August 2011

Menu Plan for Aug 28th-Sept. 3rd

by GettingFreedom on August 29, 2011

I cannot even begin to tell you just how excited I was to plan my 2 week menu plan and go grocery shopping {with a planned purpose!}.  Sometimes the small things that I do as a homemaker are the things that I take for granted.  Menu Planning and grocery shopping being 2 of them.

Anyway, all of that to say::  I have a menu plan and I’m pretty sure I’ll actually be able to stick to it.


  • Oatmeal w/Dried Fruit
  • Scrambled Eggs and Bacon Breakfast Burrito
  • Fruit/Yogurt/HM Granola Parfait
  • Pancakes and Sausage
  • Cold Cereal


  • Peanut Butter and Banana Tortilla Roll Ups
  • Lunchables {scored these for $1/ea and the kids are tickled!}
  • Cold Sandwiches.  Veggie Sticks. Muffins.


  • Sunday:: Tuna Casserole. Peas. Fresh Fruit. {$5.50; 8 servings}
  • Monday:: Chef Salad. Homemade Breadsticks. {$4.25; 8 servings}
  • Tuesday:: HM Ravioli {going to attempt it!}  French BreadHome Canned Green Beans. {$6-ish; 8 servings}

  • Wednesday:: Sweet and Sour Chicken.  Fried Rice.  HM Egg Rolls. {$4.50; 8 servings}
  • Thursday:: Salisbury Steak.  Mashed Potatoes/Gravy.  Corn on the Cob. {$4; 6 servings}
  • Friday:: Pizza/Popcorn/Movie Night! Chicken and Vegetable.  Cheeseburger. {$7; 10 servings}

  • Saturday:: Camping! {Haven’t quite narrowed it down yet. :) }

Total Dinner Cost:: $31.25 Average Cost Per Serving:: .65¢ each!


  • Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
  • Jelly Roll
  • Fresh Fruit

Menu Plan Monday has HUNDREDS of menu plans for your viewing planning pleasure.


Salvaged Sunday-Homemade Frappacinno

by GettingFreedom on August 27, 2011

{It’s SO very good to be back into the swing of things!}

I love me some coffee first thing in the morning.  But I’m not one of those coffee drinkers that drinks an entire pot daily.  To the contrary, since I am the only one in this house that enjoys a nice cup of joe, I only make 4 cups worth of coffee every morning.  And generally, I’m lucky if I drink all of that before I get busy and distracted and forget all about it.

I’m no fan of dumping out good coffee though.  So what’s a frugal girl to do?

When life gives you extra coffee–Make Frappacinno!

Many weeks back, I finally took the plunge and bought a Snow Cone Machine using Swagbucks.  We’ve not stopped using it since!  As a matter of fact, when we were gone to my mom’s house over the last few weeks, my kids were deeply saddened that I forgot to pack it up!  Like I didn’t have enough to worry about!

There’s nothing quite like treating myself to a nice iced coffee, or frappacino every now again.  It’s just the price that kills the budget.  Not these!  While I’ve not done the exact price conversion–I would wager to bet that these come in under a dollar, easily.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Frappacinno

1/4 cup vanilla syrup {could also use caramel}

2 cups cold coffee; brewed strong

Couple Tablespoons Hazelnut Creamer {or flavor of your choice}

16 ice cubes {more or less depending upon your desired consistency}

For my Snow Cone Machine, I placed the coffee and syrup in the lower bowl chamber.  When I shaved my ice, it goes directly into this chamber and mixes it all together for me.  Once I reached my desired consistency, I added in the creamer and indulged!

If for some reason you should have leftover Homemade Frappacinno, just pour it into a freezer safe container and freeze until you want some again.

Another great way to re-use coffee? Freeze it in ice cube trays.  You can then thaw them out for recipes calling for coffee, or toss it in your hot coffee for a quick cool down {this is perfect for those flavored coffees.  It adds just a bit of the flavor and cools it down in the process.}.

What have you salvaged from the trash recently?

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