Pendleton's Country Market: Butterfly Bio-Villa + FREE Green Beans & Okra!

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Hello everyone! This week I wanted to highlight Pendleton’s Country Market and my trip to their Butterfly Bio-Villa.

About Pendleton’s Country Market

Pendleton’s is a local family farm that started about 40 years ago. I love to visit the Pendleton’s booth at Lawrence’s Farmer’s Market as well as just driving out. It is located less than 2 miles east of Lawrence on K-10.

Here’s a snapshot of what their website looks like:

 

 

As you can tell, they always have a lot going on:

Fresh produce & pick-your-own options! Country Market CSA Fresh flowers Butterfly Bio-villa with tours for classes Workshops Pumpkin Patch & Maze variety of groups activities

 

Butterfly Bio-Villa

A couple of years ago, I took my 3rd & 4th grade class to their Butterfly Bio-villa. We had such a great time!! First we took a hayride trip out to the bio-villa:

 

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Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe: Easy Healthy Granola

Healthy Granola

Welcome to Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe!

(Note: Each week Frugal Townie and I, in a combined effort post the Grocery Deals Round-Up and a Frugal Recipe that goes right along with the current deals.)

Last week I showed you how I cook dry beans. This saves a LOT of money!

Take advantage on buying all the fruit on sale this week! (To see the full list, visit Frugal Townie)

This is what I’m going to buy:

– Bananas- $0.19/lb @ Checkers on THURS only.

– Grapes (green or red)- $0.79/lb @ Aldi

– Peaches, Plums, Nectarines- $0.25/ea @ Aldi

 

This week…

I want to share a recipe with you that I make once or twice a month. It is so good!

 

 

Easy Healthy Granola

It makes 12 cups (36 servings of 1/3 cup).

Dry ingredients:

– 6 cups old-fashioned oats (non-quick oats) – 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk (optional)

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Healthy Grocery Savings Tip #1: Buy & Cook up Dry Beans

cook your own beans

Since we’ve been eating healthier (less meat, more beans) I discovered that cooking your own beans will save three times the amount on beans! Now only that, but it’s a little bit healthier too.

 

 

Canned vs. Cooking your Own Beans Nutrition

Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber, whether they are canned or  dry. They are high in B vitamins and iron and low in fat.

Despite the benefits of canned beans, dry beans (cooking them on your own) are the winner nutritionally:

Lower sodium: Dry beans, purchased in bags, contain no extra sodium. By contrast, canned beans are quite high in sodium (1/2 cup of canned beans contain about 20% of your daily sodium requirement). If you’re watching your sodium intake level for blood pressure concerns or other health reasons, stick with dry beans. More natural: Canned beans can last several years

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Grocery Deals & Menu Planning

Tomato Basil Pasta image

This week I spent time planning out meals for the whole month. It’s been a lot of work, but I’m so glad it’s done!! Don’t forget to stop by Frugal Townie to see all the awesome grocery deals this week! I have a recipe below that’s great for summertime. (And if you missed it, on Monday I shared my Homemade Whole Wheat Bread recipe with you.)

 

Menu Plan Wednesday

Lunch: Sandwiches

Dinner: Tomato Basil Pasta Salad (recipe below)

 

Thursday

Lunch: Sandwiches

Dinner: Baked Potato Soup

 

Baked Potato Soup

 

Friday

Lunch: Chef’s Salad

Dinner: Leftover soup

 

Saturday

Lunch: Leftover Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Dinner: Jagersnitzel

 

Sunday

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Dinner @ parents

 

 

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

 

Ingredients:

– 1/4 c. EVOO

– 4 small tomatoes

– 1/2 lb. fettuccine, cooked

– 1/4 c. fresh basil, sliced thinly

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Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe: 30-Minute Strawberry Freezer Jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Welcome to Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe!

(Note: Each week Frugal Townie and I, in a combined effort post the Grocery Deals Round-Up and a Frugal Recipe that goes right along with the current deals.)

Take advantage on buying all the fruit on sale this week! (To see all the fruit that is on sale, visit Frugal Townie) This is what I’m going to buy:

– Bananas- $0.19/lb @ Checkers on THURS only.

– Blueberries- $1.29/lb @ Aldi

– Cherries – $1.29/lb @ Aldi

– Limes- 6 / $1 @ Checkers

- Peaches or Nectarines- $1.28/lb @ Checkers

– Pineapple- $1.29/ea @ Aldi

– Strawberries- $0.99/lb @ Aldi

This week…

I’m highlighting a recipe for the Strawberries on sale! For a full list of all the back to school and other grocery items on sale, visit Frugal Townie’s Round-Up for the week of July 11th.

 

 

30-Minute Strawberry Freezer Jam

Making

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Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe: Cucumber, Green Bean & Tomato Salad

cucumber green bean and tomato salad

I have my new header up!!

What do you all think? I also spent some time today making small changes so that my colors would match my new theme. Soon I’ll post a tutorial on how to add social buttons to your header.

 

After a couple of week’s break, we are back into our Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe routine.

(Note: Each week Frugal Townie and I, in a combined effort post the Grocery Deals Round-Up and a Frugal Recipe that goes right along with the current deals.)

Next week I’ll probably post a Strawberry Freezer Jam recipe I’m trying! Take advantage on buying all the fruit on sale this week! This is what I’m going to buy:

– Strawberries- $0.99/ 16oz @ Aldi – Watermelon- $2.99 @ HyVee – Blueberries- $1.29/ pint @ Aldi- Cherries- $1.89/ 16oz @ Aldi

This week…

the frugal recipe features green beans. There are

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Summer drink: Strawberry Basil Lemonade

strawberry basil lemonade

This is a refreshing summer drink I found while browsing through Family Circle:

 

 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Makes 8 servings

 

Ingredients

– 2 c. strawberries, diced (I used frozen)

– 1 c. plus 2 Tbl. sugar

– rind of 1 lemon

– 1/2 c. fresh tightly packed basil leaves

– 1 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice

– 1 c. vodka (optional)

– 3 c. water, divided

– 2 c. ice

 

Step 1

In a small pot combine 1 c. water, 1 c. sugar, lemon rind and basil over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Then cover, remove from heat and steep 10 minutes.

 

Step 2

Meanwhile, combine strawberries and 2 Tbl. sugar. Set aside.

 

Step 3

In a pitcher stir together strawberries, lemon juice, lemonade-basil syrup, 2 cups ice, and 2 cups cold water. (If you want to add vodka, replace

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Coming up - Summer Blog Goals!!

summer blog goals

I’m getting ready to start a long weekend vacation break – yay!! So, I’m not going to publish a Frugal Recipe today.

Instead, I just wanted to say a quick word about some exciting things coming up!!

 

 

Within the month of June:

– recipe tab with all of Romance on a Dime’s recipes – 7 Foods to Make and Never Buy Again (with price comparisons) – header and blog look change (I can’t wait to show you!!)

 

This summer:

– first Romance on a Dime giveaway (let me know if you would like to offer something for a giveaway) – podcast coming to Romance on a Dime!!

 

Thanks so much for being my awesome, loyal readers! Have a great weekend!!

Oh, and don’t forget to check Romance on a dime on Saturday for a wonderful guest post by Jess & the

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Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe: Berry Yogurt Popsicles

berry-smoothie-popsicles

(Note: Each week Frugal Townie and I, in a combined effort post the Grocery Deals Round-Up and aFrugal Recipe that goes right along with the current deals.)

Lately I’ve shared the recipes: BBQ Yardbird Pizza & Summer Berry & Plum Pudding. Since there are a lot of fruit on sale, this week is also a great time to make the Summer Berry & Plum Pudding!!

 

This week…

I LOVE fruit!! Therefore, I love spring/summer when the fruit is fresh and cheaper to buy. Here are this week’s deals:

Blueberries- $1.49/ pint @ Aldi Cantaloupe- $1.49/ea @ Aldi Grapes- $1.48/ lb @ Checkers Limes- 10/ $1 @ Checkers  Raspberries or Blackberries- $1.88/ 6oz @ Checkers  Strawberries- $0.99/lb @ Aldi Watermelon (seedless)- $3.69/ea @ Aldi

 

For a full list of all the grilling items and other produce on sale, visit Frugal Townie’s Round-Up for the week of May 23rd.

 

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Weekly Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipes: Summer Berry & Plum Pudding

summer berry & plum pudding

(Note: Each week Frugal Townie and I, in a combined effort post the Grocery Deals Round-Up and aFrugal Recipe that goes right along with the current deals.)

Lately I’ve shared the recipe: BBQ Yardbird Pizza. If you have any leftover chicken, this is a great way to use it!

This week…

There are a LOT of grilling stuff (and veggies) on sale! Visit my recent recipes for ideas. With all the fruit on sale, I’d like to focus on that this week.

Following is a recipe that goes right along with Frugal Townie’s Round-Up for the week of May 16th.

These are the items on sale for this week’s Frugal and Healthy Recipe:

– Blueberries – $3.98/ 18 oz pkg @ Checkers – Raspberries- $1.98/ 6oz @ Checkers – Strawberries- $0.99/ lb @ Aldi 

 

 

Summer Berry & Plum Pudding

(Originally from Real Simple)

Ingredients 3 red or black plums, sliced 1/2 inch

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