Monthly Archives: July 2011

Thrifty Thursday


This weeks recipe is totally old school.

As in I am in my 30’s and I remember eating this before I was old enough to go to school.

Don’t judge it.

It sounds gross.

It is not gross.

And it is crazy cheap to make.

May I present to you….

Tuna and Yellow Rice

  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1 pkg yellow rice
  • 6oz shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Cook Rice according to package directions
  2. At end of cook time add in tuna and cheese
  3. Mix until all the cheese is melted
  4. Serve up with a side dish of veggies

I must confess that Hubs hates this meal.  When it is being served up for dinner he just fixes himself up a bowl of cereal (and I am fine with that).  Smiley, however, loves it.  She will eat almost as big of a serving as I will.


Finding the Blessings


My heart is heavy these days.

My godson clings to life in a PICU, his parents sit vigil by his side praying, hoping for a miracle.

I find it hard to type about the mundane of life when such bigger things are going on.

I just listened to Laura Story’s song Blessing on the radio and feel that it lyrics sum up a lot.  So I leave you with her words.


We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

And what if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise?

A Fragile Life


Right now dear friends of mine are sitting in a hospital room in the PICU watching their son fight for his life.

At 4:30pm yesterday he was fine and acting like his normal self.

At 5:30pm he was in a hospital emergency room.

At 7:30pm he was being prepped to be life-flighted to a childrens hospital 2hrs from their home.

At 9:30pm I watched his life flight land (because I happen to be in the same city he was coming to).

At 11:30pm he was being prepped for brain surgery.

At 1:30am the surgeon was telling his parents that surgery was successful, but he still might not make it.

At 3:00am he coded and we waited.  He came back.  He is a fighter.

At 5:00am I left the hospital to get a few hours of sleep at my parents house.

At 10:00am I woke up and hugged my daughter fiercely and looked at her with new eyes.

At 10:30am I talked with a mother who is functioning on auto pilot.

At 1:00pm I saw my dear friends little boy as he clings to life in a medically induced coma.

At 1:30pm we sat and ate microwavable mac n cheese because she had not eaten more than a muffin in 12hrs.

At 3:30pm I saw my daughter and hugged and thanked God for every moment I have with her.


Cherish every moment you have with those you love.  Love your children fiercely but turn them over to God because there are somethings that you have no control over.  Take joy in what you have been given because by tomorrow it might be gone.

A Simpler Life….Sometimes


Sometimes I wish for a simpler life . . . . .

When all bread was homemade

When people at the fruit that was in season where they lived

That eggs came from chickens in your yard or your neighbors

That the world did not move at such a fast pace

That people did not demand that something should have been done yesterday

That kids entertained themselves without need of electronics

That people drove horse and buggies instead of cars


Then your air conditioner goes out on the hottest day of the year.  I love modern conveniences.

Thrifty Thursday


Yes, it is time for another addition of Thrifty Thursday.  Today I decide to feature a recipe that I found in the March 2011 issue of Southern Living.  It is a big hit in my house and feeds a lot of people.  Also, it is a recipe that can be made with or without meat.  I went for the meat option because I was able to snag the sausage on sale (and the hubs loves him some meat).

Red Beans and Rice

  • 1 lb dried red kidney beans
  • 1 lb andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 3 celery rids, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped ( I used Vidalia b/c I am from GA and I prefer a sweet onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning (We use Tony Chachere’s in this house b/c it is the best in the world)
  • 3 cups uncooked long-grain rice (I used brown rice, but you can use white just as easily)
  1. Soak the beans overnight.
  2. Saute sausage with celery, onion, pepper and garlic in a little bit of olive oil.
  3. Transfer the sausage mixture from above into a crockpot and add the beans, 7 cups water and creole seasoning.
  4. Stir together and cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  5. Cook the rice according to package directions near the end of the cook time for the items in the crockpot.
  6. Serve over the rice.

If you want to go vegetarian with this to make it cheaper then just omit the sausage.

Happy cooking everyone!

A Food Week In Review


It has been a busy few days around our house this week.  We have had family visiting, family leaving, more family visiting, etc.

It has also been a stellar week in the bargain shopping department.

In fact the things that I got most excited about revolved around getting good deals on food. In the process of getting good deals I got a bit over zealous with a few purchases.

A list and a few pics will sum up most of this past weeks highlights in the food department.

  • Me, Smiley and my sister-in-law picked blueberries for $5 a gallon.  FIVE DOLLARS A GALLON!!
  • I bought 2 frozen pizzas, perogies, garlic bread, frozen cookie dough and boneless buffalo wings for a total of $14.25.
  • Homemade challah (my SIL Leigh was having trouble with her bread so we worked on a few things)
  • I bought roughly 60 ears of fresh picked corn from a local farm for $13.50 (The current problem is that I have already done this once the week before and now I have no room in our chest freezer for 60 more ears of corn, so if any one knows how to can corn I would love a lesson)
  • Walked out of Chick-fil-A with 2 combo meals and a kids meal for ZERO DOLLARS!!  I love cow appreciation day!
  • BOGO chicken biscuits at Chick-fil-A the next morning.
  • My SIL and I hit the Sav-Mor sale Saturday morning and racked up on groceries for a combined total of $35 (the highlights being 25 boxes of organic mac n cheese, 10 pizza crust, 5 boxes of cinnamon roll mix, 5 bags of flour, 20 boxes of cereal, 4 boxes of popcorn, and a lot of other random things).

Blueberry Picking

Homemade Challah

Sav-Mor Sale


Thrifty Thursday


Money is tight in our home.  I am fortunate to be a stay at home mom, but with that comes some sacrifices in the financial department.

I am constantly on the look out for budget friendly meals that me and my family will enjoy.  I figured there are a few of you out there that are also in the same situation as us and you would not mind me sharing some recipes that have been a success in our home.

Here is the first recipe for the new Thrifty Thursday weekly blog post.

Country Corn Chowder

1lb breakfast sausage (cooked, crumbled, drained)

8oz elbow macaroni (cooked)

4oz cream cheese

1/2 bag frozen niblet corn

a dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

Mix everything together and serve warm.  Since corn is not the most nutritious of vegetables you may want to serve it with another veggie side item.

This serves 4-6 people depending on portion size.

This recipe is courtesy of my dear friend Lacey over at So Every Day