Monthly Archives: April 2011

Friday’s Frugal Food – Crunchy Chicken Bites 3 comments

This recipe is the result of me reading through some new food ideas, mixing up two of the recipes, buying the wrong ingredients, and making a compromise.

I had a recipe that called for salt and vinegar chips, and was excited to try it, but then couldn’t find it again.  I bought the chips on sale for $1 and when I found the recipe, I realized it was NOT one I wanted to try.  Well, I can’t just eat salt and vinegar chips…gag!!  No one else in my family can either.  So I decided to use them in a totally unrelated recipe, and the result was delicious!

Delicious Crunchy Chicken Bites!  Better on a Budget

Here’s what you need:

1/2 cup salt and vinegar chip crumbs ($0.35)

1/2 cup saltine cracker crumbs ($0.13)

1 tsp paprika ($.10)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup buttermilk (or milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar, $0.20)

1-2 lbs chicken, thawed ($1.49-$3.00) (I used chicken breasts that I found for $1.49/lb, but you could use thighs or other)

1/4 cup butter, melted ($0.25, based on $2/lb)

Pour the buttermilk into a baking dish.  Trim the fat from the chicken and cut into 2-inch or so cubes.  Cover and let sit at least 30 minutes, up to 3 hours.  When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Grind the saltine crackers and chips until it’s ground coarsely (a little bigger than bread crumbs); mix in the paprika, salt and pepper.  Dip the chicken into the crumb mixture, coat completely.  Spray a baking sheet with olive oil or other nonstick spray, set the coated chicken pieces on the sheet.  Drizzle chicken evenly with melted butter.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until cooked through.

Serve with baked potato wedges drizzled with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and salt.  YUM!

Cost for the chicken:  $4.03

Thursday’s Philanthropy Idea – SAFE 2 comments

As we bring April to a close, I want to share one last philanthropy idea that you can use as you work on your spring cleaning.  This may just be the very favorite one I’ve shared this month:


Stuffed Animals For Emergencies Only – SAFE


Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE) is a 14-year-old non-profit organization run completely by volunteers (chapter members).  They collect items such as stuffed animals, toys, books and baby blankets to benefit children during emergencies such as illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and tornadoes.  They also donate the items we receive to other childrens organizations, military organizations, libraries and even nursing homes.


They accept new and gently used items.  Tell me you don’t love this idea!  What a fantastic, amazing, beautiful way to help another while cleaning out your kids’ playrooms and closets.


I would suggest including your children in this spring cleaning project.  What a wonderful way to teach them the importance of helping others, and of cleaning!  It’s really a win-win, and lives are enriched far beyond your own.

How To Donate:

To donate, check to find a chapter near you. You can also donate directly to the organization instead of through a local chapter if there isn’t one near you.



Thoughtful Thursday – Tolerance and Love

Thank you to The United States of Autism for sharing this thought:  ”


“I don’t think the worst thing that could happen to me is having a child with special needs. I think the worst thing would be to raise a child who is cruel to people with special needs.” ~ Matthew Mickelson Butman


And thank you to my Munchkin for her quote:

“There may not be a cure for autism yet, but LOVE is kind of a cure, and it’s the best kind of cure we can give!” – Munchkin

Menu Monday 3 comments

This week is apparently going to be the week of experimenting (may my family forgive me).  5 of the next 6 dinners will be new recipes I’m trying out.  Wish me luck!!


Monday – *Sticken Chicken, mashed potatoes, salad



Tuesday – *Toss it In Pasta Salad, fruit salad


Wednesday – *Pizza Dogs, salad, fruit salad


Thursday – *Hobo Dinner, $0.31 baskin robbins ice cream


Friday  – Chicken and Rice Soup, bread twists


Saturday – *Grilled Hawaii Pizza, salad

Feel free to link up your Menu plans for the week, or any individual recipe you plan to make!

Friday’s Frugal Food – Mini Peanut Butter Eggs (GF)

I started craving peanut butter eggs, but here’s the thing:  I’m not gonna buy them and spend that kinda money.  Also, I’m not patient.  I was craving them and wanted them NOW!


Oh yeah, one more thing:  I didn’t have a lot of stuff on hand and wanted the kids to help, so I had to make this the simplest and easiest recipe ever.  Here’s what we came up with:


Mini Peanut Butter Eggs

Mix together equal parts peanut butter and powdered sugar.  Take the mixture and roll it into bite-sized balls, then lay them on wax paper and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes.  I chose to do bite-sized so that they’d freeze faster, but if you’re not feeling impatient, you can certainly make them bigger and more “egg” shaped.


When it’s about time to take that peanut butter out of the freezer, mix some semi-sweet chocolate chips with a teeny bit of shortening, and microwave to melt.  (When you microwave, only cook it in 30 second intervals and stir to avoid burning).  When it’s melted, dip and coat the peanut butter balls, and if desired, sprinkle with candy sprinkles.


Stick them in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.  Or eat them immediately because you’ve been craving them for 30 flippin’ minutes.
This is a perfect recipe if you’re looking for something quick and easy that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.  However, if you’re looking for something a little more fancy, elegant, and you have more time and ingredients on hand, head on over here and try this recipe out.  It’s divine!

Friday Freebies

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Enjoy your freebies.:-)


Print this coupon and redeem it at your local Victoria Secret Store to receive a free sample of Dream Angels Heavenly Fragrance.


Sign the petition and receive free Stop Child Marriage stickers here.



Sign up at Better Homes And Gardens to receive a free admission to a garden near you, in celebration of Celebrate National Gardens day, May 6.

Request another free Garnier Pure Clean shampoo and conditioner sample.



Free printable Mother’s Day cards.


Get a free sample of CH Fragrance.


Add your name to the Farmer’s Field petition and get a free bumper sticker.


Go here to request a free Dremel Tool Adapter.


Free Ebook:  Mr. Food Easter Celebration.



Go here to request a free sample of Zantac 150.

Philanthropy Thursday – Clean the World

We’re continuing on with the spring cleaning theme in April, and here is another fantastic organization that you can help when you do some decluttering.


Did you know that every day in North America, thousands of hotels discard millions of pounds of soap and shampoo?  (I’ll admit, I was shocked to read that.  They throw it away???)  Meanwhile, millions, MILLIONS of lives are lost each year due to diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infection, in part because they have no soap.


Enter Clean the World, who has a Hospitality Recycling Partners Program, used to keep that soap and shampoo from being wasted, and get it to people who need it.


Clean the World will also take your toiletries to areas with overwhelming infectious diseases, which can often be put under control through good sanitation.

Are you a couponer?  If so, you’ve likely had a lot of opportunities to stock up on free to almost-free soap.  Take a look at your inventory and determine how much of it you really won’t need for awhile.  You can donate soap and shampoo to this worthy cause, but you can also donate money if you prefer.


To learn more information about the program, ways to help, or even more statistics, head on over to their website.