Just 5 days left to submit your recipe for Theme Week


Join the fun before it is too late.

Yesterday (6/13/2016) Natascha from Natascha’s Palace posted a fantastic recipe

Fish escabeche
Fish escabeche

for Fish escabeche (Hot marinated fish) for our Latin week (week starting 6/19/2016).

Natascha is a Canadian English teacher living in Spain. Cooking is her hobby! She also has her own blog that we follow, Natascha’s Palace, where she posts many other delicious recipes. You should give her site a visit.

We had a lot of fun getting everything together for the post. I’m looking forward to trying the dish.

Next Saturday (6/18/2016) at noon Central Time submission closes!!!

Submit your recipe before time runs out.
Continue reading “Just 5 days left to submit your recipe for Theme Week”

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The final week for Theme Week Submission is here


Don’t delay this is the final week for submissions.

Next Saturday at noon Central Time submission closes!!!

We do our shopping twice a month. (This lines up with when I get paid) So really we will be doing  two theme weeks. Submission for both weeks will close noon June 18, 2016.

A Latin Theme week and an Eastern Asian Theme week Continue reading “The final week for Theme Week Submission is here”

Theme Week Submission has started


IT IS FINALLY HERE!!!!

Join us in doing a theme week together!!!

We do our shopping twice a month. (This lines up with when I get paid) So really we will be doing  two theme weeks.

A Latin Theme week and an Eastern Asian Theme week Continue reading “Theme Week Submission has started”

Budget tips for grocery shopping


Have you noticed how much of your household budget goes toward groceries? Grocery shopping is a significant expense for most, but there are ways to make it more affordable.

Menu planning is integral to succeeding in managing this expense. In April we discovered just how important it really is. We didn’t have time to make our menu plan and shopping list and as a result spent almost as much on two on the fly meals as we did for the remaining planned meals.

Here are some money saving tips Continue reading “Budget tips for grocery shopping”

Our first Theme Week submission is in!!!


Today we got our first submission for our Theme Week.

This recipe comes to us from a self ascribed lover of all things Costa Rican.

This recipe is a rice dish. I’m really looking forward to trying this. I remember when I visited Costa Rica to do relief work that everyday we had this delicious  Continue reading “Our first Theme Week submission is in!!!”

#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 6/6/2016 and 6/13/2016


It’s been a while since we posted any results of our shopping efforts.

So how did we do this week at meeting our goal of staying under $200 for 2 weeks dinners, the Week Starting 6/6/2016 and the Week Starting 6/13/2016Continue reading “#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 6/6/2016 and 6/13/2016”

Fun with Menu Planning, WHAT? – Yep


Have you ever come up empty trying to make a menu plan? Lets do it together, lets do a theme week together. I thought it would be a great way to get into the spirit of the blogging community.

Take a look at the plan here and get ready. 🙂

Do you think ‘Theme Weeks’ would be fun?


I got the idea for a ‘crowd sourced’ 🙂 theme week from a good friend of the family and read about different types of theme weeks in an excellent article, Meal Planning 101: Create a formula for the week’s meal plan, on Good Cheap Eats blog.

Being relatively new to blogging and also wanting to get into the community spirit of the blogging community, I thought it would be fun to do a couple of theme weeks toward the end of June. Continue reading “Do you think ‘Theme Weeks’ would be fun?”

Does it matter what you eat?


90% of every American food dollar is spent to buy processed food (Food inc.)!  According to a study, published in BMJ Open March 9th 2016, much of that money is spent on what is called ultra-processed food. That study revealed that on average 57.9% of the calories people eat comes from ultra-processed foods.

Why? Why should we care? Continue reading “Does it matter what you eat?”