SparkPeople Eating on a budget Team Messageboard Eating healthy on a budget and enjoying it! SparkPeople Eating on a budget Team Messageboard 100+ daily point total challenge So far today, 106 points. <BR> <BR> I'm on the fourth consecutive day of posting over 100 points during a day. I've gotten lucky sometimes with bonus spins, but namely reading emails and team digests, games, trivia, tweeting SparkRecipes, articles, liking and commenting, posting and such. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd start the challenge to see if you'd benefit from this as I have. I've learned some things about nutrition and exercise, racked my brain for A-Z word games, and read encouraging blog... Sun, 26 May 2019 16:49:22 EST Congo line word play Example: if I am playing off the word ALTER, my word would have to start with ER. please note that you must allow for a word to be made from the combination. "LD" is one such combination from which no English word can be formed. However, hold could be "old" as a useable "caboose" so I'm saying let us do that when in a pinch. Hold could be older then as a response. <BR> <BR> So: alter -- erase/ erase -- seat/ seat -- attitude/ attitude -- denounce/ denounce -- ceramic/... <BR> <BR> I'll sta... Wed, 1 May 2019 19:20:56 EST A Good Bargain and Where Yesterday, I had my mind made up. I was not going to tolerate my generic coffee makers anymore. <BR> <BR> Mind you, it was below 25 temperature-wise. <BR> <BR> I had my mind set on a thrift store near me. January is half-off month too. But, they were closed, but not according to their sign. So, I still did not give up. <BR> <BR> A town miles from here has a Goodwill. My roommate said no that we were not going. But, I still did not lose my faith. <BR> <BR> Later on, my roommate ask... Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:07:04 EST Have You Done Something Good For Someone Today? Often, they say if you are in a funk, to do something good for someone else... Doing so lifts you out of such funk. Have you done something good for someone today? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:38:50 EST Creative Ways To Use Leftovers Pour your leftover coffee in jars half-way full. <BR> Pour condensed milk in the jars next. <BR> Chill in fridge for a few hours. <BR> Voila! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:24:28 EST Emoticon How You Are Feeling Today <em>247</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:20:24 EST Budgeting For Food For Various Health Problems There are different problems people have when buying food and cooking, such as health problems. For examples, anywhere from anorexia to hypoglycemia. <BR> <BR> Often, people need to know just what they do need...having enough money, knowing what to buy and how to prepare. <BR> <BR> I think as members of Sparkpeople that we should address this. <BR> <BR> Any comments? <em>247</em> Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:33:05 EST What is your diet? What diet are you all doing? I'm doing low carb and 16 hours intermittent fasting. I am spending less on food as a benefit. Greens are inexpensive and very low carb. No refrigeration, just open and add oil and heat. It is amazing what a broken refrigerator can do for a person. <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 11:52:31 EST Dollar Tree Haul Brag about your Dollar Tree hauls. What are you going to do with it all? Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:28:38 EST Dessert Recipes This is the place for all things dessert! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:22:06 EST Snack Recipes This is the place for all things snacks! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:21:26 EST Dinner Recipes This is the place for all things dinner! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:20:44 EST Lunch Recipes This is the place for all things lunch! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:20:03 EST Breakfast Recipes This is the place for all things breakfast! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:19:14 EST What Is On Your Menu For Dinner? Chicken Parmesan in the crockpot as a healthy New Year's Eve dinner! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>214</em> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:36:43 EST Crockpots: Less Stress, Save Money I am basically married to my crockpot. Less stress and save money. <BR> <BR> Today, I cooked about 4 to 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot and made chicken parmesan. Between the 3 of us, it is just enough. The housemates do waste the spaghetti sauce though. They use a slotted spoon so it is all chicken and no spaghetti sauce on their plates. <BR> <BR> Atleast I do not have to slave over a hot stove. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:28:38 EST Hi everyone. Hello team, <em>524</em> I am from Australia, Victoria up in the goldfields area of Ballarat. 3 years ago I lost my husband and the kids thought I would be better off up here than in Gippsland (in the east of Victoria) as my youngest son lives up here. <BR> <BR> I am 76 years young and have MS and because of this I am in a wheelchair 24/7. <BR> <BR> In my working life I was a midwife and specialised in the babies with the occasional time spent in Labour Ward. <BR> <BR> I have 3 grow... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:11:42 EST Congo-line Word play I'm hoping that we can earn points for the team by even playing some games. I'm suggesting that we take the last two letters of the previous word to create a new word; eg. Ice Cream turns into American Cheese, from which we could get Separate, then temperature. See the pattern? As much as possible I'm hoping to use cooking terms, one word or two-word phrases. <BR> <BR> what do you think about using the last 3 letters only when a word ends in 2 consonants? cistern, column, song, etc . . . ? ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:40:49 EST Fall&Winter Recipes Just thought I'd provide a diy Jerk Seasoning for sprinkling on your food, rather than like a marinade or wet mop. It works not only for animal flesh (yes, that is aka meat, e.g. beef, goat, elk, fowl or fish), but also for salads and veggies. Yea!!! <BR> <BR> Yeah, I like Jamaican foods... some of them. I'm not a fan of curried goat though. hahaha <BR> So, AfricanBites likes to play with her food, and even her son has his own version of her adaptable Jamaican Jerk Seasoning for the Shaker. ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:23:59 EST Tips and tricks using a microwave I'm starting with two ways to utilize a microwave to rise bread dough. <BR> <BR> Tip 1 Active <BR> Place 3 cups water in a 4 cup glass measure. Cook on 100% power (high) for 6 to 8 minutes or until boiling. Move water to the back of the oven. Place kneaded dough in a greased microwave-safe bowl, turning once. Cover with waxed paper and place in the microwave oven with hot water. Heat dough and water on 10% power (low) for 13 to 15 minutes or until dough has almost doubled. Punch dough ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:49:55 EST Spring&Summer list of recipes Heyas, I'm not vegan but ran across a recipe for making a cauliflower pizza crust and learned I needed goat cheese for it. Well, it isn't likely I'll be buying goat cheese so I was pleased to find out subbing straight across with cream cheese works for texture, etc. That I could do. <BR> <BR> However, I did run across a recipe for making a tangy nut version of cheese that reminds vegans of goat cheese. Having eaten several versions of "garden burgers" I can say they do not in anyway taste li... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:01:09 EST Size of Portions I find one way to save money is to watch portion sizes. I see families that allow their children to eat or drink unlimited amount of cheese, meats, snacks, milk or juice not to mention sodas and sweets. <BR> <BR> I limit expensive things to recommended portions and encourage the Wildbunch (AKA my children) to drink water. They are growing boys so I encourage them to fill up on cheaper rice, pasta and bread while keeping the more expensive foods at the recommended servings. <BR> <BR> It hel... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:58:37 EST Our degree program in HardKnox College Heyas! Hoping that we can start listing things we ourselves have learned/used which are effective, cost-efficient, creative and helpful for keeping our budget low on other things so we have more for good eating. <BR> <BR> I've been saving bread bags and vegetable bags (yeah, those flimsy things) in a drawer in the kitchen. <BR> [1] When I need to mix something by hand I put one on like a glove, then rinse and toss. <BR> [2] I use the bag to help reseal my yogurt container, pushing down with... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:49:26 EST Cheap Recipes For My Family Since it was quite chilly here in Kentucky, I decided to fix some chili in my crockpot for my family of 4. We had more than enough with even some leftovers for tomorrow's lunch! Here's the recipe and the cost breakdown. <BR> <BR> Chili <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 cans Chili Beans <BR> 1 can Diced Tomatoes <BR> 1 lb. Ground Beef (cooked &amp; drained) <BR> 2 tsp.Sugar <BR> 3 Tbsp. Chili Powder <BR> 1 tsp. Salt <BR> 2 tsp. Pepper <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Combine all ingredients in a Slow... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 17:30:58 EST Fall-Winter recipes Here's a place we can put recipes to share with each other. <BR> <BR> I wanted scrambled eggs for Ramen, did it in a mug; 2 eggs and seasoning blended roughly, 20 sec on Hi and wait 20 sec. Then 30 sec on Hi = ta da. It wasn't my best scrambled, but it worked just fine for my purposes. I'll be exploring more. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try blending with a dash of milk and maybe corn starch. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> may the forks be with you <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:13:51 EST New here Hi everyone, My name is Bobbie I am new to Spark people. I love to workout and eat healthy! I am moving my family towards clean eating and we are almost there. I love sharing recipes, ideas and motivation!!! We can do this! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:36:40 EST Recipes June-August Heyas! Buenos Dios, Shalom, Aloha! <BR> I thought we could share recipes somewhat quarterly, unless we get real busy with this. So far, not really eh? <BR> I like to microwave (nuke) tators and store them for use later, as well as eat some fresh-hot. With yogurt, a little soy or worcestershire sauce, onion and tomato it works pretty good for my wife and I. I have used the stored plain tators to make a quick tator salad a little bit mashed, mostly cut 1"cubes. We do with the peel, to get... Sun, 31 May 2015 23:25:56 EST April 2015 recipes I thought I'd kick off this set with the following recipe: <BR> <BR> Sarah Coates Street Food Monday recipe: <BR> Greek Chicken Souvlaki <BR> <BR> Marinated chicken, feta fries, mustard aioli, pickled onions, cucumber and parsley all wrapped up on a pita bread [ _ga- note: you can use tortillas to wrap these in] <BR> <BR> <BR> Serves: 4 <BR> <BR> For the chicken: <BR> 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs <BR> 2 tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 tsp dried oregano <BR> juice of half a lemon <BR> 1 clo... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:56:41 EST Team bonus points unfurled! I hope this is alright, for us to list this in a thread, versus on the wall! <BR> <BR> 50 points today! Woohoo Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:28:03 EST makeing new meals out of leftovers <link><BR>w-to-roll-over-holiday-leftovers-into-<BR>new-meals/ </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:26:33 EST worth a try <link><BR>id=13429&memberid=874628 </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:37:35 EST seasonal produce you can help cut your shopping bill by eating produce when they are in is a great article over seasonal produce <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uce-guide/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Cooki<BR>eAndKate+%28Cookie+and+Kate%29 </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:08:18 EST January 2015 Chat Room Hello Everyone, How are you doing? This has bee a very inactive team for a very long time. I am not sure who is out there and what you would like to talk about. I would love to get this team active again and get all kinds of discussions going but i need help. any ideas? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Danlin Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:27 EST how to get the most from your chicken <link><BR>ng-the-most-from-whole-chicken/ </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:54:53 EST July Chat Room Yes, I don't want to close this forum and team down and I do think we need to get busy and motivate this forum again with the rising costs of food. <BR> <BR> How do you keep your food bills low? How many people do you need to feed? <BR> <BR> Let's talk, <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Danlin Sun, 6 Jul 2014 01:34:14 EST June Chat Room Hi everyone, feels like I am the only one on this team, is there any other members on this team? I am wondering if I should close this team down. let me know, please? <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> <BR> Danlin Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:43 EST May Chat Room Hi all my fellow Sparkers; <BR> <BR> How have you all been? I have had a rough winter, had a bronchial viral infection for almost 4 weeks and I am still coughing. I have heard that a lot of people have been sick this past winter. It was a tough season in many different forms. <BR> <BR> I would like all of you to welcome our new co-leader, 859320 to the team. her name is Ruthie and I am very excited to be working with her to see what she will be bringing to our team. <em>242</em> <... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:44:07 EST November Chat Room hello everyone, where is everyone??? this is where we can all get together to chat about what is going on in our lives, okay? with thanksgiving approaching, I am sure we want to discuss how to put on a meal on a tight budget, what ideas do you have? Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:12:34 EST Let's play a fun Game Copy & past the list below. name each item with it starting with the letter A. After we complete the list we will move on to the next letter in the alphabet. think we can make it all the way to Z? let's give it a try. <BR> <BR> Letter "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> 5. A film title - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from the supermarket - <BR> <BR> 7. Something soft ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:36:03 EST How do you plan your grocery shopping trips? Hi everyone, how often do you go grocery shopping and how do you plan your trips to save you money? What tips do you use that you would like to share with the team? Do you use coupons? shop the complete store? <BR> <BR> Share how you do your grocery shopping with us and let's see if we can come up with ways to save even more money. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Danlin Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:53:01 EST Let's play Trivia Hi team Members <BR> go to where you earn your spark points and if you go down the list, there is a place where you can play Trivia, this is a great place to learn facts about your body. <BR> <BR> let's all start playing daily and post your scores here every day. it doesn't matter how well you do, it just for the fun of it and to learn new facts. I will post my scores from today and will post my scores every day. hope you will join in with me. <BR> <BR> Today you have answered 3 of 5 que... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:37:00 EST August Chat Room Hello Everyone, How are you? Great, I hope. Do you believe that we are already in August? <BR> Where is time going? <BR> <BR> This is where we can post what is going on in our lives and we can just have some fun. <BR> <BR> So start jumping in and posting away, okay? and let's see what everyone is up to <BR> <BR> Happy August (starting tomorrow officially) <BR> <BR> hugs <BR> Danlin <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> m <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>250</em> <em>247</em... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:55:43 EST New to the team As with so many my budget is tight.. But I figure if I have enough money to eat myself fat, then I certainly have enough money to eat myself thin! Just need a little help. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:29:56 EST JANUARY 2013 CHAT ROOM Hello everyone out there did you have a nice New Year's celebration? I stayed home and it was quiet. didn't even stay up to see the ball drop,first time in many years that we missed that. <BR> <BR> haven't heard from people on this forum in a long time hope we can change that in 2013, any ideas? <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Danlin <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>382</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:49:42 EST Family Cook and Loving It I do most of the cooking for my family. It's a challenge some times. My daughter is a picky eater. I still remember the day they brought three bags of potato chips home. My response was, "Really, would you bring cocaine to the home of a cocaine addict"? But I am on a budget. And I do hail from the Midwest. In other words I would rather have a dish with five simple items than the stuff some of the Chefs use. I'm looking forward to learning some new dishes. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:26:58 EST September Chat Forum Hi all our spark friends; <BR> <BR> Hope every one is doing well. Do you believe that we are now in September? We would love to hear from all of you here so we could chat back and forth that is what this forum is for so please let us hear what you are up to. What made you become a frugal saver? What kind of disability do you have? Talk to us. We want to hear from all of you. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Danlin <em>220</em> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 16:16:01 EST Hello from Pittsburgh! Hi everyone! My name is Jacy and I'm from Pittsburgh! :) I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning a few tips on eating on a budget! :) Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:58:12 EST Frugal Dieter Here I am glad to be here. I save money by shopping for produce at my local Mexican market. I do get a lot of food from food banks as well. I'm watching my carbs & sugars, as recommended by my doctor. She's a cute young little Asian doctor, so I'm not sure if she fully understand what I'm going through at my age, lol, but she's funny to talk to. I visit her rarely since it costs me $25 a visit. <BR> I stay home with my 13 yr old daughter who homeschools. I like to get out of the house, so I go to... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:32:56 EST New Kid on the Block Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I am making changes to my eating habits, but I don't like to eat the same things over and over. I also want to incorporate more organic items into my meals, but I need to do some "creative financing" to make that happen. <BR> <BR> I look forward to sharing information with you and learning more about how to eat healthier on a budget. Plus - I need some motivational friends! So stop by my Sparkpage and 'friend' me please. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Here's to your health! <BR> <B... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:40:30 EST I don't like to grocery shop What advice does anyone have for someone who dreads shopping for food? I love clothes shopping, except for the full length mirror, but when I go into any supermarket, I feel overwhelmed. I know that if you want to stay healthy and calorie conscious, you're supposed to stick to the outside aisles (produce, dairy, etc.), but I always get lost in the inside aisles. I know everything in the inside isn't bad, but the carbs call my name. <BR> <BR> What do I shop for? I always have a list, but... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:21:34 EST Planning your store list Hi Everyone How do you plan your store list, first of all is it for 1 week 2 weeks, or more. I usually plan for 2 weeks and I alway plan for 3 very cheap meals to be included in those 2 weeks such as grilled cheee sandwiches, pancakes. I always list my meals for the 2 weeks and all the ingredients I will need so I will have a good list and will not over spend <BR> <BR> How do you shop? <BR> <BR> Hugs danlin Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:35:13 EST Trivia Game Let's play the trivia game copy and paste your score below, You can learn a llot playing this game daily. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Danlin Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:01:04 EST Anyone interested in being a co leader? Hi everyone, <BR> Just wondering if anyone out there would be willing to help be a co leader here? I am very busy right now in the progress on getting ready to move in October.And I am finding it hard to keep up with everything I also have 2 special needs children at home.Please let me know.Thanks Tracy Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:15:33 EST New to fixed income and tight budget living Hi. My name is Linda. I was laid off from my job in October of 2010 and was on Employment Insurance for much of 2011 and I cashed out much of my RRSP's to pay off all my credit card debt, but now I am on a fixed Disability Income and I really don't know where to start. <BR> <BR> I have applied for and been accepted into Subsidized housing where I will only have to pay 30 percent of my disability income in rent. I can move in on May 1st. <BR> <BR> I am still working on the rest of my bud... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:41:24 EST Hi Everyone I am new to this team and new to this site and I am hoping this is the diet that will work for me. I am single and work full time, but also fresh out of college with a lot of student loans to pay back so I am on a very tight budget. I am not that great in the kitchen and usually on the go so any recipes that meet that will help me is much appreciated. Thank you all for the help ! I am all ears <em>334</em> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:15:43 EST Newbie Hi. Obviously, I am new to the team. I am a 40 year old single mother of two boys who just graduated high school. With both of them and myself in college, I am looking to save money wherever I can while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:06:49 EST Planning weekly menus I wanted to start a board where we can exchange ideas for a weeks worth of menus. I find that planning meals ahead of time helps keep my spending in check at the supermarket. When I plan my menus I try to first utilize what I already have in my cupboards, fridge and freezer and then supplement from there. Here is a link to a great weekly menu planner page. <link><BR>d-notebook/weekly-menu-planner </link> <BR> <BR> Currently in my fridge and freezer I ha... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:07:16 EST Hello Hello everyone, I just moved to Orlando and my husband and myself do not have jobs yet. We don't have a lot of money to spend on food so it is really hard sometimes to find healthy foods that are budget friendly and filling. <BR> <BR> I hope we can all share tips and tricks! Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:27:45 EST New to this team... Hi all. I am excited about this team. I've been on SparkPeople since March and have lost 25 pounds. I have 5 kids and we are self-employed, so budget cooking is BIG in our house. That means I have to make every calorie and dollar count. I love to cook, especially from my new America's Test Kitchen cookbook and I'd rather arrange all my calories around dinner so I can make food my family will eat. Can't wait to hear new ideas. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 20:41:32 EST New Team Member Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I live in Michigan, land of the unemployed. Although my husband and I are just now getting caught up from the last layoff, I'm still trying to keep the food budget low while maintaining healthy home cooked foods for every meal. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that since we started this in December, there has been a noticeable difference in our spending habits. I quit smoking and quit drinking soda, so that has saved a lot of money by itself. I think the vending... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:40:04 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone my name is Lorri. I am new to this team. I live outside a very small town is Missouri called Hunnewell. I have been married for 21 years. We just bought a small farm last year. I have diabetes and a very small budget so this seems like a good team for me. I hope to get to know you all better in the near future. <em>213</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2009 02:47:52 EST Gifts in a jar for Christmas or anytime! Pumpkin Pie creamer <BR> <BR> 4 tsps.ground cinnamon <BR> 2 tsps.ground ginger <BR> 2 tsps.nutmeg <BR> 1 tsp.ground cloves <BR> 1 tsp.allspice <BR> 1 cup non-dairy creamer <BR> <BR> Combine all ingredient together bledned well. Sun, 25 Oct 2009 13:44:59 EST Health article concern Check it out! I am sending this to all of my contacts and you should too!! <BR> <BR> I also verified this with and it is TRUE!!! <BR> <BR> Warning for all parents/grandparents <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my youngest daughter, Halle who is just 4 years old, was <BR> rushed to the ER by her father for being severely lethargic and incoherent in her classroom. He was called to her school by the school secretary who said that she was 'VERY VERY SICK'! <BR> He told me that when he arrived at her... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 11:52:03 EST HI Hi my name is Tammy, I am very excited to join your team. We currently live in Misawa Japan. I have been married for 12 years and have 2 beautiful kids. I love to cook for my family, and hope to get some great tips on how to shop on a budget! Sat, 4 Jul 2009 03:43:29 EST Hello, new to the whole site.. Hi, I'm new, for a few weeks first i didn't get the hang of singing in everyday, but now i do...then i didn't get the hang of exercising and noting what i have eaten the whole day..but now the nutrition i kind of have the hang of...i guess you can say i am on a budget...sometimes maybe not...its just my SO rushes me through the Grocery store Fast. and a lot of the times i forget the stuff i really need. i would go myself but i live in the middle of nowhere where i have to wait for hi... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:01:30 EST New to the team My name is Tiffany. I am new to this group. I was born and raised in Kitchener, ON Canada. I moved to California with my dog 4 years ago to marry my husband. Right now I am unemployed, looking for a new job, and going to school at the local college here. It's sure hard to eat on a budget and eat healthy, but I am sure trying. I look forward to getting to know you all. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 01:20:50 EST Gifts for any occasion! Peppermint Bark <BR> <BR> Prep Time: <BR> 15 min <BR> Total Time: <BR> 1 hr 15 min <BR> Makes about 1 lb. bark or 24 servings. <BR> What You Need <BR> 3 pkg. (6 squares each) BAKER'S White Chocolate, chopped <BR> 1 cup chopped candy canes <BR> Make It <BR> CHOP 3 pkg. (6 squares each) Baker's White Chocolate; place in large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM 3-1/2 to 4 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 2 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. ... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:02:44 EST Hello I just found this group and its a great idea! We have started the new year with a new budget to stay on track and I have decided to try to lose weight and get healthy at the same time, not so budget friendly, so I am looking for creative ways to make yummy healthy food on a budget. Anyway I my name is Kim and live in Callander Ontario. I am the mother of a 9 year old boy and blissfully married. Hope to share lots of ideas here with you all! Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:58:21 EST Soups & Stews Looking for a recipe for 15 bean soup Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:13:16 EST Inexpensive gifts for Anytime of the year! SNOWMAN SOUP <BR> <BR> 1-individual packet hot chocolate mix <BR> 2-3- Chocolate kiss candies <BR> 10-15-mini-marshmallows <BR> 1-small candy cane <BR> <BR> Assenble in a gift bag,Gift mug or small zipper food sorage bag. <BR> <BR> Attach:This poem below: <BR> <BR> Was told you've been real good this year. <BR> Always glad to hear it! <BR> With freezing weather drawing near, <BR> You'll need to warm the spirit. <BR> So here's a little snowman soup <BR> Complete with stirring stick. <BR> ... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:29:29 EST Introduce yourslef My name is Tracy a single parent of three children ages 14yrs.,13yrs.,4yrs..And money is very tight so I have founds ways to keep the cost down and still have fun with my children. Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:55:47 EST Kids Recipes for play on a buget Edible Play Dough <BR> <BR> 1/3 cup margarine <BR> 1/3 cup light corn syrup <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1 tsp. vanilla extract or flavorings <BR> 1 lb. powdered sugar <BR> food coloring (optional) <BR> <BR> Mix first 4 ingredients together. Add powdered sugar. Knead it. Divide and add food coloring. Keep refrigerated to keep from spoiling when not in use. You can replace vanilla with flavored extracts to give flavor other than just plain sweetness. <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:45:38 EST Salads Watermelon Pickles <BR> <BR> 3 pounds white portion watermelon rind, cubed <BR> 5 cups sugar <BR> 2 cups cider vinegar <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 1 Tbsp. whole cloves <BR> 1 Tbsp. whole allspice <BR> 3 cinnamon sticks, 3 inches each <BR> 1 lemon, sliced <BR> <BR> Put watermelon cubes in a large pot with enough salted water to cover. Soak overnight. Drain. Cover with fresh, cold water and bring to a boil. Cook over low heat until tender. Drain. In another large pot, combine sugar, vinegar and... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:41:12 EST Desserts Apple Crisp <BR> <BR> 6 apples, peeled and sliced <BR> 1 cup brown sugar <BR> 1/2 cup oatmeal <BR> 1/2 cup flour <BR> 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened <BR> 1 tsp. cinnamon and/or nutmeg <BR> 1/4 cup water <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange apples in well greased baking dish. Blend all remaining ingredients; but water. Spread evenly over top of apples. Pour water over the topping. Bake 45 minutes until apples are tender and top is crisp. Makes 6 servings. <BR> <BR> Peach Crisp ... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:36:46 EST Main dishes <BR> Turkey Mushroom Casserole <BR> <BR> 6-7 cups of dried and cubed rolls or bread <BR> 2 cups turkey or ham, cooked <BR> 1-8 oz. can of mushrooms, drained <BR> 11 large eggs, beaten <BR> 3 1/2 cups milk <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning <BR> 1-2 cups Swiss cheese, grated <BR> <BR> In a well greased 9x13 pan arrange bread cubes. Next layer turkey and mushrooms. Whisk together eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour on top of bread, turkey and mushrooms. Cover with plastic wrap and... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:31:33 EST Recipes Baking Mix <BR> <BR> 9 cups flour 2 tsp. salt <BR> 2/3 cup dry milk 1 cup shortening or <BR> 3 Tbsp. baking powder <BR> ½ shortening and ½ butter* <BR> <BR> Mix flour and other dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. Use a mixer on low to cut in the shortening to save time. Store in an airtight container up to 6 months. <BR> <BR> This recipes uses a 5-pound sack of flour when doubled. <BR> *Refrigerate if using butter. <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:22:21 EST Articles on budgeting Frighteningly Frugal Fun!! <BR> <BR> By Tawra Kellam <BR> <BR> The average American family spends over $100 per year on Halloween goodies. As your kids drag you through aisles full of ghosts and goblins, the scariest thing about Halloween is threatening to leave bite marks in your pocketbook. No wonder so many moms flee screaming from the store... <BR> <BR> It can be much less expensive and a lot more fun to devise your own chilling creations. <BR> <BR> Halloween On A Dime is a 32 page b... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:15:21 EST Chat Corner Welcome to the eating on a budget and enjoying! Fri, 10 Oct 2008 20:11:20 EST