Things are a little tight around the Pleasantly Poor household at the moment. I missed a good deal of work when I got so sick a couple of weeks ago and haven’t been at my current job long enough to have sick pay yet, so we’re definitely watching every penny. With that in mind, I was really careful to make sure that the meals that I planned for the week used ingredients that we already had in the house. I’ve started doing a lot of my grocery shopping at Target. Their grocery prices really are competitive, and they have this handy app they call the ‘Cartwheel’. The discounts change periodically and you can select which discounts you want to add to your cartwheel, up to 17 I believe. The last couple of weeks they have had discounts on nearly every item I’ve needed, so it has really saved me a good bit of money. You can combine your cartwheel discounts with coupons, but I haven’t had much luck with the coupons lately, so that didn’t do me any good. In addition to our groceries, I also bought a fan for our living room, because our 18 year old A/C is having a hard time keeping up with the Florida heat. Including the fan, my grocery bill was right at $75. Not bad for a family of three.
Our meal plan for the week:
Tuna Patties: Drain 2 cans of tuna and put tuna into a bowl. Toast 4 pieces of bread and use the food processor to make bread crumbs. Add bread crumbs to the tuna. If you have more bread crumbs than you want to use, put the extras in a baggie and put it in the freezer to use another time. Add 1 egg to the tuna and bread crumbs and mix well. Make patties about the size of your palm and place into a pan. There should be enough oil in the pan to cover about a 1/2 inch of the patties. My husband, the chef, says that the pan and oil should already be hot when you put the patties in the pan. I’m not sure why, but since he’s the chef, I listen to his advice, usually. And it certainly cooks faster that way. I was able to make 8 patties with this recipe, which meant I had some for lunch the next day. I served it with green peas and a baked potato and my little one cleaned his plate!
Pizzadillas: This recipe came from Life in the Lofthouse and was another big hit with the family. Put mozzerella cheese on one half of a tortilla, I used flour tortillas, and top the cheese with pepperoni, onions, green peppers, black olives, or whatever you like on your pizza. Fold the tortilla over the toppings and place in a skillet with a little olive oil on medium heat. Cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side until the tortilla is lightly browned and cheese is melted. Serve with a side of pizza sauce for dipping. This was a fun meal as it can be tailored to each person’s flavor preferences and you can make as many or as few as you want depending on how many people you’re feeding.
Hamburger Helper: Always easy and I know my little one will eat it. Not to mention that I have several boxes in my pantry.
Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken: I haven’t made this yet, but you can see the full recipe if you click here. I’m looking forward to making it and I’m going to serve it with rice. In fact, I plan on making an over abundance of rice so that the next night we can have…
Fried Rice: I’ve never made fried rice before, but the recipe says that it’s best with left over rice. I bought a can of peas and carrots to mix in with the rice. This is also from Life in the Lofthouse, but hers is hawaiian, using Ham and Pineapple. As I’m not a big fan of adding fruit to my entrees, I will be deviating a bit. But if you’d like to see the full recipe click here.
I spent a week or so racking my brain for something to make the men in my life for Father’s Day. I made Camp Wander’s Healing Salve for the mothers on Mother’s Day, but I didn’t think the dads would be impressed with a homemade hand moisturizer. Of course, the answer still came from Camp Wander. I hopped onto her site and found a post for Grill Gear Scrub for grills, dishes and hands. I jumped at the idea, especially since I already had everything I needed to make it, salt, baking soda, dish soap, and lemon essential oil. I followed her direction, but there was one problem, I had a different idea of what I wanted the scrub to be than she did. It made more of a paste than a scrub, and I could definitely see it would be great for cleaning greasy grills. But I was picturing something more like the Fast Orange pumice hand scrub. So I did some doctoring.
This is my manly hand scrub:
1 cup salt
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup of dish soap
1/4 cup of water
50 drops lemongrass essential oil
The measurements are approximates because I was kind of winging it and hoping I came up with something useful, but I think they’re pretty accurate. I mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl to the consistency that I wanted and tried washing my hands with it. Not only did it feel a lot like the store bought pumice scrubs, but my hands felt really nice once it was washed off. I divided the scrub into three (3) 4 oz mason jars. I figured a manly hand scrub would be a great gift for the dads, because dads tend to make manly messes. My father is always working on the cars, fixing his fencing equipment, or working in the yard. My hubby goes fishing and comes home with unreasonable amounts of mud and sand plastered to every exposed orifice. And my father in law…grills, and that can be dirty work…right? I sent one to my father, one to my father in law, and gave one to my hubby. I also gave them all a card with a picture of my little one, just in case they weren’t overwhelmed by my manly hand scrub.