Five Frugal for Friday

piggy-bankBy Liz

It has been a long and hectic summer and it has been awhile since I have posted some of our small frugal victories, so here are 5 money savers that I accomplished this week alone.

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1. Magazines and movies.  We are about to embark on a long overdue, summer vacation to the beach and what does one need when going to the beach… plenty of reading material.  I stopped in at my nearest Half Price Books store and scored magazines for everyone for a dollar each or less, and then, just because it was there, picked up the classic 80’s movie “Wall Street” for a whopping $2.00! I spent a total of $10.83 for all this; not bad considering just one of the cheapest of these magazines would have run me $4.99.




2. Cheap chicken.  Unfortunately, I did not take any pics of the chicken or the receipt showing my victory, but my local Aldi’s was having an unadvertised sale on their family packs of chicken drumsticks for $1.00 a package! (yup the whole package…not by the pound). Each package contained about 12 drumsticks. Unfortunately or fortunately, I only had room in my freezer for about 3 packages; otherwise I would have bought about 10 packages in total.

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3. I baked a loaf of bread.  I love the smell of fresh baked bread in the house. Is there a candle fragrance of this yet?  Sunday dinner was a down home, “meat and potatoes” meal of meatloaf and my rosemary potatoes with a side of lemon green beans, so this “blue plate” classic was just screaming for a loaf of fresh baked bread to accompany the meal.

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4. Cold and flu season. While everyone else is cashing in on those great back to school stock up items at rock bottom prices (yes…picked up a couple of things myself) the really great bargains I found was some discounted, over the counter cold and flu remedies.  Like everyone else, the common cold and flu hit us out of nowhere, and the last thing I want to do when I feel and look miserable, is to run out to the store to pick up some relief. So I try to be proactive, by at least having a handful of basic, over the counter help.

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5. Quiche and quick bread.  Here in Fort Worth, it was hot this week.  How hot?…over 100 degrees hot and for several days.  I was trying to clean out my fridge of leftovers and realized I had all the key ingredients to whip up a fast quiche.  I chose to do this early Tuesday morning before it became “oven hot” in the house for the day and since I was going to be using my oven anyway, I decided to institute double duty and baked an apple, cinnamon quick bread while the quiche was cooking.

So there are my 5 frugal for this Friday.  Do you have any you would like to share?

 


Brunch is for the Dogs

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by Liz

Do you like eggs? Me too!  They are absolutely delicious, not to mention affordable and versatile and packed with a ton of protein.

Do you know who else loves eggs? Dogs do. Well at least my dogs do.

At our house we treat our dogs to Sunday brunch, along with the rest of our brood, after all, they are part of our family as well, so why shouldn’t they enjoy in this protein packed, tasty treat.

I usually make my doggie quiche in advance because I had those last containers and baggies of leftovers, that, tried as I might, just could not unload on anyone in the house and it was fridge cleaning day.

I store their quiche, well wrapped, in ½ pie size wedges and stored in the freezer.  On Saturday mornings, I will take a wedge out and put it in the fridge to thaw.

After Sunday service, while firing up my kitchen to start making brunch for my crew, I take the dog’s quiche out of the fridge and leave it on the counter to take some of the chill out of it.

When the family is done enjoying Sunday brunch and the kids are helping clean the dishes, I will briefly reheat my doggie quiche wedge in the microwave, mash up and distribute to my four legged, furry gang.

To tell you that my dogs love this treat would be an understatement.  My dogs will start whining the minute we come through the door from church because they know what day it is.  As the family starts winding down from eating, the whining gets even louder,  and as I put their quiche wedge on a plate to be reheated, their excitement is hardly containable, as they start their pathetic, albeit, adorable begging poses and tail chasing.

Needless to say, they are some very happy animals, when they are done with their treat and I feel good knowing that they got to enjoy an inexpensive, healthy, homemade treat.




Recipe:

Doggie Quiche

(Makes 2; 9 inch quiches)

2 cups leftover mashed potatoes or rice

1 dozen eggs

1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

¾ cups milk

1 – 1 ½ cups of chopped or diced cooked meat (optional)

  • Just a quick note, dogs do not need seasonings to enjoy food. They do not need salt, pepper garlic, hot sauce or anything of the like, in fact, I am pretty sure it is unhealthy for them, so please refrain from seasoning as you would for a human.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl mix potatoes or rice with 1 egg and ½ cup shredded cheese. Mix until well blended.
  3. Spoon and smooth out into the bottom of a greased 9 inch pie dish.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.
  5. Take out of oven and let cool 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, break in remaining eggs and milk, whisk until all yolks are broken.
  7. Divide and sprinkle diced meat and cheese onto the cooling pie crusts, then add half of the egg mixture to each pie dish.
  8. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until eggs are set.
  9. Cool completely and then cut into desired sized wedges.