Monthly Menu Planning: June’s Menu

Here is my menu for this month. There are several repeats from last month since we didn’t follow last month’s plan very closely! Lance and I will be gone for a week to visit family, so Dallas will have to fend for himself for dinners. He just wanted a list of things we have on hand in the freezer so he can pick and choose something he wants. Our freezer is pretty well stocked, so this month I am not doing much freezer cooking. The only thing I have planned is some refried beans, pizza dough and maybe precooked brown rice. Simple! I also have everything on hand for these dinners except for some fresh produce to round out the meals. I may need a bag of mozzarella cheese by the end of the month but that’s it. That means a cheap grocery bill for the month too. WooHoo!

Here is the Pizza Dough Recipe:
I love this pizza dough. Last year I went on a little quest to find a pizza dough recipe that we liked. It took me about 6 months and a lot of trial and error to find one that we love and this is it. Better yet, it’s a no knead recipe. Just stir it up and let it sit. LOVE IT. I make it let it sit in the fridge for a day then freeze. To thaw, put it in the fridge the night before you want pizza or on the counter for the afternoon works too. It can sit in the fridge for up to 3 days and still be fine.  I also form my dough on parchment paper then just plop the whole thing on the hot pizza stone in the oven for about 10 minutes at 450°. HERE is the full pizza tutorial.

Pizza Dough: 3 cups bread flour, 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1/4 tsp yeast, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon sugar….stir it all up and put in a baggie or covered bowl and in the fridge.

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Easy Carmel Corn

Here is a recipe that solves my salty-sweet cravings. I love this stuff and it is super easy and wonderfully good!

This is what the melted butter, brown sugar and marshmellows look like

Easy Carmel Corn

Pop 1/2 cup of popcorn popped(I used this method and added a little salt when popped) or use 1 bag of microwave popcorn

Stir over medium heat until bubbly:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

10 large marshmellows

Pour over popped corn, folding carefully with a wooden spoon. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Can also stir in nuts if desired.

Frugal Tip of the Week: Homemade Microwave Popcorn

I don’t know about you but popcorn is one of my favorite foods. It conjures up memories of childhood and going to the movies. I have even been known to eat popcorn for dinner! I love to pair it with something a bit sweet like chocolate to get that wonderful sweet and salty combination! Several months ago when I was browsing one of my favorite how to sites I came across a way to make microwave popcorn at home! I loved the idea of getting rid of the preservatives and fake butter flavor of microwave popcorn and moving toward a healthier substitute that was just as easy to make. Especially since I don’t have an air popper or a whirley pop for the stove. Plus, it is so much cheaper than buying pre-made microwave bags since a pound of popcorn is about $0.99…right up my alley for sure! I got the idea from this instructable. It is super simple. Take a paper lunch sack put 1/4 cup of popcorn in there. You can add a little oil and salt at this point if you want, but I pop mine plain with nothing. Fold the top of the bag down about and inch and staple with 2 staples. Don’t worry your microwave won’t blow up or anything! Pop on high until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops. I like to add melted butter and salt after the popcorn is done. It is also good with parmesan cheese sprinkled on it. Or if you want it super healthy…don’t add the butter 🙂 Simple, good and cheap. My kind of snack. Don’t throw away left overs! I will be posting more recipes of what to make with popcorn as the week progresses!