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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Menu Plan Monday Week 148 - Paleo - Using What We Have

Hi Hi ... here we are again, Menu and Meal Prep Time! Wheeee!

Yeah, I'm really excited, NOT!  Too much drama in the household this past week AND I went to Orlando for a few days to the Halloween Horror Nights ... which, by the way, was scary as all get out! Whew. Glad I made it home intact ;-)

The Whole30 has officially ended, even though I did not complete the 30 days ... however, I have found out that BEER (!!) does NOT do me good ... so I'm skipping that for the most part ... glad to have met with LaCroix Sparkling Water and even happier that I'm able to introduce others to that wonderful stuff .... so glad!

Did a quick stop at Aldis after stopping to see my dad at the rehabilitation facility ... he's doing much better speech-wise, his right arm movement is improving but walking and standing is still a major issue. Received a phone call at 12:30am to let me know, yet again, that he had fallen when he tried to go to the bathroom on his own :-(

I am going to start sharing my grocery trips each week ... will try to post a few random photos of same but can't promise to get everything in ... As we are heading in to property tax, birthdays and holiday season very soon here, I need to be a tad more mindful of what I buy ;-)  First Grocery Cart Sundays is up from Aldis today! I love Aldis ...

I had high hopes of getting some meal prep work done earlier in the day on Sunday but ended up just lying around, doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen and small chores ... no prep work was done at all. Oh boy it's going to be an interesting week then, don't you think?

Here's what I'm looking to make this week:

Sunday - Hubby surprised me with a shake from DQ ... it's been like a LONG time since we've had DQ and he was by one so he made an executive decision and brought us one home. Uhm, that was so good but my tummy was a little unsettled afterwards ;-(

Monday - Shrimp and Avocado Salad ... I'm excited to get to make this again and need to share soon! Whole30 / Paleo approved

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday ... the usual drill around here!

Skip the tortillas and cheese to keep it Whole30 / Paleo ... I do use a packaged taco seasoning mix which totally makes it a no-no for purists

Wednesday - Chicken Lettuce Wraps ... I've got some ground chicken in the freezer that I want to use up!

This will NOT be Whole30 Approved and borderline Paleo approved

Thursday - General Tso Chicken with Unrolled Egg Roll ... and Cauliflower rice IF I'm feeling overly motivated and/or maybe if I have time during the week to prep ahead of time! New recipe that I'm excited to share! Totally Paleo approved and if you eliminate the sugar in the chicken recipe, it's Whole30 approved!

Friday - looking at Pizza and Wings ... I will make a frittata (for Paleo / Whole30 approved) for myself and wings for all

Saturday - Halloween ... honestly, I've not idea what we are planning to do even though this is my all time FAVORITE holiday!  Between Hubby's back, family drama and just life, neither one of us are really focused on a party ... sad, really, it is!

What are YOU looking to make this week? I'm sharing over at Menu Plan Monday ... go check it out!

Grocery Cart Sundays

I don't know why, but I love to read what other bloggers are buying at the grocery store.

Yeah. I guess you could say I'm obsessed with food ... but I 'think' I have a healthy relationship with it ;-)

So, with that said, I thought, what the heck, I'll try to share my weekly grocery trips ... and if everything is going according to plan, you would even get a picture or two ... but of course, things don't always go as planned ... so no picture this week :-)

A bonus for me to share weekly is to keep my grocery budget in check (hopefully!)

Luckily, I only hit up the grocery store once this past week ... AND only spent $66.64 ... thank you Aldis!

Here's what I bought ... check back later for the Menu Plan to see how I plan to use some of the food ...

red wine vinegar $1.49
2 pkgs of taco seasoning $.39 each
bottle of chocolate syrup $1.49
2 paper bags $.06 each
2 plastic bags $.10 each (shame on me, I was not prepared with MY own bags, driving Hubby's car!)
whipped cream cheese $1.69
2 lbs brown sugar $1.29
2 containers organic spring mix $2.49 each
2 containers living Boston lettuce $1.69 each
1 container organic Arugula $2,49
4 8oz containers mushrooms $.79 each
bag of 8 jalapenos $.99
2 bags of mini sweet peppers $2.49 each
2 20 oz pkgs of zucchini $.99 each
2 bags of shredded hash browns $1.89 each
2 large pkgs of broccoli crowns $1.79 each
2 lb bag of carrots $1.29
2 pkgs of boneless/skinless chicken thighs $5.56 and $5.50  ($2.29 per pound)
2 large heads of cauliflower $1.99 each
8 pound spiral cut ham $16.63 less $8 (how I wish I had tons of freezer space!!)
2 pkgs of bagels $1.69 each
2 pkgs of english muffins $.99 each

Grand total was $66.64 ... I was so excited about the ham! I was doing a quick review in my head of what I could relocate in the freezers to make room but realized that would NOT be a good idea to do so ... I plan to freeze most of the ham in smaller bags since I have a tendency to eat a lot of ham :)

How was your grocery shopping trip(s) this week??

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cream O' Celery Soup - Grain & Dairy Free

Ahhh .... it's that time of year again, and well, yet again, I have to say, I'm still not sure if I'm on the soup train or not!!

I do know, however, that I'm on the Whole30 train and was doing so good for a while there, then of course, had that little Pei Wei mishap, overcomed by sugar cookies and then the B E E R and well, I figured, I need to get my act together and hop back on!  Of course, trying to feed  Hubby this was has been difficult as he and the Boy are both firm believers that man needs carbs, processed carbs, which means bread and pasta ... otherwise, they may just die.


So, are you following me on Instagram yet? I'm not normally all that active, but the Whole30 community has an overwhelming presence and of course, I'm stalking all the Whole30 'gramers out there and finding some pretty awesome bloggers with some pretty awesome recipes ...

Just like this one!

This surprisingly easy and yummy recipe comes from Whole Fork ... and I pretty much followed her recipe but made a few little tweeks, just because that's the way I am ;-)

Here's how I did it:

2 tbs ghee
pkg of celery, leaves and root removed, cleaned and chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 white potato, peeled and chopped
4 cups of chicken broth
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
juice of half a lemon
dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
bacon bits, for garnish

Melt the ghee in large pot. Not large, like soup pot large, just "large" ;-)

Add the celery, onion, garlic and potato and saute til onions turn translucent. Add broth, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, till veggies are soft, stir occasionally.

Once the veggies are soft and cooked, add the broth and veggies to a blender and puree in batches. Careful of the hot liquid in the blender. You may want to take off the center portion of lid to allow steam to escape. Toss a washcloth over the opening if it starts to splatter.


Add the juice of the half lemon and give it a quick whirl.

Dish up, add a dash of hot sauce, garnish with parsley and bacon and enjoy!!

NOTE:  I had my first bowl as is, straight out of the blender. Yumm. BUT there were them little fibrous celery strings that I just knew would turn Hubby off. So I grabbed my fine mesh strainer and an 8 cup glass measuring cup and proceeded to strain the soup.

That's one BEAUTIFUL jar of soup, don't you think??

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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week 147 Menu Plan - Using What We Have

Hi Hi ... it's that time of the week again ... Menu Plan Day!

Technically, it SHOULD be Week 4 of the Whole30 ... but, ahem, there was a Pei Wei dinner on Thursday night, a few sugar cookies on Friday and then Saturday night ...  B E E R

And man, do I feel like crap. Headache. Stomach ache. Woozy. Shaky ... hangover, yeah, probably. BUT I felt like crap on Friday, Saturday AND today ... I would like to say it's all the sugar cookies fault which is a likely scenario ... so yeah, no more sugar cookies.

I am also hitting Orlando and Halloween Horror Nights on Thursday and Friday this week ... and well, I think I may be able to safely say I'll skip the beer ;-) I certainly have NOT miss waking up with this crappy feeling! But food, well, I will probably eat some less than stellar food choices, but will keep it as clean as possible!

Meal prep for the week includes making celery soup (recipe coming this week), mayo, (gonna try this with the avocado oil this time), salad jars, cut fruit, and simple veggie prep. I also plan to cook up some butternut squash and have on hand for soup later ... hoping to maybe make the sausage and peppers and taco meat this afternoon to make my life a little easier ...

The grocery shopping has been fairly minimal ... a stop at the NEW Trader Joe's on Thursday night was it ... spent $33 and really didn't get anything that was 'needed' but did get a few cool oils, mac & cheese for Hubby, eggs, and a few other things ...

So, with a continuation of Whole30 (which yes, I really am a believer now) ... here's what I have planned for the next few days:

Sunday - Steaks on the grill (freezer) with a side salad and lemon/oil dressing. Will offer up some mashed potatoes (premade in fridge) for the boys

Monday - Sausage and Peppers ... sausage from freezer, peppers and onions in fridge

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday - ground beef in freezer, balance of ingredients in pantry and fridge. The boy will be in charge of guac and prep, as usual ;-)

Wednesday - leftovers and/or soup and salad. The celery soup is really yummy ... but not sure there will be any leftovers come Wednesday!

Thursday & Friday I'm out of town and the Boys will be on their own ... they will do just fine, I know :-)

Saturday - Hubby's choice but will see if we can't do something simple ...

What are YOU making this week?  Check out Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday Party for more ideas!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pampering the Hands

My hands have NOT been bothering me as much lately and I would like to think that perhaps it has something to do with the Whole30 way I've been eating. Then again, I may have just jinxed myself, right?

Don't get me wrong, they still hurt. But it would seem that some of the swelling has gone down, and I've not taken ANY Aleve in 3 weeks (its a miracle, I tell you!) but have popped one of Hubby's anti-inflammatory pills a few times. Which, by the way, is perfectly fine for me to take NOW that I'm not consuming alcohol. 

So I a few days ago, I went back and did something that I've not done in quite a while.

Yes, I DID do it consistently for oh, about, 2 months. Then life stepped in and got busy and I got distracted and just set aside that nightly routine.

Hand Scrubbing. Which really, should be Hand Soothing. Or, how about, just plain ole Pampering the Hands?

All you need is: Baking soda and Coconut Oil.

Uh huh. Again. My two favorite things.

I don't pre-make the stuff, although I'm starting to think maybe I should.

I just put a small scoop of coconut oil in my hand and then a small scoop of baking soda on top, rub the hands together and just massage, massage, massage away. Basically as if I'm washing my hands ... It makes your hands come to life, honestly!

Once you have thoroughly rubbed your hands together and they are nice and tingly, rinse with warm water and wash with soap. Pat dry and admire how soft your hands are now.

This is good for ME in that it gets the blood circulating and appears to temporarily reduce the swelling.

Go ahead, give yourself a little pampering for 5 minutes tonight. You'll thank me later!

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

Monday, October 12, 2015

Perfect Green Beans

At almost 48 years of age, I finally discovered green beans.

At 51 years of age, I discovered green beans with scrambled eggs for breakfast. But THAT'S a different post for another day!  TIP: even better is green beans dipped in a wet yolk ;-)

Green Beans.

All those years I dreaded going to my maternal grandmothers as I knew we would be snapping, snapping, and still more snapping of green beans from her garden. She would then can a copious amount of beans which meant every dinner we had at her house involved green beans.


Wimpy, mushy, overcooked green beans, no kidding.

Fast forward many, many years ... my sister in law was making green beans one evening and had them sitting there, already cooked, just needing to be reheated a little for dinner. They looked beautiful, bright green and smelled heavenly (aka, garlickly).  I told her they smelled yummy and she was like "go ahead and have some, there's plenty" which at that time, I had to say no thanks, I'm not a fan of green beans.


I was instantly shamed in to trying something that I had said smelled delicious yet wouldn't give it a try?? Yeah. That's what it took.  I feel in love with her green beans.

So for a few years, I continued to make them HER way ... they were good but had a lot of this and that and wasn't really a "simple" or "fast" side dish to throw together.

THEN ... 

I discovered ghee. You know, the clarified butter stuff? Yes, it's a little pricey, BUT you only use a little bit so it last a LONG time!

Here's what you need:

2 pounds of green beans, trimmed and cleaned. Snap the longer ones in half
1/2 onion (any type), finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
salt and pepper
tsp of ghee

Melt the ghee in a large skillet and then add the rest of your ingredients. Toss to coat all (or at least most) of the beans and then put a lid on it. Allow to cook for 15 minutes or so over medium low heat.

Remove lid, toss the beans again and taste to see if cooked to your desired crunch. I obviously like MINE crunchy.  Once done, remove from pan, add a little more salt and pepper if desired and serve up.

I have to chase the Princess away from my lunch stash!


Looking forward to sharing over at some of these GREAT blog parties!!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Meal Plan Monday Week #146 - Whole 30 Using What We Have

And ... here we are again, Funday Sunday ...

This past week has been hell.  Princess came home from the hospital on Tuesday (yeah!) but had a few follow up appointments throughout the week. Yes, she's almost 25, but she's still my daughter so I'm active with her when she needs me ;-)

Then Hubby went again for back injections. It's been a rough few weeks for him, and still, 4 days later, it's still bothering him bad. I hate to seem him in such discomfort :-(

THEN .... my dad fell in the bathroom early Thursday morning. Nothing like that phonecall from the facility at 4am. Ugh. Originally taken by transport as his shoulder was bothering him. Ended up in ICU for bleeding on the brain and is showing stroke like symptoms. The only good news here is that they moved him out of ICU on Saturday morning and tonight (Sunday) they are moving him to an acute rehabilitation facility. Excellent. If he can't transfer from his bed to his wheelchair he will not be able to stay at the current assisted living facility he's at now ... so they need to work on getting some mobility back for his arm and leg ... AND work with him on his speech a little too.

OH ... and then Princess decided to take the plunge and move out. Rather sudden, but yet, it's something she's been talking about ... moving in with the boyfriend and his parents (??!!!) to help them out. Long story but a short version is simply that they are dealing with medical issues of their own ... is this what she needs to be doing? I say no, but, she IS almost 25 and it's time for her to make her own decisions and choices without my influence :-(

So. With all that, I still managed to stay true with Whole30. Well, as long as you disregard the skipped meals a few days ... and then I sort of laughed this morning when I was cleaning out my purse. Found a small apple in there ;-) Better to be prepared than unprepared, right??

A Costco trip was done Saturday afternoon ... and a little meal prep today, but nothing like I would have liked (on phone back and forth with the case worker at hospital) but at least this week I will have readily accessible protein.

Here's what we are looking for Week #3 of going Whole30 (well, ME, anyways)

Sunday - Chicken thighs (freezer) - marinated in some concoction that Hubby threw together. Will serve with some green beans (fridge) and a romaine (Costco) salad on the side with a lemon & avocado oil dressing

Monday - Sausage & Peppers (Costco and produce store) ... will serve mine over some chopped cabbage (Costco) and offer others ciabatta rolls (Aldis). Who am I kidding, it's just Hubby and the Boy now :*-(

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday ... surprise! The usual Tuesday night drill! Yeah for avocados (Costco) and roma tomatoes!

Wednesday - looking to make a Thai Pork Bowl ... will use leftover smoked pork (freezer), chopped cabbage (Costco) and make a dressing. This most likely will not go over very well with the Men, so they may have to turn theirs in to Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Thursday - Shrimp & Avocado Salad (shrimp in freezer) ... again, the Men may not like this and if not, they can fend for themselves.  Thankfully, I think we will have some leftovers ;-)

Friday - Burgers on the grill ... I've got beef and turkey in the freezer. will have mine wrapped in lettuce and buns for the others. Sweet potato fries will be offered also ;-)

Saturday - Hubby's choice ... may convince him to make a nice steak as we have lots in the freezer still!

What are YOU making this week?

Looking forward to sharing with Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday Party ... go check it out!

Costco Trip Whole30 Style

My dad fell the other night and hit the back of his head pretty hard. Needless to say, 2 days in ICU for head trauma and bleeding on the brain adds a little stress to my life ... he's definitely showing signs of a stroke, right side of face droopy, unable to move or lift right arm, unable to grip with right hand and slurred speech. Never a dull moment :-( Sunday morning the nurse said that he has discharge orders BUT they are following up on recommended rehabilitation ... he can't get out of bed, he can't use his right arm or hand, uhm, yes, he needs some rehab before he goes home ... I've asked that they inquire further with the doctor. Just found out that he will be going to a facility for Acute Rehabilitation (which is the place that we both love in that it's a nice facility, good care and very very active in treatment).


So when I went to see him on Saturday morning, I stopped at Costco, I mean, heck, it's less than a mile away, I had a running list in my head and again, it's less than a mile away!

Here's what I got to make my life a little easier this week .... which, by the way, is WEEK #3 of Whole30 ... I'm just as surprised as YOU are!

Yup, that's an Instagram shot of the cart while waiting in line. On a Saturday afternoon ... 2pm to be exact and I was STARVING.

Here's what I got (some of which you can not see in the cart):

2 72 count coffee pods, $33.99 less $5 each (hey, this was a good deal)
4 pk of italian sausage $13.99
2 pk mini watermelon $6.99
container of pre-cut butternut squash $5.99
bag of asian cabbage salad mix $4.99
19 piece Pyrex set $29.99 less $6 (I really thought this was less expensive)
2 pkgs of bananas $1.39 each
5 pk avocados $4.99
large bag of clementines $8.99
3 pk english cucumbers $3.49
bottle of avocado oil $8.99
bag of chocolate covered dried fruit $9.69 **
bag of cashew crunch $11.79 **
container macadamia nuts $16.99
3 pack of roasted turkey $9.99
container of tomato medley $5.99
24 pk eggs $6.99
2 pk greek yogurt $5.99 **
2 pk of rotisserie chicken $8.79 (this was the lunchmeat, NOT the fresh meat stuff)
bag of fresh garlic $4.99
pkg of raspberries $3.99
pkg of strawberries $4.99
5 pk of romaine $3.99

Those items with ** are NOT for me :-) I already had a large watermelon and a large butternut squash but geesh, the fresh produce at Costco always gets me!  The artisan romaine lettuce was skipped as they didn't look that great, same with mushrooms, broccoli and gen beans. That's ok in that I have all already so I'm good ...

Grand total $239.74 less a $29.67 cash card I had on hand.

So. The avocado display was pretty full which made me feel better than the last time!  They do NOT carry the pre-cooked hard boil eggs (yes, an easy way out even though it's not frugal) .... and a few other things were missing.

I really didn't "need" some of the stuff (watermelon, lettuce, avocado oil) but I was there and it certainly saves me a future trip and money at the end of day instead of buying at a regular store ... so long as I have NO FOOD WASTE! :-)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BLT Lettuce Cups

So this Whole30 thing hasn't been too horribly bad ... I think the first "failed week" was due to my total lack of preparation. This last REAL week hasn't been too hard at all ... the food prep on Sunday has paid off and I'm glad I had that food on standby for those few nights I got in later than anticipated ... even with the stressful issue with Princess being admitted to the hospital on Thursday, I've held strong ... thankfully ;-)

So ... the BLT Lettuce Cups were on my Whole30 Board, because I knew I had everything on hand. Sadly, it wasn't until SATURDAY that I got around to making them and then I was like, geesh, I should have made these sooner ;-)

This was MY lunch on Day 6 ... and if you follow me on Instagram, you can see what I've been eating for about 75% of the meals ... I just can't be bothered remember to snap a photo each time I -eat!

Lets make these little food bombs, shall we? *This was for ME and me only, otherwise I certainly would have doubled up, tripled up, the ingredient list!

4 lettuce leaves ... I used butter lettuce as that was what I had on hand that needed to be used up
3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half and then cut in half again
1/2 avocado, diced (I need to perfect my dicing and separating skills)
1 stalk of green onion
dab of mayo (isn't it time you learned how easy it is to make?)
dash of olive oil
dash of dried italian seasoning
dash of salt and pepper

Lay out the lettuce leaves on a plate and pat dry if they are still a little wet.

Toss your tomatoes in a small bowl and add the olive oil, salt, pepper and italian season. Stir and set aside.

Walk outside and think, wow, maybe fall is coming soon to Paradise then realize it's just the wind blowing the humidity out ... nothing major to get excited about.

Come back in and give them tomatoes a stir after about 10 minutes of sky gazing. Drain the excess liquid if any out of the bowl.

Add a bit of mayo to the center of each lettuce leaf, smear a little to spread out.  Add the tomatoes to each lettuce leaf.

Sprinkle with the bacon pieces.

Sprinkle with the avocado.

Garnish with the sliced green onions.

Serve up and Enjoy!

See ... eating Whole30 compliant is all that big of a deal after all, is it?

Looking forward to sharing with some of these Great Parties ... go check them out!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sweet Potato Fries

On DAY 3 of Whole30 (well, the 2nd time around) we had burgers and dogs on the grill ... and man, I was sweating it on so many levels. Yeah, it was hot and humid too but I was more worried about:


See, when we grill, we sit outside, where it's like a sauna and NOT in a good way ... between swatting at the skeeters and dabbing at the back of your neck with a paper towel, it's almost a given that you Get Yourself a Coozie and have a chilled beer (bonus point for the first person who can Name That Song!) ... but that's not very Whole30'ish like. Actually, it's everything the Whole30 isn't ...

But don't you worry ... I improvised on so many levels and was so proud of myself ...

I did indeed grab a coozie and then a can of LaCroix Sparkling Water Lime ... and you know what? That satisfied that habit/need/desire/whatever to roll the edge of the coozie around the table in a circular fashion, sip from the can and give it a little shakey shakey and set it back down ... run my finger around the rim, play with the tab and so on. Yeah, I am a little fidgity.

So anyways ... I bought that big bag of sweet potatoes from Costco and still had the small bag from Aldis so I wanted to use those up first. Yes, they were starting to show their age a little ...

Turn on your oven to 425 degrees.

Grab yourself some sweet potatoes, wash them and peel them up. Lob off the ends of each one (actually, if you cut  off the pointy end BEFORE you peel you will avoid that annoying stop with the peeler when it hits the tough spot).

Cut them bad boys in half long ways and then cut in to fry size pieces. Uhm, I just sliced, cut and sliced the thicker ones again.

Toss them in a bowl and drizzle with some avocado oil and spinkle with some oregano, salt and pepper. Ok, you can use olive oil if you want but I was so excited about the avocado oil ;-)  Make sure you salt them well. I totally under-salted mine!

Grab a large baking tray and toss a sheet of parchment paper over the top ...

Lay out the fries in a single layer, leaving a little room between so they don't "steam" ...

*Sorry, not sure why these look washed out*

Throw the pan in the oven and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Pull out and turn over, the best you can, trying to keep them in a single layer and a spaced apart the best you can.

Allow to cook for another 10 minutes or so, checking for desired doneness.

Yup, they tasted just as good as they look!  I don't think I'll be buying the frozen bags anymore as they really didn't take any longer to prepare than the frozen ones! 

Go ahead and give them a try!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these Great Parties ... go check them out!

And ... if you want to see more pics of what I'm eating while on Whole30 ... follow me on Instagram ... 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Menu Plan Week #145 - Whole30 Using What We Have

And ... Week #2 is here for Whole30 ... I think I can do this ... I really do!  I wish Hubby was on with me but he's eating what I make and then some so I guess it's a start ...

We've had a little excitement this past week between Princess being in the hospital and then Hubby's having some serious back issues again (crud, this last round of shots did NOTHING) for him ... to the point where when he went to see Princess on Saturday, he asked how far he was going to need to walk and I was like, crap, maybe you should ask for a handicap hanger for times like this :-( He refuses as he doesn't "need it" but I told him that there are times when he DOES need it ... even today, he's pretty much immobile which really stinks ... I can see how people under pain management can totally abuse and over-medicate themselves now. Keeping a close eye on him so that doesn't happen!


A Costco trip came along, finally, last week ... did you catch that post? I was so excited to see they FINALLY got the Avocado oil that I had to whip my phone out and snap a picture. Because I was on a pretty strict grocery budget I only bought one bottle but now I'm having anxiety that they might have run out by now! Yikes!  That was my ONLY shopping trip this week. Can you believe it??! I can't!  I did hit up Publix this morning on the way to see Princess and spent $70 ... included was 6 packs of LaCroix Sparkling Water which was a terrific buy one get one free deal! 7 of those boxes were 15 count cartons and only the coconut flavored is a 12 pack. Sweet!

Hubby's current zippy car has a super small trunk I think!

There should have been a little meal prep work going on again but nothing as good as last week which hopefully isn't setting me up for failure ;-( ... I only roasted 2 heads of broccoli ... oops.  I will need to saute green beans, boil some eggs and saute some mushrooms. I am going to stick with balsamic vinaigrette this week as I have a little mayo left and don't feel like dealing with the ranch dressing today, even though its easy.  Protein for the week will be a mix of chicken, beef and shrimp ...

Here's what I'm looking to make:

Sunday - Chicken Thighs on the grill ... looking forward to making Damn Fine Chicken. Will offer up roasted broccoli on the side and maybe a salad


Monday -  Looking at something shrimp-y like with hopes the Boy won't be here ;-) ... leaning towards the Island Style Shrimp which I will be re-sharing later this week! Tons of shrimp in the freezer (still) and the balance of ingredients in fridge ... will pick up fresh herbs and radishes at produce store

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday ... the Boy was a little upset we didn't do Taco any day last week ... sorry Kid, it was a rough week! Taco meat already made in freezer, balance of ingredients in pantry and freezers

Wednesday -Cauli-rice with General Tso's Chicken ... no I didn't get around to it last week ... I know! Hoping Princess is home by now! Cauliflower is in the fridge (planned on ricing it on Sunday as part of the meal prep), chicken from freezer

Thursday - Burgers on the grill ... will use some of the turkey burgers (Costco) from the freezer along with a package of sliders that are in there too!  Will also make sweet potato fries to go along. Will have to buy buns for those who insist

Friday - Steaks ... I've got them beautiful T-bones in the freezer still that need to be eaten! Will offer up regular steak fries (I've got some fingerlings to be used up) alongside

Saturday - Brats and Sauerkraut ... Brats are in the freezer and Kraut is in the fridge. I'll skip the kraut as I'm not a fan :-)

This Whole 30 has not been too difficult and I'm glad I'm doing the Menu Board for me and anyone else in the house who cares to review it ;-)

What are YOU planning for the week ahead?

Looking forward to sharing over at Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday Party ... go check it out!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Long Awaited Costco Trip

I had a funky day at work today (Tuesday) ... I was just tired and didn't have any ambition or motivation to go the extra mile which is TOTALLY not me! I felt bad about it and even told my boss that "geesh, I'm sorry for being such a deadbeat employee today" ... I'm wondering if it's the lack of coffee AND the Whole30 thing going on ... then again, it could just be because I'm tired of the job ... not the people I work for, but the job and industry itself. Thanks to Dodd Frank, the whole entire lending industry is going to be topsy-turvy and if I have to hear, one more time "well, we just don't know what the lenders are going to expect from us" I'm going to scream. I think maybe its partly that: not knowing what to expect with these changes coming next week ... I'm good at what I do, but it's taken me almost 15 years to be an expert ;-)

Anyway.  Enough whining, right? Thanks for pretending you cared and sympathize :-)

So. Told the boss, I'm leaving 15 minutes early today to beat the downtown traffic so I can hit up Costco. That didn't happen ... it was raining, like really hard. Then I just said maybe that's what I needed, focused driving, peacefully, without anyone expecting anything from me. Told you I was in a funk!

I had a grocery list, and I also laid out about how much the trip should cost, including the renewal fee of $110 (!!) ... and I stayed within that amount. Of course, a few things were NOT picked up (chicken thighs, spinach, salad blend, paper towels, a few other things) but that's ok as I think I'm going back next week to pick up a few other things for my dad as well ...

Stock looks low already! 

So here's what I got:

2 dozen organic eggs $6.99
2 pack green pans $39.99 less $6 (I need these as I've got 2 skillets that are going out the door in the morning because they've been sticking really bad lately)
bag of limes $5.79
5 pk baby romaine heads $4.49
large container sea salt $2.79
2 Asian Salad bags mixes $4.99 each (will toss the dressing and make my own)
2 pkgs of bananas $1.39 each (which are almost gone already!)
bag of lemons $7.99
large bag of sweet potatoes (10 lbs?) $7.99 (lots of sweet potato recipes coming soon!)
large container of Dawn dish soap $9.69
large bottle of olive oil $11.99
6 pk of toothpaste $9.99 (Kirkland brand)
bath soap bars $9.99 (not sure how many there are, too lazy to go see - Kirkland brand)
6 pk cartons of egg whites $9.59 (the Boy uses in smoothies, Hubby makes omelets and I have a recipe that uses only egg whites and I hate to waste a yolk)
large bottle of avocado oil $8.69 ... at last, they have it here!!! Oh Happy Days! The display was about 50% gone so I'm guessing this is going to be a good item for them (see above!)
5 pk of spray starch for ironing $3.99 (dirt cheap as a bottle in the store cost this much!)
TP $21.99 less $5 (cheaper than the Kirkland brand)
frozen turkey burgers $10.99. 4 pounds. Now I just need to convince Hubby ;-)
6 pk of avocados $5.49
3 pk of Aidelle Chicken/Apple Sausage $13.99
2 pounds of pulled pork $9.99 (I'm on the fence about this, I make it myself most times, but I think for the next 28 days, it's best to have readily accessible protein)
Membership renewal $110

Grand total $319.91.  It could have been way worse. They have re-organized the store and half the stuff is moved to a different location which means I see so many more things!  Like the PANS! That was not on my list!! But they are needed and the price is fairly decent.

Oh, on my way out, I asked the guy at the membership/return desk if I could return something from 8 months ago or so that I only used a few times and now it doesn't work (the fabric steamer thingy) he said yes ... so I got a cash card back for $29.99 ;-) That offsets the pans a little!