Saturday, July 30, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of July 27-Aug. 2

Wow, going to be into August by the end of this sales week. I could have tweaked this week down under $80 but I thought, let's keep the bacon..... and I would have added the Rainier cherries at Bashas' for $2.99/.lb b/c you know how I feel about them. I kept them off to save costs but I totally understand if you switch them for something else on the menu. One thing that I wanted to mention, the buy 4 GM cereals and get 2 gals. of milk freeat Fry's, it's a good deal but you could get four GM cereals at Albertson's for $7.08 and then buy 2 gals. of milk at Bashas' for $3.18 equaling $10.26. So for .26 more than the Fry's deal. If you do the Fry's deal, you could do some cereal, some granola bars. Whatever makes you happy.


1-cold cereal, milk, banana
2-Eggs, sausage
3-Cold cereal, milk, blueberries
4-Cold cereal, milk
5-Cold cereal, milk
6-Blueberry pancakes (from scratch, google pancakes)
7-Cold cereal, milk

1-Bologna sandwich, carrots
2-PB&J sandwich, orange
3-Bologna sandwich, grapes
4-Pasta salad, peach (add some leftover chicken meat if desired. Use ranch dressing or Italian dressing or use vinegar and oil)
5-cottage cheese, fruit (canned)
6-Hot dog, bun, cantaloupe chunks
7-tuna sandwich, carrots

1-Spaghetti, zucchini
2-Hamburger, bun, soda
3-Sweet and Sour chicken thighs, rice (see recipe under chicken for sweet and sour chicken. Use whole pieces instead of boneless chunks)
4-Grilled cheese sandwich
5-Salad, mangos
6-Ground beef and gravy over mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli (for the gravy, you can do one of two methods, make a roux with flour and butter and add a can of beef broth to make a gravy or thin down a can of cream of mushroom soup with water to desired thickness, add some garlic powder and some worchestershire to taste and add to the cooked ground beef. Add some cooked onion if you'd like)

Sanderson Farms chicken, .88, buy 5 lbs. at $4.40 (freeze eccess for next week or use leftovers for a sandwich night)
Smucker's strawberry jam, $1.49
American Beauty pasta, .77, buy 2 packages, one for spaghetti night, one for pasta salad
Bar S jumbo meat franks, 4/$5
Bar S meat bologna, 4/$5
Dole Pineapple, 4/$5, for use in the sweet and sour if desired
Iceberg, .96
Yellow or white onions, .59 lb., buy one, for use in the sweet and sour if desired
green onions, 2/$1, buy 1
radishes, 2/$1, buy 1
cantaloupe, .69
ground beef, $1.99 lb. with purchase of 5 lbs. or more, $9.95
Ken's salad dressing, .99
*GM cereal, for $1.77 if you don't do the Fry's deal

Calif. peaches, .47 lb. buy 5 lbs at $2.35
Barilla pasta, 10/$10, buy 1
Daisy cottage cheese, $1.99
Fiesta soda, .79
Bananas, .57 lb., buy 2 lbs.
green peppers, 2/$1, buy one at .50 for use in the sweet and sour if desired
Rice, I've allowed for $2.00
Eggs, I've allowed for $1.79
Potatoes, I've allowed for $4.00

green grapes, .88 lb.
Fry's sandwich bread, .88, buy 4 at $3.52
Kroger fruit, .88
Navel oranges, .88 lb. buy 2 lbs.
Bar S bacon, $1.98
Buy 4 GM cereal deal, get 2 gals. free milk, $10.00
Kroger cheese, $1.99
Bumble Bee tuna, .79
Fry's buns, 2/$3, buy one hamburger package and one hot dog package
mini carrots, .88
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.50
Kroger Pasta sauce, 4/$5, buy 1

Blueberries, .77lb., buy 2 lbs.
roma tomatoes, .77 lb., buy 2 lbs.
cucumbers, 2/$1, buy 1
red mangos, 3/$1, buy 3
zucchini, .88 lb., buy 2
broccoli, .88 lb., buy 2

Items not on list:
condiments for hamburgers and the hot dogs
leavenings for the pancakes
soy sauce
ketchup for the sweet and sour sauce
corn starch to thicken the sweet and sour sauce
Pancake syrup

Friday, July 22, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of July 20-July 26

Got Sonny boy on that plane on Wednesday. Seems quiet without him here. Went over $80 again this week but you could totally get it down under that if you omitted the cherries this week. But I love the cherries this time of year, so I wouldn't if it were me. I bought some tasty Rainier cherries at Fry's yesterday and ate a whole pound by myself. Love those things.


1-Cold cereal, milk, Sunny Delite
2-Egg muffin
3-Oatmeal, grapefruit half
4-Cold cereal, milk, Sunny D
5-French toast, bacon
6-Toast, Sunny D

1-Bologna sandwich, apple
2-Grilled cheese sandwich, Pringles
3-Tuna sandwich, blueberries/strawberries
4-Bologna sandwich, peach
5-Leftover fried chicken, Pringles, Pudding
6-Tomato or chicken noodle soup, cherries
7-Mac & Cheese

1-Pork chops, mango salsa (mangoes, diced, onions, cilantro), canned veg.
2-Seafood salad and crackers, green salad
3-Fried chicken thighs, french fries, canned veg.
4-Taco soup with grated cheese, sour cream and french bread (make the soup vegetarian or have the butcher grind some of the steak into hamburger to cook and add to or add some leftover chicken or pork to it.) Recipe on side under soups.
5-Steak and zucchini teriyaki kabobs, rice. Recipe on side under beef.
7-Stuffed green bell peppers, jello, canned veg, leftover french bread made into garlic toast. cook rice in the tomatoes/juice with some powdered garlic and onion and add to the half pepper and bake. Could add some grated cheese on top if you still have some.

Grocery list
Peaches, .68 lb. buy 3 lbs. at $2.04
Albertson's mac&cheese, 2/$1, buy 2
Albertson's gelatin, 2/$1, buy 1
Kraft handi snacks, 2/$1, .50
S&W black beans, 2/$1, buy 1
Albertson' chicken noodle or tomato soup, 2/$1, buy 2
Chicken of the Sea Albacore tuna, 2/$1, buy1
Blue Ribbon long grain rice, 2/$1, buy 1
Albertson's diced tomatoes, 2/$1, buy 3
Kelloggs cereals, 2/$5, buy 1
French bread, .99
cilantro, 3/$1, buy 1 at .33
Albertson canned vegs., 2/$1, buy 4, make one corn for the taco soup
tomato sauce, I've allowed for .50 ea., buy 2 (8 oz. size or one 16 oz. size)

California strawberries, .88
Tyson bacon, $2.88
Food Club crackers, 2/$4, buy 1
Bashas' sour cream, $1.39
Cherries, $2.99
Eggs, I've allowed for $1.79
Taco seasoning, I've allowed for $1

Pick 5 for $19.95
1-Seafood salad
2-Colby cheese
3-Sirloin steak
4-Boneless sirloin pork chops
5-chicken thighs

Fry's milk, $1.57, buy 2 at $3.14
tomatoes on the vine, .88 lb.
Walla walla sweet onions, .88 lb.
Romaine, .88
Kroger canned vegs are the same price if you choose to buy them here instead of Albertsons
Yellow squash or zucchini, $1.28 lb.
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4 at $3.52

Buy 10 deal
1-Kraft salad dressing, $1.49
2-Tombstone Pizza, $2.79
3-Kraft mayonnaise, $2.49
4-Sunny Delite, .99
5-Sunny Delite, .99
6-Pringles, .79
7-Pringles, .79
8-Thomas English muffins, $1.99
9-Ore Ida french fries, $2.29
10-Oscar mayer bologna, $2.29

Mangos, 3/$1, buy 3
Grapefruit, 3/$1, buy 2 at .66
Cucumbers, 3/$1, buy 1 at .33
Green bell peppers, 3/$1, buy 2 at .66
Blueberries, 2/$3, buy 1
Fuji apples, .97 lb, buy 2 lbs.
Oats, I've allowed for .79 lb., buy 1 lb.

Items not on the grocery list:
brown sugar
soy sauce

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lemon Pull Aparts

Lemon Pull-Aparts

Rhodes Bread Blog

12 rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold

zest from 2 whole lemons

1/2 C. sugar

1/4 C. butter, melted

Citrus Glaze:

1 C. powdered sugar

1 T. butter, melted

2 T. fresh lemon juice

Mix lemon zest with sugar. Cut rolls in half and place in a 12-inch sprayed deep dish pizza pan or 9x13-inch sprayed baking pan. Drizzle 1/4 C. melted butter over rolls. sprinkle with lemon zest/sugar mixture, reserving 1/2 of mixture to sprinkle on just before baking. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap. Sprinkle on remaining mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F 20-25 minutes. Remove immediately from pan and place on cooling rack. Combine glaze ingredients and mix well. Drizzle over pull-aparts.

Three Meat Pasta

Three Meat Pasta
Paula Deen, Food Network

1 lb. angel hair pasta
2 C. cooked chicken, off the bone
2 C. cooked sausage, like Keilbasa, cut 1/2 inch thick into coins
2 C. cooked ham, cubed
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 C. cheddar cheese, shredded
16 oz. cottage cheese
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 C. hot water
1-2C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large paot, boil salted water for angel hair pasta. When cooked, drain and set aside. In a large bowl mix together the chicken, sausage, ham, onions, cheddar cheese and cottage cheese. In a separate small pot, dissolve bouiloon cubes with hot water and pour over the meat and pasta. pour mixture into a 9x12x2 inch greased baking dish and top with the parmesan cheese. Bake for 30-35 min. or until the bubbling around the edges.

Menu with what's on sale for the week of July 13-July 19


1-Cold cereal, milk, Sunny D punch
2-Cinnamon rolls, juice
3-French toast, peaches
4-Cold cereal, milk, juice
5-Cold cereal, milk, juice
6-Eggs, toast, juice
7-Cold cereal, milk

1-Tuna sandwich, carrots, cherries
3-Meat loaf sandwich, watermelon wedge
4-Pasta salad, strawberries
5-Lunch meat sandwich, watermelon wedge
6-Egg salad sandwich, banana
7-Mac & cheese, peaches

1-Chicken Stir fry, Rice A Roni fried rice
2-Meat Loaf, Mac & Cheese, steamed broccoli
3-Bacon, Lettuce and tomato sandwiches
4-Chicken, Rice A Roni, zucchini
5-Hamburgers on buns, potato salad
6-Cobb salad with leftover chicken and leftover bacon crumbles
7-Chicken spaghetti, french bread, salad (use Paula Deen's recipe for 3 meat pasta and just use chicken in it)

Dessert or Breakfast
Lemon Pull Aparts, see

Reser's potato salad, .99 lb.
French bread, .99
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, $1.67 lb., buy 4 lbs. at $6.68
Albertson's sour cream, $1
Albertson's pasta, $1
Cinnamon rolls, $1
Malt O Meal cereal, $1, buy 3
Flav R Pac veg stir fry, $1
Old Orchard frozen juice, $1
Albertsons cottage cheese, $1.79
Broccoli, $1 lb.
Zucchini, $1 lb.

Ground chuck, $1.89 lb., Fri, Sta and Sun. only, aprox. $8
Calif. yellow peaches, .69 lb, buy 4 lbs. at $2.76
Red or green bell pepper, 3/$1, buy 1
Tomatoes, .77 lb, Fri, Sat. and Sun. only
Bashas' large eggs, .99, limit 2
Food Club cheese, 3/$5, $1.67
Food Club mac & cheese, 2/$1, buy 3
Chicken of the Sea tuna, 2/$1, buy 1
Better Crocker Suddenly Salad, 2/$3, buy 1
Icebery, .99
Bananas, .55 lb., buy 2
Cucmbers, 2/$1, buy 1
Milk, I've allowed for $2.50, buy 2

NW cherries, $1.29 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Mini carrots, .88
Green onions, 2/$1, buy 1
radishes, 2/$1, buy 1
Romaine, .96 ea
Walla Walla sweet onions, .96 lb.
Mini watermelon, 2/$5
lemons, 3/$1(only buy lemons if you intend on making the Lemon Pull Aparts
Strawberries, $1.98 ea
Bar S bacon or Oscar Mayer turkey bacon, $2.99
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4, evaluate if a 5th loaf is needed
Hamburger buns, I've allowed for $1.50

Buy 10 deal
1-Sunny D, .99
2-Rice A Roni, oriental flavor, .56
3-Rice A Roni, oriental flavor, .56
4-Rice A Roni, any flavor, .56
5-Rice A Roni, any flavor, .56
6-Rice A Roni, any flavor, .56
7-Kraft salad dressing, $1.49
8-Tombstone pizza, $2.79
9-Kraft Mayonnaise, $2.49
10-Oscar Mayer lunch meat, $2.49

Items not on grocery list:
salt and pepper
condiments for hamburgers
bullion cubes

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of July 6-July 12

Another week. And yet again a lot of sales this week, most stores having their own version of the buy 10, or buy 8 themed sales. Made making the budget menu this week a tad tricky but I think that I tweaked it enough that it works. At least I hope that I didn't leave a major ingredient out. You had better check it twice or you just may end up some night making Pasta Primavera without the pasta. HA!

Trying to get "sonny boy" ready for the Missionary Training Center in a week and a half, YIKES, and then Honduras, so I am a bit frazzled. Trying to keep up life as we know it and get in everything I want to do before his two years away and am getting a wee bit anxious. I'll be fine.

I went a little over $80 again this week. You can shave off what you'd like to. Some can't be in keeping with the "8 item deal" or "10 item deal". I did originally have the Albertson's deal and went waaaaaaaayyyyyy over budget, but there are some good items at Albertson's that you may not want to miss out on this week. You could save money by not having tacos and not buying taco shells but having taco salad again this week.


I hate it when I keep pushing the shift button waiting for it to "enter" or space down.

1-Cold cereal, milk, apple juice
2-Egg biscuit, chocolate milk
3-Cold cereal, milk, peach
4-Toaster pastries, apple juice
5-Yogurt, banana
6-Cold cereal, milk
7-Egg biscuit, apple juice

1-PB&J sandwich, apple, pudding cup
2-Pizz, soda
3-PB&J sandwich, orange
4-PB&J sandwich, pudding cup
5-Cottage cheese and canned fruit, pudding cup
6-Ramen noodles, apple
7-Ramen noodles

1-spinach Strawberry Salad with sweet vinaigrette
2-Chicken thighs, scalloped potatoes, steamed broccoli
3-Hamburger skillet, salad
4-Pasta Primavera with mushrooms, asparagus and Alfredo style Ragu sauce. Use leftoever broccoli if there is any. You could even use any leftover spinach if you wanted to make it spinach-y.
5-Crockpot Swiss Steak with rice and salad. Put seasoned browned round steak pieces into the crock with a can of diced tomatoes, some seasonings such as oregano or basil, salt and pepper and garlic. Cook for 2-3 hours on high depending on how hot your crock pot cooks. Mine runs hot and cooks fast
6-Tacos and ranch beans. Salsa and tortilla chips.
7-Hot Pockets

Blue bunny or Polar treats ice cream

Blue Bunny ice cream or Polar Treats, 10/$10, buy 1
Top Ramen noodles, 5/$1
Albertson's diced tomatoes, 5/$3, buy one at .60
Ranch Style beans, .79
Iceberg lettuce, 2/$1

Strawberries, .75
Asparagus, $1.97
Yellow onions, .49 lb.
cucumbers, .33 ea
Lawry's seasoning packets, .59, buy one taco seasoning
Bananas, .55 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Eggs, $1.79
Taco shells or tortillas, I've allowed for $3.00
Pasta, I've allowed for $1.00
Boneless round steak, $1.79 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $3.58
Ground chuck, $1.89 lb., aproximately $8

Buy 8 deal
1-food Club apple juice, $1.49
2-Food Club apple juice, $1.49
3-Food Club butter, $2.49
4-Fiesta soda, .49
5-Fiesta soda, .49
6-Food Club canned fruit, .69
7-Food Club Skillet Classics, .89
8-Food Club Potato Classics, .69

1-Food Club pudding cups, .49
2-Food Club pudding cups, .49
3-Food Club pudding cups, .49
4-Food Club Instant rice, $1.49
5-Food Club salad dressing, $1.49
6-Food Club Peanut butter, $1.49
7-Food Club Salsa, $1.19
8-food club toaster pastries, .99

Yellow peaches, .47 lb., buy 2 lbs. at .94
Kraft or Sargentos cheese, $1.99
Kroeger yogurt, 3/$1, buy 4 at $1.33
Fry's milk, .75, buy 3 at $2.25
Mt. Dairy Chocolate milk, .75, buy 1, limit 4 milks total
Chicken drum or thighs, .88 lb., buy 3 at $2.64
Broccoli, .77 lb.
Oranges, .77 lb, buy 2 at $1.54
tomatoes, .77 lb.
mushrooms, 2/$3, buy 1
Mi Ranchito tortilla chips, .99
Kroger cottage cheese, 2/$4, buy1
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 3 at $3.52. Evaluate whether or not you'll need a 4th loaf.

Buy 10 deal
1-Totinos pizza, .99
2-Totinos pizza, .99
3-Totinos pizza, .99
4-Pillsbury grands! biscuits, .99
5-Pillsbury grands! biscuits, .99
6-Ragu Alfredo sauce, $1.28
7-Hot Pockets, $1.69
8-Hot Pockets, $1.69
9-General Mills cereal, $2.19
10-General Mills cereal, $2.19

Bunch Spinach, .99, buy 2
Fuji apples, .99 lb., buy 2

Items not on grocery list:
sour cream

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Strawberries Romanov

With Strawberries and sour cream both on sale this week, this would be a good thing to have for a lazy Sunday afternoon snack or for a Fourth of July party. If you've never tried this before, give it a try. My picky kid has loved it since he was little. It is quite simply, whole washed and dried strawberries. Place the sour cream in a bowl and put some brown sugar in another bowl. You take a strawberry, dip in in the sour cream and then in the brown sugar and then eat. Yum!