The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Dirt cups

I got to thinking about Valentine’s Day and celebrations that we had when my kids were little. My kids have always liked the odder things lol I guess they’re just like me. Dirt cups were always one of their very favorite treats and they’re super easy to make. If you have any creepy crawlers fans these will be a big hit with them I promise!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg chocolate pudding mix (I use instant but you can use the cooked type just make sure you let the pudding cool completely before putting the cups together)
Milk to make the pudding
10 – 15 Oreo or other chocolate sandwich cookies
1 pkg gummy worms

Prepare pudding according to directions. Place cookies in a zipper close baggie and then in between two thick towels. Beat them with a hammer or a rolling pin until they are crushed. That’s fun =) Fill a plastic cup about ¾ of the way full with pudding. Top with dirt: crushed cookies. Stick a worm (or several worms if your kids are like mine) into the dirt. Makes 4 dirt cups.

These are also cute made in miniature plastic flower pots! Just make sure they’re cleaned first.

Cost:
pudding – $0.49/ box
milk – $3.99/gallon
chocolate sandwich cookies – $2.29
gummy worms – $1.99
Total – $4.37/$1.09 per cup

February 9, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 10 Comments

Bread Pudding

My mother used to make this for us all the time growing up. I just love bread pudding!

What you’ll need:

2 c milk
¼ c butter
2/3 c sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
3 c bread, torn into small pieces
½ c raisins (optional)

Heat milk over medium heat just until a film forms over the top of it. Remove from heat and stir in butter until it’s completely melted and combined. Let cool. In a large bowl combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add cooled milk mixture. Put bread in a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with raisins if you’re using them. Pour the milk/sugar batter over the top of that. Bake @ 350 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cinnamon – $1.85
vanilla – $2.25
sandwich bread – $1.09
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $2.40

January 14, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Butterscotch pudding

I just love butterscotch and I love pudding so this is the best of both worlds!

What you’ll need:

4 Tbl butter
1 c dark brown sugar
¾ tsp salt
3 Tbl cornstarch
2 ½ c milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
Whipped topping, optional

Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat. Add the sugar and salt and stir until all the sugar is moistened. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and ¼ c milk. Using a wire whisk, blend until smooth (no lumps of cornstarch). Whisk in the eggs. Gradually mix remaining milk with brown sugar mixture, then whisk in cornstarch mixture. Return the pan to heat (medium high) and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 1 minute or until the pudding thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Pour into serving bowls and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Top with whipped topping if desired. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Tip: If your pudding curdles after the addition of vanilla simply beat with an electric mixer set to the highest speed until it’s smooth again.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
cornstarch – $1.29
milk – $3.99/gallon
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
vanilla – $2.25
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $2.58

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -how to..., -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mammaw’s banana pudding

I’d like to share with you how I make the BEST banana pudding. This was my great grandmother’s recipe that she taught me how to make when I was 14 years old …

What you’ll need:

about 6 large ripe bananas
2 boxes of French vanilla pudding prepared according to package directions
vanilla wafers

Slice the bananas up so they are small round slices. Put a layer of vanilla wafers down then a layer of the banana slices. Cover this with one of the boxes of pudding. Make another layer of wafers, then another layer of bananas. Cover with the other box of pudding. Now make a pretty design with vanilla wafers on the top. I always make a flower. Put it in the fridge and chill overnight. I promise everyone will love it!

Cost:
bananas – $2.15
pudding – $0.49/ box
vanilla wafers – $0.99
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $5.11

This recipe was originally published on Happy At Home on 11/7/2008

December 8, 2008 Posted by | -pudding, -vote for Foodista contest, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | Leave a comment