Thursday, August 27, 2009

Banana Bread

I have made lots of different banana bread recipes, but I have never found one that I really liked, that all changed though with this really quick and simple recipe.

2 cups self-raising flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
3 bananas
1 tsp vanilla

Mix peeled bananas with sugar in mixing bowl until liquefied, add butter, mix until creamed together. Add all other ingredients and blend together. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake for 45 minutes at 350.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Grocery Deals

After last weeks super doubles and all the groceries I bought, I promised the hubby that we wouldn't shop at all the next week. He didn't believe me of course, but I was adamant, no shopping at all... and then I heard that Kroger was following the super doubles with a mega deal. I may have been a little less adamant about it, but still I thought no shopping... until I saw the store ad. As soon as I saw all the potential great deals, it was all over, I had to shop! but I don't think even the hubby could be upset with what we ended up spending, $3.34 for 49 items! we saved 94% and actually it could have been more, but what I didn't realise until later was that my favourite Kroger would no longer double/triple 3 like coupons, only 1, so some of my coupons were taken at face value. I can't say I am happy about the change in policy, as I can only shop once a week, so it definitely lessens my ability to get great deals/stockpile.

Shelf: $83.13
Spent: $3.34
Saved: $79.79
Pct : 94%

8 x sobe water
2 x propel water
horizon chocolate milk single
2 x cinnamon toast crunch cereal
total cereal
3 x hamburger helper
3 x beechnut
2 x betty crocker fruit snacks
2 x jello
2 x cookie mix
nature valley granola clusters
fiber one yogurt
yoplait yoplus yogurt
6 x mighty dog cans
3 x hotshot ant and roach spray
suave deodorant
dial hand soap
2 x pillsbury crescent rolls
3 x grands biscuits
2 x pillsbury sweet rolls
2 x starkist tuna

See other grocery deals at The Grocery Cart Challenge

Monday, August 24, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Eggs benedict with homemade English muffins and steamed asparagus

Tuesday: Apricot glazed pork chops with red pepper risotto

Wedneaday: Chicken asparagus roll-ups with fruity cous-cous

Thursday: Chicken pastry bundles with cold curried quinoa and fruit salad

Friday: Going out to eat

See other menu plans over at Organizing Junkie

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grocery Deals

I had so much fun shopping this last saturday, because for one day only Kroger was doubling coupons up to $1. I was beyond excited and literally planned and thought about this all week (yeah, I'm a little coupon crazy!) but I'm not the only one, lots of people on other TX coupon message boards were equally as excited and some even were out shopping at midnight! I know the hubby wouldn't have gone for that, he thought we were crazy enough leaving at 8am. All in all I did a lot of shopping, got some great deals and even exchanged emails with another couponer with a binder!

First transaction:

Shelf: $211.98
Spent: $55.72
Saved: $156.26
Pct : 73%

I also have a $10 rebate for the Kelloggs's items to mail in which will reduce my spent total to $45.72, which makes this an even better deal!

Transaction 2:

Shelf: $171.38
Spent: $49.83
Saved: $121.55
Pct : 70%

Transaction 3:

Shelf: $104.56
Spent: $34.29
Saved: $70.27
Pct : 67%

Combined totals:

Shelf: $487.92
Spent: $139.84
Saved: $348.08

See other grocery deals at The Grocery Cart Challenge

Monday, August 10, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Going out to eat - smash burger

Tuesday: Sweet and sour pork, with fried rice and egg rolls

Wedneaday: Corn dogs with french fries and cream gravy for dipping

Thursday: Phyllo wrapped stuffed chicken with smashed red potatoes and jalapeno cream sauce

Friday: Going out to eat

See other menu plans over at Organizing Junkie

Monday, August 3, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Jambalaya with sausage and chicken, and fruit salad

Tuesday: Beef stroganoff with peas

Wedneaday: Jalapeno popper chicken with smashed red potatoes and corn

Thursday: Homemade spaghetti bolognaise, to use up the 31 tomatoes I got for $2 yesterday with fruit salad

Friday: Going out to eat

See other menu plans over at The Happy Housewife