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Gluten Free Cowboy Stew

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GF Cowboy Stew

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Oysters 3 Ways: Super bowl food from the sea -Friday Linky

oysters 3 ways

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With the Super Bowl approaching, it is the perfect time to pull out those favorite food recipes. One of our favorites? . . . . . Oysters!!!

Oysters 3 ways


  • 2 cups fresh or thawed cranberries
  • 2 small yellow onions
  • 2 lbs. fresh horseradish, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1  tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 3 large apples, peeled and grated fine (Granny Smith)
  • 3 ” piece ginger, peeled and grated fine

50 oysters in their shells, scrubbed clean (For 25 oysters – divide relish ingredients in half)

Pre-Heat oven to 450° – prepare relish – Purée cranberries and onion in a food processor until blended smoothly. Place in a bowl; add horseradish, honey, and stir together. Add remaining ingredients (no oysters). Combine well and marinate 30 minutes.

Roasted Oysters
Scrub oyster shells clean. Place clean, oysters (rounded side down) in roasting pan, stack up to 2 layers, and pour 2 cups water into bottom of pan. Roast 20–25 minutes until shells pop open.

Transfer pan to rack, and cover with towel. Oysters will steam a bit under cover. Once cool enough to touch, use an oyster knife to remove the upper portion of shell.  Serve on the half shell with cranberry-horseradish relish on the side.

southern fried oysters

Southern Fried Oysters

Shuck oysters and add to a bowl with most of the liquid. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, or coconut oil in a cast iron skillet (others will do, but “Southern Fried” is more official with cast iron) Place flour as needed into a shallow bowl. Dredge individual oysters through, adding a light coat of flour to each and add to hot skillet. Brown quickly, flip and remove from heat as soon as oyster is golden brown on each side. Serve with cranberry horseradish relish, with fresh horseradish, or cocktail sauce.

homemade oyster stew

Oyster Stew          

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 pints oysters with liquid
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper to taste

Chopped green onion to garnish and/or oyster crackers Cook oyster liquid, milk, cream, and half of the butter and bring just under soft boil. Add oysters and bring back to boiling point. Remove from heat.  Ladle into bowls. Top with bits of remaining butter, cayenne, chopped green onions to taste. Enjoy with oyster crackers or without.


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4 Meals from 1 Chicken: a guest post by Midge

4 meals 1 chicken

These meals are designed to feed a family of 4 or 5 with little ones. If you have a larger family, you may only get 2 – 3 meals from your chicken, but by putting the broth to good use, you’ll be surprised at just how far you can stretch a chicken!

This is one of the favorite lessons I’ve learned on my journey to a more frugal lifestyle. I believe you’ll like it too!

4 Meals from 1 Chicken:

1)      Roasted Chicken – Begin with 1 whole chicken, rubbed with olive oil and sprinkled with garlic, salt and pepper. Add 1/2  inch of water to bottom of baking dish for a moist and tender chicken. Bake at 350 degrees, for 1 – 1 ½ hours (general rule is to roast the chicken for 20 minutes per pound with additional 15 minutes for browning). Be sure the juices run clear and that your chicken is cooked through. Cover with foil for the first 45 minutes, then remove foil for browning. (Adjust browning time for larger chickens – 15 to 30 minutes is all that is needed for a crisp, browned top.)

Slice and serve with veggies and potatoes for a hearty meal.

2)    Yummy Vegetable Soup Boil leftover chicken in large stock pot for 2 hours. Add pepper flakes, garlic, salt and pepper to the water with a heaping spoonful of coconut oil. Strain chicken and bones out of broth, then set aside to cool. Save remaining broth simmering on low. Pick chicken off of bones and store bones in bag. Store chicken pieces in another bag.

Add sliced carrots, celery, corn, peas, chopped onions and tomatoes to broth and cook on low for about 30 min. to an hour, until veggies are all tender.

Serve with fresh bread or corn bread for a delicious vegetable soup.

cheese sauce 

3)     Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole – Boil noodles in a pot of water. Grate 1 cup cheese (cheddar, jack or other favorite). Add leftover chicken pieces to pan with chopped onion and a pat of butter or coconut oil to heat. In a separate skillet, add a TB of butter and heaping spoonful of flour and stir until it begins to brown. Add ½ cup of milk and stir. Continue adding ¼ cup milk at a time until gravy is a thickened liquid (or desired consistency – remember, it will thicken a bit after sitting). Add the grated cheese and stir until combined.

Drain boiled noodles and put them in a large mixing bowl, pour chicken and onions over them and add cheese sauce, then stir it all together. If desired, add to a casserole dish and sprinkle Durkey onions on top. Place in oven to brown for 15 min. before serving.

 crock pot broth

4)     Wholesome broth for soup, stew or dumplings – Add leftover chicken bones to a crock-pot full of water. Sprinkle in red pepper flakes and garlic powder (add salt to taste later). Cook bones on high for 8 hours; continually adding more water to make sure it does not dry out. Store cooled broth in jars or bags in freezer for ready-made healthy and homemade chicken broth. Use for soups such as potato soup, vegetable soup, chicken dumplings and more!

These 4 in 1 meals can be enjoyed during a single week, or frozen for later use. If you have favorite ways to stretch a chicken I would LOVE to hear about it! Please share in the comments below.


A Pantry Challenge – Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half (Can you really do that?)

Over the holidays, I picked up a copy of the book, “Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half,” by Steve and Annette Econimides. That’s an appropriate last name. Don’t you think?

Anyway, I thought maybe they’d have a few tricks I haven’t thought of yet. Basically, their strategy is not much different than my own: plan out your meals, shop once a month if you can, and cook in batches whenever possible.

Plan Your Meals

This, by far, is one of the fastest and easiest ways to lower a grocery bill. If you plan out the meals ahead of time, before going to the store, you are less likely to impulse buy.

Plan a week or more ahead, make a list based on what you need, and stick to the list. Choose and plan to cook only those that you know everyone in the family will eat. You are not a short order cook.Your kitchen is not a restaurant and there will be no mystery meat casseroles during this challenge. You will save time and money if you only buy and cook those things that everyone in the family likes.

Also, never go grocery shopping when you are hungry. Walking the aisles of a grocery store while hungry is like holding a honey pot under the nose of bear just out of hibernation. Everything looks good and you’re tempted to buy it all! Trust me, make the list. Stick to the plan.

Shop Once a Month

It may seem hard to do at first, however with a little planning, it is possible to do the majority of your monthly shopping all at once.

As a busy mom with lots of little ones, I like shopping in bulk. I usually start at Sam’s Club and then comp sales at Wal-Mart for the things I don’t buy in bulk or can’t get at Sam’s Club.

Now I do realize that Sam’s Club is a wholesale club that requires a yearly fee. Don’t let that deter you. There are ways to get that $45 yearly membership for less.

Consider teaming up with a friend or close relative and share the membership. That’s what I do. My mother-in-law has the membership and I’m tagged on to it. So, with that, I’m only paying $22.50 a year for a membership. Will I save that much by shopping at Sam’s? You bet! Here’s how.

Buy in Bulk – Save on Gas

You’re planning your monthly meals. Right? You know what you need. Wouldn’t it make sense to buy a 10 pound bag of boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.87/lb once a month, instead of making a weekly trip to the local supermarket for chicken $1.99 a pound? Yes, that’s the key. Plan ahead. Buy in bulk. Save on gas.

I have found that there are some things that are great to buy in bulk and some things are better bought in small quantities.

Grains, rice, beans, flour, baking necessities, spices, pastas, mashed potatoes, and toilet tissue are great to buy in bulk. There’s no risk of the item going bad or stale before it’s used. Also, meats, canned goods, and frozen juices are great bulk buys.

We have a chest freezer. I keep it full of chicken, canned juices, bread, and quick meals I’ve made ahead of time. I also buy an industrial can of spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce. At home, I put the sauce in a big pot, add my own meats and spices according to my family’s preferences and then I distribute the sauce into pint containers and freeze until I need them.

Cook in Batches

Several years ago, when I was a young mom starting out, I was introduced to concept of Once a Month Cooking introduced in a book by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg.

Their strategy was similar to my own, but exhausting. They made the list, bought in bulk, and then took one whole day a month to cook and freeze almost everything their families would eat that month. As a mom of many children, that’s not practical nor possible. However, batch cooking is possible and in long run, will save you time and money.

Utilize your slow cooker as much as possible. During your busy day, let that slow cooker be your cook. While you’re tending to home, work, and school, Mr. Slow Cooker over there in the corner can be cooking your chicken or simmering your stew. When dinner-time arrives, dish out what you need for this meal and freeze or refrigerate leftovers for another meal that week or later in the month. The slow cooker is also great for soups, stews, turkey, corned beef, pot roast, and chili!

Let the Kids Help

If you do find you have a little extra time on your hands one day, bring your kids in the kitchen and make a few homemade pizzas, pans of lasagna, or enchiladas. We do this on rainy days. We’ll make 3 or 4 at a time assembly-line style in our kitchen and then freeze them until needed.

Does it really save money cooking this way? Yes, first of all, if you use the slow cooker instead of the oven or stove, you will save on your electricity bill. Also, plan your meals and batch cooking around seasonal grocery sales. For example: turkey goes on sale in November. I bought an 18 lb turkey in November for $5.22, ($.29 per pound). Buy several of those if you can. I also bought two turkey breast roasts at $.99 per pound. These little beauties fit into my slow cooker! If you can buy meat for under a $1, by all means buy it in bulk. If you have the storage capacity, buy 6 months to a year’s worth at a time. It may be a big purchase at the time, but over the year, it can save a family a huge amount on their groceries.

Buy what’s on sale. Plan your meals around what’s on sale. Buy in bulk and in the long run, you will save time and money because you planned ahead.

Fresh Produce and Diary

It is possible to buy almost everything you need for a month all in one day, but keep a little money budgeted for fresh produce, dairy, and eggs. I’ve found that these items aren’t good to buy in bulk.

I know there are moms out there who freeze milk or use powdered or canned milk. I personally like buying it fresh every two weeks. The same goes for fresh produce like spinach and lettuce or fresh fruits. These are things that most families like to purchase fresh at least every two weeks if not weekly. If I buy most everything else I need on that once a month trip, then it is easier to go in just for milk and produce every two weeks while I’m out running other errands. It doesn’t take very long. I’m not making an unnecessary trip, because I’m already out running errands or taking my children to lessons; and my family gets the benefit of fresh milk, produce, and eggs, while I keep my budget in tact.

The Pantry Challenge

“Did I cut my bills in half after reviewing this book? No, I didn’t, because I was already doing most of what they discussed, but here’s my challenge to you.

See if you can cut your grocery in half by incorporating these ideas. Let’s call it a pantry challenge. That’s the name of one of my favorite Yahoo chat groups. The challenge set before the group was to use as much of what you had on hand as you could until there was nothing left to make a meal out of. Then it was OK to go shopping again. We’re not going to be that drastic, but I do want you to take the challenge seriously and report in to me at the end of the month how you did.

In the comment section below, let me know what meals you planned? How much you spent and how much you saved on groceries for the month compared to what you had been spending the months before. Let me know what you learned during your challenge and how that has changed how you shop for groceries and how you feed your family.”


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Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

For most Americans, Thanksgiving is all about the perfect meal and the football games afterwards. Want to try something new and different? Let’s get creative!

This year, try to focus more on making memories with family and friends. Invite neighbors or college students who may be celebrating the holiday alone. Volunteer to serve dinner at a homeless shelter. Share with people in need.

Serve Non-Traditional Foods on Thanksgiving Day

Who says turkey is a must for Thanksgiving? There are many Americans who would rather not have a day of turkey. Surprise family and friends with something new. Spice up Thanksgiving dinner with a new meat. Try turducken, pot roast, or fried chicken. Grill seafood and steak. Bake a lasagna or roll tamales.

The priority of the day is not the menu but the fellowship! Here are a few menu suggestions:

- Turducken – As odd the name may sound, a turducken is a chicken stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey. It’s not difficult  to make, just time consuming. It makes for a beautiful dinner centerpiece. Each slice reveals chicken, duck, and turkey surrounded in stuffing. This  is a Cajun specialty. Consider using oyster and sausage stuffing.

- Venison – Most people consider venison to be a term used for deer. The only two foods that are officially documented as being part of the first Thanksgiving meal were venison and wild fowl. There are many ways to prepare deer meat. Consider making deer chili or chicken-fried deer steak. Deer chili would be the easiest and an excellent choice for colder climates. Provide crackers, chips, corn bread, and shredded cheese.

- Lamb – Give the traditional American meal a Middle Eastern, Greek, or Oriental flare by braising a lamb. Serve with a side of steamed asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes for an unforgettable dinner experience. Left-overs can be used to make lamb stew.

- Spaghetti and Lasagna – Create an Italian feast in honor of Christopher Columbus who, after all, was Italian . Many people enjoy pasta, especially children. Leftovers can easily be frozen. For a special treat, serve spumoni or  Italian ice for dessert

- Have a cook out. This may not be an option up in the northern states, but down in the warmer south, it could be a great time of fellowship!

After-Dinner Entertaining and Activities

The meal was a success. Don’t let the festivities stop there. Plan several activities to keep guests entertained. Consider an afternoon walk or nature hike.

Set out several different board games and puzzles. Make sure there’s something to entertain guests of all ages. Coloring sheets and artscrafts might be provided for younger children. Older adults tend to gravitate toward multi-player card games and Dominos. Some prefer to just sit and talk.

Keep the conversation running smoothly by having a list of topics on hand. Avoid discussions about world issues, politics, and religion. Provide a few whole group games like charades, Mad Gab, or Pictionary.

Creative Thanksgiving Day Activities

- Participate in a local Thanksgiving Day race. Many communities hold Turkey Trots to raise money for local charities.

- After the dinner, treat everyone present to a movie at the local movie theater, or have a special movie at home on hand. There are many Christian family movie options available through Netflix.

- Bring the Christmas decorations out and invite friends & family to help decorate the home for the holiday season. Many families, due to traveling restraints, combine Thanksgiving and Christmas into one celebration.

How Do You Celebrate Thanksgiving?

“We want to hear from you. How do you plan to celebrate this Thanksgiving? Are you traveling? Where? What’s on the menu and what activities do you have planned? Please share. I’m always looking for new ideas!”

Molly Goes Camping

Do you long to enjoy and explore the great outdoors with your family?
Want to make that special connection with your kids?
Don’t let a few varmints, mosquitoes, or mishaps spoil your fun—
Go camping!

For the price of spending a night or two in a motel, you can outfit your family for adventure and make memories for a lifetime!

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Molly Goes Camping


Camping can be simple and inexpensive!

There’s no time like now to start living your dreams. Perhaps camping is part of that discovery for you and your family. And you know, vacations don’t have to be expensive! There’s no more frugal way to enjoy a family vacation than what you’ll read about here in Molly Goes Camping.

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Whether you love to camp, are thinking about camping, are afraid to camp, or don’t think you even want to camp—there’s something in this book for you! Be inspired to take a fresh look at the great outdoors, learn some skills for successful camping—and then you decide!

The experiences shared in this book are priceless!

These are real stories, submitted by real Molly readers—typical, bold, fearless camping families—sharing their expertise along with many entertaining and heartwarming stories. But there’s more!

Who is Molly, and what does she know about camping?

Molly Green isn’t a money-saving expert, but she’s a mom just like most of us, trying to learn how to make the most of what she has. She’s been helping the typical homemaker to climb out of the doldrums of today’s economy with her reputable website and popular, monthly E-Book series: Molly’s Money-Saving Digest.

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  • Why camping is such a great idea.
  • A wild but heartfelt collection of real camping tales.
  • What-to-do, where-to-stay, and how-to-save camping help.
  • The dos and don’ts of camping.
  • Fun things to do and practical ideas for camping with kids.
  • More than a week of menus and easy campsite recipes.
  • Camping with your dog.
  • Wildlife facts, first aid, and campsite safety.
  • Preparation and organization tips.
  • A camping packing list.
  • Real family photos.
  • Answers to your camping questions.
  • Numerous links to helpful websites.
  • An extreme RV makeover.
  • Camping inspiration, motivation, and more!

Take a look at some of the 23 chapter titles found in the table of contents:

  • Pursuit of Perfection: Building Memories From Real-Life Stories
  • Living on the Wild Side
  • Camping Stew
  • Family Camping Mishaps Equal Family Camping Fun
  • Camping: Affordable Family Adventures
  • Camping: Where to Start, Where to Stay
  • Top Ten Ways to Make Enemies of Your Fellow Campers
  • Calming the Chaos When Camping With Kids
  • Preparing for Camping
  • Making the Space Your Own: Remodeling an RV
  • Dehydrating: How to Get Started
  • “Mom, There’s a Snake Under the Tent!” and Other Infamous Camping Escapades
  • Dear Camp Counselor
  • Lessons From the Boy Scouts
  • Enjoying God’s Nature: Shedding the “Stuff”
  • Grandma Anne’s Tried and True Tricks of the Trade
  • Feeding My Family While at the Lake
  • A Week of Lunch Menus for the Campsite

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No doubt you’ll find that camping, in whatever form you choose, can be the ideal family activity. This awesome resource (73 pages!) will whet your appetite for some frugal family camping fun!

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Publication: 2010
Pages: 73
File Size: 8.6 MB

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Molly Makes $5 Dinners and $3 Desserts Cheap and Delicious

Are your groceries gobbling up the green?

Instead of spending $10 for a home-cooked meal, spend only $5 and you’ll save half on your grocery expenses!

Introducing the flavorful way to save . . .
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You can prepare enticing entrées for around $5 and delectable desserts for only $3!
It’s easy –with these low-cost recipes –and LOTS of them!

Molly invited her Econobuster readers –clever, thrifty-minded homemakers –from all over the United States, to share their family-favorite, budget-friendly recipes –and they came through . . . deliciously! You’ll love the results featured in this 120-page E-Book recipe collection!

Feeding your family frugally is a top priority these days, and it’s always exciting to sample some of the great tried-and-true recipes others are using. Do you need some ideas for affordable and quick dinners and desserts? There’s a lot to choose from . .

  • Pizzas, pastas and pot luck pleasers
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  • Proven hearty favorites like the Chicken Pot Pie – $4.75 and Beef, Noodles, and Veggies – $4.85 or Oven-fried Chicken with Rice and Green Beans – $4.85
  • Healthy vegetarian dishes like the Greek Spinach and Rice with Black Beans – $5.00 and Lentil and Rice Stew – $2.27
  • Homemade puddings that are so inexpensive to make that you’ll have money to spare for a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go on top, like the Butterscotch Pudding – $ .75 and Baked Apple Pudding – $2.85
  • A brownie mix that will make six to eight batches of brownies for less than the cost of one boxed brownie mix at the storeBasic Brownie Mix – $4.24
  • Special treats for a party like the Gluten-Free Doughnuts – $3.66 and Chocolate Roll-ups – $3.00
  • A free printable menu form link for your use
  • 3 “kitchen help” lists and special tips from Molly included

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Publication: 2009
Pages: 122
File Size: 3.4 MB

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