Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Recipe and Frugal Living Ideas + More Crafting

I thought it was about time that I got back to some frugal posts - Here is a Beef Hot Pot which I made for dinner on Monday night in the slow cooker. I find the slow cooker is great for those busy days when you are going to get home late and just need to have something quick and easy for the family.

You will need some cubed beef (approximately 750g), 1 Tablespoon of Chicken Stock Powder (I use Massell's Salt Reduced), Sprinkle of Garlic Flakes, Sprinkle of Onion Flakes, Can of Tomato Soup, Can of Minestrone Soup & Cornflour to thicken (Think it is called Corn Starch in the US).

Place all ingredients (except the cornflour) into the slow cooker and add around 3 - 4 Minestrone Cans of Water. Stir and set on low for around 8 - 9 hours with the lid on the slow cooker.


Just before serving thicken with a little cornflour and water to the desired consistency and serve over mashed potatoes - DELICIOUS !! We always have left overs and Mr MC takes it to work the next day and has on toast.


Do you remember when we made these fragrant bottles for around the home back HERE ?

Now is the time to top them up and make your home smell bright and fresh for little cost.

Bubzrugz has just posted a fantastic re-cycling tip for those of you that sew - Pop over HERE to take a look at her doggy bed.




Another quick little tip is a storage idea for food items that always seem to get wasted once they are opened. I am the only one who eats flavoured rice cakes in my house and I have been guilty of opening the packet and then forgetting about them only to find that they are stale within a week or so.



So now when I open up the packet I immediately package them up into zip lock bags in portion sizes. It is easy then to just pop a pack in my bag on the way to work or grab them for a quick snack.



And now to show you that I have been adding to my Christmas Gift Giving Stash I have made lots more scissor fobs.


I have never really been a beader but bought these lovely enamel charms at the craft fair and decided to give it a go as they would be great to add to my crafty friends christmas parcels. I have made 12 in total. This weekend I hope to make something for Judith's colour challenge.


Enjoy the rest of the week.


16 comments:

Jo in TAS said...

I'll have to try that slow cooker recipe, I have all the ingredients at home!

Terry said...

Thanks for the recipe! It sounds yummy! :0)

teresa said...

Thanks for the recipe Fee... I always love your recipes, so I am definitely trying this one. Sounds so good in this cooler weather. Just love your scissor fobs.. what a brilliant present for your crafty friends!

Allie said...

Ugh - I am so stuffed right now but that food looks good! Love the idea for the pet bed, I'm going to have to start one. My dog would LOVE it [if the cat would let her have it.] I do that with my snacks too Fiona, it's the only way to make sure they don't get stale. And too, then I don't overeat - if I'm reading, I'll eat whatever is in front of me til it's gone.

Your scissor fobs are AWESOME!!!! I have a ton of those enamel charms too, I might have to copy you, would you mind? I've never had any ideas for them.

Sandra Henderson said...

can you believe I do not have a scissor fob?!?! ugh! These are gorgeous!
Love your meal!!! I'm going to give it a go, but will have make a few changes w/out the minestrone soup. I think it's a fabulous idea!
XO

Christine M said...

Hi Fee. I went back and looked at your post on the fragrant bottles. What a great idea. I have 2 empty bottles sitting in 2 bathrooms. I kept forgetting to buy more. I also have a selection of essential oils sitting in the cupboard. Guess I know what I'll be doing! Regards, Christine

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Maria said...

That's my sort of cooking Fee. thanks for sharing.
Love the little bead scissors fobs.

BubzRugz said...

I love that recipe - nice and easy but also warm and nourishing.... I'm doing groceries tommorrow so have added to the list already....

The scissor fobs are so pretty. I love the little catches you are using.

Thanks for the mention - it is exciting for me to be mentioned in someone elses blog....

Hugz

Sew Useful Designs said...

Gosh sweetie you have been industrious!! I LOVE the scissor fobs - absolutely gorgeous and so YOU! :-)

Thank you for the recipe too Fee. I love the slow cooker, and it's always great to have new easy recipes.

Hugs sweetie!!
Vikki xoxoxo

Teresa said...

The recipe really does look good, have to give it a try - thanks for sharing. Your scissor fobs will make nice Christmas presents.

Micki said...

I will have to try that recipe for the slow cooker...It sounds yummy!
Micki

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Pauline said...

Hi Fee, I dont seem to have any luck with my slow cooker,,have tried several recipes and they all end up pretty average..dont know why,.,think I might give your recipe a go..will keep you posted..cheers

Scottish Nanna said...

Thanks for the recipe I will try that for tea one night this week.It sounds yummy.
Hugs Mary.

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