make the dipping easier.

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Hold the stick over a plate and sprinkle with festive sprinkles. Tip: I tried rolling the marshmallows in the sprinkles, but they got clumpy in the chocolate.

After they set up in the frig, I cut a small slit in a cupcake liner and fed the stick through. I covered a styrofoam block with a red napkin and poked the sticks in for display.

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A couple weeks ago I shared these Fourth of July Desserts, among those were these Sparklin’ Marshmallow Crispy Treats. I started with the Rice Krispie Treat recipe that I like to use…

1 c. White Karo Syrup

1 c. White Sugar

Bring to bubble on stove

Stir in 1 c. Peanut Butter then stir in 6 c. Rice Krispie Treats Cereal

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I found these great star cookie cutters at Walmart. Even though I have hundreds of cookie cutters, I didn’t have a star cutter that was big enough.

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I cut the treats while they were still pretty warm, it made the cutting lots easier. The recipe I use keeps them soft, but I wanted to be sure I could cut them and also put the stick in easily before they set up.

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I decorated them with some blue and red frosting. And added a few sprinkles on some. I displayed them using the same method that I used for the Marshmallow Treats.

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My son enjoys a treat for the fruits of his labor…

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For more great blog carnivals, please visit:

~Ultimate Recipe Swap hosted by Life As Mom

 

Weekly Deals

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I did pretty good this week. At Aldi’s I got…

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I spent $53.53 for 43 items. Some of the highlights were…

Eggs   $.89

Lettuce  $.34 (not sure why it rang up this, I thought it was .74)

Black Beans  $.59

Cooking Spray  $1.29

Walgreens

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Although I usually do pretty well at the drugstores, I did GREAT at Walgreens this week.

Cereal   $1.99 on sale

Pringles  $.99 on sale

Dawn   $.99 on sale

Peroxide  3/$1 on sale  (I use peroxide for laundry, you can learn how to make homemade Oxy Clean here)

Total  $30.94 – coupons and RR $28.39 = $2.55 OOP ! Not bad for 4 boxes of cereal, 4 cans of Pringles, Dawn and 3 bottles of Peroxide!

CVS

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I did good at CVS also. Free Toilet Paper is always good!

Cottonelle TP  $6.99

Glow sticks for 4th of July  $.79

Total  $8.75 – coupons and ECB $6.98 = $1.77 OOP!

For more great deals, please visit:

~Super Savings Saturday hosted by Money Saving Mom

~Weekly Shopping Trip hosted by The Grocery Cart Challenge

~CVS Deals of the Week hosted by Deal Seeking Mom

~Walgreens Deals of the Week hosted by Deal Seeking Mom

~CVS Superstars hosted by The Centsible Sawyer

~CVS $5 Challenge hosted by Kingdom First Mom

~Mission Possible hosted by A Virtuous Woman