Thursday, July 28, 2011

Guest Post at Savvy Sister Shops!

The Awesome Heather over at
invited me to Guest Post!


Trying to stretch that dollar?!
You need to check out Savvy Sister Shops!
She shares so many helpful, great deals! From couponing tips to deals on family activities and many other money saving ideas!
She was also recently featured on KSL News!
Seriously, if you are like me and need to find those deals, but just can't figure it out on your own, or don't have the time or patience, you need to follow Her Blog!
She takes the searching out of it for you!

Thank you so much Heather for this opportunity!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Kettle Corn

This recipe came from The Savory Sweet Life

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add popcorn and sugar giving it a quick stir and then cover with lid.  Once popcorn starts popping, pick up pot and give it a quick shake every few seconds until popping slows down, between 3-4 minutes.  Remove immediately from heat and pour into a large bowl or spread on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and ENJOY!  Do not make the mistake of removing the pot from heat without transferring to a bowl. Due to the high heat of the pot, if you don’t transfer the popcorn it will caramelize and perhaps burn.

**I LOVE how quick this is, and easy...but very easy to burn also.  My first batch I burned, but realizing that I let it stay on the heat two seconds too long, I made a second batch and it turned out GREAT!  Yes, it can burn in a matter of seconds.  It is better to have some unpopped kernals than to wait for them all to pop.....that is when they burn!

**DO NOT let the kids help make this.  It is too hot and if the sugar/oil gets on them it will burn bad.  It cools really quickly though so they can eat it!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tator Tot Casserole

1 lb ground hamburger
1/2 of a small onion, chopped
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 can corn, drained
1 bag tatortots
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Cook Hamburger with onion. Can season meat with some salt and pepper if you like.  Drain grease off of hamburger. Stir hamburger, soup and corn together.  Pour into an 8"x8" greased casserole dish and spread evenly.  Line tatortots over the top of the hamburger mixture.  Sprinkle the top with cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or till bubbling around the edges.

*This is a very quick and KID FRIENDLY dish!  You can substitute the tatortots for other types of potatoes, hasbrowns. You can also substitute the veggies for whatever kind you prefer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fruit Smoothie II (G&G Norman's Version)

1/2 banana (can be frozen)
1/2 cup fruit (any variety, be creative!)
1/4-1/3 cup fat-free strawberry yogurt
1/2-3/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbl lemon juice
*if you are using thawed/fresh fruit, add a couple icecubes.  I use frozen fruit.

Place all ingredients in blender/smoothie maker and blend till all ingredients are flowing smoothie through mixer.  Pour into cup and enjoy!  If you want your smoothie thinner add more orange juice.  If you want it thicker decrease the amount of orange juice.

**This is our new favorite treat when we go to G&G Norman's house! They have a Magic Bullet Smoothie Maker and can whip these up very quickly.  The base ingredients are the same as the fruit smoothie that I previously posted, but changing a few ingredients really makes a difference in the flavor.  The strawberry yogurt instead of plain, orange juice instead of milk, and the lemon juice really adds too it too!

**The Pictures speak for themselves.  These Smoothies are MMM, MMM, GOOD!
 The mark on the forhead is from her drinking from her cup and tipping it clear up til it is gone!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Don't have an Icecream Maker?!

I thought this idea was awesome! So many people like Homemade Icecream, but don't have an Icecream Maker, or can't justify buying one just to use it 1 or 2 times a year.  Follow your homemade icecream recipe to mix up the ingredients then mix it in your kitchen aid with the extra bowl underneath with the ice and rock salt.  Try it and see how it works for you!
This idea came from Savvy Sister Shops!
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