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Friday, June 9, 2017

Cheap & Cheerful Suppers for the Beginning of June

  • hot dog taquitos
  • cole slaw

Saturday (husband cooks)
  • rice
  • beans
  • eggs
  • rhubarb

Sunday (husband cooks)
  • pumpkin rice souffle
  • cole slaw

  • Asian chicken noodle salad, on lettuce, with snow peas, celery, cabbage, chive blossoms, sesame seeds, garlic, with a chive blossom vinegar, soy sauce and oil dressing
  • leftover pumpkin rice souffle

  • corn dogs
  • oven fried potatoes
  • roasted carrots
  • leftover pumpkin rice souffle
  • strawberry and banana slices
  • spinach, chive blossom and cheddar quiche
  • brown rice
  • strawberries and banana slices
  • waffles, topped with blackberries, pecans, whipped cream, and maple syrup
  • banana slices
That's what we ate this past week. I have to say, my favorite meals this week were the frozen corn dogs and oven fries, and last night's waffles. I've done those waffles before, just like this with frozen blackberries, toasted pecans and whipped cream. They are pretty amazing. Even using kinda expensive ingredients, like the pecans, whipped cream and real maple syrup, I estimated hat a 2-waffle serving was still only about $1, which I think is not too bad.  The frozen corn dogs I bought in a 16-ct carton, at Fred Meyer, on sale, with electronic coupon and senior discount.  They came to about 21 cents each, which blows fast food out of the water, price-wise.

I hope you had a good week, and now have lovely plans for the weekend!


  1. I curious about the pumpkin rice souffle. Is it hard to make?

    1. Hi live and learn,
      the pumpkin rice souffle was a creation of my husband's. I don't think it was too hard, but also, I'm not sure I'd recommend this to anyone. We had a hard time using it all up. Basically, he beat egg whites till peaks formed, then folded in canned pumpkin, cooked rice, the egg yolks, some cheese, and I think some seasonings. It turned out kind of heavy.
      I do make a straight pumpkin souffle that is pretty good, no rice, no cheese. a little nutmeg and orange peel. I don't beat egg whites for mine, and it's not super light. I mix it all in the food processor.

      I hope you have a great weekend, live and learn!

  2. Yum. What a fun week of food. I am impressed that your husband made such a fancy meal. I would love to be able to make a soufflé. Is it tricky ? Have a great week end.

    1. Hi Patti,
      No, not tricky. If you can whip egg whites for meringue, then you can make souffle.
      He's working on improving his cooking repertoire. He hasn't cooked much at all in the last 30 years, so this is sort of new to him.

      I hope your week went well,Patti. Have a great weekend!

  3. Like everyone else, I'm glad to see your husband is helping out with meals and trying out his cooking skills. I make individual souffles occasionally for a treat and I love doing it since it really isn't hard but looks like I have super wonderful cooking skills. :)

    I want those waffles! SO tasty looking.

    Packing for our trip--I think I've done well on having simple meals prepped (we will eat out occasionally but it does help cut costs)--thanks for your earlier suggestions. I'll be off the grid for awhile. :)

    1. Hi Kris,
      Have a super wonderful trip! Saving money on some of your meals means that you can enjoy the ones in restaurants all that much more!
      Enjoy your time away, Kris!

  4. The waffles sound so good, Lili. Sounds like you had good frugal meals all week long.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Belinda,
      It was a good and frugal week, here.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. We had a very busy week and all excellent food. Each meal was made by someone in the family and not only me! We had picnic leftovers on and some leftover BBQ ribs, Chicken and rice, lasagna casserole, roasted lemon/garlic chicken, beef stir fry with rice and finally hamburger vegetable soup. Everything was homemade and delicious.

    I spent the morning taking mom and dad to a dr. appt. for her broken pelvis and she is doing very well. I like her dr. a lot and he said she was doing everything right! Then we had to get a battery for her watch and her glasses adjusted. After that I took them home and mom gave me a half of her homemade strawberry rhubarb pie. We're having that tonight and it looks so good.

    Then I had to focus on my family's groceries. So sad, I had to spend a lot of money for stuff. I think I have forgotten how much it takes to feed and care for a family.


  6. Our grandsons were over from Thursday to Tuesday. Altogether, 15 B/L/D. We ate at a ramen shop on Tuesday evening before going to the movies, and Monday was lunch at the bowling center diner. For the other lunch/dinners, homemade pepperoni pizza, steamed pork dumpling (known locally as char siu bao or manapua), steamed lup cheong bao, fried rice, pig in blanket, Kalua pork tamale wrapped in collard green (they all loved it), fried won ton, Costco rotisserie chicken/Stove Top stuffing/green bean casserole. I noticed the boys love finger foods. And their favorite meal was the steamed char siu bao. We made three batches of dough and several dozens. These sell for about $2 each at the Chinese takeouts so this was especially a treat when we can make so many ourselves. Breakfast was the usual, homemade waffles, pancakes, omelets, scrambled eggs/Portuguese sausage/white rice. This time however, no spam musubi, which is one grandson's favorite.

    Kris, the 11 you grandson knew about the Yoda origami and said he should have brought them to show me. Now I recall, he did have a Star Wars origami book in one of his earlier visits. I didn't know if it was the same author and origami, but apparently it was. He loves to read, so he always comes with books. He loved the vintage comic books so much, so we went back to Savers to look for more (someone had donated their whole collection of vintage comic books). All sold, but they did find good condition Nerf guns which they said were very expensive new. Target sells them for $23.99 vs $7.99 less 30% senior discount, and best of all there were two of the same and another similar for our three grandsons. Altogether, $15 for three guns. They said they have lots of bullets at home, and all the guns use the same bullets. How nice that each gun doesn't need specific bullets.

    Other than movies and bowling, they spent so much time on their tablets playing games, but no in-app purchases that I know of. I allowed them to earn $1 Amazon certificates "working" various chores, which they can use for the gaming or other online purchases. They earned $28 together. I taught one grandson how to fabric twine. They did some Sudoku worksheets, which they have a love/hate with. I know it may not seem right to pay them to learn, but the Sudoku and fabric twine were considered paid "work". We sat down and decided together what was considered "work" for them to earn a dollar. I wanted them to earn their gaming money, and not use any "gift" money to buy those evil in-app purchases. I asked our 11yo grandson what his friends typically spend on a game, say one game to reach the higher levels, and he said around $200. He realizes the foolishness of doing that and says he doesn't spend that much. Can I say, Lordy.

    Have a great day, y'all!!



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