Friday, November 13, 2009

Gift in a Jar Recipes

As the holidays grow closer you may be considering what kinds of gifts to give to friends, teachers, bus drivers, coworkers. If the budget is tighter this year, consider making something homemade as a gift. Jar Mix Recipes are great ideas and give the recipient a food item to enjoy with their family. You can do cookie mixes in a jar, brownie mix in a jar, or soup mixes. The ideas are endless.

I wrote a couple of articles on gifts in a jar with instructions on how to put them together.

You can view How to Make Gift in a Jar Soup Mix to see my instructions on making Friendship Soup Mix.

My instructions for How to Make Gift in a Jar Brownies contains a video from YouTube which shows some examples of decorated jar mix containers.

Just click the article names for each of these to be taken to the instructions.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How to Make Hash Brown Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole is one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. There are many ways to make it and variations also include methods of cooking. I have not made a crockpot version yet but may try one for a potluck we'll be attending. Looking for step by step instructions on making the casserole and links to other recipes? Continue reading here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thanksgiving Potluck?

Are you hosting a large group? Planning to have the entire family over and wonder how to get it all done in time to serve the big meal?

Potluck ideas always come in handy when there is a crowd to feed and Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect time to host one. Having an easy potluck style Thanksgiving dinner means no one spends hours doing all the cooking for everyone. A little planning in advance goes a long way to making a potluck Thanksgiving dinner the perfect holiday meal.

Read more at How to Plan a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Liquid Diet time?

Has the flu hit your household? Or maybe you have dental surgery scheduled. Whether your diet needs are from the flu, to clear your digestive system for a test, or as a result of dental surgery or injury adapting to a liquid diet requires preparation to insure proper nutrition. This guide provides information on how to eat on a liquid diet.

Read more on How to Eat on a Liquid Diet here

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Crockpot Roast

Hoping to resurrect my long dead blogs this month. It was actually slated to be my Sept project but I never got to it!

I bought a new crockpot since mine died just after moving here. There are so many great crockpot recipes I kept missing having one. I love a good roast in the crock pot. You can do them so many different ways.

I summed up a few of my favorite slow cooker roast beef recipes on a recent How to Article. If you are not familiar with Mahalo, take a look at these recipes and then click on the flower at the top of the page and see what Mahalo is all about

How to Cook Crockpot Roast

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ham and Potato Chowder

This is one of my favorite cold weather meals.

Ham chowder
4 large carrots,diced
4 stalks celery,diced
4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small onion, diced
5 c. water
2 to 3 cups diced cooked ham
2 TB. butter
Salt and pepper
6 TB. flour
2 1/2 c. milk
Cook celery, carrots, potatoes and onions for 18 to 20 minutes in the 5 cups of water. Add the ham, butter and salt and pepper to taste. Combine the flour and milk, shake till no lumps remain. Stir this into the vegetable mixture, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cheap Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken is such a versaltile food. You can have chicken made so many different ways you can have it on your weekly meal plan several times in the week and it's not like repeating the meal. We've been eating chicken adobo and chicken chow mein since we moved to the Philippines. Eventually I will learn to cook those well enough to share recipes. In the mean time I used some of the recipes I have enjoyed over the years with our family to put together a cheap chicken meal plan. You can see the full meal plan here

The meal plan gives four recipes that can use leftover chicken, or use chicken you cook when you find a great sale. If you are not sure what to do with what you find on sale, cook it, shread it and freeze it for future meals.

The recipes on this meal plan include:
Cheesy Chicken Shortcakes
Chicken in a Shell
Night Before Chicken Casserole
Chicken A la King Toast Cups

If you have a favorite cheap chicken recipe feel free to link your blog in the comments section.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Meal Planning in a new location

Debating on meal planning a lot lately. It is tough because I dont know what I can find when, and sometimes it depends on which store we go to. We're using up a lot of the stock we bought with us so I need to be replenishing things in the pantry but have not gotten used to being a cash only shopper yet. I sure miss my checkbook!

This week I think we have everything on hand to make each of these items:
1. Chicken Noodles and Vegetables
2. Goulash
3. Ham and Egg Pie
4. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
5. Tuna Noodles
6. Southwestern Stroganoff
7. Honey Orange Crockpot Chicken

I don't need 7 meals for the week though so we'll decide which ones to make as the week goes on. There are more pasta meals in this than I like in one week so a couple of those wont be done. It will just depend on whether I am in a chicken mood or a tuna mood when I am ready to cook.

I dont have a crock pot any more, it broke the first time I used it, so I plan to try the honey orange chicken in the oven.

Recipes are found here

Friday, February 27, 2009

Green Eggs and Ham

Monday March 2nd would have been Dr Seuss' 105th Birthday. I love Dr. Seuss. He has inspired so many children to read over the years. As my kids were growing up there were different Dr. Seuss activities in school. Several times the schools had green eggs and ham for lunch. What a neat thing for the kids to experience. Why not make some green eggs and ham for your kids next week?

Read the book, print out some coloring pages, do a word search have fun with the day and remember a fantastic author Dr Seuss!

Links to Word Searches:

Links to Coloring Pages:

Links to Green Eggs and Ham recipes:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Free Banana Bread, IHOP Pancakes and Tacos

Quite a combination huh? You can read the details for each of the items here

I've been trying to adapt the cooking for the family to what items I can readily find here in country. It has been a challenge at times but we are eating different things and are doing fine. We got some fish from the seafood market last week and that's always good for us as we love different seafood meals. I have a few more meal plans in the works, will post links to them in the next few days

Friday, February 6, 2009

Back to the Easy cooking days

Cheap, Easy Cooking. Gosh it is easy to stray away from something when you get busy. That has been the case for me. I strayed from my blogs while I was in the midst of a recent household move. Although I have not been blogging I have been scoping out things that are considered cheap easy cooking in my view. Now that I am in a different country shopping is different for me so I am having to adapt my ideas of what to have for dinner. I have to admit, the easy part isnt quite as easy but not having convenience foods has made it healthier. One thing that I would encourage anyone looking for increasing the ease of their meals to do, is invest in a rice cooker. We have had ours for about 10 years now and use it almost every day. Rice, even with the recent rise in costs, is still one of the main staples of cheap easy cooking. Watch the widget on the blog for meal plans as I continue to post them on Associated Content. If you would like to find some of the older ones, just visit my page for all of the articles I have written.