Frugal Tip ~ Staying fit on a budget

Do you have a gym membership?  At the time, you had all but the best of intentions to use it (I think this has happened to all of us).  If you don’t attend the gym at least once a week, it’s probably time to think twice about the membership.  Look into how much it would cost to cancel the membership before your contract is up.  In the end, it will probably be cheaper to pay the cancellation fee and break ties from the gym.  With that money, invest in exercise equipment for your home.  Or search for fitness routines on your TV and PVR the show to use at a more convenient time.

Homemade Mod Podge

This is a whole lot easier than I would have ever anticipated and even better, it’s a fraction of the cost.

What You Will Need and What to do:

Take a clean empty jar and fill in half way full with white glue. Then fill up the remaining part of the jar with water. Shake very well until the contents of the jar are completely mixed together. This is give you a matte finish, when being used; however, if you want a glossy finish, try using about 1-2 Tbsp of clear varnish (depending on how big the jar is that you are using).

 

Chili and Cornbread Cupcakes Recipe

Chili and Cornbread Cupcakes

 

I found this brilliant recipe that I think would work perfect for any gathering, especially a football event.  Click HERE to go directly to the Better Crocker website and find out how to make it yourself.

Creamy Spinach Enchiladas Recipe

 

When I usually thing of enchiladas, I think of having to put in a lot of effort to make them. This recipe makes things quite a bit easier.

 

What You Will Need:

 

– 1 package (roughly 10oz) of frozen chopped spinach

– 1 cup of frozen corn

– 1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese

– 1 cup of canned chopped green chilies

– 1 cup of heavy cream

– 1 tsp of salt

– 1 tsp of pepper

– 8 corn tortillas (roughly 6”)

 

What You Will Need to do:

 

1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.

 

2. In a bowl, mix together the spinach, corn (make sure the spinach and corn are thawed), 1 cup of cheese and 1/2 cup of chilies.

 

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the cream, the remaining chilies, salt and pepper.

 

4. Roll up about 1/3 cups of the spinach mixture in each tortilla and then place seam-side down in a shallow baking dish.

 

5. Top with the cream sauce and the remaining cheese.

 

6. Cover with foil and bake until bubbling which will take 15-20 minutes. Then uncover and bake for a further 10-15 minutes so that they become golden brown.

 

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

Here is a great chili recipe that contains turkey:

 

What You Will Need:

 

– 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil

– 1 pound of ground turkey

– 2 cans of tomato soup

– Roughly 2 cups of canned kidney beans (I say roughly as it may be a little more or less, depending on the can you purchase)

– Roughly 2 cups of canned black beans (I say roughly as it may be a little more or less, depending on the can you purchase)

– 1/2 chopped medium onion

– 2 Tbsp of chili powder

– 1 tsp of red pepper flakes

– 1/2 Tbsp of garlic powder

– 1/2 Tbsp of ground cumin

– 1 tsp of ground black pepper

– 1 tsp of ground allspice

– 1/2 Tbsp of seasoning salt

 

What You Will Need to do:

 

1.  Heat the oil in a saucepan. Cook the turkey until brown.

 

2.  Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

 

3.  Mix in turkey, tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans and onion to the slow cooker.

 

4.  Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt.

 

5.  Cook for 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH.

 

Tomato-Basil Turkey Casserole Recipe

 

 

Have some leftover turkey or just love turkey as much as I do?  Here’s a good recipe to try:

 

What You Will Need:

–   2 cups of a pasta of your choice (I usually use penne)

–   2 cups of diced cooked turkey

–   1 ½ cups of tomato pasta sauce (if you like pasta very saucy, add extra sauce)

–   1 ½ cups of sliced zucchini

–   1/4 cup of canned olives

–   1 tsp of dried basil leaves

–   1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 375ºF.

2.   Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

3.   Cook and drain the pasta as indicated on the package.

4.   In the casserole dish, mix pasta and all of the ingredients except the cheese.

5.   Cover the dish and bake for 30 minutes.

6.   Sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes longer or until bubbly.

Banana Cream Pie-in-a-Bowl Recipe

Banana Cream Pie-in-a-Bowl

 

I love this idea to enjoy the great taste of banana cream pie and cheat by not having to put all the work into it.  Click HERE to head over to the Betty Crocker website and find out how easy it really is to make!

Appetizer Beer-Cheese Fondue Recipe

 

 

When I think of this recipe, the first thing that comes to mind is game day!  I hope you enjoy this as much as my friends and family do:

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 loaf of French bread

–   1 package (2 cups)of  process cheese, cubed

–   1 ½ cups of frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained

–   1/4 cup of the beer of your choice (regular or non-alcoholic beer)

–   1/4 cup of diced canned pimientos, drained

–   1 tsp of ground mustard

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2.   Cut bread into 1” cubes.  Place the bread pieces in ungreased jelly roll pan.  Bake for 10 minutes, stirring twice, until lightly toasted. Transfer to serving dish.

3.   Meanwhile, melt the cheese in a saucepan while stirring occasionally.

4.   Stir in the broccoli, beer, pimientos and mustard.  Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until hot.

5.    Pour cheese mixture into fondue pot over Low heat or into 1 1/2-quart slow cooker at Low heat setting and enjoy!

Buffalo Fried Pickles Recipe

 

This is appetizer to serve for Super Bowl!

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 cup of cornmeal mix

–   1/4 cup of flour

–   2 Tbsp of buffalo wing seasoning.

–   1/2 tsp of pepper

–   1 beaten egg

–   1/2 cup of milk

–   2 cups of dill pickles, well drained

–   vegetable oil for frying

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Heat up the oil in a skillet.

2.   In a bowl, stir the cornmeal, flour, pepper and buffalo wing seasoning together.

3.   In a separate bowl, combine the egg and milk together.

4.   Dip the dill pickles in a milk mixture and then roll them in the cornmeal mixture.

5.   Fry the pickles for about 3 minutes or until they become golden brown.

6.   Patch with paper towels to absorb the excess oil and enjoy!

 

Honey Apple Snack Mix Recipe

 

A great mixture to fulfilling any craving:

 

What You Will Need:

–   4 cups of Shreddies

–   3 rice cakes – broken in small pieces

–   1 cup of pretzel sticks

–   1/2 cup of unsalted peanuts and pecan pieces

–   1/2 cup pecan pieces

–   2 Tbsp of brown sugar

–   2 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

–   1 1/4 tsp of chili powder

–   1 pinch salt

–   1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce

–   3 Tbsp of butter

–    2 Tbsp of honey

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 325°F.

2.   In a bowl, combine the cereal, rice cakes, pretzels, peanuts, pecans, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and salt.

3.   In a saucepan, heat the applesauce, butter and honey until butter is melted.

4.   Stir into cereal mixture, tossing to coat.  Spread on baking sheet.

5.   Bake in the oven, stirring occasionally, until wheat squares are deep golden.  This will take about 18 minutes.

6.   Let cool before enjoying.

 

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