Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fried vs Baked Bacon

The last time I went to fix bacon I decided that I was going to try baking it rather than frying it.  I heard and read of many people baking their bacon and the reviews were making me start to think twice about frying it.  However, I am have been a die hard bacon frying person only so making the change seemed so hard to do! I have picky eaters to worry about and just the thought of "change" seemed to haunt me. But I pressed on and made the effort to trying to bake some bacon!

In order to make the change over to baking the bacon,  I decided that I would fry half of a pound of bacon in my skillet.

I baked the rest of the pound of bacon in the oven at 400°on my Pampered Chef large baking pan(jelly roll style pan with edges to catch the grease).

(fried on the left, baked on the right)

Here is the results:


  • more greasy
  • more crispy
  • cooked to smaller pieces
  • more wavy--not really flat for putting on a sandwich!
  • had grease to clean up all over my stove!
  • thicker pieces
  • flatter pieces that fit better on a sandwich
  • crispy yet chewy
  • less greasy
  • less mess
  • took less time and less watchful eye
Overall Results: The baked bacon got rave reviews from my family! My "picky eater" hubby raved about the baked bacon!!  He told me that he would appreciate it if I baked the bacon from now on because he enjoyed it so much.  He said that it tasted more like how the restaurants cook their bacon. My kids even could tell a difference between the cooking styles. They enjoyed it as well.

So this Momma is making a change in her kitchen!!  I am switching to baking the bacon!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Meijer Deals 11/22-11/28

Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also check the THREE pages of Mealbox coupons there are several cpns that match items in this week's ad! Please let me know if there is something that I missed and I will take the time to update my deals listing.

Also wanted to make you aware that at the bottom of the weekly deals I have put some of the deals that you will find at Meijer for on Thursday/Thanksgiving Day ONLY!!!


**Turkeys - Grade A Tom, 16.1 lbs and up. $14 OFF with additional $20 purchase. limit 1

**Turkeys - GradeHen, 10-16lbs avg $8.00 off with additional $20 purchase. limit 1
**Save $2.00 on a Butterball® Turkey(cpn at link) when you buy any combination of FIVE 6oz. Stove Top Stuffing Mix(99¢) or 12oz. Heinz Homestyle Gravy(99¢)--here is a coupon for $1/3 jars of gravy!.


Coca Cola 2L Bottle All Varieties 5/$5

Sweet Potatoes 39¢/lb

California Pascal Celery 59¢

Meijer Brown & Serve Rolls 99¢

Boneless Chuckeye Roast $2.49/lb

Healthy Choice Complete Meals or Cafe Steamers $2.49
$1/2 cpn 10-18 S
$2/1 cpn

Progresso Broth 32oz chicken or beef $1.69
50/1 cpn 11-15 GM
50/1 cpn
50/1 cpn 

Hillshire Farm Rope Style Smoked Sausage, Cheddarwursts or Brats 14-16oz pkg All varieties $1.79

Hillshire Farms Lil' Smokies 2/$5
$1/2 cpn 11-15 RP

Odom's Tennessee Pride Roll Pork Sausage 16 oz all varieties 2/$4
55/1 cpn 

Aunt Millies Butter Top Bread 22oz $1.25

Breyers Ice Cream 1.5qt 2/$5
75/1 cpn 10-18 RP

Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables 10-12oz $1.00
35/1 cpn 10-18 S
50/2 cpn 

Smithfield Premium Sliced Bacon 16oz pkg $2.29
55/1 cpn 10-25 S

Keebler Crackers: Club 12-16oz, Town House 11-16oz, Grahams 9.9-16oz $1.99
$1/2 cpn 11-01 RP
$1/2 cpn(club crackers only)
$1/2 cpn(townhouse crackers only)

Nestle Toll House Morsels 11-12oz All varietes $1.99
50/1 cpn 11-01 RP
50/2 cpn
$1/6 Mealbox cpn

Alouette Creme de Brie 5oz pkg 2/$5
$1/1 cpn 11-08 S

Alouette Spreadable Cheese 6.5-8oz 2/$5
75/1 cpn 11-08 S

Kraft Shredded or Crumbles Cheese 5-8oz pkg 3/$5
$1/2 cpn 11-22 S


Hartz Rawhides ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Meijer Day/Night Liquid or Tussin Cough Syrup ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Dial Complete, Dial Yogurt or Tone Foam 7.5oz $1.69
35/1 cpn 10-04 S(cpn for Dial products)

Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner 23.7-33.8 oz $5.29
B1G1 cpn 10-11 PG(cpn is for Free Herbal Essences Styler)

Clairol Nice n Easy, Perfect 10 or Root Touch Up ~~ $2 OFF
$2/1 cpn 11-01 PG

Crest Cavity Protection Regular Paste 6.4oz 2/$3
$1/2 cpn 11-01 PG
75/1 cpn 10-11 PG

Advil Tablets, Caplets 50ct Liquid-Gels 40ct $4.49
$2/1 cpn 11-15 RP


Hellmanns Real or Light Mayonnaise 30 oz $1.49 (limit 2) **stack cpns get for FREE!**
$0.50/1 cpn 11-15 RP
$1.00/1 Mealbox cpn

Colgate Toothpaste 4.6 oz $1.00
$0.75/1 cpn 11-08 S
$1.00/3 Mealbox cpn

Halls Cough Drops 30 ct 88¢
$1.00/2 cpn 11-8 S

Maybelline Cosmetics select varieties ~~ 50% off

Joy Liquid Dish Soap 30 oz 99¢

Speed Stick assorted deodorants 2.3-3 oz $1.00 (limit 4)

Cottonelle Moist Wipes 72-84 ct 2/$5
50/1 cpn

Cottonelle Bath Tissue 6 double Roll 2/$5

Pepsi products 2 liter 69¢ (limit 3)

Huggies Mega Diapers, Little Movers or Snug & Dry Diapers select sizes $10.99 (limit 2)
$1.50/1 cpn 11-15 S

***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here. Meijer already has their Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Saturday ads on their website for your browsing!!  IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering

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Menu Plan Monday 11/22-11/28

Last week’s menu plans went well!  I was able to do my grocery shopping on Wednesday last week so I could finish my menu planning. It feels good to have a stocked freezer and pantry again so that meals are not so hard to plan.  

This week’s meals are simple meals aside from turkey dinner on Thursday.  As it stands right now it will be just my immediate family (hubby & my 5 kids) here for Thanksgiving.  Since it is just the seven of us, I will not be going to great lengths for a big spread of food but just what we would normally do for a big dinner.  I will also do a special dessert/treat on that day that I normally wouldn’t do if it was just our simple weekly dinner.   Things could change though as we talked to one of our pastors at church who is in charge of the college ministry.  We told him if there was any college adults that needed a place to go for Thanksgiving, our home was open for them to come and enjoy a home cooked meal!  If we have anyone come it will be just a matter of changing the amount of potatoes I mash and the amount of veggies I do because I have a 12 lb turkey that I am cooking!

For this week’s lunches that are for the kids and me except for Thursday and Friday! Unless we are having leftovers, our lunches are served with apple slices or carrot sticks along with fruit juice or water.  Hubby usually takes a dinner leftover along with various snacks for his work lunch so I don’t take the time to plan his lunches.  Hubby only has to work through Wednesday so lunches at the end of the week will be a little different from the usual fare.

I went shopping at the grocery stores and Sam’s Club on Wednesday!  I have enough food now in the house that I will make it through the next two weeks without too much trouble. I am really beginning to love this shopping every two weeks rather than the weekly trips.  Doing these every two week trips will be beneficial through the winter months because of the not knowing when I might not be able to make it during a week.

A special thanks to Laura-Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Need help with your menus; go check the over 300 other delicious meal plans that have been linked at Laura-Organizing Junkie's site or look down in my right sidebar for my menu suggestion lists!

Sunday (11-22)
Breakfast: eggs, sausage, hash browns, and donuts
Lunch: pizza  
Dinner: Wendy’s (after church)
Snack: snack basket

Monday (11-23)
Breakfast: cereal and donuts or banana bread
Lunch: homemade lunchables or sandwich and chips
Dinner: beef gravy served over egg noodles and peas for veggie
Snack: snack basket

Tuesday (11-24)
Breakfast:  waffles and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  chicken clubs served with fries and corn
Snack: snack basket

Wednesday (11-25)
Breakfast:  bagels and cereal
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  saucy chicken served with rice and green beans
Snack: snack basket

Thursday (11-26) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Breakfast:  Pancakes and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: roasted turkey, mashed taters & gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, homemade bread and easy pudding pie
Snack: snack basket

Friday (11-27)
Breakfast:  cereal and toast
Lunch: sandwich & chips
Dinner: pizza & fries
Snack: ice cream night

Saturday (11-28)
Breakfast:  Your Choice
Lunch: turkey leftovers
Dinner:  oven fried chicken, fries and corn
Snack: popcorn