Monday, October 20, 2014

Murder Mystery Food-It's Time for Diner Food

Good Morning dear readers,  here is the return to murder mystery food.  It took me awhile to find one I really liked and this is it.  We are cooking from the murder mystery "Do or Diner" by Christine Wenger.  If you love comfort food your gonna love this recipe.  But before we get to cooking a little about the book.  This is my new favourite murder mystery series.  The main character inherits/buys the diner and all the trimmings from her aunt.  Some one tries to put her out of business by killing someone in the diner by poisoning the food.  So she feels the cops aren't doing enough to find the killer so she gets involved.  What I love about this story it involves history and family traditions.  The type that when you think about a certain food it reminds you of family.  Events in your families lives seem to come to life when you smell a certain food.  I'm not going to go into any more details because I don't want to spoil it for you.  The recipe for today is Pork and Scalloped Potatoes.  Here's what you need.

several pork steaks (I used a pack of  4)
3 large potatoes  sliced not to thin not to thick
2-3 large onions sliced not to thin not to thick
salt and pepper 
1 cup or more of milk depending on how thick you what the sauce
2 cans cream of  celery soup (you can also use cream of mushroom)
I added a little oregano and garlic about tablespoon each

cook pork steaks in oven until done. Let cool and then cut into bite sized pieces.  Layer into deep pot or roasting pan.  Proceed to layer potatoes and then onions.  If you have enough meat you can do another round of layers.  Season with salt and pepper and other spices.  Mix milk and soup together and pour over everything.  Put into 350 degree oven and let cook for hour to 1 1/2 hours until fork can insert into potatoes.  Bon Appetite.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Target Frozen Food Deals

Good morning dear readers, I took advantage of the coupon deal at Target this week.  They had a $5 off coupon $5/$25 deal going on.  They have a lot of good frozen food sales going on right now,  You still have time to run to target.  Here's what I got.

2-Tyson chicken strips for 2@$6
1-Bag totinos Pizza Rolls
2-Red Barron Mini Pizza @$2.99 each
1-Morning Star Farms Veggie Burgers @$5.69 for an eight count very good deal

total before coupons/sales  $29.44                  O.O.P  $21.62

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Small Rite Aid trip's for Coffee and Toilet Paper

Good morning dear readers, I did a couple of Rite Aid runs this week.  Sorry this is last week sale but you can still learn couponing from it.  I always try to get the up rewards to pay for my toiletries.  I especially like it when I can stock up on coffee.  So here's the break down on what I got.

2 large Folgers Coffee 27.8 oz @ $8.00 each
2 Friskies Cans Cheesy sausations new kind with cheese sauce if yours is picky like mine they might like this food  @ $.69 each

Before coupons/sales/rewards $31                 After coupons/sales/rewards $17.50

This deal netted me $4 in up rewards

2nd transaction

12 roll package simplify bath tissue  

before coupons/sales/rewards $8.99             After coupons/sales/rewards $4.99
Savings $4

Breast Cancer Awareness Art Page

Good morning dear readers,  I was able to check out Julie Balzer's Scrapbook Soup this past week. I got some great ideas from her show. She was using a brayer (I need one).  This tools looks like a minature paint roller.  I didn't have one so I improvised using a toilet roll holder and rolled it in the paint.  Then proceeded to roll on the page.  After using several acrylic paint colors i.e. pink, yellow and purple, I filled in the white areas with blue oil pastel.  I rubber stamp using a long stem rose stamp in blue archival ink pad.  Then drew the universal sign for breast cancer using paint pens in pink and purple(for the words). 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Frugal Halloween Vampire Pumpkin

Good morning dear readers, it has been a busy couple of weeks.  I'm back now to where I can get back to posting on a regular basis.  Sorry about all the delays but here is the vampire pumpkin I promised.  I was looking around pinterest and saw alot of pumpkins and I wanted to make one too.

Here's what you'll need to make one for yourself even the kids can help.  He only cost about $5. These items can be found at dollar tree.

1 styrofoam pumpkin 
1 bag google eyes
1 bag vampire teeth
1 bottle black acrylic paint
1 bottle red paint
1 oil pastel pencil in grey

Conor painted the pumpkin black and filled in the grooves with oil pastel pencil in grey.  I cut holes for the eyes and mouth using kitchen knife.  I painted the inside of the mouth black to not show any white.  I inserted the eyes and mouth. I added red paint on the teeth.  Let dry for a few minutes and your done

Friday, October 3, 2014

Frankies Corner-Time To Hold On

Good Evening dear readers, I'm taking over mom as had some issues come up this week. But we hope everything is back to normal next week.  In the mean time my kitty friends grab your young human and use them as your beast of burden.  Have them carry you around and give directions to getting everything in order.  If they try to remove you sink your claws into them and don't let go even if they yell for mom(note first picture).

Friday, September 26, 2014

Journal 52 favourite Foods art page

Good Afternoon dear readers,  I'm trying to catch up with some of journal 52's prompts.  This one is for the favourite foods prompt.  I've been noticing words and images in magazines more and more because of my art journaling.  The word Eats from Parade magazine came across my path and because I'm also a couponer I have several copies.  I buy multiple newspapers.  I've also started keeping a collage file of images just for my new hobby.  I'm impressed with some of the ladies on my groups who have file cabinets of images color coded just for collage.  Wow you guys rock.  I know what I'll be buying in the future.  Any ways I wanted to step out of my color comfort zone(blues, pinks and purples).  So I did this background in light tan, bright yellow and some red strippling  done on the page.  Next came my rubber stamps I used an unmounted circle stamp in red it still had some blue on it so came out interesting.  I put two rubber stamps in black of cupcakes.  Then I put blue ice cream cones all over the page.  Then I layered the food images and put Eats on the side.  I also put names of food on the page and it was really fun making this page can't wait to do more.  Enjoy and happy journaling.  You know it really does help with the stress.