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Adventures of Supah Mommy giveaway!!

Everyone reading this needs to go over to the Adventures of Supah Mommy's blog and check out her giveaway! She is featuring unique handmade jewelry from SimaG. Excellent workmanship!

Hurry though, because the contest ends soon!!!

Some recipes from my menu...

I recently had someone ask me how I make my BBQ Chicken Pizza. I don't necessarily have a recipe, but I will explain how I make it.

I make my own pizza dough, but ready made crusts will work in a pinch. I then add BBQ sauce, whatever we have at the time. How much to use depends on individual tastes. To make this a quick dinner, I use canned chicken (drained of course!). Normally one large can will suffice for one pizza. (The pizza does taste better with regular chunked chicken, but... that takes more time to cook the chicken and cut it all up.) I then top it off with cheese. I normally use mild cheddar, but colby-jack is good also. You could add vegetables of your choice like peppers or sliced tomatoes. My family is picky, so I keep it very simple.

I cook my pizza, using my Pizzazz pizza oven, on the dual setting for about 13 minutes. They come out perfect!

...That gives me an idea for a product review!...

The next recipe I would like to share is my Sweet and Sour Sauce. I'm one for making quick and easy meals. I used to make Sweet and Sour Chicken the old way; I would batter and fry the chicken. Then a wonderful little light bulb went off in my head...Now I use chicken nuggets. That cuts off about 45 minutes of time! Woohoo!!! I'm all for saving time. Now I put the nuggets (I actually use Great Value Chicken Breast Chunks) in the oven, start the rice (minute rice saves time too.), and then start the sauce. From start to finish, this recipe only takes me about 30 minutes to make and that includes the prep time.
Okay, now for the recipe...

1 green bell pepper chunked
1 1/4c sugar
1c chicken broth
3/4c white vinegar
1 Tbsp oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4c cornstarch
1/4c cold water
1 can (about 8 oz.) pineapple chunks drained

Heat the sugar, chicken broth, vinegar, oil, soy sauce, and garlic to boiling in 2qt sauce pan.

Mix cornstarch and water together,

Slowly add to sauce pan, constantly stirring .

Cook and stir for about 10 seconds or until thickened.

Add peppers and pineapple.

Heat until boiling.

Pour over chicken and rice. Enjoy!!

An Award!!! For me???

Okay, so last week I was nominated by Lisha at Everyday Life with a Smile. I am very grateful for this award and I gladly accept it!! I haven't posted this earlier because I have been contemplating the requirements. Maybe now would be the time to list them...

The rules for the Honest Scrap award -

The honorees are to:
A) first list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!
B) pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

You see, the problem I am having is coming up with 10 interesting things about me. I am finding that I seem to be a very boring person. Not that I consider this a bad thing, I just don't have much to write. The other problem I have encountered is that most of the blogs I follow and love are personal blogs. And like me, they don't want their personal blogs 'advertised'. That said...I'll give it my best shot!

Here are 10 honest things about me...they may not be interesting, but I tried.

1. I hate washing my hair! It's not that I mind washing my hair; it's that the whole process takes soo much time out of my already busy day! I'm not one of those people with wonderful hair that can just wash and go. Not me...I have to actually do something with my hair or I end up looking like a troll doll!

2.I HATE doing dishes! Enough said!!

3. I dance in my kitchen and call it exercise!!! Hey, it counts!!!

4.I sometimes hate being a mother. Why do I always have to be the 'bad guy'!!?!! Why do I have to do everything!!?!!

5.I sometimes often want to strangle my husband!!!The last comment above fits with this too. He has a great work ethic at work, so what happens on the drive home from work!!?!!

6. I am GREAT at organizing...I just can't STAY organized.

7. I AM boring. I have sat here for 10 minutes trying to think of other things...nothin's comin'!

8.I hate messes. For those of you who really know me, you're probably finding this difficult to believe, but it's true! I just don't always do anything about it because...well...the mess will be right back the way it was in a hour or two anyway.

9.I can't throw anything away, actual trash not included. I am firm believer in reuse-reduce-recycle and you never know when you could use whatever it is I don't want to throw away!

10. I love my son more than anything in the world!

Now for the blogs that I nominate...

1.Adventures of Supah Mommy...because she's honest. (She has great giveaways too.)
2.I'm an Organizing Junkie...because her blog has really motivated me.
3.I Became My Mother...because she is creative.(Her other blog was already nominated...oh well)
4.Saving with Sara...because she finds awesome deals and shares them.
5.What's for Dinner?...because she has great menus and recipes.
6.Missy ...because her blog allows us to keep up with their life.
7.Regina...because my son LOVES Chance and getting to looking at his pictures can get Xander to cooperate.

Menu Plan for Week 5 '09

Parent Reviewers

Hi everyone,
It's Menu Plan Monday!! My menu for this week, again, is simple. I will get straight to the point...( I have a lot of chores to accomplish while XR is in preschool.)

Dinner:Sweet & Sour Chicken
Dessert: Apple Pie

Dinner:Mexican skillet

Dinner:Scrumptious Seafood Linguine

Dinner:Roasted Vegetable Chicken

Lunch:Steak-ums and fries
Dinner: Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Going to a Super Bowl Party!!! (I don't have to cook. Yeah for me!)
YES...I do know that the Super Bowl is on Sunday...that's the only time we can all get together.

Lunch:Brunch Casserole
Dinner:Citrus Pork Loin

The SuperMom apron...

I know it sounds insane, but it's true...I have a Super Mom apron. Okay, so it may not make me Super Mom, but it does help me get things done!!
I have a tendency to procrastinate...I never seem to have enough time to in a day...this list goes on. Sound familiar?!? Well, my problem isn't my procrastination, it's my time management! I never have enough time in the day because I tend to waste it. I don't waste it being idle. (I'm a very busy person.) I waste it because of indecision and poor time management. It has taken me a long time to figure this one out.

My mother is a VERY organized person and while growing up, she always told me how and when to do things. (Not that I couldn't figure it out on my own, but I was like any kid...I put things off and I rebelled. Sorry mom!) She wanted things done when and how she wanted them done. I did rebel, but at least (after a lot of growing up and becoming a mom) I understand now.
As I said, my problem is my time management and some lingering rebellion. (I guess that's just part of my nature!) I tend to look at my chore box [I'll post more about the chore box another time] and think I don't want or have to do this right now. It's my house. So, I take my sweet time about doing it or end up putting it off until another day because I've run out of time today. This is really not the person I want to be. So this is where my apron comes in.
My apron is like a super hero costume. With out their costume, super heroes are just regular people. Without my apron, I tend to waste time and procrastinate. With their costume on, they are transformed into super heroes. With my apron on, I can get an amazing amount of things done in a day! I realize that it's just a psychological thing and does not have super powers...I'm really not insane...but to me it helps. And it may help someone else out there! That's why I'm sharing this story with all of you.
So, for those of you out there like me, find something that will help apron, a hat, anything that will constantly remind you and help you stay on track!

Good Luck!!

Menu Plan for Week 4 '09

Okay is my first menu plan! I made it simple, I'm new to menu planning!

Lunch: Hot dogs & Kraft macaroni & cheese
Dinner: Beef Roast with carrots and potatoes

Lunch: Vegetable Soup (made with Monday nights leftovers)
Dinner: Chicken Stuffing Casserole

Dinner: Fish fillets, long grain and wild rice, and broccoli

Dinner: Pineapple ham steaks, green beans, and potatoes

Dinner: BBQ chicken pizza

Lunch: Leftovers Lunch
Dinner: Mystery Meal

Lunch: BLT sandwiches
Dinner: Sausage, rice and peas
Dessert: Apple Pie

Menu Planning Monday...

I have this need to have my cupboards stocked completely full. I don't know why that is, that's just how I am. In order to be more ecOnomical though, I am going to start planning my menus and using the items I already have on hand...Instead of needlessly restocking.
The first thing I did was take an inventory of my freezers. It completely amazed me how much meat I had stocked up. I could probably feed my family for over two months and not have to go grocery shopping!! I get stuck on certain foods and recipes and I continue to buy those items, instead of using what I have. Well, not any more! I am going to use the meat in my freezer and try to reduce my stock. Hopefully this will eliminate any waste when I clean out my freezers and thus make me more ecOnomical. At least that is my goal!!

There are a lot of websites out there that, for a 'nominal fee', will send you preplanned menus and a shopping list. I am not one of those people who are willing to pay for this service (being ecOnomical and all). So I sat down Sunday night with my list of meats and planned my menu for two weeks!

--When I do my grocery shopping, I only go every two weeks! I do this in the hope of saving money on gas and cutting down on the extras that I tend to buy. I figure that if I only go shopping every other week, I will only be buying the extras half as much! (Some of you may be wondering about the saving money on gas part...I live about 30 miles from a grocery store. Since I am a stay-at-home mom, I don't 'go to town' often. So only going every other week does save money on gas...but that's a topic for another time.)--

Back to my menu planning...As I said, I'm not willing to pay someone to send me a planned menu and shopping list. So using my favorite recipe site, Allrecipes, I created my menu for two weeks. Not only did I plan my dinners, but I also planned a few lunches as well. Allrecipes made this much easier for me. I didn't have to search through my other cookbooks; everything was at my fingertips. They have wonderful resources, but that is also a topic for another time! There is another site that I have fallen in love with. It's called I'm An Organizing Junkie. Although I had discussed menu planning with a friend before, I never really got around to doing it. This site really got me motivated! She has what she calls Menu Planning Monday. (You need to check it out!)

This brings me to the next part of my menu planning. I'm An Organizing Junkie has a link so that you can post your menus to Menu Planning Monday and share them with everyone. So, I'm not only sharing my menu, but I'm getting menu ideas from the other women who share theirs! Its a win-win situation...not only am I being ecOnomical, but I'm also able to pay-it-forward. So from now on, I will be posting my weekly menus and in the future I'm going to try to link my menu items to the recipes that I used. We'll see how that works out!!

So check out my next post...Menu Plan for Week 4 '09

Yummy Mummy's Giveaway...

Hello everyone! While reading a friend's blog, I found another wonderful blog called Confessions of a Yummy Mummy. Yummy Mummy is giving away an awesome gift basket. Please click over and check out the blog/giveaway! Good Luck!!

Template changes...

For the past week I have been working on a template for this blog. I've gone through many, many sites over the past week. Although I have found wonderful backgrounds and some nice templates...none of them seem to be 'me'. I set up a test blog (just like 'everyone' recommends) and was working out the kinks. Just when I decide that I might finally have a template that is close to what I want...I found scrapblogging. It's a digital/online scrapbook. Now I am working on creating a background there! The site I use is Scrapblog! It's a wonderful site. You should really check it out...Just be forewarned that it is addicting!!!

So, although I had decided to dedicate my time to finding the perfect template before getting into actual blogging, I have now decided that I'm going to go ahead and blog. Otherwise, I wouldn't have any posts for quite awhile. Sometime in the future there will be changes, but for now I'm sticking with this one.


Hello again. As you may have noticed, this blog is going through some extreme changes. I guess that's way it goes when starting a public blog.

Anyway, what I wanted to tell you about today is a wonderful search engine I have found. It's called GoodSearch. It is an up and coming search engine that donates a penny to the charity or school of your choice for every search you perform. And yes, it is legit. It is 'powered' by Yahoo search. GoodSearch also donates when you shop through their site.

I have been using it for a few months now and I'm very satisfied with the results it gives me. ANd if I can help a charity by doing something I was already going to do...WHY NOT?!?!

If you would like to check it out, just visit...

Check back soon!

EcOnomical Mom acronyms and termonology

I tend to classify things in the color green. So, using a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the slightly green to 5 being extremely green, here is my list for future reference. {These are my interpretations of the color names!}

  1. Tea Green
  2. Sage Green
  3. Spring Green
  4. Crayola Green
  5. Evergreen

This is a list of acronyms I commonly use. I am by no means claiming that I've created them...I just use them!

Keep It Simple Sister

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Hello everyone and Welcome...
Thank you for visiting my new blog The EcOnomical Mom.
Please be patient with me as I get everything set up and started. Changes will be happening often until everything is established.

I just wanted to take a moment to explain what this blog is all about. Being a stay-at-home mom and living on one income has proven to be a real challenge. I'm sure there are many out there like me, and unlike me, who are trying to save time and money and make a good home and be a good mom or dad and be ecOnomical...the list goes on and on. Well this is where I pay-it-forward and share any information that I have found helpful.

I'll be posting about many different topics. They could range anywhere from time, energy, and money saving tips to recipes to helpful websites that I have found. Any information that I have found useful, I'll be sharing.
Please come back posts to come...

Casey...the EcOnomical Mom.

I'm never sure where to begin when telling about, I'll begin at the beginning. I was born and raised in a VERY small town waaayyyy out in the country. {I was lucky enough to be educated in a small school...there were 12 students in my elementary class!} I grew up yearning for the 'big city' life, only to find that I prefer the 'small town' life. I eventually married my high school sweetheart
love we've been together off and on for almost 20 years and married for 7 and moved to the country. We live in a wonderful old farmhouse full of history located in Pennsylvania.

I am currently a SAHM and loving it. love I have two boys {a 32 year old husband, J, and a 4 year old son, XR.}, two dogs, and three fish. I am an animal lover and want husband is satisfied with only two dogs. My son takes after many ways and we may soon be venturing into the world of chickens.ayam

I have too many hobbies to list everything. My most favorite hobbies are playing sports and games with XR, gardening, crafting, and blogging, cooking, baking, and candy making, camping, hiking, and kayaking. I also love re-purposing items. You should see all of the different containers I have saved in my basement... hah well, maybe you shouldn't!

I started EcOnomical Mom as a way to share all of the wonderful tips and tricks that I have learned over the years. I love to KISS. {Keep It Simple Sister!} The tips I share are always simple and easy to follow. Most of the tips I provide are EcOnomical tips, e.g., tips to save you money while helping to save our environment. Some tips are how-to's and some are back-to-the-basics type. I'm a firm believer in being green. I don't, however, believe that you need to be fanatic about it. It's the little things that count.

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