Archive for March, 2011

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Cups and Pops

I had some extra milk to use up so I found this recipe on for homemade chocolate pudding.  I decided to make a double batch and I had just enough to make four good sized pudding cups and a six pack of my Tupperware Ice Tups of pudding pops.  I can’t wait for the kids to try them for a snack after nap.

The title of the recipe links you to where I got it.


Aunt Edna’s Homemade Chocolate Pudding


1 (almost heaping) tbsp. Hersheys cocoa
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. milk
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 (heaping) tbsp. flour


Stir sugar, flour and cocoa together and mix well. Add milk slowly while stirring. Continue to stir, on low heat. When pudding thickens add butter and vanilla. Serve.
How easy is that???
Good idea for a homemade snack for the kiddos and a great way to use up some extra milk before it goes bad.



Saucy Portobello Pitas

I found this recipe in my new Taste of Home magazine (April and May 2011) and thought it would be a great meal for me to have on the night that I was making spaghetti and red sauce for the rest of the fam.  (I can’t eat anything with red sauce while nursing the baby.. makes her tummy upset.)


I realize now that I actually remembered to get a few pics while I was making them, but got all excited and inhaled them before getting a picture of the put together pita.  Whoops….   Next time I make them I will get a pic and attach it to this post.


Here is the Recipe submitted by a Lisa Hundley of Aberdeen, NC.

Saucy Portobello Pitas

Cucumber Sauce:

1 c reduced fat plain yogurt

1/2 c chopped peeled cucumber

1/4 to 1/3 c fresh mint

1 tbsp. grated lemon peel

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. garlic powder



4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp greek seasoning

2 tbsp canola oil

8 pita pocket halves, warmed

8 thin slices red onion, separated into rings

8 slices tomato


1.  In a bowl, combine sauce ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate.

2.  Sprinkle mushrooms with pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and Greek seasoning.  In a skillet, cook mushrooms in oil for 3-5 minutes on each side or until tender.

3.  Cut pita breads in half; line each with a slice of onion and tomato.  Cut mushrooms in half; place in pitas.  Serve with cucumber sauce.



I used multi-grain pitas….

My cucumber sauce is a bit boring compared to theirs.  I don’t like the taste of rind… so I left that out.  I don’t care for mint.. so I left that out too.  I also used fat free yogurt instead of low fat.  I think it made my sauce a bit thinner, but was better on points for weight watchers and tasted pretty darn good still.

Portobellos cooking…. yummmm……

Disney Tangled Fleece Blanket $5.99 and FREE Shipping

I think this would go great with the dvd (posted deal for that earlier today) as a gift.  How cute would these two things be together in an Easter basket???

Go to Keeping Cents for the deal info.

(I got two of these blankets – the toy story one.. and minnie mouse one for my kids for Christmas.  They are really nice blankets, were bigger than I thought they were going to be and the personalization comes out so nice.  The kids love them.)

Fisher Price Trio Batcave $22 Shipped

Go here to My Frugal Adventures to see how you can get the Fisher Price Trio Batcave set on Amazon for $22 shipped!!!  I just got this for my son for Easter… along with the $14.99 Tangled dvd for my daughter.

I am thinking this is a good way to ease into lego sets without so many teeny tiny pieces.


Tangled Deals

Go here to My Frugal Adventures to see the ways that you can get the movie Tangled.  She shows a few different places with different scenarios, coupons, rebates…..   So.. check it out.

You can get the blu ray movie for as little as $14.99 at Target.

Price Chopper Deals 3/27-4/2/11

Go here to Wicked Cool Deals to get the Price Chopper deal line up for the NE Price Chopper chain.

Menu Plan 3/28-4/3/11

Here is the menu for this coming week.  Things are working out much better having two leftover days… especially since I have been eating lighter.  I just got my Taste of Home magazine yesterday too…. so I already know that there will be an Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna and some Sweet Potato Crab Cakes coming up next week.

Monday–  Meatloaf with steamed veggies

Tuesday–  Spaghetti with Sausage Meat Sauce/  Portabello Pitas for me (I can’t eat the red sauce while nursing)

Wednesday–  Leftovers

Thursday–  Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce

Friday–  Tuna Noodle Casserole

Saturday–  Chicken Breast in Wine Sauce with Asparagus

Sunday–  Leftovers