July 26, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan + Week 30

We had an "extra" paycheck this month so I tried to stock up on meat and a few other staples to help us save on our grocery bill in the future. I'm not sure it will last long but it should get us through at least the next month. Why does beef have to be so expensive?!

I kind of went on a cream of soup strike when I started reading ingredients but I have quite a large stock of cream of chicken and cream of mushroom that I need to use up so I took that into consideration when I prepared my meal plan this week. I think I'll make a double batch of the chicken enchilada casserole and freeze it.



July 22, 2015

Save Big on Back To School Clothing

TnT are starting Pre-K this year and it recently occurred to me that I probably need to get them some school clothes.

Since I always have to buy everything in two's (they still refuse to dress differently), I have to watch for good sales & bargains. Of course, my favorite places to shop are Target, Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Gap. Thankfully we have a Gymboree and Gap outlet nearby!

If your child(ren) wear uniforms to school, Target and Gymboree have discounts on uniforms this week.

*There is also a 20% off Clearance Kids Apparel Target Cartwheel and don't forget to use your Red Card for the extra 5% off and Free Shipping!

Also, as I mentioned above, if you have GymBucks you need to use them by 7/26. That's this coming Sunday! I'm loving their new Hop 'n' Roll collection of mix & match pieces (also on sale right now).

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Crazy8 also has some good deals right now.

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Did you know that the Gap Outlet is now online?! I was so excited to hear this because we love Gap but the regular priced stuff is a little hard on our budget. If you sign up for their email offers you can get even more savings!

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I hope this helps you some with your back to school shopping. Be sure to sign up for their email promotions so you can get extra savings!

Check back next week for more Back to School Deals!

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July 20, 2015

Broccoli Salad + The Perfect Summer Side Dish

Broccoli-Salad + The Perfect Summer Side Dish

I've never been a broccoli fan…actually I've never been a fan of any of the ingredients in this salad (texture issues) except the bacon. Bacon gets me almost every time.

My first experience with this broccoli salad was at a wedding. I helped make a tub (literally, a rubbermaid tub) of it for over 100 guests. I wasn't a big fan of it then but for some reason, this year my taste for it has changed. I recently made it for a cookout and it was the perfect side!

You get the sweetness from the grapes and the dressing, the salty from the bacon and the crunch from the broccoli and onions. Mmm, Mmm, Mmm!

Broccoli-Salad + The Perfect Summer Side Dish


Broccoli Salad


  • 2 cups broccoli flowerets (chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 2 cups of red grapes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup purple onion, chopped
  • 1/4 lb crisp bacon, crumbled


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar


Mix dressing ingredients until blended and refrigerate until ready to use.

Mix broccoli, grapes, bacon and onion.

Add dressing just before serving.

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July 19, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan + Week 29

I like meat…specifically beef. I remember back in the day when beef was cheap. Now? Not so much (at least not where I live). I tried to go without it but I've missed it so as a compromise instead of buying beef in bulk and separating it into 1 pound portions, I'm going to separate it into 3/4 pound portions. I can get at least one more meal this way.

Once again I put together this week's meal plan by shopping my pantry. My grocery list had about 5 things on it and then the littles decided they needed hot dogs, and cheese crackers and granola bars and, and, and….before I knew it, I had a full page of things to get on my grocery list. Ugh. I've got to figure out a way to decrease the amount of money we spend on snacks.

Anyway, here is this week's meal plan:



July 14, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan + Week 28

I'm playing catch up this week after the last couple weeks of crazy. I don't think I even touched my computer except to print some party stuff for the girls birthday party.

Our pantry is practically bare this week. I had to really dig to come up with a few meals. Thankfully, we had some leftovers from the birthday party that I will be using this week. (we had lots of pizza & salad leftover).

On Sunday, we just needed a break and to get out of the house so we went to Pei Wei. It had been a while since we'd been and the girls loved it (they had the honey seared chicken w/fried rice). Tillie said we needed to eat t here every three days. LOL! She is still talking about it today. Looks like we'll be going back soon.

Week #28 Meal Plan


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