Monday, August 29, 2011

Meal Plan Monday


Monday- Popcorn Chicken, Fries, Veggie
Tuesday- Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Veggie
Wednesday- Grilled Chicken, Couscous,Veggie
Thursday- Pork chops, Pasta, Veggie
Friday- Out
Saturday-Breakfast
Sunday- Leftovers/DIY
What's your menu for the week?

Don't forget to link up or leave a comment with your meal plan or recipe below!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Publix Trip 8/25/11

I spent $15.78 for $64.17 worth of groceries, saving $48.39 or 77%!

Here's the match-ups:
(4) Scott Tissues BOGO $1.25
   -(2)$1/1 from Facebook Promotion (no longer available)

(4)Del Monte Fruit Cups BOGO $2.53
   -(1)Free Product Coupon
   -(1)$1/1 Homemailed

(2) Thomas English Muffins BOGO $3.89

(3) Ore Ida Potatoes $3.75
   -(1)Free sweet potato fry coupon
   -(1) B2G1 from Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer
   -(1)$2/2 Target Coupon

(1) Publix Hand Sanitizer $1.99
   -(1) 50¢/1 in Newspaper

(4) Sundown Vitamin B Complex $3.99
   -(2)$6/2 from Green Advantage Buy
   -(2)$3/2 Printable

(1)Martin's Wheat Rolls $3.69

(1)Wheat Tortillas $1.39

(1) Jif to go $2.19
   -(1)Free Product Coupon.

(1)Green Pepper 90¢
(1)Onion 42¢
(2) Potatoes $1.49
(1)Zucchini 50¢

So Here's Where We're At...

Long time no see! A lot has been going on here. First, there was the whole computer. Then my daughter was sick, then I was sick. Crazy!

So I've been doing a lot of soul searching about this blog, I don't want to stop blogging, but I've been trying to spend more time with my family. I also work part time at night online. The best way for me to reconcile all of this is to change from a set weekly schedule to posting in the areas I normally do, just not weekly. I'll probably still post my meal plan because, well, we still got to eat, lol! I feel like this is the best way to still post about everything I love, but not miss out on everything else I need to be doing!

I'll be posting my shopping trip later today, so be looking for that!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Publix Trip 8/11/11

I spent $4.12 for $86.83 worth of groceries, saving $82.71 or 95%! I'm also eligible for the ConAgra back to school $10 g/c rebate!

Here's the match-ups:
(4)Banquet Chicken BOGO $4.99
   -Eligible for $10 G/C Offer
 
(2)Cheez-it BOGO $4.19
   -(2) 70¢/1 HERE

(2)Toufayan Pita BOGO $1.29

(4)Chips Ahoy BOGO $3.69
   -(1)B3G1 Target HERE
   -(2)75¢/2 from 8/7/11 SS

(4)Ronzoni Garden Delight BOGO $1.89
   -(4)$1/1 from Morningstar Farm Booklet

(4)Whiskas Cat Treats BOGO $1.50
   -(2)$1/2 HERE 

(2) Soft Scrub BOGO $3.29
   -(2)$1.50/1 from 8/7/11 RP

(2)Herbal Essence 2/$5
   -(1)Free Product Q
   -(1)$1/1 from 8/7/11 RP

(4)Publix Soda 2/$1

(1)Mushrooms $1.69
(1)Grapes $3.52
(1)Asparagus $2.45

-$5/$25 Save-A-Lot Coupon
-$5 G/C
-$14.16 G/C       


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Recipe- Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

I'll be honest, I haven't made this recipe yet, but I do consider myself fortunate in that I can read a recipe and tell if it is going to taste good, and this recipe looks amazing. I'm excited to try it in the very near future.

One thing that has always driven me insane is that whole wheat versions of any product at the store costs significantly more then the white version. This is odd to me since technically white products require more processing, but the reason is simple the demand is there for processed over whole foods. Simple supply and demand means the thing that is demanded more will often be cheaper. So that being said I am always searching for ways to make the whole grain version of foods.

Some people cannot stand whole grain products, but the more you eat them the more you will wonder why you ate the bland white products before. White products often require the addition of lots of sugar and/or salt to give them flavor, while whole grains have a natural flavor. We've come to love wheat bread over white, brown rice over white, whole grain pancakes, pizza crust, and muffins over the regular alternative, now eating the regular just doesn't seem as tasty.

Final Giveaway Reminder

 Today is the last day to enter, so get your entries in!

Here's your reminder for the great giveaway!
Hallee the Homemaker is hosting an awesome giveaway, which makes me super excited. It's for the grain mill I've always wanted!



”Win

A grain mill is a great thing to have with food storage because it really widens the amount of things you can store and make.

I'll try to remind you daily to go enter!

Monday, August 8, 2011

News

It's been a little crazy around here. My husband surprised me with a getaway to Orlando this past weekend, and it was absolutely wonderful. It was a nice trip away from the daily grind and it was a nice break from technology (I'm not one to drop $4.95 for an hour of internet). As you can guess, grocery shopping was not even on my radar for last week.

So that was the good news, the bad news however is that my computer (which was purchased in January), stopped working last week. AHH! It turned out to be that my hard drive inexplicably died. :-/ It is thankfully under warranty, so it will be repaired for free, but I will be without it for 2 weeks. Thankfully I have my husbands computer to work with, but it makes it a little more difficult in life to get things done. As such, the posts will probably be sporadic this week as I both get back to reality after my break and because of the lack of my personal computer.

Some other good news is a few months back BzzAgent offered me a one year free trial to Trend Micro's SafeSync, which happens to be an automatic back-up service, so I haven't lost anything from my computer. I can also access it from other computers, so I can at least still access things I need these next few weeks. If anybody is interested in trying SafeSync go here and use the code BZZ20 to get a discount off the price.

Recipe- Whole Wheat Tortillas

This is yet another awesome recipe from Hallee the Homemaker. I'm all about changing my grains from white to wheat, so I love finding recipes to do so. I love mexican food, but I honestly hate how unhealthy most tortillas are, so I was excited to find this recipe.

Definitely go check them out!

Monday Giveaway Reminder

Here's your reminder for the great giveaway!
Hallee the Homemaker is hosting an awesome giveaway, which makes me super excited. It's for the grain mill I've always wanted!







”Win

A grain mill is a great thing to have with food storage because it really widens the amount of things you can store and make.

I'll try to remind you daily to go enter!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Giveaway Reminder

Here's your reminder for the great giveaway!
Hallee the Homemaker is hosting an awesome giveaway, which makes me super excited. It's for the grain mill I've always wanted!






”Win

A grain mill is a great thing to have with food storage because it really widens the amount of things you can store and make.

I'll try to remind you daily to go enter!

Recipe- Corn on the Cob

There's nothing like corn on the cob, but even better is perfect corn on the cob. Hallee has a great method for cooking corn on the cob.
Photo Credit: Hallee the Homemaker
I don't really have anything to add to it because the method is exactly what I do.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Recipe- Pizza

Hallee has a great recipe for pizza. I love homemade pizza and wheat crust. I've come to love it more then any other kinds of pizza.
Photo Credit: Hallee the Homemaker
Here are my tweaks:
  • Add lots of veggies. I like to add onion, green pepper, mushrooms, and olives to my pizza depending on what I have on hand.
  • I like to use whatever cheese I have that works for pizza, so mozarella, Italian, Romano, Parmesan, etc.
  • I brush the edge of the crust with olive oil.
  • I haven't tried Hallee's crust, but wheat crusts in general are yummy!

Thursday Giveaway Reminder

Here's your reminder for the great giveaway!
Hallee the Homemaker is hosting an awesome giveaway, which makes me super excited. It's for the grain mill I've always wanted!



”Win

A grain mill is a great thing to have with food storage because it really widens the amount of things you can store and make.

I'll try to remind you daily to go enter!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday's Giveaway Reminder

Here's your reminder for the great giveaway!
Hallee the Homemaker is hosting an awesome giveaway, which makes me super excited. It's for the grain mill I've always wanted!



”Win

A grain mill is a great thing to have with food storage because it really widens the amount of things you can store and make.

I'll try to remind you daily to go enter!

Recipe- Cream Cheese Frosting

I recently made carrot cake for my husband's birthday (and before anyone thinks I'm mean, that is specifically what he asked for!), and of course with carrot cake comes cream cheese frosting. I searched for awhile to find a recipe that sounded good, and this one was perfect.
Photo Credit: Hallee the Homemaker
This recipe would also work for icing zucchini or pumpkin bread or red velvet cake, or any cake that you like cream cheese frosting on. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday's Giveaway Reminder

Here's your reminder for the great giveaway!
Hallee the Homemaker is hosting an awesome giveaway, which makes me super excited. It's for the grain mill I've always wanted!


”Win

A grain mill is a great thing to have with food storage because it really widens the amount of things you can store and make.

I'll try to remind you daily to go enter!

Recipe- Hard Boiled Eggs

You'd think hard boiled eggs would be easy, but for many people they aren't. I love hard boiled eggs, and it took me awhile to fine tune cooking them. Sometimes I'd cook them for too short a time, and the inside was still runny, and others I'd cook them so long they were impossible to peel. Hallee uses a similar technique that I do, and it's quite simple. Check it out here.
Photo Credit: Hallee the Homemaker
Here are some things I would add:

  • To cool the eggs quicker add ice to the water.
  • To make eggs easier to peel tap the egg so one of the ends cracks while they sit in the cold water.
  • Make a bunch. They're good for making egg salad, a quick snack, or quick breakfast.
  • To store the eggs, don't peel until you need them and store in original container, or peel and store in a bag.

Monday, August 1, 2011

News for the Week

Because of Hallee's awesome giveaway and because this week is my anniversary, and we have also are meeting up with some family this weekend, the regular schedule for the week will be changed to just giveaway reminders and recipe posts.

I'll of course still post any Publix Trip I make.

Also, in other exciting news. Frugal and Provident is officially on Twitter. User name is FrugalProvident, so come on over and follow me there. :-)

I hope everyone enjoys their week!

Recipe- Herb Roasted Potatoes

One of the ways to enter Hallee's giveaway is to share recipes of hers that you've made. This is one of my favorite potato recipes, I've made a similar one for quite some time, and this one is just as great.
Photo Credit: Hallee the Homemaker


Here are some tweaks I have:
  • I like to cut mine smaller into about 1 inch pieces
  • I prefer red potatoes
  • I like to add dill to the spices.
  • I like fresh chopped garlic and onion to add to the flavor. (You could use garlic or onion powder if you don't have fresh)
  • I like to use seasoned salt for this recipe.
Now if only potatoes would go on sale sometime soon...

Your Daily Giveaway Reminder

Here's your reminder for the great giveaway!
Hallee the Homemaker is hosting an awesome giveaway, which makes me super excited. It's for the grain mill I've always wanted!


”Win

A grain mill is a great thing to have with food storage because it really widens the amount of things you can store and make.

I'll try to remind you daily to go enter!

Meal Plan Monday


Monday- Ravioli, Veggie
Tuesday- Undecided (It's our anniversary)
Wednesday- Burgers, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
Thursday- Chicken Sausage and Pasta Bake, Veggie
Friday-  Beef Stroganoff, Veggie
Saturday- Out
Sunday- Breakfast
What's your menu for the week?

Don't forget to link up or leave a comment with your meal plan or recipe below!