Archive | June, 2011

Recipe blitz recipe #3: Mexican pizza

13 Jun

My family loves pizza. My family loves Mexican food. So when the two worlds collide and make Mexican pizza, our taste buds don’t know what to do.

Here’s what we had for dinner tonight:

Mexican pizza


  • 4 8″ flour tortillas
  • ½ cup onions, diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can tomatoes (you can use any flavor you like)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cups colby jack cheese
  • Optional: chopped jalapeños, sliced black olives, ground beef


  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. While oven is heating, spray pan with cooking spray. Cook onions and black beans until onions are soft.
  3. Add tomatoes, taco seasoning and approximately ½ cup water. Cook until water is boiling; reduce heat and cook approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Place flour tortillas on baking sheet. Spread approximately 1/2 cup bean and tomato mixture on each tortilla (this acts as the “sauce”). Top with cheese, olives, jalapeños and/or ground beef.
  5. Bake for approximately 13 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned to your liking.

That’s it. Simple, delicious, spicy, quick. What more could you ask for?



Movie tickets for $9! For two tickets!

9 Jun

The recipe blitz will resume tomorrow but I had to share this deal:

I’ve been a bit leery of sites like Groupon and Living Social for a while now but I know too many people who trust them completely. So, when I saw a deal on Money Saving Mom for two movie tickets for $9 as an offer from Living Social, I knew it was time to try it out.

The deal is this:  login or sign up for a Living Social account. You can use this link to access the deal (apparently it’s an online offer only) you buy a voucher for two tickets for $9 from Fandango (before you even sign up, check Fandago first to see if it’s available in your area. I can use it by my house and my parents’ house, but not my in-laws’). I’ve used Fandango in the past and it’s awesome, especially for those must-see movies. After you purchase the deal, you’ll get an email with the promo code number which you can use to buy your movie tickets online only; you can’t use the promo at the theater’s box office. It’s a limit of one purchase per customer, and both tickets must be used for the same movie/time. The voucher expires September 9, 2011.

With so many movies coming out this summer that we want to see, this will definitely come in handy!

Full disclosure: If three of you buy the deal, I get my tickets for free. Please do not feel any pressure to purchase the tickets because of the incentive. I just think that $9 for two tickets is an amazing deal that I bought before I knew about the referral incentive, especially when you consider the $22 we paid for 2 tickets. For a matinee. Absurd.

Recipe blitz recipe #2: Banana blueberry muffins

8 Jun

There are times that I find myself with a whole bunch of overripe bananas. They’re too ripe to eat and too ripe to freeze but I don’t want to throw them out. To deal with this problems, I’ve collected some recipes that use these bananas. One is a chocolate chip banana bread; the other is banana blueberry muffins.

While I love both recipes, the muffins are a little more practical for daily use. Plus, they last longer (the banana breads never lasts more than 48 hours in my house). I’m not really sure where I got this recipe so I apologize to the creator for not being able to give proper credit.

Banana Blueberry Muffins


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 4 mashed bananas, depending on size)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a muffin tin with liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into banana mixture. Mix thoroughly. There might still be some lumps from the banana. This is OK.
  5. Fill each muffin cup approximately 1/2 way.
  6. Bake for 16 minutes.

These muffins are delicious! They make a quick breakfast or a nice snack, especially when paired with a glass of almond milk. And as far as muffins go, they’re pretty healthy. Most of the ingredients are ones that I have on hand so the cost for the muffins is really just the cost of the blueberries, which varies according to season. In the summer, each muffin would cost around $.40. So not only are they healthier than the muffins from  Dunkin Donuts, they’re way cheaper, too!

What do you do with overripe bananas?

Recipe blitz recipe #1: Breakfast burritos

7 Jun

My mom recently pointed out that I have not been posting many recipes. She’s right. And that’s mainly because, up until recently,  I haven’t really had many recipes to share. But now I do! Beginning today, there will be a recipe blitz. Look for approximately 7 new recipes in the next 10 days. Up first…breakfast burritos.

I found this idea on Money Saving Mom a couple of weeks ago. I really liked the idea of having a grab and go breakfast, especially for my husband who, on most mornings, does not have time to eat breakfast at home. Also, I was starting to get sick of bagels. I wasn’t 100% in love with Crystal’s recipe, so I made my own:

The Empty Kitchen’s Breakfast Burritos (adapted from Money Saving Mom):


  • 1 tbsp olive oil (can substitute with 1 tbsp butter)
  • ½ cup onions, chopped or diced
  • ½ cup peppers, chopped or diced
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 2-3 slices hot pepper cheese, or any type of cheese you like
  • 6 flour tortillas, whatever size you like
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: sausage, bacon, ham


  1. Heat oil in nonstick skillet
  2. Sauté onions and peppers until semi-soft
  3. Pour in beaten eggs, letting them set in skillet and then scrambling eggs along with onions and peppers (If using optional breakfast meat, you can add the cooked meat to the pan at this point)
  4. Add in cheese, letting it melt. Remove from heat when cheese is melted
  5. Using ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop mixture into warmed tortillas. Roll up like a burrito.
  6. Wrap burrito in tin foil (Crystal recommends using a paper towel for first roll, then wrapping in tin foil. Either way is fine) and place in freezer. When ready to eat, wrap in paper towel and heat in the microwave for approximately 1 ½ min

The recipe can be doubled, tripled, halved…pretty much however you want. I figured it was a one egg to one burrito ratio; you can use that as a rough guideline.

I spent no money making these as I had every ingredient on hand. If you had to buy the ingredients, I would think that each burrito would cost a total of $.50, depending on what you put in the filling. Not a bad way to start the morning!


Fantastic Product Friday: Something funny

3 Jun

One of my favorite activities is laughing. I love to laugh. I love movies, people, songs…pretty much anything that makes me laugh. While eating my lunch today, which was already pretty perfect given the $.99 iced tea I was drinking, the beautiful weather outside, power ballad Friday on a local radio station and just getting back from cashing some birthday money, I was reading the Huffington Post and came across this slideshow (warning: if you support Sarah Palin in a political capacity at all, don’t read it). The highlight was this:

I nearly spit my salad on my computer screen after I read this. Sarah Palin, you might be a political idiot but you are a comic genuis.

On this day

1 Jun

Today is an important day. It was today, 37 years ago, that my parents got married. To each other. And they’re still married!

Since I can’t provide you with a better anniversary present than me (I was born 3 years and 4 days later) and I’m not quite sure what alabaster is, my gift to you is a walk down memory lane. So now, I present your gift, entitled “Other things that happened on June 1, 1974”:

  • “My Girl Bill” by Jim Stafford hits #12
  • Ray Stevens’ “The Streak” was the #1 song
  •  Bundy victim Brenda Ball disappears from Burien, Wash
  • Chemical plant explodes in Flixborough Lincs kills 29 in UK
  •  The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine
  • Alanis Morisette and Mark Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris) were born
  • The Mets were in 4th place in the NL East. The Yankees were in last place in the AL East

That’s all I could find.

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad! We all love you so much and we hope you have another 37 years!



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