Archives for November 2010

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

I’m always amazed at the infinite possibilities for chicken, potatoes and carrots to be combined in a recipe.  This variation is worthy of being repeated often.

If you have cooked chicken stashed away in your freezer, you’re only minutes away from having this dish oven-ready.  (See this post for tips on cooking and freezing chicken.)  Using left-over or instant mashed potatoes speeds things up even more.

My boys loved this recipe and feasted on several helpings each.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it for your family: [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 11

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Are you still eating leftovers?

Now that we’re past T-day, it’s just a short hustle and bustle to Christmas.  Have you started your shopping yet?  I think I might make things exciting this year and wait till Dec. 23.

Just kidding!  But I do need to get started or that might happen.

I’ve got a couple of tips about the menu this week.  First, there are 2 recipes that use cooked chicken.  If you are lucky to have turkey leftovers, then use those and you’re all set.   If not, bake up a bunch of chicken all at once.  (See Cooking Meat to Freeze for Later for tips on this.)

Second, the menu has Fish and/or Shrimp Tacos.  You can make both, or just one.  One recipe feeds 4-5 people.  Double it if you need more, or make 1 recipe of each.  The extra chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can be frozen for another recipe.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

To print, click here:  [download id=”69″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at

Grocery University Sale!

Grocery University One Day SaleThere’s a huge sale happening on Grocery University, starting at midnight!

The price for the whole series (2 hours and 19 minutes of audio, 40-page workbook, and the Rock Bottom Price List) will start out at just $5.00!

If you’re looking for info on combining coupons, store sales, and maximizing your menu planning to bring down your grocery costs, you don’t want to miss this.

The best price is midnight to 5am – just $5!  But the sale continues all day and remains a good bargain even at the highest sale price of $9.

Here are all the times and prices, split up by time zones: [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving!

I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  I’m so thankful for all of you who read this blog.  I love sharing recipes with you and getting a peak inside your kitchens through conversations on Facebook and in the comments here.

I’ve got lots of good stuff lined up in the coming weeks, including new recipes, menus, giveaways (some really good giveaways!) and even a new look for the site!

Have a blessed weekend!

Ingredient Spotlight: Cream Cheese

This post is part of a new series where you get to link up your recipes! Each week I’ll focus on a different common pantry ingredient. I’ll link to a few of my recipes that feature the ingredient and then give you a chance to link up to your blog.

I use a lot of cream cheese at this time of year. There are so many delicious desserts, cheese balls and frostings that gain richness from this ingredient. Here are a few of my recipes that use cream cheese: [Read more…]

Cranberry Pecan Sticky Rolls and My Trip to the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Test Kitchen

When I was contacted about the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Holiday Bake-Off trip, I quickly agreed to participate.  Then I realized I would need to come prepared to bake something. (Pictures from the trip are at the end of this post.)

Cranberries are a natural holiday food, so I created two recipes featuring these beautiful gems.  Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze is the recipe I chose to enter, only because I was afraid the roll dough in this recipe would not have time to rise in the 2-hour time limit.

But the rolls are a cinch to make and have all the sticky-sweet goodness you expect from a sticky roll.  As a bonus, they’re studded with tart, red cranberries making them perfect for the Holidays. [Read more…]

21 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey



Because Thanksgiving is later this week, I decided not to post a new Menu + Grocery List today.  Instead, we’re going to talk leftovers. I know the turkeys haven’t even been cooked yet, but it’s good to plan ahead.

All of the recipes listed here call for cooked chicken, but you can use cooked turkey instead.  If you have plenty of leftover turkey, portion it out in 2-3 cup quantities and freeze it for later.  Having a stock of pre-cooked poultry meat in the freezer is one of my favorite quick-dinner tricks.

On to the recipes.  They all have chicken in the name, but call it turkey whatever or fowl food (okay, maybe not that) and you’re good to go. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

This is a guest post from Sweet T of Sweet T Studio.

For this recipe, I started with Martha’s Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies, & made a few modifications to the original recipe to bring DOWN the guilt-factor, in regard to my thighs, AND my wallet, hehe!  (I doubled my recipe, because I was taking it to a big party, but this would be an ideal recipe to make two, & freeze one for later! Time saver!) [Read more…]

Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker – Homemade Christmas Gift Alert!

One of you brilliant readers left this recipe in the comments section.  I can’t remember which post now, so I can’t find out who it was.  If you’re the wonderful person who shared this recipe, please let me know so I can thank you!

If you’re looking for easy, homemade Christmas gift ideas you’ll want to consider this apple butter.  It makes a lot, which is good, because you’ll want to keep some for yourself too.

It starts with a couple jars of store-bought applesauce and a slow cooker.  The result is fragrant deliciousness that’s heavenly spread on a warm biscuit.  It will even perk up a plain old piece of toast. [Read more…]

Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup

I made these pancakes for dinner last night and they quickly bumped to the top of my “recipes to share” list.  Please schedule a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or snack time to cook up a batch.  You’ll thank me later.

The pancakes are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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