Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Hour Friday - Orange Dreamsicles

Ohh...I loved them things when I was a kid ... we would wait for the ice cream truck EVERY STINKIN SATURDAY and beg my parents for the quarter ... Pushups and Orange Dreamsicles were my favs ...

And even as an adult, if I'm given a choice, yes, I will have the pushup please :-) ... and LOOK, now I found an adult beverage that taste a LOT like a dreamsicle.

AND ...  it uses the WHIPPED vodka (thankfully as I do not want to drink it straight!) and I had a little bit left still in a bottle from a previous night of stupidity ... so grab that blue bottle of yumminess and get crackin!

2 oz whipped vodka (Pinnacle is what I have but I thought I saw another brand putting it out now)
2 oz orange juice (um, personally, I HATE pulp and would strongly discourage it in a cocktail)
2 oz lemon lime soda (I used sierra mist as that's what I had on hand)
splash of grenadine

  

  



Umm....easy. Add ice to a large shaker or glass. Pour in the ingredients. Stir or shake (I personally am a shaker so I shake)

Strain into tall glass with ice. Garnish with slice of orange and cherry (all I had were mini oranges).



I also poured mine into a large mouth wine glass as it's easier for me to hold (the tall glass got a little frosty and about slipped out of my hand!!)



Sip, say yummm and give a toast!

Remember, I encourage you to always drink responsibly and PLEASE do not drink and drive!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu Plan Week 115 - Using What We Have

Hi! Did you miss the plan last week? That's because I didn't really HAVE a plan as it was a busy week and figured, salads, tuna sandwiches and one night of chicken and roasted broccoli didn't really warrant a post about menu planning and meal prep! So there you have it!

This week however, busy as it might be, yet again, will have a plan as I just feel lost without some idea of what to have any particular evening. You know, just because I say chicken and veggies on Monday does NOT mean chicken and veggies on Monday ... that might be pushed to Wednesday or just in to the following week ... especially if I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer!!

Which brings me to ... for a little while, I was making it a point to pull all the protein out of the freezer on Sunday for the week ahead. Sadly, I've had a few items that ended up getting tossed as the following Sunday reveals that I didn't use something I should have ... like the 3 pounds of ground beef in the garage refrigerator at this moment ... I hate food waste when it happens like that ... so I'm back to only doing a few proteins, not all of them!  I will say though, the freezers are a little more workable now since I'm using/losing stuff that I'm digging out lately ... that feels good and hopefully will make room for better meal preparations ahead ...

There's hope, I'm telling you! Of course, the refrigerators are currently overflowing after my stop at Costco on Saturday morning ... I am putting myself on a fairly strict food budget for the next week and the month of April, EVEN with Easter coming!

In other news, I did a 5 day course of antibiotics last weekend and through the beginning of the week ... and, today, again, Sunday, I feel like I have a touch of something blah again. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is just a small flare that will come and go quickly ... stay positive!

Here's what I'm looking at for the week:

Sunday - Pork Tenderloin and roasted broccoli (pork from freezer and broccoli just bought). This was actually dinner made Saturday but I felt pretty queasy to my stomach and opted not to eat ... Hubby had a grilled pizza with the Boy instead so I will just reheat all in a skillet with some ghee (I had this for breakfast too)

Monday - I have a kickboxing class I want to check out, sick or not so tonight is going to be a simple salad with some creamy dressing ... my need to pick up some more salad stuff as I didn't get any at Costco the other day! Leftovers for Hubby, the boy did a weeks' worth of meal prep with broccoli, pasta and spinach, Princess and the BF picked up subs, and I, well, I had nachos. I'm sick, and I crave carbs when I'm sick (and it could possibly be because I was really really making an effort to avoid grains!)

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday! Will most likely use the ground turkey I picked up at Costco (balance of ingredients in fridge/pantry)


Wednesday - if all goes well, another class this evening and a super easy dinner with a cobb salad ... will probably stop at Fresh Market or Whole Foods to pick up some salad stuff and good deli meat ...


Thursday - Italian Beef in the Crockpot ... hunk o beef from the freezer, balance of ingredients in pantry. I also have the ciabatta rolls in the freezer for everyone and I will serve mine over a bed of coleslaw (fridge) ... recipe and pics coming soon, I promise!

Friday - Leaning towards Sausage and Peppers as I have the sausage in freezer and most likely will have some peppers that will need to be used or frozen soon ... IF we do this, I also have a few of the smaller loaves of italian bread in the freezer that I will pull out for the sandwiches too.

Saturday - I picked up some beautiful strip steaks a few weeks ago and am thinking of pulling them out if we have friends/kids/family around ... otherwise, chicken with smashed taters ... steaks/chicken in freezer, taters in fridge

What are YOU making this week?

Looking forward to linking up with Organized Junkie's Menu Plan ... go check it out!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Costco Time!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I was at Costco today ::gasp:: ... they have the Wild Planet Albacore Tuna on sale for $10.99 ... so I picked up 6 packages ... that's like, 36 cans ;-) A lot of tuna, I know, but we've been eating a lot of that lately for lunches!!


Anyway.

Have you also noticed that I have NOT been posting my Frugal Activities post lately either? :-( I know ... it's jus that I haven't 'felt' Frugal lately, so to speak ... just been in a funk and certainly hope this last round of antibiotics takes care of whatever it is I've had going on!

I also skipped out on the Menu Plan this past week, which also goes without saying, Meal Prep too ... oops.  We had a fairly busy week and I just didn't see the purpose of planning the week when it was going to be simply salads, tuna and a night with chicken and roasted broccoli ... one night was out with 2 other couples to see John Mellencamp, which was FABULOUS!!! We had awesome seats (orchestra box) and plenty of room for the 6 of us to dance, jump around, have a few 'close calls' and just rock out. So much fun. It took all of us 2 days to get back to normal after that evening though, so I guess, yeah, we are getting a little older ... ugh.

Ok, here's what this trip brought home .... and a few things were left behind as the prices are creeping up again:



3 bottles of Golden Margarita (NOT the wine stuff, get the black lid!) $7.99 each (SALE!) ... I was out AND Cinco De Mayo is coming soon!
2 gallons of 2% milk $2.9 each
large package of papertowel $18.99 less $4
100 pk of Keurig coffee$35.99 (for the office)
large package of toilet paper $15.99
35 (I think) count spring water $4.39 less $1
30 count gatorade
3 pk 100% pineapple juice $8.99
half and half $1.89
360 count Advil $16.39 less $3 (sad how much we go through this)
2 3 lb containers cottage cheese $4.99 each
24 oz crumbled bacon bits $9.99
a bunch of paper coffee cups $9.99 (for the office)
twin pack of softsoap refill $8.99 less $2.50
large bottle olive oil $11.39
bottle of italian seasoning $4.39
package of pre-cooked bacon $10.49
2 pkgs of cut broccoli (fresh) $4.99 each (I'm on a roasted broccoli kick right now, imagine that!)
pkg hard salami $7.29
3 dozen xlarge eggs $5.99
string cheese $9.39
3 pk seedless cukes $3.99
15 count greek yogurt $10.89
6 6 count albacore tuna $14.99 each less $4 each
package of blueberries $7.99
20 pk bath soap $8.49 less $2.50
4 pkgs ground turkey $17.35 total
2 pks of organic bananas $1.99 each
box (twin pack) of oatmeal squares cereal $7.39

Grand total? More than I wanted ... about $360 or so ...

Funny, Hubby suggested I forgo the Costco trips and put the $500 or so towards the mortgage principal payments. He has a valid point. Maybe I should give this more serious thought as really, Costco's prices ARE going up and down a lot (eggs are up $1 since last month, I put the ground beef back as it was up $4 for the package from before, chicken breast are $2.99 a pound now) ...

I think I can stay out of the stores for a few weeks, what do you think? :-) Oh, I didn't mention the trip to Whole Foods on Friday, did I? That was mostly for a selection of cider (gluten free) beers but still bought a few other things too ...

Been to Costco lately?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Deconstructing Peppers FAST

I love peppers ... red peppers especially ... what I hate though is the seeds and membranes and cleaning them up to eat :-) I wish you could just bite into them like an apple or something!

So, when I came across this tip on Instagram a while ago, I was amazed at how much easier it is to do it this way and have been doing it like this every since!

Let's Deconstruct a Pepper!

1. Wash pepper


2. Push in stem


3.  Pull stem out


4.  Tear pepper in half


5.  Trim side membrane off with a knife





6.  Trim off top and bottom


7.  Slice away


Go ahead and give it a try!

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