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What’s on your typical shopping list? Let’s chat!

What is on your typical shopping list?? When you go to the grocery store for your family, what is a necessity? What is a want?

I know when I go, I have two lists. One is a physical list of things that will make meals for my family, and one is a mental list of all the things my kiddos and hubby want!

Every time I grocery shop, I get….

Bananas, milk, bread, eggs, other fruit on sale, yogurt, canned/frozen veggies, noodles or rice

With this short list, I know I can make a dinner, breakfast and have lunches for school. I also use this list while looking at recipes I want to make and things that are on sale.

Let’s brainstorm here.

Spaghetti and sauce for the whole family could cost $2

French toast $2

(Using burger from the freezer) a “hotdish” can be made with egg noodles, ground beef, cream of something soup, beef broth. Easy, quick, delicious. A big pot, feeding the family, costing $5

Tater tot hotdish (ground beef, cream of something soup, frozen veggies, tots) about $6

I love going to ALDI to get many of these ingredients at a cheaper price for just as fabulous products! I also know you can find great deals at other grocery stores with and without Coupons!

The wants.

I can’t forget about those. 😉 The prepackaged snacks are my hubby’s favorites. Oh so not good for you, but a want for sure! I tried to make them treats and put them in baggies. These only work one in a while, lol!

Wants for my girls?? Fruit snacks, ice cream, chips, brownies….. Do they get them every time? Heaven’s no!! But sometimes I get one of them as a treat.

Hate to buy, but are a must?

Toilet paper!! Ugh…. Who hates to buy stuff that you flush down the toilet??? Me!! But ya kinda need it!

But really….

I try hard to shop from my own pantry and freezer first. Then, I go shopping for things to fill in the gaps. Sometimes you just need the basics, and sometimes you need the whole store. I say, get some favorite recipes, try some new ones, and make a list (or 2!) 🙂

Let’s think. What’s on your typical shopping list?

June 2017 · Pampered Chef Awesomeness!

 We’re Pampered, Not Perfect!

If you’ve been reading my posts, you know I do not consider myself a cook.  But I do like cooking for others!  I especially like to cook now that I’ve learned the phrase “I’m Pampered, Not Perfect!!” I learned that with the right tools in the kitchen, my life is easier when it comes to cooking for the fam!  Last June, I bit the bullet and became a Pampered Chef Consultant. I did it at first because my hubby lost his job, and I felt like I needed a way to help out financially more than I already was.  That’s when my friend (and director) asked me to coffee.  I heard all the reasons of “Why not?”  Why not bring in extra cash?  Why not get great products free for your own kitchen?  Why not help  others fill their kitchens with great products for free?  Why not?   And here I am!  I love this “job” of mine….if you can call it that!  I go places, meet new people, cook great food, eat great food, and get cool products for FREE!  What could be better than that!?

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I have a degree in Elementary Education.  I teach Preschool full time during the school year.  I have 2 little kiddos and a wonderful hubby.  I continued to sell PC even after my hubby got a job again.  I continue to sell, because I love it!  I love getting out of the house, chatting with others.  I love to see others happy, getting together with their friends, learning new and fun recipes I share with them, and purchasing a tool I know will make their cooking experience better!  My education background helps me so much when I get in front of the crowd…I have the words….I like the words!  I know someone who prefers not to talk as much, and does so well….she does more station style shows, allowing the guests to try and play and learn together.  I love this way as well!

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Pampered Chef to me is finding the right tool for you.  I have kids.  So, I try to make those with kiddos see what tools work well with my kids and why.  Moms and Dads, isn’t it nice not to have think about what will be best for your kids? Many times, we have no idea what will be best.  But really, we do.  We’re the mom and dad.  We know what our kids need. We know what they can do.  ***Now…let me help you find the right tools to go with what you know already!  My little Miss A is dairy free.  So I am always looking at the back of boxes to check to see if it has milk in the ingredients.  Guess what?  You can use PC tools and make your own crust free pocket sandwiches to fit your kiddos needs.  You can fill the Leak proof containers with peanut free snacks/ Dairy free snacks/ gluten free snacks…etc.  You can pack it with the foods you know your child will and can eat without the worry you missed something on the box!

I’m now always on a mission to search the Pampered chef recipe box online, and try something new to me.  I love the tried and true recipes.  I love to get recipes from others.  Here is one that I made (before Miss A was found to be dairy free) that my family loved!!  It was so easy in the Rockcrok Dutch Oven….One dish meals are amazing aren’t they!?

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So remember the saying for today:  “We’re Pampered, Not Perfect”.  Enjoy your day!

Becky

www.pamperedchef.biz/beckyvanriper