Saturday, October 9, 2010

$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook--Review and Giveaway (Sporadic Saturday)

Well, it is definitely time to add another giveaway.   And I think this one  will be my best  so far.

I first heard about the The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare from some e-mail which led me to her blog.  If you do nothing else, be sure that you check out her blog!  It is fantastic.  Her blog was one of the first I ever found.  I have saved many of her  recipes that she has posted on her blog, and it seems that every time I try one of her  recipes, I am not disappointed.

I requested this book from the library back in April or May, and I absolutely loved it.  I accidentally spilled coffee on it one night, but it didn't look too bad so I sent it  back to the library.  They decided that the small stain on the pages required the book  being completely replaced.  Wouldn't you know it??  I get books from the library all  the time that are in  much worse shape, but what can you do?

Here's the problem.  After I sent it back to the library, I ordered it on Amazon.  And now I had to pay for it at the library.  So I paid off the library, and I decided to give the new one from Amazon to a family member for Christmas.  It became evident that what I thought was a perfect gift was not so perfect after all.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do.

Thankfully, something came in the mail last week, and I knew what I could do--I could give that item to the family member for Christmas rather than this book.

So, dear reader, now you have the chance to win this book.
It is a wonderful book, and I can't say enough about it.  You can see some of my reviews here.  The book is still too new to me to have a favorite recipe, but know that when you plan recipes from this book, you will indeed say money.  I was amazed to learn that cream of mushroom soup and other cream soups was easier to make than I thought.

And that is what I appreciate about her book.  She doesn't ask you to spend 10 hours in the kitchen making difficult things from scratch.  No, she makes it very practical.  I can't say enough about how easy the recipes are and how good they are. Some recipes needed more seasoning, but some were very well-seasoned.  You know how that goes.  Everyone has a different preference when it comes to cooking. But regardless, this book is well  worth the expense.  And it is not an expensive book.  It is generally $15 or less.

So on to the giveaway.  If you would like to win this book, follow the rules listed below.  This giveaway will end Sunday, October 31st at 9:00  P.M. PST.  Make sure your e-mail address is in your profile or listed in your comments.  Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Best of wishes to everyone who enters.  Don't forget to fill out the  google  form if you would like five extra entries.

To enter the giveaway, do as many of the following things as you would like to:

1.  Why would you like this cookbook?
2.  Visit Erin's blog/site and tell me something you learned or a recipe you would like to try.
3.  Be/Become a follower of my blog via gfc.
4.  Add me as a friend on facebook (or tell me if you are already my friend).  Please leave you facebook name.  (Check the right side bar for the link to my facebook page.)
5.  Add my button to your blog and leave the link so I can see it.
6.  Like the $5 Dinner Mom on facebook.  Leave your facebook name.
7.  Share this giveaway in any way you like.  One entry for each way you share it.  Be sure to leave any related links in the post.

Unlimited Entries:
1.  Leave a link to a favorite recipe of yours.
2.  Post a favorite recipe.
3.  Share how you save money at the grocery store.
4.  Let me know about any other recipes on Erin's site that you would like to try.

By the way, if you do purchase this book  between now and October 31st, let me know,  and I will give you another 10 entries into this giveaway.  But why buy it when you can win it?  Oh, that's right.  Christmas is coming!

Also, if you want  2 more entries, please add my button to your blog and leave me a link where I can find  it.



By the way, I let Erin know that I am giving away her book, and she was very appreciative!  I only contacted her last night, and it was so nice that she contacted me back!!

25 comments:

  1. I'd love to have this one to cook from since my hubby has been off work for so long and I really need to watch my food budget. $5 dinners would be great.
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

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  2. I visited the site and I'd love to try so many of them but especially this one:
    Shrimp Kabobs with Creamy Dijon Dill Sauce
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

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  3. I would love to win because when it comes to Dinner that is the meal that I have the hardest time deciding what I am going to make. I need ideas and help.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  4. I love bread pudding so the MIxed Berry bread pudding sound wonderful.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  5. This recipe is one my husband and I do make. It makes a great dinner to serve with guests.

    http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000000443522

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  6. I'd love to have this cookbook because I've read good reviews, including yours, about the recipes in it. I'm trying to be as thrifty as possible these days so this would come in very handy. Also, making our own soups, etc. would not only save money but also help with the food allergies and intolerances some family members suffer from.

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  7. I visited Erin's site and learned about the Frugal Map, a cool app that lists bloggers in your area who match grocery store ads with coupons. That will come in handy!

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  8. I'm a follower via Google Friend Connect. tmp95 at comcast dot net

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  9. I'm a Facebook friend (WinSomethingalready Terri).

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  10. I 'like' $5 Dinners on Facebook as WinSomethingalready Terri.
    tmp95 at comcast dot net

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  11. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/dahbou/status/26946052205

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  12. Shared on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/bMb9ac

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  13. This is the best and EASIEST dessert recipe I've had in years!! It's my current favorite dessert:

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/02/apple_dumplings/

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  14. The Banana Stuffed French Toast on Erin's site sounds great. I've never had any stuffed French Toast; this is in the top 5 of my 'To Make ASAP' recipes.

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  15. sounds like a great book -- even if you had a frustrating library experience with it. No need to enter me, I'll take a look at it from my library (and I'll hide the coffee mug!).

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  16. Another top 5 favorite dessert recipe of mine is for Italian Wedding cookies and you can find it here:

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Italian-Wedding-Cookies-II/Detail.aspx

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  17. I can never have too many budget-friendly recipes. These days it's a necessity!

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  18. Great site! I'd like to try Alea’s Chicken and Radish Salad. Sounds different and tasty.

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  19. Although most of my favorite recipes seem to be desserts, I do have one or two that I enjoy making for dinner. That list includes these yummy cheddar biscuits that taste like the ones from a famous seafood chain restaurant:

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cheddar-Bay-Biscuits/Detail.aspx

    Try them, you'll like them!

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  20. I stumbled your giveaway but I'm not sure how to share the link. Here's a link to my favorites: http://www.stumbleupon.com/favorites/ and my user name is Dahbou.

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  21. Here's a link to a delicious recipe for homemade tomato soup. Last week a friend of mine made some and gave me a container-full. I had never had homemade tomato soup before but it was delicious! I don't understand why I never made it before!

    http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/garden-fresh-tomato-soup/Detail.aspx

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  22. I added your button to my blog and posted about the giveaway as well. #1

    http://winsomethingalready.blogspot.com/

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  23. I added your button to my blog and posted about the giveaway as well. #2

    http://winsomethingalready.blogspot.com/

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  24. Oh my gosh .. I was just looking around Erin's site for something tasty when I saw the recipe for this: Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Pecan Topping. It looks delicious and sounds really easy. I know what I'll be trying this weekend!

    http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/10/grow-eat-save-winter-squash-recipe.html

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