Thursday, September 24, 2015

Free National Parks Entrance this Weekend!

To Celebrate National Public Lands Day,on September 26 you and your family can plan a weekend getaway this weekend!  You will find free admission or entrance to the parks and lands listed in the links below.  It is a HUGE list so  I am sure you will find one that will be with in a drive from your house.  We went to Mesa Verde one year with this free entrance and had a great day.  There are SO many to choose from.  Go out and have a fun weekend with your family...Unplug!

Find a Park, BLM, National Parks, Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Great Nation Wide Coupons for Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Fun!

Lots of great coupons to the Fall Attractions below.  US Family Guide is offering these coupons to save your green this fall!   Love the fall season don't you?  It goes with my hair...haha  

Tolmachoff Farms - Glendale
Mortimer Farms - Dewey
Rocker 7 Farm Patch - Buckeye
Pirates Dinner Adventure - Vampirates - Buena vista
Gilroy Gardens - Gilroy
California's Great America - Santa Clara
Big Horse Corn Maze Festival - Temecula
Colorado Annual Halloween Guide

Anderson Farms - Erie
Fritzler Maze - La Salle
Mile High Farms - Bennett
Wishing Star Farm - Calhan
Harvest Farm - Wellington
Cottonwood Farms - Boulder
Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch - Longmont
Elitch Gardens Theme Park - Fright Fest - Denver
Denver Zoo - Boo at The Zoo - Denver
Children's Museum of Denver - Trick or Treat Street - Denver
Scott's Yankee Farmer - East Lyme
The Little Farm - Goulds
Lowry Park Zoo - ZOOBOO Kids! - Tampa
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Lockport
Amazing Fall Fun - Waterloo
Shipshewana Corn Maze - Shipshewana
Great Country Farms - Bluemont

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Batimore
Bavarian Inn Lodge - Frankenmuth
Beggs Family Farm - Sikeston
Carolyn's Country Cousins - Liberty Corn Maze
Legoland Discovery Center - Brick or Treat - Kansas City
Applestem, Inc. - Vaughn
New Jersey
iPlay America - Freehold
New Mexico
La Union Maze - La Union
OhioBlooms and Berries - Loveland
Beriswill Farms - Valley City
Rhode Island
Confreda Greenhouses & Farms - Hope (Western Cranston)
South Carolina
Hollywild Animal Park - Wellford
Oakes Farm - Corryton
Shuckle's Corn Maze - Hendersonville
Devine Acres Farm - Devine 
Fiesta Farm - San Antonio
Barton Hill Farms - Bastrop
Lone Star Family Farm - Stephenville
LEGOLAND Discovery Center - Brick or Treat - Grapevine
Hee Haw Farms - Pleasant Grove
This Is The Place Heritage Park - Salt Lake City
Gaines Farm - Guilford
Great Country Farms - Bluemont
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Free Museum Day September 26, 2015

This is always a fun day for my family.  Seems like no matter where we live are happen to be we can always find a fun adventure to see on Free Museum Day!  Last year we went to a very tiny little Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, Maine and it was really quite fascinating for all ages!  

This year we have a few more options to choose from and I think we will end up at a Planetarium that I have been wanting to take my son to  anyway!   It is the perfect opportunity to explore your area or expand and make it a day trip!

Go to the Smithsonian Free Museum Admission site and find your state to see what museums near you are participating.  You will have to log in or create an account (don't worry it's free!)  Then print out your ticket for admission for two.  Have fun on Saturday!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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Upside Down Pizza on the Grill!

I like to make Upside Down Pizza often for my family.  One of the reasons I like to make it is because it is really frugal.  The second reason I like to make it is...THEY LOVE IT!   Even if a recipe is frugal and saves some green the food STILL has to be good, and my family HAS to eat it is or it is no longer frugal and it s is just wasteful.  So try new frugal recipes and see which one work for your family.

I typically make this recipe in the oven on 350 degrees for about 25-30 min, but it is August and it is HOT.  I don't want my house to heat up from the oven...I will loose money by paying for the air conditioner.  You can make just about anything on the grill.  If you don't have a grill you can also make this in a crock pot. And to keep your kitchen cool put the crock pot on the porch!  The crock pot will still heat up the kitchen, not as much as the oven would but just a bit more makes a difference in the amount of electricity you have to use to cool the room back off again.  I have all upstairs bedrooms and all that downstairs heat travels up the stairs and makes it miserable to sleep.

All that being said here is the Recipe for Upside Down Pizza!

Pre heat Grill to 350 degrees.  My grill cooks a bit hotter than that around 400 at the lowest setting.

Spray a 9x13 or so sized pan that is grill save (anything oven safe is really grill safe)

In a bowl mix tomato sauce with seasonings to make a pizza sauce.  I use about one 15 oz can of tomato sauce and I sprinkle a 1/2 a tsp of sugar, about 1 tsp of Italian Seasoning, about a tsp of garlic powder or on clove minced.  Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper in there too, more pepper than salt, especially if your toppings are salted.  You can also use prepackaged pizza sauce if you want but that will change the cost of your recipe typically.

Spread the sauce in sprayed pan 

Add Toppings of your choice:

I use all left overs for my pizza or what ever toppings I happen to have in the cupboard.

Tonight I had some peperoni, a small can of Shiitake mushrooms, and some left over diced purple onions from last nights salad.

I have used a left over hamburger and crumbled it up for a beef topping, and leftover taco meat. I have browned a half pound of ground turkey and seasoned it to taste. 

I have also used fresh mushrooms, diced green peppers and red peppers and black olives.

Add 8-12  oz of Mozzarella  shredded   I like to add a little bit of cheddar with my mozzarella to give my pizza a pretty golden brown color so I mix a bit of cheddar in also. 

In a medium sized bowl whisk 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 cup flour.  

pour evenly over the top of the cheese

sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese  

Put on top rack of grill and bake 15-20 min

The grill time will depend on your grill and how evenly your grill cooks and how hot.

Let cool about 5 min before cutting and serving.  

I have a zucchini plant that is giving me some nice fresh zucchini that I sliced in half, rubbed olive oil and some Italian spices on top and grilled next to my upside down pizza and served both with my left over salad.  

If you use a crock pot cook on high for about 30 mn, but times will vary depending on the crock pot so keep an eye on it but don't open the lid to keep the heat even and to cook the crust evenly. Your crust should be golden brown and crispy around the edges.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What's for dinner? Sloppy Joes!

I just wanted to share with you a recipe that is a crowd pleaser, a sneaky way to get some veggies in a picky eater, and a frugal meal.  I originally posted this back in 2011 and the cost of food has gone up....sadly but expected.  So I posted today's cost next to the old 2011 costs.  Neat to see what has really increased. 

During the summer months between our garden and our neighbor’s I get plenty of zucchini and bell peppers. I shred the zucchini for zucchini bread and Sloppy Joes. I cut the bell peppers into slices so I can use them in fajitas or chop them up frozen and slip them into the Sloppy Joes.

You can sneak almost any kind of veggie in here, spinach would be easy too, and celery is tasty in this recipe also. Chop it up into tiny pieces and they will only enjoy the flavor!

Ground Beef (about 1 ½ pounds) $2.99 (if you buy @ $1.99 lb.) (Now $3.67 per lb.)
1 large onion ($.17 price of 3 lb. bag of onions for $.99)  (Now a bag is $1.99)
2 cups shredded frozen zucchini that is thawed and drained. (Free! You
could use any veggies like carrots, tomatoes, all squash you name it!)  (still Free from Garden)
1/2 - to a 1/4 of chopped green pepper
1 cup of ketchup $.25 (You can make this cheaper if you get your
Ketchup on sale with coupon or make your own.)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce $.02 (depending on the cost of
your bottle.)
¼ cup water
1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Salt and Pepper to taste
8 pack Hamburger Buns $.39 (I buy off day old bread rack) (day old was $.87)
8 slices of Cheese $.33 (If you get a 24 pack of sliced cheese for $.99) (now 2.99)

Total $4.15, 8 servings $.52 per serving!


In a big skillet (about 10 inches) cook hamburger, onion and veggies over medium heat until brown, and then drain. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, water, sugar and salt and pepper. (If too dry add some more ketchup or tomato sauce and more water.) Simmer about 10 more minutes uncovered.

Serve on buns topped with a slice of cheese. This works great with homemade French fries and another vegetable like corn or green beans.
Even if you get something for a bit more than I paid for it, you still have a very frugal meal. A meal that is good for your family and also a tasty one they will love.

This is really too easy to make, and I don't know why anyone would buy the can mix. Save your Green make your own. Also this homemade recipe will be so much more healthy for you and your family! Mix it up, make it with ground turkey, use organic veggies and ketchup with no high fructose corn syrup, if your family hates onions chop them finer, or use onion powder!

What are your recipes for Sloppy Joes? I would love to hear about other versions!

If you only need four servings still make the full recipe, and freeze the meat for two weeks from now. Now you have a ready to eat meal in the freezer ready to go for those busy nights when Parent teacher conferences, soccer practice and working late all combine to make a hectic night where you might consider fast food. (I almost typed you might consider those only 4% beef tacos at your favorite Taco Joint...hee hee!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Win Scooby Doo and KISS Rock & Roll Mystery Blu-ray Combo Pack CLOSED!

Everyone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!

I LOVE Scooby-Doo, and I think I infected my kids with that same love.  So this give-away is extra fun for me because of that love.  I will have to admit that I was a Kiss fan back in the day as well.  Sh!  don't tell my kids I had a life!

So in partnership with the new DVD release I am able to offer this sweet give away.  One lucky dog will win this sweet prize, A Scooby Doo and KISS Rock & Roll Mystery Blu-ray Combo Pack.  The contest is easy and fun, enter below and check out the fun app, and download.  I love hearing your feedback so let me know what Scooby-Doo or Kiss guy is your fav!   I have to go with Scoob.
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