9/30/09

Free Fast Fixin Products & coupons

Fast Fixin' is a company that makes several frozen products. The main product I use is the chicken nuggets but they have other products such as breakfast products. If you sign up as a fast fixin fanatic you will be able to print 10- $.30 off coupons immediately after signing up. The coupons are good for any fast fixin product 20 oz or larger. Once you sign up and print the coupons, go back to the fanatics page and log back in and you should find info on a survey. If you take the survey, they will mail you another coupon. I believe that coupon will be for $1 or $2 but I cant remember.
If you buy their products be sure to save the upc's from the packages. Once you have acquired 10, you can mail them to them and they will mail you a coupon for free product! I have been a member of their mailing list for several years and have done this once. I am one away from receiving another coupon.
If you sign up, be sure to read the emails you receive from them as they will email you surveys every once in a while. If you participate in the surveys you will able to print coupons.
They also have a school rewards program. Their packages have a special upc-thing that you can cut out and give to your school. The school can turn them in and earn money like the boxtops.
They aren't our favorite chicken nuggets but they arent bad and they are usually reasonably priced. I havent tried their other products but I should. If any of you have let me know how you like them.

9/28/09

Grocery Ads for 9/30/09

Here are the sale items for the upcoming maceys and albertsons ads.

Albertsons
Albertsons beef top round London Broil, boneless Buy 1 Get 1 free (2#s $5.49)
Pork loin sirloin chops, boneless Buy 1 Get 1 free (2 #s $3.99)
Pork shoulder country style ribs, boneless Buy 1 Get 1 Free (2 #s $3.49)
Hormel ham or Carolina turkey is only $3.79 in the deli
Pringles $1.25 (-$1/4 coupon in sundays paper)
Velveeta 16 oz. $3.99 (-$1 in ad coupon)
Wonder bread $1.67 (-$.55/1)
Totinos pizza rolls $1 (-$.40/2 or $.35/1)
Crest toothpaste $1.49 (-$.50)
Listerine total care $4.99 (-$2)
Soft Scrub scrubby pads $2.50 (-$1)
Tide $8.99 (-$1)

General Mills sale
Save $3 instantly when you purchase 4 items.
The fruit snacks are included but are only a 3 star.
GM cereal (honey nut cheerios, trix, cookie crisp, lucky charms) is a 5 star at $2.50 before the savings and $1.75 after Plus there are several coupons. Coupons are $1/2 & $1/3 & online $1/2 coupon.
Nature Valley granola bars are also a 5 star and there are several coupons.
Example purchase: If you purchase 4 boxes of cereal the total would be $10 - $1/2 coupon - $1/2 coupon - $3 instant savings = $5 or $1.25 per box. ***Remember you must purchase in groups of 4 to qualify!

Nabisco Planters sale
Save $3 instantly when you purchase 4 items.
All items included are a 4 or 5 star. The participating items are:
crackerfuls (-$1/1, Free crackerfuls when you buy ritz)
Ritz crackers (-$1/2 in kraft booklet)
planters peanuts (-$1/2 in the kraft booklet)
Trix Cookie Crisp and Lucky Charms (GM $1/2 coupon)
Wheat Thins ($1 off 1 coupon & Another $1 off coupon)
All are listed at $2.50 before the $3 off and $1.75 after.
***Dont forget about the $20 mail in rebate that is also found in the kraft booklet. You need to purchase 10 cookie or crackers plus other items. You do NOT need to purchase everything in 1 purchase. The offer says to include register receipts not receipt. The first rebate is good through 12/31/09 so start saving receipts. I keep mine in my coupon book..that way I know where they are and I can keep a tally of what else I need to purchase to qualify for the rebate.
Example purchase: 1 crackerful, 1 ritz, 2 planters, 2 wheat thins, and 2 cereal. 8 items. Total before coupons $20 - 2.50 (crackerful/ritz coupon) - $1 (planter) - $2 (2 wheat thin coupons) - $1 (cereal coupon) - $6 (2 instant savings) = $7.50. That comes out to less than $1 for each item Plus you can 4 crackers for the rebate.
**Remember you must buy in increments of 4 and I recommend splitting each group of 4 into its own order because often the computer will only recognize 1 instant savings per order. This happened to my sister a few weeks ago she purchased 2 groups of $15 and thought she would receive 2 $5 off coupons; however she only received 1. If she had purchased one group of $15 and then another she would have received both coupons. I prefer to shop this way anyway because it is easier to keep track of the prices and I can catch mistakes easier.

Taco Bell sale
There are several taco bell items that are on sale and you can save $3 when you purchase $10. However, none of them are a really great deal.

There is also a mix n match sale. You can receive $5 off your next purchase when you purchase $20. The only items that are a really good deal are the pillsbury brownie and cake mixes and the smuckers jellys and jams. I have found a really good cake recipe and brownie recipe that I make from scratch. They are so easy and better than any store bought mixes so I dont even buy mixes anymore. I will have to post the recipes soon. Hmm..an excuse to make brownies &/or cake. :)

Maceys
5# potatoes $.89
Lettuce $.99
Beef - 93% Lean Ground $1.99/#
Beef - Cross Rib Roast, boneless $1.58/#
Pork - Butt Roast, bone-in $1.18/#
Pork - Half Loin Roast, boneless $1.89/#
Pork - Sirloin Roast, bone-in $.99/#
Shursavings milk $1.67
WF butter $1.79
WF Medium cheddar 2#s $3.99
Hunts spaghetti sauce $.88
Quaker products save $3 when you buy any participating 5 products. This is a manufacturers coupon so you cannot use other coupons with it.
Hersheys or Reeses candy bars $.38 (several coupons for reeses)
Ortega diced green chilies $.92 (-$75/2)
WF egg noodles $.68
Wonder bread $1.64 (-coupon found here)
Tombstone pizza $3 (-$1.50/2)
Tonys crispy crust pizza $.78
WF burritos 10 pack $2.19
colgate $1.88
Gillette fusion razor $7.77 (-$4)
Olay bar soap $2.97 (-$1)

For those of you who live in Spanish Fork, we have a new grocery store in Salem called Crisp's. They are an associated food store and offer many of the same sale items as maceys.

9/27/09

Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am always looking for a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have tried many, but sometimes they would spread too much when I cooked them, or some were too crunchy. I wanted a chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookie. So, this past weekend I was visiting Shannon and she made these cookies. Mmmmm.....they were perfect. I HAD to take a picture, and told her she had to post the recipe. So thankyou Shannon for your wonderful cookies and for letting me come and eat them all!!!


Hi..this is Shannon posting the recipe for Sheena. It is a recipe I have had for years but I recently started making a few changes because I had the same problems as Sheena. When the cookies spread too much, people would tell me to add more flour but then they were crunchy or hard. Ewww! :) So I experimented and this is what I have come up with.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened not melted (I only use real butter)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1-2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
1-2 cup chocolate chips or M&Ms (my kids love cookie dough but dont like baked cookies with too many chocolate chips so I usually only use 1 cup not 2 of ch. chips)
Instructions:
Cream the butter and sugars together. Mix in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Add 1/2 cup flour, the salt and the baking soda. Mix well and then add the rest of the flour slowly. (I usually add 1/2 cup -1 cup at a time.) Add chocolate chips.
Bake at 325 for hmmm..I cant remember about 10-12 minutes I believe. I set the timer for 10 minutes and then watch them closely after that.
A few tips: dont overmix the batter. Don't melt the butter use softened butter. If you are in a hurry and only have cold butter you can place the butter on a plate and slice into 1/4" pieces. Microwave on the lowest power setting for a few seconds at a time until softened. You may be able to use less flour..I kind of think that altitude may affect how they bake so if you are at a different altitude you could try more or less flour. We live at about 4500 feet altitude.
I hope you enjoy!

9/24/09

BE CAREFUL!!

I was just told by the grocery manager at Albertsons here in Hailey that they have caught a couple people stealing receipts out of the garbage cans or out of carts for gas rewards!! So please please guard your receipts because those gas rewards are money and please don't allow that to happen because if it happens they might take our gas rewards away!! :( So please be on the look out and if you see anyone supicioius please report them!! Just want to let you know that this is happening and to be on the look out!!

Free & cheap Stuff!!

Well for us Idahoians!! However you would say that!! We can get stuff for FREE with our doublers and in Utah you can get stuff cheap!! Well first off the thing that I love is the Dial hand soap that is on the ad for 10 for $10 and on coupons.com you can get a .55 off 1 coupon and double it and it is actually a .10 moneymaker!! Then also gummy snacks are 1.25 each or 4 for $5 and there is a coupon both online at coupons.com and out of the paper a couple times and it is .40 off one and if you double that it comes to .45 cents a box which is awesome but if you buy one box with 2 soaps then it ends up being 25 cents plus tax for your whole trip!! Yeah!! Then the campbells soup at hand is free when doubled and those coupons are out of the paper also. There is also a Wonder bread coupon online I believe it is at coupons.com and it is .55 off 1 white loaf and they are on sale for 1.67. My husband went in last night and got 2 soaps and a loaf of bread and paid 50cents and that was tax and all!! Also the Yoplait delights are on sale 2.50 each and we have a dollar off coupon out of the paper but there is also one online at coupons.com and when doubled they are 50 cents. I think I have 8 coupons out of the paper and half of them expire 11/30 so I think I will use 4 and save some in case they become absolutely free int he near future!! I am hoping ok!! I think that is about it Oh wait the 3 day sale the Whole frying chicken is 77 cents a lb. which is a great deal and I will be there Friday buying some chickens and also sheena will be putting her rotisserie chicken (hope I spelled that right) recipe on the blog soon and she said that it is just as good as Albertsons or Costco's with just oven baked. I am anxious to try it out and soon I will have whole chickens and I can!! I will make sure she posts that soon since they are on sale!! If I find more stuff I will update this!! I am disappointed because most of the blogs I read don't have anything posted yet!! So here you go hott off the press!! :)

9/20/09

Tomato Juice

Sorry..here is some more info that I want to 'store' on the blog so that I know where it is for future reference.
How to make and freeze tomato juice (freezer method):
Wash, sort and trim firm, vine-ripened tomatoes. Cut into quarters or eighths and put into a saucepan. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Press through a sieve. Pack juice into airtight freezer containers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Seal, label, date and freeze. Use frozen tomato juice within 8 to 12 months for best quality.
You can also easily bottle/can tomato juice. Although I can buy a big can of tomato juice for $1.47. Once I open it and use some I can freeze the remaining juice to use in future recipes.
I think I am going to freeze tomatoes from my garden and then this winter I can use them whole or diced or I can turn them into tomato juice. That gives me more options than freezing them as juice.

9/18/09

Changes to Gas Rewards at Albertsons!!

Effective September 17th, 2009:
New gas Rewards will expire 30 days from the date of issuance.
This change will only apply to Gas Rewards earned on or after September 17, 2009.Gas Rewards discount limit is up to $1.50 off per gallon OR up to a combined total of 20 Gas Reward issuances, whichever is less. Unexpired balances greater than either limit will be available on the next fuel purchase. ** the part that has me concerned is that you can only earn gas rewards on up to 20 purchases. Some of us are making 10 purchases a week- and sometimes each of those purchases is only $5 (before coupons). This new policy is really going to slow down the gas savings!**

*Thanks to KCL for this info!!

I got the paper also but I didn't read it that carefully so I decided to mark each time I go to the store after the 17th to know when I reach my 20 purchases and I know that is all I am going to get. Also another idea I had is that my husband and I both have seperate cards so I am going to use his number on all the BIG purchases and use mine on all the small and maybe it will help me get more money off on his card!! I don't know it might just end up being about the same because I don't know how many purchases I do in a month this could take some research! :)

Deep in the Heart of Texas!! Chicken Fried Steak w/ Cream Gravy

Oh, how I miss Texas food. The BBQ, Tex-mex, and Chicken Fried Steak. I LOVE Chicken Fried Steak. When I was pregnant with Kameron and we were living on Maui, all I wanted was Chicken Fried Steak smothered in White Cream Gravy, but Hawaiians don't really know Chicken Fried Steak and I really didn't want a Spam Steak. The only place that had it was Denny's, but honestly I thought it was the best thing, maybe it was the being pregnant or maybe it was because I hadn't had a true Chicken Fried Steak in so long. For those of you who have never had a Chicken Fried Steak, please, for me try it. And if you don't feel like cooking it yourself, well you'll just have to get in your car and drive to Texas for the real thing. So, save yourself the long drive and gas and just make this at home. It is a True Texan Chicken Fried Steak. This recipe comes from http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/. Let's get cookin'.


Top Round Steak, Milk (or Buttermilk), Flour, Eggs, Salt, Pepper, Seasoning Salt, you can add Garlic Salt/Powder, and Oil or Bacon Grease for frying.



Cut your top round steak into four pieces. If you've had a bad/frustrating day, take all of that frustration out on your steaks and pound them. Once you are done pounding the meat with a tenderizer and all your stress is relieved, your steaks should be almost doubled in size. Be sure to cover your steak with plastic wrap, so little pieces of meat don't fly all over your kitchen. That would not be good. In a bowl, mix the flour and seasonings together. I added seasoning salt, for added flavor, and I used more pepper than asked for. I like to see little grains of pepper in my breading, plus my hubby likes pepper, so I always add more. Also, I didn't try this, but add some garlic salt/powder for some more flavor. Take your steak and coat it in the flour mixture.



Now, in another bowl mix together the Eggs and Milk (or Buttermilk, I didn't have any). Get your steak (that is coated in flour) and dip it into the egg mixture. Then dip it back into the flour. Repeat with all of your steaks. On Medium, heat enough oil or lard (if you're really feeling like a Texan) to fill halfway up the sides of a cast-iron skillet (if you don't have one, just use a regular skillet). When a drop of water makes the oil sizzle, it's ready for frying. Take the breaded beef and place in the skillet and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Then gently flip over with a long fork. Then cook another five minutes & then take the Chicken Fried Steak out of the pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate, you could even put it on a cooling wrack with paper towels underneath. Repeat with the remaining steaks.



And when they're done....they look like this! Mmmmm..... Alright, enought staring, now on to the gravy....the best part. And NO! We do not serve Texas Chicken Fried steak with Brown gravy. It's just not right. So don't do it!




In the same pan that you cooked the Chicken Fried Steaks, you will need 2 tbsp. of pan drippings, bacon grease, or oil. Combine with 2 tbsp. of flour. Stir constantly and cook on medium for a couple of minutes until a dark roux is formed.



Add milk, slowly to the skillet, and mix with the roux with a whisk or wooden spoon. Turn heat to low and continue stirring until mixture is thickened, a couple more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the gravy is a little to thick for your taste just add a little more milk to thin it out.



And there it is. Isn't it beautiful. I don't know if you can see, but I don't have a gravy boat, so I used my Texas bowl for the gravy. I had to pay tribute to my home :) I hope that you try this. This dish is usually served with mashed potatoes, (also smothered in Cream Gravy) corn and if you can find and want to really feel like a Texan, fried okra, but you better invite me over because I love fried okra and miss it so much!!! Enjoy!


Chicken-Fried Steak
from http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of top-round steak
2 cups of flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup of milk or buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper (can also add cayenne to add more heat).
Lard or vegetable oil

Method:
Cut your top-round steak into four pieces.
Pound beef with a meat tenderizer until flattened and almost doubled in size.
Place flour in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix eggs in another large bowl with milk.
Take piece of tenderized beef and coat in flour. Dip coated beef into egg mixture and then dip back into flour again.
Heat on medium enough oil or lard to fill halfway up the sides of a cast-iron skillet. When a drop of water makes the oil sizzle, it's ready for frying.
Take the coated beef and place it in the skillet. When the blood (er, red-meat juice) starts bubbling out of the top of the steak (about three to four minutes) gently turn it over with a long fork (using a spatula can cause the oil to splash out of the skillet). Cook another five minutes and then take the chicken-fried steak out of the pan and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.
Repeat process for remaining cutlets. And while you're frying the others, you can keep the cooked steaks warm in the oven.
Makes four chicken-fried steaks. Serve with cream gravy made from the pan drippings.
Cream gravy
Ingredients:
Two tablespoons of pan drippings, bacon grease or vegetable oil
Two tablespoons of flour
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
Salt to taste.

Method:
Combine fat with flour in a hot skillet, continuously stirring, cook on medium for a couple of minutes until a dark roux is formed.
Add milk slowly to skillet, and mix with roux using either a whisk or wooden spoon (be sure and press out any lumps).
Turn heat to low and continue stirring until mixture is thickened, a couple more minutes.
Add pepper and salt to taste.
If gravy is too thick for your taste, you can thin it by adding either more milk or water a tablespoon at a time.
Goes great with mashed potatoes, fried chicken, biscuits, chicken fried steak, grits, vegetables, rice or anything else you can imagine.

Wheat Thins Killer Deal!!

Hey guys, or gals!! Wheat thins are on sale this week and if you can round up 2 computers you can get 4 boxes for .24 yes that is right 24 cents!! I did it this morning at 7am!! So get the coupon on www.frugallivingnw.com I was able to print 2 from each computer and then ran to the store and viola!!

9/17/09

Cookie Dough Pie

I'm sorry I haven't posted any recipes lately, it has been so crazy around here. I'm sure you understand. But don't worry I have an amazing & super easy dessert for you. And perfect timing, Chips Ahoy cookies are on sale right now!! Shannon says that our Grandma used to make this, but I actually saw it on http://www.bigredkitchen.com/ and had to try it. You know you want to try some, so go buy some Chips Ahoy and enjoy!

Ingredients: 1 pkg. Chips Ahoy Cookies, Cool-Whip, Milk, and Chocolate Syrup (optional)
So, what you want to do is quickly dip the cookies in milk, shake off excess liquid, and layer in 9 inch pie plate, breaking cookies to fill any gaps. Once the first layer is complete, top with a thin layer of Cool Whip. Repeat twice more making last layer of Cool Whip a bit thicker. Garnish with chocolate syrup if desired. Place in freezer 2-3 hours before serving. Serves 6-8.
* After the first layer of cool-whip I drizzled a little bit of Chocolate Syrup, just because. I'm a chocoholic, sorry. And I also made this in a 9X13 dish, you'll have to use more chips ahoy and cool whip, but believe me, more is better!!!
And here it is...OK no licking the screen, I know it looks good, but try to contain yourself. And seriously how easy is that? Just tell everyone that it took hours to make this. Enjoy!!
Cookie Dough Pie
15.25 ounce package Chips Ahoy Cookies- Original kind
8-12 ounces Cool Whip- I think I bought the bigger one, just to be safe.
2 cups milk
Chocolate Syrup- optional
Quickly dip cookies in milk, shake off excess liquid, and layer in 9 inch pie plate, breaking cookies to fill any gaps. Once the first layer is complete, top with a thin layer of Cool Whip. Repeat twice more making last layer of Cool Whip a bit thicker. Garnish with chocolate syrup if desired. Place in freezer 2-3 hours before serving.
Serves 6-8.

Problem Solved!!

I want all of you in the Hailey area (when I say that I mean miles and miles away but shop at our Albies) that I am hear to help and watch out for you!! I had a bad incident with one of the checkers at Albertsons on Tuesday night and it wasn't the first time. So I talked to another friend of mine that agreed it was time to call Corporate! So they were upset to hear this had happened and they forwarded the complaint down to the Hailey Store director and he personally called me and told me don't ever feel not welcome at my store and I promise you all my checkers will be cordial and will be soon trained on couponing so that they understand that we are not cheating them, stealing or doing anything wrong. I also want to clear up the whole Double Coupon deal per shopping trip meaning. This lady told me that it was per day and kept telling me that and I corrected her on several occasions. Corporate told me as long as you leave the store, meaning walk out the door, your shopping trip is over!! I also asked Stan ,the store director, he agreed as long as you leave out the door and walk back in you are fine!! So there you have it ladies just buy something walk out the door put it in your car like I do and walk back in and continue your double coupon shopping trip. The whole reason why I complained is because I am teaching you how to do this and I don't want you to get treated rudely and never go again and not be able to save money. Stan also told me that he will inform the workers that we are bringing business that they wouldn't have and that we are using coupons that they get paid on top of just the price we get off on our items. So yes let me say it again, THEY MAKE MONEY OFF OF US FOR GETTING STUFF FOR CHEAP AND FREE!! Shop it up ladies and if you have any problems what so ever please come and visit me personally at my home and I have a good relationship with a couple head people at the store and I will take your concerns to them!! If you need to find me either call Dawn, or Holly and they can get you my number or my home address!! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and to take the class we did or just for listening to us!!

9/13/09

Easy Ribs

Ingredient List:
Ribs
1 bottle BBQ sauce, any kind even the cheap ones
Seasoning of your choice

Season ribs with spices. Place in crockpot. Pour bbq sauce over ribs. Cook on low all day or on high for 4 hours or until done.

Broccoli & Rice Casserole

Ingredient List:
1 cup cooked, cubed chicken
1 cup cooked rice
1 can cream of chicken soup
Glob of Mayo (approx. 1/8 c.)
½ - 1 cup frozen broccoli, thawed
salt & pepper
¾ cup grated cheese

Recipe:
Mix together all the following except for the cheese. Place in greased baking dish. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

NOTE: I usually mix some cheese with the other ingredients and place some cheese on top.
A month or so after our twins were born our neighbor, Cheri, called and said she would like to bring us dinner. I, of course, accepted. :) She has twins as well and remembered the days of having twin babies. We really liked her casserole-even the kids gobbled it up!

Chicken & Bows

Ingredient List:
8 oz bow tie pasta
1 lb chicken breast cut into strips
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
1/8 cup butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 – 1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Recipe:
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook chicken and red pepper in butter over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
Stir in soup, peas, milk, garlic, salt & pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Drain pasta; add to chicken mixture and toss to coat.

NOTE: I dont remember where I got this recipe from but I believe it was one of my recipe magazines, Taste of Home or Quick Cooking.

Green Sauce Enchiladas

Ingredient List:
2 cups chicken, cooked & cubed
1-4.25 oz can diced green chilies
½ cup diced onion
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided
2-10 oz cans green chili enchilada sauce or green taco sauce
½ cup sour cream
12 tortillas

Recipe:
In a large bowl, combine chicken, green chilies, onion and ½ cup shredded cheese. In another bowl, combine the green sauce and sour cream until well blended. Add ½ cup of the green sauce to the chicken mixture. Spread a small amount of green sauce over the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Evenly divide chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll tortillas up and place seam-side down in a dish. Pour remaining green sauce over the tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until hot. Serves 6.

NOTE:I found this recipe several years ago in an advertisment in the coupons in the newspaper.

King Ranch Casserole

Ingredient List:
3 or 4 lb chicken
1-2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ lb cheddar cheese, grated
1 package flour tortillas
Chili powder
Garlic powder
1 can rotel tomatoes

Recipe:
Boil chicken until tender in water seasoned with onion, celery, salt and pepper. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and reserve all chicken stock.
Chop onion and bell pepper, combine soups and grate cheese. Start layering casserole in a 9x13 baking dish in this order: tortillas (dipped in stock), chicken, onion, bell pepper, sprinkle to taste with chili powder and garlic powder, soup mixture and cheese. Repeat layers, being sure the tortillas are oozing with the stock.
Cover the casserole with Rotel tomatoes and all the juice. Juices in the casserole should be about half the depth of the dish; if not add a little more stock.
Bake uncovered at 375 for 30 minutes.

NOTE: This recipe is from our grandmother, Mary Hal Herndon. I have several other versions from other people that I will try to add as well.

Super Easy Lasagna

Ingredient List:
1/2 lb ground beef
3/4 cup water
1 large jar spaghetti sauce
1 tsp salt
1 (8 oz) pkg lasagna noodles [6 noodles]
1 cup cottage cheese
12 oz Mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Recipe:
Brown ground beef; drain. Add water, sauce and salt. Bring to a boil. In an 11x7 baking dish, layer hot sauce, uncooked noodles, cottage cheese, & Mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, ending with sauce. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 375 for 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

NOTE: I received this recipe from my mother-in-law, Mary, years ago. I make it frequently. It is so easy and very good.

Spaghetti Casserole

Ingredient List:
8 oz angel hair pasta
¾ lb ground beef
13 oz spaghetti sauce
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
½ -1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup sour cream
1 cup Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Recipe:
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce. Remove from the heat.
Drain pasta. Combine soup and sour cream. In an 8x8 baking dish, layer half the meat sauce, pasta, soup mixture and cheese. Repeat layers.
Cover and bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes or until cheese is melted.

NOTE:I found this recipe in one of my magazines, Taste of Home or Quick Cooking.

Turkey (or Chicken) Tetrazzini

2 cups spaghetti, broken into 2” pieces
1 chicken bouillion cube
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 ½ cups cubed cooked turkey or chicken
pinch each of pepper & celery salt
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar or Colby/ Monterey Jack cheese

Cook spaghetti. Meanwhile dissolve bouillon cube in ¾ cup of water. Add soup, turkey, pepper, celery salt, onion & half of the cheese. Drain the spaghetti and add the soup mixture. Transfer to a 2 qt. baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until heated. Serves 6.

NOTE: This is a great food storage recipe. I store everything that it calls for. You can easily substitute the cubed chicken with canned chicken; this will affect the taste some. You can also try adding frozen peas before baking. I found this recipe years ago in, I believe, Taste of Home.

Baked Ziti

When our twins were about 2 months old, they got RSV and spent several days in the hospital. One of my neighbors, Lisa, brought over a baked ziti casserole. It was soo good. I asked her for the recipe. This is what she told me. It is one of those recipes that she never measured ingredients but just throws ingredients together.

Baked Ziti
Ground beef
Oregano
Basil
Garlic
Spaghetti Sauce
Italian 6 blend cheese
Ziti or penne or rigatoni noodles
Mushrooms (optional)

Cook noodles according to directions. Brown beef, season with spices. Add spaghetti sauce to beef. Layer beef mixture and cheese. Repeat layers.
Bake at 350 until heated through and cheese is melted.

Honey Chicken Stir-fry

I got this recipe out of Quick Cooking Sept/Oct 2003. We have made it often over the past few years.
Ingredients:
1 lb chicken, cubed
1 garlic clove minced or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp olive or canola oil, divided
3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1-16 oz. pkg frozen broccoli stir-fry vegetables
2 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp cold water
Hot cooked rice

In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken & garlic in 2 tsp oil. Add the honey, soy sauce, salt & pepper. Cook & stir until chicken is lightly browned & juices run clear. Remove & keep warm.
In the same pan, stir fry the vegetables in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes or until heated through. Return chicken to pan; mix well. Combine cornstarch & cold water until blended; stir into chicken mixture. Bring to a boil; cook & stir for 1 minute or until heated. Serve over rice.
Feel free to substitute your favorite veggies.

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Another recipe from Sheena.

Chicken Noodle Casserole
4 Chicken Breast
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
Butter or margarine
3 Tbsp. flour
1 1/4 c. milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 sm. jar of pimentos
2 cans (8 oz. total) sliced mushroom pieces (juice drained)
1 box stuffing (pepperidge farm)
egg noodles (about 6 oz. dry)

Boil chicken and allow to cool. Cut into pieces and set aside. Cook egg noodles according to directions on package. In a saucepan, saute onion and green pepper in margarine. Make a white sauce of 3 Tbsp. margarine, flour and milk. Combine sauce with onion and green pepper mixture and bring to a boil. Add cream of chicken, pimentos, mushrooms and chicken. Combine this with the noodles. Place in casserole and sprinkle with stuffing mix. Dot with butter (my preference) or margarine. Bake (covered with tin foil) for 30 minutes at 350, until bubbly and lightly brown on top.

Susan's Seasoned Chicken

Another recipe from Sheena & gatherroundyourtable.blogspot.com
This chicken melts in your mouth and is so easy to prepare. Serve on a bed of rice or with mashed potatoes. The recipe was shared with me by my good friend Susan, an old Park School friend.

Susan's Seasoned Chicken
6-8 chicken breasts
1/3 c. + 2 T. butter
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 c. whipping cream (plain)
1/3 cup breadcrumbs

Melt butter. Add seasonings to butter. Roll chicken breasts in flour, then in seasoned butter mixture (save leftover butter!). Place in a greased pan. Pour whipping cream over chicken, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Mix breadcrumbs with the leftover seasoned butter. Remove chicken from oven, sprinkle breadcrumb mixture all over the top. You can also sprinkle slivered, toasted almonds on top as well. Return to oven and cook 10 minutes longer until breadcrumbs brown a bit.

Mandarin Chicken

Another recipe from Sheena & realmomkitchen.com

Mandarin Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon of garlic powder

Mandarin Sauce-
2/3 cup sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger (minced)
¼ cup water
4 teaspoons cornstarch

Pound chicken breasts with a mallet to an even thickness and season both sides with sugar, salt, and garlic powder. Grill chicken 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink inside. Remove from grill and cut into bit sized strips. Set aside.
In a bowl combine sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and ginger. Pour into a wok or sauce pan. Heat the mixture until almost at a boil. Combine cornstarch and water. Once the sauce starts to boil add the cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened.
Add grilled chicken to the wok and coat with the sauce. Simmer until heated thoroughly. I served it over cooked rice.

Sticky Coconut Chicken

6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper1 cup canned coconut milk
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

Marinade chicken in coconut milk, ginger, pepper and red pepper flakes at least one hour (I let mine marinade four about four to five hours). Grill on barbecue.
Glaze:
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

While the chicken is grilling, bring above ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until mixture is reduced and thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Be patient because it takes a little while. But once it starts getting really thick, immediately take it off the heat! Glaze both sides of chicken the last few minutes of grilling and serve chicken over rice.
Sidenote: I used the extra coconut milk left in the can as part of the liquid in my rice and it was unbelievable! It was very mildly sweet and paired so well with the chicken. Yum!
This is another recipe from Sheena and mykitchencafe.blogspot.

Chicken Fried Steak

Sheena emailed me this recipe. I am posting it because it is part of my monthly menu.
Chicken-Fried Steak (from our dad)
homesicktexan.blogspot.com
Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of top-round steak
2 cups of flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup of milk or buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper (can also add cayenne to add more heat).
Lard or vegetable oil
Method:Cut your top-round steak into four pieces.Pound beef with a meat tenderizer until flattened and almost doubled in size.Place flour in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.Mix eggs in another large bowl with milk.Take piece of tenderized beef and coat in flour. Dip coated beef into egg mixture and then dip back into flour again.Heat on medium enough oil or lard to fill halfway up the sides of a cast-iron skillet. When a drop of water makes the oil sizzle, it's ready for frying.Take the coated beef and place it in the skillet. When the blood (er, red-meat juice) starts bubbling out of the top of the steak (about three to four minutes) gently turn it over with a long fork (using a spatula can cause the oil to splash out of the skillet). Cook another five minutes and then take the chicken-fried steak out of the pan and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.Repeat process for remaining cutlets. And while you're frying the others, you can keep the cooked steaks warm in the oven.
Cream gravy
Two tablespoons of pan drippings, bacon grease or vegetable oilTwo tablespoons of flour1 1/2 cups of milk1 teaspoon of cracked black pepperSalt to taste.
Method:Combine fat with flour in a hot skillet, continuously stirring, cook on medium for a couple of minutes until a dark roux is formed.Add milk slowly to skillet, and mix with roux using either a whisk or wooden spoon (be sure and press out any lumps).Turn heat to low and continue stirring until mixture is thickened, a couple more minutes.Add pepper and salt to taste.If gravy is too thick for your taste, you can thin it by adding either more milk or water a tablespoon at a time.Goes great with mashed potatoes, fried chicken, biscuits, chicken fried steak, grits, vegetables, rice or anything else you can imagine. (I’m excited to try this one!)

2 Month Menu

Sheena has been wanting me to post my 2 month menu. So here goes...
Here are, I believe, close to 60 recipes. Some I have tried and others I haven't. Some are posted on this blog and others arent but I am going to try to post the ones that I try that we like.
Arroz con pollo
Alfredo tortellini
Baked Ziti
BBQ chicken
BLT’s
Broccoli & Rice Casserole
Beef Potato Bake - We tried it & didn't really like.
Bean Enchilada Casserole
Beef Tips
Cheese Bacon Ranch Chicken
Chicken & Bows
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Fried Steaks
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chicken & Rice
Chicken Nachos - We tried & we didnt really like them.
Chicken Parmesan
Chicken Penne Casserole
Country Pork Dinner
Creamy Italian Chicken
Enchiladas Verde
Easy Stuffed Shells
Fajitas
Fried Chicken w/ pan gravy -We have tried it but I need to make it again to see if we really like it or not.
Flank Steak w/ Chimichurri Sauce
Garlic Chicken Farfelle
Green Sauce Enchiladas
Hamburgers
Ham & Cheese Casserole
Honey Chicken Stir-fry
King Ranch Casserole
Super Easy Lasagna
Mandarin Chicken
Mostaccioli
Marinated Chuck Steak
Onion Baked Chicken - We tried and I need to make it again before I decide if we like it or not.
Onion Chicken Salad
Pork Burritos
Penne w/ Pink Sauce
Pizza
Roast-3 envelope
Ribs - Sheena's version & My version
Ranch Pork Chops
Shredded Beef Au Jus
Shish-Ka-Bobs
Spaghetti w/ Meatballs
Spicy Chicken Legs
Sticky Coconut Chicken
Sticky Chicky
Shepherd’s Pie
Spaghetti Casserole
Susan’s Seasoned Chicken
Stuffed Pork Chops
Turkey Tetrazzini
Tacos
Tortilla Lasagna
Wild Rice Salad
White Enchiladas
Yummy Chicken Alfredo Bake

Menu #1
This menu would work for 1 month. The calendar part is on top and a list of breakfasts, lunches, dinners & desserts or after school snacks is on the bottom. What I like about this calendar is that it offers flexibility. I dont like my menu to be set in stone because as we all know things come up. If I decide to run errands one day, I can plan an easy dinner or better yet choose a crockpot meal and have supper ready when I get home. If I end up with an easy not too busy day, that is a great day to try a new recipe that may take a bit more time to prepare. This calendar lets me do that because I can write the meals I have planned for the month on the bottom and then each week or day pick which meal(s) to prepare.

Menu #2
This is a 2-month menu. You could fill in the squares and have a complete 2 month menu.
Or you could have a list of all possible meals and then fill in the squares as you prepare each meal.


There are several ways of going about planning a long term menu.

#1-You can make 1 grocery list at the beginning of the month and do all your shopping in one trip. You will have to plan another small trip or 2 for produce, milk, eggs & weekly sale items but the bulk of your shopping is complete.

#2-You can choose 7 - 14 meals and plan out one or two weeks worth of meals. Make your grocery list and go grocery shopping. If you plan 2 weeks, you wont have to worry about shopping for 2 whole weeks. Doesnt that sound nice. This is what I did about 1 1/2 weeks ago.
Having a large menu to choose from makes the chore of making grocery lists and going grocery shopping a little less burden-some. Plus I really think I save money. We also eat healthier. If you go to the store each week, most likely you purchase some 'treats' such as fruit snacks, candy, chips, etc. Those run out rather quickly at our house but when I go to the store each week, I would purchase some each week. If I go to the store every 2 weeks, I buy the same amount of those items and they run out just as fast but when they run out we will make zucchini bread, smoothies, cookies, yogurt, popcorn, etc. These items may still have sugar but they are homemade and healthier esp if you can sneak in some whole wheat flour or zucchini or applesauce.

My Shopping List

This is the shopping list I use. I made it in Microsoft Word. It has all of the staples/food storage items that I use as well as items that are in my menu or items that I use frequently. When I prepare my grocery list, I can easily check items that I am low on or items that I will need for the next week or 2. I can also check sale items that I would like to purchase.

Sometime in October I will be posting a new 2 month menu that will include new recipes and some changes such as deletion of recipes we didnt like. I will also be adding some of my winter recipes such as soups and chilis

Gardening Tips

As I find tips and tricks that I want to remember, I am going to post them here because then I will remember where they are.
Peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
As fall approaches, many think that gardening is over but it isn't. Peas, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower like cooler temperatures. You can plant them now for a late autumn crop or in March for a early spring crop.
Carrots, beets, onions
If you pull up your crop of carrots and put them in your cold storage, they will eventually go soft. For fresh carrots all winter just leave them in your garden. Carrots, beets and onions can be kep in the soil all winter. Cover with at least 6" of mulch and they will be fine. Whenever you want/need carrots go out to your garden and pull up a few. If the tops are frozen, they may go mushy but you can cut that part off and eat the rest.
Tomatoes
If your tomatoes are still growing like crazy but the first frost is approaches, there are several things you can do. You can cover them at night to get a few more weeks of production. 2-You can pick the tomatoes and store them in a dark room without letting them touch each other. They will slowly ripen. 3-You can pull up the whole plant, hang it in the garage out of the light, and pck them as they ripen. I have heard of people eating tomatoes until Dec. 15 this way!!
Collecting seeds
I try to collect seeds from vegetables that I harvest and from my flowers. This helps me save money in future years as I dont have to purchase seeds. Collecting seeds is quite easy to do. Be sure to dry the seeds before storing or they will mold and be useless. Carrots are biennial plants, which mean they dont seed until the 2nd year. I just found this out this year. I had some carrots that were rather tiny last fall so instead of picking them I just left them in the garden. This year they grew tall stems and bloomed flowers. This had never happened before so I did some research online and found that they are biennials. I let the carrot flowers grow and bloom and start to dry out. Then I cut them off and put them in a paper sack to dry out. I am going to try to grow carrots from the seeds next year. Marigolds are a must have for any garden as they keep bad bugs away. Marigolds are very easy to grow from seeds and collecting the seeds from marigolds is very easy to do as well. My 3 year old & 6 year old helped me collect marigold seeds last week. Wait until the blooms are shriveled and dry and then pull on the dried out petals. The seeds will easily come out.
Weeds
If weeds are a problem in your garden, tilling may actually encourage weeds. One great way to deal with weeds is to put a layer of mulch to discourage weeds.

Some of this info came from an article in the Daily Herald and some of it is 'stuff' that I have learned over the past few years.

9/9/09

Safe Canning

I have canned/bottled fruit in the past and I am doing so again this year. There are so many recipes out there- some are recent and some are decades old. However, you must be very careful when canning. You can get very sick if you do not can your foods properly. I was looking for a peach recipe today & I called our county's extension service. They referred me to the USDA Canning Guide. It is a great source of information. I am so glad that I found it and thought I would share the info with yall as well.
Happy Canning!
--Update--
Another really good source for all sorts of food questions is PickYourOwn.org.

9/8/09

Grocery Ads for 9/9/09

--Update--
There are several updated items. FYI Maceys will only be mailing a smaller ad to households each week but the full ad will be available online at their website..www.maceys.com.

My ads did not come in the mail today but Pinchingyourpennies has the grocery lists posted. Below are the best sale items according to pinchingyourpennies:

Albertsons
Tony's Crispy Crust Pizza 9-10 oz $1 (-$.50/1)
Tyson breaded chicken 25-28 oz $4.99 (-$1/1)
Kelloggs cereals $1.88 (various coupons)
Quaker Chewy granola bars 7.8 oz ($.75/1)
Yoplait yogurt $.50 (various coupons)

Maceys
Chicken - Boneless Skinless Breasts, super saver pack 1.49/lb
Chicken - Boneless Skinless Breasts, 40 lb. box $59.20
** FREE ** Chicken - Gold'n Plump Thighs or Drumsticks, 24 oz. $.99 (-$1/1 grocerysmarts group A)
Pork - Picnic Roast, bone-in $.99/lb
Pork - Boston Butt Roast, bone-in $.99/lb
Pork - Country Style Ribs, bone-in super saver pack $1.19/lb
ShurSaving Milk, gallon 1%, 2% or skim $1.59
WF cottage cheese $1.67
WF eggs $.58
WF butter $1.58
Yoplait yogurt $.50 (various coupons)
Betty crocker cake mix $.78 (coupon at grocerysmarts.com)
General Mills cereals $1.68 (various coupons)
Keebler graham crackers 2lb $2.18
Keebler saltine crackers $1.18
Lipton/Knorr sides $.99 ($.75/2)
Tonys pizza $2 (-$1/2)
Old El Paso taco shells or enchilada sauce $1.17 (-$.60/2 at grocerysmart.com)
General Mills Promo
Save $5 when you purchase 10 participating items. All items are a good price and all have coupons available.
--Update--
Today, I purchased 8 green giant box vegetables and 2 betty crocker potatoes. I used a $.40 off 1 coupon for each of the potatoes and 4- $.50/2 coupons for the veggies. I believe the veggies were $1.50 each x 8 = $12 and the potatoes were $1.25 x 2 = $2.50 for a total of $13.25 - $2.80 coupons - $5 in store coupon= $5.45 for all 10 items. Not too bad.

I keep hearing that Atkinsons is so expensive so for those of you who live in Hailey I looked at the ad. This is last weeks ad that ends today but I just wanted you to see that they have good deals as well. You just have to get the ads and look. Here are some of the ones that stuck out to me. When things are on sale you should buy several so that you can have enough to last you until they go on sale again.
Atkinsons
pork shoulder roast $1.69/lb
bar s franks $.89
Cheez it $1.97 (-$.75 grocerysmarts.com group a)=$1.22
Nalleys pickles $2.57 (-$1.50) = $1.07
S&W beans $.89
Quilted Northern $4.47 (-$1) = $3.47 [I dont know how many feet this is but if it is 400 or more then this isn't that bad of a price]
Meadow Gold popsicles 18ct $1.47

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

I always have a hard time finding meals to fix for my kids for lunch. My 3 year old is picky, he pretty much always wants hot dogs, corn dogs, or chicken nuggets. He loves pizza, but we never have it for lunch. Then I saw this recipe and decided to give it a try. It was a hit. Kameron and Taelyn loved it!! I even made some for me and they were very good. So let's get cooking!


Alright, for the ingredients: Spaghetti Sauce, Pop Biscuits, and toppings/fillings. For the kids I used pepperoni. I found some left over rotisserie chicken, so I decided to do some Alfredo Sauce, Bacon, Chicken pizzas, so good! And then I did some with bacon and sausage.



Split each biscuit into 3 equal discs (most of mine I could only get to separate into 2). Press each disc into the cups of a sprayed muffin tin, pushing in on the corners and making sure that they go all the way up the sides.
Place in the oven and bake for 1/2 of the directed cooking time (total time is usually 10 minutes). Remove from muffin tins and place on a cookie sheet. (I precooked all of the crusts and then cooked them for the remaining time with the filling on a cookie sheet). Fill each crust with about a tablespoon of sauce along with your desired fillings. Top with cheese.
Bake for the remaining 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and crusts are a golden brown. (I tried cooking these 2 different ways: Precooking just the crust, like the original recipe says and pressing the crust into the muffin tins and filling with whatever and then cooking. Either way turned out good. Just a warning, when I didn't precook them the biscuits puffed up and some of the filling spilled over. If you do precook the crust you will have to push the crust down or scoop some of it out to put the filling in. Just so you know.

And there they are. Really easy delicious lunch or dinner. The pizza on the botom is the Alfredo Chicken Pizza. Mmmmm....I actually just bought more biscuits to make these again! Enjoy!



Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
from mmmcafe.blogspot.com
1 can pop biscuits
desired filling for mini pizzas

We love to fill our pizza with :
shredded chicken
alfredo sauce
turkey bacon
canadian bacon
mozzarella cheese

Split each biscuit into 3 equal discs (some of them I could only get to separate into 2). Press each disc into the cups of a sprayed muffin tin, pushing in on the corners and making sure that they go all the way up the sides.
Place in the oven and bake for 1/2 of the directed cooking time (total time is usually 10 minutes). Remove from muffin tins and place on a cookie sheet. (I precooked all of the crusts and then cooked them for the remaining time with the filling on a cookie sheet). Fill each crust with about a tablespoon of sauce along with your desired fillings. Top with cheese.
Bake for the remaining 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and crusts are a golden brown.
Serves 4-6.

Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Yes, that's right, Rotisserie Style chicken without the rotisserie! This chicken recipe is sooo yummy. No need to go and get a rotisserie chicken from the store, just make your own at home. This is a perfect Sunday meal. So let's get cooking!

The ingredients are: Salt, Paprika, Onion Powder, Dried Thyme, White Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion, and a chicken.

In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.



Now remove the giblets and junk from the chicken. Rinse inside and out and then pat dry with a paper towel. Now it's time to rub that baby! (Next time I may spread olive oil or butter first and then do the seasonings, but this time I just did seasonings.) Rub the chicken inside and out with the spices that you mixed. Be sure to get it everywhere. Rub, Rub, Rub!!!! Cut the onion into four pieces and place into the cavity of the chicken.


Place the chicken into a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Put it in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight or at least 4-6 hours. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.
I'm sorry, but I didn't get a picture of the finished product. I remembered while we were eating it, and I went to see if there was any left to take a picture of, but there wasn't. So I guess that shows how good it was. You are just going to have to make this yourself. When I do make this again, and believe me I am, I will post the finished chicken on here. Enjoy!
Roast Sticky Chicken- Rotisserie Style
from allrecipes.com
makes 2 chickens, but can easily be halved for just one.
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 onions, quartered
2 (4 pound) whole chickens

In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place 1 onion in the cavity of each chicken. Place chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.