An inspiring sale lead me to this delicious concoction! A short while ago I found Instant Hot Chocolate Packages on sale for $.25 a box! Granted the store was severely overstocked from the holidays still and looking to purge, that did not stop my elation. I bought 4 boxes for $1.00 and they are set to expire after next season. So…score!
However, today while cleaning the pantry they eyed me temptingly. “I would love one of those frozen right now!” Here is what I came up with:
Frozen Hot Chocolate items
any type of semi sweet chocolate
instant cocoa mix
-Melt chocolate on lower setting until fully melted.
-Stir in instant cocoa and allow to cool.
-Slowly add milk until smooth.
-Place in blender with ice and added milk. Blend until smooth. ( make sure to fully blend ice)
Can be eaten now or for a truly tasty treat poor in mugs and place in freezer for an hour. Enjoy!
So I tried to clean out the cupboards tonight and had luck. I used a Kikkoman stir-fry mix (that I bought with a coupon for free of course) added chicken, carrots and frozen peas over white rice. It was delicious, simple and budget friendly.Other things on the menu this week!
Today was a great day of getting out of the house. We had a play date that ended in melt down city so when we came off to bed little one went to bed. I had an unusual amount of energy today though so decided to tackle this simple “recipe”.
Pretzel sticks Ingredients:
- Pretzel Rods
- White chocolate mmmm
That is it yay.
You will also need wax paper and a baking sheet to set them on to chill.
1. Melt Chocolate in microwave 30 seconds for each square. Stir to smooth consistency.
2. Lick spoon.
3. Dip pretzel sticks in chocolate and let drip excess.
4. Sprinkle with super festive colors.
5. Lay on wax lined baking sheet and let harden in fridge. 30 minutes.
After they are hardened you can decorate. I used saran wrap and ribbon so they were easy to hand out.
Total time spent dipping, sprinkling, chilling and decorating about 2 hours. Total money spent around $9.00.
Mmm…how I craved one tonight! I bought a small five pound bird for a small price and am already considering all the things I can make with the leftovers. As I stated in my guest post on moneysavingmom.com I love cooking chicken. It can be repurposed so many ways. Here are my top ten.
1. Sliced Chicken and gravy. This was one of my Mother’s third day leftover favorites. After serving the Chicken for two days she would often whip up her favorite gravy with flour, chicken stock and butter in a skillet on the stove. She would then simmer the meat for a few minutes to repurpose it into a whole new meal!
2. Chicken salad sandwich. There are a million go to varieties of this meal. My preferred having low fat mayo, diced red grapes and celery on a whole wheat roll.
3. Chicken soup. After picking all meat off the bone you can add noodles, a variety of vegetables and the chicken to stock you easily have a kitchen go to!
4. Chicken tacos. After having made these using a variety of spices I discovered my husbands favorite using McCormick’s spicy taco packets and very small pieces of diced chicken breasts.
5. Chicken fajitas. Again these can be made simply with a pre made spice packet in you grocery aisle and a few other ingredients.
6. Chicken and dumplings. Left over roast chicken is perfect for this recipe!
7. Chicken and enchiladas. Also a great use for leftovers for here.
8. Classic chicken sandwich. I love shaved chicken breast, mayo, tomato and lettuce on wheat bread. The real reason my “eating for two” self roasted a chicken tonight. Amazing!!
9. Chopped chicken salad. Veggies get a protein kick with this addition.
10. A chicken casserole. With the meat already made you can easily whip one up in less than 30 minutes in one pan. An ideal meal.
By buying a whole chicken instead of breasts you can save up to 50% off. With a little creativity and a few on hand ingredients you can serve the cooked meat many different ways before you family tires of frugality. What are your favorite ways to repurpose a chicken?
I saw an adorable idea in one of my magazines to make these cookies. The recipe called for Betty Crocker instant cookies mix. I didn’t have any so made them using the recipe found in my Better Homes and Garden Anyone Can Cook Cookbook.
2/3 Cup butter softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
Also require food coloring and extra flour for rolling dough
Mix butter, sugar, baking powder and salt together with blender on medium until combined Beat in egg, milk and vanilla, scraping sides occasionally. Mix in flour slowly. If you have trouble using the blender to mix all the flour finish mixing with a wooden spoon. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
When I took it out of the fridge I formed it into a circle to divide into three parts.I then dyed each part a different color by placing the separate parts in separate bowls and stirring until desired color was reached. Then roll out each color as a rope a distance from each other dough. Use rolling pin to flatten dough together.
I have already received raves about them. Tip: The dough with make thick colors unless you roll it out long ways more. I do not have the counter space for much dough work but could have halfed the dough for each color to give me more even coloring. But alas “cook and learn”.
Jello! Who doesn’t love it? Ok I know there are some out there who do not understand a love affair with a food lacking all nutritional content. Still how can you deny it’s fun?
I saw recently a fun idea in many places, not sure where it originated, of making Jello shots in an orange. Hmmm… I eliminated the alcohol idea and thought that was a really cute and creative way to make it for kids. Here is how I did it…
First gutted two oranges, one box of Jello is enough for three oranges though, by cutting them in half and spooning out the insides:Next I whipped up some of my favorite Jello and filled the oranges and placed in the fridge. Tip: it will spill so maybe better to put in the fridge first and the ladle out Jello:After it hardened I attempted to cut the oranges but did not get great results:So I stuck them in the freezer for a bit and went back to slicing:They came out looking delicious! I hope to find a better way to cut them without the freezer but couldn’t manage to. What a perfect kids treat and don’t worry nothing went to waste mmmm…orange!
Update: I wouldn’t suggest freezing. The Jello does not hold up well when defrosting. So if anyone has suggestions I’m open
Here is another comfort food idea that takes little effort.
1lb -2lb chicken- depending on how much you want to make. I usually do a double batch of 2 lb chicken. You can use any cut but the breast meat, in my opinion, tastes the best.
2 cups-4 cups shredded Mexican cheese (this is the four cheese you see in the market)
Enchilada sauce 2 large cans. My husband prefers the sauce hot so I will buy one can mild and one hot so it is not too overpowering.
Diced black olives (optional)
Preheat oven 350. Boil chicken until cooked, cool and shred. Place chicken on a plate, cheese on another plate ( and I usually mix the olives with the cheese), enchilada sauce on a plate. Take a tortilla and dip each side in the sauce fill with about half a cup shredded chicken and add cheese (optional olives) as well. Roll up and place in baking pan. Repeat this process until your pan is lined with tortillas. Top with extra sauce and cheese and cover with tin foil. We like ours extra gooey! Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. Remove foil and allow to cool. Serve with refried beans and/or rice. yummy!
Before my hubby headed out this week he requested one of his favorites. This chicken and dumplings recipe is so simple it only requires a few ingredients.
-1 lb chicken I use bone in chicken breasts
-2 family size Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup
-Bisquick and milk for the dumplings
-frozen peas (or carrots if you prefer)
-potatoes, butter and milk for the mashed potatoes
Bring chicken to a boil on the stove on high. Lower temperature to allow to simmer and cover until cooked through (about 20-30 minutes depending on cut used). When chicken is finished cooking boil potatoes until fork tender and mash with butter and milk ( I prefer a little sour cream mmmmm) After chicken has cooled shred with fingers. (This can be done on a prep day if you want a quick work week meal.) Place chicken, frozen peas, soup and two cans of water in large pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Mix 2 1/4 cups Bisquick with 3/4 cup milk to make 10-12 dumplings. Drop the mixture onto the boiling soup by the spoonful. Allow to cook 10 minutes uncovered and 10 with cover for dumplings to form. Remember to watch the temperature to prevent over boil and stir the bottom often to prevent burning.
Serve over mashed potatoes.
Last time I had family in I made this and it was a hit. Comfort food at its finest!