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Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

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This week I menu planned as I was doing my grocery shopping at Aldi. When I came to the produce section and noticed Eggplants were only 99 cents, I thought I would attempt eggplant parmesan.  The first time I ever tried this dish was at Olive Garden about a month ago, and it was so good, and seemed simple enough to figure out so I gave it a shot and the family loved it! I served it with steamed broccoli, toasted bread, and a yogurt parfait for dessert!      

1 large Eggplant, sliced. I believe I got about 14- 16 slices out of mine
2 eggs beaten
2-4 T olive oil
1 jar pasta sauce, I like the Simply Nature Tomato Basil
2 cups bread crumbs, I used Italian flavored
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese



Preheat oven with baking sheet inside to 375. Place eggs in a zipper storage bag and mix around. Add eggplant slices to the bag and shake around until slices are well coated. Place bread crumbs in another bag. Add egg coated slices to the bag of bread crumbs and shake aro…

Easy Monkey Bread

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Well, summertime is officially here...yippee!  Summertime means lots of cooking for my hungry kiddos and their friends, and it also means no work for me so I have more time to look for and create recipes!  This monkey bread recipe I stumbled upon when I was on the search for a breakfast item for my son's slumber party, other than going and getting donuts or having to prepare something the night before.  I have since made this two more times, once today for Father's Day, as my husband loved it the first time!  However, I have yet to get a picture of it fresh out of the oven because it gets gobbled up, so imagine one of those beautifully sculpted monkey breads fresh out of the bunt pan!

Easy Monkey Bread

2 tubes jumbo flaky biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter

Grease a bunt pan and preheat oven to 350. Put sugar and cinnamon in a gallon size bag and shake until mixed well. Cut biscuits into quarters and place in the bag of cinnamon and sugar. Sh…

A Very ALDI Road Trip - 10 Tips for an Affordable Vacation

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Our family is headed to North Carolina that won't and Tennessee to explore Great Smoky National Park for an eleven day vacation. While we are really excited, I am also challenged to stay on a budget. This is our third summer of road trips with two kids and I am by no means an expert, but I am going to share a few of my strategies for keeping a lid on vacation expenses.

1.Plan ahead: I may be a tad bit of an over-planner, but I always make my packing list, meal plan, and to-do list at least a month ahead of time. Doing so allows me to keep my sanity and see where I can save money before we even hit the road. For example, I am borrowing a child carrier for hiking from a friend (Thanks Laura!) which is saving me atleast $100.



2. Shop at ALDI: I have been looking over my meal plan and shopping list and smuggling in any dry good items that I can keep until the trip. That way I won't have huge grocery bill stocking up at an expensive resort location grocery store and most of our food …