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I am Brandi. I used to live in a big city, have a brand new car, and want everything in sight. In the last 3 years my life has changed a great deal. I got bajavascript:void(0)ck to what is really important in life.

It has been a year of big changes. I lost my job due to the economy in February of 2009. Not being able to find a job has been a great outlet to expand on my frugal and simple living goals.

We downsized from a split level 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment to a tiny 1 bed 1 bath apartment. That has been a huge challenge, but a great one. Forcing me to part with a lot of unnecessary clutter. We've lived in this apartment 5 months, we are still getting rid of a ton of stuff but life is so much simpler.

I like to use coupons, homemade cleaners, shop at thrift stores, make everything homemade, craft, looove the internet, seriously LOVE my Iphone (i know its not a good example :( but he's my best friend!) and everything else I'm forgetting!

Please join me in my journey of learning to get back to the basics, getting out of debt, living a frugal and fulfilling life and learning new things!


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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Braid

Source: via Brandi on Pinterest


2 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
2 cups chicken chunks, cooked
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 cups broccoli, frozen, steamed and chopped
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spread both cans of crescents length wise to form a long rectangle.
Press each of the seams to form a single layer of dough.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli and mayonnaise
Spread mixture over the center of the croissant dough evenly to create a log.
Using a sharp knife, cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side of the crescent dough.
Fold the dough strips over the top of the chicken mixture, alternating left and right to create a braid.
Brush the top of the braid with a beaten egg yolk and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top.
Bake for 28 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

How perfect does this sound for an easy Friday night din…

Menu Plan Monday 1.23.12

MondayBreakfast- cerealLunch- ravioli and olive garden potatoesDinner- chicken pot pie (in freezer)
TuesdayBreakfast- yogurtLunch- Chef saladDinner- ham and cheese omeletsRice pudding
WednesdayBreakfast- cerealLunch- chef saladDinner- Pocatello for test
ThursdayBreakfast- yogurtLunch- chef saladDinner-taco salad
FridayBreakfast- cerealLunch- chef saladDinner- cauliflower pizza
SaturdayBreakfast- cerealLunch- saladDinner- spaghetti
SundayBreakfast- egg and wafflesDinner- rotissiere roast
Check out a ton of other Menu planning ideas here.