Chicken Noodle Delight

What you need is:

  • 1 box spaghetti noodles
  • 1 half stick of butter
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese grated.

Cook spaghetti, drain then add your butter. Let the butter melt in while you cook the rest.
Pre heat oven to 350.
Dice chicken breast into little bite sized pieces.
Dice bell pepper and onion into small pieces.
Put pepper, onion and chicken breast in a medium sauce pan, nearly cover with water and add two teaspoons of veg oil cook on medium heat until tender, as soon as the water evaporates out let it get just a little brown. Cook uncovered.
As soon as your chicken mixture is done:
Add your flour, mix well. Then add your milk slowly, create a white sauce by stirring regularly as it gets thicker.
As soon as it is about as thick as gravy remove from heat, add to noodles. Mix well.
Pour into a casserole dish, cover with cheese and bake for 20 min.
Take it out and enjoy!!!

This recipe was contributed by my dear daughter April, thank you!

sharing the love for cooking

When you are cooking, especially on a holiday, and especially when using a family recipe or technique, teach someone! Never let a teachable moment go by unused. Life goes by too fast and things are not passed down like they used to be. If you don’t have daughters of your own, teach someone else’s.  🙂

budget fajitas

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion cut in strips
  • 1 bell pepper cut in strips
  • 2 jalapeno peppers cut in strips
  • 3 T. fajita seasoning
  • homemade corn tortillas
  • toppings- grated cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, lime slices or juice, cilantro
  • 3 cups cooked rice (optional)


In a skillet on med heat cook the ground beef, onion and peppers with the fajita seasoning until the meat is cooked. You can add the cooked rice to stretch it a bit further if desired. Serve in fried tortillas and add toppings as desired.

This is one of those meals that can be really budget or a little more extravagant according to what you add on top. We use what is handy or on sale. Not as tasty as steak but will do 🙂 . This makes enough to feed my big crowd.

homemade tortillas

These are very simple.

  • 2 cups Maseca instant corn flour
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • dash salt
  • 2 squirts lime juice

Mix together well, and divide into 16 equal amounts for taco size tortillas, you can roll the dough into a ball and flatten with hands or a tortilla press or you can do as we do, roll out with rolling pin and then use a plastic container as a big cookie cutter, then take tortilla and carefully place in ungreased hot skillet (cast iron is best). Cook on each side about 30 seconds or until lightly browned. And don’t forget to bless the cook 🙂

cheeseburger casserole

Our cheeseburger casserole is one of those “big family” meals. Filling, hearty, easy and frugal. It is similar to a homemade hamburger helper but a thousand times better.

Since all of the ingredients are things I have in my price book (see my site for price book info) I can easily add up the cost of this dish.

here are the ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (I paid $1.37)
  • 3 16oz packages of pasta (I paid 50cents each = $1.50)
  • 1 large onion ( I paid 99 cents for a bag so 25cents)
  • 1 8oz bag shredded cheese ( I paid $1.67) I use the Fiesta Blend Cheese
  • 1 16oz can tomato sauce,  (94cents, if I don’t have it from the garden)


This is super easy, boil your water and cook your pasta in a large pot. While that is cooking, brown your ground beef with your diced onion. After both of those are done, drain your pasta and then add the cooked meat and onions and the tomato sauce and the shredded cheese to the same pot and mix well. You can put in serving bowl and serve as is or you can put in a casserole dish and add more cheese to the top and bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted. this dish easily serves our big family of 10 with some homemade rolls and salad. The main dish should cost under $6 if you shop like I do 🙂 .

jalapeno chicken and rice

Ok, before I forget. I stood over Georgia tonight while she made this. Here goes. Remember we like it hot and we feed an army (Beau). First she takes 2 chicken leg quarters and either boils them in a stock pot or cooks them in the crock pot with about 10 cups of water. You will need this. Here are the ingredients.

  • 4 cups uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2T vegetable oil
  • diced cooked chicken from leg quarters
  • 8 cups hot chicken stock
  • 8oz shredded fiesta blend cheese
  • toppings of sour cream, salsa or diced tomatoes

Put your rice, peppers, onion and oil in large deep skillet that has a lid. Cook on med high until onions transparent. Add chicken, and stock. Stir well. Cover and turn to simmer stirring occasionally until most of the liquid is absorbed. then leave covered with heat off for another 10-20 minutes. Serve with cheese on top and a dollop of sour cream and topped with fresh salsa or diced tomatoes.  Don’t forget to bless the cook.