Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pretzel Bottomed Oatmeal Scotchie Bars

Here's the thing about cookies. When someone asks me "what's your favorite kind of cookie?" I'm always torn between my two lovers. There's my locally manufactured Mennonite Chocolate Crinkle Cookie that I buy because I can't duplicate (I've tried, trust me). But right there next to it, vying for (and sometimes taking) top spot, is the Oatmeal Scotchie. It's an Oatmeal cookie, with Butterscotch chips. And for someone that isn't a big Butterscotch fan (the disks? *gags*), it's a suprise that I'm so in love with that cookie. In fact my Dad's "you just had a baby, let's feed you" present to me in the hospital when I had my kids (both times) was a big container of fresh Oatmeal Scotchies.
So the other day I'm trolling around on Pinterest and come across a recipe that would not be denied.
It's way easier than the actual cookie recipe, no pesky creaming of butters and sugars, because you throw these bad boys together with a cake mix. And the results? The pretzel gives you a nice little crunch (like the outer edge of a cookie) and a little bit of salt, where the top part is riddled with butterscotch chips and chewy oats. Glorious!

Pretzel Bottomed Oatmeal Scotchie Bars

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pretzel twists

1. Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 13x9 pan. Lay pretzel twists out in a single layer across the bottom.

2. In a large bowl combine cake mix, eggs, cinnamon, and oil. Then add butterscotch chips and oats.

3. Top pretzels evenly with the batter. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden and the center is set. Remove and let cool completly.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cook at Home

I don't have a fancy recipe for this. It's a steak and some shrimp.
It wasn't anything complicated.
It hit the spot for a good steak meal.
What I want to share with you is budget related.
You know it's cheaper to cook at home. I don't think that is news to you.
I let the steak hang out in the seasoning for about a half hour, I thawed the shrimp and even though they were precooked I put them on the grill after I took off the steaks to let them rest, then I tossed them in some butter.

Let me break down last nights dinner for you-
Beef tenderloin (there were actually two of those steaks/4 filets) $26
Packet of steak seasoning (Black Peppercorn)- 86 cents
Bag of precooked shrimp that I only used about a 1/4 of-9 $8.99 for the WHOLE bag
1/4 stick of butter out of a lb package that I snagged at 1.99 (about 12 cents worth of butter)
Oh, and not pictured the GIGANTIC twice baked stuffed potatoes that my husband bought, EACH one was 12oz. 1.99 each, let's say we used a whole one although we literally only used about 3/4s of a whole one.

I have leftovers (of the steak and potatoes) out the wazzoo. Plenty for leftovers tomorrow night.

So what is that, I'm not the best at math, but I'll try-
for all 4 of us. Granted Little Miss and Little Man didn't each as much as we did..oh wait! We still have a steak leftover! Make that $18.21!

Now..I know how much I love food. And I know that really, food tastes better when someone else makes it. BUT when it comes to saving a buck..make it at home. You are going to spend more than just the cost of a steak. You've got gas to get there. You've got tip afterwards. You've got drinks and appetizers that sing a siren's song to your heart. I know it all tastes good and you need the experience now and then...but it can be done at home too. It can be EASILY done and frugal.

And when you pass out into your food coma afterwards, you can be on your own couch or in your own bed, instead of driving home!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Country Pot Pie and a Giveaway!

I can't resist a good giveaway and couldn't resist actually making something new for a change..we've discussed my rut lately... and the New Progresso Recipe Starters...great thing to get me back into the kitchen and get cooking again!
I know I've said it before over a dry piece of chicken or a bland roast..I wish I had some sort of sauce to go with it, to make this better..but sauces can be a hassle. These sauces are anything but! Super quick and super tasty!
Check out this Pot Pie? technically it isn't in pie shape, nor did I use pie crust..but for all intents and's pot pie! Also, I'm kind of a pot pie snob...I grew up having to eat the freezer section ones and I get kind of sad when I hear about people who still eat them by choice. But then again, I still eat ramen noodles...moving on to the recipe!

Nice and creamy (thanks to the Recipe Starters Creamy Roasted Garlic) was a really, really good dinner! It tastes basically just like you remember chicken pot pie. Nice chunks of chicken, tender sweet veggies, and a great creamy sauce. With my addition of salty, sweet, ham, a cresent roll crust, and about 30 minutes from stove to might be a recipe you repeat often!

Country Pot Pie (adapted from the pot pie recipe on the label from Progresso!)

1 roll of cresent rolls
1 cup rotisserie chicken, chopped
10 thin slices of honey ham, finely chopped
1 16oz bag of country style vegetables (corn, carrots, and green beans)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 can of Progresso Recipe Starters Creamy Garlic
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt

Oven on 375
9x13 pan ready to baking

In a medium saucepan combine the contents of the Progresso can and 1/4 cup flour, salt, and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and add the bag of vegetables, chopped onion, chicken, and ham. Mix.
Pour the mixture into your baking dish.
Open your can of cresent rolls (recover from partial heart attack when it pops open and scares you)-don't separate the rolls, I was lucky and mine stayed in a nice rectangle-
Top the chicken mixture with the cresent roll dough
Bake approximately 20 minutes or until your cresent roll top is nice and golden brown.
Remove and let cool for a few minutes before you dig in!

Don't be sad if you haven't seen Progresso Recipe Starters in your grocery yet, because right now..I'm going to give you a chance to win a prize pack!

You'll get everything in the above picture! Two cans of the new product, some new measuring cups, a can scraper/spatula, a small baking dish, a little recipe booklet, and a $10 gift card to purchase whatever other groceries you might need for your new recipe!

I mentioned that I used the Creamy Garlic sauce in my Pot Pie, I also received the Creamy Basil will make it's debut in some stuffed italian shells tomorrow night! There also have 3 other flavors of Recipe Starters-Fire Roasted Tomato, Creamy Portabello Mushroom, and Creamy Three Cheese. All of them sound great to me!

Here are a few ways to enter-
*Leave me a blog comment with your feeling on pot pie...does homemade have your heart or are you frozen in the freezer section?
*Like Suzy's Cup-Tin Creations on Facebook
*Comment on the Facebook post as to which flavor you are most interested in trying

The giveaway will go until Saturday the 15th at 12 noon! Also you can go HERE to download and print a coupon for $ .65 off 1 can of Progresso Recipe Starters!

Disclosure: The information, products and Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ gift packs were provided by Progresso through MyBlogSpark.