Thursday, August 18, 2011


Had a very productive day yesterday and then got to have great friends for dinner... they brought along their little granddaughter Ashlyn with them....she is such a sweetie and a good little girl... ate all her dinner got to have a treat ... She loved looking at the deer in our back yard and mommy was even showing off her baby.....Ashyn you are welcome back to Granny and Grumpys anytime...
pkg. frozen artichoke hearts, cooked & drained
3/4 c. & 1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. lemon juice
2 tbsp. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. instant chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 lb. skinned, boneless chicken breasts, cut in strips
6 oz. linguini, cooked & drained
1/2 c. chopped red bell pepper
1 c. fresh sliced mushrooms
1/4 c. sliced black olives
Saute chicken, 1 teaspoon bouillon, mushrooms and bell peppers in 1 tablespoon olive oil. In a pint jar combine olive oil, lemon juice, cheese, 2 teaspoons bouillon, sugar, oregano, garlic and pepper; shake well. In a large bowl combine chicken, pasta, olives, artichokes and dressing. Serve hot or cold.

Thrifty Thursday

One of the best ways for a family  to save money is we steer away from the "work" lunches and eating out. If you break it down, buying lunch from work can cost in the upwards of $50 dollars a week if you are spending $10 a lunch. That is $200 a month and over $2K a year! Putting that in perspective that $2K could be used to pay 1 or 2 extra mortgage payments a year. Now imagine if two of you are doing that...there is your trip for the family too Disneyland...

How do you battle the going out for lunch necessity? Leftovers, and more leftovers. When you cook, factor in 2 extra plates, if both you and your husband work.

If you are tired of leftovers, you can go and buy lunch meat, a loaf of bread, etc. and bring it to your work kitchen to make sandwiches. Most work kitchens have mayo and mustard there already, if not, supply it and write your name on it. This is how you can eat all week for around $10.

Well just Kimberly and I working today as my girlfriend is watching her little granddaughter today ... She is getting some quality time in before her parents move out of town ... you have a good day Marilyn and I will miss you not here working today... See you next week...

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