Grocery Shopping for Busy Moms

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I don’t know about y’all, but I am finding myself busier and busier, and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done! Since we’ve just moved to New England, and have never experienced winter up here, I have to admit, I am a bit intimidated by all of the winter weather stories I am hearing from various people. FEET of snow! I’ve only ever seen a few inches. I don’t know how in the world I am going to drive around to do my errands. Everyone says that the streets are plowed and perfectly safe to drive on, but I’m from the South – I can’t comprehend this 🙂 I’ve been looking around for a few online delivery options, and looks very promising.

This is a service where you can shop and order items online, and have grocery delivery right to your home – they even offer FREE shipping on orders over $49 and they work in conjunction with the Shop Your Way Rewards program, as well as many other savings options. In some cases, you can get same day delivery as late as 9pm – which should fit almost anyone’s schedule! You can schedule orders for pickup too at local Kmart stores, with curbside pickup, which is FREE. How wonderful that you wouldn’t have to get the kids out of the car in inclement weather!  I am planning to try this service out for myself next week, with the curbside pickup, because I will be near my local Kmart anyway taking both pets to the vet. I was worried that I’d have to make a second trip across town because I don’t want to leave them in the car while I shop, but this is a perfect solution for me. Continue reading »

Baked Penne Rigate

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Baked Penne Rigate is a recipe I make using my leftover “Sunday Sauce” when I make spaghetti. If the sauce is frozen, I unthaw it either all day in the refrigerator, or if it’s last minute, in the microwave while the pasta is boiling.

I use one container of my spaghetti sauce, and one box of Penne Rigate.

I boil the pasta, and then pour it into my baking dish.

I pour the spaghetti sauce over the pasta and stir.

I cover the pan with foil, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Some people wonder why I cover it with foil, and it’s because the pasta will get hard and dried out if it’s not covered.

Then add some Mozzarella Cheese to the top. I don’t put the foil back on top, because if you do, the cheese will stick to the foil.

Then I place it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, just so the cheese can melt.

Next, I slice a loaf of Italian Bread in half and top it with butter and garlic salt (or powder) and bake it for about 10 minutes. If you have extra cheese, consider adding it to the bread for cheesy bread. You could also add various herbs or spices, whatever your tastes prefer.

Finally, serve it on a plate, perhaps topping with Parmesan Cheese, to a hungry and waiting family.

Because it’s made with leftover spaghetti sauce, it’s a very quick and easy weeknight dinner for me to make when we are busy!