I have so much to get done today and I feel like doing nothing.
Well, I do feel like taking a nap but I suppose that doesn't count.
I am trying to finish up my daily chores while the girls eat lunch and watch some tv. Then when my son gets home from school I need to help him with homework (math, sight words and 20 minutes of reading), plus a project that is due next week. I also need to cook my family dinner (I'm going out with some moms from my neighborhood around 7 pm so I won't be eating) and somewhere in there I need to prep everything for tomorrow because I need to be out of the house by 7 am for work.
A nap really does sound good right now...
I see an evil caffeine laden soda in my future to put a fire under my butt.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|this was all that was left|
Eggplant "Meat" Balls. They are so good in fact that I only had two bites of chicken at dinner and ate them instead- if I can find more recipes that taste this good sans meat I may just become a vegetarian.
I originally found the recipe at Connoisseurus Veg but adapted it to a vegetarian version.
1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2 pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I am dairy free but Parmesan cheese doesn't bother me)
1 cup bread crumbs (I used gluten free oatmeal)
Salt the eggplant and let sit for 30 minutes. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and then add the diced onions. Saute until onions are translucent and then add the minced garlic. Once garlic is fragrant (after about a minute) add the eggplant and cook until soft, about 15 minutes.
Once eggplant mixture has cooled, add to a mixing bowl along with the egg, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Mix well and then shape into balls (I made mine about 1 inch). Coat a cast iron skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil (you can also use a baking sheet but the cast iron skillet makes a better crust) and arrange the eggplant balls. Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, making sure to turn a few times so that all sides get a nice crust on them.
As I said before, these were delicious. My two year old gobbled them up (my older two would not try them) and my husband, the vegetable hater, even admitted they were pretty good. The only thing I will change next time is that I am going to try using gluten free breadcrumbs to see what the taste difference is. I feel like these "meat" balls will freeze very well which is awesome because this is one more recipe that I can make a big batch of.
I cannot wait until lunchtime to eat the leftovers, perhaps with some pasta sauce to dip them in. I am drooling.
Monday, March 3, 2014
A way that I save myself time and money is by shopping at Amazon. I love that I can get really good prices on things that we use and really love that it all gets delivered to my door for free.
While we are Amazon Prime members, you don't need to be one to get free delivery on things. All of the items above were bought utilizing Amazon's Subscribe and Save program. Basically, certain items they sell have the option for you to set up automatic deliveries on a date of your choice. By doing so, you get free shipping and 5% off. To make it even better though, if you subscribe to five or more items in a month, you get 15% off! If you are an Amazon Mom member (I believe you have to be a Prime member to sign up) then you get 20% off!
Here is a breakdown of my most recent Subscribe and Save delivery:
2 Seventh Generation Facial Wipes @ $1.67 each (I cut these into 1/4's to get the most for my $)
3 Seventh Generation Body Wash $7.19
2 Clif Bars @ $2.55 each
36 Rolls Scott Toilet Paper $13.18
60 Loads Dropps Baby Detergent $6.83
80 Loads Dropps Detergent $9.98
Magic Erasers $2.28
I had free gift cards that I earned from Swagbucks and taking surveys so I only ended up paying $17.13 out of pocket.
Shopping this way is especially good if you are into buying more natural products for your home as it can be hard to find deals on those at local stores.
So go ahead- check out Amazon to see if you can save yourself some money (and time) too!
Disclaimer: This post contains my affiliate link.
Chicken Breast cooked in the Crock Pot
Eggplant "Meat" Balls (new recipe I am trying)
Beets in Vinegar
Mashed Potatoes (I use almond milk and Earth Balance Vegan "butter")
Tuesday (I am going out to dinner with some moms in my neighborhood so Im making something simple for my family to eat)
Baked Red Potatoes
Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters
Parmesan Crusted Carrots (new recipe I am trying)
Beets in Vinegar
The following day is my first day back working Saturdays so I want dinner to be super simple, and the simplest you can get is getting take out : )
I am participating in I'm and organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
This will be my last Saturday shopping trip. I'm not sure what my new shopping day will be but I am leaning towards Mondays with my two and four year old in tow- sounds like good times (I am totally being sarcastic).
Dave's Marketplace (a local grocery store in Rhode Island)
.91 lb Asparagus $1.81 ($1.99/lb)
4 Kiwi @ .50 each
1.20 lb Eggplant $1.19 (.99/lb)
.97 lb Vine Tomatoes $2.90 ($2.99/lb)
4.92 lb Pears $7.33 ($1.49/lb)
2.33 lb Minneolas $3.47
1 lb Organic Baby Carrots $1.50 - .25 Checkout 51 rebate = $1.25
1.23 lb Gala Apples $1.83 ($1.49/lb)
2 lb Bag Onions $1.99
(2) 1 lb Containers Strawberries @ $2 each
Quinoa Pasta $3 (I love this brand- it tastes even better than real pasta!)
2 Alexia Fries @ $2.50 each - (2) $1 MC = $1.50 each
1.61 lb Grass Fed Steak $11.26 ($6.99/lb)
Less $1 off $5 produce store coupon
Less $10 rebate card
Total: $34.52 after .25 rebate from Checkout 51
Stop and Shop
5 lb Bag Red Potatoes $3.99
1.15 lb Bananas .79
2 Stonyfield Organic Yogurt @ $4.39 each - (2) .80 MC (doubled) = $2.79 each
Stop and Shop Parmesan Cheese $2.79
Up&Up Drain Cleaner $4.64 - 10% Cartwheel = $4.17
SB Fruit Twists $2.99 - 5% Cartwheel = $2.84
6 Iams Cat Food @ .59 each - (2) $2 off 3 MC = *** .46 overage ***
5 Cherry Coke $11 - 5% Cartwheel = $10.44 (my husband is now happy)
Threshold Quilt $20.98 - 15% Cartwheel = $17.83 (reg. $69.99- what a deal!)
Less 5% Red Card Savings
Total: $35.49 ($12.62 will go towards my grocery budget)
I am so excited about the quilt- we wanted to buy something to put on our couch so if our Holly dog jumped on it she wouldn't get dog hair everywhere. I thought it was on clearance for $35 and was happy with that deal, but it being on clearance for $21 plus getting the Cartwheel discount was awesome!
3 Cadbury Mini Eggs @ $3 each - $2 off 3 MC = $2.33 each
6 Cadbury Creme Eggs @ .99 BOGO free = .50 each
Less $5 Extra Care Bucks
Earned: $2 Extra Care Bucks
I had $5 Extra Care Buck that I received from taking a CVS Advisor survey and it was expiring today so I decided to be nice and buy my husband some of his favorite candy with it.
In total I spent $65.75 and I am done buying groceries for the week, though I may need a gallon of milk. Now to make a menu plan!