“Cherry Garcia” Cookies April 5, 2011

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:28 pm

These litterally take 20 minutes (or less) from start to plate:

1cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon maracino cherry juice

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped maricino cherries

1 cup white chocolate chips (or 1/2 white, 1/2 semi sweet)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream  together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and cherry juice Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the cherries and white chocolate. If this is a little sticky, it’s okay!! Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.


My favorite “Fried” Rice

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:13 pm

It’s in quotation marks because it’s not really fried at all. At least not the way you’d think.

So, I purchased a large quantity of Uncle Bens Ready Rice in the pouches last week when they were on sale for $1 a bag (a steal, I know). What I’ve come to find is they are still a little hard, even after cooking per their directions. I dont enjoy crispy rice. Sooo, what I did was:

Chopped up 1/4 sweet onion. I cooked this in a little margarine for about 10 minutes, or until translucent with slightly brown edges (NOT carmalized).

I added a pack of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice to this, in the frying pan, over Med High Heat. I then chopped up some fresh garlic and added that. I then added about 1/2 cup of chicken broth (water works), just to soften the rice. But I wasn’t done. I threw in some frozen peas, some fresh mushrooms and a little salt and pepper.

I cooked it until it was tender and the veggies were cooked.

Simple, tasty and MUCH healthier than fried.


Tilapia Two ways

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 2:00 pm

 PAN SEARED (Fish Tacos that you don’t want to miss follow this recipie)

Super simple, but amazingly delicious.

Tilaipa fillets (as many as you need to feed your family). These can be fresh or frozen. If they are frozen, be sure they are properly thawed and not wet.

Butter or margarine

Onion powder

Garlic Powder

Lawrey’s Season Salt

Old Bay Seasoning

Add the butter or margarine to the pan over Med High Heat. Don’t let it burn (if it smokes or starts to turn brown turn it down!).

Pat your tilapia fillets dry. Sprinkle a light amount of Lawreys, onion and garlic powder on each (coating both sides). Sprinkle on Old Bay (be pretty generous with this, but dont go crazy… its not a crust).

Add the fish to the HOT pan. Don’t touch. Let it sizzle until a nice brown crust forms on the fish. Flip and repeat. Each side takes about 5 minutes. If your butter goes away, add more.

I serve this with asparagus and rice, usually. It’s totally simple, fast and tasty!


Follow recipie above, omitting Old Bay and sprinkling your fish with a little Cumin instead (if you don’t have cumin, just omit it!). DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES USE A TACO SEASONING PACK!

To cook, chop up the fish as it cooks. It should be shredded once done. Cook all the way through. Little brown crusty spots add tons of flavor.

I serve these on flour tortillas, topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, salsa and lettuce.

Want a more “grown up”  and HEALTHIER version? Omit the sour cream, cheese, salsa and lettuce. Top with this Cilantro Slaw:

1/4 head of cabbage- finely shredded

2tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1 green onion, chopped (i only use the green)

1 tsp jalepeno chopped

1tbsp lime juice

1tbsp mayo

1/2 tsp cumin

Mix all but the cabbage and let set for 2 minutes. Pour over cabbage and serve on your tacos!!

You won’t be disappointed!!!


Kani (Crab) Salad- Japanese Restaurant Style!

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 1:51 pm

My favorite when we go to a hibachi place or out for sushi. What is not my favorite, is the price charged for cheap ingredients. After some trial and error, I have managed to prepare what is very, very close to my favorite Kani salad, which is served at a Japanese Steakhouse in my town. It’s simple, it’s delicious and sometimes I’d rather have this salad than anything else on the menu. At $6-$10 a pop for about 1/2 cup of salad, I HAD to figure out how to make it myself. So I did!

This makes a TONNNNN of salad, trust me. I’d say at least 4 servings. A little of this salad goes a long way

1 cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 package of  the imatation crab stuff, shred style (what else are you going to do with it!?)

1/3 cup mayonaise

2 tsp (plus or minus depending how spicy you like it) Siracha

2 tsp water

1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

Julianne the cucumbers. Each piece should be no longer than 3 inches long.

Bread the crab up so it is shredded (it will look julianned as well)

Mix the mayo, water and 1 tsp of Siracha. Taste it first! If its not spicy enough, add a little more Siracha. Remember- you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!! Depending on your mayo, you may need to add a touch more water. This dressing shouldn’t really taste too mayo-y. It may need a touch more to thin it out.

Mix the cucumber and crab.

About 5 minutes before serving, add in the dressing just to coat. DON’T OVER DRESS! This isn’t a soggy salad. It will be gross if over dressed.

Right before serving, mix in the Panko so it stays crispy.

Enjoy! It’s so refreshing!


The search for a perfect Key Lime Pie begins. April 1, 2011

Filed under: Recipies — LovemyMartel @ 10:10 am

 That’s right. I have stumbled across what I think, may be the only pie I truly crave, want to eat and actually enjoy. Sure, my mother-in-law makes an absolutley delicious coconut cream pie, but I never actually WANT pie. If it’s there, I’ll eat it.

So, if I don’t enjoy pie, why would I start the search for an ultimate recipie for Key Lime Pie? Good question. The answer is simple: I have seen, time after time, on the Food Network, people raving about how delicious a Key Lime pie is. The other day, Paula Dean made a Key Lime Mouse Pie and I was drawn in.

Skeptical of the flavor, I realllly scaled back her recipie: hers called for graham cracker crust, fresh key lime juice, cream cheese, white chocolate and on and on. I’d never tasted Key Lime before, so I didn’t want to jump completley in over my head.

What I did was went to the store, got heavy whipping cream to make homemade whipped cream, some cream cheese and (gasp) a powdered Key Lime pie filling. I made the homemade whipped cream. I made the pie filling. I beat the cream cheese. I folded them all together. I dumped this mix into a pie dish with no crust, just to see the flavors.

But wait, back up. Did I mention to you that when I stuck my finger into the powdered (prepared) key lime pie filling, I thought I died and went to heaven? How could I leave that out. Well I did. It was the most amazing thing I had ever tasted. It was all I could do to proceed with mixing it with the cream cheese and whipped cream… but I did.

To my extreme suprise- I ruined the pie. It was okay mixed with the other stuff. It just tastes like lime flavored cream cheese…. it is such a subtle hint of key lime pie in the back ground, it teases me. I take a bite and just wish I had more key lime flavor.

Well, it’s time to change that. Over the next few weeks, I will be testing recipies to find what I think is the best. I am so excited.

Once I perfect my pie, I’m turning it into  a cake.


I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this my whole life…


You can PAY ME to take this stuff home… It’s okay! March 31, 2011

Filed under: HATE WASTE PROJECT — LovemyMartel @ 5:39 pm

Not only FREE, but I MADE money on this transaction. How?

Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Sale 2 for $5. -$2/2 e coupon and (2) .55 off coupons (double to 2.20) OOP .80 for both boxes

6 boxes of Betty Crocker Potatoes (that we will never eat, I’ll donate) sale $6.00 – (6) .55 coupons (double to 6.60, – 50/s e coupon= I MADE  1.10 to take these home!!

5 jars of Vlasic relish- Sale $5 – (5) .55 coupons (double to 5.50) again, I was PAID .50 to take these home!

Soo, with the potatoes and the relish, I made $1.60, minus my cereal at .80 – I took home all this stuff for FREE and the .80 carried over the the gallon of milk I purchased.

Thank you coupons!


Love Food, Hate Waste – Week 1 March 27, 2011

Filed under: HATE WASTE PROJECT — LovemyMartel @ 2:13 pm

Well I’m not sure if I should feel excited or defeated. I blew past my $99 budget this week, but I didn’t get groceries last week, so I’m not sure if it’s a success for two weeks, or a failure for one week… I also got non-food items on this bill. I won’t really know my own break down until I go through it here. Let’s see how I did!

Goal $99 (riiiight)

Claussen pickles 3.00

Claussen relish 1.50

2 cans of Manwich 2.00

2 gallons of milk 5.36

Simply Lemonade (shelf 2.50 -1.00 off coupon) FINAL PRICE 1.50

Garlic bread 1.50

( I HATE these things, but hubby has a few days off from work this week… so I got them for him, yuck)

Oncore Lasagna 3.00

Oncore Chick Parm 3.00

Oncore Salsbury steak 3.00

Kellogs Special K 2.50

5 lbs potatoes 2.99

2 boxes cheese nips 2.00

6 packs of Uncle Bens Ready Rice 6.00 (a STEAL!! These are usually 2.19 a piece)

Bananas 1.36

2 bags Sargento Cheese (shelf 4.00 – 1.50 worth of coupons) FINAL PRICE 2.50

2 pillsbury biscut rolls (shelf 3.00- .60 in coupon) FINAL PRICE 2.40

1 cantaloupe 1.50

Sweet onion 1.17

2 Packages of mushrooms 3.00

2 Bob Evans sausage (shelf 6.18- 2.00 coupons) FINAL PRICE 4.18, which is a steal because these were on SALE, marked down from 4.59 a roll.

Snackwells cookies for Josh’s lunches 4.99 (I wish I had a coupon for these)

2 packs hot dog buns 1.78

Hamburger buns .89

Wheat bread 2.99

Hot dogs 1.19

Cheddar brauts 3.00

Deli Roast beef 6.99

Fresh tilapia 7.11

Gnocchi 1.99

3 lbs chicken tenders 7.98

Pot Roast 5.36

whole turkey breast 7.75

THINGS I BOUGHT ONLY BECAUSE I HAD A COUPON – I did MUUUUUCH better. I usually have half my list of this

Honey Mustard Dip (shelf 2.59- $1.50 coupon) FINAL PRICE 1.09, or I’d never have bought this

36 packs of kool aid (shelf 4.68 – coupons) FINAL PRICE 3.12

TOTAL GROCERY ITEMS $109.69, that’s right…. I’m over by 10%!! I don’t feel TOO bad about this though because it was for weeks, since I didn’t go last week. I can do better. =)

Non- Grocery

4 cans Alpo (shelf 3.00 – 2 BOGO) FINAL PRICE 1.50

Glade premium aerosol (shelf 2.59 – 1.00 off e-coupon, -1.00 off regular coupon) FINAL PRICE .59

Viva paper towel (shelf 2.00 – 1.20 off coupon) FINAL PRICE .80

4 sticks Right Guard deodorant shelf 15.96 – 2 BOGO coupons) FINAL PRICE 7.98

Sunday paper 1.75

Tampax (shelf 3.59- $1.00 E-coupon) FINAL PRICE 2.59

TOTAL NON GROCERY 15.21 + tax for 28.89 of product. Saved 13.68


Total amount of product before coupons, etc. =171.64, not one of my best money- saving trips, but ohhh well. I’m just proud I didn’t buy stuff just because I was getting a good deal. Ok, so I bought 4 sticks of deodorant… My hubby uses it! It’s not like it will expire, but my coupons were about to! Can’t throw 8.00 away!