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Menu Monday!

Good morning friends! I hope you had a good weekend and are ready to tackle the new week. I'm still on my freezer challenge this week and will be using what I have and only buying to restock the pantry, replace regular items we've ran out of and fresh fruits and veggies.
After looking through my freezer and pantry here is the menu I have planned..

Monday: Fried chicken, corn bread, bean soup & salad. I had this meal planned to make on Friday but instead used some of my frozen individual meals. I'll use my air fryer for the chicken and try and get pictures of it. I had a request for me to do a post on this. The corn bread will be from a mix that is in my pantry that I want to use up. I'm now thinking I'll make a simple black bean soup. I need to see if I can find a recipe. I'm sure there will be leftovers from this meal which will be a bonus!
Tuesday: Pizza & salad. I'm going to try the Costco frozen pizza and see what we think. I'll ser…

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

(this article contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support :) Wool dryer balls are a super easy project. They really are amazing to use. If you are not familiar with them they are used in the dryer for drying clothes. They can be a frugal alternative to dryer sheets. I don't use dryer sheets for several reasons, but one being the cost. For me, they seem like an unnecessary expense. I'm not a big fan of things used once and thrown away (I don't buy paper towels and only buy 1 - 4 pack of napkins from Costco about every year to year and a half), I use towels and wash cloths instead of paper towels and I have my own homemade napkins instead of paper napkins for our daily use.
Back to these dryer balls. Aside from the benefit of helping reduce static they also can reduce drying time. I wasn't too sure if I believed this but now after using them I can say that they do reduce the time by anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. This has been my observation so far.

The am…

Grocery Haul for Two and Cajun Brown Rice Medley

This week was a quick and easy grocery haul. I'm currently on a freezer challenge. I'm using up what I already have in my freezer. I only needed to purchase some basic items.
The one and only stop this week was at Winco...

I purchased a lot of fresh veggies. I got spinach, kale, celery, butternut squash, carrots, beets, mushrooms, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and sweet potatoes. 

I also picked up our weekly supply of fresh fruit, apples, oranges and bananas. 

Some brown rice pasta in the bulk section.

And finally, milk and cookies (the perfect combo! :).

Total for Winco and my grand total for the week: $31

Not bad! Now to keep my freezer challenge going! :)
How many of you do freezer and/or pantry challenges?


Cajun Brown Rice Medley
I started this recipe with the thought of making jambalaya. I ended up varying so much from the recipe that I had my own thing.
The only thing I used my Instant Pot for was cooking the brown rice. So you can obviously cook it in the way y…

Wednesday Snap Shot

Good morning friends! I hope your week is going well. I've been sitting and procrastinating with a cup of coffee this morning.  The sun is shining, the fire going and it's a beautiful peaceful morning.  It's now time to get moving with the day! :) 
The weekend was quiet and I spent some time in the kitchen. I made a pot of veggie stock and a batch of chicken stock. Both are in the freezer now.
I also had a nice long conversation with one of my daughters which is always a blessing to me.
On Sunday the weather had been really cloudy and would pour down rain and then the next minute the sun would come out and it would be dry. It did this all day. On one of those sunny dry moments I happened to look out the window and this was my view...

These little deer come and visit often. We've actually seen up to 6 of them here at one time.  They are at the point they don't really run off easily. They'll stop if we are outside and they see us and just look at us for a bi…

Menu Monday!

Good morning! After grocery shopping the last couple of times I now have a very full freezer. So full that I'm on a “freezer challenge” to eat from the freezer and buy only pantry restocking items and fresh fruits and veggies. We'll see how that goes, I'm a sucker for a good deal! :)

Monday: Costco orange chicken, pot stickers and a salad. I had this on my menu last week and ended up being out later then I thought I would and bought a rotisserie chicken for dinner instead.
Tuesday: Ham & cheese sliders, split pea soup & salad. I have Hawaiian dinner rolls in the freezer to use for my sliders and I'll make my split pea soup in the IP.
Recipes: Sliders IPSplit Pea Soup

Wednesday: Lasagna, french bread, & salad. I have a Costco lasagna and french bread in my freezer.
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Fried chicken, corn bread, bean soup & salad. I'll use my air fryer for the chicken and try and get pictures of it. I had a request for me to do a …

Grocery Haul for Two and Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

It's time for Friday's grocery haul! I didn't need a ton of things this week. In fact right now my freezer is completely full so I have a ban on buying more until I use up much of what I have. I need to do another freezer inventory so I can plan my meals around that.

The first stop was Winco:

I still have spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce. All I needed was cabbage, tomatoes mushrooms and onions. And I picked up our weekly supply of fruit too.

I didn't realize until later looking at the pictures I took that the canned pineapple ended up hidden behind the mustard. But there are 3 cans of pineapple back there. The mustard was on sale so I picked up extra for the pantry. The rest was raisin bran, half & half, and milk.

I bought a few things in the bulk section. After cleaning my pantry I realized I needed to stock up on dried beans and peas. Top row (left to right), green lentils, split peas, bottom row, red beans, black beans. They are now neatly sitting on my pan…