Save $$$ Menu Planning with Publix Ad

Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Sauce

It’s another “slow sale week” at Publix for the healthy shopper.  They do have tuna on sale, so I will definitely pick up some of that.  It is delicious with Wildtree Sweet & Spicy Thai Chili Sauce.  Simply pour the sauce over your tuna and bake to desired doneness.  I am using up the rest of the meatballs in my freezer for tonight’s Wildtree tasting, so I’ll make up another batch of those for the freezer this weekend.  The remaining meals will come from my freezer and / or pantry:

Friday:  Tuna, Quick Rice from the pantry and organic broccoli from last week’s Lakeland Organic delivery

Saturday:  Meatloaf (made with batch of meatballs I’ll make for the freezer Saturday morning), baked potatoes from Lakeland Organic and organic spinach from the freezer

Sunday:  Alex’s birthday party – yay!

Monday:  Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Fries

Tuesday:  Chicken burgers (in the freezer from a freezer meal workshop) with zoodle salad

Wednesday:  Spaghetti & Meatballs

Thursday:  Veggie burgers from the pantry with a gluten free pasta salad

Happy eating!  Shalom!

Improve Your Productivity With Some Down Time

Life is busy these days.  Has there ever been a generation who didn’t say that?  I know I say it all the time.  And it is true.  I don’t just say “refuse to choose,” I walk the talk.  I manage a law firm part time while also owning a renovation business with my husband, while also running a Wildtree business, and working on my writing, music and creations.  And let’s not forget our families, who we want to spend as much time with as we can, especially our three beautiful grandsons and two beautiful nieces who live nearby.

And then there’s “girl time.”  With so much else happening in life, I tend to let that one slip by.  When I finally force myself to take the time though, I realize how much I need it and that I need to do it more.  If you put your mind to it, you can come up with ways to make it all happen.  Really, you can.

This Thursday is Bunco night.  A “girl time” fest.  Something that I normally miss because I am “too busy.”  I refuse to miss out again this month though.  I am trying to do better at planning.

Our Bunco group shares the responsibility of bringing a dish to pass so that the hostess isn’t left with having to do it all.  That’s a wonderful opportunity for me, because I love to cook for and serve others.  I can tend to let that clog up my brain though, with everything else on my plate.  Especially right now, with a major hotel renovation in its final stages.  In the past I would have taken a pass in light of my busy calendar.  This month I am following my own advice instead.  I am using a make ahead meal to make life easier and make sure that I don’t miss out on this fun – and much needed – event.

Last night I enjoyed another much needed event – a sleepover with my two beautiful nieces.  I enjoyed the opportunity to put all of my responsibilities aside for a day and live in the moment, creating with them in the studio, taking in a movie and dinner, feeding the chickens at our recording studio, and doing needlework in the marshmallow – our nickname for our big comfy king-size bed – without giving a second thought to work and the responsibilities that have been swimming through my brain all week.

It is amazing what that time off will do for you.  Although we were up until 11:00 (don’t tell their mom and dad!), I was awake at 4:30 this morning, rested and ready to go.  After some time spent in my office, I headed to the kitchen at 7:00 to prepare the meatballs for this week’s Bunco.  You can find my make ahead meatball recipe here.  By 8:00, I had six dozen meatballs in my freezer, a meatloaf in the fridge for tonight’s dinner, and all before the girls were awake.    It’s going to be another great day.


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Save $$$ Menu Planning with the Weekly Publix Ad

shrimp scampi bucatiniThere are some great sales this week for Prep Once, Eat Twice options.  On the menu:

Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Rosemary Sauce

Lemon Rosemary Pork Tenderloin (prep & freeze)

Queso Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Quesadillas (prep & freeze)

Fish Tacos with Jicama Slaw

Savory Grilled Fish (prep & freeze)

Shrimp Scampi

Scampi with Sundried Tomatoes

Some other great deals this week:

Mueller’s Pasta – BOGO – there is no indication that you can’t get GF on this deal

Swanson Organic Chicken Broth – there is a $1 coupon

Hellmann’s Organic Mayo – on sale for $3.99 – there is a Publix coupon for $2.50 and manufacturer’s coupon for $1.00 (check out this website for more info)

Purex Laundry Detergent – BOGO

Publix GreenWise Whey Protein Powder – $9.99

Organic Grape Tomatoes – 2/$5

Here is my Publix shopping list.  Happy saving!

Publix shopping list 7.28.16

Save $$$ Menu Planning with Publix Ad

These last couple of weeks the savings in the Publix ad haven’t been as substantial as they normally are, but I am still able to find some savings to use in my menu planning!  This week’s menu:

Good For You Chicken Soup

Memphis Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Burritos

Rancher Grilled Steaks with Blue Cheese Crowns


Did you know that you can create your shopping list on the Publix website and print it out from your computer?  Click on the sale items you want, add the rest of your list, and voila!  You are ready for the store.  Here is my list this week for the menu below (remaining items are from my pantry and other staples I keep on hand).  Feel free to borrow this list – if you click on the image, you can print it!

Publix shopping list 7.21.16


Saving $$$ – Menu Planning with the Publix Ad

I am trying to do better with using the weekly sales at Publix to do my menu planning.  I have decided that I will probably do better at it if I look at it as a way to help others, so here is my menu plan based on this week’s ad, which includes the following sale items:

memphis grilled salmon photoProteins:

  • Large Shrimp
  • Angus Sirloin
  • Greenwise Chicken Breast
  • Greenwise Chicken Sausage
  • Sockeye Salmon

Other Items I’ll use this week from the Publix ad:

  • Barilla Pasta (BOGO)
  • DelMonte Gold Fresh Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Organic Strawberries

A couple of notes:

I am going to use the chicken sausage in the jambalaya recipe instead of andouille sausage.  With regard to salmon, no matter how much I have researched / read, farm raised salmon is not a healthy choice, no matter what way you cut the cake, so to speak.  Therefore, I am sticking with wild salmon from now on.  Note that pineapple and mango are considered a safer choice than other options, like strawberries, which is why I am purchasing the pineapple and mango that are grown using conventional methods.  (I realize there are still environmental concerns, but you do what you can.)

I am purchasing enough of these sale items to get two meals from each:  prep once, eat twice is my motto!  The recipes:

I hope this helps your plan for the coming week.  Be well – shalom!