March is upon us! That means that spring and St. Patrick’s Day are right around the corner. St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday so the decorations and crafts should be too! I saw this frame at Michaels and thought it would be perfect for a fun and different St. Patrick’s Day ‘wreath’. It was easy to make and didn’t take long at all! Here’s what you need:
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the complete recipe. Have you checked out the Families on a Budget page? For those of you who have been following Fun Home Things for a while, you know that my husband and I are going through Financial Peace University and made the commitment when we got married to get out of debt as quickly as possible and live debt free. One of the things you do when you’re following Dave Ramsey’s plan is to ‘live like no one else so that you can live like no one else’. That means no extras, no eating out, no credit card vacations–it’s beans and rice, rice and beans. We had to cut back on everything. (But let me tell you, it’s paying off already. Next Friday, I’m going to talk about driving 2 paid for cars.)
I personally love this part of the process because having to make something out of nothing for a family of 6 forces me to be creative. It’s a challenge for me and I enjoy it. Cutting back our food budget was a biggie, so I turned it into a game. How cheap can I go?
How can I make dinners that my family of 6 will love for $10 or less? Not only have I found myself coming up with some super cool recipes, they’re also some of my favorites! (FYI, I have started a list of $10 Dinners on the Families on a Budget page.)
Are they the healthiest meals I’ve ever made? Some of them, not always. But this is temporary. The goal of the entire FPU program is to make drastic cutbacks temporarily to get out of debt and build savings.
Anyway, let’s get on with it. Here’s my Cheddar Beef Soup Recipe:
1 can (20 oz.) Dinty Moore Beef Stew ($2.44)
1 can condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup ($.60–generic)
1 can condensed Cream of Potato Soup ($.60–generic)
1 can sliced carrots, drained ($.49–generic)
2 cans water
Total cost: $4.13
Chives or parsley
Serving Size: 6
- Combine the beef stew, cheddar cheese soup, cream of potato soup, carrots and water in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until all ingredients are blended.
- Transfer to a large saucepan and heat on med-high until hot.
- Let cool and garnish with sour cream and chives, parsley or shredded cheese and toast. (optional).
This time of year is prime time for organization projects. It’s too cold for most of us to spend a lot of time outside, our houses are overloaded with Christmas gifts and all of us are looking to re-establish some sort of order. At least I am. Do you know what I’m looking forward to the most about this year? Less. Less stuff, less screen time, less running all over the place to make everyone else but us happy…just less. Simple. A break from the chaos. And more organization.
What about you–are you trying to get organized? If you’re working on the drawers in your home, here are 10 fantastic ideas for drawer organization! (Links and sources below the pictures)
Winter is a great time to tackle those indoor projects, like the laundry room. If you liked my previous post sharing some brilliant laundry room updates, you’re definitely going to love this one. I’m hoping to start on our laundry room makeover next month, can’t wait to show you! Thinking about updating yours? Check out what these 10 bloggers have come up with! (Links below pictures).
Welcome to 2018! I hope that everyone had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve last night. We have so much on our list of things to do today at the Drane house. Put away Christmas decorations, pull out some January decorations, because I can’t stand going from a fully decorated house to nothing. I don’t do anything over the top, just a few fresh winter decorations here and there to keep the house looking a little festive while we muck through the first few months of the new year.
With the kiddos going back to school on Wednesday, it’s also time to get backpacks cleaned out and packed, clothes washed and sleep schedules back to normal.
Most importantly for us this year, is getting back on track with our finances. After reading Total Money Makeover and completing Financial Peace University a few years ago, Ryan and I were committed to becoming debt-free, but fell off of the wagon after we welcomed 3 babies back to back.
We got tired, we got busy, we got unfocused and it has taken ups forever to get back on track. But this is a new year! And to help stay motivated I have created a new page on the blog called Financial Peace Family where I am sharing all of the money saving tips, recipes and tools that we are using to get out of debt. I’m also sharing some encouragement along the way so that we can all stay motivated as we live like no one else so that we can live like no one else. I hope that you find it really helpful!
Last year wasn’t a very notable year for Fun Home Things. What can I say, life happened. But I am looking forward to sharing some new, awesome content with you and reconnecting with you! Thanks for sticking with me after almost 6 years! Happy New Year!
Feel free to scroll down to the bottom if you’re just looking for the recipes.
If you’re from the South, you’ve probably at least heard of the tradition of having black eyed peas and greens (or cabbage) on New Year’s Day. As the tradition goes, the meal is supposed to ensure good luck for the year.
There are tons of variations of the tradition. Some people make cabbage, some turn the whole mix into a soup, some hide pennies and dimes in the meal. I use Wright’s thick cut smoked bacon, others are know to use ham hock, pork jowl, turkey legs, the list goes on.
Growing up, I never really thought to ask about the origin of this tradition. It was just what we did on New Year’s Day. A couple of years ago I got curious and started looking around for more info. I found some pretty good explanations (click here or click here if you’re interested). [Read more…]
Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I hope that you are surrounded by loved ones and great food today. Thank you so much for being a part of the Fun Home Things community!
I’ve been using the same hot chocolate mix recipe for about 10 years now but honestly, I was never super impressed with it. I just kept using it because I thought that was how they all tasted. Then Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom posted her recipe last Christmas and I noticed one ingredient that I had never tried before–chocolate pudding mix. What a difference! So I dumped my recipe and now use an adapted version of hers.
And the best part–homemade hot chocolate mix makes a great teacher gift, especially since it’s easy enough for kids to make. Here’s what you need:
1 large box instant chocolate pudding mix
4 c. Nesquik powder
10 c. powdered milk
2/3 c. powdered sugar
Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an air tight container.
Use 1/4 c. mix to 1 c. hot water.
Wasn’t that easy? For more homemade gift ideas, check out the Homemade Gifts page!
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 12:30 CST
Where: The Fun Home Things Facebook page! Click here to get to the page
Y’all, I have been scared to death to try Facebook Live because…well, it’s live. But after much encouragement from my sweet friend Brooke from Re-Fabbed, I decided YES! Let’s do this thing! I’d love to get to know all of you better and there’s just something about seeing a person in real life that makes their words on their blog stand out. My husband is going to be helping me out (you’ll love him, I promise) and hopefully, we’ll all have a great time!
Plus I’ve got this really cute wreath idea to show you and it would look so much better on video. Also, I’m giving away a $25 Home Depot gift card! Just join in and comment.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you later today!
Thanksgiving is next week. NEXT week y’all! So this week, I decided to pull some of my favorite recipes out of the archives and share them with you again.
Once you try Green Bean Supreme, I seriously doubt you will ever go back to cream of mushroom again. The original recipe came from the 1972 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cookbook. My mom got it as a wedding gift in 1974 and over the years she has made this recipe her own, tweaking it into the creamy, cheesy goodness that it is today. Thanks Mom! Here’s what you need:
6 cans of cut green beans, drained
6 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
6 Tbsp butter
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. sour cream
2 c. swiss cheese, shredded
1 lg. can French’s Fried Onions
1. Drain green beans and set aside.
2. Combine flour, sugar, salt and pepper and set aside.
3. Saute onion in butter for 1 minute over med heat.
4. Add milk and flour. Stir until thick and bubbly.
5. In a large bowl, add flour mixture to green beans.
6. Add sour cream and mix thoroughly.
6. Layer green bean mixture and swiss cheese in a lightly greased 9×13 casserole dish. Top with fried onions.
7. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.