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Thrifty Thursday-Marked Down Bread

Today I am sharing a tip that I use to stretch my meals out a little. 
I buy marked down Italian bread loaves in the store bakeries. 

I bought this loaf for $.72. It was only $1.00 to begin with but $0.28 is $0.28! Plus that's not the only savings you get with this.

I love those boxes of frozen garlic toast that are about $3.00 for 6 slices!!! That's crazy.

But sometimes, I just really want some bread with my meal. So I slice up the loaf and portion it out in 4 pieces per bag. 


I then put all the individual bags in one big freezer bag and freeze.

When it's time to eat, just pull out a bag. They thaw quickly. I spread softened butter on each side and sprinkle with garlic salt.

I sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and sometimes I add Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 for about 7 minutes or until they reach the desired crispness.
With those other boxes coming in at about $0.50/slice, these are so much cheaper!!

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Creamy Chicken and Noodle Casserole: Freezer Friendly

I'm doing another updated post for you today. It needed new pictures desperately and I changed just a few of the measurements. So enjoy this redo of freezer friendly comfort food.




This is an easy recipe that I often make, split in half, and freeze one and bake the other. I just take it out of the freezer the night before I plan to make it and let it thaw in the fridge. Bake it according to the directions when it's time for supper!




Egg noodles, cream of chicken, sour cream, milk, salt, pepper, cooked chicken, crackers, melted butter, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook noodles al dente, drain.


While noodles are cooking, melt butter and mix with crushed crackers. 


Mix soup, sour cream, milk, salt and pepper. Stir in chicken.



If you are making the whole recipe, stir in all the noodles now. If you are only doing half of the recipe, place half of the noodles in the baking dish and mix in half of the chicken mixture. Let the other noodles cool before mixing with…

Friday Lunchbox

Here is another week of lunches for you!

Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chips, Granola and dried apple
\ Salad, Hard-boiled egg, and Raisins

Cheese, Hard-boiled egg, Apples and goldfish crackers

Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, Rice Krispy Treat and Goldfish Crackers

Ham and Cheese Kabobs, Chips, Grapes and Peaches (She wanted both fruits so I can't argue with that!)

Thrifty Thursday-Spring Wreath

Welcome to my newest weekly segment of Thrifty Thursday! I want to share frugal tips whether they are about cooking, meal planning, kids, organizing, cleaning or home decorating-like today!

I love to make new wreaths to hang for the different seasons. Most of the time, I buy my wreath forms at the thrift store. If they have ugly decorations on them, most of the time, they can be taken off. If I need a certain kind, I will use a coupon and buy them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

I got this wreath at the Goodwill Outlet and it had some cheesy fall decorations on it. I just picked it off and threw it away. Then I went through my faux flower collection and picked out some springy colored ones.


Then I just assembled the wreath until I liked how it looked. Making wreaths is so easy and much cheaper than buying them pre-made. 

I hung this wreath up on the side of the house where my patio and seating area are.


The colors look so pretty against the grey house and next to my aqua bench.
Here is an…

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Legs

This is an updated post of a recipe I did a while back, but it desperately needed new pictures! It's still one of our favorites!



This is one of my go-to meals for Sunday mornings. I put it on in the morning before I go to church and it's done by lunch time! I will sometimes put potatoes and carrots in another slow cooker so that I have an entire meal waiting for me. It's even better if I use liners in my slow cooker and then I don't even have a mess! This is definitely a winner winner chicken dinner then!

I will sometimes make a double or triple batch of the seasoning mix so that next time I make this meal, it's already prepared, and makes the dish that much easier!

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Legs

6 chicken legs or 3 leg-thigh quarters
2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (depends on how spicy you want it)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix together spices. Liberally rub onto the chicken.

Cook in slow cooker on low fo…

Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

This is a recipe I created awhile back because my family isn't a fan of regular sloppy joes and I was wanting something similar. I looked up recipes but didn't find one to suit my family's tastes. So I came up with this one. It honestly resembles cheeseburgers more than cheese steaks. Maybe it should be called Cheeseburger sloppy joes? Either way, I hope you enjoy the recipe!




Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

1 pound of ground beef
1 cup hot water
1 beef bouillon cube*
1/2 tsp chopped dried onion
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 slices American Cheese
Hamburger Buns, toasted

* You can substitute water and bouillon for 1 cup of beef broth if you prefer.

Dissolve beef bouillon cube in hot water.
Cook ground beef in a skillet. Drain.
Add the red pepper flakes, dried onion and black pepper to beef and stir. Add water and bouillon cube. Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes to reduce the broth. Place cheese slices on top of beef mixture and wait until the cheese st…

Monday Meal Plan

Hi there! Hope you had a great weekend! I took the girls to see a Cinderella play at a local high school on Friday, and they loved it. I did too, to tell the truth! Then on Friday we went shopping for new sheets for our bed. We have a regular sized mattress, but we added a foam topper and a mattress pad and suddenly, none of our regular depth sheets fit. It's kind of hard to find deep pocket sheets that don't cost and arm and a leg! But we found a pair at Ross, and so far we like them and they are staying on!

Anyway, after all that fun stuff, I had to get down to business meal! It takes time to do meal planning, but it is so worth it when you have everything planned out for your suppers.

I have been making soup for my husbands lunch for probably about 3 or 4 years now. Maybe longer! He finally told me that he is getting tired of soup. So I am varying things up a bit with cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches and then I will make soup maybe every 3-4 weeks. So you will see some new …