Wednesday, 17 October 2012

What Happened To My Cake?

We have had the loveliest fall so far this year. The weather has been warm, the nights cool, the leaves have been stunning. There hasn't been a single thing to complain about after such a long, unbearably hot summer.

A few days ago, though, it started turning cold. I knew it was going to happen, it's the same thing every year, and quite frankly, I've been looking forward to it. I love the colder weather, especially this time of year, when it's cool, but you can still get away with wearing just a sweater and jeans.

One of my favourite things to bake in the cooler weather is Apple Cake. So, one of the first cooler days, I donned my apron, pulled out my recipe and  made a delicious easy Apple Cake. I'll share the recipe with you here.


Apple Cake

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (I always leave this out, but it is part of the recipe)
2 cups peeled and diced apples
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan. Cream together sugar, margarine and egg in a large bowl. Mix together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Fold in apples and walnuts. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes or until cooked through. 

Easy, peasy. And when it comes to baking I'm all about the easy!

So, after it was all done, I took it out and placed it on the counter to cool. After about an hour, I decided to go out, take a photo of the finished product to share here with all of you and get myself a  nice fresh piece of freshly baked apple cake. 

This is what I found waiting for me.

 

My children absolutely decimated my cake! I'm so sorry I don't have a decent photo of the finished product to share with you, but at the same time, this does go to prove that the cake is delicious!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

A Frugal Recipe for Today - Asian Beef Noodles

Today I am sharing with you not only one of my family's favourite recipes, but also one of my best kept secrets. I found this recipe in a one dish meal recipe book, and after preparing it for the first time, of course I've modified it for my family. 

It is delicious, and oh so very inexpensive. Lately, we've been having it with rice, rather than with the noodles, which makes it go even further. I'm sorry I don't have a photo to share with you, but I'm hoping to have one the next time I prepare this meal. I hope you enjoy!

Asian Beef Noodles

1 pkg stewing beef *
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion chopped
6 packets Mr. Noodles Beef or Oriental flavour
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp Teriaki sauce

Stir fry beef, ginger and Teriaki sauce until beef is partially cooked. Add carrots and onions and continue cooking unitl veggies are tender.

Cook Mr. Noodles according to directions, except drain the water after cooking. Add noodles to stir fry, sprinkle with seasoning packets. Mix well and serve.

This is a wonderfully quick, very easy and rather delicious meal. Mr. Noodles, regular price are only about .$.33 each. If, however, you watch your flyers, you'll be able to pick up cases on sale, which will lower your costs. For instance, I was recently able to pick up a case on sale, which made each packet only $.22!

Also, if you watch your meat prices, you will be able to buy a full roast, either pork or beef, which you will be able to cut up into stewing size. For instance, I purchased a roast that was in the clearance meats, for only $6.00. I cut that roast into three different pieces, which means that there is only $3.00 worth of meat in one dinner.

If you are able to have a vegetable garden, you can grow and freeze your own veggies, which will mean that you won't have to pay a single cent for that part! If not, you can often purchase carrots on sale. On my last trip, I picked up 1lb of carrots for only $2.00. I will get 9 meals from this, which is a total of $.22 per meal

When I make this meal, my highest cost is:

meat - $3.00
carrots - $.22
onions - free from garden
Mr. Noodles -$1.32
spices - unknown at this time

Total $4.54 to feed my family of 4. That's $1.14 each. :)

Monday, 8 October 2012

A Photo or Two

I'm sure everyone has heard about the launch of the new iPhone. You really couldn't miss it, seeing as it practically dominated the news on September 21.

Well, I have to admit I fell prey to the hype. I didn't purchase an iPhone 5, but I did upgrade to a 4s.

One of my favourite new toys on my new phone is Instagram. With this app anyone can take photos like a pro, just with the built in camera. Of course I've been snapping away and I thought I would share a few with you.




This is my newest baby, Fenton. He was quite seriously the ugliest kitten, but boy did he grow up gorgeous!



My hubby and our dog, Charlie.



This is a kind of cool shot of some fungus growing on our tree.



My daughter and my puppy, Sammy on her 18th birthday.



And finally, a very rare photo of yours truly.

I have a ton more, but for now, I'll end it here. I hope you enjoyed them!