Crockpot Crab and Corn Chowder

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I get a lot of magazines. The one magazine that I love is Family Circle. I got this super recipe that I wanted to share with you. Here is what I would change. I would use frozen corn. It was difficult to get the corn off the cob when the kids were starving. Our son can't eat seafood so I took some out of the crockpot for him and his sister before I added the crab. The other thing I would change is I would hide the leftovers from my husband. This soup was yummy!!!!  I hope you enjoy. It cost … [Read more...]

Cream Chicken Pasta and the Brie Strata

I am working on winning the dinner time battle. I can't handle cooking, working, and three kids. My job often requires me to work right up until and sometimes through dinner since it is virtual. This presents a huge problem at meal time. I came across the Once A Month cooking method and decided to attempt their free one week meal plan. I started last week but I didn't eat anything I made because my husband was out of the country and I was in survival mode. Click here to see how I got started. … [Read more...]

Getting the Best Out of Beef This Summer

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Today Executive Chef Dave Zino will share ideas and tips on how to get the best value out of beef. It can be an affordable and lean protein option! By Chef Dave Zino, Executive Chef, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association It’s no secret that summer is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it: warm weather, fresh Farmer’s Markets, the opportunity to entertain at home and of course, it’s a prime time to fire up the grill and enjoy succulent lean steaks. Bet you didn’t know … [Read more...]

Make the Most of Your Meals

Cooking dinner is sometimes stressful from a time and money standpoint. Below are a few tips to make your meals go further. This is a post that I wrote for Ideas That Spark. Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Stretch Your Family Meals By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Cooking at home is the most economical way to feed your family. Here’s how to make the most of your time and money. Cook once, eat twice. That doesn’t mean you have to serve the same meal each night! Cook extra servings of the … [Read more...]

Restaurant Offers: Del Taco, Sizzler, Fazoli's and More

  Some of the following offers require that you sign up for their e-club or newsletter. Smart Couponing has reported that she received a coupon within a day of signing up. If you have a favorite restaurant, remember to look them up online. Many restaurants offer e-newsletters with coupons and birthday clubs! Sizzler: FREE Entree when you join their eClub Beef 'O' Bradys: FREE Appetizer when you join their eClub Del Taco: 2 FREE Chicken Soft Tacos when you join their eClub FAZOLI'S: FREE … [Read more...]

Restaurant Deals: IHOP, Auntie Anne's and More

CiCi's Pizza: Celebrates 25th Anniversary With $3.99 Buffet (Exp. 02/28) Carl's Jr: $1.00 off Any Size Grilled Cheese Bacon Burgers Combo via Facebook IHOP National Pancake Day: February 23rd you can get a FREE short stack of pancakes at IHOP. This offer runs from 7am to 10pm. Free Auntie Anne's Pretzel on February 20th Free Fresco Taco at Taco Bell with coupon Thanks Smart Couponing! … [Read more...]

Restaurant Coupon Roundup

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes: Buy 1 get 1 FREE Coupon Bailey's: Free Appetizer for joining their eClub & Free entree on your birthday Macaroni Grill: Free Appetizer when you sign up with Mac Pack (bottom left corner) On the Border: Free Bowl of Queso or Sopapillas when you join club Cantina Country Buffet or Old Country Buffet or Hometown Buffet: Buy one buffet get one FREE when you join eClub These coupons are great for eating out on a budget. Always check the website of your … [Read more...]

Pantry Challenge Week #3 Menu Plan

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Can you believe that we are into week three of the Pantry Challenge? I am pleasantly surprised about how well it has gone! We still have plenty of food in the pantry and I stayed under budget last week! Here is a quick run down of my shopping last week: Food Budget $40: Kroger: Spent $17.15 on produce, milk, bread Harris Teeter: Spent $13.24 on cheese, quaker rice snacks, crystal light, bread, yogurt & turkey breast (The fresh Turkey breast was 5lbs on markdown to $3.76 from … [Read more...]

Making a Pot Roast for the Dogs

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One of my goals for Madame Deals is to keep it real. I am not perfect, nor is Amee. I am learning on this frugal adventure on a daily basis. This week I had a BIG fail. As many of you know, I have been participating in the pantry challenge. Before I started the challenge, I went shopping for meat. That is one thing we had little of in our freezer stockpile. I bought a beautiful roast. With little room in my fridge, it ended up in the bottom drawer. Can you guess? Yes, I forgot about the roast! … [Read more...]

Rachel Ray: Shrimp Tarragon with Tomatoes is What's for Dinner

So why Rachel Ray recipes each week? Well, being a mom of two who co-owns a business and works part-time all while doing the most important job in the world being a stay at home mom... we need to eat. I like Rachel Ray's recipes because they only take 30 minutes. They are easy to follow and tasty. I pick recipes that use the items I have in the freezer and refrigerator or that are on sale this week to bring a little gourmet to our day. I try to make the most of my time and my dollars and Rachel … [Read more...]