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    Buffalo Chicken Strips

    YUM!  These are just like eating them out of a pizza shop or restaurant! And so much cheaper!!! Before these, I had never fried chicken before. This recipe was so enlightening and made me feel like fried chicken recipes were not so far out of my league as I once believed. A tip for frying anything with breading: Double dip in batter and breading and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes prior to frying. This helps the batter stick better to the chicken. Ingredients: oil for deep frying 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 egg…

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    Loaded Potato Balls

    Hellooooooo bite-size loaded potato goodness! If you have been reading this blog, you know that last week I featured “Cheesy Ranch Potatoes” which… I still haven’t come up with a name for. Well… today is the heavenly transformation of the leftovers from those potatoes. Think “Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites” better by 1000%.  If you have never had Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites, you are an unfortunate creature, especially since they discontinued them a long time ago. I have despaired at their drive-thru every time I’ve gone there ever since… “Oh ARBY’S! WHY oh WHY did you get rid of the BEST THING on your menu!?” To fill you in though, they…

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    Pumpkin Cookie & Cream Cheese Icing

    I always look forward to autumn. The temperature is always perfect, whether it’s crisp and cool or those last golden rays of sunshine wrapping you in their warmth before the winter descends upon us. Pumpkins and mums decorate porch steps every few houses. The bright blue skies are painted with the radiant colors of shimmering foliage. The giant hillside tree marks the points of the season as orange slowly migrates over the green from the very top to the very bottom. Once the orange hits those bottom leaves, the top of the tree begins to bald, and the baldness migrates through the tree, until its emptiness declares winter has all…

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    Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

     Invented, tweaked, and hubby approved- All I need now is a “blow-you-away name” for these heavenly taters! Tonight, my husband and I had Ranch Chicken and Cheesy Ranch Potatoes to go with it. The Ranch Chicken needs some tweaking so discussion on it is going to have to wait until we have all of that figured out. The potatoes on the other hand were a success. I invented these several years ago while I was single, believe it or not. I know… crazy. I was making “Ultimate Loaded Potatoes” in one of my random “prepare to be a wife someday” moments and thought… why am I messing with the skins?…

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    Journey to Generic

    I have a built in radar for generic items. I believe I inherited it from my Dad. You can not fool this girl with store brand goods. When I was single and living on my own, that didn’t matter much. $6 bottles of shampoo or body wash… $4 boxes of cereal… double the cost for the assurance of quality… I was willing to pay the price for the most trusted and well-known. With marriage, however, comes sacrifice. We never had a lot, so we had to make it stretch. While “Ion” shampoo is pretty much out of the question now, sometimes I can get “Herbal Essences” but… a good deal…

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    Single Serve Rice Krispie Treats!

    Among my husband’s many fine and virtuous qualities is his unbeatable frugality. That is why he handles the money in this house. I have always been good with money, but his financial practices make me look like a spendthrift. He can make a dollar do things you’ve never seen before. If we eat out, even if I try to eat off the dollar menus, I still rack costs up to the average combo prices, regardless of my efforts. Somehow he finds a way to get a full hearty meal for $3 or less. If we have Pizza for dinner, we get it for free AND we are paid to eat…

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    Poppy Seed Chicken

          You will probably discover, eventually, in this blog that we eat a lot of chicken. There are several reasons for this. 1) We both like it. 2) It’s versatile. 3) We cannot afford anything else! Meat costs are through the roof right now, and when you are scraping by on a meager salary, and chicken is on sale for $1.77/lb… well Honey, we’re havin’ chicken tonight. And the next night, and the next night after that, and nightly until God convicts the hearts of meat providers across the nation. Or at least until something else goes on sale… which I may never know when it does because SOMEONE keeps…

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    Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade!

    I LOVE Strawberry Lemonade! The problem is I don’t often find it with the flavor I love. I don’t like it sour, bitter, or flat. I love it SWEET. When my hubby and I got married I insisted on having Strawberry Lemonade for our beverage at the reception. I had it at a friend’s wedding and it made the 4 hour drive, the expensive gift, and the mild despair of watching yet another peer marry off into happily ever after without knowing when my turn would come, ALL worth it. Because I was preparing to be a wife and everyone knows the best wives NEVER take shortcuts (role model wives…