Friday, January 28, 2011

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie

I made this Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie last night with the other pie crust that I had leftover from making the Chicken Pot Pie.



This great pie recipe goes back over 100 years. The recipe came from Charleston, South Carolina during the 1860's. History has it, that during the Civil War, since pecans were in short supply in the South, oatmeal was substituted for the traditional pecan pie and the results were astonishing.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick oats
2 tablespoons butter
1 large egg
4 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or Maple extract for Maple and Oatmeal Pie.)
1 pie crust (frozen or homemade)

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients.
Stir in wet ingredients.
Place in pie crust.
Insert in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Let Cool and Enjoy!

Chicken Pot Pie

I made this simple, yet delicious Chicken Pot Pie last night.
Leftovers today were even better!



Here is my recipe:

1 rotisserie chicken torn apart and diced
1 bag of frozen veggies (mine had potatoes, carrots, celery and baby onions)
1/2 pack fresh mushrooms cut up
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of potatoe soup
dash of rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
1 pillsbury pie crust, refrigerated type


Mix all ingredients together and place into baking dish, Cover with pie crust and back at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the crust is done on top.

YUMMO!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Biltmore and the Stable Cafe

We visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC on 01/22/11. During our visit, we ate lunch at the Stable Cafe. After lunch, we visited the home, then made our way to the Bakery and onto the Winery and Barnyard. This makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

The website is: www.biltmore.com


This is me in front of the Biltmore Estate.


Inside view of the Stable Cafe.


Our table at the Stable Cafe.


I had the Chicken Pot Pie with Roasted Root Vegetables, Herb Broth, Flaky Crust for $11.95. It was so warm and filling.


Daniel had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Honey-Mustard Greens for $13.95. It was very yummy as well!

Once again, another highly recommmend North Carolina Restaurant and trip.

Here is the link to the Stable Cafe for the full menu and information.
http://biltmore.com/visit/dining/stable/

Monday, January 24, 2011

Perfecting the Art of Couponing by Kimberly Danger

Perfecting the Art of Couponing by Kimberly Danger

We’ve all read stories about the coupon-savvy woman who can feed a family of five on $50 a month. What is her secret? She’s perfected the art of couponing. While I won't promise that you'll be able to do quite that well, I do guarantee that if you follow the tips below you will be able to slash dollars from your monthly grocery bill.

Know when NOT to use coupons. When is a coupon not a good deal? Knowing this can be as helpful to you as the coupon itself. In most cases, the generic version of what you're buying is cheaper than the more expensive counterpart even WITH a coupon. You may be asking yourself, "So why even bother? Why not just purchase generics?" You will need to become coupon-savvy in order to recognize when coupons are a good deal and when they're not. Coupons work best when they're combined with another deal or are doubled. Carry a small calculator in your purse to help you calculate the price per unit when you're shopping.

Combine coupons with in store-sales and two-for-ones. I recently bought two boxes of Cheerios cereal. They were on sale at the grocery store for 2 for $3. I also used two $1 off coupons I had, saving an additional $2. My cost per box: only 50 cents. Normally, without the coupon, each box is at least $3. Cool, huh? A lot of grocery stores also offer "in store" coupons. Use your own coupons in addition to these to save even more.

Find a store that will double your coupons. If your town doesn't have one, it may be worth a short drive to another town to a store that does. Click here for a state-by-state list of stores that will double your coupons. If making a special trip, be sure to call in advance to see if the store has restrictions on doubling coupons. Some stores will only double coupons under $.50, some only double coupons on certain days of the week.

Buy the smallest size. Most people are under the impression that you will save more by buying in bulk. When using a coupon, this usually isn't true. What you will need to consider is the price per ounce. Here is an example of what I mean:

Without Coupon:

Diapers 28 count package: Price: $7.00 Cost per unit: $0.25

Diapers 56 count package: Price: $13.00 Cost per unit: $0.23



With Coupon:

Diapers 28 count package: Price: $7.00 - $1.50 coupon = $5.50 Cost per unit: $0.20

Diapers 56 count package: Price: $13.00 - $1.50 coupon = $11.50 Cost per unit: $0.21


While the price per ounce of the larger size is more economical without the coupon, the smaller size is the better buy with the coupon. Keep a small calculator in your purse or coupon caddy to help calculate the best deal.

Trade coupons with friends and online. Start a coupon group with women in your area. Let them know which items you need coupons for; and offer to trade with them. I have a friend who uses Pampers diapers, so whenever I see a coupon for that item I give it to her. In turn, she looks out for the items I use. To get started, e-mail 5-10 of your "thrifty" friends to see if they're interested. Have each friend list 10-20 items that she always uses, and print out the lists. Keep the lists handy when you're clipping coupons, and then pass on the coupons to your friends. Check out the Mommysavers.com Frugal Living Forum and join one of their Coupon Trains.

Other coupon sources. Some grocery stores have coupon bins within their store. Look for them near the customer service counter, or in the front of the store. Some libraries also have a coupon swapping bin. If your local library or grocer doesn't, it doesn't hurt to suggest it. Coupons are also now available in-store right next to the products themselves from machines sponsored by SmartSource.

Find coupons online. When you think of coupons, chances are you think of the kind that come as inserts in your Sunday paper. With the invent of the internet all sorts of other kinds of coupons are now available. You can download coupons from your computer and print them out. Click here for a listing on online coupon services. You can even find coupons being sold on eBay.

Organize! Make coupons easy to file and easy to use. I used to have my coupons clumped together in an envelope in my purse. I could never find the coupons I needed, and I ended up throwing out expired coupons I could have used. I use a large plastic index-card box for my coupons now. I have it divided by categories such as: canned goods, baby products, cereal, baking, dairy, etc. After serious couponing for a few months, you will discover which categories work the best for you.



After a little practice, you can become a coupon queen in your own right. Once you’ve mastered the art of couponing, you’ll never hit the grocery store without ‘em.



About the Author: Kimberly Danger is the owner/publisher of Mommysavers.com, and online resource for parents interested in saving time and money. She is the author of 1000 Best Baby Bargains. Ms. Danger lives in Southern Minnesota with her husband and two kids.

Minestrone Soup

Here is a pic of the recent Minestrone Soup that I made. Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I made this yummy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe by "Taste of Home" last night. It was so good I had to share it!

2 quarts water
8 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
6-1/2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
12 ounce bag of frozen peas and carrots
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

In a large saucepan, bring water and bouillon to a boil. Add noodles and veggies; cook, uncovered, until tender, about 10 minutes. Do not drain. Add soup and chicken; heat through.

Remove from the heat; stir in the sour cream. Sprinkle with minced parsley.


Ingredient Photo


The end result: Yummo!

Breakfast of Champions

I love this easy oatmeal that I had for breakfast this morning.

I used the instant Maple Oatmeal and I made it with Milk instead of water to get some calcium. When it was done, I added some sliced Almonds for protein and strawberries for a fruit serving. This was great and filling!

Perfect pizza

I love pizza and I know it is so bad for me, so I made the perfect pizza for me for lunch. I used the new Italian Herb Flatbread for wraps and added sauce, cheese and a few pepperoni. Here is the end result.

Back to Pomodoros

We went back to Pomodoros Greek & Italian Cafe on 01/22/11. It was great as usual. Here are some of the food highlights from this trip.


This is the Saganaki. Opa! Traditional Greek cheese melted and flambéed with brandy then finished with fresh lemon juice. Served with
toasted pita points.


I had the Branzini, which are also known as spigole in Italy, are among the most popular Mediterranean fish. It was served with Risotto and a Greek salad.


Daniel had the Papia Me Syka, Pan-seared Maple Leaf Farms duck breast
drizzled with a Greek golden fig and port wine demi-glace. Served with parmesan polenta cakes and butter braised broccolini. He also had the Broccoli and Parmasean cheese soup of the day.

Here is a link to there menu to check out everything else that they offer: http://www.pomodoroscafe.com/images/pdf/dinner.pdf

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Greek food for the Goddess.......Me!

We love to eat at Pomodoro's Greek and Italian Cafe in Asheville, NC. We try to go there several times per year. Here are a few photos from when we ate there in December 2009. We are planning to go there again this Saturday and I will be sure to post more pics.


My husband had this wonderful Lamb and Risotto. I tried it and it was so good.


I had the Spinach and Aritchoke stuffed Chicken with Asparagus. Would love to have that again!

I highly recommend this resturant to anyone in the North Carolina area.
There website is: http://www.pomodoroscafe.com/

Ah Yes! Wonderful Cracker Barrel

We ate at the Craker Barrel in Morristown, TN last night. It was awesome.
Here are a few pics from our meal.

I had the Meatloaf, Country Ham, Chicken Dumplins, Fried Okra, Hashbrown Cassarole, Mac & Cheese and Cornbread. So Yummy!


My husband ordered off the breakfast menu and had the largest piece of country ham I have ever seen in my life!


This is me and my husband (on left) with 2 of our friends that we met on our cruise in Summer 2010. They are from FL and came up to Gatlinburg, TN for the week and met us for dinner.

Check out Cracker Barrel at: http://crackerbarrel.com

Cupcakes Galore!

These are awesome cupcakes from Another Touch Bakery in Jonesborough, TN.
I bought the Chocolate on Chocolate cupcake and the Coconut Cupcake.

They were huge and so yummy!

Check out the bakery website at: http://anothertouchbakery.com/

Chocolate Fantasy 2010

These are a few photos from the 2010 Chocolate Fantasy in Greeneville, TN.

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