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Passive Savings Plan

Passive Savings Plan

I figured with the new year starting, I'd share some of my Passive Savings Plans ... it's not rocket science, trust me, BUT I do have a hard time saving money, intentionally and then leaving it alone.  These 4 things work for me and I hope you are able to find something that works for YOU!

Yes, they are all referral links and I will receive a small compensation IF you opt to sign up through one of these programs.  If you prefer not to go through my link, simply google the name of the program and click directly through 😉

Are ANY of you setting goals for the new year? I'm on the fence. I do it every year and then before you know it, it's already August and you are like WTF? The year is more than half over with no hope of achieving some of those goals now!

1.Digit.Digit is a cool little program that sweeps a few pennies to a few dollars per day from your bank account. You will need text messaging for this as they send you a daily text message with your account balances f…

Chicken Crust Pizza - Grain/Flour Free!

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Hey! Are you ready for a new to ME recipe?


One that would be gluten free, grain free, low carb, keto?

Not so much Paleo (cheese baby) OR Whole30 (just because!)


How about just good and different?? That works for me!

Me and a girlfriend planned a cooking session for Saturday afternoon since Hubby was out of town and I was on a mission to use up some protein from the freezer (we are looking to get new appliances in the main kitchen to up the house sale-ability and will get rid of guest kitchen fridge/freezer, move the main kitchen fridge over there) ... I have 4 pkgs still of ground chicken that I scored a while ago from Target so why not have this to just play around with? So many things changed and I ended up making this on Friday night (just me, the cats and that lonely can of sparkling wine from Trader Joe's) while I pre-cooked some bacon. I'm glad I did as it was so stinking good! Yes, I will share a piece with my girlfriend in the middle of our kitchen session!

Here's …

Meal Prep With Friends

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Friends who meal prep together, stay together.
Right?

Right!

Hubby's out of town for another 10 days so I asked a girlfriend of mine if she wanted to come over during the weekend and do a little cooking session. I don't think she quite understood what I meant by that.  She just heard, Jan's cooking, a few yummy things and yada yada yada.


And to make life even sweeter? I was using protein (meat) that is already on hand to clear out the guest kitchen freezer ...

Hmmm....

I made a list of a few things to make and shared with her by email. A couple of suggestions were things I've made before and enjoyed and figured she'd like for some future lunches and dinners ... and there were a few things I've had on my list of things to try that finally, maybe, I could get around to!

First up:

Mexican Beef in the Instant Pot


Yup, roast was in the freezer and the balance of stuff in the pantry (tomato paste from freezer as you really should be freezing the rest of the can when y…

Paleo Mexican Beef in the InstantPot

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I have a girlfriend coming over this weekend to do a little cooking together and meal prep work ... she's not much of a cook and is always intrigued by the stuff I make so why not make it a group effort? This is on the plan!  
I hope you are breaking out the  InstantPot and CrockPot a little more often because it's quick and doesn't heat up the kitchen!



I mean, seriously, what other reason do you need?  Oh ... yeah, it makes some pretty good food too!

Yup, lunch at my desk was pretty exciting! I had this with riced  cauliflower and green beans ... yummm
So ... this recipe comes from Nom Nom Paleo ... same place That Damn Fine Chicken came from ... and a few other recipes to be shared very very soon as well!

Anyway.

It seems that beef just does not go on sale much any more so the last time I went to Costco, I just bit the bullet and picked up a big hunk (actually 2 hunks in one package) of beef and tossed in the freezer with this recipe specifically in mind. It was still $4.9…

Crock Pot Pizza - Low Carb - Keto Style

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Ok, ok, let's make ONE thing clear ... I am NOT a low carb girl by any means. I AM aware of my grain and dairy intake and well, traditional pizza just totally blows that right out the door.


I'm also really into the crock pot cooking stuff, which is WHY you get another version of a pizza, MY way ;-)


Yup, I LOVE pizza ... the sauce, the gooey cheese, the pepperoni, the seasonings ... they all just sing to me!  I just don't particularly care to ingest the dough (don't get me wrong, I LOVE THE CRUST!!!) as I always seem to have major digestive issue after eating pizza and I already know that flour stuff doesn't help my hands at all ... so I'm always looking for another way to get those yummy flavors and make my tummy somewhat happier as well!

Look at that 'crust'!
This recipe came through Pinterest, of course, and a site called Recipes That Crock ... I spent a lot of time browsing once I got there so make sure you have a few minutes of spare time when you li…

Grocery Shop Review

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You probably don't know this but I've not been inside a grocery store since Hubby came home ... crazy, right? He's been a few times but me? Nope!

I made up for it though on Saturday. Hubby was running to Target so I went to Publix (in the same shopping plaza) since we were trying to save time ... sadly, he should have come along as I spent more than I wanted.


July 15 - Publix
Total Spent - $153.04

Blackberry / Cucumber LaCroix $4.39
Cherry / Lime LaCroix $4.39
2 cartons of Vita Coconut Water $3.34 each
3 containers (single serve) yogurt $1.00 each
Small bottle horseradish $1.95
4 bags of Caesar Salad mix b1g1f $4.09 x 2
1 pound container mushrooms $2.99
Zucchini $3.03
2 pkgs of sausage crumbles $3.00 each
Large container spring mix salad $5.99
3 bottles cold press coconut water $3.99 each
4 Digornos pizzas $5 each
2 bottles of Almond Milk/Cold Brew coffee $4.99 each (Califia)
Jug of OJ $3.34
Half of a spaghetti squash $2.86
Bottle of ketchup $3.59
Pkg of pepperoni $6.17 (s…

Menu Planning

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Hey hey, it's that time of week again! Meal Prep and Menu Planning time!

Whee!!!

Yeah, I'm excited ... not!

Hubby heads out of town again on Tuesday morning, bright and early ... I'm trying to convince him to take Uber for a the $10 or so it will costs as opposed to ME getting in the car at 5am and driving him there ... ugh.

I'm also waiting to hear if Princess and her Hubby will be here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night as Matt might need to work on this side of the state for 3 days so that could be fun for me to see Princess again! She's starting to really get her baby bump going and I want to see her!

So with some of the uncertainties pending, my menu plan could change up a little bit but I'm trying to plan it where I can just fluctuate the amount of food cooked ;-)

I did hit up Publix on Saturday while Hubby ran to Target and spent way too much so I'm hoping to hold off on the grocery store til the end of the week!

Saturday - $5 Digiornos' pizza a…

Quick & Easy Creamy Salad Dressing

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I love ranch dressing ... and I really love blue cheese dressing ... but alas, I'm trying to watch what I put in my body for health purposes ... so I've been avoiding those 2 dressings since the first of the year ... except those days when I get to go out to my favorite local bar/pub and get a bacon blue cheese burger ... then all bets are off.

But the other 99% of the time? No thank you.


And now, I'm getting a little tired of the great balsamic and olive oil blend that I make quickly every morning (1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp dijon mustard, dash of salt and pepper and shake it up) ... so when I saw this recipe over at The Kitch I knew I had to give it a try for something different!!

Original recipe is found here ... and of course, when I made it, I made modifications ;-)



Here's how I did it!

2 tsp dijon mustard
3 tbs mayo (I am back to making it myself again, check it out)
dash of black pepper
dash of salt
dash of oregano
dash of garlic powder…