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Grocery List Template

How many of you have trouble making a list for the grocery store? Perhaps you just right it down on a random sheet of paper and then shove it into your purse, hoping to fish it out during your trip?

That was the story of my life. I just decided to create a template that I can print out to write my list on to help save me time. I thought I would share it with all of you. Just click on the link below to get a PDF printable form to help you make your own list!

Hope it helps!

Grocery List


Chicken Tortilla Soup

I tried this soup for the first time yesterday. It turned out really well and was very easy to make! I actually found a couple of recipes and combined them together to create this one. Hope you enjoy!


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 TSP chili powder
  • 1/8 TSP cayenne pepper
  • 1 TSP cumin
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic (can also use garlic powder)
  • 1 TBSP of olive oil
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TSP cumin
  • 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (10.5 oz) cans of chicken broth
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can full of water
  • 1  (15 oz) can of corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can of hominy
  • 1 (4 oz) can of  green chile peppers
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 Tortillas


  1. Combine first 5 spices and sprinkle on chicken breasts.
  2. Place chicken in skillet with olive oil and cook on medium heat until cooked through


  1. place all other ingredients, except tortillas, together in 5Q crock pot
  2. After chicken is cooked through, shred it and place in crock pot.
  3. Cook soup on low heat for 8- 10 hours. ( or 4-5 on high)
  4. When you are almost ready to eat place tortillas in the oven for 4 minutes on medium broil
  5. Sprinkle on top of finished soup

Let me know what you think!


Grocery Aisle Nightmare

Being the obvious super mom that I am, decided to finally take the plunge and plan out a menu for the week (which you can see at the top of the site). Of course many of you have been doing this for ages and it comes naturally to you.

But I however, have never gotten it together long enough to make this happen. Unfortunately it ended in me feeling like a major newbie. I got my recipes together (which, I will post with pictures throughout the week), made a list and set out to the store this afternoon. Obvious recipe for success. WRONG.

Here are the major mistakes that I made:

1) Created the list in order of recipes, not by category. So once I finally got finished with all the ingredients to one recipe, I had to go BACK to the produce aisle to retrieve yet, more vegetables.

2) Not understanding the layout of the grocery store well enough. I was constantly searching all over the store to find what I needed.

3) Taking C when it was not her prime time of the day. End result: both of us nearly losing our cool.

For all of you who feel like me, I took it upon myself to search the internet to find what a common grocery store’s layout is. Here is what I found:

I hope this helps many of you spare yourself the embarrassment that I endured.

Note: The picture does not seem too clear, but if you double click on it, it will enlarge.

Fiery Pork Skewers

Here is a perfect spring or summer time recipe for outdoor grilling! I found a similar recipe to this on, but I made a few tweaks to make it my own. As a note you may have some extra sauce left over, or if you are like me… you can double the sauce to make it extra flavorful. You can even add some on top of the rice! This serves 4-6 people.


–       4 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

–       2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

–       2 tablespoon vegetable oil

–       2 teaspoon brown sugar

–       1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

–       ¾ lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes (any pork can work)

–       1 red pepper

–       1 green pepper

–       ½ onion

–       1 cup of brown rice


–       Marinade pork in half the mixture for at least 30 minutes

–       Follow directions to cook rice

–        Preheat grill on high heat and oil lightly

–       Place pork, onions and peppers on wooden or metal skewers; brush with the sauce; cook 10-12 minutes on grill while brushing every once in a while

–     Serve over rice

Let me know what you think! Hope you enjoy.

Note: You can also double the recipe and before grilling, place half of the skewers in the freezer. Then when you are ready to serve again, just take them out of the freezer in the morning, make a little extra sauce and place on the grill!

Banana Ice Cream

As I was browsing the internet I came across this very interesting idea, to make ice cream out of solely frozen bananas and a food processor. I will admit that some aspects of it do not sound all that appealing. For example: the very banana taste that I expect accompanies this “ice cream”.  I will however say that I once tried whipped cream made out of pears and it turned out to very delicious and healthy. I will give this a try and let you all know how it goes. In the meantime here is the website that I found this idea at:

Let me know what you think!

Perfect Pancakes

Hello everyone! Here is the recipe that I have come up with for pancakes for weekend morning breakfasts. I did of course utilize a rather old, Good Housekeeping Cookbook as my base recipe. These pancakes have been a big hit at our house and the added whole wheat flour adds to the nutrition level. In fact this morning my one and a half year old daughter ate 4 of them and cried when I told her that she had had enough.


1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 cup All-purpose Flour

1 and 1/3 cup of skim milk

2 TBSP baking powder

1 egg

3 TBSP Sugar

1 TSP vanilla

2 TSP cinnamon

1/2 TSP nutmeg


1) Heat griddle to aprox. 275 degrees.

2) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk.

3) Spray non- stick cooking spray onto griddle, can also use butter or vegetable oil.

4) Pour 1/4 cup of batter, per pancake, onto already hot griddle.

5) When bubbles form and begin to pop flip pancakes over.

6) Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Note: You can also add in 1 cup or berries or apples to the batter for pancakes with an extra kick.

Hope you enjoy!!

Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Since I cringe at the idea of Easy Mac or the yellow powdered “cheese” from Kraft, a few days ago I decided to venture out and make my own homemade mac and cheese. Then I thought, why not spike the nutrition up a notch and add in a little cauliflower. Cauliflower is pretty bland, so you won’t even notice it right? Correct! I thought it was going to end up such a disaster, but it turned out surprisingly tasty. So go ahead, give it a try! This recipe is based off of a recipe from Dr. Will Clower’s book, The French Don’t Diet Plan.


pinch of salt and pepper

splash of extra- virgin olive oil

2 cups of elbow macaroni

2 TBSP of unsalted butter

2 TBSP of all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of whole milk or cream

1 bay leaf

1 and 1/4 cup of grated Cheddar cheese

1 cup of steamed cauliflower


1) Cook the elbow macaroni according to directions on the package

2) put the steamed cauliflower into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth

While the pasta is cooking:

3) Melt the butter over medium heat in second sauce pan. Add the flour and mix it throughly with the butter to form a roux. Brown it only slightly.

4) Pour in milk, bay leaf, salt and pepper and bring to simmer and whisk until smooth.

5) Remove bay leaf and stir in grated cheese and cauliflower to complete the sauce. Let it heat completely

6) Drain the macaroni and toss with sauce and enjoy!

Note: You can always switch up the cheeses to your liking or toss it with some cubed ham!

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