Monday, April 13, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday and Recipe Swap

It's Monday! Time to make some new friends, and learn more about old (relatively) ones! Today Kasey has asked us to share the best piece of advice we have ever received.

Mine is really simple. When I got married I was only out of high school a year. I was still living with my parents, and besides a small car payment, really didn't have a lot of financial obligations. My dad had a little heart to heart with me before the wedding. The one thing that has always stuck with me from that conversation was simply this:

If you can't afford to pay cash for it, you don't need it.

He went on to elaborate a little, and explained that of course there were a very few things like a car, or a home that we wouldn't be able to pay cash for, and credit would be necessary. But he basically counseled me to keep in mind that other than these few exceptions, if there was something we wanted, or felt like we needed that we couldn't afford to pay for in full, then we should make due without until we could afford it.

I am so grateful that in this time of economic uncertainty I can say that my vehicles are paid off, I only have one mortgage on my home, and I have no credit card debt. We're not rollin' in the dough by any means,and I don't have my home fixed up as beautiful as all the ones I admire in the magazines, but I hear all these stories on the news of people drowning in credit card debt and am grateful that I don't have that kind of burden weighing me down at this time. Thanks DAD!

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received? If you'd like to link up, go visit Kasey and learn how!


Recipe Swap!

I found a great new Linky Fest going on over at Learning Together Hand in Hand. It's a recipe swap! I've been a major slacker at posting my recipes of the week, so thought this would be a good way to keep me on the ball, plus get some great new recipes to try out! This is the easiest meal you will ever make (aside from cold cereal!). It is tasty and filling! What could be easier than dumping 6 cans into a pot and bringing to a boil?

6 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 can chicken
2 cans chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can black beans (I rinse mine)
1 can corn

Combine contents of all cans in pot and bring to a boil. Top with crumbled tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, and a dollup of sour cream! It is seriously delish! I always get tons of compliments.

*This recipe is also great without the toppings for those who are trying to lose weight - I love that when I make this I can actually eat the same dinner as my family, just without the toppings! I usually make their food, then make my less than delicious low cal crap.

If you try it out, I'd love to know how you like it! Have a recipe to share? Go here to link up.

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter, and is having a wonderful Monday!

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36 comments:

Martha (FL) said...

Great recipe, thanks for sharing. I love a "dollop" of sour cream! It is such a great word!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Your dad is a smart guy!!! :) I enjoyed reading more about you today. Great recipe too. Thanks! :)

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Very wise advice! So very few people follow it and look at the mess that so many are in.

That Girl said...

Noone told me the advice your dad gave you but I figured it out after my exhusband screwed up my credit. I am proud to say that my husband and I own 4 cars, all paid for except my new car which I have been agressively paying on and it will be paid off within 1 yr of purchasing. We have no credit card debt either. This is actually something thats hard to be proud of since you read sooooo many others that are in bad shape. I guess proud isnt the right word....you cant talk about it.
Rambled enough?

Anissa said...

That is our thing -- if you can't pay cash don't buy it!

Thanks for playing along and sharing! I love anything with Chicken! Sounds good!

Tracey said...

Very sound financial advice, which we also follow.

Mmmm......that soup sounds good, especially for this cool day we're having here. Hope to try it soon and thanks for sharing!

Rindlisbach Family said...

Hey Xazmin,

Loved the tortilla soup!! So did my family. Paul was impressed -- so I am glad he wasn't home to watch me make it. I let him think it took me awhile, not just 2 seconds to dump cans!

Rhonda said...

I love tortilla soup! It's cold and raining again today...sounds perfect! I'll go check the pantry!

That really is awesome advice. My dad died when I was 14. I did not receive any good, solid money advice. It's never too late to learn it. Unfortunately we do have CC Debt. No car payments though! (3 cars) We are doing Dave Ramsey's plan to get rid of the debt...Never going to use CC AGAIN...they are evil!

Tabitha in Bliss said...

Your dad is one very smart guy Xazmin!

I'm having a giveaway, so I hope to see you at my blog today entering!!

Sare said...

that is so wise!! I too am grateful for living the Gospel principle of provident living. At leas I'm trying...What a blessing good Fathers are!!!

Valerie(momof3crazykids) said...

Oh, that sounds good.

Tanielle said...

Great advice! Hmmmm I need to follow it! :-)

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

Great advice! I think it is so special that you & your dad had a heart to heart before you were married- how special for you!

Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Becca

Sturgmom said...

6 cans, dump, stir and heat sounds EXACTLY like my kind of recipe!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I linked to your blog from Kasey's...what a fabulous idea! Your Dad is exactly right...imagine how much you have saved by not doing the spur of the moment, pull out the card buys!

shortmama said...

Great advice! I had to learn it the hard way like many others, but I look forward to the day that we are debt free!

kimert said...

Great advice!!

Tasty recipe!

Krissy said...

Ooh the recipe sounds so good!

Alicia said...

Words of Wisdom!!! I featured you on my blog today. (Just thought you might like to know!)

Kelli said...

Great advice...I need to follow it, I'm bad at that. Sounds like a yummy recipe too, thanks for sharing.

SweetTorts said...

Your dad gave you really good advice. I do the same thing, and it's awesome.

Rhonda said...

Hey thanks for stopping by! Sorry the video did not work for you...tried it out today with no problem on my end! Take care!

Cheryl said...

Great advise. That is pretty much what I'm trying to teach my kids. Unfortunately...their dad doesn't share the same idea. That soup sounds wonderful also, I think I'll try that.

Divine Mrs D said...

YES YES YES ON THE ADVICE!!!!

That is perfect and something that my parents taught me. My husband and I try to budget for just about anything we want to buy or do...

jennykate77 said...

Great advice from your very WISE dad!

The recipe sounds super easy and yummy!! I love tortilla soup!

Happy Monday!

Vivienne said...

Amen to that sound financial advice. I think that being disciplined about money actually promotes creativity. If money grew on trees, would you be having fun making cute things like your button napkin rings, or would you be online with your credit card?
You had more fun for less money. Perfect plan.
:-)
I have a chicken chili recipe that is similar. I want to try yours. Maybe I'll post mine. Nothing is better that good and easy!
Have a great week!
(Oh, and I answered your question from my comments: Eva LaRue)

Lissa said...

Love the advice from your dad! Very wise!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Great advice. My dad instilled the same kind of thoughts into me (unfortunately I'm not sure my brother or sister were listening too well!). It's nice to know there's someone looking out for us.

Yay! For the chicken tortilla soup recipe. You might think I'm lying to you when I say this, but I have that in the crockpot as I type. No joke! Instead of 2 cans chicken broth, I do 1 chicken broth and 1 cream of chicken. So good...can't wait for dinner tonight!

Joy said...

I'm going to jot down that recipe - looks great!

Michelle said...

great advice and I can't wait to try that recipe

casey. said...

im all linked up with some good advice!

and i hope that i can continue to live credit card free!

Jen said...

Great advice! We have been living by it for about 10 years now, it's really the only way to go. and may I say - Girl - what a view you have! Oh to have such pretty mountains surrounding me, I might just forget how much I love the beach! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :-)

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

Great advice and a great recipe -- you're a one-stop shop!!

Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels said...

That is some great advice. We are awful with credit cards and rely on them way too much. Just when we finally had them paid all the way down, my husband's corp. went bankrupt and he was laid off for a year. (This was quite awhile ago but we are still trying to dig out from under)

jenjen said...

What great advice and so true! And thanks for the recipe. Perfect for me -- fast and simple!

XOXO
Jen

Cadance said...

Yummy! Can't wait to try that soup!