Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping


Friday, September 12, 2014

Menu for the week of 9/14 thru 9/20


Swiss Onion Quiche
Leftover Cauliflower & Ham Salad
Leftover Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Pizza (new "recipe")


Pork & Bell Pepper Stir-Fry

Chicken Salad


Summer Trifle (new recipe)

Salsa Sausage Quiche
Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

I'm not making my regular Deep Dish Pizza recipe this time. I got some pre-baked pizza shells from LC-Foods recently and I'm going to give one a try. I'm not positive that I will make the Pork & Bell Pepper Stir-Fry on Tuesday. I have some leftover cooked roast pork cubes in the freezer and I will make something with them. It will depend on what I'm in the mood for and what veggies I have on hand that day.

The Summer Trifle is something new that I'm going to create using some cubed Basic Almond Flour Muffins, some LC-Foods raspberry jam, Cheesecake Pudding and maybe some whipped cream.

I was going to serve the Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers tomorrow but we already have enough food in the fridge that we won't need them. I will thaw and serve them next Saturday if we are running low on food.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shopping List - Week of September 7 - September 13

HEB (Tuesday):
Quart heavy cream - $3.56
Ice cream @ buy one/get one free - $4.48
Ground pork @ 3.40 (marked down 25%) - $2.55
Burger buns - $1.28
12 ounce garlic powder (marked down because cap was broken) - $3.00

TOTAL - $14.87

Food Town (Tuesday):
8-pack paper towels - $3.44
12-pack toilet paper - $3.44
Colgate toothpaste - $.99
Jalapeños @ .69lb - $.75
Onions @ .79lb - $1.04
Garlic @ 1.99lb - $.30

TOTAL - $10.53

KROGER (Thursday):
2 dozen eggs @ .99 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.78
2 jars peanut butter @ .99 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.78
Boneless chicken thighs @ 1.99lb - $6.35
Boneless chicken breasts @ 1.99lb - $9.51
3 16-ounce bags shredded cheese @ 3/10.00 (minus 10% discount) - $9.01
3 bags Asian style frozen vegetable blend @ .88 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.37

TOTAL - $30.80

SPROUTS (Thursday):
Loaf of bread @ 3.99 (FREE coupon) - $.00

TOTAL - $.00

WALMART (Thursday):
Cauliflower @ 1.98 (price match with Aldi ad) - $.79
Glue pen - $3.00
Dry erase board - $2.37

TOTAL - $6.60

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $62.80 (over budget by $2.80)


I wouldn't normally buy onions when they're that expensive but I was running low on them and I especially needed a large one to put on burgers. Oh well. They're even more expensive than that at Walmart and most other places.

Kroger has some nice sales this week for their "Grand Re-Opening" because they recently remodeled the store. Because I had to buy the large family size packages of chicken, I spent a bit more than I would have liked and that put me over my budget a little. I don't mind buying the large packages of chicken because I can divide them into individual bags when I freeze them and then only thaw as many as I need.

I only got one item at Sprouts this week and I only went there because I had a coupon for a free loaf of bread. My husband is still eating toast every day so free bread is a nice thing. I also had a coupon for a free can of coconut water. I've never had that before but the carbs were too high for me and Jerry doesn't like coconut much. So, I gave my coupon to a woman who was shopping in the store. I just chose someone at random and she was all excited and said that she buys that stuff all the time. Go figure.

I think that's the lowest price I've ever seen on fresh cauliflower. That was the only thing that I wanted from Aldi so I decided it wouldn't be worth the gas to drive there just for one item. So, I bought it at Walmart and they matched Aldi's ad price. It's a huge cauliflower and very fresh too. It wasn't on my menu for this week but I'm going to use it to make a batch of Cauliflower & Ham Salad tomorrow. The recipe makes a huge bowl and will last us several days. I will leave out the grape tomatoes this time to save money and I'll add extra hard boiled eggs to boost the protein. Today I made Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, which also makes a lot of servings, so I shouldn't have to cook again until at least Sunday or Monday other than to make a quiche when the current one in the fridge is gone.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping


Yep, more jalapeños again. I go through the Bread & Butter Pickled Jalapeños very quickly because they're so yummy. Food Town had the chiles for 69-cents per pound again today.

I got a super deal on a big jar of garlic powder at HEB. It was marked down to just $3.00 because the cap was broken. It was still sealed and I had a spare cap at home anyway. The 12-ounce jar would normally be almost $6.00. I use quite a bit of garlic powder to make my homemade taco seasoning and other spice blends.

While I was at HEB, I noticed that they sell Quest Bars now. I didn't buy any because they're expensive and I can't handle that much fiber. I got some free sample bars a couple years ago and they were pretty tasty and had a nice texture. They are $2.50 each at HEB and they had these flavors:

Cookies & Cream, Double Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Brownie, Vanilla Almond Crunch (I think I've had this one and it was my favorite), Apple Pie, Mixed Berry Bliss, Banana Nut Muffin, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Roll, Coconut Cashew.

The flavors that HEB didn't have were Peanut Butter Supreme, PB & J, Strawberry Cheesecake and the Lemon Cream Pie. The one flavor that I would have loved to try was the Apple Pie but it had 7 net carbs so I passed on it. They also had their peanut butter cup "Cravings" bars. I'd never heard of those before.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Menu for the week of 9/7 thru 9/13


Leftover Ham Quiche
Leftover Chile Relleno Casserole
Leftover Mock Rice Pudding
Oven-Smoked Brisket *

Sausage Quiche


Tuna Muffins
Tartar Sauce

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Brussels Sprouts with Browned Butter


Swiss Onion Quiche
Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers *


* Already cooked. I froze some of the leftovers the last time I made this.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shopping List - Week of August 31 - September 6

Quart heavy cream - $3.56
Ice cream @ $3.50 each - $7.00

TOTAL - $10.56

2 Swiss cheese @ 1.99 each - $3.98
2 dozen eggs @ 1.19 each - $2.38

TOTAL - $6.36

12 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $4.32
Foil @ .89 (minus 10% discount) - $.80
3 cans tuna @ .78 (minus 10% discount) - $2.10

TOTAL - $7.29

16 ounce frozen spinach @ 1.99 (FREE coupon) - $.00
Lemonade @ 2.29 (FREE coupon) - $.00

TOTAL - $.00

10 pack soap - $4.88
Panty liners - $3.88
2 12-packs diet Cherry Pepsi @ 3.00 each - $6.00
Canned whole chiles - $1.25
Coffee - $2.98
Decaf - $2.78

TOTAL - $22.99


I won't have my car on Thursday so I decided to do all of my shopping for this week today.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Product Review - LC-foods Multi Grain Sandwich Bread

I reviewed the Fresh Baked White Sandwich Bread from LC-Foods on my main website a while back and you can read that review HERE. Well, now they have a new flavor that's more like a whole meal type bread. The white bread had a slight sourdough flavor but this new bread has a more neutral flavor. I didn't care for the white bread toasted but I do like this one both toasted and untoasted. It toasts up very crisp, which makes my husband happy. The bread is a little chewy untoasted but I don't mind that. One thing that I did mind a little was that I ended up with flax seeds all over the place after slicing the loaf. They seemed to be everywhere! I got 29 slices out of the loaf. That's not quite as many as I got from the white bread but I sliced this loaf a little thicker. That's still more slices than the 25 that the label suggests though. Because the bread is so sturdy, you can easily slice it very thin if you like. They ship the bread in a special wrapper that keeps it fresh during shipping. Once it arrives, you'll need to slice it and store it in the freezer or keep a few slices on hand in the fridge.

Ingredients: Wheat protein isolates, resistant wheat starches, whole & chopped brown flax seed, vital wheat gluten, butter, coconut oil, Inulin chicory root fiber, salt, instant dry yeast, organic stevia rebaudiana leaf natural herbal extracts, natural luo han guo monk fruit, natural caramel color and natural enzymes

1 slice (1/25 loaf) = 9.5g Carbohydrate; 8.5g Dietary Fiber; 1g Net Carb