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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Continuing with the healthier/more frugal breakfast kick I've been on... I present, Freezer Breakfast Burritos!

I may or may not have made one for myself to eat for breakfast...shh!

They're super simple to make, they make quite a few with a small amount of ingredients, and they're yummy. I say I'm making them for my hubby, but I usually eat almost half of them myself...whoops!

First things first, brown your sausage. You can do sausage or bacon, or veggies if you so choose. The great thing about this recipe is how versatile it is, you can put anything you want in there- potatoes, beans, ANYTHING! But, I digress...

I'm simple and I really like plain Jane sausage, egg, and cheese.

So, if your like me, brown your sausage.


While your sausage is browning, crack some eggs. ( I used 8. About 8-10 is a good estimate)


Add some salt, pepper, and a splash of milk in there and whip it up with a fork- we're just making plain old scrambled eggs with that.

Drain your sausage once it's browned, and scramble your eggs in the same pan- I'm all about the less dishes the better.



I like to scramble them until they're pretty well done since they're going to be frozen until they're cooked again. Then chop them up with the spatula so they're in little pieces.

If you're anything like me, you will be listening to Pandora, and your toddler will want you to dance with him while the eggs are scrambling. Then, he will notice you are taking pictures and want one taken of him.


See those tired eyes, that is the face of someone who kept his Mommy up last night!
Mix your sausage and eggs together, and let them cool before you start building your burritos.



While the mixture is cooling, set yourself up a little burrito assembly line.



I normally use medium sized tortillas, but the store was out. So, I made some BIG ones for the hubby, and mini ones for me and Baby B.

I also like to heat up my tortillas so they're a little more pliable for the rolling process.

Fill your tortilla with about 1/2 a cup of the mixture, depending on it's size and sprinkle your desired amount of cheese on top. Some people like to also add salsa, or hot sauce at this point.


Roll it up burrito style, tucking the ends in so the filling doesn't fall out.


And then I just wrap it in a paper towel, so that it can be popped straight into the microwave from the freezer.


Keep wrapping, and store them in a freezer baggie.


And keep filling and filling until your mixture is gone! I think I usually get 15 medium sized burritos from this recipe. But I got 5 big ones and 11 mini ones. Plus the big one I may or may not have eaten...

Then fill up your freezer and feel amazing because you have just made your family breakfast for the week!


In the morning hubby just have to toss one in the microwave,  paper towel and all and heat for about 1 1/2 minutes (depending on your microwave). And you have a hot, frugal and yummy breakfast!




I also would like to share a recipe that I make Baby B all of the time for breakfast and snacks. You can find the recipe here >>> Flourless Peanut Butter Choc Chip Mini Blender Muffins.

No tutorial since I make them exactly like that- but they're yummy and he loves them, so check it out!


Thanks for checking out my recipe and keep on coming back for more!!!


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches


Sticking with my healthier/easier/breakfast routine- I'd like to share my recipe for freezer breakfast sandwiches. I like to send the hubby out the door with breakfast, and this way if the toddler is still sleeping, I can be too- and still feel like I am making hubby breakfast. Win-win! I usually make him freezer burritos (I'll share that recipe soon). But, he requested breakfast sandwiches instead. For our recipe I made bacon, egg, and cheese english muffins. Here's how I did it:

First:
Cook your bacon. You can fry it, bake it, whatever. I baked it for about 20 mins on 375, and that seemed to be about perfect. I used turkey bacon this time, because- hey, it was on sale! And it's slightly better for you..I guess.

After baking, drain on some paper towels for maximum crispiness!


Then, to make my eggs equal in size, and get all of the cooking done at once, I baked those too! Since I only had one package of english muffins, I baked 6 eggs. I just cracked them in a greased muffin pan and salted and peppered them. If you have one of those pans that makes breakfast sandwich sized eggs, even better. But, I don't. Just bake them until your preferred doneness. About 20 minutes or so- I wanted them hard so I did more like 30.



Then, toast your english muffins. You can do this in the oven, or I just used my toaster while I was cooking everything else.

Next, build your sandwiches...






I took a swiss cheese single and folded it diagonally. I put one triangle on the bottom, then the egg, bacon, and more cheese. Think of the cheese as the glue that holds it together once reheated.

Looks yummy, right?
Then I just folded them up in paper towels before bagging them- so they can be put straight in the microwave. I knew hubby would eat these fairly quickly, so I didn't worry too much about freezer burn. If you think yours might be in the freezer longer (or you make more than 6, which I plan on doing next time) put them in a sandwich baggie too.





I just stuck them back in the english muffin baggie, but you could also use a freezer bag. Easy peasy! I asked my hubby how he liked them and he said they were awesome! He's begging me to keep making these!

So much cheaper and quicker than going to McDonalds- and not to mention, healthier!

What are your favorite easy breakfast meals?

Check back next week for my freezer sausage, egg, and cheese burritos- they are my favorite!


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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Budgeting

This year I decided to start buckling down and doing better with our budget. Hubby just started a new business venture as a real estate agent, and would like to make it full time someday, so I want us to start saving more now! And the fact that it is the beginning of a new year is a bonus! We've always been HUGE Dave Ramsey fans, and have followed a lot of his advice. But, I just wanted to do better... so I went to his website and printed off the budget forms, and we're off! I'll keep updating our progress with the budgeting, and share any tips I learn a long the way!

What are your favorite tips for staying on budget?


Here are the forms we're using: http://www.daveramsey.com/tools/budget-forms/?snid=tools.forms

And if you don't know much about Dave Ramsey- check out his website while you're there! He's very inspiring and gets you motivated. I just read his new book- and would recommend it to anyone with kids, as it teaches you how to teach them about money.

Let me know what you think! Who wants to get out of debt and save money with me?








I'll be posting pics of my kitchen mini makeover soon- so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

It's cold outside...really, really, really cold! My favorite breakfast on cold days is oatmeal. But, my toddler prefers his food be done in seconds. So, at our house, instant oatmeal is a staple. In attempt to be more frugal and healthier this year (more on that later), I tried my hand at making my own instant oatmeal packets. I've only tried one so far- but it's delicious! I love it! It's super convenient, easy, and I'm spending much less on ingredients, while controlling what I put in my body (no crazy chemicals added). Let's get started-

First, gather your ingredients:

For my 2 recipes that I did today- oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, milled chia seeds, raisins,and dark chocolate.
And then, label some baggies- I found these cute little snack size baggies at the $ Tree, but sealable sandwich baggies would be fine.

 Then, get to filling! I'll post my recipe below- the only one I've tried so far is the brown sugar, cinnamon, raisin, because that's how I like to eat my oatmeal. Then I made a few dark chocolate ones for when my sweet tooth hits! 


After just a few minutes, viola! A bunch of breakfasts ready to go!






Cinnamon Raisin Instant Oatmeal

-1/2 cup oats
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tbsp chia seeds (opt.)
-dash of salt
- sprinkling of raisins

I like to put all the dry ingredients in, shake it up, then put the raisins on top.

For the dark chocolate, I put in less sugar and only a dash of cinnamon.

The chia seeds are totally optional, I just had them on hand and thought, "why not?" Might as well add a little extra goodness if I can!

What I really love about this is, that you can mix it up and make any flavor that you like. You could put pb2 in them for peanut butter, add dried fruit, or fresh fruit after it's cooked! The sky's the limit!

I've seen some recipes that call for powdered milk or dry creamer for consistency purposes, but I actually always cook my oatmeal with milk instead of water- so I don't add it. But if you prefer to use water, then go for it. 

When I'm ready to eat it, I pour it in a bowl with about 2/3 cup of milk, stir it and microwave for 1 1/2 mins, stir, and then do another 20 seconds. Yum!

Let me know how you like it- and what are your favorite oatmeal flavors?





In response to my previous post- I'm just going to keep blogging on here, and try to update my older 
posts over time!


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Confusion

Sorry I haven't been on here forever, but we had a great Christmas and New Year! I'm in decision making mode at the moment. I want to get back in to blogging more regularly, but I'm not sure what to do. A bunch of my pictures from previous posts have disappeared, and I have no idea why. I don't even have most of these pictures anymore, so I'm trying to decide what to do next. I may continue blogging, and leave the posts as is, or I may re-boot the blog on another site. I'll keep everyone updated!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Favorite- Stewed Apples


Let me start off this post with a story....

My Great Grandmother was a really good cook. The old fashioned kind that made all of her food, canned, and knew how to make just about anything from scraps. Every time I went to visit her, she had to feed me something. She made the absolute best Stewed Apples. She always had them in her fridge. ALWAYS. At least to my 10 year old self, it seemed like always.

I never got her recipe, as she passed away when I was only in the 7th grade, but I am always searching for a recipe that tastes like those Stewed Apples I remember from my childhood. I'd like to share one of my favorite recipes with you today...I change it up occasionally, but the same basic principals are the same.

First you take your apples- about 7 cups, give or take. And you peel and slice them.


I like to use my handy-dandy little coring and slicing tool to do the job, because it makes it go super fast. But, you can do it however you like.

The original recipe I used said to thinly slice the apples, but since my Great-Grandma's were thicker, I kept mine the same. Sometimes I would slice those chunks in the picture in half if they were too big, but just eyeball it, you can't really go wrong.


Next, melt about 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Then add in 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 a cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/2 a cup of water. Bring this to a boil until it begins to thicken.



At this point you can also add in any other spices that strike your fancy- apple pie spice, ginger, cloves, etc. I've changed it up and it always tastes really good. As far as tasting like my Great-Grandma's...she probably stuck with just the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Reduce your heat, stir in your apples, and turn them until they're pretty evenly coated. At first your pan is going to be pretty full, but the cook down over time- condensing all of that yumminess!



Cook over medium-high heat 4-5 minutes and they will cook down. Keep stirring and allowing the sauce to thicken.
Then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and cook until tender, stirring occasionally. How long this takes really depends on your preference. You can do 5-10 minutes, if you still want some bite- or sometimes I cook them for a lot longer, and they get really soft making for an excellent ice cream topping!
Mmmm...see how soft and brown they are?

A tip- add water if necessary, especially if you're cooking them longer. You don't want them to burn.

Every fall I make these and it transports me back in time to when I was a little girl, sitting next to my Great Grandma and listening to her tell me stories about when she was a little girl. What I wouldn't give to go back to that moment for a little while!

I'll post the full recipe at the bottom- if you try it, let me know what you think!





Stewed Apples

-4 TBSP butter
-7 cups apples, sliced
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-2 TSP cinnamon
-1/4 TSP nutmeg
-1/2 cup water

1.) Melt butter over medium heat.
2.) Mix in sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water. Stir.
3.) Bring to a boil, and continue boiling until it begins to thicken.
4.) Reduce the heat, stir in the apples, turning to evenly coat.
5.) Cook over medium-high heat 4-5 minutes. Keep stirring, allowing sauce to thicken.
6.) Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until tender. Stir occasionally. Cook 5-10 minutes (longer if your slices are thicker, or you want your apples softer.)

*Add water if necessary
* The sauce will thicken as it cools

I will admit- I also have used the sauce as a syrup for all kinds of things- DELICIOUS!

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