Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rum Ball Recipe

As much as I like baking cookies and delicious Christmas desserts, I save it for parties and pot lucks.  That way I have the time to make something extra special.


This is Lazy Budget Chef land. I want to make something special and labor intensive but don’t have the time. Instead I make a quick and easy no bake cookie recipe that everyone thinks took forever to make but is really a low effort high wow factor recipe because I made it with with rum.


no bake rum ball recipe
Please eat responsibly. The alcohol doesn’t cook out of this recipe.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

15 Ways I Saved Money in November

Our family tends to spend more money in the last two months of the year due to the holidays. That isn’t always a bad thing because we know that it is coming and try to plan accordingly.

15 frugal tips for november

Here are 15 ways I saved money in November to prepare for the extra Christmas holiday spending in December.

15 Frugal Tips for November

Friday, December 5, 2014

14 Budget Friendly Hostess Christmas Gifts and a Giveaway!

hostess gift ideas under twenty dollarsHusband and I are lucky we have so many friends and family who want to include us in their celebration and I am truly grateful for that.

In fact, so many of our friends like to host Christmas and New Year’s parties that we have to practically do a conference call and create a December holiday party schedule so our parties will not overlap.

That is a nice problem to have.

Although it presents a challenge when it comes to buying gifts for our hosts that won't break the bank since there are so many of them.

You too?

I can help with that!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Date Night Lobster at Bonefish Grill #TuesdayTales

This Christmas Husband and I vowed to make a change. No matter how busy or crazy things out of our control get this year, we are going to find/schedule/steal an hour or two for ourselves to unwind with a Date Night.

It doesn’t have to be big or fancy. Going out to dinner at a causal restaurant will do just fine as long as we are doing it together.


how to make time for your spouse during the holidays

We usually do Date Night during the week because weekend crowds at Christmas light displays, malls, movies, and restaurants quadruple and make our chill out time more stressful. That isn’t a greet idea since we are doing this to calm down and reconnect.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hunger Games Recipe: Haymitch’s Hangover Muffins

In just a few short days, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part One will hit the movie theaters! Food is practically a main character in The Hunger Games books that I decided to make a recipe from the book for RaeGun Ramblings Hunger Games blog party.

Hunger Games Mockingjay Muffins

I bought the book The Unofficial Recipes of the Hunger Games  187 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay from Amazon (you can buy it here) a couple of years ago because I wanted to try making the bread recipes from each of the 12 Districts.

Instead I made these yummy breakfast muffins.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chelsea's Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal

Even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I'm not big on eating it.

That goes double on holidays. I use the business of the day as an excuse to make breakfast a fend for yourself with the exception of coffee kind of deal. I know I shouldn't do it especially on Thanksgiving since breakfast is usually the only meal we have time to eat before cooking all day or jumping in the car to go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house for dinner.

Breakfast casseroles don't usually work for me because they use milk. I think Chelsea's pumpkin overnight oatmeal recipe is the perfect compromise. Doesn't it look delicious?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

My foodie curiosity got the best of me at the Mexican grocery store. That’s how I ended up with a can of green enchilada sauce and no idea how to make enchiladas.

I created Version 1.0 of this Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe during our Eat From the Pantry Challenge in a delicious attempt to use that lonely can of green enchilada sauce. It was a win!

 crockpot chicken enchilada awesome soup

Last Sunday, Good Day Columbus asked me to do a slow cooker cooking segment on their TV show.  I wanted an easy dump it all in the crock pot type of recipe because I knew the anchors would ask me interview questions while I was trying to teach them how to make it. I also wanted a recipe that would work for a variety of budgets.

Oh, and it had to taste good too.