Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dryer Sheets?... Nah, Dryer Balls!

I found these while grocery shopping last week. I rarely even go down the cleaning supply aisle at the grocery store, because it's more expensive than going to Target. But, these were $7.99 and it seemed like a good deal, rather than buying dryer sheets. These balls go into the dryer with the clothes and allows air to pass through them. I've done 3 loads of laundry with them and so far, so good. I would recommend them!

Friday, January 23, 2009

An easy dinner! and Frugal Friday.

I made this dinner on Monday. Took about 1/2 hour and was very tasty.

It's Chicken Pineapple Rolls, rice, and broccoli. The recipe comes with an easy sauce that you put inside the rolls. I used 1/2 long grain brown rice and 1/2 basmati rice. I had purchased a bottle of Caribbean Sauce at my supermarket that was on sale for 99 cents. I mixed just a small amount of it in with the rice for some flavor. Basmati rice is something new to me. I love it! I mix it with the brown rice, because I like the amount of fiber that provides. I steamed some fresh broccoli in the microwave. Out of the whole entire dinner, my son liked the broccoli best! (go figure).
Chicken Pineapple Rolls
1# skinless, chicken breast (cubed)
2 (8oz) pkgs Crescent rolls
1 (8oz) can pineapple chunks (drain and reserve)
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp ginger
1. Place chicken in skillet with 1-2 tbsp oil. Cook over medium. Drain and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350F
3. Separate crescent roll dough. Place triange on single layer on baking sheet.
4. In bowl, mix 3 tsp pineapple juice, honey and ginger.
5. Brush each roll triange with juice mix. Place 1 pineapple chunk and 1 tbsp chicken on each triangle. Roll and seal. Bake in oven for 15 mins.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Watch this space.

I know I've been neglecting this area. I'm dying for winter to be over so I can start my gardening for this year.

But, I'm working on a couple of things. I have a new thing that I've purchased to help with the laundry. I'm gonna take a picture and give a review!! It's very ecofriendly.

A nice blog and a giveaway

A great gal who frequents my blog is having a wonderful giveaway.

Stop by to check it out.

Her posts are so funny and touching and real.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Years!!! Yay 2009!

Hope everyone enjoyed themselves last night! We had a blast at my father-in-law's house, eating yummy foods and waiting for the ball to drop.

Today I decided that I would start putting away Xmas decorations. Well, that turned into some spring cleaning. I have 5 different things going at this very minute. But I was cleaning through some drawers and found all the cards I've saved in the past year. Got a lot of them with the baby shower, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and First Birthday.

I wanted to share my recycling project with you.

Here are all of my envelopes. I put them through my new shredder to make confetti. I figure I can use this to stuff gift bags. (Did you ever see how much that stuff costs?) Here's the after picture:

Well, I hope we all have a better year! It's so nice to start fresh.

Christmas Cookies

I know this post is late, but just wanted to show off some of my creations.

The Gingerbread men were used with a recipe from Stephanie -"Fun Foods on a Budget". I've never been a big fan of gingerbread, but I loved these.

The following are various sugar cookies that I did.
Sorry about the glare, I should have photographed before I wrapped them.

Here is my Cut out cookie recipe. It's from my mother-in-law. It makes a large batch (it's already doubled).

Cut Out Cookies

Sift together : 6 c Flour, 3 tsp Baking Powder, 1 tsp Salt

Cream Together: 2 c (4 sticks) Margarine or Butter, 2c Sugar

Add: 2 slightly beaten eggs, 2 tsp Vanilla, 6-7 Tbsp Evaporated Milk

Divide dough into 4 Balls and Regrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes.