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Recipe: Chicken Strips

11 Jul

Here’s a yummy marinade from my  mom. I did it with chicken breasts cut into strips, but you can also use beef.

Marinade:

  • 4 Tbsp. oil
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (my mom said she’s used vinegar before if she doesn’t have any lemons on hand)
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (or just use garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp. basil (I didn’t have any basil, so I used oregano)

They’re especially good if you marinate them for a day or two. You can cook them on the grill or in a pan on the stove top.

 

Bubbles

7 Jul

I found this super easy way to make your own bubble mixture from the Purposed Heart (check out her site to see how to make a bubble wand too). All you need is:

  • 3/4 cup of dish detergent
  • 1 cup of water

Mix the dish soap and water in a pot, then bring it to a boil. Let it cool….and voila, you have bubbles! 🙂 Gracia’s glad to have some more bubble soap, so she can blow bubbles again!

And if you need any other fun and frugal kid ideas check these out (just click the photo to be taken to the full post):

Homemade Finger Paint

Juice Lid Memory Game

Whole Wheat Honey Carrot Cake

2 Jul

Today is my amazing husband’s birthday! And every year he asks for the same kind of cake, honey carrot cake. It only uses honey as the sweetener, no sugar, and has some whole wheat flour in it, plus it’s got carrots, so it’s a healthier birthday cake. When he was a boy his mom always made it for him. So I thought I’d share the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • Nuts and raisins optional

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour one 13 by 9 in. pan or two 8 or 9 in. pans. (I did two small pans, and instead of stacking them later, just left them separate).

Beat honey, oil and eggs.

Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, vanilla and salt.

Then add carrots, raisins and nuts. I just LOVE the bright orange color of the carrots! Pour into pan or pans and bake 30-40 minutes. Once cooled, ice it. Here’s what I used for my honey icing (sorry I didn’t measure the ingredeints):

  • Cream cheese (softened)
  • Honey
  • Butter (softened)
  • Milk

And in case you’re wondering, no Cameron did not turn 7. I didn’t have 28 candles, so I just made them into a “C” shape. Not quite as exciting as Gracia’s butterfly cake.

Salmon Patties

29 Jun

Salmon Patty Sandwich

Fish is a healthy protein, but it can be pretty pricey too. This recipe uses canned salmon, which is very affordable. It’s a great source of Omega-3 and it’s low in mercury (for more info on mercury in fish go here). A lot of cans of salmon have a salmon patty recipe on them, I use the can’s recipe and tweak it a little. Here’s my tweaked version:

  • 1 (14.75 oz.) can of salmon
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • lemon pepper (or any seasoning you like)
  • oil for frying

Mix all the ingredients except the oil. Form into patties (I usually get 3 large patties out of one can). Heat up a small amount of oil in a pan then cook the patties in it. Once the patties are golden brown on the bottom, flip and cook on the other side.

You can eat these just as is, on top of a salad or as a sandwich (that’s our favorite way).

Problem Solved – A Story About Crumbs

27 Jun

We have a problem at our house, we eat a lot of corn tortilla chips. But the problem isn’t the ones we eat, its the ones we DON’T eat. It always seems like  a quarter of the chips get left behind in the bottom of the bag as crumbs. I like to use the crumbs as a topping on chili or chicken tortilla soup. The only problem is with all this over 100 degree weather, we haven’t been eating chili or soup. So I had this container of chip crumbs:

And I finally did something about them! First I ground them up in my food processor:

Then I used 3/4 cup in making meatloaf. I usually use bread crumbs made from leftover stale bread and crackers, but the tortilla chip crumbs worked just fine too! I put the rest of the crumbs in a bag in the freezer for the next time I need them. Sometime I want to try using them to bread chicken fingers with. Here’s an article I found with 10 ways to use up tortilla chip crumbs.

Linked at Kitchen Tip Tuesday’s at Tammy’s Recipes. Check out her site for more great kitchen tips. And check out her recipes too! I’ve tried several of them, so far I think my favorite has been her White Chili. Too bad it’s kinda hot weather for it. =(

Do you have any creative ways of using up chip crumbs?

Homemade Granola

20 Jun

Cereal is a perfect breakfast because it’s so easy and fast in the mornings. But if you look at the ingredients usually sugar is one of the first 2 ingredients. So here’s an alternative. This granola recipe only uses honey, instead of sugar, and it’s chock full of fiber. Just make up a batch every now and then and you have granola ready to go for many breakfasts to come! You can also use in it making peanut butter power pucks, or a yummy parfait.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • vanilla, maple flavoring, almond extract, cinnamon, or any flavoring you would like
  • Add-ins: raisins, craisins, chopped dates, sunflower seeds, coconut, chopped nuts or whatever else sounds good to you.

Melt the butter. Then mix all the ingredients, except the add-ins. Bake in a glass 9 by 13 pan at 350 degrees F, stirring occasionally. Bake until granola is light brown. Let cool then add dried fruit and nuts. Keep in an airtight container.

Frugal Photo Friday – Easy to Make Finger Paint

17 Jun

Finger Paint

Need a fun activity for your kids this summer? Just whip up some frugal finger paint. All you need is water, cornstarch, and food coloring. Here’s the site I got the recipe from. Today was the second time I’ve done this with Gracia and she really likes it, especially since she gets to pick out what colors we make. You can even have your kids help make it. Gracia poured the cornstarch in the cold water, got the bowls out and of course picked out the colors. It’s a great idea for decorating a Father’s Day card too!