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Super Bowl Snacks

Today I’m sharing last year’s post for some snacks appropriate for your Super Bowl party.


These snacks are all delicious and easy to do, so take a look and give them a try!

Just click on the link below!!!

Super Bowl Snacks




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Money-Saving Meal Mania 2

This is the end of our Money-Saving Meals series (this time around), but first we have to get through more Money-Saving Meal Mania!!! I hope you’ve gotten some ideas to help stretch YOUR food budget dollar, and remember, all cost breakdowns are approximate. Here are some more Money-Saving Meals that I’ve shared in previous posts:



Cost breakdown for this dish:

Tuna  .99

Velveeta  1.75

Eggs  .45

Green Pepper, Onion, Olives, Pickles  .40

Mayonnaise  .50

Hot Dog Buns  1.59

Total = $5.68


Hotdish #2

Cost breakdown for this dish:

Ground Beef  6.00

Onion  .10

Green Pepper  .99

Celery  .70

Cream of Mushroom Soup  1.39

Cream of Chicken Soup  1.39

Chow Mein Noodles  1.39

Total = $11.96


Potato Soup

Cost breakdown for this dish:

Potatoes  1.00

Onion  .05

Butter  .50

Milk  .25

Ring Sausage  3.50

Peas  1.20

Total = $6.50


5 Can Hotdish

Cost breakdown for this dish:

Tuna  .99

Cream of Mushroom Soup  1.39

Chow Mein Noodles  1.59

Milk  .25

Chicken Noodle Soup  1.19

Total = $5.41



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Money-Saving Meals – Grilled Tuna Sandwiches

We’re finishing up our Money-Saving Meals series this week, and I had to include this recipe that comes from one of Grandma’s sisters. We all know the classic tuna sandwiches, but this one is tuna sandwiches with a little bit of a twist. These Grilled Tuna Sandwiches are even better than the usual plain old tuna sandwiches and they are VERY economical. Like I said before, I’m not a fish girl (so I didn’t partake in these sandwiches) and my son isn’t real big on tuna either, but I made these for dinner and my husband and my son both declared them “delicious”.

Grilled Tuna Sandwiches

Grilled Tuna Sandwiches 2

I just love her handwriting!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Grilled Tuna Sandwiches

Mix together:

1 can of tuna, drained and flaked

1/4 cup stuffed olives, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup celery, chopped

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon lemon juice

6 slices bread

Spread mixture on 3 slices of the bread.

Top sandwiches with the other 3 slices of the bread.

Mix together:

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 cup soft butter

Spread butter on both sides of the bread.

Grill about 5 minutes on each side until browned.


I love the addition of the olives.


The ingredients are colorful.


I don’t think I need to tell you how to make sandwiches!


I used my big cast iron skillet to grill these.


This is a delicious twist on the classic. Give it a try!


Cost breakdown for this dish:

Tuna  .99

Olives  .45

Celery  .15

Mayonnaise  .15

Bread  2.00

Total = $3.74






Money-Saving Meals – Roast Beef in the Crockpot

Continuing on with the Money-Saving Meals theme, I have to add Roast Beef in the Crockpot. My mom is famous for this. We would have this hot and waiting for us after skiing, snowmobiling, skating, or anytime we needed a meal and she didn’t have time to mess with anything complicated. You just put it all in, turn it on and let it go! So good and so easy and really pretty economical, too. Again – I have no recipe card for this so I’ll just type this one out.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Roast Beef in the Crockpot

Put a small beef roast into the crockpot.

Add in quantities needed for your family:

Potatoes, peeled and halved or quartered

Carrots, peeled and cut into pieces if desired (I leave them whole)

Onions, quartered

Mushrooms, whole (I didn’t use them this time)

Season with salt and pepper.

Turn crockpot on low and let cook for 6-8 hours.


I pack as many vegetables into the crockpot with the roast as I can – great for leftovers!


The roast comes out so tender it practically falls apart. The potatoes, carrots, and onions are tender and sweet.


This dish is a staple for our family.


Cost breakdown for this dish:

Roast Beef  11.49

Carrots  .50

Potatoes  .50

Onion .13

Total = $12.74



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Money-Saving Meals Mania

I’m going crazy looking through all of the budget meals that I’ve posted in the past. Since we’re looking for Money-Saving Meals this week, today is nothing less than Money-Saving Mania!!!!! Grandma had so many ideas for cheap meals – and they are good for more than one meal – they’re great for leftovers! Here are some past posts that are great for stretching your food budget dollar. More to come next week!


Spanish Meatballs

Cost breakdown for this dish:

Ground Beef  3.99

Onion  .10

Velveeta  1.74

Saltines  .10

Egg  .10

Tomato Soup  1.19

Total = $7.22


Creamed Peas on Toast

Cost breakdown for this dish:

Bread  .75

Peas  .69

Milk  .25

Total = $1.69



Cost breakdown for this dish:

Celery  .50

Onion  .10

Ground Beef  5.89

Minute Rice  .50

Cream of Mushroom Soup  1.39

Total = $8.38


Easy Chicken and Rice

Cost breakdown for this dish:

Chicken  8.99

Lipton Onion Soup  1.50

Rice  .30

Cream of Mushroom Soup  1.39

Cream of Chicken Soup  1.39

Milk  .25

Total = $13.82


10 Minute Tomato Soup

Cost breakdown for this dish:

Crushed Tomatoes  1.29

Milk  .50

Total = $1.79





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Money-Saving Meals – Tuna Casserole

This one . . . is not my favorite. I’m not a fish girl. But we are trying to find meals that are budget conscious, and this is one of them. When we went on our trip to Sweden and Norway, as my sister said, I ate more fish than I had eaten TOTAL in my lifetime. It’s also all fresh right from the ocean right there. I grew up on a lake where we fished all the time, so it’s weird that I don’t like fish. I know, I know, everyone I know thinks that it’s weird, too. I don’t know what it is – I just can’t do it. I do remember Grandma and my mom both making Tuna Casserole when I was growing up, and the only way I could eat it was with crushed up potato chips on top. It sometimes still hits me wrong, and I just can’t do it. This is another one that I don’t have a recipe card for, and I’ve been making my whole life, so I’ll just type it out.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Tuna Casserole

Cook a bag of egg noodles according to package directions.

Mix together with:

1 can of tuna (I like it in water), drained

1 can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 can of peas (I have graduated to using frozen peas now and I used a half of a 32 oz bag)

Put into casserole and top with crushed up potato chips (half a bag or so), if desired (of course leaving them off is more cost-effective).

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until chips are brown and even more crispy on top.


This has so few ingredients and is so simple.


Mix it up and into the casserole dish it goes.


Gotta top it with the chips!


Bake and it’s done! That’s it! Simple!


This is another one that is total comfort food – even if (for me) it’s just the aroma of it baking.


Cost breakdown for this dish:

Tuna  .99

Cream of Mushroom Soup  1.39

Peas (frozen)  1.20

Egg Noodles  2.19

Potato Chips  1.25

Total = $7.02






Money-Saving Meals – Hamburger Hotdish

My daughters have been asking me to give them some ideas for saving money on their food budget, so for the next week or two I’m doing a new series called Money-Saving Meals. I have already posted a lot of dishes that could be considered money-saving, so we’ll go back and revisit some of those, too. Both of my grandmas were young married women during the Great Depression. They knew how to stretch their food budget dollar. My parents were married when they were 20 and I came along soon after.


My mom also had to stretch her food budget dollar. My husband and I were married when we were in our early 20’s. I know how to stretch my food budget dollar. My daughters are trying to get ahead in this post-2009 crash job market, and they are learning how to stretch THEIR food budget dollar. We could all use some ideas to help stretch our food budget dollar. I’ll try to include the cost of these dishes, but keep in mind that you can always keep the cost down when you watch for sales on the items used in them. I also won’t add the cost of staples you probably have around the house like ketchup, soy sauce, spices, salt and pepper, etc. We’re going to start with everybody’s favorite, Hamburger Hotdish. We have all used this one from time to time and it doesn’t hurt to just get this one written down. There isn’t a recipe card for this since I’ve been making this one since I was in about third grade.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Hamburger Hotdish

Cook according to package instructions:

1 lb. package of macaroni


1 lb. ground beef, browned (I always cook 1 onion, chopped, at the same time as the ground beef)

1 can tomato soup (plus some extra ketchup, if desired)

1 can vegetable of your choice (I used frozen mixed vegetables – still pretty inexpensive)

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.


I use frozen vegetables instead of canned – I just like them better.


So colorful going into the oven!


This makes one big casserole.


Wow – does this smell like home – total comfort food.


Tried and true, you can’t go wrong with Hamburger Hotdish.


Cost breakdown for this dish:

Macaroni  .88

Hamburger  3.99

Onion  .13

Tomato Soup  1.19

Vegetables  .80





Scotch Cake

This recipe for Scotch Cake is more like a shortbread cookie or bar than a cake. It’s a very easy recipe that anyone can do. This looks like an old one because the recipe card looks pretty old and yellowed. I had to call my mom to ask about it – I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to look like because it says “cake”, not “cookies” or “bars”. I can imagine Grandma making this years ago. This photo of her was taken next to their garden, sometime in the 1930’s when she would have been about to be married.


I love the look on her face! Someone must have been making her laugh! She was pretty particular about photo taking, so I bet she wasn’t too happy about this one later! Ha!

Scotch Cake

This “cake” is another good and easy one that doesn’t use any eggs.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Scotch Cake

(I made the half recipe. It says to mix this together in the pan, but I used a big bowl – it seemed like it would be a mess trying to keep it all in a pan.)

3 cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter

Sift flour and soda together.

Add sugar and mix well.

Rub in butter.

Pat into pan (it says 12 x 9 for half recipe, but I used a 9″ x 13″ jelly roll pan).

Prick with a fork.

Bake at 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

If you’re doing the whole recipe, I’m not sure how big a pan to use to make it all fit. The whole recipe has a lot of ingredients.


To be honest, I had this put in the pan and patted it out. When pricking it with a fork, it pulled up with the fork and didn’t really allow the pricking. I put all of it back into the bowl and really worked it with my hands, tried again and then it worked.


The pricking helped with the bubbling up of the dough.


You can see that it really doesn’t look like a cake and doesn’t really have a cake texture. I would say these are bars.


The bars really do look and taste like shortbread.


The brown sugar and butter make these so caramel-ly and good – great with afternoon coffee or tea! Try this really old and really easy recipe.










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Turkey Soup

After Thanksgiving this year, we decided to keep the carcass, freeze it, and make Turkey Soup at a later time. This is not something I’m usually too crazy about doing, even though my Grandmas and my mom would make it sometimes when I was little. I try to have someone else (like my mom or my husband) take the meat off the carcass after dinner – I just don’t like doing it. Deciding to make the soup brought back memories of my other Grandma and how she would make turkey soup. She was famous for making soup from the thanksgiving turkey carcass or any other turkey. If she came to our house for Thanksgiving, she would even take the carcass home with her if my mom didn’t want to use it.

Turkey Soup

I love this photo of my Grandma (the oldest here), her little sister, and one of their little brothers (who is apparently old enough to be driving the car). It must have been a special occasion since they’re wearing their beautiful white dresses and hair bows! Both of my Grandmas were young married women during the Great Depression and they learned to use every bit of everything they could to make a meal go as far as possible. This is another great, frugal meal that stretches your food budget dollar. I don’t have an actual recipe for this, so I’ll just type it out.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Turkey Soup

Put turkey carcass in stock pot and cover with cold water.


1 onion, quartered

2 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon peppercorns

salt and pepper

Cook for 2-4 hours as for stock.

Remove carcass from pot and remove meat pieces, if any.

Strain stock with fine sieve and put back into stock pot.

Add turkey meat (either that you picked off carcass or extra left from the turkey meal), 1 cup frozen peas, one more sliced carrot, one more sliced celery stalk, 1-2 cups rice (or egg noodles), and one tablespoon dried thyme.

Bring back to a boil, then simmer 15 minutes more.


Put in enough cold water to cover the carcass.


Fresh vegetables make all the difference.


So fresh, so nutritious, so colorful, so good for you, so frugal.


You can see the rice, the vegetables, and the big pieces of turkey. This soup is delicious. Thanks, Grandma.




Green Rice

The recipe for today is another great comfort food/hot dish type of dish. It’s great for a cold, snowy day, or when you just need some warmth and comfort. I could have used some of this the time I skied across the field from Grandma and Grandpa’s farm (where we lived for one year when I was 17) to their house in the tiny town where they lived then. It was a mile cross-country and I started out a bit late in the afternoon. Dusk was falling and I barely made it before dark. I love the blue of the sky that time of day – the sky looks like velvet and the stars shine like diamonds. There’s a certain look at dusk in the winter that you just don’t get any other time of day, a certain glow that starts with daylight yellow, turns to pink and purple, and ends up that deep velvety blue. Maybe it helps when it’s clear and cold, like it is most of the time here in Minnesota in the winter. I would do anything to be outside at that time of day. Grandma was just putting dinner on the table by the time I skied up to the door. I never had a chance to do it again, but I’m glad I tried it once. I don’t know if Grandma made Green Rice the night I skied over, but I wish she would have. It’s just right for those days when you’re coming in from the cold and snow to the golden warmth of the house and loved ones happy to see you.

Green Rice

Note that this has the “V Good” connotation  – twice!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Green Rice

Melt in casserole:

1/2 cup butter


1 cup Minute Rice, uncooked (I used brown)

Stir in:

3/4 cup onion, diced

3/4 cup celery, diced

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

10 ounces frozen broccoli, chopped

1 1/2 cups cooked turkey, chopped

1 cup cheese cubes (I used Velveeta)

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.


I’m not sure if the butter is necessary in this dish, but it sure did make it rich and buttery.


I used brown rice instead of white.


When all the ingredients were in the dish, it was pretty full so I transferred it all to a bigger bowl and mixed it up in there.


It makes a full casserole. I understand mixing it in the casserole dish so there’s one less bowl to wash, but it was too full to mix in my particular casserole dish.


After baking you can see how buttery it is.


I’m not sure why it’s called Green Rice because it isn’t really that green. You can see the turkey and broccoli and rice in it, but I wouldn’t say that it’s GREEN.


I would say that it’s delicious. My daughter said, “wow, this really is comfort food”. It’s warm and cheesy and just great for these cold, snowy days.



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