1. Glenda

    I could've written this post. We try to eat healthy and do more than we ever have. But there is still coke and/mtn dew, Doritos or Cheetos, velveeta cheese, and some sugar laden cereals, and who knows what else at any given time.Although I simply can't stomach boughten cookies – this mamma likes to bake. :-)And those growing kids always seem hungry…….

  2. Dakotapam

    Glenda, feel free to send some cookies my way. We also have sugar cereals, and healthy ones too…I'm not a huge homemade breakfast person, except on weekends…so we get what is on sale, and it seems to satisfy the masses!My favorite is when the littlest one asks for a snack, before the dishes are even loaded into the dishwasher!

  3. The Parson's Wi

    Talk about foodie… here too! I like to "trick" out foods… hmmm, like buying a jar of roasted red peppers at the dollar store (about 6 peppers per jar)- red peppers are big bucks fresh! I use them on ficoccia, blend them into a red-pepper sauce for home-made pasta and such… frugal. Also, there seems to be people who "gift" me cream of wheat, or farina… I use this in fresh pasta, wheat bread, pizza and other bakery items… pretty much anything that calls for semolina… Hmmm, cilantro to dress up anything spicy, dried is cheap and goes forever! The biggest tip though is PRESENTATION… if you make it look gourmet, and name it something spectacular! Like Roasted Red Pepper Laced Fresh Pasta instead of Spaghetti….

  4. Megan

    You sound very much like me Pam! We are a little food snobby around these parts too. Believe it or not, my oldest won't even eat McD's anymore and he really dislikes eating school lunch because he doesn't care for all of the processed garbabe (I really do think it is) they give them. I love to cook & I find if I do alot from scratch, we can have restraunt quality meals at home without breaking the bank. I also watch for good meat sales (Sams has great large quantity meat too) and seal-save it into the portions I want and stick it in my upright freezer. Freezing homemade waffles is something I have been meaning to start doing. The problem is, I got rid of my regular waffle maker a few years back in favor of a super-snobby Belgian waffle maker. No way would those babies fit in the toaster to reheat.

  5. Ethan, Zach, and Emm

    I make a lot of my own mixes from scratch–onion soup mix, taco seasoning, italian seasoning, etc. That way I know what's in them, and it's much cheaper that way. Who wouldn't want stroganoff from scratch instead of Hamburger Helper?????

  6. Joy

    Coupons, baby. that's how I get stuff cheap. Wal-Mart honors competitor's ads, and I take them up on it. And I buy a lot of store-brand boxed/canned goods. (But I don't buy Hamburger Helper because I'm MSG sensitive.)Glenda, not even Oreos?

  7. Dakotapam

    Yes Essie, I love you scratch mixes, and you bake…so you rock…you even make rice krispie treats, so you are a star in my book, since I don't have the patience for that. Although the Pioneer Woman just may have convinced me to try my hand at cake balls this week…time will tell!My best trick to fill hungry kids…apples…about 10 pounds a week. Full of fiber and good sugar. I make mine eat them whole, so it is zero effort for me, and they take longer to eat and feel full faster. the meal makeover moms have a new apple dip on their blog though, so I may be cutting some apples up this week, and throwing the dip into lunch boxes for some much needed lunch box variety.

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