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Lipton’s Onion Soup Collection — Frugal Hausfrau

I SO need this. I use this stuff often. The packets are expensive considering how much you get. Thanks Frugal Hausfrau. I def needed this~


When I posted a recipe for French Onion Soup Burgers using my Homemade Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix the other day, I searched my site for recipes made with that mix. I decided there were enough to start a little “collection.” How fun are some of these retro (and newer) recipes? So what’s your favorite recipe (if you have…

via Lipton’s Onion Soup Collection — Frugal Hausfrau

Uncategorized, Pork

Grilled Pork and Pineapple


It’s gone. There’s not one single piece of this left. I’m so not kidding! They asked me to make another one. Can you believe that?

The day had already started out really bad. I had to do this test that required me to take a steroid pill, just a small dose, like 1 mg or something, right before bed! People, it kept me up ALL NIGHT. I tossed, I turned, I thought I was going to die from the heat, even though it was in the upper 60’s in my house. Then….I get up at 645. I had to get Coop ready for school. I leave my house about 830 to go to the hospital to take my test. Bloodwork had to be done by 9am. Little did I know I get there and there’s a WHOLE WAITING room full of people! It was 9am when they finally registered me. I run as fast as I can without killing others to get to the lab. The guy finally gets out there…and he’s like it’s after 9, I don’t know if you should do it. I’m so angry at this point. I didn’t know what else to do, so I called the dr’s office and asked what I should do. He said to go ahead and do it. So I did. HONESTLY….the guy was rough. He hurt my arm because he jerked the needle out. Hubby and I joked it was pay back because I was annoyed with him. After I finished that, I had an appointment with a nutritionist.

That went great. I learned SO much about food. I thought I fed my family healthy meals, and for the most part I do, but I wasn’t feeding them enough food to sustain them. I didn’t have any idea. I felt horrible. It’s hard though. My son has grown so quickly. He’s 5 ft 6 and barely 12 years old. How that happened, I don’t know…I just thought he was eating too much food. He would ask for snacks every day after school and I thought no he doesn’t need one, he can wait for dinner. Turns out that’s not correct either. It’s crazy, I couldn’t win! I’ll tell ya’ll more about that appointment later on. I learned some cool things. The best thing is, I don’t have to not eat things, I regularly eat!

I decided we’re going to start on this now….so here we are- this is what’s for dinner.

1 pork loin

salt and pepper


3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.  Brush with pineapple and 2 tablespoons of marmalade. Grill until cooked through.

Note: I didn’t grill. I browned mine in a pan and then put it in the oven. I then brushed it with the marinade regularly.

Note 2: Be liberal with the salt and pepper.

Chicken, Uncategorized

BBQ Crusted Chicken


A while back I used to buy old cookbooks from this antique store that they’d sell for 1.00 each. They sadly don’t do that anymore. Which is a good thing, but it’s a bad thing, because man what a deal I’d get!!! So I find this poultry cookbook and I buy it. It’s an ok cookbook. It’s not my favorite. I’ve found a few recipes that I really like out of it though.

This one I have passed by 100 times. I mean seriously….bbq sauce…cornflakes?? uhm….am I the only one who is thinking how weird?

I kept Coop home from school today. He wasn’t feeling well. He was having some sinus issues. Poor kiddo. He just really needed a resting day. So we all were lazy today and hung out around the house. I worked on some homework…and that was that.

Chicken (you can use bone in or boneless)

1/3 cup bbq chicken

4 cups crushed cornflakes

Roll bbq sauce onto the chicken. Then roll in the cornflakes. Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with foil. Spray the foil and put the chicken on it. Bake until cooked through.

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Blue Ridge Apple Cake… — Camellia’s Cottage — Lisa’s ” I have too much time on my hands” Site

Think this is going to go on my to make list. Especially since I AM from the blue ridge…why wouldn’t I try it?

It might come as a surprise that the Appalachian Region is apple growing country. Settlers from Scotch Irish descent brought apple seeds with them to grow in the new land… with the help of Cherokee Indians apples became widely grown. With temperatures dipping into the 20s and highs in the 80s – the plateaus produce […]

via Blue Ridge Apple Cake… — Camellia’s Cottage — Lisa’s ” I have too much time on my hands” Site

Chicken, Uncategorized

Ground Chicken Parmesan


A long time ago I made chicken parmesan and I hated it. It was the texture of the chicken and the sauce and stuff. YUCK. I hated it. A few weeks ago hubby and I were watching Worst Cooks in America. One of the contestants used ground chicken for something and hubby looks at me and says what do you think about using ground chicken to make chicken parm? I thought about it a minute and I thought ok, we’ll do it.

If you remember I made a post about my son taking his lunch to school. I told ya’ll to try the chicken meatball recipe. It was the bomb. I was making them the other day to freeze for Coop’s lunches. After I finished them, hubby does what he always does, he stole one. He says “Honey, you know we should use this recipe for chicken parm.” I thought about it for a bit and decided he was right. I had to redo my recipe a bit, but it worked and it was SO good.

3/4 cup bread crumbs

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 egg

1 teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon parsley

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper

1 lb ground chicken

Mozzarella cheese

In a plate mix 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup bread crumbs. Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Divide into four portions. Flatten like a hamburger. Dredge both side in the bread crumbs and cook in a frying pan on medium heat in oil. If they need to be cooked longer, stick them in a 350 degree oven. Do not over cook! Put cheese on top and put back into oven until bubbly and brown. Serve with your favorite pasta and tomato sauce.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Alamo Steak House Pigeon Forge, TN

I’m just not a big fan. I’d give them probably 3.5-4 stars. Honestly, I was so upset because their prices online do not reflect the prices of their actual menu. It’s like double the cost. Only kids can order off the kids menu. Normally I don’t complain much about this, because there’s something at least comparable on the regular menu. Not here. Their steaks were all big. I couldn’t eat all of that. Cooper and I could have just shared a cheeseburger. This is the cheeseburger he got. It was ONE POUND. Why does one need a one pound cheeseburger? I didn’t get it! I got some French onion soup, because it’s my favorite soup. Anytime I’m at a restaurant and they have it, I must buy it. It was pretty good, but the richness was so much and there was nothing to cut through that richness. I couldn’t finish it, because I couldn’t tolerate that richness. I ate about half of it. If it had something to freshen up with, I think the soup would have been the bomb. I had a kids steak, because it’s what Coop ordered, and then I ended up eating it, because the cheeseburger looked better to him I guess. Anyway the steak had been brined for too long. They had horrible texture. Coop did LOVE the cheeseburger and fries though. For 3 people we paid 95.00. I almost died. It was just too much. Our waiter refused to come by our table regularly. He made me feel uncomfortable. The waiter aside, because he didn’t matter; I will not go back again. It’s just too expensive for my blood for blah food.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Curley’s BBQ Pigeon Forge, TN


We always try to go to places we’ve never been to before when we go on vacations. No chain restaurants that we can go to at home. We decided to try out Curley’s.  I’m super picky about BBQ sauce…and I loved theirs. We really loved their fries. They were the best part of the whole meal. The BBQ was ok. It wasn’t horrible, but it was really dry. As you can see I put a ton of BBQ on mine, so I wouldn’t choke to death. I’m hoping that the issue is not wide spread, but instead an isolated incident. I also think they’re rather pricey. It really sucked we sat in the drive thru forever waiting for our food too. I’d probably give them a 3.5 stars. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back, but I’d definitely consider it.