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I just realized I forgot to post about my recent Freezer Cooking in an Hour session! As happens often, I had a very willing and eager helper!
We mixed up the Cornmeal Pancakes together. I was surprised that the recipe didn’t call for any sweetener! Despite that, I thought these turned out really well. They were beautiful pancakes with a great texture.
Then, I supervised while Silas helped make some of his own pancake creations. He had so much fun — and he kept excitedly telling me what shape each one was. It cracked me up what he came up with — from a rocket to an elephant and more!
Oh, how I love this boy! He is not only so precious, but he guarantees that there’s never a dull moment at our house.
I also mixed up a batch of our favorite Homemade Pizza Dough. This is SUCH a great recipe. If you’ve not tried it before, you must. The best part about it is that it freezes so well!
The Cinnamon Sugar Oven Pancake was sadly disappointing. It just didn’t taste all that delicious. I guess that’s maybe because I much prefer traditional pancakes?
Have you done any freezer cooking or baking ahead recently? Have you discovered any fantastic new recipes recently? Tell us in the comments!
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I was short on time today so I was only able to go to Dillons. I’m trying use up food from our refrigerator and pantry so I didn’t need to buy much for our menu plan this week.
2 Wisk Laundry Detergent – $2.99 each, used 2 $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/9 RedPlum insert – $1.49 each after coupons
1 Kroger Dishwasher Detergent – $2.99
2 Bic Razors – $2.49 each, used 2 $3/1 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons
2 Reach Toothbrush – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 1/26 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons
1 Kroger Bath Tissue – $2.95
1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.99
1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.78
8 Yoplait Yogurts – $0.50 each, used 2 $1/4 printable (no longer available) – $0.25 each after coupons
1.15 lbs Tomatoes @ $1.79/lb – $2.06
1.19 lbs Grapes @ $1.89/lb – $2.25
4 Navel Oranges – $0.69 each
1 Kroger Natural Peanut Butter – $2.19
1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99
3 Gala Apples – $0.33 each
0.82 lbs Broccoli Crowns @ $1.59/lb – $1.30
2 Moms Best Cereal – $1 each
1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $7.47
Total before coupons and sales: $69.22
Total after coupons and sales: $40.23
Menu Plan for this Week
Cereal, Homemade Granola
Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes, Fruits/Veggies/Cheese, Leftovers x 2
Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad
BBQ Meatballs (from the freezer), Cinnamon Muffins (from my Mom), Tossed Salad, Grapes
Deer Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Fruit Salad
Chicken Fajitas, Steamed Broccoli
Chicken Almondine, Sliced Veggies, Green Beans
Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit
Dinner with family
Guest post by Becki from Running with Team Hogan
Our family has been gluten-free for over a year. Finding filling, healthy snacks – especially when we are on the go – hasn’t been the easiest task.
A friend shared a muffin recipe with me, but my family liked them just so-so until I made a few modifications. Now, I make a double batch at least weekly, and they are devoured. I actually seek out ripe bananas every time I go to a store for my muffin making.
These muffins freeze well, make great snacks to pack for my kids, and really help fill up my children. They are a go-to fast breakfast as well in our home. These muffins (even using pricey gluten-free oats) cost us less than $0.25 a muffin. A great savings over most pre-packaged gluten-free snacks!
This recipe actually can easily be made non-gluten free as well and would be even cheaper with regular oats. Enjoy!
Gluten-free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 3 mashed bananas (the riper the better)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups gluten-free oats
- ¼ cup to ½ cup peanut butter (I vary it)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Blend the oats in the blender to make oat flour. Combine all the ingredients in the mixer (adding the chocolate chips last).
Fill muffin papers ¾ of the way full. For regular size muffin papers, they take about 25 minutes to bake.
Makes 12-18 muffins.
Note: These muffins stick horribly to the paper if you don’t wait for them to cool. Wait it out. It will be worth it! My kids love to reheat these in the microwave or just eat them cold. It does that a tiny bit more effort to get these muffins off their paper, but even my kids got the hang of it pretty quickly.
Becki Hogan is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of 4. In between making batches of banana muffins, Becki enjoys reading and playing games with her family. She and her husband Seth blog about “running the race God has set before” them at www.runningwithteamhogan.com.
As I mentioned earlier this week, I tried my hand at making Homemade Honey Whipped Butter and was so pleased with how it turned out. Seriously, I can’t believe that I waited this long to try this idea! I was inspired by my younger sister, Olivia. She made dinner for us the week my book launched (wasn’t that sweet of her?) and one of the things she made was fresh rolls and Whipped Honey Butter. Jesse loved the Honey Butter so much that I knew I had to try my hand at making it. And it was so, so easy and delicious! You could try mixing in all sorts of different things — seasonings, maple syrup, cinnamon, or even just leaving out the honey and having whipped butter. What I loved about this idea is that it not only stretches butter a little farther, but it also makes it much easier to spread the butter.
Homemade Whipped Honey Butter
- 2 sticks butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
Soften the butter — I microwaved it and it melted a little. You could also leave the butter out at room temperature for a few hours. Whip the butter with a handheld mixer or stand mixer. Add in the honey and milk. Continue whipping until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.