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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / Get Your GROUPON! on: January 25, 2011 07:07:37 AM
Groupon has a deal today for us crafty folks!


woohoo!!!  enjoy crafty folks!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / BUDGET MEALS awesomeness!!!!! on: June 22, 2009 09:08:45 AM
Donniesgirl and I did a "Dave Ramsey" swap and she sent me an AWESOME cook book!!!!

In case you don't know "DAVE" he is a financial planner that encourages living debt free!  In order to get there living has to be a little lean around here...But I like to feed my family good things so here are some budget friendly meals.  I spent $66 on all of my groceries for the week and here are the 4 highlighted meals I made!  I have a 2 year old, myself and hubby to cook for with lots of left overs!  But these meals can easily be stretched or stuck in the freezer...to fit your family size. Enjoy!!!

On Sunday I took a bag of frozen chicken breast and cooked them in the crock pot over night, yep the whole bag!  Did I mention this is busy family friendly!!!  When I got up I divided it into 3 portions for the 3 times we would eat chicken this week.

orange chicken
4 chicken breast (enough for your family)
1 cup oj
1 cup instant rice(I par cooked rice on sunday night too...instant rice is a bit pricey for my budget! LOL!)
1 can chicken and rice soup
Put juice in a casserole dish, stir in rice.  Add chicken.  Top with soup. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 
**next time I might use 1/2 to1 cup of oj concentrate to make it a little more tangy and a little water for moisture.

Impossible Chicken Broccoli Pie
1 package (10 oz) frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup cut up cooked chicken (more or less for you family)
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 cup Bisquick type mix
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
 Heat oven to 400. Grease 9 inch pie pan.  Sprinkle broccoli, 1/2 of the cheese, chicken, and onion in pan. 
Stir Bisquick, milk, salt, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour in pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake for another 1-2 mins to melt cheese.  cool and serve!
Man I LOVE CASSEROLES!  Fab for lunch the next day!!!

Easy Asian Beef and Noodles
8 oz Rib eye (if that is expensive, choose another lean cut that is thin and slice it against the grain thinly, you are going to cook it fast and use a lot of flavors so don't feel obligated to get a really good cut of meat)
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, divided
1 cup green onions sliced in 1 inch sections
2 cups shredded cabbage and carrots mix
2 (2.8oz) packages of beef flavored ramen noodle soup
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon lite soy sauce

Trim fat from steak, cut diagonaly-against the grain- into thin slices.  Heat 1/2 tsp oil in non-stick skillet over medium high heat.  Add Steak and green onions; stir fry for 1 minute.  Remove and keep warm.  Heat remaining 1/2 tsp oil in skillet add slaw for 30 seconds.  Remove and keep warm.

Remove noodles from packages and reserve 1 seasoning pack for another use.  Add water and 1 seasoning pack to skillet, bring to a boil.  Break noodles in half and add to water.  cook nooddles 2 mins or until most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently.  Add Steak and slaw back to pan add soy sauce and cook until heated thoroughly.

Cranberry Chicken
sorry no picture...it was GONE! before I could get one!!!
this is so good you'll never buy sweet and sour chicken from any chinese place again!

1 can cranberry sauce/jelly
1 bottle french dressing (I used 1/2 to 3/4 of the bottle)
1 package onion soup mix
chicken pieces (here is that chicken again!)

mix the cranberry sauce, dressing, and soup mix and add chicken!  Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes until warm.  Serve over rice and some Asian veggie mix(remember we par cooked rice...break that out again!). TADA!

Thanks donniesgirl for all these awesomely yummy and cheap dinners!!!!
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / dryer sheet on: April 04, 2009 06:51:04 PM
The whole time I was doing this it smelled so wonderful!
My daughter will be 2 this week and I wanted to show the world! 
So I made this shirt and needed some stabilizer...I wanted to give it a try so here it is!  I used the used dryer sheet as my stabilizer!  It worked pretty well and tore out pretty well too.  The shirt is a waffle style long-john kind and stretches a lot!!!  But the dryer sheet worked well to keep that to a min.

Thanks for the idea!  I will probably do the same for my dh when I make his bday present only it won't say his age..too close to mine!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dave Ramsey Swap or your financial guru swap on: March 31, 2009 06:47:44 AM
I can't be the only one....any one else out there doing a budget?  I am changing the title to maybe generate some interest...heres hoping

Is there anyone else out there who is doing a Dave Ramsey thing or otherwise budgeting and saving and paying down debt?

We are and to tell you the truth it really sucks!  I hate being poor!  But one day I will be

DEBT FREE!!!!!!!!!
can you tell I am excited!
Any way I was thinking of things that would keep me on track...fancy envelopes, gazelles, piggy banks, all things from the thrift store or stash.  Gentle reminders to keep on budget but nice things that I otherwise wouldn't get because I have a limited budget to play with.  I have gotten really creative! 

Any other takers?
I would be willing to organize in mid April-ish if there is an interest. 
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / valentines day wreath on: March 02, 2009 12:26:38 PM
so its a little late...but better late than never!

c/c welcome!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / jordy inspired!...thanks for that tute!!! on: March 02, 2009 12:22:12 PM
I was working up some things and I am going to make a bag so this is what happened its a version of the Jordy bag on the tute list...turned out pretty good.
and FAST!  woohoo!

c/c welcome!

It needs to be ironed! I know!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / sparkly beaded hair bands! on: November 17, 2008 07:28:28 AM
Ok so I get a little carried away when I make things I make a lot of them and right now I am into beads and hair bands!  I have short hair right now...so I am not sure why I wanted to create this.  But they came to me and now I will share them with you!
when I had long hair I used them all the time...even when I worked out! 
I'd love to hear what you think!
Thanks and enjoy!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / NEW...Where to start? on: June 25, 2008 02:52:17 PM
I have always wanted to sell things.  I am crafty and I like what I make, I often give handmade gifts & think that it is one of the coolest things to actually get money for things you make!  So I have the time right now...sorta...but where did you start?

I have crafting ADD and like lots of crafts so I think that my stock would be pretty varied. 

Any advice would be great. 
I know its a lot of work, but I think that Etsy would probably be the best way for me to strike out. 

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Craft Closet on: June 06, 2008 12:17:24 PM
OK color me jealous of all of you with a craft room!  But I will take what I can get!  Here is my closet.  Its off the kitchen and in the middle of everything, which I like.  One day!  You gotta have dreams, right! 



the fun in progress

HOORAY for being done with school for the summer!!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / FIRST dress for my daughter on: June 06, 2008 12:11:22 PM

Sorry for the messy face not great pictures of the actual dress, but hey its comfy enough to play with Dad on the floor! & thats how we roll!

obviously this was a little bit ago, but as you may know...its sometimes hard to find the time!
I HATE bias tape and will have to learn how to use it! 
comments?!  Advice welcomed!!
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