Chicken and Rice Dinner with Homemade Bread

When money is slim we tend to fall back on cheap meals that are stick to your ribs filling that does not break the bank. This Chicken and Rice Dinner with Bread is just that sort of meal. I am going to assume you have a pantry with things like flour and margarine and little things like that. So the meal out of pocket came to $6.00 for six adults/teens plus a toddler sized portion that she promptly took two bites of and fed to the dogs….

How I feel six adults dinner for six dollars with this frugal meal.

Cost Break Down

Chicken Breast we bought a two pack at Save A Lot yesterday on sale two large breasts for $4.21 We are using 1 tonight so

Chicken $2.11

2 boxes Rice A Roni Pilaf Flavor

2 Rice $2.00

Broccoli 1 steam fresh bag from Target

Broccoli 1.00

My guess to make the bread it cost well under $1.00 but we will toss it out as that much just to keep things real.

Bread Ingredients $1.00

Total $6.11

Prepare

Make rice according to the package instructions.

Cube chicken into 1/2 inch cubes and cook in a small amount of margarine until just browned and cooked through.

Microwave broccoli according to package directions.

Once everything is done dump it in with the rice and stir it together and serve,

 

You can vary this meal with whatever type of rice you like, meat or veggies. The possibilities are endless.

Bread helps make this meal more hearty. You could purchase it or easily make it at home. I make mine with a bread machine on nights I realize I would like some but it is too late to fuss with the mixer and rising cycles. My machine has a 58-minute cycle it comes in handy when I need a loaf fast.

Homemade bread

Come back tomorrow and I show you how I make bread in my speedy bread maker.

 

What is your favorite frugal meal?

 

 

 

 

Alligator Cake Pull Apart Cupcake Design

Let me say I love these pull apart cupcake cakes.

So easy to make and no playing around flipping cakes out of pans to tear them up before you even start. Can you guess this happens to me a lot?

This alligator cake was super simple and I put my own little spin on it.

I had leftover cupcakes so I just placed them around and decorated them separately. There is no need to do that it is just what I choose to do. Fish on them would have been cute. But more time-consuming

alligator cupcake pull apart cake.

This alligator cupcake pull apart cake was made the morning of the party so it has to be easy!

When I said I wanted to keep it simple I really did mean that. What you see is a couple boxed cake mixes and about five cans of frosting. One thing I would have done differently was to have added about a 1/4 of a cup powdered sugar just to stiffen the frosting slightly as it was hot and pretty loose. Poor alligator his snout got a bit droopy LOL. Oh and I should add that I did add food coloring gels to the vanilla frosting.

Alligator homemade Birthday cake

I have one other reason I like these pull apart cakes. They are so much easier to serve just grab and go. So they are perfect for a large crowd. Not to mention this alligator cake was pretty unique and caught my guests by surprise. he made a nice little conversation piece.

I did not come up with this idea on my own, however. I found it on Pinterest and it lead me here

Alligators and cupcakes how you can impress your guests with this super simple cupcake based pull apart cake.

Do you make your own cakes? What is the most unique or creative cake you have made feel free to link to it!

I am sure that for me this alligator cake takes the cake on that one!

 

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15 Cleaning Tips To Steal From Homemakers

I know cleaning is the last way you want to spend this beautiful day but it must be done. I am going to share with you cleaning tips that as a homemaker for27-years I live by.

 

Cleaning tips that will keep you on track and cleaning like a professional!

1-  Clean top to bottom and out of the room.

This way the dust, dirt, and crumbs get knocked down and you are not recleaning what you have already done. Make sense? It sure does!

2-  Let spray on cleaners have time to work.

Spray it on and walk away. Do some other task and then come back and wipe it and the grime away with little to no elbow grease. Why work harder than you need to?

3- Make decluttering a priority.

People who spend time cleaning around a cluttered mess baffle me. Get rid of it. Cleaning will be faster and far more effective. Clutter looks messy. Do you self a favor… put it away, throw it away, gift or donate it.

4-  Get your self a Laundry basket.

Instead of running from room to room use a laundry basket to gather up things that do not belong and put them away once you are working in those rooms. This will keep you on track and save a ton of time.

 

5- Use multitasking cleaners.

I admit it I am a glass cleaner girl. Not really the best choice but for quick cleaning of the counters, stove top windows or walls I think it is great. You can even make your own DIY Cleaners here.

 

6- Microfiber for dusting is a must!

Microfiber cloths are a must have for dusting.

This is such a time saver. Microfiber cloth is a  dust picker-upper. I love them! It not only wipes the dust up but the cloth picks it up and holds it right onto the cloth! No more just pushing it around!

7- Everything should have its own place.

Every time you purchase something you should know exactly where its home will be. If there is no room then delay the purchase or plan to purge some things.

8- Remove distractions.

My biggest problem as a homemaker is distractions. Turn off the phone, stop checking the computer and just get things done. The reward at the ned can be some free time for all those things.

9- Maintain each day.

So many of my fellow homemakers will save laundry for a day or two a week and just be swamped on those days? Or they will see a spill and think “Oh I can just get that when I wash the floor.” You are making things harder ladies. Clean a bit each day. Wipe up spills, pick up as you go. Do a load or two of wash a day.

10- Do not do it all alone.

Get those children helping with chores too!

Listen, just because the home is your job does not mean everyone gets off scott free give those kiddos some chores. It makes them into nice sweet, helpful, productive little citizens. To not give them chores would be an injustice.

 

 As a homemaker what cleaning tips or tricks do you do to stay on track or make cleaning more simple? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.