Beefy Bean & Tator Casserole

Makes 8 servings
• *1 pound lean ground beef (make sure to use lean or it will be really greasy)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• *1 onion chopped
• *1 16-ounce bag frozen green beans
• *1 can cream of mushroom soup
• *1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 21-ounce bag tater tots
****1. Crumble raw ground beef in bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Layer remaining ingredients on beef in order listed.
3. Cover. Cook on high 1 hour, Reduce heat to low and cook for 3 hours.

Personal Alteration from community member Trillmom:
* I used 2.5 lbs of beef, no onion, canned green beans to cover the beef, family size can of great value soup, 2 cups cheese.
****I fried and drained my ground beef first, simply because I don’t buy lean ground beef – it’s too expensive. I then layered everything in the pan, and put it in the oven for at the temp and time for the tater tots. It turned out perfect, and the kids LOVED it!!
This meal cost just over $12.00 – I buy in bulk so the cost is really an estimate – you could probably follow the original and do it for close to $5 – that’s a great way to feed 5 people!

Ground beef – 5lbs $9.88 = 4.94
Green beans – Giant can $3.16 = $1.00
Soup – $1.94
Cheese, 6 cup bag – $5.84 = $2.92
Tater tots $1.33

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Tasty Tuesday: Chop Suey

We love this recipe and I wanted to share it with you because of it’s ease and simplicity. Here’s what you do:

    Ingredients

3 Pounds Chop Suey meat
2 TBSP Oil
8 TBSP Soy Sauce
2 Cups Water
1 Bunch Celery/chopped
1 Onion/chopped
2 TBSP Cornstarch
1/4 Cup Water
Salt & Pepper to taste

    Directions:


Brown meat in oil. Once browned, add soy sauce and 2 C water. Cover loosely and simmer for two (2) minutes. Add chopped celery and onion. Simmer for one and a half (1.5) hours, stirring occasionally. Blend your cornstarch and remaining water in a cup and slowly add to meat mixture, stirring constantly until blended. Season with salt and pepper, serve over rice. (make it easy and use instant rice!)

Marshmellow Eyeballs

Not that this has anything to do with anything, but as you all start to get to know me, you will see, I bare it all from family life to work life and this is the best place for me to share. Some of the companies I have worked with for the last two years, well, they just know that I love to chat. Well now I get to chat with the entire world, lucky world!

Ok, so I was put in charge of the “Preschool Class Halloween Party Planning Committee”, not a job I volunteered for, but one that I accepted graciously. I do not do games well, and to plan things for 11 four year olds, well, it scares me. I decided to delegate and pass that portion off to another mom. High five me there! I on the other hand know a few things about food and crafts. I found this really cool idea and thought I’d pass it along to you all since I know you all have small children and if you haven’t done this, they will think you are just the coolest mom, EVER!! This is actually fun for all ages, even the adult children! ;-)

It is called, “Marshmellow Eyeballs” and this is what you need.
Big Marshmellows
Gummy Lifesavers
Chocolate Chips
Red Decorator Gel

Directions are simple: Take a large marshmellow, stand it up. Put a dab of the red gel in the center. Stick one of your gummy lifesavers on it. Then take a chocolate chip and place the point part down through the center of the lifesaver so the flat side is flush with the lifesaver…get where I am going with this??? Then take some more red gel and make squiggly lines to look like veins! OMG, they will laugh and be all grossed out!!! HOW FUN!!!

Here is a quick sampling of what it would look like…shh, I whipped this up while the kids were playing so I had to throw it away after creating! I can’t let Gianna see it yet!!!

Marshmellow Eyeballs - Edible Halloween Treat

Dinner on a Dime

I needed a quick and painless dinner tonight, so this is what I did. You can pay $12.50 for 5 pre-made burgers or you can pay $5.00 for 7, you do the math.

This is what I did tonight:
2 pounds of ground beef = $7.50 (on sale)
bread crumbs
parmesan cheese (the dried up spaghetti kind)
1 egg
Parsley
1 package of hamburger buns $1.27
american cheese (if necessary)
Frozen French Fries $2.50

You want to mix the ingredients together to form a patty. I don’t measure anymore, but add equal amounts of parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and it is done just so that the meat will pack well. The egg helps it to stick, and the parsley gives it extra flavor. I was able to make 7 patties out of 2 pounds of ground beef.

For $11.27, I was able to feed my family of 5.

**If you have a special time saving or cost efficient recipe and would like to share it with us, please forward it to us at support at momswithaview dot com.

Dinner on a Dime

That is what I am calling my dinner recipes because they really do not cost much at all to make and it will feed a family of 5! Tonight we are having the ever loving “Chicken with Cream of…” dinner. This is a family favorite and very inexpensive to make.

Chicken Breasts (I use 5 for my family) = .58 each (great deal on Tyson boxed breasts)
2 cans of Cream of Celery Soup = .58 each can
Egg Noodles = 2.48 (bag and I will only use half the bag)
1 Can of Carrots = .50
1 Can of Peas = .50

Cook chicken breasts on both sides until fully cooked.
Mix 2 cans of Cream soup with 1/2 cup of milk and heat
Make egg noodles and peas/carrots and mix together
Pour cream soup over noodle mixture and eat with chicken.

YUM! Quick and easy, and best of all CHEAP!!! To feed my family of 5, it cost me $6.30!

Quick and Easy Chicken Parmesan

This was a recipe that my mom gave me because I am always looking for quick and easy. With three kids, time is very important and I don’t want to spend a lot of it in the kitchen.

4 pieces of chicken breast
3 small cans of tomato sauce
breadcrumb
1 egg
2 TBSP water
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Spaghetti or linguini

Mix the egg and water together. Dip chicken in the egg mixture and coat with bread crumbs. Take one can of tomato sauce and pour on bottom of baking dish. Place chicken on top. Pour two cans on top of chicken. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over that and place slices of mozzarella cheese on top. Fill one can with water and mix through the entire mixture. Cover and bake in a 350 oven for one hour.

Serve with your choice of pasta. Easy peasy and delish to boot!

My first decorated cake!

I have always wanted to take a class in cake decorating so when a neighbor of mine said she signed herself up for the class, I jumped in on it too. We are taking it at Michaels and it is a Wilton cake decorating class. The instructor told me that once I learned how to make these cakes, I will never want to buy another store made cake again! So when I heard that, I was all pumped up!

We had to make our own buttercream frosting and cake to bring to class. Of course I was not prepared and forgot the cups and toothpicks. Luckily there were nice classmates who learned how to share 20-30 years ago.

Frosting was pretty good I must say. I was happy with how it turned out. I of course was happier not knowing what was in it and how it was made, but being the sweet toothed person that I am, I can learn to live with this knowledge. I will post a separate recipe for that next so you can see for yourself how to make it. *Very easy to do*

Frosting my cake took a moment to get used to and I had to stand up to do it. Decorating it took a bit longer to get used to, but I think I did a good job seeing it was my first attempt at a more professional look. We could have used different colors for the flowers but I was lazy and went with all one color. My neighbors did great as well. It was a fun, stress free night and one that was much needed after my weekend!

Here is my first decorated cake….

Decorated Beauty!

Decorated Beauty!