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So, one of the things that I’ve appreciated as I’ve perused the great wide world of blogs are all the neat recipe ideas I find.  I’ve been trying to test out new things that sound good in an effort to add a little variety to our diets.

Here are my efforts this week:

Frozen Banana Bites ~ chocolate, peanut butter, banana all in little bite size treats……yeah, I HAD to try this one!! 🙂

“Homemade” Pickles ~ not exactly homemade, but this is a fun little project.  I want to try REALLY homemade pickles, but that will be another day.
-just cut up some small salad/pickling cucumbers and put them in the jar with the old juice.  Refrigerate and they say that in a few days you have another jar of pickles….we’ll see!!

Whole Milk Yogurt ~ this is not a new project, but we’re out, so time to make more!

I think that’s all I’m going to get to today.  I’ll keep you posted on the results!

We’re taking our first camping trip of the year soon and I’m so excited!  Why is it that sleeping in a cloth house, using a vault (isn’t that a nicer word for them than ‘pit’ :)) toilet, not showering for a couple days and washing dishes by hand is so much FUN!! 🙂
I’m planning out my menu and making my packing list this weekend.  Each year we buy one thing to add to our camping supplies (most of which are borrowed from my parents, which allows us this one purchase a year to accumulate our own stuff).  Adding new items slowly to existing or “make-do” items is one way to pay for things up front.  Would it be more fun to go out camping with all new shiny gear….I’m sure!  However, I would NOT enjoy paying off the debt (or the interest which makes things much more expensive in the long run!).
This year’s purchase is going to be a medium-sized cooler.  I contemplated a bigger cooler….they just look cool and official, but we usually only end up camping for extended weekends.  I think we can manage without the “Marine 6 day ice holds 8000 cans of beer” cooler! 🙂
I’m hoping to purchase a 36 quart Coleman Xtreme cooler at Meijer.  I have a catalina coupon that printed at the register this week for $4 off a $30 or $7 off a $50 sporting goods purchase.  I love those random catalinas!
Ok, on to the camping menu.  The key to successfully cooking at a campsite is planning, planning, planning.
We’re leaving on a Friday afternoon, so we’ll eat lunch at home.
Friday dinner:
Foil dinners
Parmesan toast
Smores!

Saturday breakfast:
Ham and Cheese Eggs
Bacon
Toast

Saturday lunch:
Yogurt and Fruit
Beef sticks
Cheese and crackers

Saturday dinner:
Brats
Campfire Potatoes
Veggies and Dip

Sunday breakfast:
Pancakes with butter and syrup
Bacon

Sunday lunch:
Ham sandwiches
Chips
Fruit
Veggies and Dip

After lunch we’ll pack up and head home.  Ahhhh, camping! 🙂

Here’s some plans of what we’ll eat this week:

Monday (Happy Memorial Day!)
Porterhouse steaks $14 (from Shelton’s Farm Market)
Asparagus $2.25 (bought from roadside stand)
Homemade bread (in my new breadmaker!)

Tuesday
Lasagna
salad
Parmesan cheese bread (with rest of loaf from yesterday)

Wednesday
Leftovers or Sandwiches

Thursday
Leftovers or Sandwiches or Frozen ‘stuff’

Friday
Appetizer meal
-chicken wings
-? ? ? still working this one out 🙂

Saturday
I’m working, so ‘the boys’ will be fending for themselves!

So, I hit up Walgreens for a few fun deals this afternoon.  I’m all set for razors and toilet paper for awhile! 🙂  It took me five transactions to do what I wanted to do.  The cashier was really patient and friendly, which I so appreciated!

Transaction #1:
Right Guard Deodorant $2.99 (Buy 1, Get $2)
-use $1/1 peelie
GUM EEZ-Thru Flossers $2 (Buy 1, Get $2)
-use $3 Register Reward from last week
-pay $1.34 (Get $4 RR)

Transaction #2:
Gillette ProGlide Razor $9.89 (Buy 1, Get $5 RR)
-use $4/1 from PG insert 5/1/11
(2) Hershey Dark Chocolate with almonds $0.49
-use B1G1 from SS 5/1/11
(1) Hershey symphony $0.49 (filler item)
-use (2) $2 RR from Transaction #1
-pay $3.67 (get $5 RR)

Transaction #3:
(2) Cottonelle 12 count $5 (Buy 2, Get $3 RR)
-use (2) $0.50/1 printable
-use $1/1 from Walgreens May Coupon book (in store)
GUM EEZ-Thru Flossers $2 (Buy 1, Get $2 RR)
-use $5 RR from Transaction #2
-pay $4.84 (Get $2 and $3 RR)

Transaction #4:
BIC Soliel Bella 3-pack razors $5.99 (Buy 1, Get $2 RR)
-use $3/1 Facebook printable
Hershey’s Cookies and Cream candy $0.49
-use $3 RR from Transaction #3
-pay $0.90 (Get $2 RR)

Transaction #5:
Gillette ProGlide Razor $9.89 (Buy 1, Get $5 RR)
-use $4/1 from PG insert 5/1/11
(2) Hershey Dark Chocolate with almonds $0.49
-use B1G1 from SS 5/1/11
(1) Hershey symphony $0.49 (filler item)
-use (2) $2 RR from Transaction #3 and #4
-pay $3.67 (get $5 RR)

Total for all transactions before coupons/register rewards: $62.38
Total spent: $14.42

I’m probably going to go back and do the Cottonelle deal again later this week.
If I can round up another copy of this weekends’ SmartSource insert, I have a Hershey’s candy deal to do to:
(6) Hershey’s Pieces 2/$5 (Buy $15, Get $7 off a movie ticket)
-use (3) $2/2 from SmartSource 5/1/11
(1) Reese’s PB Cup $0.49
-use $5 RR from Transaction #5 above
-pay $4.49 (Get $7 off movie ticket)

Next week at Meijer is looking better than the last couple of weeks!  I checked out the Meijer ad preview on Facebook and I’ve started my list!

(4) Land of Lakes Butter 2/$6
-use (2) $0.50/2 printable

(4) Kraft Shredded Cheese $1.88
-use (4) $0.50/1 printable (if you haven’t already printed it) (if you have 4 of the coupon, split your cheese into two transactions, so you get the doubling on all your coupons!)
-use $1/2 printable

(4) Select Kellogg’s cereals (see ad)- buy 4, Get One Gallon Meijer Milk free
-use $0.70/1 Raisin Bran printable
-I also have some coupons for the cereal that were in previous cereal boxes
-Don’t forget about the mail-in-rebate offer going on, too!

Duncan Hines Brownie Mix 4/$5
-use $0.50/1 printable (I don’t think it’s available anymore, I couldn’t find it)

(4) Nestle Tollhouse Baking morsels 2/$4
-use (2) $0.50/2 printable

Cooks Shank Portion Smoked Ham $0.89/lb

Reddi-Whip $1.89
-use $0.35/1 Reddi Wip from Sunday paper 4/10

(2) DelMonte Tomatoes 5/$5
-use $1/2 Mperks digital
(8) DelMonte Canned Fruit $0.97
-buy any 10 DelMonte items get $2 off instantly at checkout
(if the Contadina sauce is included in the promo, sub 2 of those @ 5/$5 and use the $1/2 Mperks digital coupon for them)

There’s my list!  Some good match-ups are available this week! 🙂

So, I didn’t post any Meijer deals for this week, because I barely bought anything.  It was a slow week!  Next week looks about the same, I think.

My list:
Meijer milk $2.50 (that price is going up quickly, it was $2 on sale just a couple months ago)
Doritos $3.99 (Buy One, Get One)
Meijer butter $2.50

I don’t see much else that’s on sale AND let’s me save more with coupons.  That’s ok.  We’ll just be eating up some of the stuff in the pantry, I suppose. 🙂

I’m getting my produce for the next couple weeks from B&B Organics.  I got my first box this week and the quality and variety were good.  Having it all on hand makes me more creative with finding ways to use it in meals, too!
We bought a bunch of meats from Shelton’s Farm Market this week, too, so we’re set on meat.

Thank goodness for Meijer this week.  Everywhere else is kinda slow.  I foresee a “pantry week” on the menu. 🙂

Here’s my list:

Strawberries $1 (nice!)

(1) Simply OJ 59 oz
-use $1/1 printable (I don’t think it’s available anymore)
-use $1/1 MPerks digital

(2) Jello gelatin or pudding 6-pack $2.50
(2) Jello Temptations Pie or Cheesecake
-buy one Jello 6-pack, get Jello Temptations Pie or Cheesecake FREE
-use $0.75/1  Jello gelatin/pudding (x2)
-unconfirmed catalina=buy 4, get $3 OYNO

(1) Kraft sliced deli cheese $2.50
(1) Kraft singles $2.50
-Buy 2, Get $1 OYNO
-use $0.50/1 Kraft singles Mperks digital
-use $0.55/1 Kraft singles (Sunday paper 2-13-11)
-use $1/1 Kraft deli sliced cheese (catalina coupon that printed for me a couple weeks ago)

Chobani 6 oz $0.99 (this stuff is awesome, so I may pay for it. :/)

(6) Starkist tuna pouches 20% off
-use (3) $1/2 Meijer mealbox
-Buy 5, Get $1.50 OYNO

Carapelli Olive Oil 25% off
-use $1/2
-I may not get this one, I’m not sure how the prices will actually work out

(2) Yoplait Greek Yogurt $0.99
-use (2) $0.30/1 printable

(2) Pepperidge Farm Italian Bread $2.39

Things I’m going to check prices on:
Velveeta Shells and Cheese (I saw some of these with peelies last week!)
-Buy 5, Get $4 OYNO

Meijer Half and Half 64 oz
-there’s a $0.75/1 MPerks coupon

Dole 100% juice fruit cups
-there’s a $0.60/3 Meijer mealbox coupon
-there’s a $0.50/1 printable, too

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt 6 oz
-there’s a $0.50/3 printable (refreshes each month)

Sunday:
Cheesy Beef Quesadillas ($2)
Rotel Cheese Dip ($0.50)
Tortilla Chips ($0.50)

Monday:
Pork Chops with cajun mustard sauce ($2.25)
Butter Noodles ($0.50)
Salad with Blue Cheese dressing ($2)
Parmesan Cheese Bread ($1)

Tuesday:
Out to eat (Riverfront Cafe)

Wednesday:
Stouffer’s Frozen Dinners
Veggies

Thursday:
Mac and Cheese
or
Sandwiches

Friday:
Family Birthday Party (someone else is cooking, yipee! :))

Saturday:
Lasagna
Parmesan Cheese Bread
Veggies

Here we go with the new format again this week:

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Raisin Bread (we use this for toast, but we also use cream cheese and this bread to make breakfast sandwiches)
Cold Cereal
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Eggs, bacon and toast
Cold Cereal
French toast and bacon
Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Dinner:
Italian Ziti
Parmesan Cheese bread
Veggies

Leftovers (pizza, stir fry)

Freezer food

Shredded Pork Tacos
Guacamole
Tortilla chips

Leftovers (Ziti, tacos)

Out to Eat (we’re thinking Riverfront Cafe, yum!)

I’m changing it up a little and I’m just doing to list the meals I’m going to try and make this week.  I’m not assigning days to them. 🙂  Also, I’m adding a breakfast list for this week.

Breakfasts:

Apple Spice Waffles (can be made ahead and reheated in the toaster)
Cold Cereal
Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins
Bagels with Cream Cheese
Cold Cereal
Eggs, Sausage and Toast
French Toast

Dinners:

Black Bean and Steak Tacos $3
Tortilla Chips and Guacamole $1

TGIFriday’s Frozen Chicken and Shrimp Cajun Alfredo $3

Breaded Pork Chops
$2
Cheesy Potatoes $1
Veggies $2

Out to Eat: Pizza Night $20

Steak Stir Fry $5
Parmesan Cheese Bread $1

Recipes will be added later. 🙂

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