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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Watch the Lazy Budget Chef on Good Day Columbus this Sunday!


I have exciting news! Not only is Sunday, November9th my birthday (happy birthday to me and all that) but I will be doing a Lazy Budget Chef cooking segment on Good Day Columbus on Fox 28 (WTTE)!


It's getting cold outside and if you don't want to leave the house,  I will be making a slow cooker recipe you can prep in the morning and it will be ready by dinner time.  

My segment will run Sunday morning at 9:45 AM on Fox 28. If you live in Columbus be sure to tune in or set your DVRs to cheer me on and hopefully I won't make a giant fool out of myself. Or if I do, Good Day Columbus gets more entertaining 5 minutes of TV than they originally planned.

If you don't live in Columbus, Ohio you can still watch me on the Good Day Columbus live stream here.

Now for the biggest question of all, what recipe should I make? A new one or one of your Lazy Budget Chef favorites?

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Seven Frugal Things I Did and Did Not Do in October

I put together a list of the big and mostly small things I do to keep my budget in check.
Unfortunately, when you write about budgeting and saving money as much as I do, I think people get the idea I’m impoverished or don’t like to spend any money at all. 

Nope.

We save some to splurge later and splurge to remind us to save. That’s why I’m including a list of what we didn’t do to save money to give you a more balanced look at how we manage our tradeoffs.

7frugalthingsIdidanddidnotdoinOctober

 

7 Ways I Cut My October Budget 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

7 Easy Grocery Shopping Habits that Save Money

Lately, I’ve been doing a big monthly grocery store trip and filling it during the rest of the month with milk, coffee, and banana runs. Three staples our house does not run without. 

This month I came in under our monthly grocery budget – by accident.

seven easy tips to save money on food


I’d like to say I spent hours and hours combing sales circulars and matching up Extreme Couponing quantities into a $5 cart of groceries but that didn’t happen because that’s not my style. It’s fine if you do. I’m too lazy to create The Marshall Plan of Extreme Couponing every time I need to buy groceries.

My secret to saving money on groceries is simple. I followed the budgeting habits I know I should follow but sometimes (often) don’t. When I don't follow the spending and budgeting rules, that’s when I blow my grocery budget.

 

How I Cut My Monthly Grocery Budget Without Really Trying


Monday, October 20, 2014

Freezer Meal: British Beef Pies

With our unplanned water damage room renovations  happening during the holidays, I know there will be days we don’t want to cook dinner after working on any number of projects or, in the case of the kitchen, not able to use the stove to to cook a real food dinner.

I’m going to try something new. I’m dipping my toe into the making freezer meal waters.