Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tropical Pancakes with Banana and Pineapple

Tropical Pancakes with Banana and Pineapple topped with Pineapple Sauce


1 ripe banana
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup crushed pineapple (20oz can crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved)

1/2 cup pineapple juice (reserved from can of crushed pineapple)
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

If desired:
Shredded Coconut
Chopped Walnuts
Whipped Cream

In blender put banana, milk, egg, baking powder, salt and pineapple.  Blend until smooth. Add 1/2 cup flour, blend until smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup flour, blend until smooth.

Preheat griddle to medium high heat.  Cook pancakes until bubbles pop, flip.  Cook for 1-2 more minutes until golden.

While pancakes are cooking, make sauce.

In a small sauce pan, combine pineapple juice, pineapple and brown sugar.  Heat to a boil on medium high heat.  Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer while pancakes cook, about 15 minutes.  Stir often.  Remove from heat.  Let stand about 3 minutes before serving, to let sauce thicken.

Top pancakes with sauce, whipped cream, coconut and walnuts (if desired)

ENJOY!!  :-)


Clean out an empty ketchup bottle and use it for you pancake batter.  You avoid all the messy drips and it is also very handy for making "letter and number" pancakes for your kids.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

shopping trip 3/31/12

Got some great deals today!!

King Soopers and Safeway had some good deal this week


Colgate toothpaste  $0.00 ea
Colgate toothbrushes  $0.20 ea
Colgate kids toothpaste  $0.30 ea
Suave hand lotion  $0.00 ea
Angel Soft T.P.  $0.40 ea
Dole Pineapple $0.50 ea
Keebler Fudge Cookies $0.89
Dole Fruit and Granola $0.99ea
Pasta $0.49 ea


Friday, March 23, 2012

Pita Pizzas

Pita Pizza

These little individual pizzas are super easy and quick to make.  Kids can help and make what they want.  Pizzas only bake for 6 - 10 minutes, prep item depends on how silly of a mood your kids are in.

You will need:

1 package of wheat PITA POCKETS
TOMATO SAUCE (I used some leftover, but you can use a small can)
TOPPINGS - whatever you like

For crispy pizzas -broil pitas on low for about 5 minutes before topping
For softer pizzas - place toppings, then bake

I put my pizzas under the broiler until the cheese was golden.  This took about 6 minutes.
You can bake on 400 for 8-10 minutes as well.

Get the kids involved.  They can put on as much or as little of the toppings as they like.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Chicken Alfredo Biscuits

Chicken Alfredo Biscuits

Here is another leftover meal.  Quick and easy


1 can refrigerated biscuits
1cup Alfredo sauce
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/4 cup diced orange pepper
1/4 cup diced asparagus
salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Flatten biscuits.
Place into muffin tins, forming a cup
Spoon 1 spoonful of Alfredo into each "cup"
Fill each cup with broccoli, peppers, and asparagus and cheese.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Top with chicken and 1 more spoonful of Alfredo.
Fold edges of biscuits up over the cups.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Crochet Baby Boy Blanket

Double Crochet Baby Blanket

worsted weight yarn
(A) 1 ball dark blue
(B) 1 ball light blue
(C) 1 ball grey
(D) 1 ball light green
size I crochet hook
tapestry needle


With (C) chain (ch) 80, double crochet (dc) 2 rows.
Switch to (D), double crochet 2 rows
Switch to (B), double crochet 2 rows
Switch to (A), double crochet 1 row
Switch to (B), double crochet 2 rows
Switch to (D), double crochet 2 rows
Switch to (C), double crochet 2 rows
Switch to (A), single crochet 1 row

Repeat patterns 4 more times.
When finished with final row of (A), continue in (A) around entire piece to form a border.  At corners, use the rule of three.  3 dc into corner, ch 2, dc into same stitch, continue around piece.

Once you have 1 row of (A) around entire piece, dc 2 more rows.

Tie off and weave in all loose ends.

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole


This is healthy and super easy to make with leftovers and things you have on had.

1 box chicken or pork flavor stuffing ( I used Stove Top)
1 3/4 cup hot water
1lb cooked chicken or turkey (cut into approx 1" pieces)
2 cups fresh mixed veggies, chopped (I used zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus & broccoli)
1 small onion chopped
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried oregano


Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Combine stuffing mix & hot water in medium
size bowl, stir until absorbed. Set aside.
In a 9 X 13 baking dish combine chicken, veggies,
tomatoes, cheese and spices. Stir until well mixed.
Top evenly with stuffing.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until
stuffing is golden brown.
Serve with a colorful salad

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Camouflage mittens and
pink & grey mittens I made for the kids

Monday, February 27, 2012

Library totes

Here are a few of the Library (all purpose) totes I made for the kids. They are canvas and corduroy for durability and have nylon handles.   There are pockets inside and out for library cards & snacks

Sunday, February 26, 2012

shopping trip 2/26/12

$98.98 paid for $206.11 worth of groceries.
Target, Safeway & King Soopers
3 dozen Egglands Best eggs - $0.00 (Target - on sale for $0.28 - had 3 coupons for $.50 off 1)
10 boxes of cereal
4 boxes Capri Suns
1 tube toothpaste $0.00 (Kings)
1 toothbrush $0.00 (Kings)
3 pack Trident Gum $.25 each (Safeway)
7 bags of chips
3 cartons of Chai concentrate $1.99 each (Target - normally $3.99 each)
1lb peaches $0.00 (Target)
1 carton raspberries $.80 (Target)
10lbs fresh produce (fruits & veggies)
6 Sobe waters $.55 each (Target)
4 boxes Quaker granola bars $1.00 each (Target)
3 loaves sandwich bread
1 loaf french bread $0.00 (Target)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My most recent haul  $89.00 paid - retail $202.00

6 tubes of Colgate toothepaste - $0.00 (Kings - 10 for $10 minus $.50 off doubled)
4 Colgate toothpaste - $0.20 each (Kings - 10 for $10 minus $.49 off doubled)
5 Hershey bars $0.00 (Kings - B2G1 minus 3 B1G1 )
6 packs of U Pick Gum $0.00 (Target - $1.29 /pack minus $.55 off Target coupon + $1.00 manf coupon)
5 lb bag Purina cat food $0.00 (Target - B2 cans G1 - gave me free bag instead of free can)
5 Campbells Kettle Soups $0.25 each ( see below)

I got most of this at Target.  They do not double coupons but you can coupon stack.  This means you can print a Target coupon and use manufactors coupon as well. Using the soups as an example, There was a coupon in the paper for $1.00 off 1 Cambells Kettle Soup.  Target also offered a coupon for $1.00 of 1 soup.  At Target these soups retails for $2.99.  They had select flavors cleranced at $2.25, minus my 2 coupnons, I paid $0.25 for each soup. Print Coupns to use at Target

I am hoping to post some coupn match-ups for next week as soon as the ads come out.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

So, I am totally new this.  I have seen a lot of people with awesome blogs, sharing great ideas.  I hope to share some of my own.  I will will be posting about: CRAFTS - knitting, crocheting, kids crafts and more.  COOKING - I have quite a fwr recipes I have been perfecting.  COUPONING - I love saving $$.  BOOKS - always love to share a good read.  I hope you enjoy!!  :-)