Friday, March 27, 2015

Menu for the week of 3/29 thru 4/4

GREEN ENCHILADA CHICKEN

SUNDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Ham & Swiss Quiche
Leftover Chicken with Peanut Curry Sauce
Leftover Orange Poke Cake

MONDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Atkins Meatloaf

TUESDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Green Enchilada Chicken

THURSDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Leftovers

FRIDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Sausage Quiche
Creamy Beef & Vegetable Casserole

SATURDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Leftovers


CREAMY BEEF & VEGETABLE CASSEROLE

ORANGE POKE CAKE

The Orange Poke Cake is a new recipe that I made today. It would make a lovely dessert for Easter dinner.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shopping List for March 22 - March 28

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Jalapeños @ .69lb - $.76
12-pack Diet Cherry Pepsi - $3.99

TOTAL - $5.04

HEB (Tuesday):
1 quart heavy cream - $3.78
Shower spray - $2.24

TOTAL - $6.20

HEB (Wednesday):
2 half gallons ice cream @ 3.50 each - $7.00

TOTAL - $7.00

ALDI (Wednesday):
Celery - $.69
Swiss cheese - $1.79
Bread - $.85
Guacamole (marked down - was $2.99) - $.99

TOTAL - $4.32

WALMART (Wednesday):
1 orange - $.50
Dryer sheets - $2.26
4 ounce can green chiles - $.68
Alarm clock - $2.88

TOTAL - $6.74

KROGER (Wednesday):
12-pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
2 colby cheese @ 1.99 each (minus 10% discount/.65 coupon) - $2.93 (1.47 each)
2 shredded cheese @ 1.99 each (minus 10% discount/.50 coupon) - $3.08 (1.54 each)
Peanut butter @ 1.49 (minus 10% discount/.45 coupon) - $.89
Sour cream @ .99 (minus 10% discount) - $.89
4 dozen eggs @ .99 each (minus 10% discount) - $3.56 (.89 each)
Foil @ 1.99 (minus 10% discount) - $1.79
2 bags Community coffee @ 3.99 each ($1.00 coupon + $2.00 coupon) - $4.98 (2.49 each)

TOTAL - $20.60

GRAND TOTAL - $49.90

WEDNESDAY'S SHOPPING
 

Despite quite several price increases this week on items that I buy regularly, I came in just slightly under my $50 budget for the week. The best deals of the week were the marked down guacamole from Aldi and the cheese, peanut butter, eggs and coffee from Kroger. Whenever I get coupons for Community coffee, I wait until Kroger has it on sale for $3.99 to buy it. I know that I said I probably wouldn't buy more coffee for a while but I couldn't pass up that deal.

The recent price increases were on the heavy cream, shower spray and canned green chiles. The price has also apparently gone up on the dryer sheets at Walmart but the shelf tag still had the old price so I insisted that they charge me the old price. I could have done the same for the heavy cream at HEB but I didn't feel like bothering and have to wait for someone to check the tag. The price was increased on the cream two or three weeks ago yet they still haven't updated the shelf tag which irks me. HEB's price on heavy cream and shower spray had been the same as Walmart's. So, today I checked to see if Walmart had also increased their prices. Sure enough, the shower spray is also $2.24 at Walmart. I couldn't verify the price on cream at Walmart because they were out of it as usual. That's the main reason why I started buying it from HEB. I just could never depend on Walmart to have it when I needed it. I did look at some shelf tags where I thought the cream should have been and it looked like they may have increased their price to $3.99. That's higher than HEB's price and I like HEB's cream better anyway.

I paid less for the guacamole at Aldi than the price on the shelf tag. It's sell by date is tomorrow so they must have marked it down even more. It was marked $1.19 and they charged me 99-cents. I put it in the freezer right away so it should be fine by the time I get around to using it.



I bought the orange so that I can add the zest to the orange Low Carb Poke Cake that I'll be making on Friday. I will probably also use the juice of the orange in place of some of the water when I make the jello. I don't think that will increase the carbs per serving all that much.

By the way, I did my shopping today because the weather is very nice and they're predicting thunderstorms for Thursday morning.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday's Shopping


 
As you can see, I bought Diet Cherry Pepsi again. The taste grew on me. Prices are gradually creeping up. The Pepsi used to be $3.55 and it's now $3.99 (closer to $5.00 at other stores). Cream is up from $3.56 to $3.78 and the Clean Shower is now $2.24 instead of $1.97. I'll check Walmart's price on the shower spray on Thursday. Theirs was always the same price as HEB's and I bet it went up there too. At least the jalapeños were a bargain so I'm making another batch pickles today.
 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Menu for the week of 3/22 thru 3/28

SPANISH-STYLE SAUSAGE QUICHE
BURGER SCRAMBLE FLORENTINE

SUNDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Leftover Texas Sweet Onion Pie
Leftover Pork Roast

MONDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Spanish-Style Sausage Quiche
Burger Scramble Florentine

TUESDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Deep Dish Pizza

THURSDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Chicken with Peanut Curry Sauce

FRIDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Orange Poke Cake with Cloud Frosting


SATURDAY:
Ground Beef with Cheese or Eggs (my breakfast)
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
Cream of Asparagus Soup

CHICKEN WITH PEANUT CURRY SAUCE

JELLO POKE CAKE (WILL USE ORANGE)
 

I thought I had posted the "Cloud" frosting on my site but I don't see it. I use the "Cream Cheese Clouds" recipe as frosting and it works great. My plan is to make an orange version of the cake this time.

I've got a can of asparagus in the pantry that's been in there for a VERY long time. I've been meaning to make the soup recipe for ages but never seem to get around to it. Maybe this time I will make it if only to use up the asparagus. 
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shopping List for March 15 - March 21

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Jalapeños @ .69lb - $.74
Onions @ .59lb - $1.19
12-pack Diet Cherry Pepsi - $3.99

TOTAL - $6.32

HEB (Tuesday):
1 quart heavy cream - $3.78
Nasal strips - $6.88
Candy bar (found in clearance bin) - $.25

TOTAL - $10.93

ALDI (Wednesday):
4 ounce can mushrooms - $.59
Coffee - $3.99

TOTAL - $4.58

WALMART (Wednesday):
Cooking spray - $1.88
Hairspray - $1.24
Toothpaste - $.85
1 Roma tomato @ .98lb - $.17

TOTAL - $4.24

KROGER (Wednesday):
4 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.44
Ice cream @ 2.79 (minus 10% discount) - $2.51
Frozen spinach @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
Frozen cauliflower @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
Tortilla chips @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
12-pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
8-ouce colby cheese @ 1.99 (minus 10% discount) - $1.79
Parmesan cheese @ 2.97 (minus 10% discount) - $2.67
2 cream cheese @ 1.00 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
Peanut butter @ 1.49 (minus 10% discount) - $1.34
Napkins @ .97 (minus 10% discount) - $.87
2 cans tuna @ .50 each - $1.00
Tissue @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90

TOTAL - $19.49

GRAND TOTAL - $45.56

WEDNESDAY'S SHOPPING
 

The weather was nice so I did my shopping Wednesday afternoon instead of today.

I prefer Kroger's canned tuna over any of the name brands I've tried but I couldn't pass up the price on the Starkist. Kroger's was .79 and Starkist was on sale for 50-cents. Even with my senior discount, the Starkist was a better deal. By the way, that's more than half off the regular price. Not that Starkist is worth paying $1.09 per can for. It's not very good tuna, because it tends to be shreds of tuna fish floating in water, but it will be fine in a tuna casserole. Kroger's tuna is an actual chunk of fish.

As I mentioned on Tuesday, the Milky Way bar was a treat for my husband. It's not every day that you find one for only 25-cents and I thought he'd enjoy a treat.

I only bought four containers of yogurt this week because I'm going to stop eating it for a while. I go through phases where I lose my taste for sweet stuff in the morning and the nuts I put in it are expensive. I'll either eat quiche or eggs for breakfast or just have some cooked ground beef topped with cheese. I do like the convenience of having yogurt because I don't have to cook anything, other than to make my "crunchies" every couple of weeks, but it's time for a break.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday's Shopping


 
As you can see, I didn't buy much today. I haven't had Diet Cherry Pepsi in ages because it seemed like they had changed the flavor the last time I bought some. I think I was right because it still doesn't taste as good to me as it used to and it was always my favorite diet soda. So, I guess that the only diet soda that I like is Kroger's version of Dr. Pepper. 

I found the Milky Way bar in the clearance bin at HEB so I bought Jerry a 25-cent treat.

I made a batch of Bread & Butter Pickled Jalapeños when I got back from shopping. The peppers were still 69-cents pound today and they were nice and fresh. I like to keep a spare jar of the pickled peppers in the fridge while we eat the previous batch because they improve with age. They taste much better after a week or two than when freshly made.
 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Menu for the week of 3/15 thru 3/21

SAUSAGE-MUSHROOM DRESSING


SUNDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Leftover Swiss Onion Quiche
Roast chicken
Sausage-Mushroom Dressing 

MONDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Texas Sweet Onion Pie
Leftovers

TUESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Quick Asian Pork Stir-Fry

WEDNESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers

THURSDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Italian Meatball Burgers

FRIDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers

SATURDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt and Coconutty Crunch
Pork Roast

QUICK ASIAN PORK STIR-FRY