A grocery trip, turkey chili, a pound cake and a boozy cocktail

I’m a coupon shopper. Have I said that before? I shop frugally. I went to Kroger today. I bought 80 items, including milk, kale, leeks, bread(x2), cheese, tomatoes, frozen veggies, chips and much more. I spent $87.67 (including $4 for cake flour), I saved $115.54. I use coupons, but I also shop weekly sales which is why I usually save 50% or more. It allows me to stay on budget and still buy things like cake flour, leeks and kale. I failed to take a picture of the items before I put them up, but here is a picture of the “savings” portion of my receipt.


Tonight I’m making turkey chili. Here’s my recipe.

  • 2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped (or 1 cup of diced frozen onions)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (or 1 cup of diced frozen green pepper)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) tomatoes, diced, with juices
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili beans, small red beans, or kidney beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon masa (corn) flour to thicken the chili

Brown the meat, half way through the browning process add the onions, garlic and green pepper. Drain fat. Add spices, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water. Mix well. Cover and allow to simmer for 20-30 min. Add beans. Simmer for 10 min. longer. If you need to thicken the chili add masa flour mixed with enough water to make a paste. Simmer for 5-10 more min.




I am also making a pound cake. The recipe came from Lenore Diane’s Thoughts exactly.

I actually bought cake flour! Ha! It was only mildly painful. I kid.


This cake is rich, moist, perfect without any fussy toppings. I think I have found a new favorite cake, well one of many favorites.


And of course….Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails via Joy the Baker.

I made two batches, a cocktail batch and a “mock”tail batch. My kids cried foul when I put the Bourbon in the tea.


I used honey in the first batch, and I’ll be honest it was not sweet enough for me. I used Splenda (with fiber) in the mocktail, and added sweetener to my cocktail.




  1. Well done, Jamie Anne! The cooking and the savings – wow! (The cake looks awesome!) ~ Lenore

    • Thanks so much! The family loved it. Thanks for posting the great recipe.

  2. We’re Kroger shoppers too. I’m a coupon clipper, but don’t think I do as well as you. I may get $10-15 off a run and then the Kroger sales. I can’t wait to make this tea!

    • It might be a good idea to make sure that you have signed up with your Kroger savings card on the Kroger website, they have e-coupons available that you can add to your card. Also, make sure thy have your correct mailing address. I get coupons mailed to me from Kroger almost monthly. 🙂


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