Sunday, March 17, 2013

Made a chicken run

If you've never read about me and chicken, check out some of my earlier posts on chicken, complete with pictures. For this post I won't slow you down with my step by step process. In a nutshell, I buy the bone-in, split chicken breast when I can get them for $.97 - $.99 per pound.

This time I bought 6 packs with an average cost of $2.80 per pack. There were 2 breast portions per pack but they were all HUGE! Seriously, like the Dolly Partons of chicken.

I removed the skin from all breasts and cut away the fillet portion to create my own, skinless, boneless chicken breast. Next, I threw what was left of the check breast portion into a pot to boil. You would be shocked at how much chicken is still left on there.

Now, Jason and I go through the cooked, shredded chicken much faster than any need for the whole breast, so I also throw all but 4 of the cut away breast portions in too to boil. (The reason I didn't leave them in tact if I was going to boil them away if for more even cooking times with the rest of the breasts portions).

After boiling, Jason and I picked the cooked chicken off the bone and pinched up the cooked chicken breast fillets and sectioned the meat out into baggies that will be frozen. This time we were able to get 15 bags of meal-size portions of cooked chicken for us. We use these for pizzas, quesadillas, enchiladas, pot pies, and a ton more recipes. We also have the 4 raw chicken breast portions that were also put into baggies and frozen as well.

So, for roughly $16.80 and a little time on Thursday, we were about to get 17 meal-size portions (for us) of chicken prepped and ready. I can't tell you how much money this has saved us and even more time. It takes no time at all to defrost the shredded chicken and it's ready to go.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

New (to me) table for my living room

We have a column in our living room that I've placed chairs on either side of, but I though we still needed a small table between the chairs to make it more functional when we have guests. 

Lucky for me, I found a table that would work very well at the Goodwill store for $9.99 that just needed a little TLC.

Here is the table before, although Jason had already taken the top off and started to sand it before I remembered to take a "before" picture.

I love that it has the lift-up top and plenty of deep storage. You can never have enough storage!

We removed the hardware and gave it a good sanding and then painted both the table and hardware.

Here is what it looks like now.

Tada! So for about $15.00 total between the cost of the table and cost of the paint, we have a new (to us) table with plenty of storage. I love it!

Now here it is in the living room in it's new home between the chairs.

I love being able to find things that we need for such a small price and making them ours. I find that a lot of the second hand furniture that you can find has a lot more character than new pieces these days. It also seems to hold up better than furniture built today.

So the next time you need something, why not try to find an interesting piece at a thrift store, yard sale or antique store and make it your own.