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Friday, January 20, 2017

Real life meals this week and CVS shopping

Some of you asked about how the meal plan is going.  
So far, it's been so easy.  I just look at the list of possible meals and pick one each morning.  

Monday night was a casserole made with chicken and stovetop stuffing and green beans. 

Tuesday night we had grilled chicken,  a big salad and crescent rolls.  

Wednesday , my husband again grilled and below are the steaks.  They were bought at Aldi when all the steaks were half price.  They were a long way from their sell by date so we gave them a try and they were very good.  My husband seasoned them with Mrs Dash.  
I cooked a pan of baked carrots and salted cabbage with onions.  

Wednesday's  meal in the raw

Thursday  we had leftover grilled chicken and steak, with crockpot baked potatoes, canned pinto beans and leftover carrots
Baked potatoes are so easy in the crockpot.  I put a small piece of aluminum foil in the bottom, add washed potatoes and then cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 3-ish.  you can wrap each potato if you like, but I don't as I think it is not necessary. 

I also did a little baking on Thursday - a pan of sandwich buns baked with my grandparents recipe
and a  coffeecake for breakfast. 

My dad and grandson really enjoyed coffeecake for a mid morning snack.  
isn't that a sweet photo?  My dad is 85 and Jackson is 21 months. 

Our breakfasts are usually a lot lighter than coffee cake.
One of our favorites is hashbrowned potatoes with Cajun seasoning and fried eggs.

I just peel and grate leftover baked potatoes and sauté them in a nonstick skillet with a little butter and Cajun spice.  Served with an egg and orange juice, it is a really delicious and satisfying breakfast.

this was my plate for Thursday night supper

Friday night, 2 grandsons are here.  Also,  the Inauguration parade was on TV and we really enjoyed watching all the military marching and full dress uniforms.  The college and high school bands were so good too. 
Anyway,  this was a real life meal,  tater tots with melted cheese and pigs in blankets (hot dogs wrapped in dough and baked)   We used Hebrew 97% fat free hot dog wieners and they tasted very good. 
That's a week of meals at our home.  We don't eat fancy and I am obviously not a professional food stylist or photographer. 
We've had reasonably balanced meals and I have not stressed for 1 minute about what to serve. 
I highly recommend using some sort of meal plan, whatever works for your home. 

CVS shopping. 
I started with $18 Extracarebucks from 2016 and a $25 CVS giftcard earned on Swagbucks. 
the total was $69 before deductions. I used newspaper coupons, CVS coupons,  and the extracarebucks and giftcard.  The 2 candies were on 75% clearance. 
I paid .91 cash and got back $16 in Extracarebucks, 


  1. The picture of your dad and grandson is beyond precious! Wow that is a serious CVS shopping experience! I have got to learn to work the system better.

    1. Hi Anne, I do enjoy doing the cvs deals but it takes some planning and organization. I see other couponers doing great at RiteAid, Kroger, Target. My advice is pick a store near you, see what deals other people are doing and do the ones you like.

  2. Looks plenty fancy enough for me, Rhonda! Very sweet photo of your dad and grandson. Must be nice to have such a large family nearby. Those buns look so delicious. Thanks for the recipe!


    1. Hi Jane, we do prefer our homemade bread. Store bought is just expensive and doesn't taste nearly as nice.

  3. I always boil my carrots, never heard of baking them. Do you add water, cover the pan and how long do you cook them for and what temp? We love carrots in my home. Cute picture of your dad and grandson. Cheryl

    1. Hi Cheryl, I just peel and slice them and put them in a Pam sprayed baking dish.
      For 1 pound of carrots, add 1 T butter, 1 teaspoon sugar, pepper and salt as desired, and dried parsley is optional. Tightly Cover the dish with it's lid or foil. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or 400 for 35 minutes. When tender, give them a stir and serve.
      I've been making carrots like this since I was about 12. And I usually cook 2 pounds at a time as they reheat perfectly.
      I don't add water but if you're worried yours might get dry, you could add a tablespoon or so. But I never have.

      I like the photo too 😍

    2. Thank you very much. Sorry it took so long to reply. We are having meatloaf tonight and this will be perfect. Cheryl

  4. You are one blessed woman!!!
    Enjoy popping in and seeing what you are up to.

  5. Your dinners look and sound wonderful. Such a good picture of your dad and grandson. They really look like they are enjoying each other. Looks like you had a great week.

  6. Everything looks so good and that picture of your Dad and Jack is precious!

  7. Have to tell you, that picture of your Dad and your grandson made me smile!!! Deedy (and I love crockpot baked potatoes, now the home fries from that is brilliant)


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