Momma has a new man 🤣

This isn’t going to be my typical recipe, money saving post, this is going under my dysfunctional family tab! My father passed away 16 years ago, my mother never dated after that, we honestly didn’t think she ever would, my parents were together since mom was 15, celebrated 26 years of marriage before my father passed. Well, we were wrong, she actually started dating months before she told any of us! We all know the new man, known him ever since we’ve moved to Michigan from Georgia over 30 years ago, not really going to go in that story, but it’s pretty freaking funny!                  So, the new man is coming over for Thanksgiving, and while I was visiting at mom’s yesterday, she was getting her dinner list together, and asking me if I can do the ham at my house because she may not have room in her stove, especially cooking turkey, etc. I tell her no problem, she said good, I need you to bake all the pies also, they’re already cooked but new man thinks she cooks everything from scratch. This is when mother-daughter role starts going in reverse, I’m sitting there teasing her she can’t start a new relationship in a lie, and how the heck did I get nominated to be the freaking Betty Crocker of the bunch? She goes well you have four kids, he’ll think you like to bake, well when his butt asks for a recipe, or expects me to bake him another pie while he’s visiting, I’m gonna send him to the grocery store you picked it up from 🤣  My poor mother, she’s so conservative, so innocent, then she ends up with a loud mouth daughter like me, that loves to pick on her every chance I get (I get that from my daddy lol), I’m pretty sure she’s glad I have to work that afternoon, so I won’t be there for long to embarrass her that bad lol.. I’m kidding, I will be on my best behavior while he’s here, it’s so nice to see my mom smile again, it’s been way too long since we’ve seen her genuinely happy, but I’m not promising anything on Christmas 🤣

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Frugal Saturday, Christmas edition 🎁🎄💰

I know I typically do money saving posts on Friday’s, but it must’ve slipped my mind.. I should’ve posted this last month, but buying gift cards for Christmas today reminded me to post this, sorry it’s a late tip, but you still have time, and prepares you for next year. 

A few years ago I started buying at least one gift card at every payday, I stuck with stores and restaurants I knew my family would like. Usually in February (give myself a month after the holidays lol), I would start buying them,  ranging from $20-$30, and would keep them with the receipt in a safe spot until they’re needed,  I don’t only use them as Christmas gifts, but birthday gifts and graduations etc. So now when there’s an occasion I need to buy a gift for, I don’t need to panic because I already have one, and this saves so much money waiting till the last minute to buy all the Christmas gifts. Luckily, my nieces and nephews are older and they love gift cards, so this works in my family  

*I suggest picking up a couple Visa type gift cards during the year for the special occasions like a wedding gift or graduation

HAPPY SAVINGS!!!💰💰💰

 

 

 

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Enchiladas 2 ways!

As you can tell, on Tuesdays we eat Mexican,  so here’s another family favorite recipe for y’all!

Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada:

1 whole rotisserie chicken shredded

1 can each cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup

1 1/2 cup sour cream

1 small can green chiles

2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

Flour tortillas

Instructions:

In saucepan mix soups, sour cream, and chiles together, mix well.

Fill each tortilla with chicken and 1 cup of cheese,  then roll up, place seam side down in baking dish,  repeat until pan is full. Pour sour cream mixture over tortillas and top with remaining cheese, bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. *I don’t always cover with tinfoil, if you do, just uncover the last 10 minutes to brown.

Beef enchiladas:

1 pound hamburger (or turkey)

1 onion

2 cups of cheese (whatever you prefer, I normally stick with Monterey or Colby Jack)

1 pkg of taco seasoning

1 can refried beans  (optional)

1 pkg flour tortilla shells

2 cans enchilada red sauce (I use small cans)

Instructions:

Brown beef with onion, add taco seasoning mix. Spoon mixture in tortilla shells (add beans if prefer), add some cheese before rolling up, place seam side down, pour red sauce over tortillas, top with remaining cheese, cover with tinfoil. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, uncover and bake till cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with your favorite toppings, Enjoy!

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Always say Goodbye

I’ve always lived by the words always say goodbye, and never give up the chance to say I love you. Unfortunately, my sons girlfriend was faced with this yesterday, as she learned of the untimely death of her mother, my granddaughters other Nana. Bailee had called her grandma for something, and her step-grandpa had to tell her the horrible news. I was walking downstairs and could here her cry, I went into their room and my son told me the awful news, all I could say was sorry and kept hugging her, I encouraged her to call her other sisters so they wouldn’t find out the same way she did.

I’ve known her mother since elementary school, we were actually best friends back in the day, but I moved out of the neighborhood and like many friendships, they just grow apart. Kelly and I did go to high school together, but she wasn’t the same person I use to know, she had some issues, she hid her pregnancy throughout the school year, even her parents didn’t know until she had her, and that may have been the last time I saw her. Of course, we come from small town, and small town people talk, so I heard many things about Kelly over the years, drugs, partying, and what not, nothing I associate myself with. I kept my distance from her, until my son told me who he was dating, and in all honesty I told my son to run, I wasn’t going to tell him what I know, but it’s not a good situation and he should keep himself away. We all know kids don’t listen, and few months later Bailee was pregnant with my granddaughter, and soon after she found out she was pregnant, Kelly went to jail. I had my son and Bailee move in with us, because it was for the better.

Kelly was sentence to a year in jail, and I remember telling my mom how does someone get themselves in so much trouble when they’re a mother, they have responsibilities, and now I’m taking care of them for her. My mother responded with you took someone out of a bad situation, someone who didn’t have the best of life, and are giving that child the closest thing to normal life she’ll ever had. In which, I tried to while her mom was gone, I took her to the dr visits, I was there at the ultrasound when she found out she was having a girl, I threw the baby shower, and was in the room with her when Aubree was born, everything Kelly should’ve been there for, but it was me.

Kelly got out of jail when Aubree was 2 months old, and I had some time to talk to her, and she does realize she wasn’t always the best mother, there was times she tried so hard but only failed. Now, I’ve never been the one to judge someone, because I don’t know their story, but it was really hard not to be so judgemental, especially since kids were involved. All the hopes she wished to accomplish, I genuinely believed she wanted to be a better person, she wanted the help she kept reaching out for, but now we’ll never know what she could’ve accomplished.

There’s a few purposes of this story; never judge someone, you really don’t know what they’ve been through; although when someone’s death doesn’t come as a shock, remember to their family and loved ones, it is a shock for them, they will always live with that void in their life; and lastly, always say I love you and goodbye, tomorrow is never promised.

RIP Kelly, you will be truly missed, I know you’ll be watching over your girls and granddaughter!

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Cookie Recipes!

These are the cookies I’ve been making for my sons fundraiser, and to be honest this was the first time making cookies from a recipe (I prefer to bake pecan pies lol)…but these cookies received such good reviews, I figured it was only right to share them….Enjoy!!
Gluten free chocolate chip cookies:
*these weren’t part of the list, but my cousin asked me to make them for his wife, and they were a big hit in my family, so we added them to the order form. *I took this off the Bob’s Red Mill site, so the links should work. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking Flour
Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
  • Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
    3. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until just creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until well-blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
    4. Scoop or roll dough into balls, about two tablespoons each. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Let rest, preferable chilled, for 30 minutes.
    5. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely.
    Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons hot water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
    3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    1 cup of sugar, 1/4 c additional to roll cookies in
    1 egg
    1 1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 1/4 cup flour
    Instructions:
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees, grease baking sheet. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar, beat in egg to mixture. mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until creamy, stir in salt, baking soda and flour. Roll dough into 1 in.balls and then roll in sugar place on baking sheet and flatten with fork. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
    **After the first round of cookies I put in the oven, I discovered if you let the batch sit in the fridge for a few minutes, the dough is easier to handle. I also used parchment paper with all the cookie recipes.

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Tasty Tuesday!

Taco Tuesday in our house, isn’t always tacos, it’s our day for Mexican dishes.. Today I’ll give our take on chili, in different ways, especially since the weather is getting colder, who doesn’t like warm comfort food?

Chicken Chili (my fave)

1 package McCormick white chicken chili season mix

1 pound chicken breasts, cut in ½ in cubes

1 can white corn

3 cans white northern beans

1 tbsp oil

2 cups of water

Directions:

  • Heat oil in skillet, cook chicken until no longer pink
  • Stir in season mix, water, beans, and corn..simmer for 25 minutes
  • Top with your favorite garnishments, I use Monterey jack cheese and sour cream

 

**These directions differ from the seasoning mix package, but still comes out full of flavor**

 

Turkey Chili

1 pound ground turkey (I prefer 85/15) *can use regular ground hamburger

2 cans stew tomatoes (or 2 cups crushed fresh tomatoes)

2 cans of dark red kidney beans

1 can Chili beans

1 can of light red kidney beans

1 onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped

2 jalapenos seeded and diced (optional)

1 chili mix (hot or mild)

 

  • Brown turkey meat with onion and green pepper
  • Add all ingredients and simmer for at least an hour
  • Top with favorite ingredients and enjoy

 

Husband’s famous Chili

2 pound of stewing beef (can use any beef or steak that will tenderize)

3 cans stew tomatoes (or 2 cups crushed fresh tomatoes)

3 cans of dark red kidney beans

2 can Chili beans

2 can of light red kidney beans

1 lrg onion chopped

1 lrg green pepper chopped

3 jalapenos seeded and diced (optional)

  • ½ packages chili mix (hot or mild)

 

1     Brown stewing beef with onion and green pepper

  • Add all ingredients and simmer for 2 hours until beef is completely tender
  • Top with favorite ingredients and enjo

 

 

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Mommy Monday!!

Here it is, back to Monday, after a busy weekend of working and making dozens of cookies for my sons fundraiser, I am exhausted. I’m not going to dwell on what day it is, instead I’m going to make it easier for me. Thankfully for the power of Youtube, I was able to sleep in a little while my daughter watched her shows on my phone, I did manage to make it to the grocery store, but it’s going to be hot dogs for dinner since I have to work a little earlier this afternoon, and that’s okay. There is no such book that says we have to cook a full healthy meal everyday, and we are the parents that buy only meat, veggies, and fruits for meals, but today will be the exception. So for those who are dwelling it’s Monday, not sure what to do for dinner, and the thought of folding that laundry making you cringe (mine is currently in the basket until tomorrow lol), don’t! Own your Monday, do what you want, things can wait until the next day, you are the boss and Monday is just your little annoying employee that can’t be fired! Cheers to Monday….and it only being 4 days away from Friday!!

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Frugal Friday 🛒

Now that Halloween is over and leftovers are being clearance out,  this is a good time to stock up on candy (freeze for Christmas, as noted on previous post) and for the kids, grab a costume for next year. I’ve done this a few times with boys, especially my middle son who was always Batman, so I never feared he would change his mind lol. I also use this trick at the end of every season, I stock up on summer clothes in the fall, and vice versa. Happy shopping  ☺

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Happy 20th Birthday to my first born!

It’s hard to believe its been 20 years since I’ve brought my first born into this world. As a young single mother, I know I wasn’t the best mother, and raising him on my own for his first 3 years wasn’t the easiest. Luckily, I did have lots of support from my family who helped while I worked and allowed me to have sometime to myself when needed. It actually was my son who introduced me to my husband, he use to go across the street with my father to visit friends and he use to tell me I need to meet his new friend, I eventually did and we’ve been together ever since. My child has been many blessings to me more than he’ll ever know.

I’ve always been a firm believer to let your children find their own way, he had a few wrong ways, but eventually was able to find the right path. Not only has he become one of the best big brothers, but the best father he could be to his children. I know I didn’t do many things right raising him, but watching him with his children, and striving for to succeed, I know I did something right.

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First big decision made!

After weeks of going back and forth, I’ve decided that I will change my major from Nursing to Respiratory, and today I received the news that I will start the program next fall. I talked to others in different fields and the fact that I will stay patient involved is what led to my decision. I’m excited and nervous on my new journey, but I’m certain I made the right decision. Cheers to new beginnings 🥂

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