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Category: From My Kitchen

This Week’s $60 ALDI and Kroger Shopping Trips (+ a different way of grocery shopping!)

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

We’ve been using the Eat at Home Menu Plan service this week for our meals this past week. I wanted to demonstrate a different way to shop and cook for those who want to stick with a budget but don’t have time to go to multiple stores each week or shop markdowns/sales.

The Eat at Home Menu Plan service only goes on sale twice a year and it’s on sale through Tuesday at midnight for 30% off with coupon code HOME. You can get the annual plan for just $1.13/week with this code — and the code locks in the 30% off rate for the rest of your subscription!

We love this menu plan service and have personally found it to be super helpful during really full seasons of life. Check it out here.

I saw these Tearless Onions at Aldi last week. Have you purchased these before?? I’d never heard of them. Do they actually work and not make you cry when you cut an onion??

Aldi Shopping Trip — $42.75

Kroger Shopping Trip — $17.04

Dinners This Week

  • Sunday — marked down rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
  • Monday  —  grapefruit, Pumpkin Waffles, bacon
  • Tuesday — oranges, Broccoli Cheese Egg Casserole, Banana Muffins
  • Wednesday —  Slow Cooker Italian Chicken/Potatoes, Banana Muffins, green beans
  • Thursday — Slow Cooker Chicken a la King, Biscuits
  • Friday — Dinner out since Kathrynne had an out of town basketball game
  • Saturday — The kids had leftovers, Jesse and I went out with friends
  • Sunday —  Slow Cooker Cheeseburgers, Sweet Potato Fries

This past week’s $65 grocery budget purchases + our dinner menu

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.


I loved finding great deals on eggs, dried cranberries, and avocados this past week. I’ve been making some yummy salads this week as a result!

I couldn’t believe all of these markdowns I found at Kroger. Ended up only getting the dried cranberries and some trail mix as those were the best deals.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Chobani Smoothies — marked down to $1.49
  • 2 Caramel Mousse — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 4 boxes of Zatarain’s rice — marked down to $0.59 each
  • 2 cans of pumpkin — $1 each
  • 5 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.90
  • 2 bags of barley — marked down to $0.84 each
  • 4 lbs of sweet potatoes — $0.49/lb.
  • Total with tax: $17.39

Butter was on sale this weekend as part of Kroger’s weekend deals and I was thrilled to be able to stock the freezer again!!

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 5 lbs. butter — $1.99 each this weekend
  • Dannon yogurt smoothies — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 dozen Simple Truth eggs — marked down to $1.39 each
  • Simple Truth cage-free eggs containers — marked down to $1.19
  • 2 containers Siggi’s Skyr — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Whole Grain bread — marked down to $2.29
  • 2 containers organic blueberries/sweet potatoes/apples — marked down to $0.39 (we are going to use this instead of apple butter in Apple Butter Muffins)
  • 3-lb bag of clementines — $2.99
  • 10-lb bag of potatoes — $1.99
  • Takis — $2.89 (Kathrynne was with me and I let her decide how to spend the extra money in the budget so she bought these and gelatin.)
  • 3 packages gelatin — $0.39 each
  • Total with tax: $30.48

Dinners This Past Week

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + What We Ate For Dinner

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

I was excited about the deals we found this week and we ate some really yummy food!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Some of the apples in the markdown bag above were Granny Smith, which none of us are fond of eating raw. So I made Cinnamon Apples in the Instant Pot with them.

These were a HUGE hit with the kids and they ate them up in just a few minutes. Next time, I definitely need to double the recipe!

I was so excited about a few of the Weekend Deals at Kroger — especially the cheese deal!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • La Croix — $1.99 per 8-pack with Friday-Sunday deals
  • Classico Pasta Sauce — $0.99 each with Friday-Sunday deals
  • 5 Simple Truth Greek yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 bags of Quaker Rice Snacks — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 boxes Swiss Miss — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 5 bags/packages Kroger cheese — $1.29 with Friday-Sunday deals
  • 2 containers cottage cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Coconut sugar — marked down to $0.99
  • 3 boxes pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 box pasta — marked down to $0.39
  • Taco Kit — marked down to $0.99
  • Half & Half — $1.49
  • 5 cans Green Giant veggies — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Grapes — $0.99/lb.
  • 2 packages meat — marked down to $2.50 each
  • Milk — $2.79
  • Honeycrisp apples — 3 lb. bag for $2.99
  • 4 cans Swanson broth — $0.49 each when buy 10 participating items
  • Total with tax: $48.34

Dinners From This Past Week

What did you eat at your house this week? Any winner frugal recipes you tried that you think we should try?

Our $70 Kroger Shopping Trip + What We Ate for Dinner This Past Week

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

I am so happy to be (mostly!) back to cooking and grocery shopping. I still have times during the day when I’m sick to my stomach, but I usually have at least a few times during the day when I’m feeling well enough to cook — which I am so excited about! It’s so good to be in the second trimester.

I’m also back to much healthier eating (and daily salads!) after a number of weeks of just eating whatever I thought I could keep down that had some sort of nutritional value. Man, I have missed salads.

I’ve been in the mood for all things pumpkin now that we are experiencing fall weather here in Nashville, so I’ve been eating a lot of these pumpkin waffles this week!

Kroger had some more great weekend deals this week! I was especially excited about the chicken deal.

The kids were excited about the ice cream and granola bars deal. 😉

Also, I was excited about this Friday Freebie. For some reason, this looked SO good to me! And it tasted really good, too! 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Idahoan potatoes — free with Free Friday e-coupon
  • 2 tubs Private Selection Ice Cream — $2.49 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 5 bags of Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts — $4.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Reese’s Minis — 70% off — $1.20
  • Hershey Kisses — 70% off — $1.20
  • M&M’s — 70% off — $1.17
  • 5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Celery — $1.99
  • Carrots — $1.69
  • Can of Chili — $0.39
  • 2 packages blackberries — $1.66 each
  • Lemon Juice — $1.69
  • 2 packages raspberries — $1.66 each
  • 5 boxes of Kroger instant oatmeal — $0.99 per box with Kroger digital coupon
  • Onions — $1.61
  • 3 snack boxes — marked down to $1 each
  • Total with tax: $66.46

Jesse also ran to Publix earlier in the week and got some cheese and lettuce (not pictured) and spent around $4 for that for our taco salad night.

ButcherBox sent us a box of meat for me to unbox on Facebook and Instagram, so Jesse smoked the spare ribs on Friday night and they were SO good!

The meat from ButcherBox is a lot pricier than what we usually pay, but you can definitely tell the quality in how it tastes. It was SO good!

Dinners From This Past Week

Dinners:

  • Monday — Leftover Hamburger Vegetable Soup, World’s Best Honey Corn Bread
  • Tuesday — English Muffins (from the freezer), Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Grapes/Oranges
  • Wednesday — Taco Salad
  • Thursday — Pumpkin Waffles, Sausage (from the freezer), Fruit Salad
  • Friday — Smoked Ribs, Peas, Corn, Roasted Potatoes
  • Saturday — Dinner out
  • Sunday — Fend for yourself

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

Looking for a yummy and easy slow cooker soup recipe? This Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup Recipe is one you should definitely try!

prep for slow cooker tortellini soup

I cooked dinner for the first time in six weeks on Monday! And it felt SO good to be back in the kitchen after weeks of not being able to stand doing any food prep because of morning, noon, and night sickness.

ingredients for soup in slow cooker

Since the weather has cooled down here, I though an easy soup recipe would be perfect. Boy oh boy did this one hit the spot!

delicious slow cooker tortellini soup
emptied slow cooker after making soup

Every person in our family loved it and the entire slow cooker pot was finished off in less than 15 minutes (see above)! Also, everyone declared this recipe a win! Or, maybe they were just so excited that Mom was finally cooking again so they were extra enthusiastic about it?? 😉

serving of slow cooker tortellini soup

This recipe is so simple to make and it’s a fun twist on traditional chicken noodle soup. Plus, it can be made ahead in the crock pot!

The only thing I would recommend would be buying more flavorful cheese tortellini (we bought the Kroger brand and I thought it was kind of bland) OR adding more salt and pepper to the soup to make it a little more flavorful.

Looking for more yummy soup recipes? Here are some of our favorites:

Crockpot Taco Soup

Best Ever Black Bean Soup

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup

Hamburger Vegetable Soup recipe

What is your favorite soup recipe for fall months? I’d love to hear!

Homemade Hot Pockets for Breakfast!

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If you’re looking for a unique breakfast idea that you can make ahead of time, then be sure to try these freezer-friendly homemade hot pockets!

{Psst! If you’re looking for other easy breakfast ideas, check out these quick and healthy Back to School Breakfast Recipes — perfect for busy weekday mornings! Also, if you love individual freezer meals, be sure to try these Easy Individual Mini Lasagnas and these Easy Individual Chicken Pot Pies!}

Homemade Breakfast Hot Pockets

Recipe Post by my sister, Olivia

Convenience of Individual Freezer Meals

I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of coming up with freezer-friendly recipes that can be reheated in a snap! Although I love preparing a fresh meal, the convenience of being able to pull something from the freezer at a moment’s notice can be a lifesaver!

Growing up, I liked to spoil my brothers by filling the freezer with healthy snacks, breads, and personal-sized main dishes just for them.  They loved being able to grab something before work, before school, or whenever hungry; and I loved the opportunity to come up with new recipes!

Now that I am married, I find individual freezer meals even more beneficial – especially for breakfast! It is so nice to be able to have a hearty breakfast on the table for my husband in less than five minutes.

Homemade Hot Pockets for Busy Mornings

I was super excited to recently come up with a new freezer-friendly breakfast recipe — these homemade hot pockets!

Breakfast pockets are the perfect solution for busy mornings, because they literally take just a few minutes to warm up in the microwave and can be eaten on the go.

Also, I love how versatile this recipe is. For instance, I often leave out the cheese (my husband is dairy-free), add extras to the filling (chopped spinach, sliced olives, green chiles, bacon, etc.), and use tortillas in place of the dough (like breakfast burritos). It can easily be adjusted to your liking!

These homemade hot pockets are best served with salsa or your favorite hot sauce. Scroll down to get the printable recipe!

homemade breakfast hot pockets ingredients

filling in a mixing bowl

loading up homemade hot pockets

breakfast pockets ready for the oven

plated breakfast hot pockets

Homemade Breakfast Hot Pockets on a plate

hot pocket from the freezer in foil

More Breakfast Ideas:

If you’re looking for even more breakfast ideas, try one of these!

Let us know if you try these homemade hot pockets! Also, what are some of your favorite breakfast recipes?