Vons shopping (savings) trip on 2/22/16

Today I went to Vons and saved more than what I spent, and I only used five coupons.  I used one that was from the Vons ad which gave me $5.00 off purchase of $50.00 or more, two $1.00 off cereal, and two $.50 cents off enchilada sauce.   All the rest of the savings were from the sale with my Vons club card.

What I bought at Vons today

What I bought at Vons today

This would of cost $107.34 but with the Card Savings $54.71, Basket Savings $5.00, and the Paper Coupons $3.00 which is a total savings of $62.71 a 58% percent savings.  I only paid $44.63 I did have to get a rain check for the Birdseye steam fresh vegies they were on sale for $.99 cents each.

I know some people might cringe because I bought frozen burritos, cereal, and frosting, but there are times when they come in handy.  The cereal on the other hand is a necessity when you have an autistic daughter who doesn’t always eat what you make or is up in the middle of the night and wants something to eat and there is no one to  cook for her because we are asleep.  When you have children with special needs you learn very quickly that there are some battles worth fighting and some that are not.

With her we have come a long way since she finally got off the bottle at a little over two years old and would finally eat some things but would not use forks or spoons because she didn’t like the way they felt in her mouth.  She is now 20 turning 21 in April and I am still making her try new foods, yes I said making because if I don’t she would never try anything new, there are somethings work but a lot doesn’t.  I am grateful for every little victory when she likes a new food or just a new way a food she likes (like hamburger) is made.  In fact one of those victory’s came from a new recipe I tried from The Pioneer Woman “Salisbury Steak Meatballs”  it was really good.  I highly recommend it, you can find the recipe on her website she has a lot great recipes and other things on there so go check it out.

The Salisbury Steak Meatballs that I made sooooo good

The Salisbury Steak Meatballs that I made sooooo good

What recipes (if any) have you tried from Ree “The Pioneer Woman”?  Please leave a comment I’d love to know what you’ve tried.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Blessed Day,

Vickie (Zebiesmom)



Panda’s Cheeseburger Soup

My family is always telling me that I need to write down my recipes so I can create a cookbook.  I am not one for measuring my ingredients, so every time I make something it is never the same, and sometimes I can’t even recreate it at all because I don’t write down what I put in it.  I am the type that might start from a recipe and then add what every I want to it and make it my own.  In fact I hope that is what you do with this recipe, tweak it to make it your own.  As for the name I chose referring to “Panda” it is named for my daughter Freya who loves Pandas and really likes my Cheeseburger Soup.  I have to admit that because I had to measure the ingredients to write this it was actually the best batch of cheeseburger soup I’ve made (what a surprise).   So here goes:





Ingredients for step 1

  • 1 pound of Hamburger
  • 1/2 to 1 chopped medium Onion ( I used sweet onion)
  • 2 to 4 Garlic Cloves  minced  (we like garlic so I used 4)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of Montreal Chicken Season
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Granulated Garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Pink Salt or your salt of choice  (we only use pink salt now I get mine from Amazon in bulk.)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Turmeric

Ingredients for step 2

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce ( I used Lea & Perrins)
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can of Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup


Ingredients for step 3

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Better than Bouillon Beef Base (plus) 32 oz  of Water {OR} 32 oz of Beef Broth
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Mustard
  • 2 to 4 cups of Potatoes ( I like lots of potatoes so I used 5 large Gold Potatoes)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese ( I used Sharp)
  • 1 Serrano Chile  minced*

*( I used  plastic gloves to avoid direct contact when I cut up the Chile, because hot Chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes. If your bare hands do touch the Chile peppers, wash you hands well with soap and water.)



  1. Put all the ingredients for step 1 into your crockpot (if you have one that has a brown/sauté feature like mine) or in a large skillet, cook over medium heat until the meat is brown.



   2.  Add the ingredients for step 2 and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes.


  3.  If you used a skillet to brown in put the mixture into the crockpot.  Add the ingredients for step 3 into the crockpot, stir to combine.  Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 11 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 5 1/2 hours.



Serve and enjoy

Serve and enjoy



You may think that the Serrano Chile is going to make this hot but it doesn’t.  I made it once without the Chile (only because I forgot to get it and didn’t have time to get one) and I found that it does need the Chile, it really adds a lot of flavor.

I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as we do.  Let me know how you liked it.  When you made it did you make any changes, if so what were they?

Thanks for stopping by and have a Blessed day,

Vickie (Zebiesmom)