Sunday, January 31, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 2/1-2/7----Welcome February!

Well, Last week's Baked Rice didn't turn out that great.  The flavors blended beautifully, but baking the rice was a failure.  If we try this again it will stay in the skillet to cook through and we'll skip the baking.
We also abandoned the Potato Soup today in favor of a Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Cabbage-Yum!

MONDAY-Leftovers from Saturday's Spaghetti Meatball Dinner and Sunday's Roast Chicken Dinner
WEDNESDAY-Leftover Caribbean Nights
THURSDAY- Frozen Pizzas and Salad
FRIDAY- Tilapia with Brown Rice and Summer Squash Casserole
SATURDAY-Roast Turkey with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
SUNDAY-Leftover Turkey Dinner

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Shopping Week 1/23-1/29-Over Budget (AGAIN)!

I knew I would be over budget this week.  There were some great deals that I didn't want to miss out on.  Most weeks I can stay in budget and still get in on the deals that are great for my family, but every once in awhile there are a lot of great deals at once.  I always keep my fingers crossed for a slow week following one of these big weeks and so far it looks like that will be the case for next week!

How is this frugal?  I'm looking out for the best deals for the needs of my family.  Most deals run in cycles and I have a pretty good idea of how much of any particular item I need to last until the next cycle.  I also know that there are great sales weeks and weeks where I am not that excited about the deals.  If I go over budget this week to get in on the great deals, it is still better than going over when these products are full price and I am in dire need of them.  So, by spending a little more right now, I save in the long run.

Family Dollar: $2.32

Target: $1.99
Walmart: $.62

This was the best trip this week!  Both Pictures above were my mid-week Shoprite trip!
According to my receipt I saved $144.28!
Shoprite: $12.00

 Walmart: $4.62
Shoprite: $.45

Adams: $10.57

Total= $74.24
savings $261.68 (77%)

Missing pictures of 1 box raisin bran, 1 bag wise chips, 3 bottles aussie conditioner, and 4 newspapers!

MY GOAL:  Next week $15 or less!

Adams Farm Deals 1/29-2/1

79c/lb green squash zucchini
99c/lb No waste Crown Broccoli
99c/lb Red Peppers
99c/head Romaine Lettuce
3/99c Cucumbers
$1.49/bag 3lb bag Local McIntosh Apples

I keep hoping for the $1.39/lb chicken breast sale, but I won't complain since these are some nice produce deals and we are in desperate need! (Let's just say carrots are not cutting it anymore).

Go here to view the full ads for Kingston, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie (NY).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shoprite Sales wk of 1/31-2/6

Free - Breakstone's Sour Cream $1.09-55c/1 1/24/10SS
Free - Frank’s Red Hot or Buffalo Wing Sauce $1.39 - 75c/1 1/24/10 SS
Free - French's Brown Deli Mustard 77c - 50c/1 IP
Free - Heluva Good Dips $1.29 -75c/1 1/24/10 SS
1c - Old El Paso Green Chilies-chopped $1.11- 55c/1 IP
29c - Heinz Squeeze Ketchup $1.79 -75c/1 1/03/10 SS SUNDAY ONLY exp 1/31/10
50c - Each WYB2 - Chex Mix 2/$3(MUST BUY 2) - 50c/1 IP
99c - Multigrain Cheerios 1.99 - $1/1 IP
$1.49 - Hellmann's Mayo $2.99-75c/1 IP

Wednesday Tip Day (A Day Late)----thinking outside the box!

Sometime in the spring/summer of 2009 I managed to get in on the super deals at Target that made these free or very cheap.  I really stocked up on them since they were such a bargain.
About a month ago we ran out of regular Q-Tips.  I almost went to the store, but since there were no great deals, I thought twice.  I'm so glad I did.  Why did I NEED to spend money when I had, essentially, the same product right in my own closet.
An important part of being frugal is thinking outside the box. 
You can apply this to many things, but most often I apply this practice in regards to recipes.  I love to try new recipes, but often find the fresh ingredients can get pricey.  So, we substitute with something else in season or on sale.
For example, the Chicken Burritos recipe that we use calls for Green Peppers.  Well, often green peppers are the best price, but if red is a better deal then we use red peppers.

There are so many ways to apply thinking out of the box to a frugal lifestyle and there are so many creative people out there who can turn anything into something practical.
I love seeing the magicians at work via posts on their blogs or magazine articles and even in everyday life.

What are your favorite outside the box things?

This post is linked to LifeAsMom!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Get Fit & Win

with Sorrento & President Cheese

Enter now through March 13, 2010!

Do you really do that?

We all have our little frugal crazies, right?
So, when my husband left an ALMOST empty bottle of body wash on the counter, I asked, "Is that for the recycling?".  I took the cap off and added some water and put it back in the shower caddy for another use (heck, maybe even 2)! We do this will all of our shampoo, condioner, body wash, .....well, you get the idea.
Does that make me crazy?  Does it make me resourceful? 
One of the things that I most love about a frugal lifestyle is that it emphasizes minimizing waste. 
The lifecycle of my body wash, for example, is such that I have minimized waste all along the way.
It starts with using my own tote and refusing the store's plastic.  Some stores even reward me for bringing my own tote!  Then I drop my receipt in the recycling bin for paper (after I record it in my excel sheet, ofcourse).  It's then used, every last drop is used up.  Finally, when it is quite literally ALL GONE, it finds its way to my recycling bin.  Yes, even recycling saves me money!  After all, it's less trash to pay for at the dump and our dump takes recycleables for FREE!
So, you see, what might seem crazy, really adds up.

What are your frugal crazies, the ones that aren't really that crazy at all? 

BTW-I don't throw away the slivers of bar soap left at the end, I add them to the new bar!

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Freezer Friendly !

Frugal Mom Jenn

Jenn over at Frugal Mom Jenn has "Monday Methods" post up on freezing and is looking for recipes to make ahead and freeze.
I've compiled some of my favorites here and will send this link her way.
If you have any suggestions post them here and then head on over and tell Jenn about them, too!

Summer Squash Casserole

Potato Ham Bake

Shredded Chicken for Enchiladas, Tacos, Burritos, etc

Grandma B's Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Wild Rice Chicken Supreme

The 3 chicken recipes are favorites in our house and are great to prepare the same day since they all require cooking whole chicken breast and then shredding or cubing.
I usually do the Wild Rice and Broccoli Chicken Breasts first and then reserve some broth for those recipes.  After that I can add some water and spicier seasonings to the pot for the Shredded Chicken to boil in!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 1/25-1/31

Monday- leftover Ropa Vieja
Wednesday- Leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday- Tamale Pie (based on the Moosewood recipe)
Friday-Tilapia with baked potatoes and steamed broccoli
Saturday- Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs with Salad
Sunday- Potato/Bacon Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tamale Pie (EASY)!

This is so delicious and easy!
It's pretty frugal, but if you want to go even further, you can make your own polenta much cheaper than the ready-made kind!

Tamale Pie

“Moosewood Restaurant New Classics”

Serves 4
•1 15-ounce can pinto beans with liquid
•1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
•1/2 cup salsa
•1 teaspoon ground cumin
•1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•12 ounces prepared polenta
•3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
•1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or an 11-inch baking dish. Set aside.
2. Empty the beans into a large bowl, and mash with a potato masher or fork. Add corn, salsa, cumin, oregano and salt. Mix and set aside.
3. Slice the polenta roll into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Arrange the rounds in the skillet, slightly overlapping. Spoon the bean mixture over the polenta, and sprinkle on the cilantro and cheese.
4. Cover and bake for 15 minutes, and then uncover and bake for15 minutes more, until the beans are bubbling and hot. For a crisp topping, place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

I've also added cooked cubed/shredded chicken and/or cooked rice to this dish!

Friday, January 22, 2010

New $1/2 Kraft Coupon!

There's a great new coupon available here!

I am quite certain there will be some great sales to combine with this Q in the near future, but if you need cheese right away you can head to Shoprite.
During the sale wk of 1/24-1/30 Cracker Barrel is on sale for $2.49, which would make it only $1.99 after the Q!

Shopping Week 1/16-1/22----Over by a bunch!

I like to keep my weekly spending around $40, but that did not happen this week.  The only thing that makes me feel ok with that is the fact that I will eventually receive $25 worth of rebates from my shopping this week. I won't count those until I receive them, so for this week my grand total is $55.09.

Here's a picture story of my shopping week!
I shopped Adams, CVS, Shoprite, and Walmart

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shoprite Sales wk of 1/24-1/30

Finally, a week of sales worth posting about!

FREE-Quakes Mini Rice Snacks 77c-75c/1 1/10/10SS

FREE-Scotties tissues 77c-50c/1 IP
FREE-carpet fresh $1.49-$1.50 IP
FREE-Ortega Taco Seasoning 3/$2 (66c/67c each)-75c/2 1/24/10SS
FREE-French's mustard 77c -50c IP
FREE-Mission Burrito Size tortillas $1.49- 75c/1 1/10/10SS YMMV-DND5
FREE-Chobani $1-$1/1 12/13 SS
19c-Texas Pete Hot Sauce $1.29-55c/1 10/18/09SS

50c/3-6oz Stonyfield Yogurt cups 50c-50c/3 IP when you register
27c/each WYB2- Bar S 77c-$1/2 IP
33c- Hormel Chili Master 3/$4-50c/1 1/24/1-SS
49c-Wise Chips $1.49-50c/1 IP
89c-Sargento Shredded CHeese $1.99-55c/1 All YOU
99c-Shoprite refill baby wipes (176ct)

99c-Newman's Own Salsa or Pasta Sauce $1.99-50c/1 1/24/10 inserts
99c-Nabisco Crackers $1.99- $2/2 IP

Thank you, SHOPRITE!

Hooray!  I just picked up a copy of the sales ad for Shoprite for 1/24-1/30 and am so pleased to find lots of great deals!  IMHO, it has been a little slow going for a few weeks and I was beginning to worry.

Here's a teaser:  Shoprite Refill Baby Wipes 176ct 99c!  That makes these around 1/2 cent per wipe!

Head on over here for more match-ups!

check back tonight for a preview of the rest of the shoprite deals for next week!

I did it!

Remember my goal to improve organization?
I have taken one major step in the right direction!

I finally tackled my "to be filed" file and took care of over a years worth of filing.sorting.shredding!

It's feels so great to have this done.
And, I am retraining myself as well.
I had a few more things that needed to be filed a few days after I accomplished this and went to put them in the "to be filed" file and realized it would only take a moment longer to file them directly!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

19c Glade Fragrance Collection Candles at Shoprite!

Go here to print a Q for $3/2 Glade Fragrance Collection.
Shoprite's regular price on the 2oz candles is $3.19.
They are running a catalina deal through Jan 24th.

Buy any of the Fragrance Collection by Glade 10 oz (3-Wick) or 2 oz Soy Candles, 4.9 oz Soy Candles, or Scented Reed Diffusers between 1/1 & 1/24
Buy (2) & Get $3.00 or
Buy (3) & Get $4.00 or
Buy (4) or More & Get $5.00 Coupon Off Your Next Offer

Your best bet is to buy 2 at a time, so print your two coupons and then in do two separate transactions.

Buy (2) 2oz soy @ $3.19 = $6.28 - (1) $3/2 Q = $3.28
Receive a $3 ONYO making the final cost 19c each!

You must go read this!

Jenn at FrugalUpstate is working on a series she calls the "Frugal Living Primer".
I've just finished reading her first post titled, "What is Frugal Living?". 
It is a must read for everyone! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


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Don't forget to check out the websites of your favorite products.  Many companies will have a members section and will send you occassional emails with coupons or other promo offers!

Wednesday Tip Day-Counting Calories is like shopping sales!

In the end of December I outlined a few of my current goals.  Last week I wrote about our path to eliminate debt, focusing on organization and improving time management skills.

My 4th goal is to:
4. Focus on exercise and healthier eating, but do so within our frugal lifestyle.

I have a great deal of extra weight that I have been carrying for some time.  I want and need to focus on reaching a healthy weight and then maintaining that weight.  I want to feel better so I can better enjoy my life and my family.  Up until very recently I had been opposed to counting calories to achieve these weight loss goals. What changed? 

If you are frugal, it goes without saying that you love a good great deal. I love paying 38c on a grocery trip and seeing the bottom of my receipt where it says, "Total Savings today is $40.22" (that's really one of my receipts from Shoprite last week)! So, I thought to myself, "Why can't I apply the same numbers to weight loss goals"?  If I can get the same rush from looking at everything I ate for the day and knowing that not only was it purchased at rock bottom prices, but it was healthy and afforded me lower caloric intake, then maybe counting calories can really work for me.
I'm going to allow a little wiggle room in my grocery budget to buy healthier foods if necessary, but am hoping it won't be.
I plan to track my numbers and post percentages of my total goal here alongside my monthly financial check-in.  I'm hoping the new way of looking at the numbers combined with the tracking will help me stick to my goals.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Menu Plan 1/18-1/24

We've been keeping things pretty simple around here and it's been really nice to have a loose plan, but primarily to go with the flow.  I've been making a real effort to increase fresh fruits and veggies and it is quite refreshing!

MONDAY-Fish Sticks, Baked Potatoes and Carrots
TUESDAY- Sandwiches (egg/tuna salad or PB&J) for a road trip
WEDNESDAY- TBA-I want to find a new recipe based around London Broil
THURSDAY- Leftovers from Wednesday
FRIDAY- Wild Rice Chicken Supreme ( from my freezer )
This is a family favorite from Uncle Ben's!
SATURDAY- Leftovers from Friday
SUNDAY- Hubby's choice (he chooses, he cooks)

I'd love recommendations for something new to try with my London Broil. 
~No fancy, expensive ingredients
~Quick Prep Time
~Slow Cooker Preferred

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New Huggies Printables!

There are new Huggies printable coupons here!

75c/1 Wipes 64ct or higher
$1/1 any Huggies Diapers
$2/1 Huggies Overnight Diapers
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers
$2.50/1 Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Summer Squash Casserole!

My mother makes a fabulous Summer Squash Recipe.  I had some zucchini that needed to be used up.
I often steam them with some onions, garlic and tomotoes, but wasn't in the mood for that, so I deciced to use them in place of the Summer Squash in this recipe.


2 lbs summer squash, sliced and cooked (do not overcook)
2lbs onions, sliced and cooked (do not overcook)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup sour cream (I always sub low-fat)
1 stick margarine melted
1 small pkg herb stuffing mix
1 can cream of chicken soup (I always sub low-fat)

Melt a little butter on bottom of casserole dish.  Layer Stuffing, 1/2 squash, 1/2 onions, 1/2 raw carrots, 1/2 sour cream, and 1/2 cream of chicken.  Pour 1/2 butter over top.  Repeat layers, saving a little stuffing for top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

I didn't have any herb stuffing so I substituted corn bread stuffing, which worked fine in this recipe.
I ate a little last night and froze 1/2 the casserole for another time.
I used some leftovers on top of pasta for lunch!

Stocking Stuffers no more!

I stopped in to Michael's last week to check out the Christmas clearance. I was specifically hoping to find some good stocking stuffer items clearanced. I was pleased with the results!

All of these cute princess items will be great in DD3's Easter basket and were only 33c each!

What are the creative ways you have found to re-purpose Christmas clearance items?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Shopping Week 1/9-1/15---I love Overage!

I made too many stops at Shoprite this week, but I'm ok with that.
The McCormick grinders were on sale for 99c and the 75c Q from recent inserts were giving overage with doubling.  I decided it was worth ordering Qs from ebay since each coupon gave 51c overage toward my other purchases.  I have 4 Qs left and am planning one last trip tomorrow to use up my Tony's Pizza Rain Check from a few weeks back.  The pizzas are 38c each after Qs with that rain check and I'll apply the overage toward that purchase!  Yes, that is 20 packages of bacon in my pictures! Those were 38c after Qs!


Next, I stopped at Aldi, Adams, and Target for a few things.

A quick stop at the bulk bins in Mother Earth's Warehouse followed by a quick run in to Target for the Special K!

SHOPRITE= $23.83
ADLI= $9.92
(I used a giftcard from a previous deal to pay for the special k, which would have been $1.73)


It's a little more than I like to spend in a week, but I knew this was going to happen.
When I stopped in to Aldis to pick up a few of the produce items and parmesan cheese, I decided to buy a second container of parm so as to avoid stopping in again for awhile.  I made a similar decision at Mother Earth's in regards to the rice and beans.  I stocked up a bit more than we need right now, so as to avoid another trip into the store anytime soon.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Throwing away Money!

In my recent post regarding my current goals, I spent a great deal of time discussing my desire to be more organized. With the Holidays and our home schedule a bit disrupted of late, I haven’t been cooking at home as much. I went to look for oranges for snack the other day and was very disappointed to find a few spoiled produce items.

There is nothing I detest more than waste, so I am blogging about it here to hold myself accountable.

I wrote primarily about my lack of organization leading to wasted time. Well, this serves as a good reminder that my lack of organization also leads to wasted products, which means I have wasted money.

I’m strongly considering using outlook reminders for scheduling tasks/reminders and will definitely include a reminder to check my fridge weekly for soon to expire food and my pantry monthly for the same.

What type of calendar/reminder system do you use for organizing your tasks?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Replaced with....3 goal posts at once!

I missed last week's post because.......................well, life happens!

Today, I'm going to focus on three of the goals I am working on in my life right now.

1. Continue on our path to eliminate debt.
2. Improve Organization in relationship to all aspects of our life.
3. Create and follow a better schedule to maximize "work" time, so we can better enjoy "play" time.
We have set out to eliminate debt.
In April of 2009 we officially set out to pay off all debt.  Up until that point we had stopped using credit cards but had not set up an official budget or plan.  We set up a budget and an official plan and have continued to update it as things change and evolve.  Our general plan has stayed the same, but we have modified the details as necessary.  Constantly re-evaluating any plan helps to keep it manageable.
We will track our progress basing our goals off of our current standing.  In other words all debt we currently have will be considered 100% of our debt even though we actually made some progress in 2009.  We are essentially resetting our progress measures.  We have an Emergency Fund set aside and at this time have no plans to contribute further to that fund.
1.  Continue to pay off credit card debt focusing on one card at a time.  We currently take any extra income and put it all toward this goal.  I am setting a goal to payoff all credit card debt by January 1, 2011.

2. Pay off Auto Loan by May 2010.  We have set ourselves up so that this should be easily accomplished.  This will mean that in May we will own two cars completely.  We will then take about 1/3 of our current car payments and put that money into a savings account for car repairs and/or a new car when the time comes.  One car is older and we hope to drive it as long as possible, but you never know when it might quit, so we want to have some savings to deal with anything that might come up.   We hope to increase the contributions to this savings account once our Credit Card Debt has been dealt with.
3. Research options for Health Insurance.  We are currently covered under a plan that will no longer be available to us as of this fall, so we need to start researching our best options for coverage and cost.
4. Explore opportunities to earn extra income.  Any extra income will help to reduce our debt faster. (Is that obvious? *smile*)
Improve Organization and Time Management
(I decided these two go hand in hand so here they are together.)

Many people would tell you that I am a very organized person.  Would you believe I was sent to the Caribbean at the age of 8 as a mother's helper for my 2yo cousin and to help my aunt organize the home office?!  However, I feel that there is still a lot of improvement to be made in this area.
1. Focus on better time management and better organization of my time.  This is the area in which I hope to improve the most.  I don't need to be perfect, simply improved.  I need to organize things so that there is less last minute running around, less last minute doing.
2.  Improve Menu Planning.  I need to get more variety into the menu and plan further in advance to make sure that I have any ingredients that we do not normally have on hand.
3.  Keep home filing in better order.  My "to be filed" file is too often neglected.
4.  Organize housework in such a fashion that it does not pile up/back up as often.  Every time we do a major house cleaning I say to myself, "Now, I just need to do a little every day to stay on top of this" and I never keep to that.  The end result is another major cleaning day which usually happens on a weekend day and takes away from time we could be spending doing other family activities.  I really hope to get a little done each night after the kids go to bed, so we can better enjoy our weekends.

Those are the major organizational and time management tasks I am working on, but I am certain there are a million other little things that will arise on a daily basis.  Ultimately, I hope to be organized enough to take on any task that comes up, planned or unplanned.

Check back next wednesday for my plans to achieve my healthier lifestyle goals, but in the meantime you can leave me a comment with your goals/plans or with any suggestions.

A thrift Store Find!

I normally run my errands after dropping DD3 at preschool, rather than driving home only to head back out to pick her up.  Since, I've slowed down a bit on the drugstore shopping, I have more "free" time with DD1 during those morning hours.  I managed to get everything necessary done early today and so we made a quick stop into one of the local thrift stores.  I had driven by last week and noted a big sign in the window advertising 50% off all clothes!  This particular store is quite small and like most second hand stores, is hit or miss.  There was a cute sweatshirt for DD1, that would have been a quarter, but it was the size she is currently growing out of, so I skipped that deal.
I had two great finds:

They look pretty dull in this picture, but are really quite practical!
DD3 is wearing a 5/6 right now and these are size 6 blue cotton pants in excellent condition and for only 50c!
The sweater is for me and is Gap at a cost of $1.  It is so soft!  I can't wait to wash it so I can cuddle up in it.  It needs a little work to remove some of the pilling, but is perfect for this cold weather!

Are you in the Hudson Valley?
Leave a comment with the name, location, and any other pertinent info for your favorite second hand stores(doesn't just have to be clothes) and I'll compile a list and post it here!

Monday, January 11, 2010


There's a great new IP here for $1 off any Quaker Instant Oatmeal or Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned Oats.  And to add to the greatness factor, it appears to have a long expiration date!  My Q printed with 4/30/10 as the exp.

I am certain there will be many great deals to go with this Q, but I want to mention that Old Fashioned Oats are 2/$3 this week at Shoprite, which would make these 50c after (2) IPs!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

FREE HALLS at Shoprite! thru 1/16

Select 30ct Halls Cough Drops are on Sale for $1 this week at Shoprite.
There is a 50c/1 IP here, making these Free after doubling!

Ropa Vieja Slow Cooker Recipe!

Ok, ok, I know that's a pic of DD3's Dora Plate.
I snapped a pic of my plate as we were eating the other night and she insisted I snap one of her plate as well.
I'm lucky she did because both pics looked good on the little screen on the camera, but when I uploaded the pic of my plate it left a lot to be desired.  I would go so far as to say you might lose your appetite!  Luckily, the picture of her plate was decent enough to use and does a little better justice to this delicious recipe/meal.

Ropa Vieja
Serves 6-Prep Time 10 minutes

1 Flank Steak (1.5lbs)
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 med. green bell pepper, chopped
1 jar ( 1lb 10oz) Ragu Chunky Pasta Sauce
1/2 c beef broth or water
1 can (4oz) chopped green chilies drained
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1. Season Steak with salt and pepper. Heat Olive Oil in skillet over med-high heat. Cook Steak 3-4 minutes or until just browned.
2. Combine pasta sauce, green pepper, green chilies, and red pepper flakes in slow cooker.  Add Steak, covering with broth or water.
3. Cook on LOW 8-10 hours or HIGH 4-6 hours or until meat is fork tender.  With 2 forks, shred meat.  Return meat to sauce and heat through.

~ I like to use fresh chilies and we add a bit more than the 4oz equivalent as well as a bit more of the red pepper flakes.  We like it a little hot!
~I also add Green Olives toward the end (long enough to heat through), which add a nice zing here and there!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Menu Plan 1/11-1/17-----Use It Up!

Last week I had planned a nice Carribean Nights Slow Cooker for Wednesday. Well, as often happens, my well laid plan fell to pieces!  I forgot to pick up Plaintains!
My mom had given me a new Slow Cooker Recipe Book for my Birthday last month and then copied a few of the recipes since they looked so good!  She happened to mention over the Holidays that she had tried the Ropa Vieja recipe and that it was delicious!
I quickly decided that Ropa Vieja would be a great substitute!
And a great substitute it was!  It was easy and delicious!

DD3 insisted I take a picture of her plate while I was taking one of mine.  It's a good thing she did because the picture of my plate came out horribly, which I just found out as I attempted to load it here!
Do you like the Dora plate!?!


Monday- Veggie Burgers with Baked Potatoes and Broccoli
Tuesday-Dinner at a friend's house!
Wednesday- Tilapia with Rice and Zucchini
Thursday- Turkey Dogs and Mac N Cheese with Carrots
Friday- Frozen Pizza and Salad
Saturday- Black Beans and Rice with veggies
Sunday- Leftover Beans and Rice

I'm trying to use up a few things that have been in my freezer for a bit and need to be used up!
It's time to make room for new bargains and some more chicken breast, which we buy in 40lb bulk!

What's in your freezer taking up too much room!?

Friday, January 8, 2010

1/2/10-1/8/10 Shopping Week----Nothing too Remarkable, but not too shabby either!

My favorite deals this week were
FREE Smartaste Pasta at Stop & Shop and 40c boxes of Cheerios at Shoprite. 

Adams = $9.04
Shoprite = $14.94 (savings = $45.01) 75% Savings

Adams= $4.98
Shoprite = $6.43 (savings= $26.25) 80% Savings
Stop & Shop = $0 (savings = $5) 100% Savings
Target = $3.46 (savings = $7.50) 68% Savings
Walgreens = $1.88 (savings = $18.98) 91% Savings

Total Saved = $102.74
Average Saved 75%

Not a Bad Way to Start the New Year!