Saturday, August 14, 2010


Good Saturday morning everyone! How are you doing this super start to the weekend? I'm doing good really. I want to publically thank my mother for A. cutting all my hair off yesterday, and B. helping me in the room to declutter! So did you eat the salmon or the shrimp last night? LOL! Yes folks, she got her seafood and such I had in my freezer for her LOL! And to Tabitha, the "Renee-ism" LOL... I like that term!

Ok kids, for our frugal moment of the day, I am talking celebrities. Now before you get all bunched up, I know that 99% of celebrities are FAR from frugal, but I was logging into Yahoo and I saw this article about a girl many of us (including me) grew up with... at least watching her grow up at the same time I did LOL! Drew Barrymore is known around the world... ya know the Covergirl/actress/director/etc. who was the cute little girl playing with Aliens in E.T. or setting things a blaze in Firestarter? Yep she embodied frugal (literally LOL) and made news and I want to share it with you cause I think it's super cool!

Drew Barrymore's $25 Red Carpet Hit

by Ariel Kaiser, The Thread Stylist, on Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:47pm PDT

Talk about mixing high and low fashion! What did the adorable Drew Barrymore choose to wear to host the Nylon magazine/Express party this week in Los Angeles?

This gorgeous $25 metallic-printed 3/4-sleeve shift dress from a thrift store paired with $760 Yves Saint Laurent "Tribute" pumps, of course! I love the 1960's vibe she's got going on; the psychedelic print, the cut, and the pumped-up voluminous feel of her hair is a total win.

It's so refreshing to see someone mix it up and have fun with fashion. Just last month she made an appearance in an Oscar de la Renta runway dress--a far cry, financially, from an Austin, TX thrift-store find.

Don't you love it when vintage Drew -- the irreverent, quirky, girl power praising, throw-a-daisy-in-her-hair Drew that we all idolized in the 90's--steps out on the red carpet?

Alright, today's craft idea is an item that you can keep for personal use or fill and give as a gift for the frequent traveler on your gift giving list. Personalizing this for a man or woman simply depends on the fabric you choose to use. It could also be used for holding craft stuff, young ladies personal items in school lockers, you name it! Make sure you visit the site because the crafter has the greatest step-by-step photos and instructions! I think you will have fun with this one! Enjoy!

Craft Idea of the Day: Zippered Dopp Kit


3/4-yards of Far Far Away 2 Yellow Roses (or any other upholstery weight fabric)
A 12-inch separating zipper in Fuchsia or any other bright color.
2-yards of Polka Dot Bias Tape

Now... Time to eat my faithful compadres! Today is day 6 of HOPPIN JALAPENO week and I grow sad as its almost over... but I've had fun, have you? Today we are spotlighting the wonderful pepper in chicken meals! Chicken is extremely healthy for you -- high in protein, low in fat and calories -- yet it can often be quite boring. But not when you bring in the jalapenos! You'll never want to prepare chicken without jalapeno peppers again.

Jalapenos and Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken


16 ounces ground chicken
3 ounces cream cheese
3 jalapeno peppers, 1 sliced into rings, 2 diced
2 teaspoon Cajun seasonings
1 ½ cups bread crumbs
1 egg
jalapeno pepper jelly for topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, egg, 1 teaspoon Cajun seasonings and 1 cup bread crumbs

Mix well

Form 4 4-ounce patties with the chicken mixture

In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 teaspoon Cajun seasonings and 2 diced jalapeno peppers

Mix well

Add ½ of your jalapeno cream cheese mixture onto one chicken patty

Top the cream cheese with another chicken patty and mold the patties together to surround the cream cheese

Repeat with other 2 patties and remaining cream cheese

Set stuffed chicken onto a lightly oiled baking dish

Top with remaining bread crumbs

Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through

Remove from oven

Top with jalapeno jelly and jalapeno slices


Jalapeno Guacamole Chicken


2 jalapeno peppers
2 chicken breasts
4 slices cheddar cheese
1 avocado
1 tomato
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cilantro
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
salt and pepper to taste


Here are all the ingredients, pre meal. Slice the chicken breasts into thin halves and season with the taco seasoning, as shown.

First, prepare the guacamole by peeling and chopping the avocado. Mash it with a fork.

Chop 1 jalapeno pepper and the tomato and add to the avocado mash. Add cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Heat a frying to pan to high heat. Add seasoned chicken breasts and sear each side, about 1-2 minutes each. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the middle, about 5-6 minutes each.

Slice remaining jalapeno pepper into rings and cover chicken breasts, as shown.
Top jalapeno peppers with cheddar cheese and cover. Heat until cheese is melted.

Alright everyone... I gotta get off here and see what we want to do today... could be sewing, could be shopping, could be cooking, you never know! All I know is that I am gonna find out something to do to have some family fun today. I hope that you get out and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones too! I'll see you again tomorrow for another excited blog from the Frugal Mom! Until tomorrow... HUGS!

1 comment:

  1. Debbie "MOM"August 15, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Renee-isms? Great now the Frugal Mom wont be able to leave her house because her head will be too big!! LMAO Just kidding. It is a cute way to describe Renee's witty writing. LOL
    The article was great on Drew and her thriftiness. I'm proud that at least some people,including celebrities, are being eco-friendly. Good for her.
    That little tote bag is adorable. I wouldn't mind one of those myself. Too bad I dont have a sewing machine. That would make an excellent Christmas gift for someone, especially filled with goodies.
    I too am sad jalapeno week is almost over. Most of those recipes looked very yummy. In fact, I bought a bunch of beautiful huge jalapeno peppers at the farmers market yesterday so I can try some of those recipes this weekend. Thank you for the inspiration this week. Sorry commenting so late but my wi-fi just didn't want to work for me today. Til next time......