Sunday, April 23, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 24, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of April 24, 2017

Monday, 4/24: Hello Fresh - Hunan Cumin Beef Stir-Fry over Jasmine Rice

Tuesday, 4/25: Hot Dogs
Wednesday, 4/26: Ham
Thursday, 4/27: Chicken Sandwiches with Roasted Asparagus
Friday, 4/28: Leftovers
Saturday, 4/29: Leftovers
Sunday, 4/30: Herbed Pan Fried Pork Chops

Monday, April 17, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 17, 2017

The past few weeks have been quite busy, but productive.  I am really enjoying our dinners from Hello Fresh!  Here are a few of the most recent dinners we have cooked a few weeks ago!

We received our Hello Fresh box this past Saturday which was helpful with our busy weekend.  The recipes include strip steak, chicken orzo dinner, and a beef stir-fry.  Ashlyn was baptized yesterday at our church and we had family over leaving little time for the grocery store for this upcoming week.  Jeff and I decided to purchase a new GE Profile refrigerator which will come in a few weeks.  Our goal is to clean out the food and freezer over the next two weeks to help make it easier when they are switched out.

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of April 17, 2017

Monday, 4/17: Hello Fresh - Strip Steak Florentine with Mashed Potatoes and Squash

Tuesday, 4/18: Pinto Beans in Crock Pot and Corn Bread
Wednesday, 4/19: Hello Fresh - Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner with Cheesy Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes

Thursday, 4/20: Leftover Buffet
Friday, 4/21: Leftover Buffet
Saturday, 4/22: Dining Out
Sunday, 4/23: Hello Fresh - Hunan Cumin Beef Stir-Fry over Jasmine Rice

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coupon Savings and Paying Off Debt

To encourage myself to cut and use my coupons, I have decided to transfer the money I save from coupons to our credit cards.  Jeff and I have been following Dave Ramsey's plan for two years now after taking Financial Peace University from our church, Cross Way UMC.  Since getting on a budget, we have paid about 73% of our debt, excluding our mortgage.  Today, I transfered another $27.75 to one of our credit cards!!

Proverbs 22:6-7Common English Bible (CEB)

Train children in the way they should go;
    when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.
The wealthy rule over the poor;
    a borrower is a slave to a lender.

Proverbs 22:15New Living Translation (NLT)

15 A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness,
    but physical discipline will drive it far away.
Love this study note from my bible, "Wisdom is learned, not inherited or innate.  It takes discipline, sometimes physical, to change foolishness into wisdom."  I am thankful we were able to take this class since it has allowed us to get on a budget which in turn will help teach our children the way to handle money.

We were out of stock of Windex and it was also on sale at CVS.  The furniture around the baseboards in the main area of the house is moved around since we are in the process of getting the house painted this week and possibly our tile and grout cleaned and sealed.  The goal is to go around the baseboards prior to moving furniture back into place and clean them this week.

CVS Shopping Trip

$4 ECB wyb (4) participating Household Cleaners

2 - Windex or Scrubbing Bubbles, $2.99
  • -.50/1 Windex product, excl trial size, SS 03/12
  • -.50/1 Windex product, excl trial size, SS 03/12
2 - Ziploc storage bags, $2.99
-$1.00 CVS Coupon "Food Storage" via CVS App
-$4.00 ECB coupon from Monday
=$6.46 Total
GET back $4.00 ECB for next trip

I started following Southern Savers many years ago.  I find it nice to have the store advertisements matched to particular coupons.  Using Jenny's blog, I went to Target yesterday to pick up primarily household products such as toilet paper, paper towels, mouthwash, laundry detergent, contact solution, allergy medicine, and a few other odds and ends.  Many of these items were advertised on sale and a few included gift card deals.  Paired with coupons, I was able to save the discounted store price along with my coupons which totaled $26.75!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kids Helping in the Kitchen

Ashlyn and Jakob have sure enjoyed helping in the kitchen more since we started receiving dinners from Hello Fresh.  They both are excited and are interested in helping me in the kitchen more.  An easy way Ashlyn helps is by shaking the vegetables and potatoes with a bit of olive oil and seasoning.
February 15, 2017

February 26, 2017
Jakob helped me last Monday, March 6th, in the kitchen by preparing a taco seasoning recipe from All Recipes.  I have been working on getting both kids in the kitchen more and love they are wanting to help!

Our next Hello Fresh kit will arrive this upcoming Saturday!  My goal for Jakob is to begin getting him to cook one of the three dinners.  The instructions are step by step with pictures which would help him learn the basics of cooking.  Jeff and the kids like fish, so I ventured with adding the salmon recipe.

My Hello Fresh Menu for March 25th - March 31st:

  • Wasabi Lime Salmon over Soy-Simmered Rice with Baby Bok Choy
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Potatoes and Zucchini
  • New York Strip Steak with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Amandine
To attempt to the keep the cost down on Hello Fresh, I normally add additional vegetables to my weekly grocery trip based on the recipes and cook those portions as four people per the recipe (give or take).  Hello Fresh has simplified my dinner plans and the stress of planning every week.  On average, we receive Hello Fresh twice a month now.  I have enjoyed the variety of the dinners and how the dinners are Weight Watcher's friendly and follow the plate method concept.

When Jeff was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, we quickly learned about the plate method.  Roni, my Weight Watcher's leader, recently also discussed dinner plates used to be nine inches.  Our current plates are approximately twelve inches, but have a rim.  The inside of the plate is about nine inches which is where we tend to place the food.  Through learning how to eat better, Jeff within the first year of being diagnosed pre-diabetes, was no longer pre-diabetic.  Over the last year, the two of us are continuing to exercise and eating healthier.  I love how we are teaching our kids how to cook and eat well balanced meals.

Monday, March 13, 2017

CVS Trip: 3/13/17 - FREE Colgate Toothpaste

Made a quick trip to CVS and Wal-Mart this evening to pick up a few items with coupons.  I used iBotta while at Wal-Mart to save on milk, produce, frozen items, and cleaning products.

Make sure to stop in this week to pick up FREE toothpaste from CVS!

$2 ECB wyb Colgate Max, Total or 2 in 1 toothpaste, $2.99, limit 2

-$2.00 CVS Coupon
=$3.98 Total
GET Back $4.00 ECB for next trip


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