School Lunches (snacks)

Now that school is back in session I am packing 10 lunches and snacks per week.  Here is how I pack 10 salty snacks (chips, pretzels, crackers) for the week.

I love the snack sized Ziploc bags that can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.  I was able to get these bags from Sam’s on sale for .74 and I purchased all of my bagged/boxed snacks from the Dollar Tree for $1.00 each.




Sunday is my prep day.  I open the bags, separate a serving into each bag, zip them up and store them in the snack pail.


Serving size varies per item, but I’m usually pretty generous with the amount.  I can usually get about 6 servings out of each box of crackers and 8 servings out of the pretzels.  When it’s time to pack a lunch I just grab each sons desired snack and toss it in the lunch box.

Each bag @ .01
Serving of crackers @ .16
Serving of pretzels @ .125
Total .13 or .17 each (less than a bag of chips)


Quick Meal

Tonights dinner was quick and easy.  I sauteed sausages, onions and bell peppers in olive oil.


I lightly coated the pan with olive oil then browned the sliced sausages and shook on some seasoning.  I added the red onions and bell peppers, stirred and covered, then left the pan on low until ready to serve with white rice.


What’s For Dinner

This weeks dinner will feature quick warm and cozy meals because the weather is changing.

Quick Homemade Pot Pie

Sausage, Onion, Bell Peppers w/ Rice

Breakfast for Dinner

Crock Pot Chili


One day I not long ago I was stumped trying to find something fast to cook before football practice.  I scanned the cupboards and frig and threw together a quick meal that surprisingly satisfied the boys.  I used:

1 can of cresent rolls

1/2 bag of frozen peas & carrots

2 cans of cream of chicken

2 large can of chicken breast


To start, I placed the peas and carrots in a small pot of boiling water until tender. 

Next I took my glass 9×11 baking pan and emptied my 2 cans of cream of chicken, canned chicken breast and my now cooked peas & carrots then stirred until it was all mixed together.  I spread it evenly across the pan then laid my cresent rolls on top.


Baked for 20 minutes and viola!  Easy peasy chicken pot pie.


Snacks For the Trip

Tomorrow we will be setting out for our trip.  Today I prepared some snacks for the ride and for the park. 

I went to Aldi where the apples were on sale, cut them up, put them in a bag with a splash of orange juice and viola!  Seven individual apple packs for $2.38.


Grapes were also on sale 2 pounds for $1.98.  I just separated them into serving size snack bags.


For salty the boys requested pretzels $1 and I like the veggie straws $1.79.  Drinks Fruit Waters  and CapriSuns on sale for $1.50.



Road snacks for the family for under $10.00

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mothers out there.  This is my second year celebrating without my mother, but I made it thru.  So far I have spent my day first with breakfast made by my boys and received gifts, second we went to church, then we came home and I prepped the dinner that I wanted them to fix for me ;), I took a nice nap and caught up on Scandal (it is so addictive).

I found a recipe that is literally easy as pie. It took 2 ingredients and a store bought pie crust and it is delicious! 

I used 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup of lemon juice (you can use more or less depending on how tart you like it).  Combine the two and mix well.  Pour into pie crust and your done.  I added some homemade whipped cream and put it in the refrigerator. 

This easy pie cost me $1 for the crust (from the Dollar Tree) and I always have lemon juice in the frig ($1 from the Dollar Tree) and $1.19 for the sweetned condensed milk from Aldi = $2.19.  Talk about a budget dessert.



Happy Mothers Day and ENJOY!

Banana Pudding

Back again with another easy recipe. Another dessert I learned from my mom as a little girl was super simple banana pudding.


Instant vanilla pudding Bananas Vanilla wafers Milk to make the pudding A splash of vanilla to add to pudding mix Prepare the vanilla pudding according to package directions and add a splash of vanilla (set to the side). First put down a layer of wafers then bananas (alternate layers until you have filled your bowl) end with wafers on top.


Pour the pudding on top of the banana wafer layers and TaDa! Dessert…


Carrot Raisin Salad

One of my Easter side dishes will be the very first recipe I learned from my mom with a healthy twist. It’s so simple a 6 year old could do it (that’s how old I was when I learned)

3 simply  ingredients
Shredded  carrots
Plain Greek yogurt

I didn’t measure, I just eyed how big of a salad I wanted and my love for raisins.

Add carrots to bowl, add amount of raisins you like and stir in enough yogurt to wet your salad. Mom used to add a dash of sugar for sweetness.