Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Homemade Reese Cups

July 29, 2010

These couldn’t be any easier!

Homemade Reese Cups


1 Cup Peanut Butter

6 TBSP Butter (softened)

2 cups Powdered Sugar

24 ounces Almond Bark (Chocolate or Vanilla)

12-18 Aluminum Baking Cups

-Combine first 3 Ingredients. The mixture may look crumbly and that’s okJ *I use my Kitchenaid Mixer to combine but you can also use a  dough cutter to cut the ingredients together.*

-After you have combined the above, melt Almond Bark (chocolate or vanilla) in a Double Broiler, making sure to stir frequently (I use a makeshift one that I create from two pans, one obviously smaller then the other).

-Once your chocolate is melted, cover the bottom of 12-18 Baking Cups (the number you end up with depends on how big you make them).

– Make a Peanut Butter Mixture Ball from the combined ingredients and flatten slightly with your fingers. Place on top of the Chocolate in the Baking Cups.

-Fill the Baking Cup the rest of the way with Melted Chocolate, making sure to cover the Peanut Butter Mixture,  and smooth across the top.

-Chill for 10 minutes in the fridge and enjoy!


Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

July 14, 2010

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole


  • 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used sour cream because I don’t like mayo)
  • 10 ounces dry bread stuffing mix (boxed or make your own)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook broccoli according to package instructions. Lightly Grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cheese, eggs, onion, cream of mushroom soup, and mayonnaise (sour cream).
  3. Arrange the cooked broccoli in the prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over broccoli. Spread stuffing mix over the sauce.
  4. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

**NOTES: This recipe makes enough to serve 4 adult and 2 children and still have leftovers to freeze for later.


Little Frugalista

Free Book for Kids at Borders

May 22, 2010

I was very excited last week to find out that our Borders was participating in this.  My computer is not hooked up to a printer so I was equally excited to find out that they had the forms in the store.

You do not have to purchase the 10 books your child reads at Borders. They also told me they would count 10 books I read to Little Dude as he isn’t old enough to read yet (though he is getting there)…..

If you’re 12 or under, you’re in!
• read 10 books—any ones you like* • list the books on this form
• bring your completed form to a Borders, Borders Express, or
Waldenbooks store and choose your FREE BOOK**
*No purchase necessary.
**Form must be completed and brought to any Borders, Borders Express, or Waldenbooks store by 8/26/10 to redeem coupon. Offer valid
in-store only. Valid only on selected titles.
Choose from any of these great titles:

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary ISBN 0380709597
Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman ISBN 0060507004
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown ISBN 0060097914
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary ISBN 0380709589
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan ISBN 0142417440
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen ISBN 0440419395
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth
George Speare ISBN 0440495962
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes ISBN 0440442508
The River by Gary Paulsen ISBN 0440407532
Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann
M. Martin ISBN 0545174759

Print out your form HERE!


Little Frugalista

Marquee Free Kids Summer Movie Series

May 22, 2010

Our local Marquee Cinemas participates in a free Kids Summer Movie Series. You show up for the movie at 9:30 am and get in for free. I’m really excited about this years series because there are quite a few movies my kids haven’t seen:)

Being the cheap mom I am I always throw snacks and drinks into my bag for the kids to eat while watching the movie 😉 I always buy special snacks that I keep hidden until movie morning so that the kids are excited about their snacks and don’t drive me crazy begging for concessions which costs an arm and a leg.

Check HERE to see if a town near you is offering this program. If they aren’t on the list or isn’t a Marquee Cinema it’s possible your theatre may still offer a Kids Movie Series and it wouldn’t hurt to call to ask.


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan for Week of May 16

May 17, 2010

Didn’t get my shopping done today like I usually do but plan to go tomorrow.

Here’s what we will be eating this week for dinner. I cook certain things over and over (side dishes esp.) because my kids will eat them, case in point Corn on the Cob…

Monday-Turkey Burgers on the Grill,Sliced Cucumber, Homemade Mac N Cheese and Salads with locally grown lettuce and wild onions

Tuesday-Crockpot Split Chicken Breast with the Bone in (trying to come up with lots of different ways to fix this because it’s always on sale for .99 a lb),Green Beans and Rolls

Wednesday-Chicken Pot Pie and Corn on the Cob(made from the leftover chicken from Tues.)

Thursday-Jamaican Jerk Chicken on the Grill, Grilled Mixed Veggies and Corn on the Cob

Friday-Spaghetti with homemade Sauce, Whole Wheat Noodles and Garlic Bread

Saturday-Breakfast for Dinner:Omlettes with onion ,green pepper,mushrooms and cheese, Oatmeal,pancakes,biscuits,bacon,gravy)

Sunday-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from a new recipe (will post it if it’s good) and Lavash Rollups

Lunches and Breakfast will be pretty much the same


Little Frugalista

Parfaits for Little Dude’s Birthday

May 12, 2010

I didn’t want Little Dude eating cake twice on his Birthday and wanted to send some other treat to his class for his special day. My solution….

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Parfaits

I used 10 ounce clear cups, filled them with about 5 ounces of yogurt in each cup and then topped that with about a 1/4  a cup of homemade Granola (recipe below). I added Thomas the Tank stickers to the cups to make them fun for his class and then finished them by placing  “Thomas” blue spoon in the cups.

Little Miss has a July Birthday and doesn’t get to celebrate with her classmates since school is out so I sent in Parfaits to her class as well and placed pink spoons in those….

Homemade Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Granola


  • 2/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats

Add ins….

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup Peanut Butter Chips



  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, honey and cinnamon; heat through. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Place oats in a large, shallow roasting pan or a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Pour warm peanut butter mixture over oats and stir gently until oats are coated. Spread evenly in pan.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  4. Remove from oven let dry completely, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips.
  6.  Store in covered containers.

NOTES: The “Add ins” on this recipe can be tailored to your tastes. These are just the ones I used for the Parfaits.

To make Clusters in your Granola squeeze the Mixture with your hands to form little mounds before baking.


Saving Little Dude’s Zhu Zhu Pet from Water Death :-D

May 11, 2010

Today is Little Dude’s 4th Birthday and one of the presents he received over the weekend was a Zhu Zhu Pet. I however found him on Sunday trying to be a good pet owner, washing his pet because he said he got yogurt on it. If you know anything at all about Zhu Zhu pets you know that they are electronic and that water is something you don’t want anywhere near them.

As expected Moo Moo began to malfunction and then pretty much all out gave up the ghost. Little Dude cried of course because it had been one of his favorite gifts. That is when I devised a plan to save Moo Moo 😉

Calling upon a tidbit of info. Mr. Frugalista remembered about Saving a Wet Cell Phone  I pulled out a bag of rice and a baggie. I took a screw driver and took Moo Moo apart as much as I was comfortable with, which consisted of removing the wheel box which exposed the batteries and then removed the cover of the wheel box. I took out the batteries and then took a Q-tip, carefully swabbing as much moisture as I could get to out of the parts. *The trick to saving electronics from corrosion is to get the moisture out as fast as possible.*

I then replaced the wheel box cover but left the wheel box out of the pet. I placed the parts in a baggie with about 1 cup of rice to wick moisture away from it.

I left the bag this way for 24 hours. Lo and behold Moo Moo worked after we replaced the batteries and wheel box 🙂

Hopefully this little tidbit will help someone


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan Week of May 3

May 6, 2010

Yes this is VERY late to post this but better late then never lol

Monday-Turkey Burgers and Corn on the Cob

Tuesday-Chicken Kabobs (Green and Red Bell Peppers,Onions,Squash,Tomato), Baked Potatoes and 1/2 Pack of Rolls (got the whole pack for .59)

Wednesday-Salisbury Steak,Green Beans, Other 1/2 Pack of Rolls

Thursday-Pinto Beans and Hushpuppies

Friday-Scrambled Eggs w/Cheese,Biscuits,Fried Potatoes

Saturday-Eating Out for Little Dude’s Birthday

Sunday-Mother’s Day Cookout at our house/ Making for my portion BBQ Chicken, Dessert Tray,Baked Potatoes

Make Your Own Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables

May 5, 2010

Don’t waste money buying Uncrustables from the store when you can easily make your own in a flash.

All you need is a wide mouth canning jar ring, bread, peanut butter and jelly 🙂

Make your sandwich as you normally would. If you plan to freeze these for later use put peanut butter on both pieces of bread and then place jelly on one piece. It will keep the bread from getting soggy. Then place your canning ring on the center of the sandwich.

Push the lid down and twist so that the circle is cut out. When you have the lid all the way to the plate you may have to take your fingers to remove any bits that are left behind. No worries though because it is super easy to do.

Take your fingers and gently press on the middle to get the Uncrustable to pop out of the lid.

If you plan to freeze these make sure to place plastic wrap or wax paper between the layers so that the sandwiches do not freeze together.


Little Frugalista

Homemade Granola Bars

April 27, 2010

In an effort to stay away from High Fructose Corn Syrup and various other additives I make lots of things that your average person buys already processed and premade. This recipe is no different 🙂

From my Meal Plan this Week…

Homemade Granola Bars


  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or other goodies


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc. (picture shows bars made with 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup peanut butter chips)
  3. Firmly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 9 minutes. Pull from oven and press mixture firmly again into the pan. Bake another 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.