Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mommy Marketing Moment

Thank you to our reader in Virginia, Amee, for referring us to a great online business started by two moms, Jenny Cochran and Jane Delaney. is a meal plan website endorsed by Dave Ramsey. For $15 ($5 a month, $1.25 a week), you receive 3 months worth of menus, recipes and an aisle by aisle shopping list to a variety of different stores of your choice. E-mealz customizes the menus selection based on your family size and style of eating. The site was designed with busy moms and frugal cooks in mind which means it is budget friendly. Each meal plan is based on the current sales at your select grocery store and they include tips on using coupons.

E-mealz goals for you are:

Goal #1-Spending time with your family

Goal #2-Save time and money

Goal #3-Serve delicious food

Goal #4-Save yourself from multiple and last minute trips to the grocery store

Goal #5-Stare at your children across from the dinner table rather than into the pantry looking for a dinner idea

Goal #6-Lose weight without preparing separate meals for the family. (Every meal plan is designed to be family friendly, even the weight management plans!)


Another great Amy sent us a neat TNT Tip for today. Thank you, Amy A! Here's what Amy had to say (can I rhyme anymore?):

I am using this tip right now in my kitchen, so I thought I’d share it! If you’re out of candles (is that possible??) or if you need a change of scent in your home, try what I call “Poor Woman’s Potpourri.” My mom taught me to do this:

-Fill a small pot with water (enough so that it doesn’t cook out quickly).

-Add in a few shakes of your favorite aromatic spices. I use cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, whole or ground cloves, and even a little ginger.

-Bring it all to a boil to get those spices mingling, then turn down to a simmer.

-Keep filling with water and enjoy the scent all day long! (Do not let it boil down to nothing – your pot will be tough to clean!)

Savory Smackerel

If by chance you haven't planned your Easter breakfast, this recipe comes from one of Mary's Hungry contributors, Tara, and is always a big hit.

Yummy Sausage Croissants


Mild or Hot sausage (0ne of each if making a larger portion)
1 pkg cream cheese
1 container of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (2 containers if you double the sausage)
egg white
poppy seed


Cook the sausage and drain
Mix the sausage and cream cheese
Roll out the crescent dough into two big rectangles
Scoop the sausage/cream cheese mixture across center of each rectangle
Roll up dough over mixture and turn over so the seam is facing down
Brush egg white on top and sprinkle with poppy seed
Cook according to crescent roll directions

Let cool a little, then slice (pizza cutter works great for slicing)

*I usually make the larger portion if preparing for a gathering

*There are other ways to arrange the croissant dough- ex. stuff the croissant triangles instead of making rectangles. Be creative if you'd like.


Donna said...

What great ideas---ALL of them! I'll have to check out that menu planning website.

I did that potpourri trick when we sold our first house. For the open houses we had, I had cinnamon, cloves and a little ginger brewing on the stove. Maybe that's what sold our house?!

Erin said...

Great TNT tip! I forgot about this great mixture... but you reminded me I've done it once and think I added some oranges to the mix for a bit of citrus.