Friday, December 19, 2014

Menu for the week of 12/21 thru 12/27


SPANISH-STYLE SAUSAGE QUICHE

EGGPLANT LASAGNA

OVEN FRIED FISH

SUNDAY:
Leftover Spanish-Style Sausage Quiche
Leftover Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Eggplant Lasagna

MONDAY:
Leftovers

TUESDAY: 
Fried Onion Burgers (new recipe)
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY (CHRISTMAS EVE):
Oven Fried Fish
Cheese Biscuits (recipe made as drop biscuits)
Christmas Cookies (not low carb)

THURSDAY (CHRISTMAS):
Ham
Green Bean Casserole
Cornbread (not low carb)
Chocolate Truffle Torte (peppermint)
Christmas Cookies (not low carb)

FRIDAY:
Cheddar Onion Quiche
Leftovers

SATURDAY:
Leftovers

CHEDDAR BISCUITS

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
 

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE TORTE


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shopping List for December 14 - January 3

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING
FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
12 pack diet soda - $1.99
2 rolls Italian sausage @ 2.49 each (minus $1.00 coupon) - $3.98
Bean sprouts - $.99
Green onions - $.50

TOTAL - $7.60

HEB (Tuesday):
1 quart heavy cream  - $3.56
Shower spray - $1.97
Sugar free drink mix - $1.88
Nasal strips - $6.88

TOTAL - $14.61

SPROUTS (Thursday):
2 eggplants @ .98 each - $1.96

TOTAL - $1.96

KROGER (Thursday):
Peanut butter @ 1.67 (minus 10% discount/.45 coupon) - $1.05
18 eggs @ 3.42 (minus 10% discount) - $3.08
8 ounce sour cream @ .99 (minus 10% discount/.40 coupon) - $.49
1/2 gallon milk @ 1.99 (minus 10% discount/.50 dairy coupon) - $1.29
Peanuts @ 1.99 (minus 10% discount) - $1.79
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
10 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount/.40 coupon) - $3.20
American cheese @ 4.19 (minus 10% discount) - $3.77
9 bags shredded cheese @ 1.99 each (minus 10% discount/.65 cheese coupon) - $15.46
Community coffee @ 3.99 (minus $2.00 coupon) - $1.99
4 cans tuna @ .74 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.68
Foil @ 1.99 (minus 10% discount) - $1.79
Plastic wrap @ 1.45 (minus 10% discount) - $1.30
Frozen green beans @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount/.40 coupon) - $.50
Frozen cauliflower @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
Frozen California blend veg @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
2 boxes tissue @ 1.00 each (minus 10% discount/.45 coupon) - $1.35
2 ice cream @ 2.50 each (minus 10% discount/.40 coupon) - $4.10
Smoked salmon @ 5.99 (minus 10% discount/$1.50 coupon) - $3.89
Napkins @ .97 (minus 10% discount) - $.87
Popcorn @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
Coupon for $5.00 off a $50+ purchase

TOTAL - $48.65

WALMART (Thursday):
Printer paper - $3.47
Dish gel - $2.98
Ragu - $1.68
4 ounce green chiles - $.58
10 pair socks - $6.97

TOTAL - $16.79

ALDI (Thursday):
Bread - $.99
Coffee - $2.79
Decaf - $2.69
1 can mushrooms - $.59
Parmesan cheese - $3.99

TOTAL - $10.91

GRAND TOTAL FOR 3 WEEKS - $100.52 ($33.50 per week - $49.48 left to spend between now and Jan.3)

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING

Note that this shopping list covers a span of three weeks. That's because Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Thursday, which is my regular shopping day. So, today I shopped for three weeks worth of groceries and other things that I will need between now and January 3rd. I will do filler shopping trips on the next two Tuesdays but I will only need to get a few items. My next big shopping trip will be on January 8th.

Although I spent just over $100 this week, that works out to only $33.50 per week when divided by three weeks. To stay within my $50 per week budget, I've still got another $49.48 left to spend on those two Tuesdays but I doubt if I'll need to spend that much. I made a quick list of items that I know I'll need to pick up and it only comes to about $15.

I did really well at Kroger today. I saved $18.45 with my 10% senior discount and a bunch of coupons. I very rarely spend $50 at Kroger but I made a point of doing so today because I had a coupon good for $5.00 off a purchase of $50 or more. This was the perfect time to use the coupon because I was shopping for three weeks all at once. To get my total bill up to $50 (after my discount and other coupons were deducted from the total), I stocked up on a few things that I would need to buy soon anyway. I got things such as plastic wrap, foil and tissues, etc. I also bought all the cheese that I'll need over the next few weeks because it was on sale this week and I had multiple coupons for cheese and dairy products.

Probably the best deals this week were on the Community Coffee and the smoked salmon. The coffee was on sale for $2.50 off the regular price and I had a $2.00 coupon. I paid $1.99 for it and it usually costs $6.49. Of course I never buy it when it's that price. That would be silly. The other good deal was on the smoked salmon. That was a big indulgence but I decided to splurge for the holidays. I'm probably going to make my Cajun Smoked Salmon Dip and some Sesame Almond Crackers for New Year's Eve. I haven't made that dip in years and it's really good. The dip recipe calls for packaged ranch dressing mix but I will use my own homemade mix.


CAJUN SMOKED SALMON DIP




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Menu for the week of 12/14 thru 12/20

ATKINS MEATLOAF

SUNDAY:
Tijuana Quiche
Leftover Deep Dish Pizza
Leftover Tuna "Rice" Casserole

MONDAY:
Atkins Meatloaf

TUESDAY: 
 
Quick Asian Pork Stir-Fry
 
WEDNESDAY:
Ham & Cheese Quiche
Leftovers

THURSDAY:
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

FRIDAY:
Leftovers
Cauliflower Bisque (if cauliflower is on sale)

SATURDAY:
Leftovers

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU CASSEROLE

CAULIFLOWER BISQUE
 



Friday, December 12, 2014

The winner of the LC Foods Christmas Giveaway is...


Doreen K. Scholl from Appleton, Wisconsin. Congratulations, Doreen!

Thank you all for participating. We may do another contest next year for Valentine's Day. 


New Recipe: Undercover Chicken

UNDERCOVER CHICKEN BEFORE BAKING


UNDERCOVER CHICKEN "UNDERCOVER"

I posted a new chicken recipe on my main site HERE. It was super easy to make and delicious!

UNDERCOVER CHICKEN READY TO EAT!



Shopping List - Week of December 7 - December 13

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
12 pack toilet paper - $3.88
2 bags shredded cheese @ 1.99 each - $3.98
Garlic @ 2.99lb - $.60
1 tomato @ 1.99lb - $.48
1 green pepper - $.50
1 zucchini @ .79lb - $.34
2 rolls Italian sausage @ 1.99 each (marked down) - $3.98
12 pack diet soda - $1.99

TOTAL - $16.18

HEB (Tuesday):
2 quarts heavy cream @ 3.56 each - $7.12
Shower spray - $1.97

TOTAL - $9.25

99-CENT STORE (Tuesday)
2 rolls Christmas wrapping paper @ 1.00 each - $2.00

TOTAL - $2.17

KROGER (Thursday):
28 ounce peanut butter @ 2.99 (minus 10% discount) - $2.69
Ice cream @ 2.98 (minus 10% discount) - $2.68
Chicken thighs @ .88lb - $4.55
4 rolls pork sausage @ 3.00 each (minus 10% discount + $3.00 meat coupon) - $7.80
Water enhancer (on clearance) - $1.49
2 16-ounce bags shredded cheese @ 3.79 each (minus 10% discount) - $6.82

TOTAL - $26.15

ALDI (Thursday):
3 dozen eggs @ .99 each - $2.97
8 ounce Colby cheese - $1.89
Bread - $.99
3 cream cheese @ .89 each - $2.67
Jalapenos @ .70lb - $.70
Cheese cubes - $1.99
2 6-ounce slivered almonds @ 2.69 each - $5.38

TOTAL - $16.59

GRAND TOTAL - $70.34 (over budget by $10.34)

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING

I went over budget again this week, partly because I still had a few more Christmas items to buy and partly because I had to spend at least $15.00 in the meat department at Kroger to use the $3.00 meat coupon. I figured that I could always use chicken thighs and pork sausage so I stocked up. I also wanted to stock up on cream cheese while it was only 89-cents at Aldi and I'd been watching for a good price on slivered almonds too. I usually buy them at Trader Joe's and Aldi's price this week beat theirs. I had to buy two bags of almonds because I use 4 ounces each time I make a batch of my Coconutty Crunch. I didn't want to end up with an odd amount left over.