Frugal Friday 11/20/09

I have to admit, last night I was completely unprepared for dinner. I was getting things ready for my class and answering emails so I never go anything together for dinner. On my way home from class, I stopped at the grocery store. I had two dinners in mind. I had two different dinners in mind. I could make chicken cordon bleu, I had everything but the chicken. Well, when I went into the store, chicken was $4.99 a lb. There is no way I’m going to pay $4.99 a lb for chicken. The other thought was to make Beef stroganoff. Beef was running over $6.00 per pound. So instead of beef stroganoff, I decided to make mushroom stroganoff. I was going to put mushrooms in the dish anyways so I would just omit the meat. I was very pleased with how it turned out. It was quick and hearty. I actually had the sauce finished before the noodles. The only thing I would do differently next time is to buy two packages of mushrooms.

Mushroom stroganoff

1 T butter
1 T olive oil
2 – 10 oz packages of sliced mushrooms
1 small onion
1 T minced garlic
1 t ground marjoram
1 – 15 oz can of low sodium beef broth
1/2 cup of milk
1 packet of brown gravy mix (I used 1/4 cup from a container of brown gravy mix)
1 cup of sour cream

Add the butter and olive oil to a large sauce pan and heat over medium heat. Add onions, mushrooms and garlic to the pan. Increase the heat to medium high, stirring constantly until the mushrooms are fully cooked and the onions are soft. Add the marjoram and stir into the veggies. Now add the broth, milk and gravy mix to the pan. Bring to a simmer until sauce is thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream.

Serve over egg noodles. Some bread or rolls might be good, too. This sauce is great for sopping. This much sauce was more than enough for the entire bag of noodles. You might be able to get two bags of noodles out of it. It really does make a good amount of sauce.

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Frugal Friday – 11/13/09

The second edition of Frugal Friday is here. Link to your frugal posts below. How did you save money this week?

I realized something wonderful this week. I knew that Home Depot offered a 10% discount to military and veterans on certain military holidays, but Lowe’s offers their discount EVERY DAY! I wish I had realized this before. I carry a copy of my husband’s DD214 in my purse (it’s amazing how many times I’ve needed it for something) so I’m always prepared for my Lowe’s discount. Some on the internet say you should call your store first to confirm since some stores were being a pain about it. Others said that Home Depot would match the 10% discount if you ask. Again, I think this would be dependent on who you talk to. I really with that stores would get their discount policies straight.

I may have to go shopping for the lighting we need for the family room this weekend. We painted months ago but I still haven’t found lighting that I’m willing to pay for. If I’m going to pay $50 per light, I at least want it to be something I like. Cheap and picky generally do not mesh well.

Have a great weekend!
Kristin

Welcome to Frugal Friday!

We have a new feature at Kling to Cash. I call it Frugal Friday. I know we are all working hard to pinch those pennies. Well, I want to hear about your adventures in frugality. Link a post from your blog from the last week with a frugal tip, money saving story or any other frugal topic. I will also share a frugal tip each week.

Fridays are also a great opportunity to ask your money questions. I’ll take questions asked on Fridays and work them into future posts.

I hope you enjoy this new weekly feature!

Frugally yours,
Kristin