Food Links I Love

Food Links I Love

I was going through my Feedly and realized there were quite a few recipes I had bookmarked and forgotten about. I’ve pinned them to Pinterest and am going to give some of them a try soon. Pinterest is my favorite source of recipe inspiration when I need it. Here are a couple recipes that I want to try.

Ree (the Pioneer Woman) shared her recipe for queso fundido. I’ve never tried making a queso from scratch but this recipe looks amazing! Although, as I’ve said before, I love almost all her recipes I’ve tried!

Ashley has a recipe for easy tortellini soup. It really does look simple – and delicious. I have some tortellini in the freezer that make this recipe worth a try.

A Farmgirl Dabbles shared her Mom’s take on peanut butter cereal bars with chocolate frosting. I have a similar recipe but want to try her recipe using cornflakes.

I’ve very intrigued by Shaina’s recipe for molten orange chocolate lava cakes in jars. Chocolate and orange is a great combination and what a fun idea to serve dessert in ball jars! Cute and delicious.

Jan made a vanilla chai cupcake with cinnamon buttercream icing that looks incredible. I’m amazed at how she frosts her cupcakes so beautifully.

Do you have any favorite recipes I should try? I do enjoy trying new recipes.

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Fresh Thyme: $2.99/lb Ground Beef

Fresh Thyme Ground Beef Sale

Attention Fort Wayne, friends (or anyone who has a Fresh Thyme store nearby)! This week, Fresh Thyme has an amazing sale on 85% lean ground beef for only $2.99 a pound! It’s been much too long since I saw a price this good. I went today and bought 15 pounds for my freezer…even though I already have some ground beef frozen. The sale is good through Wednesday, April 29th, so stock-up while you can!

Hot! $15 in Huggies Coupons

Huggies $15 Coupons

Wow! Here’s an amazing deal with over $15 dollars in Huggies coupons available to print! If you share with a friend (via Facebook or Twitter), you can print coupons for $4.50/1 Huggies (42 count or higher) as well as a $3/1 coupon and a $2/1 coupon. Hurry and print these while you can because I’m sure these won’t last long at all.

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Kroger Friday Freebie: Free Lindt Chocolate

Kroger Free Lindt Chocolate

Today’s Friday Freebie at Kroger is for free chocolate. That’s a delicious free deal! Today only, load a digital coupon for a free Lindt Chocolate Stick to your account. You have until May 10 to redeem it.

Small Shopping Trips Mid-April

This was the week I kept my grocery shopping to a minimum. Andy’s 8th graders had a fish fry / pork tenderloin fundraiser this past weekend and attendance was lower than expected. We’ve been eating leftover pork tenderloin this week in addition to some of my other freezer and pantry meals. It allowed me to just pick up the best deals.

I realized we were out of eggs on Saturday. I stopped by Kroger on my way home from setting up for our city-wide Lutheran Schools Music and Arts Festival.

Kroger - 4/18/15 - $3.99

I picked up 2 dozen eggs that were on sale for $1.25 a dozen. The Friday freebie of Tostinos dip was restocked so I picked up one of those. I always check the clearance aisles at Kroger and noticed Ball mix for dill pickles. I tried making my own last year and it didn’t work out so well. Since a large canister was only $1.49, I added it to my cart. At Kroger, I spent $3.99.

My main shopping trip for the week was at Meijer. Like I mentioned on Sunday, Meijer had great generic deals this week so I stocked up.

Meijer - $5.48 - 4/20/15

I bought a case (12 cans) of green beans and another case (12 cans) of corn. Normally, each case would have been $10.08 and I bought them for $4.00. I haven’t bought macaroni and cheese in a box for awhile but at $0.33 a box, decided to buy a couple boxes for quick lunches. Nathan loves anything with noodles! Applesauce containers were on sale for $1.50 and potato chips were on sale for $1.67. I also bought several packages of Easter napkins that were clearanced for 90% off. I don’t mind using Easter napkins when they only cost me $0.15!

By purchasing generics this week, I saved $22.46. That is more than my total cost! At Meijer, my total was $15.48 but I discovered a gift card for $10. I used that this week to keep my grocery budget even lower. After the gift card, I only spent $5.48.

Finally, I discovered a receipt that I didn’t share the other week. When I went to Meijer to get Nathan’s medicine for his breathing treatment, we wandered the aisles as we waited for his prescription to be filled. I’m glad I did. Because I discovered Beef Little Smokies (normally $3.99) were marked down to $0.99! They were almost to their “Best Sold By” date so I purchased 5 packages. We used one right away and froze the rest. That was a fun treat!

Meijer - $7.54 - 4/10/15

I also bought Nathan more bananas, oyster crackers and a mango. The mangos were on sale for $0.50. On this quick trip to Meijer, I spent $7.54.

These three trips total $17.01. It’s rare that I can shop for less than $20 anymore so I’m excited that I did so this week! This brings my total for April so far to $131.42. There is one week remaining in April and I’d like to spend less than $50 to meet my goal. I’m on track! Did you buy any generic deals this week?

Friday Freebies on April 24

Friday Freebies - Featuring Free Ebooks at Joyfully Thriving

Nathan started walking this week. Really walking. It’s been exciting to get more confident each and every day. This little boy of ours is growing up so quickly! It’s been cold this week (with snow flurries!) so we’ve had to stay inside. We’re ready to resume our spring walks. Maybe it will warm up this weekend!

Since it’s Friday, it’s time for another list of free ebooks. Thanks to Shelly at Frugal Family Home for her help in compiling this list of Kindle freebies! Remember that Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at any time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase. Also, some of the links below are my referral links. You can see my disclosure policy for more information. If you are reading this in a reader or email, due to Amazon’s policy, you must click through to my website for the links to work.



One Lane Bridge

Nine Lives

Emotionally Bulletproof Scott’s Story

Sticky Notes Part One

For Every Season

Non Fiction

DIY Projects and Gift Ideas for the Summer

Vertical Gardening for Beginners

DIY Household Hacks

The Budget Entrepreneur: Starting Your Own Business Without Breaking the Bank

Life After The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse


Freezer Meals: 365 Days of Quick & Easy, Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Families

Slow Cooker Recipes

Smoothie Recipes – Top 200 Smoothie Recipes

Canning and Preserving: A Simple Food In A Jar Home Preserving Guide for All Seasons

Budget Recipes Made Simple

Kids Books

A Horse Called September

Kate and the Roller Skates

Space Adventure Books Sampler

Open for Business: Eddie and The Kid Detectives Series

Java Programming for Kids

New $0.40/1 Dole Coupon

$0.40 off one DOLE Canned Fruit

Here’s a new coupon that just appeared today! Print this coupon for $0.40/1 Dole canned fruit product. There are no size restrictions or type. I love healthy fruit coupons like these!

Better Than Before and our Habits

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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Habits. We all have them – some good and some not. I have the habit of checking my email in the morning and showering before I go to bed. I would like to break my habit of snacking when I’m not hungry and establish the habit of walking daily with Nathan. We all have habits we want to change but how do we go about doing so? Such is the purpose of Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.

I’ve read Gretchen’s two previous books. I really enjoyed both The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. For that reason, I was eager to read Better Than Before. The difference in these books was that this one was much more research based (and dryer) than the previous two that were full of personal stories. Gretchen still included personal stories in this book but it was more theory than anecdotes. (After reading all three, I’d recommend the Happier books before this one.)

Better Than Before examines the practice of our habits. Gretchen asks the hard questions about habits. Why is it hard to create a habit for something we love to do? How quickly can we change a habit? Why can we change some habits overnight and others, we simply can’t change? How do we keep our healthy habits when we’re surrounded by temptations?

What I appreciated most about this book was that Gretchen does not tell you what habits you should or should not have. She encourages you to choose your habits yourself. She does go into detail explaining the science of habits. It was this part that became a bit dry at times. The book was well written but you do need time to work your way through it. Better Than Before is not a quick read.

From this book, I learned that I am an upholder and a finisher. I am also a morning person who needs some accountability. I like simplicity and can handle moderation (rather than abstain). All of these things, affect my habits. Now that I have read Better Than Before, I have a better idea of how to approach my habits. It was an interesting – and enlightening- read.

Please note that I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Free Laundress Laundry Sample

Laundress Free Sample

Request a free sample of laundry detergent or dish detergent (your choice) from the Laundress.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Kroger: Free Boogie Wipes with $1/1 Coupon

$1.00 off any ONE Boogie Wipes Product

There’s a new $1/1 Boogie Wipes printable coupon available. Right now, 12 count packages are priced at $1 at Kroger. Use this new coupon and you can get wipes for free! Remember, you can print this coupon twice so you can get two packages for free.

Thanks, Kroger Krazy!