Friday, February 10, 2012


I enjoy food.  I do not enjoy cooking.  On top of that, half of my family does not enjoy anything remotely healthy.  But my family needs to eat.  I can get my husband to eat a salad as long as there is meat, eggs, cheese, and a lot of dressing to “cover the green taste” as he puts it.  So my meals have to almost be child-like but also something I’d enjoy. 

Thankfully, the internet is loaded with blogs and recipe sites.  I found one site in particular that I want to share with you:

I have found SO many great recipes on this website.  Here are a few that I’ve tried and have been family approved:

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes | We had enough left over that I used the rest a couple nights later and put it over tater tots (that’s inspired by one of Hubby’s favorite treats at Sonic)

Cheesy Potato Soup in the Slow Cooker | I added a bit more bacon to mine.  Good!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken | I used different roles.  We had enough for leftovers. 

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup | This is what I’m making tonight.  I’m using bow tie pasta and turkey instead of chicken. 

These recipes were SO easy to make and you can adjust the recipes to your taste preference.  I’ve enjoyed using this site and will continue to do so.  I have a list of other recipes I want to try. 

With all of this cooking comes grocery shopping.  I do not like grocery shopping.  Surprised, right?  I went to a local grocery store and found myself getting stressed out as I walked up and down the isles.  The prices have gone up!  Even with my coupons I was still spending too much.  I decided I needed to do something different.  I am not a super couponer like some people I know.  I’m working on it.  But in the meantime…

I started shopping at Aldi.  

I was skeptical but decided to give it a try.  I’m SO glad I did.  It only took me 45 minutes to finish all of my shopping and I spent $89 for 2 ½ weeks of groceries! 

Before I went, I did some research to prepare for my shopping experience.  The only thing I knew is that you need a quarter for the cart and they don’t bag your items.  In my searching, I found another great website:

Read about where Aldi originated, what to do to prepare for your shopping experience, and even find some great recipes that can be made with everything you’ll find at Aldi. 

I have to say that over the past few weeks I have rather enjoyed my cooking/shopping experience.  I never thought I’d ever say that! 

Have a great weekend!  We’re expecting a snow storm.  I think I’ll run to the store to buy ingredients to make THIS to help us get through the storm



  1. I went to the real mom kitchen site. She has a lot of awesome ideas. I liked the valentines rice krispies. Thanks for the link

  2. Gina, I love the site as well. Enjoy!! Make sure you share any of the recipes you try and love.



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