Food for Friday

I’m sure you’re mostly out there gleefully spending your tax refunds on the most delightful things this year .. but for those who owe, there’s another way to go.  Dinner$ on a Dime, from Gooseberry Patch, offers frugal recipe options for feeding the family.  Chapters include Shoestring Suppers, Cent-sational Sides,  and Cheap Sweets.

By the way, I just noticed that on their website,, they accept recipes, tips, crafts, and memories for possible inclusion in future publications.  Kind of fun!  No surprise that they always have the best stuff in their wonderful books.

Have you got a party coming up on the calendar?  Here’s a cute recipe from the Budget-Friendly Gatherings chapter.  I just love the name:

Texas Cowboy Caviar

15 oz can shoepeg corn, drained
16 oz can black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed
16 oz can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
16 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1 C celery, shopped
1 C green pepper (or red/yellow/orange), chopped
Optional:  4 oz jar pimentos, drained
your favorite corn chips (Janet likes blue corn chips, fyi)

1 C oil
1 C white vinegar
1 C sugar

Combine all ingredients except corn chips in a serving bowl.  Combine dressing ingredients in a saucepan and heat to boiling.  Cook until thickened; remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Drizzle  dressing over beans and vegetables, toss to mix.  Cover and refrigerate at least one hour to overnight; drain any liquid before serving.  Serve with corn chips.  Will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Sounds like an easy and fun way to feed a crowd!

Well, the rain has finally arrived, just in time for the weekend – and the Holly and Shamrock Parade tomorrow in Gatlinburg!  I hope St Nicholas and St Patrick  can agree to share an umbrella – I’m sure it will be great fun, whatever the weather.

Have a great weekend – and don’t forget to check out the 16th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest here in Pigeon Forge, too.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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