Weekly Grocery Deals + Menu – Kroger Shopping!

Kroger is having its BUY 5 GET $5 sale this week, and it’s a great time to stock up! There seemed to be so many good deals at all of the stores this week, but the 5 for $5 sale tipped the scales in Kroger’s favor. Our meal plan for the week is based off of their weekly ad for February 21, 2018 to February 27, 2018.

Once again, this is a week packed with activities, so easy meals are a must! Here is the weekly menu.

  • Monday – Rotisserie Chicken with Blueberry Coleslaw (see coleslaw recipe below)
    (sale items – rotisserie chicken, organic blueberries)
  • Tuesday – Barbecue St. Louis style Spareribs
    (sale items – St. Louis style spareribs)
  • Wednesday – Chicken Salad with Avocado Toast
    (sale items – rotisserie chicken, Dave’s Killer Organic Bread, and avocado)
  • Thursday – Sausage and Egg English Muffin Sandwiches with Fruit, Kale, and Yogurt Smoothies
    (sale items – Thomas’ English Muffins, Kroger breakfast sausage, Kraft shredded cheese, Private Selection frozen fruit, kale, Chobani Yogurt)
  • Friday – Salmon with Lemon Butter (see recipe below) and roasted asparagus
    (sale items – fresh Atlantic Salmon and asparagus)

Make sure you save the leftover rotisserie chicken to make the chicken salad. It can even be made on Monday for Wednesday’s meal (if you have extra time Monday). You can even make the coleslaw on Sunday for Monday. When making the breakfast sandwiches on Thursday, make extra to freeze for a quick breakfast (Click here for a great “how-to” and recipe).  If you have leftover salmon, save it to add a protein to a salad over the weekend. Make this menu work for YOUR schedule.

These meals take advantage of the sale prices at Kroger this week to us help save money. Planning the meals organizes us so we aren’t spending our early evening wondering what to make (and ending up ordering take-out). We also can utilize leftovers to create different meals.

Please share your tips to stretch your food dollar and keep your weeknights running smoothly! Cheers!

Gourmet Salmon Taste without Spending Gourmet Time

[recipe title=”Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter” servings=”6″ time=”40 minutes” difficulty=”easy” description=”A flavorful and quick baked salmon recipe.”][recipe-notes]Credit: Adapted from AllRecipes.com.[/recipe-notes]
[recipe-ingredients]
– 1/2 cup water
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 1/2 cup butter, cut into 16 pieces
– 2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
– 2 pounds salmon filets
– 1/4 cup butter, cut into 4 pieces
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 1 lemon, sliced into 8 pieces
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1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Mix water and lemon juice in a small bowl.
3. Place 16 small pieces of butter in 2 rows inside a baking dish and top each with the garlic slices.
4. Put salmon on top of butter and garlic.
5. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a bowl; stir in 1/4 cup olive oil, and minced garlic.
6. Spoon half of the butter, oil, garlic mixture over the salmon and top with lemon slices.
7. Pour half of the lemon juice/water mixture into the baking dish.
8. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes, and baste salmon with juices from baking dish.
9. Pour remaining butter, olive oil, garlic mixture and remaining lemon juice/water mixture over the salmon.
10. Continue baking about 10-15 minutes, or until salmon is easily flaked with a fork.
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Have a taste of summer barbecue today!
[recipe title=”Fresh Blueberry Coleslaw” servings=”6″ time=”20 minutes” difficulty=”easy” description=”Crisp and fresh coleslaw with sweet blueberries and honey yogurt dressing.”][recipe-notes]Credit: Jillian at www.simplesassyscrumptious.com[/recipe-notes]
[recipe-ingredients]
– 6 ounces Red cabbage shredded
– 6 ounces green cabbage shredded
– 3 ounces broccoli slaw mix
– 2 T Honey
– ¼ Cup Apple Cider vinegar
– 1 tsp Orange Zest
– ¼ Cup sliced almonds
– ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
– 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

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1. In a large bowl combine the cabbages, broccoli slaw mix and almonds.
2. In a separate bowl whisk together the honey, apple cider vinegar, orange zest and plain Greek yogurt.
3. Combine the slaw mix with the dressing. Gently fold in the blueberries until completely combined.
4. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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DIY Flower Arrangement

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I found these really cute large coffee mugs at the dollar store and wanted to find something creative to do with them.  Since the kids were still in school, I decided to make mini flower arrangements out of each coffee cup and send them to all the teachers.  They can be used for Thank You gifts, Birthday gifts, Get Well gifts , a Random act of Kindness or simply to make someone Smile.

 

Items needed:

Large Coffee Mugs {spent $1 on each mug)

Wet Foam (used a 40% off coupon at Micheal’s cost $3.24)

Peat Moss (found at dollar store $1)

Large Flower Bouquet with lots of Greenery  ($9.99)

 

Total Cost to make 10 Mug Flower Arrangements = $24.23

That is Less than $2.50 each!  What a great price for something that looks so pretty and brings so much joy to those who receive the flowers.

 

 

Gather Materials
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Cut Foam to the size of your mug
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Make sure they fit. Then pour water over the foam to keep fresh flowers moist. If you have dried flowers, be sure to use the dry foam and DO NOT Water.
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Cut Fresh flowers under running water to the size desired. Place in foam.
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Start with the largest or Focal Point Flower first then make sure to use fillers to complete your look.
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Use PEAT Moss to finish. Place a small amount around the outside of the coffee mug.
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Finished Products:
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See, it really was not hard at all.

The gifts are ready for giving.

 

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Meal Plan: High Light – Make 3 Dinners out of Pork Loin

After looking through the sales ads for, Kroger was the winner for our meal planning. Some people may have time to go to several stores to really take advantage of all of the deals. However, most of us are just thankful to make it to one. Taking the time to see where the best deals are and organizing meals around that really will save time and money. That is why meal planning from what is on sale is so important.

As a bonus, there are two easy recipes included! Here is a link to this week’s Kroger Ad (February 14-20, 2018).

This week we are creating 3 meals from one cut of meat. It’s a great way to save money and time!

  • Monday – Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin
  • Tuesday – Parmesan Turkey Meatballs with Cream of Chicken and Herb Sauce
  • Wednesday – Pork Fried Rice
  • Thursday – Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard Sauce
  • Friday – Shrimp Primavera with Garlic Sauce

Try this easy weeknight meal that will taste like you spent all day.
[recipe title=”Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard Sauce” servings=”4″ time=”25 minutes” difficulty=”easy” description=”Use this creamy sauce to add some punch to pork.”][recipe-notes]Credit: Adapted from Nestle Carnation[/recipe-notes]
[recipe-ingredients]
– 1 lb boneless pork tenderloin
– Salt and pepper
– 1 Tbsp olive oil
– 1/2 cup evaporated milk (don’t confuse with sweetened condensed milk)
– 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
– 3 green onions, sliced (optional garnish)
[/recipe-ingredients][recipe-directions]
1. Cut pork into 1-inch thick slices.
2. Place pork between two pieces of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin, flatten to 1/4-inch thickness.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Add olive oil to pan, and saute ginger and garlic on medium-high heat.
5. Add 2 pieces of pork to pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until cooked.
6. Remove from skillet; cover with foil to keep warm.
7. Cook remaining pork, remove from skillet, and keep warm.
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Try this twist on meatbals.
[recipe title=”Parmesan Turkey Meatballs with Cream of Chicken Sauce” servings=”4-6″ time=”40 minutes” difficulty=”easy” description=”Turkey meatballs in a creamy sauce will delight.”][recipe-notes]Credit: Jennifer Dziekan[/recipe-notes]
[recipe-ingredients]
Meatballs
– 1 lb ground turkey
– 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp pepper
– 1 egg, slightly beaten
– 1/3 cup water
Sauce
– 1 can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken & Herb Condensed Soup
– 1/2 can water
– 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
– dash of garlic powder
[/recipe-ingredients][recipe-directions]
1. Mix meatball ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Shape into 1/2″ to 1″ meatballs.
3. Brown meatballs over medium or medium-high in frying pan and cover.
4. Turn meatballs every few minutes to brown all sides.
5. Mix sauce ingredients together and pour over meatballs.
6. Cover and simmer at medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yum!
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The meatball recipe is great to double. Freeze half of the cooked meatballs (before you add the Cream of Chicken Sauce) to use in spaghetti another time.

As with any recipes, feel free to substitute and enhance to put your own spin on it! Bon appetit!

Grocery Deals, Menu Planning & 2 Valentine Dinner Options OH MY!

This week I have a super busy week! It is Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, so let the crazy begin!
That is why I have taken the liberty to create a super simple menu for the week.

Monday: Frozen Meal with Spinach and Carrots

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Broccoli and Rice (use leftover rice on Friday)

Wednesday, Valentine’s Day:
Steak with Lobster, Loaded baked Potato and Sweet Corn (use leftover steak and corn for Friday)
Appetizer: Shrimp Cocktail
Dessert: Triple Chocolate Tiger Cake
Culinary Challenged Alternative Menu Available (see video)

Thursday: Soup and Salad (5 minute meal)

Friday: Steak Burrito Bowl – Rice, Black Beans, Grilled Peppers and Onions, Diced Steak, Tomatoes, Shredded Cheese, Salsa and Light Sour Cream

Have a wonderful Valentin’s Day and enjoy and easy meal week!

 

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Guest Post: What is Your Guiding Word? By Creative Contessa Designs

For those who have a love/hate relationship with resolutions, consider this idea. My dear friend of 20+ years, Shannon, doesn’t make resolutions. She chooses a word each year to guide her life choices, and I absolutely love this idea! A very thoughtful and spiritual woman, she prays and discovers signs pointing her in the right direction. Last year her word was “Focus,” and she used the year to gain insight into the life she wanted and the relationships she was cultivating. She felt moved to go outside of her comfort zone and partake in a mission trip to Haiti. While there with the intention to help others, she discovered that her eyes were opened wider than they had ever been and learned much from the people she was there to help. Leaving Haiti with a true sense of what a community was, what friendships were supposed to be, and how much effort she was putting into unfruitful endeavors, she resolved to make positive changes in her life.

This year Shannon has chosen the word “Intentional.” Being intentional about nourishing spiritual, emotional, and physical health will shed light on which activities and relationships are deserving of her time and commitment. Realizing that is ok to say “no” to an invitation that doesn’t offer nourishment frees up time to focus on what matters.

I want us all to have the strength and clarity to listen to our innermost thoughts. Clear your mind and take a moment to reflect on these questions and statements to see if you can find your word of the year.

  • What are your thoughts telling you when you are focused enough to listen?
  • What areas of your life do you feel need more attention?
  • How do you envision your future?
  • What actions do you need to take to succeed?
  • Consider your commitments and what they give and take from you.
  • Look at your relationships and see their strengths and weaknesses.

Go through your answers to these questions and see if your life choices are leading you down the path you want to go. When I do this exercise, it is abundantly clear to me that I need to be “Authentic” to my core values in the decisions I make and the actions I take. I aim to let my values guide me to being a more compassionate, disciplined, healthy, and capable woman. Let us know what your Guiding Word is.

To remind you to stay on track, create a beautiful engraved necklace, bracelet, or key chain with your Guiding Word on it. Check out these from Soulfeel Jewelry. If you choose to purchase anything, we will earn a small percentage as an affiliate.

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Menu Planning For the Week, Best Deals, Where to Shop & Menu

 

What’s for Dinner This Week?

Monday – Chicken and Peanut Thai Stir Fry Tuesday – Pork Country Ribs Wednesday – Ground Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers Thursday – Chicken Caesar Salad (5 minute dinner) Friday – Brats in a Bun with Sauteed Peppers and Onions with Asian Slaw

Weekly menu planning will help take

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Less than $40 for Four Ground Turkey Crock Pot Meals

Less than $40 for Four Ground Turkey Crock Pot Meals

Check out the Houston Life TV Segment from KPRC Channel 2 Houston.

 

GRAND TOTAL $39.44!

Total Cost of Four Ground Turkey Slow Cooker/Freezer Meals

  Ground Turkey Taco Soup

  Italian Meatballs

 

  Turkey and Mushrooms

 

  Turkey Chili

 

 

$13.31 Ground Turkey

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Guest Post: What’s the Best Thing That Never Happened To You?

 

Have you ever wanted something so badly only to find out it wasn’t in the cards for you? The promotion didn’t come through. The house we wanted was purchased by someone else. The relationship we devoted ourselves to ended. The university we dreamed of attending didn’t accept us. We didn’t make the team.

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Over $100 in Hot Coupons!

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Ground Turkey Taco Soup – Slow Cooker

Ground Turkey Taco Soup – Slow Cooker – Freezer Meal My Cost:  $9.99 Plus additional cost for your favorite toppings. Ingredients:

1 pound cooked ground turkey

1 can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can kidney bean (drained and rinsed)

1 can rotel tomatoes

1 can diced

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Guest Post: Appreciate the Busy By Creative Contessa Designs

Sickness has come calling on my family, uninvited, I may add, and I did not act as a gracious host. While taking care of one child with Flu B and strep, another child came down with Flu A. I was so diligent in trying to keep it at bay, washing hands like a surgeon,

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New Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent Rates an “A”

How to make Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent This helps eliminate bringing dangerous chemicals and additives into your home. My original recipe for laundry detergent contained Borax.  Although it is a naturally occurring mineral, it is also toxic and very controversial. I set out to find a better alternative and it payed off in a

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Menu Planning Tips to Save Money $$$$

 

How to make dinner time cost effective!

1) Plan your weekly menu on sales from the store or items you already have. I find that having a plan for dinner is much less stressful for me. I am not running around at the last minute wondering what is for dinner. Not to say that

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