April 28, 2014
Mondays are my time to organize. I am cherishing these last few weeks that the boys in school and taking the time to get as much done as possible. I am taking a few minutes to check email and enjoy a little breakfast. I am a creature of habit and often have the same thing pretty much every morning.
As you can see by my picture, I am in my spot and ready to go. I am having my usual – an english muffin with spreadable cheese and a turkey sausage patty plus a glass of juice. The way I shake it up is by varying my juice option. Sometime I do grapefruit juice but this morning I opted for my favorite – 100% Florida Orange Juice. It’s my perfect little start to the day!
I have laundry going, the dishwasher is running and I am on a mission to get a ton of stuff knocked out while I can. I have never been one to do coffee in the morning. I find that my orange juice is the perfect wake me up and gets my day started right. Plus, one 8-ounce serving of orange juice is fat-free and, at 110 calories per 8-ounce glass, has fewer calories than some other commonly consumed 100% fruit juices. With swimsuit season just around the corner, I can use all the help I can get–tee hee.
One hundred percent orange juice is a healthful and nutrient-rich replacement in the diet for many foods and beverages containing added sugars. I am on a mission to have my husband replace his beloved coffee with orange juice at least one day per week. So far he’s done a great job…he just needs me to keep reminding him.
He’s not a quick to grab a fruit on his way out the door, but drinking an 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an easy and refreshing way for him to add more fruit servings. I have also been on a smoothie kick lately and that has been a great weekend option for all my guys. I just combine 100% OJ with frozen berries and non-fat yogurt and whip up a delicious fruit smoothie that is easy and gets the good stuff in my whole family. The smoothies are so tasty that my guys don’t even realize they are good for them too!
Need more reasons to pour that glass of OJ in the morning? Check this out:
- One glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice is a nutrient-rich beverage that is a delicious way to complement whole fruit intake to help reach daily fruit intake recommendations, with every 8 ounce glass counting as 1 cup of fruit.
- An 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, providing more than 100 percent of the Daily Value.
- An 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice provides a good source of potassium (473 mg or 14 percent of the Daily Value).
What are you waiting for? Join me and pour yourself a big glass of 100% orange juice. I posted the upcoming Publix ad this morning and there are a few OJ sales. Check out the sneak peek and relax with a tasty glass of OJ and start your day off right!
This post is brought to you by the Florida Department of Citrus.
March 31, 2014
Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
2 Toufayan whole wheat pitas halved and toasted
Mix Panko, Feta, minced red onion,pesto (I like to make mine homemade), salt, pepper 1lb.turkey breast, & 1 garlic clove minced. Mix all ingredients. Make patties, cook in skillet with spray. Serve in Pita with fresh arugula, extra pesto and fresh tomato. Delicious
March 31, 2014
Chicken Tacos with a Twist
1 lb. of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 Pack of Toufayan Tortillas, Soft White Taco Style
1 Package of Taco Seasoning (Any Brand)
1/4 cup of Orange Juice with No Pulp
2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
8 oz. of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3 Tomatoes, Diced
16 oz. Sour Cream
I take their White Soft Taco Tortillas and make chicken tacos. Take the pound of chicken breast and cut into strips. Before cooking it, marinade the chicken in orange juice, white vinegar, and taco seasoning for about 2 hours. The orange juice and vinegar provide a paprika-type taste. Cook the chicken in a skillet until thoroughly cooked. Fill each tortilla up with the cooked chicken strips, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. If desired, tortillas can be warmed.
Serve and enjoy!
March 31, 2014
Mayan Pork Wrap
4 ounces cooked pork tenderloin, cut into thin strips
½ cup cooked white rice
½ cup cooked red or black beans
½ cup canned corn
½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ cup salsa
2 Toufayan Wraps
In large bowl combine pork, rice, beans, corn, Cheddar cheese and salsa.
Cover the Toufayan Wraps in damp paper towels and heat in the microwave 45 seconds.
r, heat them individually in a dry pan until warm and lightly toasted.
Place Toufayan Wraps on work surface; top with pork mixture.
Fold sides in to enclose filling; roll other sides to enclose filling.
March 31, 2014
1 Toufayan Sun-Dried Tomato Wrap
1 Cup Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp Rosemary Seasoning
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease a large cookie sheet.
3. Place wrap on cookie sheet, making sure it is opened flat.
4. Spread shredded cheese over wrap.
5. Sprinkle rosemary seasoning over wrap.
6. Place cookie sheet in the oven on the middle rack.
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
8. Allow time to cool. Serve and Enjoy!
*You can also add meat and/or any vegetable toppings of your choice. Although, the cooking time may need to be adjusted.
March 31, 2014
Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
4 Toufayan Wraps
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 scallion, sliced
In large skillet over medium-high heat, in hot oil, cook shrimp until lightly browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Remove shrimp to bowl. To drippings remaining in skillet, add red pepper; cook until pepper is tender-crisp.
Place two Toufayan Wraps on work surface, top each with shrimp, red peppers, shredded cheese and scallion.
Top with remaining wraps.
Preheat grill or large skillet.
Cook quesadillas about 5 minutes or until bottom is very crisp, then carefully flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes until cheese is melted.
To serve, cut quesadillas into wedges.
Serve with Guacamole.
January 1, 2014
Happy New Year! It’s really hard to believe that it’s 2014. Last year was a busy year for us as we moved to a new state. We are enjoying Tennessee but I still have lots of unpacking and organizing to do.
One of my goals is to get everything out of my garage and put where it is supposed to go. I really want to have it done by the end of January…so I better get busy!
Today I am also taking the time to revisit our budget and get everything set up for 2014. I have been tracking our spending in various categories for many years now and budget a certain amount for the entire year. Now I know this may not work for everyone but it’s worked great for us. Today is the day that I look to see if we were over budget or under budget. Depending on what I see I will either maintain or modify the allotments in each category.
For several years now I have been able to feed my crew for about $40 per week. I actually have $2100 in my grocery budget for the entire year. Last year I added an organic produce delivery service that was on top of that amount. I have not found a similar option since we have moved but have had some success at the Chattanooga Market and even received some great produce from friends and neighbors. I am considering doing some small gardens this year now that I have the space. I just have to determine if I can add the maintenance into my routine each week. I know it’s not a ton of effort but I am stretched thin as it is.
With all of that – plus the fact that my boys are getting bigger, I am considering modifying my budget to $50 – $75 per week. Now I know that doesn’t sound like a ton of money but, it’s a pretty substantial increase.
I am struggling with the decision for many reasons. I have made a list of the pros and cons but am still not completely sure what I will do. Here’s how my brain works….
If I allow myself the extra money I will not work as hard to save…BUT…I am so busy I need to cut myself some slack and reduce my stress.
My boys are getting bigger, eating more and have many more requests…BUT…they are still young and need to understand that you don’t always get what you want. They get plenty of healthy food while so many other kids do not.
I could go on and on…it seems that I can answer every reason to modify with a reason why I shouldn’t. Wish me luck with my decision.
While I am making my decisions I thought I would see what you guys have planned this year. Any of you guys care to share your budget or goals for the new year. Are you budgeting for a large purchase, to pay off debt or just to trying to make ends meet? I think it’s nice to hear from other like minded folks. So what’s your budget and what are you saving for?
December 11, 2013
I will admit that I am so busy that I don’t spend tons of time on Facebook but apparently they changed some algorithm last week. It seems they want pages and business to start paying big bucks in order to reach fans. I guess it’s their prerogative, after all I don’t pay them anything to have a page so I guess I can’t expect them to bend over backwards to make sure folks get the scoop on what I share.
My main focus has been and will always be my websites. I don’t plan on paying Facebook massive advertising fees so folks will see my posts.
Now, I know lots of you guys depend on Facebook for a quick update so this is affecting you guys. It seems that there are ways to improve the chances of you getting notices and seeing more posts.
Check out this little step by step guide -
- Like I Heart Publix on Facebook
- Hover over that like button and Make sure “Show In Newsfeed” is checked
- Next, Make sure “Get Notifications” is checked
- Then click “Settings” (under “Show In Newsfeed”)
- A new pop up will show up and there you will click “All Updates”
Of course you can always check here on the site for all the latest and greatest deals available at Publix. I share so many good ones each day. I know being able to get quick notification of hot deals and coupons is important to you guys. We all know they can come and go very quickly. Hopefully this helps you guys get those posts back in your feed.
Don’t forget, in addition to just visiting the site and Facebook there are other ways to get all my deals.
- Follow me on Twitter
- Subscribe to the daily newsletter - every post comes straight to your inbox
- Consider subscribing via RSS feed. I am a NewsBlur fan and see all my favorite sites in one place.
I know this is frustrating and lots of my blogging buddies are all very upset by the changes. I figure we have to roll with the punches. Who knows Facebook may not even be around a year from now…
Thanks to Kerry at Totally Target for the instructions
August 5, 2013
Michelle shared a link over on my Facebook page that had a news story about a couple of folks who decided to cheat big time at Publix.
It seems that “They were making fraudulent coupons, altering coupons they found online. Making it so it wouldn’t look odd to Publix.”
Isn’t that just dandy…and we wonder why stores are so critical of couponers?! Coupon fraud is rampant everywhere. I think this is a nice reminder to make sure and follow the rules so that our stores continue to offer a generous coupon policy.
I have seen so many stories about folks bending the rules and just flat out cheating. I am not naive, I know there will always be liars, thieves and cheaters in this world. I just wish they’d stay out of my favorite store – tee hee!
Feel free to comment and discuss. Have you witnessed any folks being less than honest?
July 26, 2013
I had a couple of people send over links to the new Forbes article that talks about how Publix is winning the grocer war. Basically the article focuses on what we all know…Publix customer service really does make a difference!
What I loved reading is that Forbes notes that Publix is the most profitable grocery chain in the nation. Their 2012 net margins of 5.6% beats out Walmart’s 2012 net margin of 3.8% and Kroger’s 2012 net margin of 1.6%. How cool is that? I think most people would agree that Publix has the cleanest stores, best customer service and highest quality products. All of that and they are still profitable – brilliant!
For me, their customer service means more than anything. My time and money are both very valuable and the last thing I want to do is waste either. It’s very rare today to get good customer service at any type of retail establishments. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought shoes, clothing, electronics and such and the cashier never even bothered to look up, much less smile or greet me. Heck, the other day I was buying new socks for my boys and the cashier never even looked at me. Instead she was too busy conversing with another employee about various aspects of her love life. She dropped some of my change, said oops then quickly turned to finish her conversation. I looked at my husband in awe. I made a point to loudly say – “Thanks, I hope you have a great day.” You know, I was not shocked by the fact she didn’t hear me.
Now, don’t get me wrong I am not asking that stores roll out a red carpet and greet me with confetti. However, common courtesy and friendliness sure do go a long way. I work very hard for my money and want to make sure I am getting value for that money…value in the product and in my experience!
I can still remember one of my final visits to Wallyworld. You guys know I have a love for hummus. Well, many moons ago, I found a recipe and wanted to give it a try. The recipe called for tahini. I had no idea where to begin looking for this sesame paste that I had never bought before. I looked for a few minutes then went over to an employee who was standing at a podium type thing at the front of the store. I asked her where I might find the tahini that I needed for my recipe. I have to note that she looked less than pleased to have been working that day. I asked her where I might find the item and was appalled at how this woman treated me. She had no idea where to find the item and the few suggestions she had I had already checked. She was not pleased that I didn’t walk away after her ideas were exhausted. I politely asked if she could find someone to help me since I really needed this ingredient for my recipe. I suggested maybe she could call someone on her walky talky who might be able to assist me. Little did I know that would incur an insult with her final suggestion that if I needed more help I’d need to go stand in line at the customer service. I looked over at the line and asked her if she was really suggesting that I stand in a line that had 20+ people miserable standing for returns. Her reply was….”You can stand in line or just go somewhere else.” So you know what…I left my cart with her and walked out the door. That was the last time I ever went there shopping for groceries. (I did have to run in once to buy socks for my son on the way to a wedding but it literally was my only option in the area or I would never have given them another dollar after my tahini fun–tee hee!)
Let me tell you about a similar experience recently at Publix. I was in Alabama visiting my husband’s family and needed some little juice glasses. We were on our way back from the beach and had to stop by Publix to get my husband’s father’s birthday cake so I decided to see if maybe I could kill two birds with one stone. I was exhausted and was honestly embarrassed to be in the store…after a long day at the beach I know I looked and likely smelled terrible! After grabbing the cake I kinda stood looking at the signs trying to determine which aisle might be my best bet to look for those juice glasses. An employee approached me and asked me if I needed help. I explained to her what I was looking for and she said that they may be in one of several spots and proceeded to walk me to 4 or 5 different aisles to show me all the options I had to choose from. At one point I felt bad about her taking so much time with me and said she could just tell me the aisle number – her response….”No, It’s my pleasure!” I kinda giggled and said…”You know, I Heart Publix!”
My store is awesome – I know most of the people there. They go out of their way to be kind, helpful and just downright friendly. What makes me love Publix even more is that I can go into a store where I am not a “regular”, no makeup, sweaty and likely stinky and they are still as helpful and friendly as ever!
I really wish more companies would follow Publix in their efforts to be customer service oriented. I wish they’d realize that consumers value things other than super cheap products. They might also keep in mind that we remember the type of service we get at their stores. My Wallyword visit I described was years ago and I still have not forgotten that miserable shopping trip!