Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Doesn't - Work for me Wednesday

I'm a little on the slow side so far today - LOL - it's been busy, what can I say? AND - I did make it to the Y this morning to exercise - yea me! Had originally planned to skip today's WFMW, but when I saw the "reverse" topic, just couldn't resist!

1. CROCKPOT recipes - and for real - I welcome any & all help here! I love the idea of using my crockpot on a regular basis, but other than doing a pot roast & carrots, potatoes & onions or a whole chicken (again, probably with carrots, potatoes & onions) - I just seems like everything so easily turns to mush and just all tastes the same. So if any of you out there in blogger land have any super yummy crock recipes...please let me know, 'cause I would SO love for my crockpot to work for me!!

2. COUPONS - I want to make these work...I do...really, I do...I love clipping coupons, in fact, it's the only reason we take the Sunday paper! Anyway...far too often they're only for "name" brands - we use lots of generic brands and then so often they just never make it to the store with me, or I end up with so many that I can never find the one I actually need to/could use. I've seen all kinds of "intense" binder systems for storing myriads of coupons...just havn't ever found a system that works for me...and so, consequently, there are coupons all over my baker's rack - both clipped & unclipped that are probably eventually destined for the trash!

Well - that's it for now...may add a little more after dinner, but at least this is a start! Head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for more great ideas to avoid! LOL


Elizabeth Sue said...

the coupon mom's system works great for organzing coupons. I personally use this method and it works great and saves tons of time. There is a link to her website on my blog. Good luck.

amanda. said...

I hear you on the crockpot. I want to love mine but like you said, what else is there to do besides roasts? I do have one recipe that my husband loves for beef stroganoff:

1 1/2 pounds chuck roast, in cubes
2 cans golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup onion, minced
1 tablespoon worchestershire
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 pack Lipton onion soup mix
salt & pepper to taste
can mushroom pieces
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream

Combine meat, soup, onion, worchestershire, beef broth, onion soup mix, and seasonings in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, stir in mushrooms, cream cheese and sour cream. Serve over hot egg noodles.

Tami said...

I have lots of crockpot recipes that really work. I made chicken tacos in the crock pot last night and they turned out yummy. Here is the recipe for the tacos.

1 lb. chicken breast or tenders (I use frozen)

1 cup (give or take) of chicken broth

1 pkg. taco seasoning

Let cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours (or until chicken is done)
Shred chicken with a fork and add taco shells, lettuce, tomato, etc.
And you have chicken tacos. I'll be glad to give you some more when I have time.

Mama said...

Here's the blog for you:

Sheer Blind Luck said...

I have to share with you my favorite crock pot book! Though I'm not diabetic, these meals are so yummy!! It's from Better Homes and Garden called Diabetic Living Slow Cooker Recipes.

MARY-ANN said...

I also love using my crockpot but agree recipes are limited. However I did find this receipe from Paula Deen for Mac n Cheese in the crockpot. I didn't even know this was possiable but I tried the recipe and its super easy and real yummy!
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (an 8-ounce box isn't quite 2 cups)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stuck) butter, cut into pieces
2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Autumn said...

I think we use our crockpot about the same...and I am awful at coupons too! :) Love ya!

lizzykristine said...

I use the crockpot about twice a week. But, I have never done a roast or chicken in it. ;)

Casseroles and soups in particular are pretty good crockpot-ers. Just use whatever recipes you already use and decrease the water. Noodles aren't the best, but tortillas, chips, potatoes, and rice based things work fine. I've even done dumplings in the crockpot on a few occasions!

Delighted said...

Jodi, we have a very simple coupon system that works for us. Now, mind you, we don't scour the internet looking for stuff - we're not those "I bought all this for 10 cents" people. But we do manage to save using coupons. Here's what we do:

Every Sunday we clip ONLY the coupons that are for things we already buy. If you clip things that look cool, you'll end up spending more money that usual. We get Tropicana or Simply Orange OJ, butter, margarine, sour cream, toothbrushes, kitchen sponges, rice, and other things this way. (I mean not always, but a lot of times.)

Then, before we go to the grocery store, we take a look through our coupon folder to see if there's anything in there that we need.

I like having one place for all my coupons, so I don't restrict this folder to grocery store coupons. Pizza, contact lenses, and Bed Bath and Beyond coupons also go there.

One last tip: If you ever bake, you can usually get coupons for aluminum foil, cupcake tins, vegetable oil, and things like that. We always clip these (and cake mixes) for those times I need to make something at the last minute.

Amy said...

I use my crockpot 2-3x per week and love it. My cooking blog has several good crockpot recipes & family favorites filed under those tags.

Coupon-wise.... I go full-blast with them for a while, then I stop, then I go again, LOL. I finally have decided to only clip the ones for the few name-brand products I "have" to have (as opposed to the many generics I buy) and leave it at that. I'm much happier and have far few coupons cluttering my house. ;)

Lori said...

I have a good recipe for BBQ Beans (kinda like chili, just sweeter).

BBQ Beans (prize winner at my church)

1/2 pound ground chuck
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 can butter beans (with broth)
1 can kidney beans (with broth)
1 can pork-n-beans (with broth)
1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp (or more for taste)chili pwdr
2 tsp mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1 tbsp Hershey's cocoa powder

I cook my meat/onions/garlic together in a skillet, drain well and then add to crock pot.
Add all other ingredients straight to crock-pot and stir until combined.
Cook on medium for a couple of hours.