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Our 5 Big Goals For 2017- We are planning to make it amazing!!!

Our 5 Big Goals for 2017 and How We Plan To make it AMAZING!!!

Yep, folks we made it!

It is officially 2017, and I cannot wait to share the amazing things we have planned for 2017!!!

I have heard so many people say they couldn’t be happier that 2016 is over, and I can’t say I am not one of them.  2016 was full of ups and downs for those of us at Treasured Tidbits, not only financially but physically and emotionally as well.  But… we persevered and we are ready to CRUSH 2017 in both our businesses and personal life.

I have been looking forward to today for months. 

Today is the first day of a New Year, new chances and new business adventures.  Business adventures we have been planning, cultivating and diligently building for months.  I can’t wait to share them with you, but before we begin a 2017 overload, I want to share our main goals for 2017.  Notice, I don’t call them resolutions because to me resolutions are easily broken, but goals are something to be attained, something to aim for and can be put aside in a time of trouble to be restarted when that trial passes.  Our top five goals for 2017 are:

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Halloween Party on a Budget

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Halloween Party On a Budget

First, just let me say, I don’t normally celebrate Halloween, let alone host a Halloween Party.  Yeah, I might display a few ghosts for a few days and let my teenagers dress up and hand out candy, but when I signed up with House Party a few weeks ago and applied for a Borden Cheese sponsored party, I thought, “What the heck, Go for it!”  We did AND we were accepted, so a #Sponsored #BordenCheeseParty it was.

We planned our Halloween Party on a budget, and were in no way compensated for THIS post by Borden Cheese or House Party themselves.

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Monday Menu #23

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If you have been following Treasured Tidbits recently, you would have noticed that we have focused on organizing this month, or at least tried to with the 30 Day Organizing Challenge program just getting started.  I would love to say I am following it perfectly while sticking to our menu and shopping plans, BUT I AM NOT.

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18 Sensible Food and Pantry Organization Items That YOU Can Use.

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While, I love all those beautiful pantries where everything is colored coded, has a perfect home and is organized in beautifully coordinated labeled pieces, I realize that for many of us having fancy food and pantry organization is simply not possible.  We are happy just to be even remotely organized.  I think that beautiful, matching, color coded pantries are great, BUT I think that  “Using what you have, where you are, for what you need”, especially while you are trying to build your emergency fund or pay off debt, is even more important.  Being organized in the kitchen can save you money, but I don’t feel it’s necessary to go broke to get there.  I know we didn’t. Read more »



Monday Menu #22

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9 Month Goal Update- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Welcome to our 2016 Goal Update.  I chose to title this post, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” because that is EXACTLY what it is. Read more »



Monday Menu #19

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Ever wonder what else could go wrong in a given week?

This has been one of those weeks for us and it has certainly played havoc on our menu planning and grocery budget.  It began with a family member misplacing our cash envelope system on Friday night.  Then a blown transformer unit on Saturday, resulting in a few hours of lost power and stressed teenagers.  Sunday added even more excitement, as my hubby was grilling 2 lbs of chicken and 2 lbs of hamburger, a big part of the week’s menu plan, when suddenly my girls were getting excited about “a fire”.  Hubby is always creating small grease fires on our propane grill so I didn’t even take a look UNTIL hubby came in to grab the fire extinguisher, and THEN yeah, I became a bit worried.  Thankfully, hubby put the fire out quickly but I didn’t feel it would be wise to feed our little family “grill de’ fire extinguisher” foam.  Needless to say, it was back to the drawing board for this week’s menu, starting with Sunday night.  Then Tuesday night I made a HUGE crock pot of  homemade “chicken pot pie” soup for my food intolerant girls, with the thought that they could eat leftovers during the week when we planned meals on their “no eating” list, BUT when I returned home I discovered  the leftovers were most definitely NOT going to last for even one meal.  THEN my daughter had another mast cell episode late last night and is still battling the effects, so today’s menu has been altered, yet again, to be homemade potato soup, something she can swallow.  

Why did  I share this with you?  Because many of you have asked if we always stick to the menu, and how we accommodate our various challenges each day.  No, we do not always stick to the menu because life changes everyday, but we do try to consume the meals listed sometime during that week in order to reduce food costs, food waste and our grocery budget.


Menu Monday #19

Monday:

Snack:  O.Y.O.

Supper:  Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

Tuesday

Snack:  O.Y.O.

Supper:  Hodge Podge Chicken Soup, Biscuits & Cake

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Wednesday

Snack:  Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Applesauce & Milk

Dinner:  Meatballs, Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad & Cottage Cheese

Thursday

Snack:  Sugar Cookies, Grapes & Apple Cider

Dinner:  Salad & Crepes w/ Chicken, Cheese, Green Onion & Tomatoes

Friday

Snack:  Crackers & Cheese  Picnic @ Park

Dinner:  Surprise

Saturday

Snack:  Ice Cream

Dinner:  Potato Soup, Steaks on the Grill & Deviled Eggs

Sunday

Breakfast:  Pancakes

Lunch:  Family

Snack:  Family

Dinner:  Family

I am excited to say we will be celebrating fall with our nieces and in-laws, so someone else is cooking.  I plan to bring a treat and of course, the often requested deviled eggs.


Breakfast this week will consist of the following choices: Eggo, scrambled eggs, english muffins, cereal or yogurt.  Hubby almost always has sausage, eggs and a bagel/English muffin/toast.

Lunch was expected to be leftovers, boiled eggs or sandwiches.

WHAT ARE YOU SERVING THIS WEEK?

Even with the changes and food loss of Sunday night, we managed to keep our grocery cost to under $80 this week by using what we have and planning ahead.  How is your budget?

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Menu Monday #17

Menu Monday #17

Monday Menu #17

Welcome to Menu Monday #17.  We have a very eclectic menu this week, but everyone in the house should be happy, at least one evening.  We are also serving lots of apples because my wonderful hubby picked a bushel or so at my in-laws this weekend so I could start on our fall freezer cooking.  Apples are a big staple since my daughter adds them to oatmeal, ice cream, pies, pastries, and more.  This year I hope to learn a few new recipes as well.  Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to watch our daily progress as I work at using every bit of our apples efficiently.

Monday:

Breakfast:  Choice- See below

Lunch:  Pizza brought by family.  We made deviled eggs and served chips and veggies with it.

Snack:  O.Y.O.

Supper:  Crock pot Chicken Fajitas

Tuesday

Breakfast:  Choice

Lunch:  Leftovers

Snack:  O.Y.O.

Supper:  Homemade Meatballs, Pasta, Salad & Garlic Bread (on sale this week with Penny Pinchers)

Wednesday

Breakfast:  Choice

Lunch:  Deviled Eggs, Sandwiches & Salad

Snack:  Applesauce, Graham Crackers & Milk

Dinner:  Chicken Breasts, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Corn & Homemade Apple Pie

Thursday

Breakfast:  Choice

Lunch:  Leftovers

Snack:  Pumpkin Spice Bread & Milk

Dinner:  French Toast, Bacon, Fruit & Milk

Friday

Breakfast:  Choice

Lunch:  Leftovers

Snack:  Applesauce, Pumpkin Spice Bread, and Milk

Dinner:  Crock pot Potato Soup, Chicken Strips, Apple Pie

Saturday

Breakfast:  Choice

Lunch:  Leftovers

Snack:  Ice cream & Warm Apples

Dinner:  Nachos and 5 Ingredient/5 Minute Nacho Dip- Recipe to follow on Sunday

Sunday

Breakfast:  Pancakes

Lunch:  Leftovers

Snack:  Chips & Dip

Dinner:  Grilled chicken, Burgers & Veggies, Baked Potatoes with all the toppings, Corn on the Cob


I do not have a shopping trip to share this week because hubby went before our guests came on Monday (Labor Day) and I did not pause long enough to take a photo.  I will share that our total purchases came to approx. $110 including meat and dairy items.  We will resume sharing our weekly shopping trips and recipes next week, now that September has begun and our holiday is over.

Breakfast this week is a choice of:  Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Cereal, Eggos or Bagels/English Muffins with Cream Cheese

What is on your menu this week?  Would you like me to share more of the recipes for the dishes I make, or do you prefer to simply see the menu?  Please let us know in the comments and remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest to discover more of what we are up to.

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Monday Menu #15- What’s on Your Plate?

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I am happy to share, that eating from the cabinets last month went well, but now it is time to restock.  Due to the amount of groceries we purchased this weekend, three carts at Save-a-lot alone, we are sharing our stock up trip in a separate post tomorrow.

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Monday Menu #14-Making Do With What’s On Hand

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Monday Menu #14

As we enter week #14 and share our Menu Monday plan, we are wrapping up the end of our one month budgeted grocery period.  During this week we are trying hard to “Just Make Do” with food from the fridge and cabinets.  Keeping this in mind, we will not have a shopping trip to share this week, we didn’t last week either.

I would estimate that we have spent approximately $50 for this week’s groceries.  Those items included: 3 gallons of milk, eggs, cheese, bread, lunch meat, orange juice and a few more dairy products.  Items we were unable to pre-purchase and store in the freezer.

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