Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Weekly Grocery Haul + Menu Plan...

Hello Friends!! Today I have another weekly grocery haul for you. This is what we bought for the second week of June. We ended up spending $107.77. We came in under budget, which made up for my going two dollars over last week. Below is the cost breakdown and the full video, where you can see what we bought and what we ate this past week. I've included my menu plan for this week in the video as well, so be sure to check it out. 

{Winco Grocery Haul}

ice cream sandwiches plain $3.10
ice cream sandwiches Neapolitan $3.38
grandma cookies $.89 x2 (treat at checkout) 
almond milk $2.48 x4
Lays stacks $1.28 x2
Mnt Dew 20 oz. $1.54 (treat at checkout)
foil pan 9x13 $1.55
Eggo waffles $3.88
chicken strips $5.78
chicken nuggets $6.94
freezer bags $2.41 
granola bars $4.24
Velveeta mac and cheese $2.48 x3
Velveeta cheese slices $2.48
frozen burritos $.33 x2
sour cream $3.52
Chex cereal $3.8 x2
corn on the cob @ $.20 each x2
Grands biscuits $1.18
watermelon $3.88
bananas @ $.48/lb bought 4.79 lbs. -- $2.30
cheddar bratwurst $2.98
baked beans $1.88
granola bars $1.98
frozen veggies $.98 x2
bread $.98 x2
hot dog buns $.88
Hawaiian rolls $3.15
graham crackers $1.58
club crackers (generic) $1.98
toaster pastries $1.48 x2

Total Spent: $107.45
Total Spent so far for the month of June: $260.61

XO Danielle

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pool Fun with Our Homeschool Group...

We've been having so much fun lately with our homeschool group. We've meet up a few times to swim and it has been such a fun addition to our summer. We truly love our homeschool friends and will miss them so much after we move. We are just soaking up as much time as we can get with them, creating as many memories as we can. God has truly blessed us with some amazing friends these past few years. 

I managed to pull out my camera during our day of swimming and not only get some pictures taken, but capture a bit of video as well. The boys were all about splash and jump competitions. I also taught all the kids how to play sardines in the water. Have you all played that before? It was a game we played as a kid. It was really neat seeing them learn and enjoy a new game. Our little group is just too fun! 

XO Danielle

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Simple French Toast.....

Evening friends!! This Saturday has been a full one. Keagan had a teen activity at the library this afternoon, while Miss Priss and I went out to run a few errands. I just about have everything needed for my upcoming home birth. Libby and I finished off my check list while we were out. Sheets needed to be bought and few other odds and ends. I honestly can not believe that in just a few short weeks I will be laboring at home and finally get to meet my baby girl. It is definitely an event we are counting down to and one that I am excited to finally feel prepared for. My list has been checked twice and I think I am all set to go. Now to just wash all those cute baby clothes before Miss Tallia comes, but that will be for another day. It is in the high 110's here today. Definitely not a day I want to be outside hanging clothes on the line, no matter how cute and adorable they are ;)

Instead I decided to hop on the laptop and share a yummy recipe with you all. This is a go to weekend breakfast recipe for us. We've actually had this for the past four weekends straight. We just can't seem to get enough. This recipe is for Simple French Toast and the name literally says it all. It is easy peasy and can be finished in less than 15 minutes. Quicker than running down to your local golden arches for homemade french toast is way better than Mickey D's :)

{Simple French Toast}

6 slices of bread
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Beat everything, but the bread, in a medium size mixing bowl. Dip bread slices into egg mixture, soaking both sides. Place bread on a hot griddle. Cook on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot.

{Maple Syrup}

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp maple flavoring
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbl butter

Bring sugars and water to a boil stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add maple flavoring, vanilla, and butter, stirring to combine and to melt butter.

Print 4x6 recipe card here


XO Danielle

Friday, June 24, 2016

Weekly Winco Grocery Haul + Weekly Menu Plan....

Morning friends! Last night I got all my grocery hauls and menu plans for June uploaded and edited, so over the next few weeks you will get to see what we bought, what we ate, and how we saved in the month of June. I hope that it provides a little bit of encouragement for you in your own grocery shopping and money saving journey. I've also included a price breakdown below for you, so you can see what the prices are in the Vegas area.

For this particular haul, we planned our weekly trip to Winco. For those of you that don't know, we have switched to weekly shopping as we gear up for our move out of state come early August. Our freezer chest is prepped and ready for the move, so I am only dealing with my fridge/freezer combo. We are still trying to use stuff up in our pantry and have made quite a dent in our food storage, which is helping save us money as well each week.

At Winco you bag your own groceries, so I had my two red heads with me to help with that. I am so thankful for their help. It has really been  a HUGE blessing as my pregnant belly gets larger.

While shopping, we were able to take advantage of some great savings. One of the best deals we saw was for eggs. 5 dozen eggs for under $3 friends. I couldn't believe it! I had to resist the temptation to stock up, as we have no where to put any extra stock right now. I did share this on instagram though and it seems like quite a few of you were able to go and take advantage of that deal.

Our monthly grocery budget is $600. I have broken that down into four weeks, which means our weekly grocery budget is $150. Anything leftover at the end of the week rolls over to the following week. Any money left over at the end of the month goes into savings. This is money that we are then putting towards our move and restocking of food storage once we are settled in our new place.

This week at Winco we spent $152.84.

{Winco Grocery Haul}

Sherbet $5.66
Grandma Cookie $.89 x3 (treat at checkout)
Pudding cups $2.38 x2
Honeybuzzer cereal $4.76
bananas 5.13 lbs @ $.48/lb -- $2.46
provolone cheese $3.94
deli ham $3.68 x2
1 lb. mushrooms $2.98
chex cereal $3.98
green onion $,48 x2 -- $.96
water bottle  $1.62 x3
eggs 5 dozen $2.48
Ricotta cheese $2.47
yoplait yogurt $.49 x8
butter $4.36
ice cream sandwiches plain $3.10
ice cream sandwiches Neapolitan $3.38
orange juice concentrate $1.33 x2
string cheese $1.98 x2
shredded cheese $5.98
cream cheese $$1.23 x2
granola bars $4.24
Red Barron pizza $2.98
almond milk $2.98
heavy cream $2.00
corn tortilla $1.28
sliced swiss cheese $4.77
baby carrots 2 lbs. $1.88
instant oatmeal $1.64
honey baked beans $1.88
peanut butter $2.04
refried beans $.98 x2
gala apples 3 lbs. $3.98
salad kit $2.48
mini sweet peppers $3.98
head lettuce $.98
grape tomatoes $6.98
tomatoes on the vine 2.02 lbs @ $.98/lb -- $1.98
corn on the cob $.20 each x4 -- $.80
cucumber $.48 each x3
strawberries $1.68 x2
blueberries $3.98
cantaloupe $1.78
avocados $1.48
French bread $.88
cookies $1.78 x2
hoagies $2.06
watermelon $2.58
white bread $.98 x2
Bagels $.98 x2

Total Spent: $152.84

To see our full haul and menu plan, check out the video below :)

XO Danielle 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Savers Thrift Store Haul -- Dresses were 30% Off....

This past week I received an email from Savers, letting me know that all dresses were to be 30% off. I'm on their mailing list, so I never miss out on any updates relating to sales. The kids and I made the trip to the store to see what goodies would be out. We were able to find a pair of shorts for hubby, a shirt for Keagan, a few dresses for Miss Tallia, and a few other goodies. Boy is it fun buying for little girls! The dresses are just too stinkin cute! Check out my video to hear the details on everything we got and how much we saved :)

XO Danielle 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pulling at the heart strings...

Oh my gosh friends...I was editing these pictures and it happened...that tugging feeling you have when your heart gets the feels. Know what I am talking about? I'm not sure if it's pregnancy or the fact we are gearing up to move out of state, but seeing these pictures made me a bit misty. Last week I met up with my sister-in-laws, so all the cousins could have some fun in the pool. We spent a good three hours eating pizza and fruit and swimming in the pool. It was so neat to see who's swimming now, who's able to dive for things, etc. These little munchkins are growing up friends. Why do they have to do it so fast? Auntie can't keep up ;)

I've made a little personal goal this summer to get out and do something fun each week this summer. With adding a new baby in August and moving to a new state, I know our "normal" is going to change, so I am trying to revel in the right now. 

This week we have a fun family day trip planned and hopefully a romp or two in the pool. It should be a good week friends :) What's on your summer bucket list?

XO Danielle 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Evening Devotionals...

Back in August of last year, and then in October I shared about how I had started doing devotional time with my kiddos in the evening. We have created a nightly habit of reading together one on one and it has become such a treasured part of my day. Sometimes I find myself exhausted and counting down the time till bedtime (just keeping it real friends), but something happens during our devotional time. It doesn't matter what child I am reading with, a sense of calm and peace comes over me. The stresses of the day slip away and I am able to relax and enjoy the one on one time with my kids. I am able to sit and listen....really listen to my kids hearts. They have taken this one on one time to ask deep questions and share concerns that they have. I know that we are creating a habit that will become an even huger blessing as my children get older. I know that as they grow and mature, so will the concerns and problems they have. We're creating a pattern....a habit....where hopefully they will feel comfortable coming to Mom with anything that is on their hearts.

Last week I was reading with Keagan in his room. Oh this sweet tender hearted boy of mine. He is such a teddy bear. He thinks deep and always has such profound questions for me. He really helps strengthen my own testimony. On this particular night, we talked about how we all go through hard times, but it is in those hard times that we can step back and see the Lord helping us. My sweet boy asked me if I had ever experienced this. I immediately thought of something I had shared here on the blog two years ago. This was a time when I was walking through a lot of grief. It was a darker time for me. I was dealing with the death of my brother and a recent miscarriage. I was definitely feeling low.

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I shared with him this picture and my testimony of how even when I was going through such a dark time and was hurting so much, I was given comfort in knowing that my Savior was walking it all with me. He carried me when I was too weak. We talked about the picture and the oxen and how that yoke can be customized to help each part of the duo carry the load that they are capable. It was such a neat thing to see his eyes light see that he understood. It is in these moments that I am reminded of exactly why the Lord has leads us to do certain things. I was reminded that night how truly important that devotional time is with my kiddos.

I love sharing my testimony and my trials. It is this little mamas way of missionary work. I may not be able to go out knocking door to door, but I can share a little bit about my life and what I am going through. I am thankful for motherhood. It is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it is also the most rewarding. :)

XO Danielle

Inspiration found here

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Easy Crock-Pot Enchiladas...

Happy weekend friends!! It is Saturday afternoon in my neck of the woods and we have been packing machines this morning. I've been organizing and cleaning as we go and we have accumulated quite a giveaway pile today. I'm planning on the kids and I making a run to the thrift store later to unload all those goodies. Our local Savers gives you a coupon every time you donate, so I am looking forward to having a coupon to use in the next few weeks for whatever last minute baby things I need to snag.

Since the kids and I worked so hard this morning, we are all taking a little break and having some down time. Libby is watching some drawing tutorials, Keagan is doing a little Minecraft, and I am here finishing up some blog stuff. 

Today's recipe post is one that you have been waiting on for the past few weeks. Two weeks ago I shared  a picture of my crockpot enchiladas on instagram. As promised in that post, I am finally sharing my recipe video tutorial. These little beauties are so dang good! I am so excited for you to be able to add them to your own family's recipes. Quick, easy, and oh so good. Mmmmmm! That's my food love language :)

For this recipe you need a few ingredients. The amounts are not super exact, since you can tweak these to fit your family size and crock-pot size. Use my ingredient amounts as a starting off point for your family. Also add or omit whatever works best with your family. That's what I love about enchiladas. You can really make them so many ways and still come out with some delicious.

{Crock-pot Enchiladas}

8-9 flour tortillas (taco size)
black beans 1-2 cans
1 can nacho cheese sauce (15 oz)
2 cans refried beans (16 oz)
1 can red enchilada sauce (10 oz)
1 can cream of chicken soup (10.75 oz)
3 green onions, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

In a medium size bowl, combine your cream of chicken soup and red enchilada sauce. Use a whisk or immersion blender to combine. Set aside.

To start making your enchiladas, layer a spoonful of nacho cheese sauce, spoonful of refried beans, spoonful of black beans, and sprinkle a little bit of cheese. Next roll up your tortilla and place in the crock-pot. Continue till you have a row of enchiladas. Then pour some of your enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Continue making layers of enchiladas and topping them with sauce until you fill your crock-pot. When you get to the top, use the rest of your sauce and pour over tortillas. Top with cheese, olives, and green onions. Cover with lid and allow to cook on low for about 6 hours.

Top with fresh veggies and sour cream for serving.

Print recipe card here


XO Danielle
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