Perfect Lamb Chop

Perfect Lamb Chops

Lamb chops marinated in Pinot Noir and paired with the piney flavor of rosemary and the heat from garlic, are a wonderful meat entree  for any night.  Moist and tender and loaded with flavor, these Perfect Lamb Chops were the perfect accompaniment to a vegetable side and a salad.  You’re going to want to try this recipe, and once you do, you’ll add it to your menu rotation. 

Cream cheese filled carrot cake muffins

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cake Muffins

These cream cheese filled carrot cake muffins are perfect for back to school.  They are perfect for a quick, grab and go, breakfast, and they’re a great addition to a lunch box.  The luscious, creamy filling makes them irresistible.   These Muffins even have a secret ingredient. 

The Third $25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan--Seriously Over Budget

The Third $25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan–Seriously Over Budget

Up to this point, we have done fairly well with adhering to our $25 grocery budget, and we began this week’s shopping trip feeling optimistic, but because my work schedule has been crazy, I didn’t have the opportunity to really think and plan before heading to the grocery store.  Instead, I headed to the store without a plan, and I hadn’t consulted my family regarding what they might like to eat during the coming week.    As a result, things didn’t go as planned. I studied the sale papers, and since I would be in a neighboring community, I planned a […]

$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Menu Plan–The Second Week Review

This concludes the second week of our $25 dollar grocery budget.  Honestly, this hasn’t really been that difficult, except when you consider that I went a little over budget.   No one is complaining, and no one is requesting food that we don’t have in the house.  In fact, I think that everyone has been fairly content with what we’ve been eating. 

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

If you’re looking for a simple, frugal, and sweet breakfast for back to school, I have the perfect recipe for your.  Chocolate chip banana muffins are a great way to start your day.  They’re also the perfect grab and go breakfast for when you’re dashing out the door.  We serve these with a glass of milk or a latte.  They’re absolutely perfect for breakfast and are a great lunch time dessert, too. 

Our Second $25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

Our Second $25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

The first week of our plan has gone very well, except for the fact that we didn’t eat everything on our menu.  We still had some leftover roast beef in our refrigerator, so I turned that into chimichangas.  We also had leftovers from some of the meals, so we will be carrying over a few of the menu items for this week.

$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Menu Plan–The First Week Review

Life happens, and the best of plans are sometimes disrupted.    That’s how life is around here, too.  We had a menu plan and the groceries to carryout that plan, but a special request by one of the kids, the discovery of some leftovers in the fridge that needed to be used up, and a couple of late nights at work resulted in deviation from the planned dinner menu.    Being willing to deviate from the plan, and having a well stocked pantry helped us to pull together some really quick meals.  This helped prevent trips to the drive through. This past […]

Tuna Stuffed Avocado Salad

Stuffed Avocado Salad

When it’s warm outside, there’s nothing better in the evening, or for lunch, than an entrée salad.  This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Mountaineer Days in Wrightwood, California.  After the event had shut down, Bus Boy and I decided to stop at the Grizzly Cafe for dinner before driving home.  He ordered his usual burger and fries.  I ordered a stuffed avocado salad.  This salad was amazing.  A half avocado was stuffed with my choice of tuna or chicken salad and was served on a bed of spring greens with seasonal fruit and my choice of dressing.  […]

Tuna and Rice Salad

Tuna and Rice Salad

What do you do when you one have one can of Tuna and a lot of people to  serve? Do you run to the store for another one?  No!  Instead, add something extra to stretch it so that your Tuna Salad for three can become Tuna Salad for 6.   This little secret ingredient can also help to stretch your grocery dollars. 

$25 Grocery Haul

The $25 Grocery Haul

Today’s post is part 3 in a series that will determine if I am able to feed my family of 5 for $25 per week.  This restrictive budget was inspired by Amanda from The Fundamental Home, who routinely feeds her family of 5 for that same amount.   In my last post, I reviewed the steps I took prior to making my shopping list for the weekly trip to the grocery store.    I was concerned that adhering to this restrictive budget wouldn’t be possible.