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Alice's Tips and Recipes



Howdy y'all! Just thought I'd drop you all a note and let you know what's going on over here. I went to see my friend, Bertha, today and she seems to be recovering well from her c section. Her baby, Shelby, is still in the NICU on a ventilator. They might be able to feed her some formula via a stomach tube tomorrow. But Bertha goes home tomorrow, so she is very sad to leave her there. Thank you to all who have prayed for her, she appreciates it.
One big way that I have found to save money on groceries is to fabricate a menu. I make my menu up two weeks at a time (my husband's pay periods are every two weeks). I then take the menu and review what it will take to make the meals. I take an inventory of what I already have in my kitchen and make a grocery list of the needed items. I do my all my grocery shopping once every two weeks (exception of milk and things of that nature). I always start my grocery shopping at Save A Lot (a most wonderful cheap grocery store). But, before I go shopping, I look through all the sale fliers and make notes beside each item of the price and location of a special. This
way, when I get to Save A Lot, I can see if the sale price at another store is cheaper than the Save A Lot price. I usually shop out of three grocery stores. Be sure to not travel overly far to extra grocery stores because you will waste valuable gas getting there, causing your savings to dwindle.
Using this tip has the following advantages:
1.) Saves time
2.) Saves gas money (no need to run to the store everytime you realize that you have forgotten something)
3.) Saves money on food (I used to be a gargantuan packrat type animal person, I would buy up stuff and hoard it away and forget I even had it. This forces me to use exactly what I buy so things do not go bad).
4.) Everyone in the family is happy because they make requests for dinner and are guaranteed a favorite everytime.
5.) Great stress need to have the big "what do you want for dinner?"  discussion every night only to realize that you are missing one key ingredient when you finally agree on something.
This is my husband's grandma's recipe...very good...
Chicken Tetrazinni
3 Tbsp margarine
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery chopped
2 cups cooked chicken
6 oz uncooked fine spaghetti
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 can mushrooms
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Melt margarine in skillet. Add onion and celery and cook until it is clear. Arrange chicken in a layer over this, add spaghetti (broken into small pieces).  Mix salt, pepper, cream of chicken soup, and broth. Pour this over spaghetti, being careful to moisten all spaghetti. Place mushrooms over top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and paprika. Cover and cook over full flame until steam escapes. Turn immediately to simmer for 30 minutes. Makes 4-6 servings. (Note: Does well in electric skillet, may need to stir a couple of times to prevent spaghetti from sticking).
Hope you all enjoy this recipe and tip...have a great day!
SAHM to Jared 3 1/2 months old