Menu Plan Monday

I’m doing my best not to go grocery shopping this week, except for a few essentials.  I stopped in at ALDI last week for some produce, etc. and we have what we need.  We’re eating from the freezer and the cupboard supplies this week.  I’m afraid I wasn’t too creative with a menu plan…but this is what I came up with.

Main Meals:
Stuffed Cabbages (leftovers), salad
Lasagna (leftovers), veggies
BBQ chicken (from freezer), rice, veggies
Broccoli soup, Baking Powder Biscuits
Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
Breakfast for supper
Italian chicken (from freezer), potatoes, salad

Freezer Cooking:
waffles
Banana Caramel Pecan Bread
Morning Glory Muffins
Mini Apple Pies
something with pumpkin..suggestions?

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Frugal Finds Friday

Great deals on meat and other groceries this week at Rainbow!  🙂  I was shopping for 2 extra, and very special people this week, so I spent more than I ordinarily would for just Jared and I.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts:  On sale for $1.99 a lb…paid $5.50

Chicken thighs:  On sale for $0.69 a lb…paid $3.19

Ground Beef:  On sale for $1.96 a lb…paid $5.88

Apples:  On sale for $0.99 a lb…paid $3.68

Celery:  On sale for $0.98

Carrots:  On sale for $0.49

Cilantro:  $0.79

Broccoli:  On sale for $1.69 each

Organic Girl salad mixes:  Originally $3.99, on sale for BOGO…paid $1.98 each.

Frozen Corn:  Originally $1.75, on sale for $1.00, used a $0.35/1 coupon…paid $0.65.

Sour Cream:  Originally $2.69, on sale for $1.50.

Cottage Cheese:  Originally $2.99, on sale for $1.98.

Land O’Lakes half & half:  $1.84, used a $0.50/1 coupon that doubled…paid $0.84.

Tortillas:  $1.59

Sargento sliced cheese:  Originally $3.99, on sale for $3.00, used a $0.55/1 coupon that doubled…paid $1.90.

Orange jello:  $0.79

Kidney beans:  $0.99

Pretzels:  $2.55

Dole canned pineapple:  $1.59, used a $0.75/1 coupon that doubled and paid $0.09.

Old Orchard cranberry juice:  Originally $2.87 each, on sale for $2.29 each, used a $1/1 coupon that doubled…paid $0.29 each.

Dr Pepper Ten:  $1.66, used a free product coupon and it became FREE.

Total OOP:  $42.33
Total Saved:  $34.36 … … … … …that’s 45%

I also ran to Jubilee for cheese ($1.70 a bag-woohoo!!!), lunch meat, cream cheese, and butter.  I spent $12.00.

Menu Plan Monday

It’s another week of eating what we have from the freezer and cooking with what’s in the pantry.  (Can I just say this saves oodles on the grocery bill!)  I’m planning on going grocery shopping this week for ingredients for tasty meals to serve Jared’s family when they’re here next week!  It’ll be fun to cook for them.  🙂

Main Meals:
BBQ pork roast, mashed potatoes, salad
Taco Twist Casserole (from freezer), salad
Cheesy Chicken Empanadas (from freezer), raw veggies, fruit
Zesty Marinated Chicken (from freezer), veggies, rice
Steak, veggies, roasted potatoes
Mexican Chalupas, cottage cheese fluff, raw veggies

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Frugal Finds Friday

I took a week off from couponing, due to the fact that I wasn’t feeling well and I had most meal ingredients on hand already.  I planned on just purchasing a few essentials from Jubilee, the grocery store across the road from our apartment.  While I was in Jubilee, I found some good sales…including cheese…yay!

16 oz bags of cheese:  $3.49 each….or $1.75 for 8 oz (not perfect, but a lot better than I have been paying!)
Butter:  $3.34 (I know, yikes!  But, I refuse to buy margarine even if butter’s not on sale)
Half & Half:  $1.69
1 dozen eggs:  $1.31
Kemps sour cream:  $2.65
Frozen vegetables:  $1.00
Steak (yum ;)):  $3.79
Braeburn apples:  $0.99 a lb…paid $3.47
Lettuce:  FREE (with $15 purchase)
Total OOP:  $27.67

I also ran into Rainbow for 3 cans of cream soups, a pack of chicken breasts, ginger ale, carrots, and celery.  I spent $12 at Rainbow. 

So, even though I didn’t coupon, I still spent within our weekly budget and found some good deals.  Sometimes, couponing isn’t always possible…and that’s ok!  You just have to work with what you can!

Where’d She Go?

Works for Me Wednesday didn’t well…work for me yesterday!  I’ve neglected Simply Thrifty Living the past couple days as I’ve worked on another amazing project….

My New Piano Studio Website!

Emily’s Piano Studio website was in serious need of updating; while I’m building an amazing group of students in MN, I wanted my webpage to have a professional and fun edge!  I’d be tickled pink if you took a look and offered up any suggestions!

Besides working on the website, I’ve been living and breathing piano as I review new repertoire, process new students, and work on new lesson plans.

I promise, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow with Frugal Finds Friday.  (I found some good deals this week without any couponing…*gasp*)  I’ve also got some yummy, yummy recipes to share with you next week, and a fun Works for Me Wednesday post for Wednesday.  (Think organizing, cuteness, and refrigerator all in one project!)

Have a fabulous Thursday!!!  I’m off to finish my piano website, teach some lessons, and review some new repertoire!

Book Review: The Power of a Praying Wife

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When I picked up The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian I expected to be reading a book that exclusively taught me how to pray for my husband.  And it did…but in so many ways that I never before considered.

The book turned out to be deeper than teaching me how to pray for Jared.  The first chapter in the book is titled His Wife.  “Praying for a husband must begin with praying for his wife.”  Stormie explains that when you pray for your husband, you must have a pure heart, free of resentment, unforgiveness, or ulterior motives.  In order to do that, you need to pray and beg God that you will have those right motives…you need to pray for your husband’s wife.  That’s me.

I think we’ve all prayed that our hubbies would change something at some point.  On the surface, that’s really not a bad thing.  The question we must ask ourselves is, “Why, am I praying this?”  Am I praying because I want things to be better for me, or with Jared’s best interest in mind?

Um.  Conviction!  Woven throughout the chapters was the underlying principle of the need to be selfless, loving, and generous in your prayers for your husband.  To pray with his best interest, not yours, in mind.

Another thing that stuck out to me in the book was the need to pray for your husband BEFORE you talk about something difficult with him.  Our hubby’s aren’t perfect (though mine might be pretty close 😉 ), and there are times that we will need to lovingly discuss a difficult problem or situation.  In my bull-headedness, I like to rush into those conversations, but this book challenged me to pray first.  Pray that my own heart is right.  (Because, often I’m the one with the problem, and not him!)  Pray that God would point out those areas to hubby.  Pray and ask if I should even talk to hubby about whatever situation.  And then wait…don’t speak quite yet, but continue praying!  If I do feel led to speak…finally pray that God would prepare His heart and guide my words.  Stormie points out that praying before these conversations often makes the conversations completely unneccessary.  However, if they do remain necessary, the conversation and situation will go so much better with God’s help!  And, isn’t that how we are supposed to do everything in life anyway?

The majority of the book was composed of short chapters brimming with specific matters of prayer regarding our husbands:  His Purpose, His Mind, His Reputation, His Priorities, His Past, His Marriage, His Finances, and many more!  The end of each chapter included a prayer full of applicable Scripture verses to pray.  I’ve never been big on pre-written prayers, but it was a blessing to me to read through the Biblical prayers and pray them to God specifically for Jared.  I was also challenged to include more Scripture in all of my personal, daily prayers. 

The Power of a Praying Wife was a beneficial read that was a help to my prayers for Jared, myself, and our marriage.  I appreciated Stormie’s heartfelt writing and transparency as she taught Biblical models and principles for prayer.

1,000 Gifts

41.  sanctification
42.  learning from Titus 2 women
43.  the gift of music to worship my God
44.  a sweet, blue-eyed baby girl calling my “Emmy”
45.  holding my man’s strong hand
46.  free bread
47.  God’s strength to endure the long week
48.  rest
49.  crunchy leaves beneath my feet
50.  “in whatever state I am…to be…content

I am truly blessed!