Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cheap Meals

I am all about being cheap.  My husband and I discovered recently that I do, in fact, squeak when I walk.  Nice to finally know at the "ripe" old age of 27 yrs old.

I wrote about my "snob meal" ways over at my main blog- Hyperactive Lu.  Take a gander!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Holiday Baking...

This year our motto was SIMPLE.  Sure does make Christmas less complicated to keep things simple and focused on the most important things.  So, since we were trying to keep things very simple and easy this year, we decided to cut down on the amount of baking that we did.  We made a favorite of ours that we LOVE and then a few new ones.

We really enjoyed trying a few new things and not making as much.....

This is what we made-

Rice Krispy bites.... for the life of me I cannot find the recipe to these... all I remember is melting a package of chocolate bark in the microwave, adding about 9 cups of rice krispies and then stiring until they were mixed together.  Then I spooned about a tlbspoon sized cookie onto waxed paper and let dry.  My handsome and sometimes-snobbish-about-my-baking-husband ate more of these than anyone else!  I think I ate one and the boys/husband finished off the rest!  So lets just say this was a big hit!

Oreo Truffles... OH MY GOODNESS!  Those things are divine!  Next year we are making two batches so we can give more out!  Everyone MUST have some of this goodness!

Auntie C's.... Our family favorite!  We cannot NOT make these... they are THAT good!

Chocolate Crinkles.... very good, but best warm and fresh!

PMS mix....  I know!  I know!  The name doesn't make any men folk want to try it, but it is really good!  It has all my favorites- pretzels, chocolate and butterscotch!

Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies.... this is, by far, my favorite snacky food.  I ate this A LOT while I was pregnant with Baby Bean.  Its all I craved for a while!!!  So good!

Our Christmas morning tradition is for Hubbie to make homemade cinnamons.  This is a treat, because they are so good and take some effort to make!  Here is the recipe for those.  This Christmas we had the pleasure of hosting my youngest brother, his wife and my parents for Christmas breakfast!  It was a lot of fun!  Mom made two breakfast casseroles.  Those were scrumptious!  And my sweet sister in law brought a large fruit salad!  It was so good to have a fruit salad!

Side note- if you haven't taken a look yet, I love this blog!  It has the best recipes!  We've made quite a few and everything is so good!  Check out The Sister's Cafe!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Ham Leftovers? Try This!

My handsome hubbie knows that I do not like to waste food at all, so when he saw the recipe (below) for a ham soup, he showed it to me!  I purchased a ham this year for our Christmas dinner and I try to get at least 3 or 4 meals out of a large piece of meat.  We ate ham with all the sides once and will have leftovers of that meal and then with all the leftover ham I made this soup.  Hubbie found it in the latest addition of Runner's World magazine- January 2010.

This Hearty Ham and White Bean Soup is very VERY tasty.  Don't let the name turn you off to trying this.  It does have cabbage in it and I will admit, that kinda scared me!  I decided to give it a try since the rest of the recipe sounded yummy.  It was super easy to make.  The thing that took the longest was chopping and washing the veggies.  Even my Peanut and Bubbie gobbled it up!

I paired the soup with some yummy 30 min rolls and man! what a yummy lunch on a cold winters day!


1 tblspoon olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced into medium pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 large carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
1/2 cabbage, cored, cut into bite sized pieces
12 oz lean ham steak, diced into small pieces
1 qt chicken stock
14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes
2 cans white beans, undrained
2 tblspoon fresh parsley, chopped

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a soup pot.  Add the onion, saute until soft and golden, about 5 mins.  Add the italian seasoning and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the remaining ingredients, then bring to a full simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the surface.  Reduce heat to low, simmer gently until the vegetables are just cooked and flavors blended, about 15 mins.  Stir in parsley; cover and let stand 5 minutes.  Serves 6.

Calories per serving: 270  Carbs:  32 G  Protein:  22 G  Fat: 6 G  

A few notes- I did add a tiny bit of italian seasoning to the onions, but since I had a can of tomatoes seasoned with italian seasonings, I used that for the majority of my seasoning.  It was VERY tasty with that can of tomatoes.  Also, I don't normally buy carrot bunches.  I buy the large bags of baby carrots, so I just cut enough to make the soup colorful!  Probably 20-30 baby carrots!