Winter Storm 2010

Filed under :Emergency Preparedness, The Prudent Wife

Will be adding to this post as the day goes on, so check back for more information!

Hey everyone – looks like we are preparing for ROUND TWO, what might be The Great Winter Storm of 2010!!!

So, just wanted to repost what we are doing over at Chez Baughn, (and yes, my dear hubby made it home from the last storm and our truck survived 24 hours on the icy side of the mountain in I-26, with nary a scratch. We are still praising the Lord!) 

We have done more this time, including refill the propane in the grill, grab some propane containers ( we have camping stuff that uses propane) and we boiled eggs and are cooking a big roast for “cold leftovers.”

We have been eating out of the freezer all week to work through our supply of frozen meats and decided against cooking a turkey Sat, as that will act as a giant ice cube if we lose power. We have a few ice chests ready, in case something happens and papers printed that tell us how to properly store meat (those links are on my first blog post). We had several friends lose the contents of their regular fridges and their spare freezers in the last storm. Hard thing – we work so hard to FILL them with our bargains, summer veggies, etc and then to lose them!

If I could say one thing – FILL YOUR CARS WITH GAS, and CHARGE YOUR CELL PHONES before you get on the road! Pack blankets, water, food, extra shoes, hats, etc – as this one looks like it will hit around 5pm (the drive time home for many! 

Hope this helps someone! Praying you are ALL SAFE!

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Free Betty Crocker Cookbook

Filed under :Free Stuff!!!, Recipes

Love those little cookbooks they have in the check out line at grocery stores? Here is a free Betty Crocker Cookbook on Soups and Stews – some of their all time favorites! Enjoy it!

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GF Peanut Butter Cupcakes ~ From a Mix!!!!

Filed under :Recipes

Gluten free baking can be a serious challenge to meld everything into the delicious flavor and texture you crave. When a friend of mine announced her upcoming wedding, to man who cannot handle gluten, I told her we would make the cake, or rather the CUPCAKES, for her wedding! So the challenge was on, how to create gluten free cupcakes, preferably from a GF mix, that everyone would want to eat.

The next day, I was blessed to find 8 gluten free cake mixes at 75% off, so the adventure begins. So when a craving for peanut butter cupcakes struck, we headed to the kitchen to see what we could create! Our first attempt, this Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cupcake was moist, flavorful and definitely a hit!

  • 1 Namaste Foods Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs (free range, Omega 3)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • a few DROPS of maple extract – use extreme caution – maple is VERY flavorful and can quickly overtake it!
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts

Heat oven to 350. Put cupcake liners in cupcake pan, spray lightly with non-stick spray.

In food processor, fitted with the metal chopping blade, dump the GF vanilla cake mix, eggs, oil, milk, sour cream, vanilla and the teeny, itty, bitty bit of maple!  Blend well. Taste, adjust vanilla and maple extracts if you need them – don’t be afraid to taste it and tweak it!

Since I had very little of my favorite Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter left, but had a ton of regular peanuts, we experimented with the peanuts in this version. Add the 1 to 1 1/2 cups peanuts, and blend quickly. The metal blade will make peanut butter out of it! Taste – does it have the flavor you are looking for? I added a few dashes of salt, since it seemed a bit sweet for my preference. This made a tremendous difference, toning down the sugar flavor.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, and check to see if those little gluten free peanut butter cupcakes are done!  Frost with your choice of frosting, or just pig out on them plain!

Simple Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup confectioners sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

In food processor with steel blade, grind up peanuts until you make peanut butter. Add butter and cream cheese, mixing until a creamy consistency. Add sugar, vanilla and dash of salt and blend well. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream and beat until fluffy. Frost cupcakes, top with more peanuts or shaved chocolate and serve.

Finally, a recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cupcakes, from a mix, like the Cake Mix Doctor! Enjoy celiacs and gluten intolerant friends!

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Freebie Fresco Taco at Taco Bell!

Filed under :Free Stuff!!!

Thanks to Kathy, who posted a link from Mommysavers! Have y’all heard of the new “Drive Thru” diet at Taco Bell? Well, try one of the alleged “diet” items, a FREE Taco at Taco Bell – No Purchase Necessary!

Coupon – Taco Bell Drive-Thru Diet

Here’s another valuable one:
Free Fresco Taco w/Purchase of Large Fountain Drink
Print Your Coupon

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Brain Healthy Foods

Filed under :Health News

We love the Amen Clinics and find Dr. Amen to be one of the preimminent brain researchers in the world! When Dr. Amen speaks, we listen!

Here is a fantastic “Brain Healthy Shopping List” culled from his many years of research! Great stuff – load your family up with these items, instead of the fake food alternatives!  Benefit your brain by what you eat!

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What does it REALLY cost to feed a family

Filed under :Saving Money

Isn’t that the million dollar question! We are all curious, what do other spend! So we did a little research thanks to an email from a friend and here is a handy chart that shows you what the average family spent in 2009!

Look for fantastic recipes at to keep YOUR FAMILY’S spending in check for 2010!

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Upgrades at The Prudent Wife

Filed under :The Prudent Wife

Just a note to all of our readers! We are going through a TON of upgrades at, both on the website and in the equipment REQUIRED to keep up with huge technology changes!

Right now, we have new video equipment, audio equipment headed to our home in TODAY’S delivery truck! These simple changes will greatly enhance our video making capability and we can go back to bringing YOU videos that will help YOU save tons of money in your home!

We are looking forward to delivering loads of innovative ideas, practical how-to information, videos, and articles to help you win in 2010!

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