One-Hour Freezer Cooking: Skinny Chocolate, Energy Bites, and Whole Wheat Pancakes

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I’m f-i-n-a-l-l-y getting around to telling you about my very successful one-hour freezer cooking session that I did recently.

So this Peppermint Skinny Chocolate was a winner. I was kind of hesitant about how it would turn out, but I followed the recipe exactly — including the tips the blog suggested — and it was delicious. In fact, it was so good that I was tempted to literally lick the bowl out. Instead, I scraped it clean (see above).

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

If you are looking for a delicious and healthy chocolate recipe, I recommend this Peppermint Skinny Chocolate.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I cut it in small pieces and stored it in the freezer and it’s the perfect treat on a hot day!

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

Next up, I made a batch of Homemade Energy Bites. These are the snack of choice for my kids this summer. And I love it that they are packed with pretty healthy ingredients.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

One batch lasts the three kids about a week. But I can’t always keep up with the demand, so Kathrynne asked me if she could learn how to make them, too. See pictures of how her batch turned out here. :)

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

And while I was busy making Skinny Chocolate and Energy Bites, the guys were whipping up a batch of Whole-Wheat Pancakes.

I love baking and cooking together in the kitchen as a family. And now that we’ve overhauled our lifestyle with the move to TN, it’s becoming a fairly regular occurrence around here — which is so much fun!

Recipes made:

Peppermint Skinny Chocolate
Whole-Wheat Pancakes
Homemade Energy Bites

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Gretchen’s $34 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan



1 Cantaloupe – $1.49

1 pkg Carrots – $0.99

1 Vegetable Oil - $2.29

3 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

2 pkg Strawberries – $0.99 each

1 pkg Cherries – $1.49

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $1.29

1 pkg Celery – $1.19

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 pkg Blueberries – $1.49

Total (with tax): $16.36



I rarely shop at Walmart but couldn’t resist the price of these fabric softeners.

2 Final Touch Fabric Softeners – $2.48 each, used 2 $2/1 printable (no longer available) - $0.48 each after coupons

Total with tax ($0.06): $1.02


Items a part of the Mega Sale:

2 Breyers Ice Cream – $2.99 each, used 2 $1.50/1 printable (no longer available) – $1.49 each after coupons

4 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta – $0.49 each, used 2 $1/2 printable - Free after coupons

4 Hefty Storage Bags – $0.99 each, used 2 $1/2 printable - $0.49 each after coupon

2 Kraft Cheese – $2.29, used $2/2 catalina coupon – $1.29 each after coupon

Other Items:

1 Lettuce – $0.99

2 lbs Ground Beef – $1.99 each

1 Green Pepper – $0.99

1.53 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.90

0.67 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $1.07

Total before coupons and sales: $46.66

Total with tax ($1.75) after coupons and sales: $17.16

Total for all items: $34.54

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Toast, Smoothies, French Toast Roll-Ups (Don’t these look amazing?!? I saw the recipe on Pinterest and knew immediately I had to try it.)


Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes, Tuna Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese, Baked Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli


Salad Bar, Sliced Cantaloupe

Hamburgers (My parents gave us a huge box of frozen hamburger patties last week!), Homemade French Fries, Green Beans, Grapes

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Tossed Salad

Grilled Pizza, Steamed Broccoli

Meat Potato Quiche, Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Sliced Cantaloupe

Double Date Night with our friends :)

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ALDI: 20 Slow Cooker Meals for 4 for under $150!

20 Slow Cooker Meals from ALDI for $150

I’m a big fan of Aldi. You may have noticed that. :)

I’m pretty excited that I Am That Lady put together a Slow Cooker Menu showing you how to make 20 meals for less than $150!

Get the complete menu and shopping list here. (You can purchase the printable pack for $1.97 if you’d like to have all the details on the menu plan and shopping list. However, all the basics you’ll need to know are in the blog post free of charge.)

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