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Grocery Store Run


We hit the store today. And spent $151.

I believe this will take us through the end of the month easily. I even sat down and completed a meal plan for the next two weeks prior to going to the store to be certain.

$151 in groceries for the month when we typically spend $600 is pretty good. I know our cupboards and freezer will be pretty bare at the end of the month though.

This week we are going to have the following meals:

  • Potato bar with chicken and other toppings
  • Hot dogs and chips
  • Ham and rice cauliflower
  • Poor man stroganoff
  • Lasagna (pre-made frozen) and salad

Thank you for all the recommendations on how we can use all the chicken noodle soup we have got. We’ve stuck with the generic soup thusfar. But I’ve got some dumplings made to create a version of chicken and dumplings, and a bunch of vegetables chopped to make a bulkier soup later on in the week.

I am also kind of participating in a health “reset” for women. It’s not about money as much as it is about choosing healthier eating and mental habits. While I’m not following their meal plan, I am following along with their teaching.

And I’m saving their recipes for the future when I can be a little more flexible with our meals. Thankfully, it is free for me since it is run by a client of mine.

I am excited about this week. I have a full week of work to do. The kids are all settled into their new school schedules. And there is more growth on the horizon.

The only sad part of our weeks now are that we are rarely together. In fact, after dinner tonight, we won’t be together for a meal until Friday night. Just a crazy family schedule. Anyone else live this way with a bunch of teenagers and young adults?

My sister sent me this for Christmas. Those of you who have been a while know my heart for kids and how my long term dream is to foster and possibly adopt more down the road. I loved this present!

Groceries for December


Another win from our No Spend Month! We still have Food Stamps. Not in that we are qualified for them any more, we are not getting anymore.

BUT because we were able to eat through our freezer and pantry during October and the first two weeks of November. We have almost a full month’s worth of grocery budget in food stamps.

Our current food stamp balance, which I believe we have 6 months to use, is right at $530!

This has taken a weight off in thinking about possibly creating a small budget for Christmas presents for the kids. (We took care of extended family presents prior to our Texas trip and brought them with us.)

I’ve already started creating a list of items we need to replace and restock. And I plan to create a December food plan while we are here in Texas so I can shop smart when I return.

Sausage and Potato Soup

I love the cold months when I can use the crockpot every day without feeling guilty. Not to mention, reheating soups is great for my lunch on a daily basis, easy and cheap.

I thought I would share my absolute favorite cold time recipe…quick, easy and so good! I’m even making it this week while we are in Texas. (We are doing all the cooking for the week and Thanksgiving, but my parents are providing the groceries.)


1 – 30oz bag of frozen, cubed hashbrowns

3 cups of Chicken Broth

1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup

Chopped Onion (optional)

Dash of Parsley (optional)

Salt and Pepper

1 – Hillshire Farms Beef Sausage (this is my favorite option)

1 block of cream cheese


  1. In soup pot, combine all the ingredients except for the sausage and cream cheese.
  2. Heat on medium for 20 minutes.
  3. Cut sausage into bite size pieces and add to mix after first 20 minutes.
  4. Cube cream cheese and add to pot 10 minutes after you add the sausage.
  5. Stir well and serve.

My twins like to garnish with cheese, but I eat it just as it is. It’s definitely one of family favorites during this cold rainy season!

What are some of your favorite cold weather recipes?