October 29, 2012

JLW Bargain Sale 2013




If you live in Wilmington, NC or surrounding areas, be sure to catch the Junior League of Wilmington's annual Bargain Sale on Saturday, November 10th from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at Unit 44 at the University Centre (the intersection of S. College Road and New Centre Drive, right next to Sam’s Club). An admission of only $3 gives you access to new and gently used adult clothing, children’s items, furniture, household goods, books, electronics, and more.  My favorite part is the “Unique Boutique” which features donations from local businesses including Monkee's, Fisherman’s Wife, Return Passage, Lula Balou, New River Pottery, and many more.  Not only will you find great bargains at the sale but you will also be giving back to the community.  All proceeds from the Bargain Sale go directly to Junior League projects including partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission and D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy to help create a positive change in the lives of Wilmington’s children and families.  I don't know how a day of shopping could feel anymore rewarding!

Looking for something to do Friday night?  Get first dibs on the deals at the Sip & Shop Bargain Sale preview November 9th from 6:30-8:30 pm.  An $8 admission will give you the first chance to peruse the sale.  If that's not enticing enough, while you shop you will be able to enjoy live music, food, cash bar, and a raffle.  A ticket to the Sip and Shop gains you free access into the Bargain Sale on Saturday.  Check out the JLW Bargain Sale on facebook for more information and to see pictures of some of the best merchandise up for grabs!

Sip & Shop: Friday, November 9th: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Price for Admission: $8, with free entry on Saturday
Price of Items: All items priced as marked

Bargain Sale: Saturday, November 10th: 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Price for Admission: $3
Price of Items: All items HALF the marked price

All Sales are CASH ONLY!

My big score last year was a "Doors of Chapel Hill" poster that I bought for $1! It is now framed in our house and a great way to decorate on a budget. Have you been to the Bargain Sale in the past? Leave a comment below of any great items you found. 

October 28, 2012

Bi-Lo Weekly Menu Oct 28-Nov 3


A few tips on butternut squash:
1) Dice a whole butternut squash at one time and keep the leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
2) An easy (or should I say easier) way to cut butternut squash: Cut off both ends of the butternut squash. Lay one end flat on a cutting board and use a vegetable peeler to take skin off down the sides of squash. Cut the squash lengthwise and then slice into smaller sections.

Happy Halloween!!


Weekly Menu

SundayCider Glazed Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
MondayButternut Squash & Shallot Soup with Spinach-Artichoke Grilled Cheese
TuesdayBeef Tips in Mushroom Sauce with Rice and Broccoli
WednesdayHalloween Menu
ThursdayChicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce and Roasted Asparagus
FridaySweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos with Yellow Rice
SaturdaySauteed Chicken & Mushrooms with Sweet Potatoes


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 butternut squash 
Fresh Express spinach - $2.49
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - $3.99/lb
Dried cranberries
Butter
Salt
Pepper
Apple cider (last week)
Dijon mustard
Olive oil

Monday2 shallots 
1 small piece of ginger 
Fresh Express spinach, 9 oz - $2.69
Artichoke hearts, 6 oz 
100% whole wheat bread 
Fat-free sour cream, 8 oz 7
Butternut squash (split w/Butternut Squash Salad)
Spinach (split w/Butternut Squash Salad)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable broth
Garlic
Mozzarella cheese (last week)
  -need it: Borden - $2

Tuesday1 onion
1 lb broccoli crowns - $1.49
8 oz sliced mushrooms - $1.99
1 lb sirloin tips - $3.99/lb
1 can 98% fat free mushroom soup
1 package dry onion soup mix
Fat-free beef broth
Pepper
Salt
Crushed red pepper
Rice
Garlic

WednesdayHalloween Menu Shopping List

Thursday1/2 lb asparagus ~ $1
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - $3.99/lb
Hormel turkey pepperoni 
  -.55/1 print = $2.89
Cooking spray
Marinara sauce (last week)
Garlic
Dried oregano
Olive oil
Pepper
Salt
Mozzarella cheese (last week)

Friday1 sweet potato - $.79/lb
1 red onion
15 oz can black beans
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 package yellow rice
Borden's shredded cheddar cheese - $2
Olive oil
Spinach
Tortillas (last week)

SaturdayFresh parsley
1 shallot
2 sweet potatoes - $.79/lb
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - $3.99/lb
Salt
Olive oil
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Butter 
Mushrooms (split w/Beef Tips)
Dried thyme


Lowes Foods Weekly Menu Oct 28-Nov 3



The subtotal this week is $38. This price doesn't include the Halloween Menu but with $12 to spare you should still be close to the $50 range if you choose to do the holiday menu. The Butternut Squash & Spinach Pasta is six servings so you can plan to eat leftovers for lunch or take out one of the other dinners this week.

Happy Halloween!!


Weekly Menu

SundayScallops with Warm Tuscan Beans
MondayButternut Squash & Shallot Soup with Spinach-Artichoke Grilled Cheese
TuesdayFrench Dip with Zucchini Oven Chips
WednesdayHalloween Menu
ThursdayButternut Squash & Spinach Pasta
FridaySteak Fajitas with Black Beans
SaturdayChicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce and Green Beans


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 onion ~ $.80
Fresh Express spinach - $2 
15 oz can Hanover Great Northern beans - $.89
1/2 lb bay scallops ~ $3.50
Olive oil
Salt
Crushed red pepper
Garlic
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Dried basil

Monday2 shallots - $.50
1 small piece of ginger ~ $1
1 butternut squash ~ $2.60
Delallo marinated artichokes, 6 oz - $2.49
French bread - $1.99
LF fat-free sour cream, 8 oz - $.99
Spinach (split w/Scallops)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable broth
Garlic
Mozzarella cheese (last week)

Tuesday1 large zucchini ~ $1.15
London Broil, 2 lb ~ $7
Reduced-sodium soy sauce
Beef bouillon cube
Bay leaf
Pepper
Dried rosemary
Dried thyme
Garlic powder
French bread (split w/Grilled Cheese)
Breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese
Seasoned salt
Fat-free milk
Cooking spray

WednesdayHalloween Menu Shopping List

Thursday1 onion ~ $.80
LF low fat ricotta, 15 oz - $1.99
Pasta (penne, rigatoni, or ziti)
Butternut Squash (split w/Squash & Shallot Soup)
Spinach (split w/Spinach-Artichoke Grilled Cheese)
Butter
Flour
Fat-free milk
Dried basil
Garlic
Dried sage
Nutmeg
Red pepper flakes
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Parmesan cheese
Shredded mozzarella (last week)

Friday1 onion ~ $.80
1 green bell pepper - $.97
Hanover black beans - $.89
London broil (split w/French Dip)
Canola oil
Garlic
Tortillas (last week)

Saturday1/2 lb green snap beans ~ $.64
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - $2.74/lb
Contadina crushed tomatoes, 28 oz - $.85
Hormel turkey pepperoni - $3.99
  -.55/1 print = $2.89
Cooking spray
Garlic
Dried oregano
Olive oil
Pepper
Salt
Mozzarella cheese (last week)


October 27, 2012

Harris Teeter Weekly Menu Oct 28-Nov 3

If you're not a fan of fall squash you are going to hate this week's menu so I'll go ahead and apologize now! With fall squash on sale at $.79/lb and so many delicious recipes out there, it is just too hard to resist incorporating them into almost every dish this week. I think this calls for a Happy Fall, Y'all!

A few tips:
1) Dice a whole butternut squash at one time and keep the leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
2) An easy (or should I say easier) way to cut butternut squash: Cut off both ends of the butternut squash. Lay one end flat on a cutting board and use a vegetable peeler to take skin off down the sides of squash. Cut the squash lengthwise and then slice into smaller sections. Harris Teeter does sell butternut squash already diced but it is more expensive.
3) The Tex-Mex Spaghetti Squash Boats and Spaghetti Squash Pie can both be made with a meat substitute or with vegetables only.

The subtotal this week is $34!! This doesn't include the Halloween Menu but with $16 to spare you should still be under this week.


Weekly Menu

SundayCider Glazed Chicken and Baked Rice with Butternut Squash
MondayButternut Squash & Shallot Soup with Spinach-Artichoke Grilled Cheese
TuesdaySpaghetti Squash Pie
WednesdayHalloween Menu
ThursdayButternut Squash & Spinach Pasta
FridayPistachio Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
SaturdayTex-Mex Spaghetti Squash Boats


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 butternut squash ~ $2
1 onion ~ $.30
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (from butcher) ~ $2
Butter
Salt
Pepper
Apple cider (last week)
Dijon mustard
  -need it: French's - $2.99
  -.75/1 SS 9/9 = $1.49
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
  -need it: Swanson, 14 oz - $.59
Dried sage
Olive oil
Garlic
Dried thyme
Rice
Cooking spray
Parmesan cheese

Monday2 shallots - $1
1 small piece of ginger ~ $1
Fresh Express spinach, 9 oz - $2.69
HT artichoke hearts, 6 oz - $1.89
HT 100% whole wheat bread - $1.69
HT fat-free sour cream, 8 oz - $.77
Butternut squash (split w/Baked Rice)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable broth
Garlic
Mozzarella cheese (last week)

Tuesday1 small spaghetti squash ~ $1.60
1 green pepper - $1.19
1 package ground turkey  breast - $5.99
Spaghetti sauce (last week)
  -need it: HT - $.97
Italian seasoning
Flour 
Butter
2 eggs
Parmesan cheese
Garlic
Shredded mozzarella (last week)
Onion (split w/Baked Rice)

WednesdayHalloween Menu Shopping List

Thursday1 butternut squash ~ $2
1 onion ~ $.30
Pasta (penne, rigatoni, or ziti)
  -Barilla Plus - $1.67
Spinach (split w/Spinach-Artichoke Grilled Cheese)
Cottage cheese (last week)
  -need it: Friendship - $2
  -.55/1 print or SS 10/7 = $.90
Butter
Flour
Fat-free milk
Dried basil
Garlic
Dried sage
Nutmeg
Red pepper flakes
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Parmesan cheese
Shredded mozzarella (last week)

Friday2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (from butcher) ~ $2
Wonderful pistachios, 8 oz - $3.99
  -.50/1 print = $2.99
Dijon mustard
Dried parsley
Dried thyme
Butternut squash (split w/Squash & Spinach Pasta)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Spinach (split w/Grilled Cheese & Squash & Spinach Pasta)
Dried cranberries (last week)

Saturday1 small spaghetti squash ~ $1.60
HT reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese - $2.75
Onion (split w/Squash & Spinach Pasta)
Green bell pepper (split w/Spaghetti Squash Pie)
Ground turkey (split w/Spaghetti Squash Pie)
Ground cumin
Chili powder
Salsa (last week)


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October 26, 2012

Scarily Delicious Halloween Menu



I got so excited a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon this Halloween recipe that I decided to make a whole menu around it. We don't have kids yet and I'm not sure if we'll even have any trick-or-treaters this year so a festive menu is my way of celebrating. Eating Santa Fe Soup has been our tradition for the past few years but after making a huge helping of it for our housewarming party and eating leftovers, I'm a little Santa Fe Soup-ed out. This Halloween menu would be fun to make with kids, entertain friends or family, or to eat with your honey before snuggling up to watch a few scary movies. Do you have any favorite Halloween meals or traditions? I would love to hear them!

Happy Halloween everyone!


Halloween Menu

Hamburger Soup with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes
Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits
Candy Corn Popcorn Balls


Shopping List
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Hamburger Soup1 onion
2 carrots
Celery
1 lb russet potatoes
8 oz can peas
1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 package Lipton soup mix
8 oz fat-free sour cream
Fat-free beef broth
Small pasta (macaroni, shells, etc)
Garlic
Dried thyme
Pepper
Salt
Red pepper flakes
Italian seasoning
Butter

Pumpkin Biscuits15 oz can pumpkin
Fat-free buttermilk
All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Pumpkin pie spice (see recipe to make your own)
Salt
Butter
Honey

Popcorn Balls3 oz bag popcorn
Candy corn
10 oz bag miniature marshmallows
Butter
Salt
Cooking spray





October 21, 2012

Bi-Lo Weekly Menu Oct 21-27


My mouth was watering while I was typing the recipes for the Bi-Lo menu this week. I think it's the winner for best menu out of all three!

Weekly Menu

SundaySpanish-Style Tilapia in Tomato Broth
MondayPasta with Pistachio Pesto
TuesdaySpiced Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples and Mashed Potatoes
WednesdayChicken Fajita Wraps with Cajun Spiced Corn
ThursdayCreamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta
FridayCrispy Pork Chops with Spaghetti Squash
SaturdayPistachio Chicken with Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 pint grape tomatoes - $2.50
1 shallot 
Fresh parsley - $.99
Sliced almonds, 2.25 oz 
2 tilapia fillets, 6 oz each ~ $5
Rice
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Garlic
Crushed red pepper
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
White wine (or more chicken broth)
Dried thyme
Lemon juice

MondayFresh basil
Wonderful pistachios, 8 oz - $3.99
  -.50/1 print or SS 10/7 = $2.99
Penne, rotini, or macaroni pasta
Olive oil
Salt
Garlic
Parmesan cheese
Grape tomatoes (split w/Tilapia)

Tuesday1 gala apple
1 shallot 
1 lb red potatoes 
Apple cider 
1 lb pork chops - $2.99
Salt
Ground coriander
Pepper
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Cooking spray
Butter
Dried thyme
Garlic
Milk

Wednesday1 roma tomato
1 green bell pepper 
1 onion
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast - $3.14/lb
Wrap-Itz tortillas - $.99
1 small can sliced jalapeno peppers
Salsa 
Galbani fresh mozzarella - $3.49
  -$1 off print = $2.49
Birds Eye frozen corn 
  -.50/1 print 
Cooking spray
Aluminum foil
Cajun seasoning
Butter or margarine

Thursday1 shallot 
Sliced murhsooms, 8 oz - $1.59
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast - $3.14/lb
Land O' Lakes fat-free half and half
  -.55/1 print = $.79
Penne, bow tie, rigatoni, or ziti pasta
Garlic
Olive oil
Cooking spray
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Salt
Pepper
Parmesan cheese
Parsley (split w/Spanish-Style Tilapia)

Friday1 small spaghetti squash - $.79/lb
Ragu marinara sauce - $1.99
2 pork chops
Dijon mustard
Panko bread crumbs
Dried thyme
Parsley
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil

Saturday2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - $3.14/lb
Pistachios (split w/Pasta with Pistachio Pesto)
Dijon mustard
Parsley
Dried thyme
Grape tomatoes (split w/Tilapia and Pasta)
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt
Pepper
Mozzarella (split w/Chicken Wraps)
Basil (split w/Pasta with Pistachio Pesto


October 20, 2012

Lowes Foods Weekly Menu Oct 21-27



The subtotal this week is $47.

Weekly Menu

SundaySpanish-Style Tilapia in Tomato Broth
MondayGreek Dinner Salad
TuesdaySpiced Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples and Mashed Potatoes
WednesdayChicken Fajita Wraps with Cajun Spiced Corn
ThursdayCreamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta
FridayPork Chops with Grape Tomatoes and Green Beans
SaturdayChicken Caesar Sandwiches with Greek Potatoes


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 pint grape tomatoes - $1.99
1 shallot - $.25
Fresh parsley - $.99
Diamond sliced almonds, 2.25 oz - $2.19
2 tilapia fillets, 6 oz each ~ $5
Rice
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Garlic
Crushed red pepper
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
White wine (or more chicken broth)
Dried thyme
Lemon juice

MondayFresh Express Hearts of Romaine - $1.84
1 cucumber - $.99
1 red onion - $1.25
1 Roma tomato ~ $.35
Mt. Olive banana pepper rings - $2.29
Hanover 15 oz can chickpeas - $.89
Athenos Feta cheese - $3.09
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Red wine vinegar

Tuesday1 gala apple ~ $.90
1 shallot - $.25
1 lb red potatoes ~ $1.29
White House Apple Cider - $3.39
Salt
Ground coriander
Pepper
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Pork tenderloin (two weeks ago)
Cooking spray
Butter
Dried thyme
Garlic
Milk

Wednesday1 pint grape tomatoes - $3
1 green bell pepper - $1.29
1 Perdue boneless, skinless chicken breast - $2.75/lb
LF tortillas, 8-inch - $1.50
La Costena  sliced jalapeno peppers, 12 oz - $1.19
LF salsa, 16 oz - $1.50 
LF 2% shredded mozzarella - $2.50
Birds Eye frozen corn - $1.99
  -.50/1 print = $.99
Onion (split w/Greek Salad)
Cooking spray
Aluminum foil
Cajun seasoning
Butter or margarine
Grape tomatoes (split w/Spanish-Style Tilapia)

Thursday1 shallot - $.25
White button murhsooms, 4 oz - $1.50
1 Perdue boneless, skinless chicken breast - $2.75/lb
Land O' Lakes fat-free half and half, 16 oz - $1.89
  -.55/1 print = $.79
Penne, bow tie, rigatoni, or ziti pasta
Garlic
Olive oil
Cooking spray
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Salt
Pepper
Parmesan cheese
Parsley (split w/Spanish-Style Tilapia)

Friday1/2 lb green beans ~ $.64
Pork tenderloin (two weeks ago)
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
Butter
Grape tomatoes (split w/Cajun Spiced Corn & Tilapia)

Saturday1 russet potato ~ $.29 
1 Perdue boneless, skinless chicken breast - $2.75/lb
LF Caesar dressing - $1.88
Parmesan cheese
Parsley (split w/Spanish-Style Tilapia)
Pepper
Salt
Romaine lettuce (split w/Greek Salad)
Hamburger buns (last week)
Olive oil
Dried oregano
Lemon juice
Garlic powder
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth


Harris Teeter Weekly Menu Oct 21-27

I kept the Bean & Sausage Stew recipe at 4 servings so you can enjoy it for lunch the next day or invite a few friends over to cheer on your favorite football team. The subtotal this week is $41.

Weekly Menu

SundayGrilled Whole Wheat Calzones
MondaySweet Potato Flatbread with Spinach Salad
TuesdaySpiced Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples and Mashed Potatoes
WednesdayChicken Fajita Wraps with Cajun Spiced Corn
ThursdayRoasted Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
FridayPork Chops with Grape Tomatoes and Green Beans
SaturdayBean & Chicken Sausage Stew


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 green bell pepper - $1
1 onion ~ $.30
1 small zucchini ~ $.40
1 lb whole wheat pizza dough ball (in deli) - $1
1 lb hot or mild Italian turkey sausage - $4.99
HT pizza sauce - $1
Olive oil
Garlic 
Italian seasoning
Red pepper flakes
Cooking spray
Shredded mozzarella cheese (last week)

Monday1 small sweet potato ~ $.70
1 shallot - $.25
Fresh Express spinach, 9 oz - $2.69
HT slivered almonds, 2 oz - $1.99
Craisins dried cranberries - $2.59
HT mandarin oranges, 11 oz - $.87
Cornmeal (optional)
Wheat pizza dough (split w/Calzones)
Shredded mozzarella cheese (last week)
Dried thyme
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Salad dressing

Tuesday1 gala apple ~ $1
1 shallot - $.25
1 lb red potatoes ~ $.99
Harris Teeter Farmers Market Apple Cider - $3.79
Salt
Ground coriander
Pepper
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Pork tenderloin (two weeks ago)
Cooking spray
Butter
Dried thyme
Garlic
Milk
  -need it: HT, 32 oz - $1

Wednesday1 pint grape tomatoes - $3
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (from butcher) ~ $1
Ortega tortillas, 8-inch - $2.59
Ortega jalapenos, 4 oz - $1.39
  -.50/2 SS 10/7 = $2.98 for both
HT salsa, 24 oz - $1.67 
Birds Eye frozen corn - $1.19
  -.50/1 print = $.19
Green bell pepper (split w/Calzones)
Onion (split w/Calzones)
Cooking spray
Shredded mozzarella cheese (last week)
Aluminum foil
Cajun seasoning
Butter or margarine

Thursday1 small butternut squash ~ $2
Barilla jumbo pasta shells - $2.59
Friendship fat-free cottage cheese, 16 oz - $2.49
  -.55/1 print or SS 10/7 = $1.39
Olive oil
Pepper
Italian turkey sausage (split w/Calzones)
Milk
Spinach (split w/Spinach Salad)
Dried sage
Pizza sauce (split w/Calzones)
Parmesan cheese

Friday1/2 lb green beans ~ $.90
Pork tenderloin (two weeks ago)
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
Butter
Grape tomatoes (split w/Cajun Spiced Corn)

SaturdayHT 15 oz can cannellini beans - $.77
HT 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes - $.79
Thin N' Trim chicken sausage (last week) 
Garlic
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Spinach (split w/Spinach Salad)
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil


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