Budgeting Idea

Well, I was sitting on my couch the other day trying to figure out how many more days I  could save money. So, I grabbed one of many notebooks that I have and began writing down all the “normal” monthly bills we have. Example: water, gas, trash, phones, electric, etc. When I was done, I added it all up and put the total amount at under the list. Then I made one for other bills, loans, once a month doctor visits etc. I then totaled that one and place it under that list. After doing this, I went and grabbed my calendar from my wall and wrote down each one on the day we get paid, starting with which ones needed to be paid first. I then began to add those bills up and got a total for how much I would be paying every payday so I know what will be left over. I hung my calendar back up in a place where I can see it everyday. If you’d like more info on how I managed to get my family out of the horrible whole we were in, please feel free to email me any time at

Appetizers, Main Dishes

Crab & Cheese Filled Crescent Rolls

1 can Crescent rolls
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayo
1 cup chopped cooked crab meat
2 chopped green onions
1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375*F. Lay crescent roll dough out on the counter and pinch the pre-cut seams closed. Roll out dough into an even rectangle and cut into 24 smaller squares. Add the cream cheese, mayo, crab meat, green onions, cayenne pepper and salt to a bowl and mix well. Distribute the cheese and crab mixture evenly between the crescent roll squares. Overlap opposite corners of the crescent roll squares over the cheese and crab mixture and pinch closed. Place them on cookie sheet and bake at 375*F. for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.


Meatball Pasta Bake

1 (16 oz) pkg. Penne pasta
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 medium-size fennel bulb, thinly sliced (optional)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. fennel seeds
2 (24 oz) jars marinara sauce
2 (14 oz) pkgs. frozen beef meatballs, thawed
1 cup fresh orange juice
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. firmly packed orange zest
1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh basil, torn
1 1/2 (8 oz) pkgs. fresh mozzarella cheese slices
Fresh basil leaves for garnishing

1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Prepare pasta according to package directions. 2. Saute onion and fennel bulb in hot oil in oven 8-10 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and fennel seeds, and saute for 1 minute. Stir in marinara sauce and next 6 ingredients; increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in basil, cooked pasta and salt to taste. Transfer to a lightly greased 13×9″ baking dish. Place dish on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Top with cheese. Bake at 350*F for 25 minutes.

Appetizers, Desserts

Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

1 Fuji Apple, cut into 32 thin slices
1/4 cup smooth Peanut Butter, melted
1/4 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
Handful of chocolate chips, for garnish
Whipped Cream (optional)

1. Arrange apple slices on a plate. 2. Drizzle melted peanut butter over apple slices with a spoon, and do the same with the melted chocolate. 3. Sprinkle handful of chocolate chips over the top of apples for garnish. Add small dabs of whipped cream if desired.4. Serve immediately.


Cubed Steak

1 cup flour

Cooking oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

A couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce

1. In a large skillet add about 1/2 an inch of cooking oil.

2. Mix salt, pepper and flour together in medium sized bowl. Coat steak lightly with flour mixture, then place in skillet. Allow it to cook 3-5 minutes per side.