Pig in a Blanket

Did you know that April 24th is National Pig in a Blanket Day? Well, I didn’t until earlier this morning.

These can be made in numerous ways so I am just going to post a few links to other sites to show some ways that they are made. Feel free to leave a link to your favorite recipe in the comments.

Mini Crescent Dogs from Pillsbury.com

Pigs in a Blanket from Allrecipes.com

Pigs in a Blanket (From Scratch) from Food.com

Neely’s Pigs in a Blanket from Foodnetwork.com (these are a little different from the ordinary)

 

Easy Soft Pretzels

I don’t know about anyone else but I love soft pretzels dipped in mustard. I really don’t get to have them that often but every now and then the craving hits and I make these to enjoy. The kids love helping to shape the pretzels too. Continue reading “Easy Soft Pretzels”

Zucchini Bread

This is another recipe from my Home Ec. class. I love making this as it reminds me of all the fun we had in that class. Your kids could help with the measuring and mixing on this one too!

This is also a good way to use up an overabundance of zucchini during the gardening season. This could be made and frozen also. Continue reading “Zucchini Bread”

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

This is a fun recipe that I learned in Home Ec. many years ago. The kids can help with this but be careful because the caramel does get really HOT so they will need lots of supervision. Continue reading “Microwave Caramel Popcorn”

March 18, 2017

Good morning everyone! I was so exhausted this morning I slept through my alarm so I’m still sitting around in my ‘bump around’ shorts and a T-shirt… not the norm for me at all. That’s OK though. Everyone has had a yummy breakfast and some of the kids are reading, one is playing with legos, and another couple are watching some Saturday morning cartoons.

A lot of the area schools have been on Spring Break here. We did do some school work this week but it was kind of hit and miss as some storms and bad weather had our internet on the fritz. That’s a downside to living out in the country. We did however get a surprise visit from a friend we haven’t seen in awhile.  It’s always a joy to have old friends come and visit. I find it amazing how kids can just pick right up where they left off months ago.

This past week has been a bit busy as Momma had 3 dances to go to! Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. It has all been so much fun! Monday was my first ‘away’ kind of event and there were a lot more dancers than I normally see. They had the chance to earn a ‘dangle’ for dancing a tip while holding an ice cream cone! There are so many interesting things that they do at these dances!

Tuesdays are the normal class nights and it is amazing to see how far everyone has come as a class. I am so looking forward to graduation and learning new calls and styles. There is so much to learn I have said it is almost like learning a second language. The great thing is that you don’t have to learn it all and you get as advanced as you like or feel comfortable with. Personally I want to learn as much as I can and I want to learn the fancy stuff that goes along with the basic stuff too. I find square dancing so fascinating!

Then Friday night was a St.Patrick’s Day dance. I love parties, especially decorating and putting them together. This time, however, I only brought a few decorations and some Key Lime Cookies (Betty Crocker box mix). I also wore one of the vintage dresses I found on Etsy. It was so cute! Everyone wore green and brought all kinds of green refreshments. Most importantly though we all had a wonderful time. There was a new class starting up also and we are hoping to have more people come next week. I encourage anyone and everyone to check out the classes that may be offered in your area.

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Today we are planning a small cookout with family and a few friends. I need to get my lazy self into the shower so I can get to the grocery store and pick up a few things. I am so glad I did that big monthly grocery shop earlier as my weekly shopping trips have been sporadic.

God is so good! Try to remember that He makes no mistakes and He has a plan for each and every one of us. If we will only let go of the plans we have and let Him take control He will bless us and work wonders in our lives that we could never have imagined! I try my best to thank Him everyday, several times a day, for all the blessings He has poured out on us and for all the ways He continues to work in our lives. I pray that each and everyone of you can look back on your week and see how God has blessed you and touched your lives.

May God bless each and everyone of you!

March Monthly Grocery Trip

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Things have been so crazy busy here but life is good. Actually life is GREAT! Things have been going really well for us lately and this Momma is finally starting to get back on track to my ‘pre-divorce’ organization and I’m loving it. It is exhausting though and it has taken me almost a week to get this post written.

I post our weekly menu plans and for the past several months or so that was a far as my menu planning went. I do have it planned out on a repeating schedule on our calendar but I would have to adjust it on a weekly basis. Fortunately this month I was able to make a change and try to get back into the habit of a monthly grocery shop. In order to do a monthly grocery shop I need to plan out a whole month’s meals at a time, a week at a time. This is really not that hard once you have done a few weeks, and hopefully saved your notes, as you can just rotate the weekly plans to make up a new monthly plan.

The other thing that I haven’t been doing was making my monthly trip to Sam’s club. This was just something that I had stopped doing at some point last year. Then the store moved and I just really didn’t have the time or energy to devote to looking up the new location and making the list for the monthly trip. Needless to say we have seen the consequences of my lack of motivation in that area.

The first step was to sit down and figure out the menu plan. I looked over the recurring meal plans and decided which ones that we don’t really like that much anymore. I either changed them to recur less frequently or deleted them all together. Then I needed to make my grocery list, which was just like I normally do, only multiplied by four.

I wrote down what I needed for the first week and then just added a tally mark beside the items that I needed multiple times for the remaining weeks. Once the list was in hand I check online on Sam’s Club and added the items that I needed to my cart. I did check prices and did not include everything on my Sam’s list. I also checked the special promotions they had and grabbed a few of those items as well.

The greatest thing I like about Sam’s club is that you can do the ‘Click and Pull’ orders. I really don’t like shopping. Anything that makes that task a little easier is a winner with me. Once that was completed I check the Aldi sales and made a list for there as well.

On Saturday I made my way down to the new store location. On the way I noticed that Aldi was directly across the road from Sam’s which made me quite a happy camper.  My order wasn’t quite ready as it was a pretty large order. I walked through the store and browsed. I didn’t take a buggy with me as that may have tempted me to fill the buggy up. My self control seems to hide when I go into Sam’s club. I did rather well though and only grabbed two items that we did need before I got the text saying my order was ready.

I checked out and they have it set up to pull up for pickup. (They actually have a touchscreen outside too that you can use to check in for pickup without coming into the store!) The associates helped me to load everything into my vehicle and they were so friendly! I was beginning to get a little worried about room as I knew I still needed to stop at Aldi before going home.

I did make it to Aldi and thankfully was able to fit everything in:

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This is just one view of the kitchen after we unloaded!

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As you can tell it wasn’t just food that I bought but other household items as well. How much did I spend? This was all under $600.00. I will need to visit the local stores for some fresh veggies and milk but this is the majority of the shopping for the month!

What did I get? (I don’t have the prices as I misplaced my receipts somewhere in the mountain of groceries.)

Some of the bulk purchases at Sam’s:

  • Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and other salad items
  • Ranch (dry packs and bottles)
  • boxed macaroni and cheese
  • hotdogs
  • pintos (Sam’s has a huge bag that will last us a few months at least)
  • tea bags (Sam’s also has the gallon size bags which are wonderful)
  • dry cereal, oatmeal, grits (Sam’s had some really good promos going)
  • bags of shredded cheese (I store these in the freezer)
  • 20 lbs of potatoes, 10 lbs of sweet onions
  • 10 lbs of white sugar
  • large packs of pillsbury crescent rolls (another Sam’s promo)
  • toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning wipes (promo), laundry detergent, paper plates
  • crackers, animal crackers, cheese puffs, pop tarts, popcorn, tortilla chips
  • yogurt, cream cheese
  • canned tuna
  • koolaid
  • nutella, peanut butter, and jelly
  • condiments (bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayo, salsa)
  • spaghetti sauces
  • variety box of pasta
  • cases of canned tomatoes and veggies
  • lots of frozen veggies, large bag of french fries, box of egg rolls
  • large box of instant potatoes, rice
  • pancake mix and syrup

And at Aldi I got:

  • 12 loaves of bread (I will need to get more before the end of the month but this is a start.)
  • 6 dozen eggs (I may need more)
  • 6 gallons of milk @ Aldi for $1.99 (This was all I could store.)
  • chicken breasts, pork chops, hamburger meat, bacon

There were many other items but that is just an example of what I was able to buy in mass quantity to save time and money. I will still be going once a week to the store to get some fresh items or things that I may have forgotten but the fewer times I go to the store the less likely I will go over my grocery budget.

Some of the meals we will be having include:

Breakfasts (some of these will repeat through the month):

Lunches (these will repeat through the month):

  • hot dogs, mac n cheese
  • Egg Salad Sandwiches
  • PB & Js
  • Scrambled Egg Sandwiches
  • Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Soup, grilled cheese
  • leftovers

Dinners:

Snacks/Desserts (some of the snacks will repeat through the month):

We will also be having a cookout one weekend so there will be a few more things I will need to get for that once we decide exactly what we will be having. It may seem to be an overwhelming task but you can break it down into smaller chunks to make it easier. I can tell you that I am so very glad that I finally did this and hopefully I am back on track to where I once was.

Menu planning has not always been something that I did. I don’t know how we made it as long as we did before I finally started to make out our meal plans ahead of time. For me this has been a big help in itself. The monthly planning is an even bigger help along with the monthly grocery shop. I can see what a difference it has already made at our house here.

I know this is not for everyone but hopefully this post can help someone.

I pray that you all have a wonderful week!

No yellow rocking at the checkout!

**Please note this post does contain affiliate links to which I may, possibly, earn a small commission from if you click on and purchase an item. For full disclosure click here.

I have to smile at the title to the this post. This was a very good day and probably one of the most enjoyable days I’ve had in a very long time!

For those of you who don’t know what ‘yellow rocking’ is, it is a square dance call where the dancers will hug another dancer, usually their corner. What/who is a corner? For me it would be the person standing to my right. Continue reading “No yellow rocking at the checkout!”

March 12- 18, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

French Toast Roll Ups, scrambled eggs

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Parmesan Crusted Pork ChopsMashed Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Meatball Sandwich Casserole, French Fries, Salad

(This was a meal that wasn’t made last week so I just moved it to this week)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Eggplant Parmesan, Salad,  Garlic Toast

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Fish Sticks, Grandma’s Mac N Cheese, Oven Roasted Steak Fries, Hush puppies, Cole SlawEasy Tartar Sauce

(for hushpuppies you can use the recipe for Hoe Cakes and just drop the batter by spoonfuls into hot oil to cook)

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Taco Ring, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Free Day **use food from the pantry or freezer or order out for a special treat

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bacon Grits/Cheesy Grits, eggs, fruit

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Cookout w/family friends (I will try to post any new recipes after the cookout as everyone is sure to bring some delicious dishes.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Easy Banana Pudding

Eggplant Parmesan

I don’t know about you but the first time I heard the name of this recipe I thought it was gonna be way to complicated for me. In fact, this is a very simple recipe that also tastes delicious. It’s a great way to introduce the kids to new veggies too. Continue reading “Eggplant Parmesan”

Oven Roasted Steak Fries

This is another one of those things that I make from time to time but many times I do use the frozen french fries. These are always so much better though!

You could also add a packet of ranch dressing to make ranch potatoes. Continue reading “Oven Roasted Steak Fries”

Grandma’s Mac N Cheese

Now I do confess that most times I use the boxed macaroni and cheese because:

  1. it’s cheap
  2. it’s easy
  3. I’m too tired to make the real deal

However, I do try to make this recipe every so often and on special occasions and/or holidays. You can add a little ham or meat to make this a hearty main dish! Continue reading “Grandma’s Mac N Cheese”

Easy Tartar Sauce

We don’t use a lot of tartar sauce but it is requested every now and then. My kids like to eat it when they have fish sticks.

This recipe is so simple and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. You can also add minced onion and seasonings to it to make it suit your tastes. Continue reading “Easy Tartar Sauce”