The Country Cook: Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken
                                                   

Monday, January 7, 2013

Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken

I'm admittedly a bit sluggish getting back into my routine this new year.  Are any of you like that? Or do you just go full throttle into the new year?  We had a wonderful Christmas season, and looking back, it always feels like it goes by so quick.  But I'm looking forward to this new year with hope.  My health was better this past year than the previous one.  And as my birthday approaches in a couple of days, I will try hard not to moan about aging.  I remember when I was a teenager, one of my elder co-workers told me that aging was not for sissies. Truer words were never spoken! But we all age and so I'm gonna do my best to do it gracefully.  I'll just keep the moaning between me and Gene. Hee hee. I think we have competitions some days on whose back hurts worse in the morning. 
Anyhow, most of us are trying hard to get back into our usual routines.  And for many of us, that involves that fun balance of working, kids and all the stuff in between. So when I got my hands on the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Weeknight Dinners I thought this could not have come at a better time.
Truthfully, I'm not really a meal planner.  I have an idea in my head of what I'd like to make each week but sometimes that changes depending on what we all feel like on a particular day.  And that is why I really enjoyed this particular cookbook from Gooseberry Patch.  It breaks down the weeknights into themes.  Do any of you do this?

Meatless Monday
Tex-Mex Tuesday
Italian Night Wednesday
Comfort Food Thursday
Just for Fun Friday
I think it is a fun way to plan out your week.  It is especially fun if your kids help you menu plan.  Hand over this cookbook and maybe let each family member pick a day. Or let them all pick Friday's meal.  It's always good when you get your whole family involved in the food preparation and menu planning.  It may be easier to do it all yourself but when trying to get everyone to the supper table (especially as your kids get older), it's so sweet when they look forward to it because they are involved.
So, when thinking of a recipe to share from this cookbook, I wanted to pick one that not only would be great for supper, but would also be good as leftovers for lunch the next day. So I scanned for a hearty pasta recipe and Gooseberry Patch never fails me. I found this recipe in the Italian Night Wednesday section. This is a slow cooker meal but it's not exactly a fix it and forget it for the rest of the day kinda meal. So keep that in mind before making this. The benefit of making meats in the crock pot is because they cook slowly, they come out very tender. 
Ingredients:
1-2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup water (or chicken broth)
1 (0.7) packet dry Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1 (16 oz.) box rotini or penne pasta, cooked
chopped parsley and chopped sun-dried tomatoes (for topping), optional

Directions:
Cut chicken into cubes. This is how I do it. First take a sharp knife and cut down the length of the breast.
 Then turn it to the side and cut into about 1-inch cubes. 
Place cubed chicken in slow cooker. FYI- I always spray my slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray first or you can use those slow cooker liners. Sprinkle chicken with Italian dressing mix 

And water or chicken broth
Stir.
Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours.
Spray a large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray.
Saute onion and garlic for a couple of minutes.
Add soup, broth and cream cheese to sauce pan.
Stir until cream cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
You may need to get in there with a whisk to get any lumps out.
Add soup mixture to slow cooker and stir.
Cover and cook on low for an additional hour.
Do not cook for more than an hour. Creamy mixtures do not sit well in slow cookers for long periods of time. Add cooked pasta to slow cooker just before serving. Mix thoroughly.
Note: I did sprinkle this with a little parsley and chopped sun-dried tomatoes to give it some color and  a kick of flavor.


350 comments :

  1. I have tried.the planning, but soon realized that I was.a kind of have an idea in the back of my head Kinda gal. Dinner is always interesting around here. liked and followed gooseberry patch.

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  2. I don't plan meals. Once in a while I will ask what they want for dinner tomorrow but usually they don't have an answer or all they ever request is taco's! I am a huge chicken fan so this recipe looks like it might make it to our table this week!

    Michelle
    mmwright@bex.net

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  3. I don't plan meals but i should! I seem to go with the same things and if i planned i could make a lot of new things. Maybe that will be one of my New Year's Resolutions! ;)

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  4. I follow Gooseberry Patch on face book. Thank you for the chance!
    mimieavers@gmail.com

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  5. I also follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest! ;)

    mimieavers@gmail.com

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  6. Funny enough, one of my new years resolutions was to start planning out our meals every week. More often than not dinner becomes a last minute thought...and after an hour long commute home, cooking definitely inst something I'm looking forward too. BUT I've found when I do know what I will be cooking for dinner ahead of time, the chore doesnt seem nearly half as bad! I think this book would be really helpful planning the meals out for the week!

    Hope I win!

    Stephanie.Trovato@gmail.com

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  7. liked Gooseberry Patch FB...love their books. I usually don't pre-plan many meals. It turns out to be spur of moment decision in the morning. We do eat out alot on weekends too.

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  8. If I'm doing a crockpot meal I plan ahead, otherwise I'm a spur of the moment type person! Planning ahead would be easier, since after work, getting the baby from daycare and getting homework done with the older kids, there's days I just don't want to dig through groceries to see what sounds good. Definitely think I'll be looking into the planning ahead idea!

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  9. I've liked Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

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  10. I'm also following you on Pinterest as well!

    sheenahoward84@gmail.com

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  11. Hello! I am a HUGE planner! With 3 kids, a busy hubby and a work schedule I love knowing what is next. I usually leave the weekends to chance:) I ask what everyone is craving, then look back to what we have had lately, what we have a surplus of in the freezer and in the nights that require "quick & easy" and "voila" a weekly menu emerges! This helps me save money too. I only shop once a week (usually) and I usually have everything on hand that I need. I love finding new folks to follow on twitter and pinterest - like you! Keeps our menu rotating! Liked Gooseberry on FB and following them on Pinterest! Hope to add the new cookbook to my collection:) Stay warm!

    ~Kelly

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  12. i dont menu plan i just make whatever i feel like that day!!!

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  13. I never plan, it simply depends on what my family is in mood for, and what igrediants I have on hand to make it with.

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  14. I love making a menu plan and getting everything for the week at the store at once!! Saves so much time not having to stop by the store everyday!!

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  15. I wish I could menu plan. It is just my husband and I that I would be planning for but because his taste change day to day and he doesn't know what he feels like having it is usually a discussion we have when he is at work and I am on the way home.

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  16. DawnJay VarjabedianJanuary 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I don't plan family meals like I used to. It's a make as you can depending on how busy we all are. The only time to plan ahead is for the weekend!

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  17. I try to plan meals a day in advance at least. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.

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  18. I wish I was organized enough to plan meals, and have tried, but I am just not good at it. I often end up coming to your site during the day and picking out something that looks good for dinner.

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  19. Cindy Arthur ekaearth@bright.netJanuary 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook & Pinterest.

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  20. Maybe one day I'll get to menu planning .. the most planning I do is knowing if we need a crockpot meal (like Sundays when we get home from church & everyone is hungry/ready to eat right then) or not. I usually think about what we have and/or want that morning & go from there.

    shronc(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I try to plan 2 weeks at a time. It is not set in stone, so that if one night something doesn't sound great that we have planned we just pick another night and switch them.

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  22. I am a Gooseberry Patch follower on Pinterest.

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  23. I am a Gooseberry Patch follower on FB as well.
    jlhalmes@hotmail.com

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  24. Not a regular meal planner. I usually know what meals we'll have in a given week, just not written in stone which night we'll have what.

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  25. I work two jobs in addition to being on a farm. I could totally use this!
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  26. I work two jobs in addition to being on a farm. I could totally use this!
    pcsbymisty(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I wish I was a menu planner, but that just isn't me.....Although....It's been on my mind to give it a go lately. Just might have to try it now!

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  28. I like them on Facebook
    Misty Dawn
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  29. Following Gooseberry on pintrest. dawsons_00@yahoo.com

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  30. I'm now following Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest, which gives me sooo many more goodies to peruse through - LOL

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  31. I am going to be better about planning. Life gets so busy sometimes. Thanks so much!

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  32. I follow them on Pinterest
    Misty Dawn
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  33. I make a meal plan every week and for the most part stick to it. dawsons_00@yahoo.com

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  34. I like to think I plan, it drives a little of what I grocery shop for. But mostly, I have a general idea in my mind days ahead and I start it during my lunch or when I get home. I live in a small town less than a mile from where I work, so making slow cooker meals on my lunch is a snap or even prepping for that night. I followed on FB and Pinterest.

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  35. I plan my menus around what is on sale at the grocery store. We have a solid 20 go to meals and I try new ones and my husband and I decide if it's a keeper or not (I guess that's easier with no kids!). I try to make a new recipe every week. We're trying to build up to 30 meals. We have been doing meatless Mondays since 2009. I've tried frugal Fridays and Taco Tuesdays. One set meal every week is crockpot italian turkey meatballs and spaghetti. I like Gooseberry Patch on FB and am following them on Pinterest!
    Dimmicksn@gmail.com

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  36. I am a "sort of" planner if that makes sense. I would like to plan more often, as I think it does help keep food costs down. I just need to be more consistent with it.

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  37. I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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  38. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest.

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  39. I try to plan but it usually doesn't happen.

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  40. I love Gooseberry Patch. I try to plan ahead and make menus, but I'm still not very good at it and end up doing the spur of the moment thing.
    my3sons1049@yahoo.com

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  41. I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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  42. I have made it one of my New Year's Resolutions to menu plan. I have seen other blogs doing it and I feel like my family would eat healthier if I do this.
    keshakeke at gmail dot com

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  43. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest.

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  44. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest
    keshakeke at gmail dot com

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  45. I like Gooseberry Patch on facebook
    keshakeke at gmail dot com

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  46. I follow Gooseberry Patch on pintrest.
    my3sons1049@yahoo.com

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  47. Mischelle PoundstoneJanuary 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I used to plan meals, which did make things easier when my kids were little. Now, I just think of something that day or maybe even the day before. I have always loved Gooseberry Patch. I already like them on FB and have been following them on Pinterest for a while.
    Mischelle Poundstone
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  48. The only time I can menu plan is when I get to really make a grocery list and go shopping to make grocerys. Other than that, my significant other calls on his way home from work to find out what I want for supper - so he can get it from the store. You see, I have Stage IV cancer and on chemo so I most of the time can't cook or go to the store like I want and he has to do it! I love him for this! I would prefer to make menus and plan ahead.

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  49. I now follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

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  50. I have a pinterest board called this week's recipes (yes I know- I'm super clever) and I pick an assortment of recipes and base my grocery list from those recipes. I do an assortment of meats and difficulties and choose each day depending on how I feel or what we want. It's worked really well for us and we've found some recipes we really love.

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  51. I now follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest. Name Christine Herbert on pinterest.

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  52. Didn't see comment come through, so resending to let you know I liked Gooseberry Patch on FB and love their site. I will definitely be visiting there again soon. lamichel @ sbcglobal.net

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  53. I liked Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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  54. I am following Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest.

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  55. would love to see if this would help me plan

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  56. Before shopping, we like to make a menu in order to purchase items needed for the week. So far we've had beef roast w/stuffing, spinach, baby carrots; angel hair spaghetti w/meatballs; meatball subs w/tater tots and cottage cheese. So much easier to plan ahead than to have to either chance your menu or run out to the store to get what you need.

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  57. I do some planning of a menu and also buy staples to keep on hand if I change my mind or find a new recipe.

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  58. I liked Gooseberry Patch (which I do) and follow them on Pinterest!

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  59. I could never follow a weekly meal plan! I just go by what I want and what I have in the house!

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  60. Of course I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

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  61. I plan all my dinners. I have to know exactly what I'm cooking each night and I grocery shop for all those things I may need the Sunday before that week. This just makes my life way easier with 4 kids who are starving ALLLLLL the time.

    saunders.eleigh@gmail.com
    followed on pinterest as well

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  62. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest

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  63. I make a monthly menu and then choose the meal I (and my husband) want to make 3 days in advance to let it thaw and get any fresh ingredients needed. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  64. I am a facebook fan of Gooseberry Patch. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  65. I am a pinterest follower of Gooseberry Patch. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  66. I *WISH* I could plan ahead, but it doesn't quite work for me. It's more important to me that we all eat something we enjoy each night!

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  67. I try to plan out menus for the week after reading the store ads...sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't...but at least it gives me a starting point each day
    bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  68. I now follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest thanks to you!

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  69. I try to keep a fairly well stocked kitchen and pantry, usually decide whats for dinner when I get up in the morning, it is a little easier to do it this way because I work at home myonly@yahoo.com

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  70. I "like" Gooseberry Patch on Facebook. Thanks for my chance myonly@yahoo.com

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  71. I have been following Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest for quite some time. Thanks for my chance to enter
    myonly@yahoo.com

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  72. No plan I just eat when and what I want.

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  73. I am not a meal planner although I think it would stop take out eating. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  74. Made this for dinner tonight. Tasty and warm on this dreary FL drizzly early evening. I served mine with peas and buttered carrots tho.

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  75. Sometime I plan meals. I usually make a meal for 3 nights then its a leftover night. Cuts down on wasted food. I liked gooseberry Patch on Facebook and Pinterest. My e-mail is tmmanohdk@gmail.com. I love you blog and the recipes you post!!

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  76. Follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest :)

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  77. I am not a meal planner, but always say I should start... would probably help with saving money spent on groceries. When I shop, I do buy things with meals in mind, they just don't always get made that week.

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  78. Every day is different, whatever is in the fridge and whatever needs fixing soon is what I fix. I'm mindful of expiration dates.

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  79. I try and plan but it doesn't always work out.

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  80. I LOVE Gooseberry Patch - going to FB directly to 'like' them!

    Shonda
    mildthings@windstream.net

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  81. I really don't plan what I am going to have for dinner. Go to the grocery store and get what I can on sale. I usually have one or two things I plan to make and that is based on my whims. Like Chicken & Dumplings--thought about them and how I had not made that in ages. Appears as dinner tonight. The advantage of being the cook. ;-)

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  82. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest.....

    Shonda
    mildthings@windstream.net

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  83. I try to meal plan weekly - it doesn't always work out that way, but at least I have an idea of what is available in the pantry/freezer.....I've also been cooking once a month with a friend and that is extra wonderful for those days when the plan falls through or we are busy - there's always something in the freezer to just pull out and go!!! All of this helps the family budget and the nutrition value of our meals.

    Thanks for the chance to win a new cookbook.....I love Gooseberry Patch - get lots of things from there and ALWAYS have one of their yearly calendars up in my kitchen!

    Shonda
    mildthings@windstream.net

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  84. I liked Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

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  85. I am following Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest

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  86. I like Gooseberry Patch and I'm trying to be a better cook. Hope I win this cookbook!

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  87. I am not a meal planner. I do try to cook something that I can use for another meal. I love Gooseberry Patch. Take care. Carla H

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  88. i dont have much of a plan, i just try to not eat pasta every night! carbs are my weakness lol

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  89. i follow gooseberry patch on pinterest!!

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  90. I planned menus when I had my husband & kids at home but now I'm by myself and eat when I want and & what I want...I love your recipes and have pinned a lot of them to try... this one looks great...

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  91. I love the Gooseberry Patch brand products and just purchased an ebook a few days ago. I try to plan meals ahead for each week, but most of the cooking is done on the weekends to get a jump ahead and make busy evenings a breeze. I do find that I only make around three full meals a week anymore and they have leftovers choices from them. It has been a real lifesaver with precooking and freezing some things now also. It helps the budget when you buy when it is on sale and make meals ahead of time from what was on sale. Also being ill now for several years has taken a toll on the energy left in the evenings so this way of planning and cooking is a blessing many nights. I have taught other people how I do this and it has also worked for them, so I hope I can inspire others!

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  92. I follow Gooseberry Patch on pinterest. coodym@bellsouth.net

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  93. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook... coodym@bellsouth.net

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  94. I now follow Gooseberry Patch on face book. Thank you for the chance!

    laurendean07@hotmail.com

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  95. I now follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest too!

    laurendean07@hotmail.com

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  96. Entry 1: I don't really plan a weekly menu at my house. I used to work with a transition house and helped plan weekly menus for groups of 10+ on a strict budget so while I know how to organize menus, I just don't have the time anymore. I love the idea of different "themes" for different days of the week and may have to implement this into our dinners!

    Love your blog by the way!

    Again, thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

    laurendean07@hotmail.com

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  97. laurie.martin.we@gmail.com
    Love gooseberry Patch ... forgot to put my email on the last post! :)

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  98. I wish I could plan ahead. Single and workaholic but I'm trying to be better! BTW .. I follow Gooseberry Patch on FB and Pinterest! (laurie.martin.we@gmail.com)

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  99. I menu plan for a month at a time. I like doing it this way so I only have to grocery shop once a month.

    vklmarie78@gmail.com

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  100. Hi Brandie! My family loves your recipes...everything from butter dip biscuts to your 7 up cake! I try to make a meal plan weekly to help me stay in my grocery budget. My email is rdewey17@yahoo.com.

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  101. I also follow Gooseberry patch on FB. ( rdewey17@yahoo.com )

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  102. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest. ( rdewey17@yahoo.com )

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  103. I "like" Gooseberry Patch on Facebook but I don't do Pintrest.
    I don't plan ahead with my menus and I need to! THAT's why I really need to win that cookbook!

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  104. I plan a weekly menu! eatcakefordinner@digis.net

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  105. mENU PLANNING ... that is for the people who can plan for more than 5 minutes at a time. I do choose the type of protein in advance because it almost always involves defrosting. But, beyond that ... no plans. But it will always be something that make enough for two nights. Giving me one night off, except for reheating. Oh! Maybe I do plan after all!

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  106. I try to plan out the weeks dinner so I look at my work schedule and make the harder things when I am off!! and the easy things like sandwiches or campbells soup for nights I have to work late! But usually there is a recipe of yours on the menu! The baked ziti (I think) Has become my go to meal :) Thanks Amanda nanny_yaya81@yahoo.com

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  107. I already follow gooseberry :) Amanda nanny_yaya81@yahoo.com

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  108. Hi!
    I don't really meal plan for the entire week. If I know I am going out on a particular day or that I will be somewhere where there will be a larger meal or a meal on the "unhealthy" side, then I try to make sure I eat lighter and healthier around that time. hcool207@yahoo.com

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  109. What a beautiful tutorial!!! Would love this book too...I don't menu plan much. It's just two of us, so we eat 'whatever'....whenever. I have a stack of recipes on my counter that I'm always looking at, so don't have to look far to find something I want to try. We enjoy several new recipes every week.

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  110. I like (love!) Gooseberry Patch at Facebook.

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  111. Hey Girlie, that looks so yummy! Mmmmm, chicken, cream cheese, Italian seasoning! How could it be bad!! About meal planning...Hmm. Several times a year I think I'll get my act together and plan a weekly menu, shopping list, double duty dishes, the whole nine yards! But unfortunately, all my plans go up in a "PooF" when reality comes a knockin'. Truth is, it's a minor miracle that I get a yummy, nutritious meal on the table at all! I can never be the organized version of Suzy Homemaker, but I ROCK her apron!!! LOL

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  112. I've been "following" Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest, does that count? LOL

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  113. Oh, and I have liked Gooseberry Patch on Facebook too! HeeHee

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  114. Hi Brandie, forgot the valid e-mail...again! kateybugsmommy@aol.com Sorry! I don't expect this comment to count as an entry, LOL, just me messin' up!

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  115. I don't usually plan a weeknight meal unless there is a special occasion. I just make what I feel like eating with the groceries that I have.

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  116. I am a menu planner. I schedule the meal plan for a month at a time, but it is always open to change.

    I usually do a "taco Tuesday"meal, have a soup night, an 'easy' (meaning one-dish) night, and an Italian night each week.

    Should I win, please add a comment!

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  117. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest!

    Please comment should I win! Thanks!

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  118. Ive been trying to meal plan more often, ( and shop the grocery store sales ) and..use coupons.

    Ive also been trying to use my crockpot recipes more..and plan some freezer meals.

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  119. I liked Gooseberry Patch on Facebook, thanks for the chance to win this cookbook!
    readinginks ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com

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  120. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest ( Melissa ) thanks!

    readinginks ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com

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  121. I plan a wwk at a time but am open to changes if need be,
    virgina@heather-ridge.com

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  122. Liked and followed Gooseberry patch on pinterest
    virginia@heather-ridge.com

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  123. I plan meals weekly most of the time. I buy my meat in bulk and usually hve a game plan for the month.

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  124. I plan meals weekly most of the time. I buy my meat in bulk and usually hve a game plan for the month.

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  125. I dont menu plan for the week, maybe just a day or two at a time. I would love to win your cookbook!!! Thank you for the offer!!! mjmcgowin@wildblue.net

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  126. We tend to wing it with weekly menus. We set a few meals and then other days are on a whim.

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  127. I definitely meal plan, so it makes it that much quicker during the week. Plus, with a 6 month old, I need quick and easy. :) I've been a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook for a while now, and have liked them on Pinterest as well. Thanks for the chance to win another great Gooseberry Patch cookbook. :)

    Dani
    dmcurcio@hotmail.com

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  128. I don't do a weekly menu but go a few days at a time, using recipes that can be used with leftovers for the next day.
    I love Gooseberry Patch, I follow on Facebook and Pinterest both!
    mrb_62@yahoo.com

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  129. I follow Gooseberry Patch on pinterest!!! mjmcgowin@wildblue.net

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  130. I like Gooseberry Patch on facebook!! mjmcgowin@wildblue.net

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  131. I don't do a menu, but that is one thing I want to do this year. I think I would do better at the grocery store!

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  132. I like Gooseberry Patch on FB

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  133. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest

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  134. I don't have a weekly plan- but I plan meals out 3 weeks ahead of time so that I can shop at the store for items as they go on sale

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  135. I have been trying to get into the habit of making a menu plan. I don't always stick to it, but I try. Since I've started back to work after being a stay at home mom for 4 years I need some organization some where in my life...lol

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  136. I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

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  137. I really don't have a menu plan.When I go grocery shopping I try to just get the ingredients I need if making something in particular....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

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  138. I follow GP on fb....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

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  139. I follow GP on pinterest as labellaluna.......ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

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  140. As empty nesters we plan 4 days per week leaving 3 days for flexibility and/or leftovers. Almost always using recipes found online from wonderful blogs such as yours! Thanks for the 3 opportunities!

    Cindi
    simonson(dot)cindi{at}gmail(dot)com

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  141. I liked your facebook page. I try and plan at least a week at a time. With me working and being a single mom and my sons sports schedules it helps to plan ahead. Of course things can change from day to day but for the most part I stick to the menu planned for the day.

    my e-mail is tracywoker@att.net

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  142. Woohoo, I liked Gooseberry Patch!

    Cindi
    simonson(dot)cindi{at}gmail(dot)com

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  143. Love Pinterest! I follow Gooseberry Patch.

    Cindi
    simonson(dot)cindi{at}gmail(dot)com

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  144. I've tried in past to make a plan and end up never following it so I figure why bother. thanks for chance to win a gooseberry patch cook book I love them

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  145. GBP fan on FB

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  146. follow on pinterest

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  147. With two active kids and very busy schedules, weekly menu planning is a must! I usually plan up to 10 days. I try to plan two easy meals (ie. sandwiches and store bought soup)that can easily be substituted on the nights that I can't/don't feel like following the plan. There are some weeks it just doesn't work out but most part we stick to the plan. My crockpot is cooking at least 2x a week here at my house(even in the summer). punkiepies at gmail dot com

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  148. I like you and Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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  149. I like Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest.

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  150. I follow Gooseberry on facebook. punkiepies at gmail dot com

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  151. I follow Gooseberry on Pinterest. punkiepies at gmail dot com

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  152. I will take a few cookbooks or magazines from my collection and sit down during the week after dinner and start going through them to see if there is anything in it I would like to make this week. If so I write the recipe name, page number and book on my note pad. Then on the opposite page I write any ingredient that I need to purchase for that recipe. If we really like the recipe I'll copy it and put it into my "favorites" folder. I do this every 2 weeks so when I go shopping I don't over spend buying junk I don't need.

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  153. I follow Gooseberry Patch on fb. My husband is now doing the majority of the cooking since we have now moved & I have a 20 min commute home. He does try to meal plan, but it doesn't always work out. My email address is bjmaxwell2000@yahoo.com

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  154. I try to meal plan every week so Hubby knows what we are having every night and it is not a surprise. chellewolfe@yahoo.com

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  155. I have tried both ways... planning a week in advance or just "winging it" when I get home from work. Both seem to work. I can be creative in a pinch.

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  156. love the idea of meal planning - never seem to accomplish it... must re-dedicate! davespita@hotmail.com

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  157. liked on faceboook! davespita@hotmail.com

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  158. I love to plan out my menus with our grocery stores sales. Saving money and having a plan is tops on my list.

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  159. I love to plan out my menus with our grocery stores sales. Saving money and having a plan is tops on my list.

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  160. I make up a menu plan each week on the weekend. We then try to shop for everything at the same time which saves trips to the store. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

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  161. I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

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  162. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

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  163. This recpe looks yummy. I like any kind of chicken and I love cheese. I plan to make this(as son as I gather the ingredients). I try to plan weekly meals and shopping lists, but sometimes, I just "wing it". No chicken pun intended :)

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  164. Don't plan meals, since it's just my husband and myself. Just cook what we are in the mood for on that day. pmbeach@insightbb.com

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  165. Liked Gooseberry Patch on facebook! pmbeach@insightbb.com

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  166. The dish looks yummy and easy. Luv new ideas for meals. Thank you!
    rasussman@hughes.net

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  167. Liked on Facebook. I usually don't do menu planning, but I am starting to think about it because sometimes I just don't know what to do. I read your blog and I think is a great idea to get everyone involve since I have picky eaters at home.

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  168. I don't usually menu plan. I would like to plan more. I want to teach my 5 daughters how to do this...it makes life so much easier.

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  169. I like Gooseberry on Facebook.

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  170. I follow Gooseberry on Pinterest.

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  171. I do not own any goose berry patch cook books. If you had to go out and buy one, what one would you choose?
    Thank You!
    Toni

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  172. Hello!
    I try to plan meals, but sometimes it does not work out. The meat is still frozen, or the kids want one thing and the hubby wants another. I tell them "I'm not a short order cook"!
    We have tried your Taco Soup, everyone LOVES IT!
    Also for Hubby's birthday I made the Banana Pudding Poke Cake and it was gone in 2 days! Very, very good!
    Thank you for everything you do!
    Toni
    mark4094@nwcable.net

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  173. I definitely menu plan more often than not. I have found that I save quite a bit of money when I do, and since I'm cheap, this appeals to me. ;) I love the gooseberry format, tho. We always do homemade pizza on Fridays, so that would fit in perfectly!

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  174. We kind of meal plan using sale items picked up from the grocery store, but about half the time we just make what we want to eat.
    adkins107@yahoo.com

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  175. I follow gooseberry patch on facebook. adkins107@yahoo.com

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  176. I just found your blog yesterday and I love it already! I am finding your recipes to be very helpful. Having a family, working, cooking etc keeps me very busy so it's so nice to find quick, easy, but tasteful recipes for the weeknights. I go back and forth with planning meals and picking meals at random. I do like the idea of having themed weeknight dinners, tex mex tuesday etc. I liked GBP on FB and Followed GBP on Pinterest. The recipe book looks like it would be a good one!

    Jamie
    curls2784@gmail.com

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  177. I like to print out a blank calendar each year and fill in the days a month (give or take a week) at a time. That way I can see what we've already eaten that month and look back to other months for ideas. I usually make notes at the bottom for upcoming months, recipes that I want to try and the recipe sources. I LOVE the Gooseberry Patch cookbook idea of themes. We're starting that with soups this winter, every Tuesday!

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  178. I usually plan a week of meals so Im not stuck running to the store every day or trying to figure out what Im going to cook with three kids and a husband staring at me!
    Lilac476@hotmail.com

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  179. I follow Gooseberry Patch on facebook!
    Lilac476@hotmail.com

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  180. We don't have packet dressing mixes here in Australia (well not that I can find anywhere), any idea what I can use as a substitute

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  181. I wish I could plan better, but I can usually get 4 out of 7 dinners at least thought of the day before!

    I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

    I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest.

    Smurfmobile85 at gmail dot com

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  182. Awesome giveaway! I'm embarassed to say I don't menu plan at all, though I strive to be the sort of woman who is so on top of things. I'm doing well if I even manage to think about the next night's dinner at all when I'm at the grocery store!

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  183. I like Gooseberry Patch on fb! (Marty Musser)

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  184. ...and I follow on pinterest. (http://pinterest.com/mermarty/)

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  185. I usually have some idea of what I am going to make during the week, keeping in mind what I have on hand. I also menu-plan keeping in mind what the grocery stores have on sale that week...
    Robin
    mommy0004@aol.com

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  186. I already like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook...Robin mommy0004@aol.com

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  187. I follow Gooseberry on pinterest

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  188. I follow you but I don't plan every meal just sometimes

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  189. I only plan by what is in my freezer, items in there are things I stocked up on when on sale. I have several packs of chicken in there so, tonight's menu; chicken!
    I did plan a LOT of meals when I had kids and trying to balance tastes, likes and budget. Now with just me and my husband, I definitely "wing it" a lot more.
    p.s. I followed or liked everyone per your post.

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  190. Using up what is in the fridge and freezer. I also go through my pantry and check the dates on the food and try to use up older things first.

    babyfacezxzx@aol.com

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  191. I try to plan for the week~I don't like grocery shopping more than once a week. I try to plan for a minimum of 4 dinners at home per week (on a good week!)...leaving us a couple of nights to eat out or with friends from church.
    I love this blog and just used the homemade carpet cleaner yesterday!

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  192. I wish I was better at that, but I'm not. I give it a little thought the night before & that's it. Pretty sad. But anyhoo....that's it!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!! & you're wonderful recipes!!! :)

    Have a great day,
    Tess (tessjag@hotmail.com)

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