January Meal Plan Recap and Setbacks: Week 2

Where do I start? January’s almost half over. WHAT?! Am I the only one doing a head-turn at that statement? I hope not!

The last week had its Ups and Downs. I would expect nothing less, as life is proving itself more and more to be a teeter-totter. But I’m having a lot of fun learning how to balance each valley and peak. Just because there’s highs and lows doesn’t mean one has to be exclusively good or bad. There’s a little bit of everything everywhere. And each day, life is becoming more fascinating to me as I learn what … read the rest. . .

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Recipe: Potato Chip Casserole

This wonderfully simple recipe is salty, crunchy, meaty, and filling.
My Mom’s recipe calls for tuna but since Dot prefers chicken.

Add a dash of salt and pepper when it’s ready… there’s nothing like it!


1 bag (12 oz.) potato chips, crushed
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can Cream of Chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 soup can of milk
1 can (12 oz.) chicken or tuna

Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

It’s that simple, and even more delicious!

~Happy Eating!

And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!

The Unemployment Cookbook[Like this recipe? read the rest. . .

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January Meal Plan Recap and Setbacks: Week 1

I admit, when I wrote my Meal Plan post, no matter how intensely I want to prove the worth of The Unemployment Cookbook, a tiny part of me thought I’d cave and order a pizza or grab a hamburger for lunch within the first week.

It’s not that I want to deceive anyone. But I like fast food. It doesn’t always agree with me, and I’ve learned to order without onions or special sauce when I need to. Yet now and then, I really enjoy my flame-broiled red meat. And if I found a few extra dollars in my wallet, … read the rest. . .

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Dear Black Friday Retailers…

Dear Black Friday Retailers…

You disappoint me. I used to get up early. I mean, early, to shop with a friend. It was fun, exciting. Special.

But this year you have invaded my holiday. Many of you have opened your doors at a ridiculous hour. Causing your employees to choose between sleeping or celebrating. All so you can line your pockets and your CEO’s get a bonus.

Will these hourly employees see a bonus? Will they even get a raise? Will the Seasonal Employees keep their jobs after the New Year? Prob’ly not.

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Clipping Coupons, Part II

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

This couponing gig is more fun than Disneyland!!

Okay, so on my second day of couponing, I first started by getting organized. I went to the local office supply store and spent less about $14 to get small plastic envelopes and one big one, and a pack of labels.

I came home and sorted my coupons and fliers. I now have categories for: Specific Stores (department stores like Kohls or Payless Shoes), Pet Care, Restaurants, Dairy/Meat, Canned Goods, Refrigerator/Freezer, Beverages, Desserts/Sweets, Condiments, Snacks/Chips, Cereal, Toiletries/Hygiene, Household Items, and Receipts.

The big envelope holds the small … read the rest. . .

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