Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

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Welcome to the third installment of the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at 5Dollar Dinners!

Food Lion's ad had a several options this week. I definitely would encourage you to check your local ad.

Meal #1
Bone-in pork chops $1.99/lb (1.5 pounds for $3.50)
steamfresh frozen veggies (10/$10) (1 package of green breans- $1.00)

I would add a box of au gratin potatoes to this. They don't have them on sale but I usually have a package at home that I've picked up on sale for $1 a box.

Southern Fried Pork Chops
1 cup vegetable oil for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine flour, seasoning salt, salt and pepper in a paper or plastic bag. Place pork chops into the bag, and shake to coat.

When the oil is nice and hot, shake off excess flour from pork chops, and fry in the hot oil. Cook on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden on the outside, and juices run clear.
Entire meal for around $6.00

Meal #2

I'm going to put this in here because it would be a good meal that is closer to homemade but still great if you're stuck but don't want to go out to eat or get fast food.

This week, Food Lion has their On The Go Sides (12oz) for $2.99 each. If you buy 3 of them, you get a free rotisserie chicken or 8 pieces of fried chicken free. So for aound $9 you can have a complete meal. A great option if there is a crazy day in your house or if everyone is sick and no one really feels like cooking.
Entire meal for less than $10.00

Meal #3
Tilapia fillets $2.99 pound (1.5 pounds $4.50)
steamfresh veggies 10/$10 (1 package of broccoli $1.00)
side of rice cooked in chicken broth


I don't really ever cook with fresh fish. However, this seems like a pretty good price and I found a very yummy sounding recipe so I think I might have to give it a go. Here's the recipe. It's actually for 8 servings but 1.5 pounds should be enough for a family of 4-5.


Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.
Entire meal for around $7-$8 dollars.

Not bad for a fresh fish dinner at home. Can you imagine what it would have cost at Red Lobster?

Meal #4

hamburger helper B1G1F (.93 a box for one box)
ground beef $1.99/lb (1 pound-$1.99)
steamfresh veggies 10/$10 (2 bags of your choice for $2.00)

Entire meal for $4.92

Meal #5
canned salmon 3/$7 (2 cans for $4.66)
velveeta shells and cheese 3/$5 (1 box for $1.67)
steamfresh veggies 10/$10 (one bag for $1.00)

Salmon Patties
2 (15 ounce) cans pink salmon
1 onion, finely diced
1 egg, beaten
8 saltine crackers, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
1 stalk celery
1 cup cornmeal
1/8 cup canola oil

In a medium size mixing bowl combine salmon, onion, egg, crackers, salt, pepper, and celery. Mix well.
Make patties out of salmon mixture and roll in cornmeal.
In a large frying pan over medium high heat oil for frying. Place salmon patties in oil and fry on both sides until golden brown. Drain well. Serve warm.

This recipe says it makes 8-10 patties. So if each person has 1 each this will stretch for lunch the next day.

Entire meal and possibly a lunch for aound $8.50 with ingredients for the patties.

There are even more options than this in the ad. I've found Food Lion to be a great place to check out early in the morning for markdown meat as well. The other day I got close to 2 pounds of beef stew meat for $4.60. So definitely check out your local Food Lion. Come back next week to see what meals I find for Food Lion!
God bless,
Amanda

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fireproof the movie

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Have any of you seen this movie? My husband and I went to see it in the theaters when it came out. I have to say, if you haven't I highly recommend it.

Our marriage has had several issues and I think this has helped me see what we think of marriage is just not the way it is. We are raised as girls to believe in fairy tales. The prince who is just so romantic. Hollywood glorifies romance and we just totally fall for it. You know that weak in the knees kind of love. However, that's just not reality and many times once we realize it we want out. Thinking somehow that the next one will be better. It's just not the way it works.

Love and marriage are a choice. That's something I understand now but it's hard to put it in action. It's not a feeling. Love should be unconditional. This movie really hits that home. I'm still having trouble because my wiring tells me that I should feel this or that. Then when I don't, I am incredibly unhappy. My unhappiness is also my choice.

Scripture talks about doing everything as we were doing it for God himself.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (King James Version)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17 (King James Version)
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:23 (King James Version)
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men

Wow, imagine what life would be like if we did everything like we were doing it for the Lord? How marriages would be changed if we would put this into practice.

Our church is going to soon start the Fireproof your marriage bible study. I am really excted about it and can't wait to start. I am probably going to be facilitating one of the groups. We will be using the small group bible studies so that each person can have a chance for a time that works for them. I know that this will also keep me more accountable because in order to head up a group, I'll have to know what the study says for the week! :)

I think it will be started up in late March and I will chronicle my experience here in my blog. So look for updates regarding this study.

God bless,
Amanda

Community Bible Study

On Thursdays, I attend Community Bible Study at a local church. It is an awesome program and is non-denominational. We study the bible and are currently studying Romans.

I had missed several sessions due to sickness (whether it be me, the kids or DH) and almost felt like I had fallen behind so much maybe it'd be better to just stop going. I realize that is just what satan wants me to do and that I need to just keep on truckin'. So I went this past Thursday and I am glad that I did.

I couldn't even find my lesson that morning. I could find other ones but not the one for that day so instead of continuing to look for it and be late or not go at all I just went on to CBS.

I highly encourage you to look into Community Bible Study and see if there is one nearby. They have a wonderful children's program as well.

I am looking forward to enjoying the rest of the year at CBS.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

Bargain Meal of the Week
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Welcome to the second installment of the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at 5Dollar Dinners!
Food Lion's ad looked pretty good this week. I definitely would encourage you to check your local ad.

I have three meal ideas this week.....

Meal #1
Country style pork ribs $1.49 a pound

I would get about 3 pounds. It been awhile since I've fixed ribs and you have to account for the bone in these. Then a bottle of barbeque sauce. I can usually find one for $1. Pour the sauce over the ribs and bake in the oven 300-350 degrees until nice and tender.

Serve with your favorite recipe of Mac n cheese and a side of green beans.

Meal #2
Chuck roast $2.59/lb 2 pounds ($5.20)
To Make Shredded Beef Chimichangas

Meal #3
fresh roasting chicken .99/lb 3.5 pounds ($3.50)

Cook the chicken in the crockpot.

Debone the chicken and use it for Creamy Chicken Noodle Bake.

You can also make homemade chicken broth/stock with the chicken carcass. Then use this to make your own chicken noodle soup or chicken with rice soup.

The whole chicken is the most economical choice since you can do more with it.

More to come next week!
God bless,
Amanda

Awesome deal at the Dollar Tree!


I had to drop off my husband's prescription at Walgreen's yesterday. He started the sinus/ear infection on Monday of last week and his ear is still infected. So they gave him another round of antibiotics.

The Dollar Tree is right behind Walgreen's so I thought I'd go look around while I waited for his medicine.

I usually look down all of the aisles. You just never know what you may find. There sitting in the food aisle were Campbell's Cream of chicken and mushroom soups. The healthy request kind. That's all I ever buy so I was excited to find it for a $1 a can. It can be around $1.50 and I rarely find it on sale. I decided to pick up a few cans to have on hand. I do want to start making my own cream of soups eventually but thought this was a great opportunity to stock up.

I'm sure items available can vary by location, but it just might be worth a trip to your local Dollar Tree to check. You never know what you might find. :)
God bless,
Amanda

Monday, February 16, 2009

Walmart Gift Card giveaway at $5 Dinners!

Erin over at 5Dollar Dinners is giving away 2 Walmart Gift Cards! Hurry over and enter!

Make sure you check out her blog. It's awesome!

God bless,
Amanda

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

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I am so excited to be a part of 5dollar Dinners new feature: Bargain Meal of the Week! I am a bit behind because of being so sick last week. My store is Food Lion and they run the ad from Wednesday to Tuesday. Tomorrow is the end of the ad so these prices will still be good until then. You can view your own weekly ad at Food Lion as prices can vary depending on location. I'm in middle Tennessee.

Here is my meal for the week.
1 pound of cube steak $3.49
2 packages of Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers (one corn, one broccoli and cheese) 2/$3
Total: $6.49

To make Country Fried Steak with Gravy

Most of the items to make the steak and gravy would be pantry items. So this meal would be probably around $8.50 total including those pantry items. My goal is to find more meals around the $5-7 dollar mark. However, even at $8.50 it's much cheaper than eating out! Or even frozen dinners for everyone (which can be $3 each).

My new meal for Food Lion will be up by Thursday. Hope you enjoy!
God bless,
Amanda

Friday, February 13, 2009

Winner of the Giveaway!

Maria is the winner of the giveaway! I've emailed you and Congrats!

Sorry I hadn't posted before now. I have had a sinus infection that went to a really bad ear infection and haven't been much use to anyone for a few days. My ear is still to where I can't hear out of it so I just feel off. I am hoping to update more later. Thanks guys! Bear with me and I'll be back on more often.

God bless,
Amanda

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Giveaway

Well, today is my 30th birthday! I spent the day at work but afterwards, my mom, dad and sister took me out to eat at Olive Garden. I really enjoyed getting to spend some of my birthday with them.

So in honor of my birthday, I am hosting my very first giveaway! I will be giving away a surprise cookbook. I will choose one and send it to you. I will draw the winner on Wednesday February 11th. All you have to do is leave me a comment. Get an extra entry if you link your blog to this giveaway and post another comment with your link. This giveaway is open to US addresses only please. Thanks so much and good luck!
God bless,
Amanda
P.S. Check out more great giveaways at http://www.momadvice.com/blog/

Monday, February 2, 2009

Southwestern Salad

This is one of my most well known recipes that I make. Everyone loves it and always asks for the recipe. It's as close as I have gotten at home to Chili's Quesadilla Explosion salad (which is my favorite!) Plus with all of these veggies it's so good for you. I usually use light ranch and it's just wonderful! Hope you enjoy! Check out more wonderful recipes at http://www.5dollardinners.com It's an awesome site! I check it daily.

Southwestern Salad

1 16oz container of Ranch Dressing
1 avocado
fajita seasoning
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large green bell pepper, diced
4 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
½ onion diced
1 head of lettuce
1 bunch of cilantro
1 1/2 cups shredded colby and montery jack cheese or cheddar

1. In a small bowl, combine ranch dressing, fajita seasoning about 1-2 tsp taste and see, bit of cilantro and avocado; mix well and Set aside

2. Drain and rinse beans. Dice bell pepper, tomatoes and onion. Chop cilantro. Layer beans, bell pepper, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro and onions in a large bowl 3. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve with dressing on the side. You can also add a can of corn drained if you like.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Upward Day

Today was Upward Day at church. My older two children, Caitlin and Jacob, are involved in Upward and have really enjoyed it. You can go here for more info about this program www.upward.org I'm glad they have had the opportunity to participate this year. My mom and sister then took my three kids out for ice cream after church. They did have lunch at church as part of Upward Day. So they didn't have ice cream for lunch. :)

We enjoyed spending a bit of time with my mom and sister. My sister told me that she wanted to do something for my birthday, which is Tuesday. I turn 30! :) So we're getting together a Girl's Night Out and plan on having dinner somwhere and then bowling. I will have to remember to take my camera and post some pictures. I am very excited because I am not one to do much of anything for my birthday and it will be fun to do this. I love to bowl but just don't do it very often.

I am planning on starting a Menu Plan Monday or something of the sort by next week. I have to say that I struggle with menu planing. I tend to start perusing recipes and get overwhelmed with how many choices there are that I just end up walking away. Then you see me at 4-5pm looking in the fridge, freezer and pantry trying to figure out what to fix. Part of the reason I have started this blog is to help me be accountable. I figure the more accountable I am, the more things you get to read about and maybe I can encourage someone else who is struggling just like me. If any of you have any menu planning tips or sites that you like to use feel free to post them in the comments. I'm always up for ideas!

That's it for today! Just wanted to post a bit before I go to bed. Hope you have a wonderful night!
God bless,
Amanda