So, as some of you may have read and watched, we are implementing the "cash envelope" system in our home. 

Basically, this means that we use cash for all our purchases including; groceries, gas, entertainment, food out and daily miscellaneous.  I have wanted to do this for quite some time, but frankly, was too lazy and too convinced it would not really help!

I WAS WRONG!!  

More on that later!

However, today was my first trip to the Grocery store with only cash in hand.  I brought my weekly allotted budget in cash and that was all I had!  

HIP HIP HOORAY!!!  I spent below my budget again and left with $10 in my pocket!  I am sure that $10 will get put to use for things we may run out of during the week or things I may have forgotten, but I was thrilled I did not come up negatory!!!!

This week's meal plan is simple and shorter as one night we do left overs and two nights this week we will be out.  

Here is what I came up with!!
BREAKFAST
*Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup
*Bagels
*Cereal
*Eggs
*Toast

DINNERS:
*Cheeseburger Sliders and Homemade Fries
*Goulash, Garlic Toast and Salad
*Chicken in a Biscuit (I did not end up making this last week, so I still had the ingredients!)
*Tacos/ Nachos 
* Left Overs
*Dinner out X2

LUNCHES:
*Buttered Noodles
*Peanut Butter and Jelly
*Cheese Quesadillas
*Grilled Cheese
*Mac and Cheese
*Ham or Turkey and Cheese sandwich
Chips, apples, bananas, 

BON APPETIT!!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend

Missy

 
 
A few weeks ago, I saw this ad for Funfitfab boxes on Facebook!  I already subscribe to Ipsy and get a little cosmetic bag full of goodies delivered to my door once a month!  I LOVE IT!  For only $10 I receive a cute make up bag with sample size products including; eye shadows, blush, lip gloss/stick, mascara, eyeliner, nail polish, hair products, skin care products and more!  The samples last me for quite some time and I have found a lot of new products that I love and probably would never have known about otherwise!  And $10 is an excellent price as one bottle of the nail polish alone is probably close to that!

So... when I saw Funfitfab posted I was super excited! I LOVE getting fun stuff in the mail. Then send out a new box four times a year for each season.  They boxes contain over $200 worth of items you get delivered to your door for $49.99.  Your first box is $39.99 and you can cancel anytime if you don't want to receive the next box, though, I think you will really want to!

Our Anniversary is right around the corner, ergo, I told my husband this would be my gift!!  And it would be the gift that keeps giving the WHOLE year!!  It's great fun for me to get a present 4 times in a year and it relieves him of the agony of trying to come up with the perfect gift!!

I got my first box today and I LOVE IT!!  Rather than take a zillion pictures of each item, I stepped WAAAAAAY out of my comfort zone and made a video!  This way you can see all the items with explanation! I promised my blog would be authentic, so, as today was a lazy day and I was looking rather lazy, I did not altar my appearance in the slightest!  I am Au NatUral!!!  

ENJOY!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend

Missy


 
 
I am going to share some of my upcoming week's recipes with you!

Chicken in a Biscuit is on our menu... almost.every.week.  My kids ask for it constantly!  I guess I should be happy they love one dish and it is fairly simple, but frankly, I get tired of making it.  However, parenting is sacrifice... so I will cook on!! LOL

I hope you enjoy these recipes!

CHICKEN IN A BISCUIT

Ingredients;
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of crescent rolls ( I use reduced fat)
1 package of cheddar cheese
4 oz or half a package of cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper

*I put my chicken breasts in a crockpot with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder with about 1/4 cup water and cook on low for about 4-5 hours.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Once chicken is done, shred the chicken, mix chicken, cream cheese and 2 cups of cheddar cheese in a bowl.  Open up your crescent rolls.  Separate them into the little triangle rolls.  Take one of the triangles, press it very flat, place about 2 tsp of chicken mixture in the middle of the triangle, fold sides in and roll up and pinch closed so all the mixture is inside.  Now, this does NOT have to look pretty!  And at first you may find it a little tricky, but trust me, you will get the hang of it!  Place the prepared roll in your pan! Now do this for the rest of the rolls/ triangles!

Now mix your can of cream of chicken soup, with sour cream, and milk.  Pour this mixture on top of all the rolls, then sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake in prepared oven for 20-30 minutes.  The rolls will be golden brown and the soup mixture bubbly!

I serve this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable!

ENJOY!  

THREE CHEESE STUFFED SHELLS

Ingredients:
1egg
2 containers of ricotta cheese
1 small container of Feta cheese
1 bag or 2 cups of parmesan cheese
4 cups of mozarella cheese
1 box of jumbo shell noodles
1 can or jar of spaghetti sauce of your choosing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spay a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Set aside!

Boil noodles until el dante, meaning they still have a little firmness to them.  Remove from boiling water and rinse with cold water. 

Mix  egg,ricotta, feta, parmesan and 2 cups of mozarella cheese.  Now fill each jumbo shell with some of the cheese mixture and place in pan.  Once all the shells are filled, pour spaghetti sauce on top of the shells and then sprinkle with remaining mozarella.  Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, after 20 minutes remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes.  Let sit for about 5-10 minutes after removed from oven!

I serve this with garlic bread and a salad!

ENJOY!

I am trying a new recipe this week!  Homemade chicken fingers!  I will let you know how they turn out.  Here is the recipe I am using.  

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/southern-fried-chicken-strips

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend

Missy
 
 
So another day is almost at a close and I honestly, as much as the crazy days can ware one down, sometimes, it is one of my greatest sources of laughter!!!

So, my day started off typical, morning Bible/ God time, a quick run, breakfast for kids, running one off to school, homeschooling and lunch!  

After laying Audree down I scored some great deals at Dollar General with my Dollar General Digital coupons as well as some paper ones from the Sunday paper.  

Then began the after school hustle and bustle and dinner making.  I switched my weekly menu around a tad and wound up making Buffalo Chicken Pizza tonight! It was DELISH!!!!

Here is a peek at the finished product!
Next my oldest child comes busting out of the bathroom after his early evening shower to gather some pizza!  I ask this child if they cleaned up the bathroom, "yes!" was the response.  

I later walk by to see the shower curtain completely cattywampus  and water all over the the bathroom floor!  I guess this child simply doesn't have an eye for detail!! LOL

I then hear the same child coming down the stairs with dirty dishes and walk past said child, just in time to hear the words...."we really need to get one of those dumb waiters installed so I don't have to keep brining down my dishes!! 

Yes.  I will get right on that!

I then glance into the kitchen to see my two year old stripping naked yelling, "time for tubby!"  She took off streaking up the stairs.  I got side tracked for a moment and eventually made my way upstairs to bathe the naked child.  

I guess I should be happy she found a toilet of some type to use.... I walked in the bathroom just in time to see this....

That would be a Monster High plastic swimming pool!

These are the moments folks, that can't be planned and certainly not forgotten!  I am happy to report Audree did use the Monster High "potty" to her advantage and came running out of the bathroom with a stinky surprise inside!  

Blessed.... is the woman... who perseveres!!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend

Missy
 
 
I have some great and easy recipes to share with you this week!!

I am not going to spend a lot of time fluffing up the recipes and trying to convince you of how good they are, I personally dislike having to read through three paragraphs of recipe compliments before I get to the actually recipe!  So... trust me... if the recipe made this page.... IT'S A WINNER!!!

HOMEMADE BUFFALO CHICKEN PIZZA


Ingredients;

*1 Bottle of Buffalo Sauce ( I just use HyVee brand)
*4 cups or two packages of shredded pizza or Mozarella cheese.  Or more if you like a lot of cheese!
*2 cooked bonless skinless chicken breasts.  I place my chicken breasts in the crockpot in the morning with a little water, two crushed garlic cloves, salt and pepper.  Let them cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Shred chicken.  
*jar of banana peppers (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • My favorite homemade crust of all times is from Money Saving Mom!  This crust is quick, simple and delicious!  Here is a link to the recipe! http://moneysavingmom.com/2009/02/homemade-pizza-in-less-than-30-minutes.html
  • Once you've made the crust, spray the heck out of a 11x13 cookie sheet, I like to use the one with a little lip on the sides. Then press your dough onto the cookie sheet, pushing it up on the sides as well, to create your crust.  
  • spread buffalo sauce on crust.  I use enough to cover the crust without it pooling.  Just spread and even layer all over the crust.  Now, if you have Picky McPickersons in your house like I do, I leave 1/4 of the pizza without Buffalo sauce and spread regular pizza sauce on it.  
  • Now, spread your chicken over the Buffalo sauce (once again, you can leave the chicken off the Picky side.)
  • Add banana peppers to taste.  
  • Sprinkle with GOBS of cheese!
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 
  • I recommend letting it cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting!
  • ENJOY!!!!!
CHEESEBURGER SLIDERS AND FRIES

Ingredients:

*1 pound of hamburger
*3 TBS Worchestishire 
*1 TBS Yellow Mustard
*1-2 TBS minced onion
*2 tsp Garlic Powder
*salt and pepper to taste
* Package of 12 slider buns, you can also use tea rolls.
*Cheese of your choosing, I often use Kraft singles
*Butter

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • brown hamburger, drain and rinse grease, return to frying pan, add all Worschesteshire, Yellow Mustard, minced onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper and cook over low heat until all ingredients are cooked through.  
  • Spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray.  Place the bottom half of each slider bun on the bottom of the pan.  Add the hamburger mixture on top of each bun, until there is an even amount on each bun.  Place cheese on top of hamburger, place top of bun on cheese.  Spread a little butter on the top of each bun.  Cover with foil, place in the oven for 15 minutes.  Remove foil and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve with frozen french fries or whip up some homemade fries by cutting potatoes into french fry strips as thick as you would like.  I leave the peel on.  Soak the cut up fries in a large bowl of water with 2 TBS of salt for at least an hour.  Drain fries.  Let them dry a bit.  Put foil over a cookie sheet, spray the tar out of it (fries stick easily!!) Toss the fries with 3 TBS Olive Oil, 1 TBS seasoned salt, 2 tsp pepper, 1 TBS minced onion.  Dump fries on cookie sheet.  Cook at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Cooking time depends on how crispy you like your fries!!  

ENJOY!!!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend

Missy





 
 
Thursday is my normal grocery shopping day.  I chose Thursdays because I often fine two days sales start on Thursdays and if you don't get there the first day, they tend to be out of some of the items I wanted to get.  

By Wednesday, I am often out of even staples and I am beginning to hear the ever dreaded sighing and relentless slamming of the pantry and fridge door as my children desperately search from some morsel to put in their orifice.  

I did pretty well with my budget and actually stayed under my $160 for food and household items.  I was also able to purchase more food than usual due to some of the great sales at our local grocery store.  I could have done even better if a certain 2 year old with piggy tails wasn't along for the ride!! LOL  Yes, I got hornswaggled into a box of Bomb Pops that were not on sale, nor did I have a coupon for!! 

I purchase groceries to supply food for 5 dinners,( as one night is left overs and Friday nights we go out), breakfast daily for all household members, and daily lunch for all household members. My son and husband often pack their lunch, though my son may eat school lunch 1-2 times per week.  So, if you figure it, that averages about $7.90 per meal, which in turn figures to be about $1.31 per person, per meal.  I don't think that is too bad!!! 

My weekly menu plans run Friday-Friday!  Here's a peek into my next week!


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This weeks Hornswaggle item! I will now be referring to the "extras" my children con me into as "horswaggles!" LOL
WEEKLY MENU PLAN!
  • Friday Night-OUT FOR DINNER!
  • Saturday Night- Homemade Buffalo Chicken Pizza
  • Sunday night- Taco Soup/ Cheese quesadillas
  • Monday Night- Cheeseburger sliders/ Curly fries
  • Tuesday Night- Brats/ homemade french fries
  • Wednesday Night- Homemade chicken noodle soup/ rolls
  • Thursday Night- Leftovers or frozen pizza

Breakfasts: Cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, bagels

Lunches; ham, turkey sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, buttered noodles, homemade peanut butter/jelly uncrustables. 

I will be posting some of the above recipes on another blog post!  

Bon Appetite!!!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend 

Missy

 
 

HOMEmaking.  Not a lot of people use this term anymore.  It is almost considered primitive.  I personally, happen to LOVE this word. 

Why?

Because a home, is not just a house or an apartment.  A home, is your safe haven of comfort away from a sometimes, busy, chaotic and at times, scary and hurtful world.  

When I was a young girl, it was a rarity for me to make it an entire night away from home.  I did not partake in a lot of sleep overs.  I would make it at my grandparents home and one friends home that I can recall, otherwise, my comfort was found in my own house, in my own bed.  

That is what a home is for.  

So the art of homemaking is not just a matter of cleaning, managing and arranging furniture.  It is more about creating an environment that is peaceful, loving, nurturing and safe for the members that live there.  This can't be done just with your hands.

A HUGE part of homemaking is done with your HEART.  

Unfortunately, we often get caught up focusing on the visual and obvious.  A good homemaker is considered the one who has the spotless home, organize cabinets, possibly exquisite decorating and daily home cooked meals.  And while these things are wonderful, if the heart of the homemaker is not focused correctly, none of these things will matter.  

A clean home is great, but a nurturing home is better.  An organized home is super, but a loving home is better.  Home cooked meals or awesome, but a peaceful home is better.  Beautiful decor is wonderful, but a safe home is better.  

On this page, I will share with you;
  • some of my personal favorite homemaking ideas, 
  • some delicious recipes, 
  • funny and humorous happening in my home 
  • and the number one thing.... making GOD the center of your home.  
THIS.  This can be a corner of peace, even while there may be corner of toys and chaos.  THIS. Is where my heart.... meets my home.
Don't strive for perfection..... Strive for purpose.
I can't let a disorganized laundry room..... define me as a homemaker. 
Yes, my pantry contains Doritos as well as Oreo Cookies and sugary cereal.  Just because my pantry is not full of Organic food and snacks (which is totally awesome if yours is!!) does not mean.... I don't feed my family well


"Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house." Psalm 128:3