Monday, November 14, 2016

Chicken Spaghetti

Yesterday I made Chicken Spaghetti,  this is a recipe I found from the Pioneer Woman show on the Food Network.  I have become very fond of her and her recipes.  This one was a definite favorite for my family!  Here's the recipe:


My eleven year old daughter, generally a very picky eater, ate all of it without saying a word.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Planning your meals for the week

I'm always looking for healthy and delicious solutions for meals for my family.  Preparation can be time consuming.  Planning ahead can make a big difference.  There are so many great recipes out there if you plan your meals and use fresh ingredients it can make a difference in the overall health of you and your family.  Fresh food and knowing what is going into your meal planning is key.

I love the Food Network and was recently watching The Pioneer Woman.  This is a great show about Ree Drummond who is a rancher's wife living on a beautiful ranch in Oklahoma with her hubby and 4 kids.  She is a blogger (thepioneerwoman.com) as well and has some great recipes.

Recently, I saw an episode where Ree was preparing recipes for the week by cutting up ingredients and putting them in freezer bags and storing them in the freezer for the week until they are ready to be prepared.  Great idea!

One recipe I tried for my family was stuffed peppers!   MMMM, they were so good and my daughter (the pickiest eater) even ate them up!

What I like about her recipes is they are easy to prepare and there is not a lot added to them.

I feel like these days society has become to accustomed to quickie meals and driving through fast food restaurants.  Seems like there are so many convenience foods out there that in a lot of homes meal preparation has become a thing of the past.  What's wrong with taking the time to plan and prepare everything?  This way you know what you are preparing and what is going into it.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New School Year!

Can't believe how much my kids have grown!  My son, Owen, will be attending Kindergarten in just 7 days!  He is getting on the bus for the first time with his sister, Phoebe, who will be starting second grade. So excited for what is ahead of us for the rest of this year!  I will be on my own during the day for the first time in a long time!  I am currently persuing positions that I can work from home so I can meet the bus.  Wish me luck!

I have been thinking a lot about this blog and what types of information I would like to include, starting good habits for snacking and meals. Would love to hear from you Mom's out there regarding your mealtime tips as well! 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Please join me in supporting Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution by going to www.jamieoliver.com/petition.

The following is a message from Jamie Oliver:

"I believe that every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food. Too many people are being affected by what they eat. It's time for a national revolution. America needs to stand up for better food!

You live in an amazing country full of inspirational people and you have the power to change things. With your help, we can get better food into homes, schools and communities all over America and give your kids a better future.

Sign the petition and be a part of the Food Revolution. It could be the most important thing you ever do for your family. America's health needs you now!"

Jamie will premier a show on ABC on Friday, March 26 at 9:00.

In the series, Jamie heads to Huntington, West Virginia - which has been called the unhealthiest city in America -- to start his new cooking initiative. He hopes to help get Huntington off that list and start a chain reaction of positive change across the country. Jamie says, "The time is right for people to rediscover the sense of pride, satisfaction and fun you can get from cooking for the people you love. There's an incredible community in Huntington, and I want this experience to be a celebration of what we can achieve when people come together. I want to prove that turning around the epidemic of obesity and bad health doesn't have to be boring or dull in the slightest. Wonderful stories will unfold in Huntington, and hopefully this will inspire the rest of the States."

Monday, February 1, 2010

OMG!! Food Lion saved me $22.00 on my last shopping trip!

Food Lion saved me a ton of money! I joined the FoodLion.com MVP store specials, selected the products I wanted and printed the list! I had my husband pick up the items I selected and he was shocked to learn I saved our family $22.00!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Download electronic coupons to your grocery store savings card

I have found a great website to download electronic coupons directly to selected grocery store savings cards. This is a free service. The website is Shortcuts.com. When you register on the site it will ask for your name, zip code, birthday, e-mail address, password and security question and answer. Next the registration lists the featured grocery store savings cards. The selected stores include Baker's, Carrs, City Market, Dillon's, Dominick's, Fry's, Fry's Marketplace, Genuardi's, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC, King Soopers, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Owen's, Pavilions, Pay Less, QFC, Ralph's, Randalls, Safeway, Smith's, Smith's Marketplace, Tom Thumb, and Vons. Select your card, enter the number. Follow the rest of the registation process and you are good to go. The site will list those electronic coupons featured for the card you choose. As you select the coupons to download a list updates on the screen so you can see how much savings you will receive. Also lists savings to date.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

13 Easy Ways to Reduce your Food Budget

I found this great article about cutting expenses, you can also go to the website at http://www.frugalfun.com/reduce-your-food-budget.html.

When trying to cut expenses, food is a great place to start because there are so many opportunities to save. One way to watch your savings pile up and be able to use it for a goal, such as a vacation, down payment on a home or paying off debt, is to put the cash you saved from any purchase into an envelope or a jar until you get enough to make a bank savings deposit. Make a strict rule to not use the money for anything else but your goal. Here are thirteeen easy ways to reduce your food budget that will help you achieve this:

1. If you don't want to stop going out to eat, check your local newspaper, the back of grocery receipts and junk mail flyers for restaurant coupons. A lot of restaurants offer "buy 1 meal get 1 free" on certain days of the week. If you want to cut back even more, cut back on the number of times you go out in a month or week.

2. Shop grocery outlets. Every major city has them. Ours is called *The Canned Food Warehouse*. Not every item in the store is a deal; you have to know normal food prices to compare, but when you do find a deal, it is usually a great one. You will find enough of these deals to make your trip worth it.

3. Be sure to comparison shop. Look at the sale tag on the item's shelf and see how much per pound, ounce or whatever the item is sold as. Compare that to the other products to determine which is the best deal.

4. Always check the weekly grocery ads for the good sales. If there is a really good deal on something, be sure to buy it in multiples. This will save you from paying full price later.

5. Use coupons for food products. I have found the best way to use them is combined with a sale. Most of the time, if you use a coupon without combining it with a sale, you will still be paying more than other brands, so be sure to watch for this.

6. Always use your leftovers. This saves a tremendous amount of money and time by extending your shopping trips. If you need ideas for using leftovers, check out *The Leftover Recipe E-book* that includes over 100 ideas and recipes for leftovers here: http://homemakersjournal.com/leftovers.htm

7. Grow as much produce as you can to eat fresh and/or preserve for later. To save as much money as possible, start plants from seed. This can really add up quick and you will know how your food was grown rather than wondering what chemicals may have been applied to the plants of the produce you purchase. If you purchase organic produce to relieve this worry, it can be quite expensive.

8. Stop buying junk food, sodas and prepared food. These are not only expensive, but unhealthy, therefore a waste of your hard-earned dollars.

9. Always shop with a grocery list and stick to it so you don't buy unnecessary or expensive items.

10. Never shop hungry! Have you ever gone grocery shopping hungry? I have and I wanted to buy everything in sight because everything looked delicious! I didn't buy everything in sight, but, I did increase our grocery bill that day! Also, because I was hungry, I didn't feel like shopping or making decisions so this added to the problem.

11. About Kids. It is good training for kids, if they are old enough, to comparison shop; I usually ask mine to go get the cheapest ketchup, or whatever is nearby so I can still see them, so they get hands-on experience (you'll need to supervise this in the beginning, then later you'll be able to trust they are making the right decisions). Kids have a tendency to ask for things in the store; the best way to handle this is to let them get something within a set price limit and keep this limit each time you go shopping. If your kids are younger, you may want to consider leaving them at home with a friend or relative; younger kids can tire and get difficult in the store spoiling your frugal efforts.

12. Shop at the store's off-peak hours when you will be less rushed and can make better decisions.

13. Check out the *Fantastic Frugal Grocery Tips* E-book to learn even more ways of reducing your food budget. Among the many frugal grocery tips, you'll learn about freeze and stock foods, saving in rural areas, how to make a price book and more! Click here for more information: http://homemakersjournal.com/frugalgrocerytips.htm

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