Meal Prep – Breakfast Bowls

Did you see the Breakfast Bistro Boxes I finally shared a while ago? I can’t believe I didn’t get it up sooner! FYI … this is from the “other” site that I’m slowly moving over here!

Well, then I made myself a Breakfast Bowl that really was really yummy!

And I shared pics on Instagram and such but never got around to sharing with YOU!

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DIY Foaming Dish Soap

If you enjoy cooking, it seems all you do is chop, cook, clean and repeat. Seven days a week. 52 weeks of the year.

Toss in a Whole30 and well, you certainly will do this and then some. 30 days straight … you know, cook, eat, wash and repeat for 30 days straight. No break in the middle for a dinner out or pizza delivery.

30 days straight. Non Stop.  Look how long ago that was shared on Instagram? Still the same TODAY!  (Psst…isn’t it time for you to follow me!?)

I LOVE Dawn dish soap. I’ve made it no secret that there are certain things that I’m brand loyal … such as Dawn, Tide, etc.  I can’t help it … and NO, Dawn has NO idea who I am … it’s just what I prefer!

So … when I was able to pick up one of these Dawn Direct Foam bottles a year ago with a great sale and coupon, I was so excited. It’s perfect for a quick clean up on something that’s not so messy and it keeps the sink fairly empty on a low volume cooking day …

Dawn Direct Foam

I even bought the refill bottle which is basically almost 2 refills worth … but that was pretty expensive.

And then, that ran out. Oh sad day!

But guess what?? You can do this yourself and I can’t believe I didn’t look into that before!!

Ready to hear how easy it is??

Mix half water and half soap, place in bottle, put the pump top on and shake it up and ta da!

DIY Foaming Dish Soap

Ok, so here’s a few tips for you:

If the pump seems to be clogged, you most likely used too much soap, just dump a little out (into a jar, you can save it for the next time!!) and add a little more water. You will know as it will be more soapy then foamy.

If the suds seem to thin and water, you added to much water, so again, dump a little out and add a little more soap.

I have not tried this with hand soap, but can’t see why it wouldn’t work too? I personally do NOT like body wash, prefer a bar and washcloth, but wish I had a pump bottle to try the hand soap for the sink …

Also, I’ve not tried any other dish soap except dawn to do this with. I would imagine, again, that it would be just fine.

Got a Frugal Hack to share? Let me know and I’ll give it a shot!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Meal Preppin’

I’m off on President’s Day (wheee!) and figured, what the heck, let’s get some meal prep stuff out of the way since I have THREE days instead of just two to get stuff done … I’ve been pretty Hangry lately because there’s been a real lack of motivation to really cook anything up with Mark being iffy on what he can and cannot tolerate … certainly a learning curve, that’s for sure!


[hang-gree] adj.  

Anger fueled by hunger.

My goal/plan is to have some grab and go meals in the freezer. Only problem is the freezers … well, they are rather full AND unorganized.

Yeah, that was NOT an exaggeration, was it? Yes, we have THREE refrigerators with freezers. More than any household should have under normal circumstances and trust me, I’m going to have an adjustment period when we downsize to a smaller house (and kitchen!)…

So first thing I had to do was pull out some beef from the main freezer for the Broccoli and Beef dish to make …

sirloin steaks food saver

Chicken thighs for the Mississippi Chicken (and yes, I had to sing the song to type that out)

chicken thighs food saver

It was a good thing that I had pulled out 2 steaks and box of spinach for Saturday night’s dinner … there’s some leftover creamed spinach that I’ll be incorporating somewhere …

I cooked up 3 large baked potatoes in the Instant Pot at 9:30am (they were done by 10am) …

potatoes cleaned and ready

And then I grabbed a bag of the General Tso Chicken from Trader Joe’s and a bag of fried rice, also from Trader Joe’s (both from the guest kitchen freezer) with the rest of my fresh broccoli to make me a few Take Out Fake Out Bowls … because I’ve been craving chinese take out lately …

And at the last minute, I decided I want to make a quick Unrolled Egg Roll in a Bowl dish …


I realize that I have not been keeping up very well with transferring my recipes over to this site … I promise, I’m working on it!!

Anyone else using that extra day off for meal planning? It can be such a time, money AND life saver, trust me!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

#MealPrep    #MealPlan    #UsingWhatWeHave    #SavingMoney

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Grocery Spending and Budgeting

Welcome 2018!

I’m a little behind schedule as that grand baby decided to make an early appearance (12/29/17, 3 weeks ahead of schedule) and then brought along a few things we didn’t foresee (overnight stay for Bilirubin issues and then Randi in for postpartum pre-clampsia!) so I’ve basically missed the whole entire new year week. First New Year’s EVER sober …. imagine that!

Ok, so now that Baby Nolan is here, Princess Randi is safe and home again, and Matt is hopefully recovering from all the drama, I’m ready to get back on track here!

First things first!


Yup, that dreaded B word.

Hey, it’s everyone’s goal and much easier said than done. So this year, Effective 1/4/18 (as that’s when I finally made it back home) I wanted to set a budget:

$100 a week for food and consumables (cat food and paper towel are included here)
$50 for miscellaneous stuff (clothes, dinners out, spontaneous stuff)

Seriously, that should be obtainable, right?

Of course! But not so much in the real world.


So, we have a new listing agent (hello Sklar Team!) and we are staging the house which I am so proud of Mark to agree to this as he had a hard time agreeing to it which means we are back and forth to the storage unit, selling stuff on Craigslist which stinks and then trying to pawn stuff off to friends and family to no avail. Is our stuff really that crappy? Come on!

Anyways. Again. Back to the point here!

2018 week 1 total

My goal for 2018. $100 groceries per week. $50 for miscellaneous stuff. Borrow right to left but never down (next week, in the future, etc.)

See? Since I’m doing Sunday to Saturday, I’m ahead here! Wheee! Technically, that leftover money should be moved to a debt payment (credit card or appliances) but I’m holding it for now. Probably the wrong thing to do but hey, I get nervous when my bank account is low and Mark is asking for what I have available! Eek, it stinks being the one who gets a paycheck! 😉

Trader Joes

Ok, ok, here’s the first week of 2018 played out … I did it!

Trader Joes – January 6, 2018
Total Spent $53.41

Uhm, hey, this also included THREE bottles of wine which was totally NOT on the list!

Bottle of Red $12.99
Bottle of White $7.00
*name that song!*
Bottle of Two Buck Chuck $2.99 (this is a joke recommendation)
loaf of ciabatta $1.99
Social Snackin Crackers $2.69
2 pk Cheese Enchiladas $1.99 (for Jamie)
2 bags of Mandarin Orange Chicken $4.99 each (for Sunday Take Out Dinner)
2 bags of veggie fried rice $2.29 each (one for Sunday dinner and other for freezer)
2 pkgs of garlic, 3 heads each $1.49 each
Boursin Garlic & Herb spread $3.79 – spontaneous buy with them crackers above

Trader Joes reciept 1-6-18.jpg

Then we stopped at Office Depot to look at office furniture since Randi’s bedroom is being changed out to an office per the Stager Chic:

Office Depot – January 6, 2018
Total Spent $42.91

Originally, we just wanted to get some bubble wrap since the neon light in Florida room is being kicked to the curb (along with Mr. Wonderful!) and ended up looking at furniture and stuff.

Clock $17.99 (replaces the cheap crappy white one we have in the kitchen now)
Bubble Wrap $22.49 … sale was buy 2 get 1 free but like I told hubby, I don’t need that much bubble wrap to save $22. I mean, spend 50 to save $20 when it wasn’t needed? No thank you.

office depot receipt 1-6-18

That Office Depot stop was a perfect example of how you can get sucked in to buying more than you need or want to “save a buck” or two. The savings isn’t worth it if you aren’t using it.  That receipt could read $75 instead!

Have you set a new budget for 2018? Share and hopefully we can motivate each other!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

Cobb Salads

Somedays, all I want to do is head out to Sweet Tomatoes and have an all you can eat salad buffet with unlimited soups and a few other starchy things on the side. I never opt for dessert because I’m usually a stuffed pig by the time everyone is ready to hit the yogurt bar.  No thank you.  Mark and Jamie, on the other hand, are all about the frozen yogurt and such …

They do NOT serve Cobb Salads there but whenever I get around to making this, I’m always like, YUMMMM, we should do this more often!

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