Hyvee Deals for 04/07/17 – 04/08/17

Hyvee deals for the weekend!

I don’t do anything except Hy-Vee because most other stores can be found on the Krazy Coupon Lady Website – Here

Ad Price Hyvee Coupons Ibotta Checkout 51 Printable Coupons Sunday coupon Total
7up 6 packs $6.00 / 4 $6.00 / 4
Aquafina water $12.00 / 3 $12.00 / 3
Aunt Jemima Syrup $5.00 / 2 $1/2 SS 02/12 $4.00/2
Banquest meat pie $9.00 / 10 $9.00 / 10
Barilla Pasta $5.00 / 4 $1/3 RP 02/12 $4.00/4
Bar-S Jumbo franks $0.98 $0.98
Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream $7.00 / 2 $7.00 / 2
Betty Crocker Potatoes $5.00 / 4 $5.00 / 4
Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad $5.00 / 4 $5.00 / 4
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Novelties $7.00 / 2 $7.00 / 2
Bount paper towels $9.99 $1.00 $1.00 Southern savers $1.00 Pg 04/02 $6.99
Buckley Farms Boneless Chicken Breasts $3.99 $3.99
Budweiser 30 pack cans $21.99 $2.50 $19.49
Busch $19.99 $19.99
Cadbury egg single $2.00 / 3 $2/3 SS 03/26 Freebie
Capri Sun $2.48 $2.48
Cascade Action Packs $3.49 $0.25 $3.24
Charmin Bath tissue $9.99 $1.00 $8.99
Chobani yogurt $10.00 / 10 $1/3 SS 03/19 $9/10 if you have 3 SS $7/10
Clorox Bleach $3.99 $0.25 $3.74
Clorox Toilet bowl $4.00 / 2 $0.25 $3.75/2
Coke 12 pack $11.00 / 3 $11.00 / 3
Dannon light and fit Greek yogurt $7.00 / 2 $7.00 / 2
Dawn dishwashing liquid $2.68 $0.25 $2.43
Doritos 7-10 oz $1.88 $1.88
Downy Unstopables $7.99 $3.00 $3.00 PG 04/02 $1.99
Earth Balance Spread $4.98 $1.00 $1.25 $1.00 Southern savers $1.73
Edy’s Ice Cream $10.00 / 3 $10.00 / 3
Febreze $4.49 $1.00 $3.49
Freschetta Pizza $9.00 / 2 $0.50 $8.50/2
Gain Flings 32-42 $9.99 $3.00 $3.00 PG 04/02 $3.99
General Mills Cereal $2.99 $1.00/2 $1/2 SS 03/09 $2.99/2
Glad Trash Bags $6.99 $1.50 Southern savers $5.49
Ground Beef $1.88 $1.88
Hershey’s Baking Chips $1.88 $1.88
Hillshire Farms $2.99 $2.99
Hormel Black Label Bacon $3.99 $0.50 SS 03/12 $3.49
Jack’s Original pizza $10.00 / 4 $10.00 / 4
Johnsonville Meatballs $4.99 $4.99
Jose Ole Burrito/chimichanga $1.00 / 10 $1.00 / 10
Kleenex $4.48 $1/4 SS 03/12 $7.48/4
Kraft Mayonnaise $4.00 / 2 $1/2 SS 04/02 $3.00/2
Krat Mac and Cheese 5 pack $4.29 $4.29
Lay’s Kettle cooked $1.88 $1.88
Lays Potato Chips $5.00 / 2 $5.00 / 2
Libman Wonder Mop $11.49 $3 Libman facebook $8.99
Lunchables $10.00 / 10 $10.00 / 10
Michelob Ultra $11.99 $1.50 $10.49
Pepsi 12 pack $12.00 / 3 $12.00 / 3
Diet Pepsi 12 pack $12.00 / 3 $0.50 $11.50/3
Pepsi Zero 12 Pack $12.00 / 3 $1.00 $11.00/3
Powerade $0.79 $0.79
Purina Dog Chow $11.96 $11.96
Quaker Breakfast Squares $3.29 $1.00 $1.00 RP 03/05 $1.29
Quaker Cap’n Crunch $5.00 / 2 $5.00 / 2
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars $4.00 / 2 $4.00 / 2
Quaker Instand oatmeal $5.00 / 2 $5.00 / 2
Quaker Life $5.00 / 2 $5.00 / 2
Quaker Oats $5.00 / 2 $5.00 / 2
Quorn Meatless and soy-free $4.99 $1.25 $1.25 $1.99
Ragu Pasta $3.00 / 2 $3.00 / 2
Reese’s eggs $7.00 / 2 $2/3 SS 03/26 $8.50/3
Sara Lee Bread $5.00 / 2 $5.00 / 2
Sargento Shreds $5.00 / 2 $1.00 $0.25 $3.75/2
Sargento String Cheese $4.99 $0.50 $0.55 Southern savers $4.04
Scrubbing Bubbles $6.00 / 2 $6.00 / 2
Shout $6.00 / 2 $6.00 / 2
Skippy Peanut Butter $1.48 $0.55 http://www.peanutbutter.com/ $0.93
Starbucks Coffee $7.99 $2.00/2 $13.98/2
Stouffer’s Lasagna $12.98 $12.98
Stouffer’s satifying servings $12.98 $12.98
Swiffer dusters $7.99 $7.99
Tide laundry detergent $9.99 $2.00 $3.00 PG 04/02 $4.99
Tide Pods 32-42 $9.99 $3.00 $3.00 PG 04/02 $6.00
Windex $6.00 / 2 $1.00 SS 03/12 $5.00/2
Xtra Laundry Detergent $1.77 $1.77
Yoplait Yogurt $0.39 $0.50/5 $0.50/5 Southern savers $0.95/5


Hy-Vee Deals for 3/29-4/04

So I had a few people ask me if I could show what I do to find deals in my area.  I live in the Midwest currently and shop at Hy-Vee as much as possible (it’s literally across the street from my house)

First, of course, get a loyalty/rewards card. I also have an application on my phone called Ibotta (use my referral code and get $10 just for signing up! “Dsxmbbo”) that gives me rebates by taking photos of my receipts. (This is SO helpful!) And I always get the Sunday coupons. My printer is broken so I currently do not print of coupons form online, however, I will include them for those who do.

Next, I sit down with the ads for the week and start checking off what is on sale and what has rebates. I’ve shopped at Hy-Vee for so long that I pretty much know what the prices are and whether or not it is a good deal. For those who don’t, you can find the prices online usually on the website of the grocery store.

So, for now, Let’s look at the ad for this week 03/29/17 – 04/04/17

I know it is already the 3rd so I don’t plan to go too in depth with this but I hope to make something like a database of the great deals each week.

I find that it is easier for me to go through the Ibotta application and write down the rebates on it first. I love Ibotta and usually manage to get around $50 a month back using it so I always want to find the best deals using it first.

Sargento String Cheese – Ibotta $.50/1 – SS 01/15/17 $.75/1  – Normally $5.19 so using coupons the price ends up being $3.94  –  This is a great price for the Sargento Cheese! However, if you are looking for the cheapest, Hy-Vee brand String Cheese is still less at $3.48

The main thing is not to use coupons just to use the coupons. For my family, there are a few items we have to have Name Brand (like Heinz Ketchup!) but when it comes to cheese, we will always go with the cheapest one.

InnovAsian Cuisine® entrée – Ibotta $1.00/1 – Hy-Vee Digital coupon $1.00/1 – the ad price is $4.99 so the total price ends up being $2.99 after the Ibotta rebate. If you are looking for an easy meal for 2, this would be a good buy

Van’s Simply Delicious Products – Ibotta $.75/1 – Van’s Printable Coupon $1.25/1 – This is for any of the Gluten Free products so I can’t show you are precise price but if you are interested in Gluten Free, then this could be a good deal.

Lindsay Recloseables California Ripe Olives – Ibotta $1.00/1 – Lindsay Olives Printable Coupon $1.00/1 – Not on sale but they are usually $2.29 so this makes them a cheap and easy $0.29!

Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle Organic – Ibotta $1.00/1 – SS 03/05 $1.00/1 – Honestly, I have an addiction to these and would buy them with just one deal/coupon. Normally $3.99, this makes these half the price. The best part is, Ibotta has a separate deal for each flavor so you can get several dollars back on them! And if you happen to have extra Smart Source coupons, they will stack since each item is different.

Sargento Chef Blends – Ibotta $1.00/2 – Hy-Vee Sale 2 for $5.00 – Making them $2.00 ea.  Again, if you are a Sargento fan then this is a good deal, however, Hy-Vee brand shredded cheese is 3 for $5.00 so that makes it $1.66 ea.

Ruffle Potato Chips – Ibotta $.50/1 – Hy-Vee Sale 2 for $6.00 – This makes them $2.75 ea – If you love Ruffles, this is a pretty good deal. I however, chose Hy-Vee brand Wavy Potato Chips for $1.98,

Nestle Nesquick Powder – Ibotta $1.00/1 – No other coupons, but this Ibotta rebate says Strawberry or Chocolate with ANY size. Hy-Vee has them regularly at $2.98 so this makes a 9.3 oz canister only $1.98.

Trident Gum – Ibotta $1.50/3 – there’s a printable coupon for $1.59/3 here – These are regularly $1.18 ea so with both the rebate and the coupon, the total ends up being $0.45 for all 3!  This is a pretty great deal but you want to be super sure that the packages you pick up are the ones that are eligible. This is pretty easy as Ibotta lets you scan the item in the app before purchase to ensure it is the correct one.

Smartmade by Smartones – Ibotta $0.75/1 – Hy-Vee Ad 2 for $6.00 – This makes them $2.60 ea. For some, that is a great deal! We however, have found that they just are not good. There is very very little actual food in them. I marked a note to myself to show you how to make these freezer meals for way cheaper!

Daiya Dairy-Free Cheeze Lover’s Gluten-Free Pizza – Ibotta $1.00/1 any size any variety – there are no other coupons but there is a 10 cent fuel saver on these! It is not a lot but this one is for the select few like me who need the gluten free items. The total ends up being $6.99 which really isn’t any different than other frozen pizzas.

Quorn Meatless and Soy-Free Products – Ibotta $1.25/1 – (also $1.25/1 on Checkout 51. I haven’t used that app yet though) – No other coupons, however the Meatballs are on sale for $3.98 making the total $2.75 (or $3.75 if it is another item). Again, this is not a super amazing deal, however, those who can’t have soy or meat will love the deal (it’s also cheaper than other meatless items!). There is also a 7 cent fuel saver on the regular priced “meats.”

Deep River Snacks Kettle Cooked Potato Chips or Honchos Organic Tortilla Chips – Ibotta $0.50/1 – printable coupon at Common Kindness $1/2 – Ibotta has 2 separate rebates, one for each flavor so you can buy one of each flavor and use the coupon to turn the original price of $2.49 ea down to $1.49 ea.

Hillshire Snacking Rustic Harvest Small Plates – Ibotta $0.50/1 – Printable coupon from Coupons.com for $0.75/1 here – ends up at $1.84  – These are lke a much tastier grown up version of lunchables. Normally, $3.09 the new total of $1.84 is a good deal if you like meats and cheese with little cracker.

Clif bars MOJO – Ibotta $0.50 – Hy-Vee ad for $1.18 –  total of $0.68

Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar – Ibotta $1.00/1 – No other coupons but this is a pretty good deal for those who use the organic cane sugar. It’s cheaper with the Ibotta rebate than the other brands – Tatal ends up being $3.39

And that’s about it!  I usually go through the Ad again and check and see if I can find coupons for anything that I really want but I wanted to show how to use the Ibotta App first. I plan to put out a deal page on Wednesdays or Thursdays with all the deal information along with where to find a coupon Database so you can do it yourself!

Super Easy King Cake

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

King Cake


Total = $11.93 Servings = $1.49


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Open the cans of sweet roll dough and unroll the dough from each can into 3 strands. Working on a clean surface, place 3 dough strands side by side and gather them together to make one large strand. Fold this in half, and roll slightly to make a fat log. Repeat steps with the remaining dough. Place each log on the prepared baking sheet and shape to make a ring, overlapping the ends and pinching them together to make a complete circle. Pat the dough into shape as necessary to make the ring even in size all the way around. Cover loosely with foil.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until firm to the touch and golden brown, 50 to 60 minutes. Check often for doneness so the ring doesn’t overbake. Place on a wire rack and cool completely.
  4. Place the cake ring on a serving plate. Cut a slit along the inside of the ring and insert a small plastic baby, pushing it far enough into the cake to be hidden from view.
  5. Divide the frosting evenly between 4 bowls. Stir 1 tablespoon of milk into each bowl to thin the frosting. Use the frosting in one bowl to drizzle over the cooled cake. To the remaining three bowls of frosting, stir yellow food coloring into one and green into another. Stir the red and blue food colorings together with the frosting in a third bowl to make the purple frosting. Drizzle the cake with yellow, green, and purple frostings in any desired pattern. Dust the cake with multi-colored sprinkles and decorate with beads, additional plastic babies, curly ribbon, and other festive trinkets.

Cajun fun!

Cajun fun!


As most of us know, tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and for those in the south, that means yummy Cajun food! I like to celebrate Mardi Gras with a Crawfish bake!

If you don’t have the time or money to indulge in a giant feast with friends and dirty rice and king’s cake then here is a fun, yummy, easy to make Louisiana specialty that can make you feel like you are in the South for the festivities.

Chicken and Andouille Hash

servings: 4


  • 1 medium sweet onion                                                            $0.99/bag
  • 1/2 medium green or red bell pepper                                  $0.99 for 3
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste                        $1.99
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper                                 $1.49
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil                                                    $1.59
  • 1 pound Chicken (preferably Dark meat, skinless)         $1.49/lb
  • 4 ounces smoked (cooked) Andouille sausage                 $2.98
  • 2 tablespoons Creole (or whole-grain mustard)              $1.99
  • 2 cups shredded potatoes                                                        $1.98
  • 4 large eggs                                                                                  $0.79
  • Louisiana hot sauce (optional)                                              $1.66

Total = $17.94 Amount per serving = $4.49 or 12 servings at $1.50 each

As always, some of these items will already be in your pantry so it should not cost as much as it shows. And if you wanted to make as much as possible with this recipe you would be able to make 12 servings at $1.50 a serving!


  1. Dice onion and bell pepper in a medium bowl. Season them with half of the salt and half of the cayenne, stirring to coat evenly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  3. Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Trim the chicken, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces and place it in a bowl. Season evenly with the remaining salt and cayenne pepper. Chop the Andouille (keeping it separate from the chicken).
  5. Add the chicken to the skillet. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring until it loses its raw look. Add the Andouille and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, then add the onion-pepper mixture and cook for about 6 minutes, until the onions are softened and lightly golden.
  6. Stir in the mustard, and then stir in the potatoes until well incorporated. Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to press down the hash mixture. Cook for 1 minute, then scoop and fold the mixture and press down again. Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring and pressing down with a spatula to maintain an even surface.
  7. Crack the eggs one at a time, letting them fall on top of the hash with a little space between them and making sure the yolks remain intact. Immediately transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
  8. Top with a dash of hot sauce.

Meal Plan based on Aldi Ad for Wednesday 22, 2017. 7 meals under $45!

Aldi prices may vary by region.


  • 5 lb Chicken breast, boneless skinless $1.49/lb (alternatively you can buy 2 whole chickens @ $0.95/lb if you want to use a slow cooker ahead of time and shred the chicken instead)= $7.45
  • 3-4 lb pork roast$1.49/lb = $6
  • 5 lb drumsticks $0.69/lb = $3.45


  • 2 Garlic head $0.89 ea (or one jar minced $1.99)
  • 1 Broccoli pkg $1.74
  • Ginger, ground $1.69
  • 2 Yellow onion, medium $1.89/bag

Canned Goods

  • 2 box Chicken broth $0.69


  • Honey $1.25
  • Lemon juice, fresh $0.25/ea
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium $0.99/ 10-ounce bottle
  • Ketchup $0.99

Baking & Spices

  • Salt and pepper $1.99
  • Brown sugar $0.89
  • Cornstarch $0.89


  • Butter $2.69
  • Cheddar cheese, sharp $1.89

Oils & Vinegar

  • Cooking oil $1.59
  • Rice or apple cider vinegar $1.39
  • Balsamic vinegar $1.39

Pasta & Grains

  • 1 bag Rice $0.99


  • Rolls, bread $0.85

Total $42.73 that’s 7 meals for a family of 4 for under $45 plus leftovers!


Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe does not have a make ahead option; however, it only takes 45 minutes from start to table.

You can also use a slow cooker for this recipe! Just place all the chicken drumsticks in the bottom of a slow cooker, season them with salt and pepper, and pour the sauce over the chicken legs. Be sure to mix the sauce beforehand. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4. Just remember, the skin does not crisp so you may want to finish it up in the oven for about 15 minutes on 425.

Serves – 6 to 8


  • 5 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Add a wire rack on top if possible.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add oil. When hot, stir in garlic and onions: cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add honey and soy sauce. Stir together the broth and cornstarch. Pour into pan and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Pat chicken so it is dry. Place onto rack and season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. Place into oven and cook for 10 minutes. Flip chicken and cook for another 10 minutes. Coat chicken with some sauce and cook for another 5 minutes. Flip one more time and coat the other side of the chicken. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until chicken reaches 160F and juices run clean.
  6. Serve chicken with rice and steamed veggies if desired (and do not forget to pour on any extra sauce that is remaining!)


The Best Baked Chicken Legs

Author: Melissa Griffiths

You can also use a slow cooker for this recipe! Just place all the chicken drumsticks in the bottom of a slow cooker, season them with salt and pepper, and pour the sauce over the chicken legs. Be sure to mix the sauce beforehand. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4. Just remember, the skin does not crisp so you may want to finish it up in the oven for about 15 minutes on 425.

Serves – 6 to 8


  • 2½ pounds chicken legs
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the chicken legs out and give them a good sprinkling of salt and pepper on both sides. Put them in a foil-lined baking dish with high sides (the foil is to make clean up easier and is not essential). A high sided sheet pan is the best option because the sides keep everything in but it is big enough that the chicken isn’t drowning in the sauce. It will caramelize best if half of the chicken is poking out of the sauce while cooking.
  2. In a glass measuring cup measure out the honey, soy sauce, and ketchup. Add the minced garlic and stir. If the mixture doesn’t combine well microwave it on high for thirty seconds and stir again. Pour the honey mixture over the chicken legs.
  3. Put the chicken legs in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Take the chicken out of the oven and rotate it so that the bottom that was in the sauce is now on the top out of the sauce. Put the legs back in the oven. Raise the heat to 425 degrees and bake until the sauce is bubbly and starts to caramelize on the chicken legs. This should take about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.




  • 1 3-4 lb pork roast (mine was bone-in pork shoulder)
  • 1 cup broth
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 tsp minced garlic


  1. Place roast in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients in a 2-cup measuring cup. Whisk together and pour over roast. Cook on low 10-12 hours for that fall-apart, insanely tender type of meat. (Or on high 6-8 hours.)
  2. Prior to serving, ladle out about ¼ cup of the juice in the crock pot and strain into a measuring cup. Whisk in 2 tsp cornstarch. Add in enough juice to make 1 cup. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and whisk again. Drizzle sauce over meat prior to serving.


Garlic Chicken

Serves 4

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
  2. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with in the oil until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional herbs and spices as desired.
  4. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place butter in a pan on medium heat and brown chicken. Place breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until juices run clear. Cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of your chicken.
  6. Broil for the last 5-10 minutes to make the skin crispy and golden.


Quick Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls Recipe

Servings: 6


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighsor breasts or mix of both
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon freshchopped ginger OR 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch + 1/4 cup cold water
  • Broccoli (optional)
  • Rice (optional)


  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce and vinegar. Add ginger, garlic, onion and pepper. Whisk well. Pour the mixture over chicken. Cover slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.
  3. When done, DO NOT turn off the slow cooker. Shred chickenwith two forks.
  4. In a small measuring cup, whisk cornstarch with cold water. Add to slow cooker and stir. Let cook for 10 minutes and stir again. The mixture should thicken.
  5. Serve over rice with a side of broccoli


One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice

Serves: 4-6


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced finely
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked extra long grain white rice
  • 2½ cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2½ cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese


  1. In a large skillet or pan, sauté onions in two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Once onions soften, increase the heat to medium high and add chicken to the pan.
  3. Brown the chicken pieces and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 more minute.
  4. Push chicken to one side of the pan and add additional tablespoon of olive oil to other side.
  5. Add the uncooked rice in the olive oil and sauté it for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the chicken broth to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pan with a lid.
  7. Cook chicken and rice mixture covered for about 12 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle the broccoli evenly over the chicken and rice mixture and stir to combine.
  9. Continue to cook covered another 8 minutes on low or until broccoli and rice are both tender.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in half a cup of cheese.
  11. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cover with a lid, letting it sit for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.


You need a large skillet or pan with a higher edge for this dish to hold everything.



serves: 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet or large casserole dish.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook chicken 2-3 minutes on each side just until browned. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together chicken broth, lemon juice, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper.
  4. Pour sauce over chicken. Bake 20-30 minutes (closer to 20 for smaller chicken breasts, closer to 30 for larger) until chicken is cooked through. Every 5-10 minutes spoon the sauce from the pan over the chicken.



Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!

Eggs are an amazing source of protein and can be made so many different ways. Along with protein, they are rich in many vitamins like A, B, and even Iron.

This week, Dillon’s (Kroger stores) has a great sale on eggs. A dozen for $0.79 and no limits!

In honor of the sale and the 6 dozen eggs I now have in my fridge, here are some great budget friendly meals you can make with ingredients bought while picking up the eggs.

Dillon’s ad 2/15/17 to 2/21/17


[Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252328/hilarys-heavenly-eggs/]

Heavenly Eggs

Delicious eggs in a rich tomato sauce served on toasted bread for breakfast or delicate angel hair pasta for a light lunch.

2 Tbsp Cooking Oil – $1.59

1 Medium Onion – 2 for $5 (ad price)

2 Cloves Garlic, minced – whole garlic $0.89, minced in a jar $1.99

2 Cups Marinara Sauce – $1.29 (ad price)

4 Large Eggs – $0.79

1 Tsp Basil -$2.19

1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese – $2.24

1/4 Tsp Black Pepper – $1.99

4 Slices Bread (any choice), toasted (Breakfast) – Wheat Bread $1 (ad price)

2 Servings of Angel Hair Pasta, cooked (Dinner) – $1.94

2 Slices of Bacon, crumbled – Black Label Hormel, 1 pound package $3.99 (ad price)

Total – $20.41 – Serving 2 eggs – $3.40

A lot of these prices are for more than what is needed and some of the items are staples that will already be bought. Most blogs don’t include the pantry. This makes it seem like the meal costs less than it actually does. If buying everything mentioned here, this recipe can make 3 times the amount of eggs mentioned. Making it 6 servings for just under $20.


  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion, garlic and bacon. Cook 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add marinara simmer.
  • Crack an egg into a small bowl, making sure not to break the yolk. Make a well in the sauce roughly large enough to hold the egg and pour it in so that the yolk and most of the white is contained. Repeat with the remaining eggs, evenly spacing them around the pan.
  • Sprinkle the sauce with basil; cover and cook 6 to 8 minutes for medium-set.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle with Parmesan and pepper.
  • To serve, top each slice of toasted bread with an egg and sauce. Serve immediately.




Meatloaf Mondays


Mondays aren’t always for meatloaf but these days the kids are always asking for one recipe in particular. What they don’t know is that they are eating a TON of Vegetables. This moist, delicious recipe freezes quite well and is exceptionally easy to double and keep for another time. Or make the recipe early and pop it in the oven straight from the freezer for about an hour and a half. Or put it in a cupcake tin and make several little meatloaves to eat small portions when needed.

The prices listed are for Aldi, February 2017.



Total Prices – $19.39 – 8 Servings – $2.42

A lot of these prices are for more than what is needed and some of the items are staples that will already be bought. Most blogs don’t include the pantry. This makes it seem like the meal costs less than it actually does. If buying everything mentioned here, this recipe can make 3 time the amount of meatloaf mentioned. Making it 24 servings for just under $20.


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Combine almond milk, ketchup, onion, green pepper, parsley, minced garlic, and black pepper in a blender and blend until a smooth liquid.
  3. Combine ground beef, ground turkey, eggs, rolled oats, and milk mixture in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  4. Transfer mixture into a 5×9-inch loaf pan. If the recipe is doubled, place in a 13X9-inch pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), about 2 hours. Meatloaf may still look pink inside due to ketchup.
  6. Pair with mashed potatoes and turkey gravy for a delicious meal.



Delicious Chocolate Cake


Sometimes, we really need something sweet and decadent to make our days better. After scouring the internet for something delicious and cheap, poke cakes really stood out as something yummy and not nearly as expensive as a store-bought cake.

To keep the cost down, skip the condensed milk and stick with some delicious, creamy instant pudding.

  • 1 box Baker’s Corner, Devil’s Food Cake Mix 18.5 Ounce – $0.69
  • 1/2 cup Carlini Vegetable Oil 48 Oz. – $1.59
  • 2 Gold Hen Grade A Eggs – $0.69
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Friendly Farms Sour Cream 16 Oz. – $0.99
  • 1 box Mr. Pudding Instant Pudding Mix, Chocolate – $0.29
  • 1 1/2 Cup Almond Milk original, vanilla or unsweetened 64 oz. – $2.49
  • 1 pint Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.39
  • 1/2 Cup Baker’s Corner Baking Cocoa 18.6 Oz – $1.49
  • Chocolate Syrup to Drizzle – $0.99
  • 1/2 Cup of Baker’s Corner Chocolate Chips 12 Oz. – $0.99

Total – $11.60 – 12 servings – $0.97 per slice

Of course, several of these items should be a staple in the pantry and that should also off-set the cost.


Combine cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and sour cream in a bowl and mix until combined. Bake cake in the oven according to the directions on the box. (350 degrees for 25-28 minutes). Once completely baked, use the back of a wooden spoon or dowel rod to poke holes in the cake. Add milk to pudding mix and pour on the cake once it is cool. Put the cake in the refrigerator for 1 hours to chill. Once the pudding has set, whip heavy cream wit a mixer for several minutes. Once it starts to set, add the baking cocoa and continue to whip until it firmly sets up. Spread on the cake and drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Add a scoop of ice cream and dig in!



Breakfast of Champions


Mornings can be hectic for most families. Trying to get kids off to school and people to work can be a hassle. While cereal and cold milk can work for a while, it turns into a dreaded meal after several months. A great decadent alternative to cereal is overnight oats. They are quick, easy to prepare the evening before, and delicious. Overnight oats are exactly what the title says, oats soaked overnight. They usually consist of oats, yogurt, and milk with an endless supply of toppings available.

Our family enjoys berries as a topping more than anything else, but berries can be expensive so it is important to buy them during sales and while in the season. Since these yummy treats can be made many days ahead of time (as long as they are stored in an air tight container), we make ours 2 weeks at a time.

To make 2 weeks’ worth, you will need:

  • 2 plain Fit and Active 32 oz. yogurt tubs – $1.99 apiece
  • 1 container rolled oats 42 oz. – $2.49
  • 1 Almond Milk original, vanilla or unsweetened 64 oz. – $2.49
  • Blueberries 6 oz. – $2.99
  • Strawberries, 16 oz. pkg. – $1.75
  • Raspberries, 1 pint – $1.99
  • Blackberries, 1 pint – $1.99

Total – $17.68 for 2 full weeks (14 servings) of breakfast and/or snacks – $1.26 per serving

 The recipe is really fantastic and easy.  It is equal parts yogurt, milk, and oats (1/2 cup to 3/4 depending on the size of the container) mixed together. The milk can be substituted with whatever milk you like. Layer the yogurt and fruit into an airtight jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Some people enjoy adding 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to the yogurt mixture, also.


The Slow Cooker Can Be a Friend

One thing I tell people who don’t have the time or people like me who just don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking, “use the slow cooker.” Those delicious, albeit sometimes tough, cuts of inexpensive meat can become amazing, tender, delicious morsels.

When using the slow cooker, don’t choose recipes that need a lot of preparation. There are tons of recipes out there specifically for the slow cooker, but many can be adapted for it also. If you want a meal that needs prep after the meat is cooked, consider slow cooking the meat throughout the day and setting it up right before the meal. Or even cooking the day before and storing in the fridge for an easy setup.

If it is hard to set everything up in the mornings, put everything in the cooker dish, cover it, and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Then, simply remove it from the fridge as soon as you get up and turn it on right before you leave.

Slow cookers don’t need extra oil or fat. As long as there are liquids, the food will not burn to the sides or bottom. The fat on meat will not go away so you want to trim it, too. Be careful with the liquids, though, they don’t reduce, and don’t thicken, meaning you don;t need much and you will probably want to place chicken and other poultry on a stand or aluminum foil balls so it does not sit in the liquid and become squishy.

Try to choose recipes where most of the food can be added in the very beginning. Every time the lid to a slow cooker is removed, it loses some heat and the water rolls off the top. So don’t check on it constantly or worry about stirring often. Usually, the only things that will need to be added at the end would be pasta and rice.

If the recipe is not meant for a slow cooker, here are some times to help set it up.

  • 15 – 30 mins, cook it for 1 – 2 hours on High or 4 – 6 hours on Low
  • 30 mins – 1 hour, cook it for 2 – 3 hours on High or 5 – 7 hours on Low
  • 1 – 2 hours, cook it for 3 – 4 hours on High or 6 – 8 hours on Low
  • 2 – 4 hours, cook it for 4 – 6 hours on High or 8 – 12 hours on Low