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Blog Resources for Home Cooks & May Menu Week 5

Hey y’all! Happy Memorial Day (It’s still Memorial Day on the west coast!) Sorry this post is so late. It’s a big, big week here at our house. Can you guess why? 😉 Y’all our apartment is a wreck. Boxes everywhere and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Oy. So much packing. Anywho, back to you dear reader. Today I’m going to share a couple of my favorite go to cooking blogs that have helped me a lot in my quest to become a home cook. Let’s get started, OK? OK!Eat at Home is one of my favorite food blogs. Tiffany truly cares about eating at home and avoiding the fast food lane. She’s passionate about it. All of her recipes are simple, easy to follow and kid and hubby approved! We use some of her seasoned salt recipes (Uh, she makes her *own* and they are fantastic.) all the…

Leftover Makeovers

This is Part 9 in a series on Menu Planning on a Budget. If you’ve missed anything, start HERE.Hello everyone!Today we’re talking about what to do with all of those leftovers and I thought I’d do something a little different. I’ll start by giving you links to a couple of my favorite leftovers recipes and tell you how we handle them in our menu planning, but then…I want your leftovers recipes! That’s right…yours! I thought I’d do a fun impromptu link party. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a new post. Dig around in those archives! Easy as pie (leftover pie?).Don’t have a blog? No sweat. Leave a comment and share what you do to make sure you aren’t wasting all that tastiness. I’ll feature my favorites this weekend. (It’ll give me something to do when I’m cross eyed from looking at boxes…help a girl out.)OK so first up, I’m going…

Fast Food at Home

Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk with you about what to do when that craving for fast food hits. Tell me you get an occasional hankerin’ for Taco Bell, too? While we’re trying (and succeeding!) to cut back on our food budget, we still get the occasional craving for junk. I don’t mind it occasionally, but we were doing it far too much. Rather than going cold turkey, I decided to embrace it and counter it at the same time. Here are my tips for satisfying that junk food craving:1. Have It Anyway – OK so first up, I’m not going to lie to you: we still run through or order take out on occasion. I don’t believe in giving it up entirely. Everything in moderation, I say. But here’s the thing: We plan for it. I build it into our menu plan so we don’t feel deprived of our fun and…

Slow Cooker Cooking & May Menu Week 4

This is Part 7 in an ongoing series on menu planning. If you’ve missed anything, please click HERE.I am really excited about today’s segment. I am absolutely in love with my slow cooker. I have a Crock Pot brand slow cooker and it works like a champ. Honestly, I’m already looking to get the next size up since I use it so often and want to make larger quantities for freezing.If you are a busy mom and wife, I cannot recommend slow cooking strongly enough. In about 15 minutes in the morning, you can pop in all the ingredients for dinner, turn your slow cooker on and come home to dinner all ready for you hours later! It is awesome.OK enough gushing. Let’s get down to business. I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite slow cooker cookbooks and a few tips to get you started and maybe…

Freezer Cooking

This is PART 6 in an ongoing series on menu planning. If you’ve missed anything, please click HERE. Happy Friday everyone! Are you still with me on this Menu Planning thing? I hope so! Today is an easy one…Freezer Cooking.The comment I most often hear when I discuss freezer cooking is “Oh I don’t have time for that. It takes so much time!”Well, no disrespect meant to any of those people, but – wrong!Do you have time to cook one meal? I hope you just said yes. If not, then go feed your family! They’re hungry!;)I’m sure most of you said yes. The good news is that if you have time to make one meal – you can totally be a freezer cook.Here’s my secret. Ready? Double your recipe.Yep. Really. It’s that simple. I’m not asking you to spend your weekend in the kitchen. I told you, I like to keep things…

Must Have Kitchen Tools for the Menu Planner

This is PART 5 in a series. If you’ve missed anything, please click HERE to be taken to the beginning.You guys are so awesome and so patient! This week is insanely busy over here at Casa Scrappy. Posts have been delayed a bit, but I’m still happily churning them out. Thanks for standing by.Today, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite kitchen tools that I use all the time. They range from the cheap to the expensive, but I really do think all of them are perfect for the home cook. Let’s get started, shall we?1. 12″ Lodge Cast Iron Skillet $33.95 (I got mine at Target for around $30.)It may not be the most trendy cookware available, but it is a Southern staple. I grew up watching my mother’s cast iron skillet get blacker and blacker over time. Did you know it doesn’t come looking…

Pantry Staples & May Menu Week 3

This is Part 4 in an ongoing series about menu planning. If you’ve missed anything, please click HERE to go to the beginning.Hey y’all! Did anyone try the Freezer Inventory this weekend? I know, exciting stuff right? 😉 It will be the first time you save money! Promise. Sorry this post is a little late. I’ve been under the weather since the weekend and it kind of kicked my butt. Feeling better now and ready to move on with our series. Thanks for being patient and I hope all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day weekend!OK, on to the next step in our series: building a great pantry. If you remember, in my “how to” menu plan post, I mentioned that I check my pantry and cabinets for available side dishes, but I also keep my essential cooking items in there too. These items are important for me to have on…

Using a Freezer Inventory (Free Printable!)

This is part three in a series on menu planning. If you’ve missed any of the previous posts GO HERE. Hey y’all! It is an exciting day here at The Scrappy Housewife! Not only do you now have the opportunity to grab a new button for this little series “Menu Planning on a Budget” (see right side bar) but I’m also offering my first free printable! So exciting! If you’d share the button on your blog to help me get the word out, I would be eternally grateful. (Totally optional, of course.) Let’s get started, shall we? So far, we’ve discussed why I think menu planning is important (especially now!) for my little family, and I’ve also covered how I manage to menu plan in about an hour once a month. In my last post I shared with you that I keep a freezer inventory on my fridge to help me keep track…

How I Menu Plan (Part 2 in the Series)

If you missed Part One of my Menu Planning on a Budget Series GO HERE.Alright, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this thing shall we? This is a big post. Grab a diet Dr. P and get comfy. ;)When I started menu planning a couple of years ago, I did it weekly because I thought it was too daunting to do a monthly plan. The only problem with that was that there were weekends when I would be lazy and not take the time to plan and then scramble and make it up all week. And I wasn’t really aware of what we had in the cabinet or freezer to actually make meals happen so each week I had to dig around in the freezer and my black hole of a pantry to find meal options. Basically, we ate out far too much. Less than before menu plans, but still…

Menu Plan on a Budget

Recently two things occurred that inspired me to create a blog series about menu planning. First, as hubby and I prepare to live on our “new” budget (now that we’ve bought a house), I’ve been scrutinizing our budget down to the tiniest detail. I’m terrified we won’t be able to afford things (we totally will, I’m just a worrier). During all that scrutinizing I realized we were spending $200 a month hitting the drive-thru. Thankfully (?) that was mostly soda runs and not eating the actual food, but still two hundred dollars? That’s nuts!Secondly, I was talking with a good friend of mine (and blogger who shall remain nameless) and she confessed she understood the drive-thru thing because she and her family eat out almost every night! Now look, I’ve been at this housewife thing for a couple of years now and I feel like I’m pretty good at saving money and…