Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Grocery Grab Wednesday

After a MONTH off of blogging, I'm back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We took a 2 week vacation for Thanksgiving to visit family, and before that I was not doing my regular grocery shopping and cooking because I was trying to use up the food in the house before our vacation.  So I'm finally attempting to get back into a routine.

I'll be honest.  I like to splurge during the holidays.  Cookies, candy, egg nog, all of it!  I try not to go overboard, but all of the treats feel so festive!  I'm trying to teach my kids that you can splurge and indulge occasionally over the holidays as long as you continue to eat mostly healthy meals overall.  We still serve fruits and veggies at every meal, and we try to keep healthy snacks in the house like dried fruit, whole grain crackers, yogurt and ingredients for smoothies.

I'm happy to share my first Grocery Grab Wednesday post in over a month.

Here's what I bought this week:

groceries from Sprouts
Grocery haul from Sprouts

Sprouts
Black Seedless Grapes (1.59 b) - $1.56 (on sale)
Celery - $0.98 (on sale)
1 Tomato - $0.53 (on sale)
Fresh Pineapple - $1.98 (on sale)
Green Bell Pepper - $0.48 (on sale)
Green Leaf Lettuce - $0.98 (on sale)
Red Radishes - $0.48(on sale)
Yellow Bananas (3.05 lb) - $1.46 (on sale)
2 Bags Boulder Potato Chips - $3.00 (on sale)
Organic Tortilla Chips - $2.49
Organic Baked Beans - $2.99
Mozzarella - $3.53
Mozzarella - $2.94
rBST-Free Sliced Swiss Cheese - $3.59 (on sale)
Hormone-Free Turkey Breast - $3.36 (on sale)
Pork Sirloin Roast (approx 2 lb)- $5.17 (on sale)
Xtra Lean Ground Beef (approx 1 lb) - $3.83 (on sale)
Chicken Breast Tenders (approx .75 lb) - $2.05
6" Flour Tortillas - $1.79
Raisin English Muffins - $2.29 (on sale)
Whole Grain Hamburger Buns - $2.99
BYO Bag Credits - $0.15 Savings!

Target
2 Bags M&Ms - $5.48 (on sale and 5% off with Cartwheel)
Sweetnature Candy Canes - $2.49
Market Pantry Cookies - $1.77 (5% off with Cartwheel)
Cheerios - $3.54
Cascadian Farm Graham Cereal - $2.73 (on sale)
Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix - $1.89 (on sale)
Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix - $1.89 (on sale)
Market Pantry Chocolate Chips - $1.98 (5% off with Cartwheel)
Mountain High Plain Yogurt - $2.54
Tillamook Cheese (.5 lb) - $3.24
Market Pantry Cream Cheese - $1.18 (on sale and 5% off with Cartwheel)
Market Pantry Natural Peanut Butter - $2.55 (5% off with Cartwheel)
Smuckers All Fruit Spread - $2.12 (on sale)
Vlasic Farmer's Garden Pickles - $2.59
Simply Balanced Organic Ranch Dressing - $2.84 (5% off with Cartwheel)

Royal Crest Dairy
1 Gallon Local, Hormone-Free 1.5% Milk - $4.49

Total = $91.87

As you can tell, I bought a lot more "junk food" type items than I usually do.  Many of the cookie-related items are for making Christmas cookies with my kids.  These are certainly special occasion treats for the holidays, but we do enjoy making them and enjoying them together.  I'd love to make everything from scratch, but with 2 kids I just don't always have time.  I have a great "Fix-With-A-Mix Desserts" cookbook that's perfect for the busy holiday season.  The recipes use mixes instead of making everything from scratch.  I certainly have a few favorite cookie recipes that are made from scratch, but it's great to mix in some easier recipes that the kids can help with too!