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So here’s a fact about me, I love to grocery shop, I really do, I love the entire process, the cart, the sales, the loading and unloading of items in my cart, I really have fun with it. Although I really only do one big grocery shopping trip a month, and then I do maybe two little ones for milk, bread and produce. Here’s why I really love grocery shopping. I love saving, Saving’s = More.

Those are all my coupons deducted from my order.

I spent $159.82, but my bill should have been $249.48. I know right!

  • So I had $29.50 in coupons
  • Kroger’s matched an additional $25.25, my store doubles up to $1.00
  • Store Coupons from fliers, manager special and electronic savings $34.91
  • Total Savings $89.66

I was not messing around. I was being a super saver, now breaking it down, I will show you how much time I spent with the prepping and shopping for these savings.

  • 1 hour – Cutting Coupons and Printing Coupons
  • 10 minutes – Loading Electronic Coupons to My Store Card
  • 20 minutes – Matching Up Sale Items to Coupons and Making a List
  • 1 hour 30 minutes – Spent Shopping
Total time dedicated 3 hours.
Another trick I have to staying as organised as possible, is to make my shopping list according to the aisles in the store and keep my coupons in the same order, and as I grab and place the item in my cart, I put the coupon in my checkout envelope. 
Again this is for an entire months worth of groceries, so the time spent prepping to save is worth it for me. I look at the end result I end up spending less than $40.00 per month on groceries.

Apples were .88 cents per pound this week, so I loaded up, two weeks ago apples were $1.59 a pound. Apples stay fresh and last forever in your crisper drawer.

There were so many Manger Special’s this week. These Dole Spinach Kits were on sale for $1.49 each.

These crackers and granola bars were both on sale and when combined with a $1.00 coupon that doubled, I ended up paying $1.00 for each item.

A huge score for me was the Peanut Butter Company, White Chocolate Peanut Butter, it was on a Closeout Special for $3.23 and I had a $1.00 coupon that doubled so I paid $1.23 for it! I did not know this would be on closeout, it looks like the store is eliminating this flavor, so I am always ready with my Couponizer in my cart, just in case a situation like this comes up.

So many great deals this week. Here’s a link to a previous post on Saving and Using Coupons. I have a few of my favorite coupon printing sites listed.

This California roll platter normally sells for $8.99, but I snagged it for $4.49.

Bread and eggs are always on the list, but when there on sale and I have a coupon it makes the trip.

Question of the Day: Does your grocery store double coupons?

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Killian wanted to say Hello, he’s very social!  He loves to let you when he’s hungry, which is the same time I get home from work, this picture is him barking his head off at me and throwing himself around his bowl. He is just too funny, that is one think about my Killian, he makes me laugh every single day.

After he ate, he then attempted to taunted the Geese, he loves to run up and down the sea wall patrolling. He will stalk them slowly down the path, then pounce at the sea wall in an attempt to scare them. In my head I hear the Geese laughing and saying “Geese Don’t Care”, all sounding like the Honey Badger. I have a strange habit of imagining what animals would sound like if they could talk, and also what they might say.

To really make his point he will run out on the dock and try to intimidate them that way, and again the Geese respond with “Geese Don’t Care”.

As a last attempt Stuart will run out to help Killian, but again the Geese get bored and swim away saying Geese Don’t Care, We Go Where Ever We Want”. 

Tonight dinner was easy, but I really loved every single bite. I love the convenience of a quick, yet still semi healthy meal.

Dr. Praeger’s little spinach bites are my favorite if I don’t have fresh vegetables on hand. Paired with Yukon Gold Fries these two frozen items make great side dish’s.

Boca meatless chicken patty with Wholly Guacamole, a slice of cheese, and lettuce.

Perfect light dinner for a busy night with not a lot of time to cook.

Question of the Day: When you have a burger or a non-meat patty do you have fries?

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I love vacations, I love traveling, I love everything about vacations, but with all good things comes the reality of getting back home. I got right on getting my favorite foods prepped and ready to go.

I boiled up some eggs.

I must have my one a day egg, while on vacation I only had one egg and I really missed my favorite source of protein.

In between all my catching up the most important thing is to catch up on all the missed kisses from these 2 crazy kids.

Making a batch of OIAJ, to bring to work as breakfast was a must do item on my list.

I used the last of my peanut butter on this batch of oats, what a bummer, I need to plan grocery shopping trip, how can I survive without peanut butter.

Sticking to my favorite OIAJ. I used 1/2 cup of oats, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and my favorite coconut milk with a few shakes of cinnamon.

My parents came down from Upper Michigan to watch our dogs while we were gone and they didn’t eat the bananas I left for them, but that’s okay I need some more for my smoothie stash.

Just peel, slice and bag up and when you need a smoothie, you will have frozen chunks ready to go.

Bagged up my favorite lunch time pretzel snacks.

The organizer in me loves to prep and I love the convenience of having things ready to go, that means I can hit the snooze button 1 time in the morning when I am prepped and ready to go. Count me in.

Question of the Day: What is a good gift to send to someone who hosted you while on vacation?

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One thing I love is to snack. I do try to keep my snacks healthy and thought it would be fun to list a few of them.  Pretzels are my favorite, I love to dip them in Wholly Guacamole.

Roasted chick peas are great to keep on hand, they are packed with fiber and they have the nice salty bite.

Yogurt and cereal are a great combo.

English muffin with Peanut Butter and bananas are a must to satisfy a sweet tooth.  I used Peanut Butter on the left and Nutella on the right.

Dried fruit/fruit leather is a favorite of mine after dinner. I love this fig bar, it really has a great flavor and it is naturally sweetened.

Keeping this on hand is a must, I love to pack these for lunch, or snack on them after a workout.

These have white chocolate chunks in them and I cannot get enough of them, the crunch and the smooth chocolate make a great granola bar.

Near and dear to my heart is Hummus. I eat hummus nearly every single day. I love it with carrots, and pita bread. The key to my heart is Hummus.

Whole wheat tortilla with Peanut butter and chia seeds are a great snack option, popped in the microwave makes a nice warm tortilla and melted peanut butter.

Sometimes you just need a crispy and sweet apple.

I also try to keep hard-boiled eggs on hand, and I take one to work everyday. What an excellent source of protein. Hard boiled eggs pack 17 grams of protein in their perfect little shell.

I just love these little snack items, they all are healthy options.

Question of the Day? Whats your go to snack?

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I have a new favorite breakfast. All week-long I think about what I want to make on Saturday and Sunday mornings for breakfast. There has been one recipe that I have wanted to make for a while now and finally got to it.  Tone It Up Protein Pancakes.

They are easy to make and all you need is about 5 minutes..

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbs vanilla almond milk or skim
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs ground flaxseed
  • After above ingredients are mixed together add 1/2 banana (mashed)- mash first, then add
  • Add a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Pour into a pan that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and heat on medium. Cook one side until you see the little bubbles just like cooking any pancake. Flip over (careful!) and cook on the other size until the middle is done (peek inside with a fork).

I was really happy I got to use my Swanson loot on this recipe. I used Swanson Ground Flax Seed and Swanson Cinnamon.

Now flipping is not my best kitchen skill, but I don’t mind a misshapen pancake, I’m all about the flavor.

I really loved the flavor of the pancake, and appreciate the protein value of the pancake, but I will add some ground oatmeal next time I make this I just love the fluff that ground oatmeal gives pancakes.

Question of the Day: Blueberry’s or Banana pancakes? 

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My love for Roasted Brussels Sprouts started a year ago. I had tried it before many ways but never fell in love with the flavor, until I simply cut them in half sprinkled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.  It’s pure perfection. Roast on 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

So in keeping with simple preparation, I did the same thing with my Tilapia fillets.  Drizzled with olive oil, Splashed with Lemon Juice and Seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning salt.

Spray the foil with cooking spray, wrapped the fish, bake on 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

I made my favorite couscous as a side dish.

When the fillet came out it just fell apart, it was so moist and juicy.

Sprouts were roasted to a crispy crunch, I roasted them in my toaster oven while the fish was baking in the oven.

This meal only took a little over 35 minutes total. I find myself wanting this meal once a week, and with grilling season just beginning, I cannot wait to take this meal to the grill.

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life.

Question of the Day: What are you looking forward to grilling?

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So I have a new recipe that I think will Sell You On Kale, if you haven’t already bought into it.

This recipe was so easy to throw together and fun. I loved making the little ravioli’s.

     

I made this two-way, as a wonton ravioli and as a mini bite.

  

  

Dipped in Marinara Sauce, it’s so hot right now.

So here’s the detail on this little recipe.

Kale and Tofu Wonton 2 Ways:

1 Bunch of Kale Torn from the Stem

1 Block of Tofu

1 Clove Garlic

1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan

48 Wonton Wrapper

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cooking Spray

Marinara Sauce for Dipping

Directions:

In a large pot of salted water boil the kale until tender, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the kale to a colander. When cool squeeze out excess water and finely chop. In a medium bowl, mash together the kale, the tofu block, the Parmesan cheese and the garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.

Assemble ravioli, by arranging wonton wrappers on a sprayed cookie sheet. Fill each wrapper with about 1 tsp of  mix.

Wet fingers and run along two sides of the wrapper. Fold over and seal. Spray completed ravioli with cooking spray and Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

(or) Take a mini muffin tin, spray with cooking spray and then line the tin with a wonton wrapper and then fill with about 1 tsp of mix. Lightly spray cooking spray on filled wontons and bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with a side of marinara sauce.

Have I sold you on Kale yet? I’m telling you, you have to try it, it is so good for you. Kale Rules.

Question of the day: Are you sold on Kale?

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