How to Entertain Your Kids on a Coupon Run

I wanted to talk about ways to keep your children entertained while on a coupon run. I always recommend that if possible avoid couponing with your kids, however that is not always possible. In fact for many of us shopping with our kids is our only option. I wanted to share with you some ideas for ways to make your experience positive for both you and your children.

I always look for inexpensive ways to reward my son as we shop. It is always amazing to me what entertains him and what simple steps I can do to “include” him in the process.

1. Make a shopping list for your child. I always make a special list for my son to carry at the store. He always wants my list so if he has his own it works out better for us. I include a few of his favorite items on the list and give him a pencil/crayon to mark of the items as we put them in the cart. [Read more…]

How to Make a 2-Step Pound Cake

There is not better cake in the universe to me than pound cake.  It has always been my favorite cake and I love it so much that our wedding cake was pound cake. Pound cake is an annual family tradition as a dessert in our family. We serve it with Peppermint Stick Ice cream and I have to say it is the highlight of the holiday season! If you have never tried the combination you MUST. It can also be served with fresh fruit and whipped cream. I prefer homemade whipped cream.  Of course I don’t advise you to eat too much of this rich dessert.  I have always been told that pound cake got the name from the list of original ingredients…a pound of butter is used in this recipe so it should be eaten in moderation.

I want to share with you this easy two-step pound cake recipe.

Two Step Pound Cake

4 cups all purpose flour
3 cups sugar
1 pound butter (real butter)
6 eggs
3/4 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Add into a bowl in this order.  A helpful tip: Place a kitchen towel around your mixer to prevent any spattering for the first few seconds, start on low until mixed.  Beat with electric mixer for 5 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour 30 minutes. Cool 15 minutes. Invert on cake plate and cool.

by Expert Mommy, Melissa Jennings

How to Make a Savory Pot Roast

Savory Pot Roast- This recipe was passed to me from my Mom.  There is nothing better than a delicious tender pot roast on a cold winter day!

3 1/2 to 4 lb beef round or chuck pot roast

1 can (10 3/4 oz) Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 pouch Dry Onion Soup Mix

1 1/4 cup hot water

6 medium carrots cut into 2 inch pieces or 1 small bag of baby carrots

6 medium potatoes peeled and quartered

2 TBSP flour

2 TBSP Olive Oil

In 6 quart dutch oven or 8 quart pot with lid add 2 TBSP oil and heat on medium/high heat.  Add roast and brown on all sides. Remove fat.

Stir in cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix and 1 cup of hot water.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook 2 hours stirring often.

Add vegetables, cover and cook for 45 minutes or until roast and vegetables are fork tender.

Remove Roast and vegetables.  Stir together 2 TBSP flour and remaining 1/4 cup water until smooth.  Gradually stir into soup mixture.  Cook until mixture boils and thickens.  Stir constantly.

Add vegetables and beef back to sauce.

I like to serve with peas and cornbread!

by Expert MommyMelissa Jennings