Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Frugal Family in 2013

As we head into the new year - it's time for me to make plans to be more frugal in 2013. 
We have made sacrifices over the years in order for me to stay home and take care of the kids - and this year - we are determined to do even more. 

Planning to save in the new year! Looking forward to hearing @MoneySavingMom at the @beechretreat #beechrt #newyear #budget

I'm teaming up with Marcy @Ben and Me and Sam @Sam's Noggin   to bring you weekly encouragement, tips and tricks for saving money in your home with meal planning, household  DIY, entertainment, travel, homeschool and more. 

Each Thursday we will come together to share our frugal projects and provide a link up where you can share yours. Our goal is to encourage each other along and to build a one stop resource using the link up and Pinterest - where you can find plenty of frugal solutions for saving the family money. Be sure to let us know if there is something particular you are looking for - we may be able to help. 

This week from our house:  

How can one baked chicken feed a family of 5 for 4 whole meals? 

     Day 1 - Baked Chicken - served with plenty of veggies and a side such as 
                  mac-n-cheese or other filling extra. 

     Day 2 - Vegetable Soup - boil remaining chicken with bones in large pot of water
                  keep at rolling boil for 15 - 20 minutes then remove chicken and bones to
                  a side plate to cool. Add corn, chopped carrots, chopped onion, chopped 
                  potato and any other vegetables you desire. Celery is always a good option. 
                  Pull chicken off bones and place in baggie, put bones in separate bag in fridge.
                  Season broth with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, and a TBS of coconut
                  oil or tab of butter.  Cook soup until potato is soft and other veggies are          
                  cooked through. 

Determined to get 4 full meals out of 1 chicken- meal num. 2- veggie soup #kidsinthekitchen #recipes

    Day 3 - Potato Soup - boil bones in pot of water for 20 - 30 minutes. Remove from 
                 water. Chop 1 potato for each family member, plus at least one extra. Season
                 broth with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and other herbs 
                 to taste. Add 1 TBS of coconut oil or tab of butter. Cook potatoes in broth until
                 soft enough that some of them break up and are incorporated into the broth. 
                 Extra liquid/broth can be removed and saved in a jar for later. Add milk - 1 cup 
                 at a time until potatoes are well covered. Thicken with a tsp or 2 of corn starch in  
                 a side bowl with a bit of broth - mix separately - then add to pot. 

Super duper yummy potato soup - tomorrow on the blog w/ 4 meals from 1 chicken #frugalfamily

     Day 4 - Chicken and Rice - cook yellow rice in broth that was set aside from
                   potato soup or in water according to directions. Pull leftover chicken out 
                   of fridge and heat in pan with coconut oil or tab of butter just until warmed. 
                   Chicken can be seasoned to taste with curry or other spices. Stir into rice 
                   and serve.  

I buy a set of 2 chickens from SAMS club for about $8 - $9 and use them to create these and
plenty more dishes. Other options include chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, chicken noodle casserole, chicken enchilada casserole and more. I'll be sharing these frugal recipes 
and other tips for saving the family money each Thursday along with Marcy and Sam
We are thrilled to have you join us and pray it will be a blessing to all! 
Please help spread the word by using the button, linking up your own tips, and sharing. Grab the button below and link up your own frugal finds: 


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