Monday, May 22, 2017

Spicy Grilled Chicken Tacos

Spicy Grilled Chicken Tacos Spicy Grilled Chicken Tacos

We have a family motto and it is this: Everything goes better in a tortilla.

Any and every kind of leftover can go inside a warm tortilla, usually with a healthy dose of pickled jalapenos. I can always sniff out a late-night snacker when the aroma of tortillas heating in a hot pan on the stove comes wafting through the house.

Today’s tacos are more purposeful – a deliberate meal instead of a secretive midnight snack!

What’s Cooking This Week? - Frugal Family Home

What’s Cooking This Week? - Frugal Family Home

Happy Monday to you! How is your Monday starting out? I hope well. I know my week always goes better when I have a plan for our dinners. It takes away the last minute stress of what will we eat for dinner that comes around about 4 pm each day.

If you haven’t made your meal plan for this week yet, don’t fear. Take a peek at what’s cooking at our house below. I’m sure you’ll find something your family will enjoy.

Menu plan with recipe links

We haven’t had steaks in a while. I love to grill steaks and our weather has finally turned a little warmer. Well, at least a few days a week. A few weeks back I got a g great deal on steak and we’ll be enjoying them this week.

I’m trying something new this week too. I make a garlic and herb seasoning and I thought it would be yummy on pork chops. This week we are going to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

My kids requested chicken parmesan which we haven’t had in a while either so it’s on our menu this week. As well as a big salad with cooked chicken on top, which is easy to make when you prep ahead the salad.

I found a package of meatball in the back of the freezer from a couple of months ago, luckily I labeled it and put the date on it so I knew what they were. We’ll be enjoying them with as bbq meatballs this week too.

Finally, I added chicken noodles to our meal plan for a cooler spring day when a comfort food sounds good to eat. I love how easy they are to make and how yummy they are too.

What’s cooking at your house this week?

Here’s our Meals for this Week,

An easy steak rub recipe that adds lots of flavor

Brown Sugar Steaks, Salad, and Baked Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

Chicken on top of Green Salad, French Bread, and Fruit

Hamburger Macaroni Skillet, Salad, and Fruit

Chicken Parmesan over Noodles, Salad, and Fruit

BBQ Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, and Salad

Chicken Egg Noodles, Salad, and Fruit


Leftovers most days

Soup and Sandwich

Hoagie Roll Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit


Vegan Pancake Recipe

Toast with Eggs

Pancakes, Eggs, and Sausage

Breakfast Sandwiches with Fruit

Where to find more menu plan ideas for this week.

Do you need help planning your menu? Find my menu planning tips here with a free printable menu planner page and here for  my frugal menu planning tips.

Find more menu plan ideas at Org Junkie too.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese Wontons

Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese Wontons Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese Wontons

Making dumplings is a big tradition in my family. When I was young, my mother would wake me up early on Sunday mornings to make dumplings with her and my grandmother. We would spend an hour or two filling and shaping dumplings, and then cook them for brunch for the rest of the family.

It was a lot of work, but I always got first dibs on the freshly made dumplings!

Now that I live away from my family, I still try to keep that weekend dumpling-making tradition alive.

Budget Grocery Haul, Winco Foods Trip - Frugal Family Home

Budget Grocery Haul, Winco Foods Trip - Frugal Family Home

Shopping is something I need to do but occasionally it’s hard to get out and get my grocery shopping done. Usually I’ll shop on Saturday mornings and go to two or three stores but lately, I’ve been shopping when I have time.

This week's budget grocery haul for our family of 4.

For this grocery haul trip, I shopped at Winco Food. We went out to shop late and Everyday Deals was already closed. So I picked up what we needed at one store and didn’t stress about it. Sometimes when life is busy you need to do what you can and not worry.

I did have to pay more for some items which frustrates me but the other alternative was to try to get out to the store again another day and the next few weeks are busy so I know that wasn’t going to happen.

I ended up paying a dollar more for each box of granola bars over what I would have paid at Everyday Deals. But I did find cookies at a better price than Everyday Deals. I do believe it all will even out over the month.

Here’s what I purchase for this shopping trip. I neglected to mention the pretzels in the video. Also, the eggs and bread weren’t on the table but I did remember to mention them.

Best Buys for this Budget Grocery Haul

Eggs, 5 dozen $4.18
Mangos $.68 each
Pretzels $1.48
Bananas $.48/lb

This week's budget grocery haul for our family of 4.

For this grocery haul, I spent $65.68. Not too bad considering I didn’t use coupons or shop just sales this trip like I normally would do. Winco Foods has pretty good overall prices and when I can only shop one store I usually choose to shop them.

What deals did you find while shopping this week?

Find More Grocery Hauls.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

20 Cute and Easy Recycled Can Crafts for Kids

It’s great to recycle your aluminum cans, of course. But, another cool thing you can do is make some of these easy recycled can crafts for kids! I found a variety of projects, and I’m sharing a little bit about each one of them. You’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you and your kids to tackle.

Don't just recycle your aluminum cans. Make some fun and easy recycled can crafts instead! Here are some great ideas for easy, kid-friendly aluminum can crafts. | Real Life at Home

20 Cute and Easy Recycled Can Crafts for Kids

Recycled Tin Can Felt Monster Craft from Hello, Wonderful – This is a fun one that offers up a lot of variety. (Shown in the above graphic)

Tin Can Apples from Glued to My Crafts – Great for back to school time or fall apple unit studies (other apple craft for kids ideas)

Colorful Tin Can Owl Craft from I Heart Crafty Things – When I saw these for the first time, I couldn’t help but say, “Awww – these are so sweet!”

Kids Craft: Recycled Tin Can Windsocks from Happiness is Homemade – Such a great idea for a summer time craft!

Make Your Own Tin Can Snowman from Hands on We Grow – This could be a little messy, but the end product would be such a perfect winter craft.

Tin Can Spider Craft from Kids’ Craft Room – This one is in the graphic above and is perfect for fall and Halloween.

Personalized Tin Can Pencil Holder Craft from Buggy and Buddy – These would be especially perfect to make as a gift (like maybe for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day)

Upcycled Tin Lanterns from Bren Did – These are shown with love themes, but you could make any types of designs, and I think these would be a perfect summertime crafts. (What about maybe making designs with constellations? So cool!)

Tin Can Indoor Golf from The Craft Train – This has a tiny bit of a craft element, but is mostly just about having fun with some indoor mini golf. Love it!

Super Cute Tin Can Spiders from Crafts Unleashed – This spider doesn’t even look like a recycled can anymore. It is big and fuzzy and impressive.

Tin Can Craft from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things – This is a great duct tape craft, and would make a great pencil holder.

Tin Can Mummy from Crafts by Amanda – Another great one for Halloween

Decorated Tin Can Organizer For Kids from Living Well Mom – I think that my 12 year old daughter would LOVE this! It would be fairly easy to make, you could personalize the decorations for your room, and it would be great to get organized. (I think these would be great with washi tape as well.)

Super Fun Tin Can Bowling Game from Red Ted Art – These ones are Halloween-themed, but you could make them any theme. These would be so much fun for playing at home or having at a party.

Cockatoo Pencil Tins from The Craft Train – Turn your recycled cans into decorative birds with felt and feathers.

Upcycling Empty Paint Cans Using Paint Chips from Pillar Box Blue – I would probably use new, empty paint cans for this craft.

DIY Tin Can Pumpkins from Re-fabbed – I love, love, love the color that she picked to do this pumpkins in! These are fall decorations I could get on board with.

Star Wars Craft: R2-d2 Pencil Holder from Crafts by Amanda – You know I love some Star Wars geekery. So cute!

Tin Can Robots Craft from Creative Jewish Mom – So much geeky fun! (Did I ever mention that we have a poster about Robot Overlords in our bedroom? Truth!)

Recycled Tin Can Organizers from The Graphics Fairy – These are rustic and shabby chic. So sweet!

Don't just recycle your aluminum cans. Make some fun and easy recycled can crafts instead! Here are some great ideas for easy, kid-friendly aluminum can crafts. | Real Life at Home

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