Grocery Shopping In NYC Has Just Gotten Easier! @PeapodDelivers #Giveaway #Ad

    I'm going to get right to the point, I am an extremely busy mom.  Not only do I have a full-time career as a New York City public school teacher, but I am also the mom of two active boys, I publish a successful blog, and I am married to a wonderful man.  All of these roles are wonderful but they keep me on my toes and often wondering why there aren't more hours in a day.     I just don't have a lot of time and I am always looking for ways to simplify my life.  That is why I was so excited when I found out that Peapod’s recent expansion in NYC means that every zip code in all 5 boroughs is now able to experience the time and money savings Peapod has to offer!     Let's be honest, grocery shopping can be a very time consuming task and it's a necessary evil because we all need to stock food in the house and feed our families.  Unfortunately, it can sometimes be very difficult to squeeze the time in to go food shopping.  In NY, Peapod offers the best of the suburban grocery store … [Read more...]

Celebrate Autumn By Pairing New Veggie And Meat Dishes! #HormelFamily

    Now that Fall is upon us, it is time to make the transition from preparing warm weather meals to foods that are now in season with the winter months ahead of us.  Sometimes, pairing your meat dishes with seasonal vegetables can seem like a daunting task.  September and October are great months to experiment with seasonal root vegetables.  The new cool weather conditions are ideal for the growth of such veggies as broccoli, squash and cauliflower.     It is important to keep a few things in mind when pairing meats and seasonal veggies.  Here are some tips for planning and preparing seasonal meals for your family: *  Root vegetables gain some sweetness when they are roasted and taste delicious with pork.  One option is to pair a Hormel Always Tender roast flavored pork roast with carrots or a sweet potato as a tasty side. *  Vegetables can be paired with different meats for slow cook dishes in the form of soups, stews, chili, and more.  You can try mixing Herb-Ox chicken or beef … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping 101-New Vacation Grocery Shopping Habits #HormelFamily

    Now that school is out and we are on vacation for the whole Summer, it is easy to go grocery shopping and make impulse buys in order to prepare easy and convenient meals and get back to having fun outdoors.  Unfortunately, these impulse purchases are not always the healthiest choices for our family.  As a result, I have challenged myself to create a new plan of attack for my trips to the grocery store.     In order to make our grocery shopping trips more meaningful and health-conscious, we have devised a plan to make sure that we choose items that will be beneficial to our diet as opposed to being unhealthy for us.  Making a list of items beforehand and sticking to it is a great way to make sure that we only pick up the groceries that we need to prepare the meals that have been planned for in advance.  We almost never make lists and have found that this causes us to wander around the store haphazardly picking up items that we think we might need.     We actually sat together as a … [Read more...]

Couponing 101

        Last week, I wrote a blog post about my desire to learn the ins and outs of couponing in order to reduce my monthly grocery bill.  You can read all about my couponing concerns here, The Secrets of the Coupon Sisterhood. As promised, I have compiled a list of couponing do's and don'ts from some of my readers who are experts in the fine art of frugal grocery shopping.  I am very excited to share their advice with you and I hope that it helps to reduce your expensive grocery bills, especially in these trying economic times...  Please note that you can find their blogs and learn more couponing tips from them by clicking on their names and visiting them.  So, without further ado, I give you: COUPONING 101 1.  Maree says:     One way I know we save in the grocery area is when I plan our week’s meals BEFORE I go grocery shopping. When I know my week’s meal plan I seem to be so much more organized with the things I purchase and don’t overstock or buy “extras”. It also means I … [Read more...]

The Secrets Of The Coupon Sisterhood

        As the holidays approach, I am ever more mindful of staying within my budget because I am fully aware that buying Christmas presents is going to take me completely outside of my normal monthly expenses.  Lately, I have been paying more and more attention to posts from my fellow bloggers regarding cutting coupons and meal planning.  Now, those of you who know me personally know that I am the least domesticated diva that you will ever meet.  Actually, I applaud all of those women who are talented in this area because I'm aware that it requires a lot of work and it is definitely not my forte.     Having children, though, has a way of forceably domesticating you to some extent.  I cook out of necessity and because I genuinely enjoy seeing my boys eating meals that I prepared and that I know will be good for them.  Unfortunately, my newfound culinary endeavors have met with ever increasing grocery prices.  It seems like I am constantly spending obscene amounts at the … [Read more...]