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!

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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,

Dinners
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

Lunches

Leftovers most days

Soup and Sandwich

Hoagie Roll Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit

Breakfast

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.

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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.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Small Patio Furniture Ideas

Small Patio Furniture Ideas Key Largo Outdoor Patio Set

A small patio can be big fun if you choose patio furniture that adapts to smaller spaces. Luckily, you don’t need to sacrifice comfort or style to find balcony furniture that fits small spaces. Read on to learn a few…

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Patio Lighting Ideas: Create the Mood You Want

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Did you know that lighting plays a role in the design of your outdoor living space? Not only does it add to your patio’s functionality, but it also creates an atmosphere, from warm and inviting to cold and harsh. Plus,…

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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!

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Quick and Easy No Rise Pizza Dough - Frugal Family Home

A quick and easy no rise pizza dough recipe, it makes enough dough for 3 thin crust pizzas in about 10 minutes.

Pizza is one dinner our whole family can agree on. If it’s the same at your house, did you know pizza can be made at home faster than you can have it delivered?

With this quick and easy no rise pizza dough recipe, you can have enough dough for 3 thin crust pizzas in about 10 minutes.

This is a quick and easy pizza dough recipe. It’s quick because it’s a no rise pizza dough. This recipe makes 3 thin crust pizza or 1-2 thick crust pizzas. We think it’s the best pizza dough recipe of all.

Making homemade pizza doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. Most of the pizza dough recipes call for the dough to rise before shaping it. It can take 30-45 minutes for the dough to rise.

Which is fine if you think ahead and start it early enough. But if you don’t have the time to wait for the pizza dough to rise, this no rise pizza dough recipe is perfect.

This is a quick and easy pizza dough recipe. It’s quick because it’s a no rise pizza dough. This recipe makes 3 thin crust pizza or 1-2 thick crust pizzas. We think it’s the best pizza dough recipe of all.

Since we eat pizza or some form of pizza at least twice a month, I use this no rise pizza dough recipe all the time. In about 30 minutes I can make three thin crust pizzas from scratch for our family.

If you don’t need three pizzas you can divide the dough, use what you need and freeze the rest for a later meal. I’ve tried it a few times and it’s worked well each time, just be sure to take the dough out of the freezer to thaw well before you need it.

Here’s a quick video on how quick and easy this no rise pizza dough is to make. Don’t like watching videos? Scroll down for tips and the printable recipe.

Tips for Making No Rise Pizza Dough

✳︎ Start with warm water to proof the yeast. Not hot though as that will kill the yeast.

✳︎ Add enough flour to make a nice dough that isn’t dry.

✳︎ Knead until smooth, usually this takes about 5 minutes and builds up the gluten needed for the structure of the dough.

✳︎ Divide and use for pizza, pizza pockets, stromboli, anything that calls for pizza dough.

This is a quick and easy pizza dough recipe. It’s quick because it’s a no rise pizza dough. This recipe makes 3 thin crust pizza or 1-2 thick crust pizzas. We think it’s the best pizza dough recipe of all.

 

Quick and Easy No Rise Pizza Dough
 
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Author: Shelly
Serves: 3 Pizza Crusts
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1¼ cups Warm Water (about 100-120 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
Instructions
  1. Heat water until warm and stir in yeast. Let sit and proof. Bubbles should form on the top.
  2. While the yeast is proofing, add the flour, sugar, and salt to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the oil and proofed yeast. Stir until the flour is all moistened.
  4. Gather the dough and transfer to a well-floured surface, it might be sticky at first.
  5. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed as your are kneading to keep it from sticking.
  6. The dough should be smooth and elastic after kneading and ready to use in any recipe calling for pizza dough.
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This is a quick and easy pizza dough recipe. It’s quick because it’s a no rise pizza dough. This recipe makes 3 thin crust pizza or 1-2 thick crust pizzas. We think it’s the best pizza dough recipe of all.

Save Money by Making Pizza at Home

If your family loves to enjoy pizza often like ours taking a little time to make your own pizza at home can really save you money, about $200 a year.

Making pizza at home can be easy and if you make your own sauce and pizza seasonings, it can be inexpensive too. You can add as many toppings as you like and customize the pizza for your own tastes.

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

More Homemade Pizza Recipes to Try

A quick and easy homemade pizza sauce. This pizza sauce recipe doesn’t require cooking and can be made in about 5 minutes. Plus this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan too. So easy and delicious.

How to Make Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Seasoning Mix ~ This recipe is an easy DIY recipe for pizza seasoning mix. Its simple to make at home and really jazzes up the flavor of pizza.
How to Make Pizza Seasoning

Space Saving Storage with an Organized Medicine Cabinet

We have recently made two changes to our home that I just can't stop lovin' on. First, we added the board and batten treatment to our family room and it was such a dramatic difference in the overall feeling, not to mention it totally amped the coziness factor. The second change was in our main bathroom in the form of major space saving storage!


This was 100% one of the "Why in the world didn't we do this sooner?" projects. Sometimes the obvious solution isn't even on the radar. We have a very, very small main bathroom, and it has been played with so many times over the years. Tall storage cabinets, short storage cabinets, no storage cabinets... I have struck out so many times attempting to find that perfect storage balance, without taking up too much real estate in an already teeny tiny space. I have been tempted to utilize the wall over the toilet, but I find that too much wall shelving can also make a room feel cluttered and small... I would much rather conceal things. So for the past couple of years, some bathroom items and toiletries would live in the hallway linen closet, and other daily essentials would be tucked below the bathroom sink. And to protect their personal care items even further I added some sanitary storage drawers.

The last update took place almost three years ago, here is a quick refresher of what the bathroom was looking like up until recently:


Not bad, but the mirror was broken and completely rigged with objects to hold it away from the wall at the proper angle. And the topper to the vanity was never my first choice, but it came stock with the cabinet and I really was having a hard time finding a replacement piece that came in the correct size. And finally, the boys would get careless and just toss their toothbrushes into their drinking cup on the counter instead of back into their storage drawers below the sink. Oh! And teenage boys! I had no idea that they would need any type of toiletry beyond a toothbrush, but suddenly I was storing a razor, shaving cream, deodorant, cologne, face wash, hair paste... the list goes on.


I had thought about adding a medicine for a hot minute but immediately dismissed the idea because I had visions of oversized and boxy dated wall cabinets (which our builder originally installed in a couple of our bathrooms and they were promptly removed after we moved in). You guys, that is most definitely not always the case! Medicine cabinets can be recessed into your bathroom wall cavity which also allows the mirror to remain flush! And you know what else? This has been happening for years and years and years! Totally not a new concept, just new to me. Because I live under rocks. And piles of laundry....

Once I spotted a vintage style recessed cabinet at Pottery Barn, I promptly placed an order. Although the cabinet is intended to have a vintage appeal, I found it to be simple and modern and perfect for our growing boys.


We were able to open up the wall, cut away part of a stud and create a picture frame for the cabinet to be mounted to inside of the wall cavity. I shared the entire installation tutorial over on the Angie's List website here.


As you can see, this was just a quick weekend warriors type of update, the walls stayed the same but I also swapped the vanity top, faucet, and light (the light was a floor model clearance score!) to compliment the new mirror.


The medicine cabinet added the storage and freed up clutter, while the white vanity top made the room feel larger and brighter.


The actual cavity/interior of the medicine cabinet is smaller than the mirror, but it still holds everything the boys utilize each day.



The entire interior is made of metal so it is also magnetic! Magnetic equals the ability to add an endless variety of magnetic organizers and bins. Suction cup organizers will work just as well!


I found the interior to be quite dark in all black, so I added some vinyl shelf liner to the back wall. I love that it brought in a subtle pattern and some color, and it is also easy to wipe down and clean. The one thing it also did was reduce the effectiveness of the suction cup razor holder, so I just hot glued a strong magnet to the holder and the problem was solved.


For the smaller toiletries, I always hunt my house for organizers, dishes, votives and jars. The toothbrush holder is an old IKEA cup that we have had for years, while the floss sticks are now easy to access in an egg holder.


Another small kitchen dish holds random grooming tools and objects that needed to be corralled inside of the cabinet.


The shelves are adjustable to fit a variety of bottle sizes and shapes, and deep enough to fit typical bathroom canisters and organizers.


Counter clutter in small spaces makes my head spin. I find that just a couple of items on the counter can really impact the entire room. I would much rather use free space for a pretty votive of flowers and handsoap than see all of the daily toiletries scattered around the sink. And I am not sure why a cabinet over the sink is easier for my boys to maintain than a cabinet below the sink, but it seems to be working that way for now! #yes #momwin



So now I am able to use the area below the sink to hold extra towels, cleaning supplies, paper products and a small basket of bulky overflow items. The pretty stuff stays out and all of the daily items are tucked away.


I will never shy away from medicine cabinets ever again. The difference this upgrade made has been huge! No more oversized cabinets taking up floor space. No more worrying about adding extra shelving. No more running down the hall for cotton swabs and extra towels. We really couldn't be happier with this upgrade to a very high traffic area.


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Are you thinking of adding a recessed medicine cabinet to your bathroom? Don't forget to head here for the full medicine cabinet installation tutorial. Also, please join me Thursday, May 18th for a Twitter chat @ 2:00 p.m. EST! Just follow the #DIYBlogChat hashtag and we will be answering questions and talking through the entire project!

Apartment Gardening Ideas – Growing Fruits, Herbs, & Vegetables Indoors

Apartment Gardening Ideas

Eating right. You know it’s important and a part of a healthy lifestyle. But you may prefer to grow your own fruits and veggies. If you live in an apartment, you may think that you can’t have a garden. Think…