Sunday, February 26, 2012

Slutty Brownies.

My neighbor's & BFF's love me.  I bring them brownies.  I tempt them with chocolate and other good things.   Think of what Jesus had to endure in the desert.....  If he can do that for 40 days  then would a simple bag of  brownies do them in??  Who could hate me if I showed up on their door with a bag of these?  Yes, you R.G.  I purposely tempted you with brownies. I knew you gave up sweets for lent.  You can never be mad at me?  Right?  ok...don't answer that.  Should I apologize for something I will most likely do again?  OK.... I know you love me.   Thank you.  Amen.

The baby girl wanted to make this.  She was bored.  There was a picture of them on Pinterest.
The name alone says.........  "Why Not!"   The ease factor says..... "NOW!"  

"Slutty Brownies"
Go buy a brick of cookie dough and mush it into a brownie pan.  Add a layer of Oreos.  Mix up a box of brownies and pour onto the top.  Bake @ 350 for about 30 minutes.

This is not Duncan Hines, Oreo or Pillsbury.  It is generic for us today.  Nothing says slutty cheap & easy.  (oh.....yes!  I  just said that.)


Saturday, February 18, 2012


ok.....  I have found it in photoshop.  That little program fills the voids in my life.  Today's challenge for myself was to find a way to create my own png files from a scan.  Whoo-Hoo!  I did it....and managed to embarrass my children in the process!     You know any good-self-respecting Mother would tag them on Facebook.  

In a nutshell, I cut the moustache's out of construction paper and scanned them.  I imported them into photoshop and did a little magic with a lasso and a paintbucket.   BAM!   The rest is just a template I expanded upon.  

My babies should learn to expect something like this from me.   

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Is it worth both my time & money to find & do this?

Those are questions that haunt me.  I am constantly thinking.....can I do this cheaper at home?  Will it be worth the effort?  I enjoy the comforts of home.   I enjoy being home with the kids.  I detest going to the grocery store.  I don't mind walking the aisles browsing.  I usually find someone  to chat with for a few minutes.  I enjoy looking around to see what is new on the shelves.  I hate the check-out line.  I hate waiting to pay.  I hate paying.  I always think...this is ridiculous.  Why didn't I find more coupons?  Could this be on sale elsewhere?  Maybe I should have price-matched more?  I also hate getting it all out of the car and sorting into the pantry and refrigerator.

Recently, I started buying instant oatmeal for my children again.  I use the word "children" loosely here.  They are teenagers and they love the Quaker Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal.   They will eat it at every meal if given the option.  The average price for a box  is approximately $2.50.  That was the sale price back in December at Tom Thumb.  Santa Claus left them a box in their stockings this year!!!!  It can be difficult to find.  It is never EVER at Wal-Mart or Target.  I have wasted all kinds of time driving across town trying to find it. When I do find the stuff I always purchase at least 3 boxes.

I tried making this over the weekend.  Over-all, it isn't too bad.   I liked it.  Isn't that enough?   I would like to find a way to make the tiny dinosaur candy eggs.  That would make me both awesome...and amazing.  (There might be some tiny dinosaurs at the mall candy store??) That idea needs to be googled.

would these work?

6 cups oatmeal....    (I think I will pre-toast this stuff on broil the next time I make it.)
1 1/3 cup dry milk
1 cup dried apples, chop them into tiny pieces..(or any type of dried fruit.)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or  cloves

Combine all that and store in a dry container.

To serve:  ReShake the container

1/2 cup mix & 1/2 cup water.....microwave 45 seconds.  Stir.  Eat.
or boil the water on stove...add the oatmeal and cook for a minute.  You decide what it best here.
It was kinda thick in the microwave.  The boy-child didn't like the texture.  (He is THAT kind of kid.)
But again, I liked it.    I think a little bit of extra water might be good for the microwave...maybe a Tablespoon or two.

*Rinse the bowl out well.  The bowl residue really becomes glue-like if left waiting on the dish-washer to arrive and do chores.  (yes, learn from my mistakes.....the maid doesn't work here anymore.)

*note...I didn't have the quick cooking oatmeal.  I had the other kind.  I just ran it through the micro-chopper for a few seconds.    I also didn't add the dried fruit.  I am going to add that  after I cook it.

This made a ton.  It was way cheaper than the box stuff.  I liked it and I didn't have to leave the house to find any ingredients.   Score!  Or maybe I am "WINNING!" ??????

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Cup of Chai.

I love the taste of a good hot Chai from Starbucks.  It is comforting to my soul.  It just feels good going down.  However, the price...... hurts my wallet if I go too often.  It is truly a treat.  Yes, about 3.45 cents doesn't seem too great a price.  Honestly, I might go 3 times a month...but  the mental math would hurt at a yearly cost.  I can be a cheap-skate.  Is that a personality flaw?  I hope not.

It seems like everyone is on the band wagon for saving money these days.   Someone pinned this recipe for Chai on Pinterest.  I was skeptical.  Who wouldn't be?  I have been given many different forms of Chai over the years.  Chai powdered mixes.  Chai liquid concentrate.   Chai Recipes.  Chai Spices.  All are BLAH! BLAH! Blah!  With the exception of the TAZO concentrate.....That one is good.   This recipe will be made again.  My daughter, M.G. loved it.  I believe all girls need a little more milk in their lives.  This is a surefire way to get some....and without the caffeine if you use the de-caf bags.

Starbucks Chai Copycat Recipe
3 cups water
3 cups milk (I used Skim.)
6-8 tea bags (the small size)
1/2 cup honey  (Would agave be a good substitute here?)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Boil the water & milk.  Stirring don't want the milk to scald.
Add the rest.  Stir. Turn off the heat.  Cover and steep for 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and filter through a strainer.

Serve hot or cold.  This was a good money saving substitute....and it was yummy! SCORE!!!!

* 2/5/12   I made this again last night and used agave.  It was just as good.  I ended up steeping it for 10 minutes and it was just as good.  I think I like it a little stronger in tea flavor.