Thrifty Thursdays – Cheap and easy Breakfast Skillet

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Cheap & Easy Breakfast Skillet:

We are OBSESSED with this in my home right now.  It has a variety of food groups and it pretty simple and CHEAP!

It includes:

  • 2.5 lbs cups Diced Potatoes (3 large potatoes)   (Cost: $1.13 for 2.5 lbs. We buy the 20lb bag from costco for about $9.  We’ve also used organic potatoes, for that we paid $3.69/lb at Aldi.  So for 2.5 lbs it’d be $3.08)
  • 1/4 c. Vegetable oil (we had this so I’m gonna guess $0.20)
  • 1 medium onion (.25)
  • 1 diced tomato  (We got a 5 pack of roma tomatoes from Aldi on sale for $1.00  so for 1 tomato it’s $0.20)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese ($2.00 for a block of cheddar at aldi,  we used 1/2 of it.  So for 1/2 it was $1.00)
  • 1/2 cup chopped brocolli ($4.59 for 48oz at Costco  = 4oz for $0.38
  • 3 eggs  (we use organic from Costco, $6.50 for 2 dozen, so about $0.27 each;  $0.81 total)

= Total of $3.97 for a huge skillet breakfast for 4 people!  AMAZING

Optional:   chopped fresh spinach, other veggies

Instructions: Chop the potatoes into 1/2″-1″ squares.  Heat up the oil in a large frying pan over med/medium low heat.  Add in potatoes.  Cover and allow to cook, stirring every 5 minutes.  After 30 minutes add in chopped onion.  Continue cooking until potatoes are tender and starting to crisp.  Then add in veggies, I add in a few Tablespoons of water here and re-cover, it helps steam the veggies.  Start making scrambled eggs in a separate pan (or make before you start the skillet and set aside).  Then top the potato mixture with the scrambled egged and shredded cheese.  Serve immediately.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

We used to  buy hash browns and diced potatoes already chopped, shredded. But when we realized what the savings were if we would do that ourselves we dove in and have been doing it ourselves ever since. PLUS we know there are no extra added ingredients that we don’t like.

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I’d love to hear what your favorite breakfast recipes are!  Share in the comments below:

VolleyBall and Football original Artwork September special

 

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Hello Volleyball and Football fans!  Do you have a child or grandchild who plays either of these sports? Great gift or use to decorate an office or family room.

Here are the details:

Sale is for 3 weeks. Due to the success of this years earlier art sales I’ve limited this art sale to only 20 of each sport. The special starts today Sept 13th and will end at 11:59pm on Sunday, Sept 29 or when the 20 originals are sold.  I am able to offer these super low prices because I will wait until the end of the 2 weeks and I will complete all paintings at the same time. This saves me tons of time on setup, cleanup, etc and I’m able to pass along those time savings to you in dollar savings.  All paintings will ship by October 8th.   All paintings are done on wrapped canvas (this means that you don’t see any staples on the sids of the canvas), the sides are painted black so the artwork is ready to hang up or you can frame if you’d like.  All paintings come with hanging hardware attached.  All artwork is signed by me, the artist.

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If you choose to add a name or # it will be done in the following style (unless requested otherwise):

For Volleyball artwork the name or number will be in the bottom left corner and be in this style:

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Football will have # in bottom Right Corner in this style font:

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Pass along to those you know that love these sports.  These also make a great and affordable coaches gift. Order now and have the team all pitch in, then have it ready to give at the end of the season.

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finding “real life” in an online world

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I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 19. Didn’t have an email address or my own computer until college.  I spent half my life with none of the on-line world we have today. So I feel like I should be able to navigate my way through balancing both my regular person to person life and an online life.  Most of the time I think I do great. I pride myself that if you met me in person you’d find the exact same person that I present online.  Yet a couple months ago noticed I have this subtle empty feel.  This feeling as if there is so much going on, I see my feed of my hundreds of artist friends out conquering the world and their beautiful work.  In a weak moment it would leave me wondering if there is any room left for me? I intellectually knew better, of course there is.  I would get just enough of a feeling of knowing what is going on with people around me that I forget to then actually follow up in real life with people outside of the my immediate family.  Phone calls with friends were rare, extended relatives same thing.  I missed just sitting and chatting with people face to face.

So the last month I have started taking control.  I cleaned up my facebook. If I haven’t seen someone in the last year or so in real life then most likely I hid them from my news feed.  Most of my artist friends, love their work but had to hide them for a bit. I started paying attention to people that when I would see their feeds I would notice a reaction in my body, either a little annoyance or defensiveness or anger. I made a conscious choice that I don’t want those people part of my daily life  so I hid ’em.  In real life same thing; I have too many fabulous, loving and uplifting people to spend my time around people that repeatedly drain my energy.  The results are almost immediate and so freakin’ freeing!  My next steps, less online time all together.  I’m making it my summer goal to unplug much more. More coffee dates and park dates with friends. Feed my soul with actual human interaction.  Keep my head down and just keep my eyes on my own work for awhile.  I get my best creative ideas not from looking through the world for inspiration but from quieting down and listening. (The exact opposite of what my ego wants to do).  I love the power that comes from very intentional, scheduled online time, just reading the blogs and updates of the people I choose.  When I’m sitting at my daughters fastpitch games I will be mind, body and soul at her game.  When I’m at the studio I’ll be 100% there.  And best of all that leaves me being 100% here when I’m home with my kids and hubby.

I’d love to hear from any of you that have faced this challenge also.  How have you handled it?   Much love, Noelle