One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/29/15

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Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 34 of 52}

albertsons shopping trip

costco cheesecake

Costco $16.98

Cheesecake and French bread. Does it get any better than that? The Girl was craving a cheesecake and since we were having pasta that night I went ahead and picked up Costco’s 2-pack of French bread while I was there.

embasa chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Fred Meyer $1.77

3 stores later… I finally found the chipotle peppers!

chipotle chicken soup

I had been wanting to try a chipotle chicken soup recipe for the last two weeks and I am so glad I did. We all loved it and there were 3 servings of leftovers to pop in the freezer for the HH to take in his lunch. I’ll be adding this delicious recipe into our meal rotation, that’s for sure. {I’ll post the recipe tomorrow}

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $11.45

I stocked up on smelly bologna, white bread {barf} and cookies for the boys before I left. The bananas were for The Girl’s smoothies {we have plenty of frozen fruit in the freezer}. I find it mildly amusing the boys will eat every possible preservative filled packaged food product in the house before they’ll even consider making something to eat that involves cooking. It’s weird. The Girl on the other hand will make herself all sorts of yummy stuff. Even after all these years… I still don’t get it.

cucumbers

Fresh vegetables from the garden.canning

The Girl, teaching The Boy to make homemade raspberry jam. heirloom salsa

A small batch of heirloom salsa. I’ll be putting up as much salsa and tomato sauce as I can as the tomatoes ripen.

pasta

More pasta for Monkey Boy. lucy the puggle dog licking peanut butter

I was only home for half of the week before jetting off to the east coast. I did thaw some chili from the freezer for the boys though, but that’s about it. I hope they survive.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $30.20

Weeks 1-28 Shopping Exclusively at Costco $1,229.25 {$43.90 a week/$175 a month average}
Weeks 29,30, 31, 32, 33 & 34 Shopping wherever the heck I want $185.43 {$30.90 a week/$123.62 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1414.68

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/22/2015

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Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe

buttermilk cornbread recipe

buttermilk cornbread recipeLeave it to my friend Jane to stun me with another unusual combination that I loved. I’d never even heard of buttermilk in cornbread, but let me tell you Bob, this cornbread recipe totally worked! It was so delicious with our chili dinner. But I suspect it would also be equally delicious with just some butter and jam. Or straight from the oven. Or with these baked beans.

corn kernelsIngredients

1 cup flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk {how to make buttermilk}
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten

 

buttermilk cornbread recipeDirections

Preheat oven to 425F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Make a well in the mixture and set aside.  In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients.  Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until moist.  Pour into prepared pan and bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Enjoy!

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If you love this recipe, you’ll love all the rest of Jane’s recipe found in her delicious cookbook: Thy Hand Hath Provided Cookbook. It’s simply AWESOME! She even has it on Amazon as an eBook!

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Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 33 of 52}

fred meyer milk

fred meyer milk

Fred Meyer $16.19

What a boring trip, I know. Grapes $1.28 a pound, broccoli $0.88 a pound, sweet onions $0.99 a pound, milk $1.25 per half gallon and 18-count eggs $3.09.

ritz crackers

Albertsons $8.78

I was going through the Crock Pot recipe book Monkey Boy gave me for Christmas and found a few new recipes to try out. One of them calls for sweet potatoes and the other for a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce {which I’ll have to go back to the store for because I forgot it}. The Ritz crackers have been hidden until I can make the recipes. My son LOVES dipping Ritz crackers in soups and stews so for $2 a box I tossed them in the card.

apples

Butler’s Apple Farm $2.50

Apples for $0.25 a pound? Can’t beat that. I have plans to go back next week to buy more. I LOVE warm applesauce for breakfast during the cooler months.
applesauce

So what are some of the things we ate last week? Well, applesauce of course. 😉 I also baked a Lasagna with Goat Cheese, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil freezer meal {dinner and leftovers for lunch}. We ordered 2 $5 pizzas from Papa Murphy’s and for some strange reason the HH and I ate steel cut oats for breakfast 4 days in a row. Egg salad and grilled cheese sandwiches were also made and gobbled up.

Homemade Strawberry Syrup recipe

I whipped up a batch of homemade strawberry syrup.
strawberry waffles syrup

And served it over waffles. chocolate brownie cookies

Chocolate brownie cookies were baked {they lasted 3 days}. eggs

I served breakfast for dinner. Which is always a hit around here. french fries

The Girl and I were gone one night so we baked breaded chicken and french fries for the boys and left them on the stove top for them before taking off. stir fry

Chicken stir fry. blueberries

We snacked on fresh blueberries and green beans from the garden. kitchen garden harvest

And harvested a few things like Swiss chard {great in stir fry and smoothies} cabbage beets and tomatoes. We also enjoyed steaks one night with roasted vegetables as a side dish. I forgot to snap a picture of the carrots I harvested from the front yard but they are starting to come in as well. Cucumber and Dill Salad

And in case you missed it, I also made and posted a delicious cucumber and dill salad recipe.

How about You? What have you been making for your tribe lately?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $27.47

Weeks 1-28 Shopping Exclusively at Costco $1,229.25 {$43.90 a week/$175 a month average}
Weeks 29,30, 31, 32 & 33 Shopping wherever the heck I want $155.38 {$31.07 a week/$124.28 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1384.63

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/15/2015

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Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 32 of 52}

tomatoes

costco shopping tripCostco $25.56

Something weird has happened in our household this summer. Or rather something has happened to me. I am beginning to think of my children as adults.

Which is weird. Because they are my babies. I kid you not when I tell you I stood in Costco this week contemplating whether or not to buy pudding cups for Monkey Boy’s lunch {he is the only one who likes them and they were on sale}. I mean, he is working full time now {40 hours, 5 days a week} and here I am still thinking I need to buy him cute little lunch snacks and pack his lunch everyday. I need to stop.

I need to let go. He’s a big boy, he can get up on time or suffer the consequences {I still have to wake him up at least once a week it seems} make his own lunch {or choose to waste his money on processed or fast food}, manage his own hard earned money, WASH HIS LAUNDRY and all those other things grown ups are suppose to do on their own.

Am I right?

Pudding cups people. This all came from putting pudding cups in my cart.

zoi greek yogurt

Haggen $2.00

Have you tried Zoi yogurt? The HH thinks it’s the bomb diggety and won’t stop asking me to buy it after he tried it a few weeks ago at one of his work conference breakfasts. I think all Greek yogurt tastes like old shoes so my opinion doesn’t count.

tomatoes

From the Garden

Swiss chard, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes, kale, and a few blueberries were plucked from the garden this week. Not too shabby for a first year garden if you ask me.

I actually thought about sneaking a couple of chickens and an Eglu in here. But then realized too many people who live in my neighborhood read this blog.  If only I could keep my mouth shut I could turn this place into a mini homestead while serving out my sentence. I am my worst enemy.

cucumber tomato salad

Through the end of summer, cucumber and tomato salad will be served every night.

breakfast dinner

Waffles, eggs, bacon, and potatoes? Yes please! turkey pie

Last week The Girl, and The Boy made us a nice turkey dinner. And there were leftovers thank goodness. Round one of the leftover turkey, mashed potatoes and corn went into a turkey pie. split pea soup with biscuits

And if that wasn’t awesome enough for you, the remaining turkey and corn went into a simple split pea soup {a little weird, I know, but it tasted delish!}

steak soft tacos

On Friday, The Boy was here again hanging out with The Girl. I walked into the kitchen and said OH GOOD, it’s Friday night, that means you two are cooking dinner for us again and proceed to hand them a few steaks and chicken breasts. I skedaddled out of the kitchen as fast as I could and didn’t look back.

Would you believe dinner was served and hour later?

Holy cats people, what am I going to do when The Girl goes back to college at the end of the summer? I need to find Monkey Boy a girlfriend and then encourage them to hang out here all the time and cook.

Any suggestions?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $27.56

Weeks 1-28 Shopping Exclusively at Costco $1,229.25 {$43.90 a week/$175 a month average}
Weeks 29,30 & 31 Shopping wherever the heck I want $127.91 {$31.97 a week/$127.91 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1357.16

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/8/15

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Mavis

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