3 Moms ~ 3 Kitchens ~ 31 Days / Dinner Day 3

Dinner ~ Day 3

More to come…..

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3 Moms ~ 3 Kitchens ~ 31 Days / Day 2 Meals plus Recipes

I didn’t prepare for Friday’s breakfast. Usually I have bread for French toast or whole wheat flour in the freezer but I had neither on Friday morning because I went to bed early with a headache on Thursday night. I didn’t want to wake anybody up with the grain mill, so I decided to make some of Kate’s delicious cinnamon rolls, since those are made with white flour.

These rolls are so good, and so bad for you! The kids love them and they are quick and easy.

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 T yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T dry milk powder
  • 4 cups white flour


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 T water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, but don’t add all flour at once, add slowly. Knead into a ball, divide into 2 pieces. Roll out both pieces into large rectangles and spread with: 1/4 c. softened butter, 1 C. brown sugar and 3 T. cinnamon. Roll up and cut into rounds. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes or so. Drizzle with the icing.

For lunch, we were out of bread, so I made whole wheat lemon poppy seed muffins. We had those with fresh fruit and carrot sticks. Some of the kids also had sliced cheese and lunch meat.

For dinner we were on our field trip so we had pizza and cookies. This was definitely not one of our better days as far as healthy eating, but we survived long enough to eat our whole grain waffles the next morning. Pictures and recipes to come…

Check out Joy’s blog for her less than delicious cinnamon roll experience. Kate has started her cooking in bulk and conquers 11 pounds of ground beef.

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3 Moms ~ 3 Kitchens ~ 31 Days / First Shopping Trip

I did my first shopping trip of the month on Wednesday night. I know that technically the month didn’t start until Thursday, but any of you who have been to the Commissary on a payday know why I went the night before.

I didn’t have a lot of coupons for this trip, but I figured I could still keep my cost below $150, which is my goal for each week. Below is my list, with the prices I paid for the items. The items that are crossed through I didn’t purchase.

Shopping List

Apples $6.04
Bananas $1.59
Zucchini $0.66
Grapes $4.51
Pineapple $3.50
Cantelope $2.29
Pears $1.65
Broccoli $1.34
Sweet potatoes $2.08
Potatoes $4.39
Onion $0.55
Oranges $ 3.88
Cilantro $0.26
Minced garlic $0.72
Chipotle pepper $3.59
Cayenne pepper
Marshmallows $1.39
3 cans salmon $2.97
4 cans tuna $1.70 (only bought 3)
Applesauce $1.79
Refried beans $0.59
Pasta $1.09
Linguine Noodles $1.09
Baked beans $1.00
Whole Wheat Ritz $2.68
Graham crackers $2.61
Chocolate bars $0.99
Powdered buttermilk $3.59
Chips $4.55
Motrin $4.50
Paper towels $3.14
Trash Bags $2.19
Napkins $1.49
Parchment paper $2.07
Straws $0.45
Ground Beef $2.68 (93% lean)
Hotdogs $1.88
Hotdog buns $1.31
Lunch Meat $2.00
Frozen fruit $3.58
Cheddar cheese $1.79
Butter $1.99 1lb
OJ $3.99
Heavy Cream $0.88
Milk $7.20 (3 gallons)
Eggs $1.82 (18)
Yogurt $3.18, $1.79, $1.49

Things I purchased that were not on my list

2 Bottles Juice $4.00 (had $1 off coupon)
Syrup $1.25 (forgot to put it on my list)
Sliced Cheese $1.99
Paper plates $1.49
Peanuts in shell $1.07
Fresh Strawberries $1.99
Whipped Topping $1.00

Total Before Coupons $132.77
Coupons used $5.70
Total OOP $127.07

If my budget was really tight and I needed to cut back, I would have not purchased the juice, peanuts, paper plates, strawberries, whipped topping, graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bar, 1 bag of chips, sliced cheese and the lunch meat.
This would have saved me around $22.

The groceries listed above will last until Wednesday May 7. I won’t do a full trip next week because we will be going out of town.

I had to run to the store tonight to pick up diapers because we were totally out. This was extreme poor planning on my part because I was unable to find any deals at the last minute. I spent $29 on two mega packs of diapers and a mega container of Oxy Clean, which I needed because everyone’s clothes are stained from working in the muddy garden.

My total for this week is $146.07, which keeps me just slightly under budget.

Don’t forget to stop by Kate’s blog she has done her monthly shopping trip and has her list posted. She did a great job! Joy did her two weeks worth of shopping and came in under budget!

Thanks to everyone who is following our adventure, we are having a great time and hope you are too.

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Saturday Savings ~ CVS

This week I ventured into uncharted CVS territory. For the first time we purchased something that we didn’t have any use for, just because it was free. My husband found the deal on the One Touch system. It was on sale for $29.99. There was a $20 coupon in the paper (4/27), the $3/$15 CVS coupon, and $2 in ECB’s, so we ended up spending $5 out of pocket. There is a mail in rebate in the box for $29.99.
We have the potential to make $25 off the deal if we get the rebate for the purchase price. The best part is that I have a few friends who are diabetic so I can pass this on to them for free!

For more Super Savings Saturday check out Money Saving Mom.

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears… Oh My!

My sewing time this week has been spent making my son a costume for a play that he is in next week. He has the part of the Lion from the Wizard of Oz. If I hadn’t procrastinated on his costume, I would have purchased a tan sweat suit, but I waited too long. It seems that stores have long since rid their shelves of winter clothing, so we are making do with a pair of brown pajamas.

I am not totally finished with the costume, but I figured I would put it up on the blog anyway. At first I started to hand sew each piece of felt for the mane, but I hate hand sewing and am not very good at it either. So after about and hour, I gave up and just used the machine. It probably would have looked better if I hand stitched it, but since he will be up on a stage no one will be looking that close anyway.

Next week after I finish, I will post pictures of the entire costume. I still need to finish the tail and rework the elastic in the waist of the pants.

I am in looking to upgrade my sewing machine in the next few months. If anyone has any advice or a machine they would recommend I would love to hear from you.

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Let’s Eat!

I am very excited to be participating in 3 Moms ~ 3 Kitchens ~ 31 Days this month. If you haven’t heard, during the month of May, two of my friends and I will be posting our menu plans, shopping lists, grocery receipts, meals, and even recipes.

I made a big weekly shopping trip last night and here are my groceries.

I plan on writing a detailed post this weekend regarding this shopping trip. My total was $127. It should last about a week, except for an extra milk run.

This morning I woke up with a headache so everyone was on their own for breakfast. The kids ate leftover whole wheat pancakes and cereal.

I had this, and it was delicious.

For lunch we had leftover pasta and assorted fruit and carrots.

This isn’t all we had, the kids were hungry and wanted their plates.

We had a change of plans for dinner. Tonight was supposed to be chicken tetrazzini, but my husband and I decided to go to Five Guys for a budget planning session, so the kids ate “pink pasta.”

I forgot that tomorrow night we are taking a field trip and dinner is provided. So my menu is now two days behind. At first I wanted to cancel the field trip, but my husband reminded me that it is a free meal, so we are going!

Check back this weekend for more meals, the recipe for “pink pasta” and my shopping trip in detail. Don’t forget to stop my Mary’s blog for more Show and Tell.

Don’t forget to visit Kate and Joy to see what meals they are having this week.

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