Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Monday, May 30, 2016


Remember those who served...

All gave some,

Some gave all.

Have a safe weekend friends. 

XO Danielle

Friday, May 27, 2016

Long Holiday Weekend Grocery Haul + Weekly Menu Plan...

Happy Friday friends!! I am getting on here again to share another grocery haul with y'all. Yesterday the kids and I ventured out to Wal-Mart and Winco to grab some things for this long holiday weekend and for another week worth of meals. We were able to get everything on our list for $213.46. $133.95 of that total was for strictly food items, with $79.51 being for non food items. On the list this week were kitty litter, air freshers, new bathing suits for the kids, and a lot of goodies for our long holiday weekend. We have plans to visit family, swim a lot, and spend a lot of down time with dad on his day off.

I have a cost breakdown of what we bought. In the video I take you through each thing we bought, what we will be eating this upcoming week, and the progress we are making on cleaning out our freezer chest. I am happy to announce that we only have about a quarter of it filled now. My goal is to have it emptied by the end of June and I think we are right on track with that.

My Wal-Mart and Winco Long Holiday Weekend Grocery Haul

Chex Mix $1.78
Hoagie Rolls $2.28 x2
Bagels $1.77 x2
Rice Cakes $2.18 x2
BBQ Lays Chips $1.28 x2
Variety Chip Pack $6.28
Nacho Cheese $1.58
Brownie Mix $.98 x2
Green Onions $.48
Cilantro $.33
French Bread $.98
Pepperoni $1.58 x2
Cheese Singles $2.48
Tortillas (regular) $4.92
Tortillas (burrito) $2.98
Turkey Bacon $2.40 x2
Refried Beans $.98
Butter $2.78
Onions $2.98
Biscuits $1.68
Cinnamon Rolls $1.98 x4
Bread $1.78
Canned Yams $1.48 x2
Crackers $1.78 x2
Watermelon $3.28
Bananas $.34/lb x4lbs
Corn $.16 x4
Strawberries $1.68 x2
Tomatoes $.98/lb x2lbs


Food Items:
Pizza $3.50 x4
Mints $2.28
Juice Box $1.88 x3
Dr. Pepper $4.58
Root Beer $2.68
Grape Soda $2.68
Mnt Dew $3.33

Non Food Items:
Beach Towel $9.88 x3
Beach Towel $8.94
Girl Bathingsuit $8.84
Boy Bathing Shirt $9.44
Trash Bags $6.96
Fabric Softner $3.97
Floss Threaders $1.98
Air Freshners $.98 x8
Cat Litter $3.87 x2

This weeks menu plan:

Breakfast Ideas: Cereal and fruit, toast and eggs, bagels and fruit, cinnamon rolls and bacon, smoothies, fried eggs and toast, etc.

Lunch Ideas: Mac and cheese, pizza, tuna sandwiches, deli sandwiches, egg salad, leftovers, grilled cheese, salads, and peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. 


Friday: Sloppy joes with melon and baked beans
Saturday: Deli Sandwiches chips, and fruit
Sunday: Crockpot enchiladas with corn on the cob
Monday: Burrito night
Tuesday: Strawberry Chicken with pasta and veggies
Wednesday: Chicken Pockets with broccoli
Thursday: Mexican eggplant with rice
Friday: Vegetable soup and biscuits

Have a safe holiday weekend friends! I'll see you guys on Tuesday, with new posts and brand new videos!! :)

XO Danielle

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Quick Ways to Keep Produce Fresh...

Morning lovelies! I hope this Thursday is treating you kindly. I'm feeling super refreshed today. I only got up to go to the bathroom twice last night, which for all my preggo mamas, know that it is quite a feat when you're 7 1/2 months pregnant. Haha! :)

I have a new video for you all. Today we are talking about some quick and easy ways to keep our produce fresh. These are ways that I have been able to stretch the amount of time between produce runs during the month. It also helps cut down on food waste. No one likes it when their produce goes bad before you can enjoy it. That is fun for no one and ends up costing you more money. ::insert sad face::

So check out the video and please be sure to leave your own tips in the comments. I know there are tons of ways that keep our produce fresh, so lets share and encourage one another.

Have a fabulous day friends!!

XO Danielle 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lemon Cookies With Vanilla Glaze...

Today I am sharing one of my new favorites treats. A friend at church shared this recipe with me a few weeks back. (It is originally from I couldn't wait to make these cookies. Lemon is one of my favorites. Whether it is a cake or a cookie, I am totally on board. My friend had warned me though that these sweet treats were addicting and I might want to make them when I knew I could share them. Boy am I glad I took her advice. I made these to bring over to a friends for dinner and pool time. By the end of the night 2 1/2 dozen cookies had been gobbled up. They were that good my friends! These have now made it to my regular cookie making rotation. It's so nice having a change from my typical chocolate chip cookies I make each week. These were also super easy to make. I made a video of the process, so you guys could come along with me and make them yourselves :)

I also made a recipe card below. I've been converting all my recipes to 4x6 cards and plan to put them in a fun card holder, once I print off all my cards. It's only 17 cents to print at Costco. I think all this organizing is my version of nesting. I can't get a nursery ready, since we'll be moving just a few weeks after Miss Tallia is born, so creating a bit of organization in my life has been my nesting go to this trimester. :)

Lemon Cookies With Vanilla Glaze

1 lemon cake mix
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

*Use 1 tbl flax seed + 3 tbl water to replace 1 egg

2 tbl butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tbl milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Cookies: Soften cream cheese and butter. Mix cake mix, cream cheese, butter, egg, and vanilla together until butter and cream cheese are fully incorporated. Cookie dough will be quite thick and sticky. Chill for at least 2 hours. Grease hands and roll into ping pong size balls. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. You can also use a greased cookie scoop. Bake @350' for 9-11 minutes, until tops are cracked and cookies are just puffed. Cool on a cooling rack.

Glaze: Melt two tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Add more milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle or pipe over cookies.

Print Recipe Card HERE

XO Danielle

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dance With Me....

Morning friends!! Miss Priss had her big end of the year dance recital this past weekend. It was so fun to see how much she has improved throughout the year. This girl's got some moves and I love seeing her twirl and move up there on that stage. 

I should have filmed more, but was only able to get a video of one of her numbers. I got too excited cheering during the others numbers, that I totally forgot to hit record on my phone. Oops! 

                                     So proud of my little miss! She's third from the right :)

Hubby and I also did a really great job of embarrassing Keagan. He hates when when we cheer really loud and we had a baby girl to cheer for. ;)

XO Danielle

Monday, May 23, 2016

Costco Grocery Haul May 2016....

Morning Friends! I have our second grocery haul video up on the channel this morning. This month I went to Wal-Mart and Costco. My Wal-Mart haul I shared earlier in the month here and now I have my Costco haul all edited for you.

I ended up spreading out my shopping trips over a few days, so that it was a mite easier on this mama. I ended up going to Costco on my birthday. I planned it then, since I'd be in that area already. My sisinlaws took me out to lunch on my birthday (they're the sweetest!) and it happened to have been near a Costco. Combining outings is a great way to save time and gas.

I hope this Monday is treating you kindly and thank you always for coming to my blog and channel. You guys are the best!!

XO Danielle 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Easy Beef Stroganoff...

Morning friends! Last night was one of those nights where dinner didn't get made till much later than normal. We had appointments and didn't get home till about 6:45 pm. When those nights happen, it is always a temptation to hit the drive through. Tummies are grumbling and the day is getting long. We've all been there right? Thankfully I have a few quick and easy recipes in my back pocket, which are my go to when days get long.

Last night I made Beef Stronganoff or as my Dad lovingly calls it "stuff over rice/noodles". He made this quite often for us when we were young. It is a HUGE comfort food me. It takes less than 30 minutes to make. I filmed a tutorial video for you and even made a 4x6 printable recipe card. I'm having fun making these recipes cards lately. Picmonkey is addicting what can I say? ;)

Beef Stroganoff

1 lb ground turkey
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
milk as needed

*I like to add in chopped veggies if we have them. diced green chiles, diced peppers, celery, mushrooms, etc.

Brown onions and ground turkey in a pan. Once cooked through, drain grease. Add soup, sour cream, and any veggies. Combine. Allow to simmer on stove for about 10 minutes. Add milk to reach desired consistency of sauce. Serve over egg noodles or rice.

Print Recipe Card HERE

XO Danielle

Friday, May 20, 2016

Homeschool Diaries: Mentos Soda Bottle Geyser Experiment.....

A few weeks ago we did such a fun experiment for science. We used our Kitchen Science Lab ebook and made some Mentos soda bottle geysers. The kids had a lot of fun doing this one, so we of course had to share with all our friends.

This book is chock full of simple experiments for kids to enjoy. There are step by step directions, so the kids can really be self directed in completing each experiment. 

I'm hoping to film more of our homeschool activities, as we do them. I love being able to capture those smiles and looks of excitement. My kiddos are so stinkin' cute! 

XO Danielle 
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