Prime Pantry – Maximize Your Savings!

Amazon Prime Members have a benefit that many may not be aware of. Prime Pantry is a great way to have grocery essentials delivered to your home. There are a lot of items that are very expensive and not worth the expense, but there are definitely deals to be had. In order to get the most out of your box, you need to shop smarter. Luckily, you have help!

The best way to use Prime Pantry is to compound your savings by using methods that are already in place thanks to bundles, monthly membership and free shipping promotions. The best part about this program is the items are delivered to your front door! Avoid the long lines, shopping the stores, loading and unloading a car… and still get great deals.

Start by signing up for a free trial of Prime Pantry

Then hunt through the deals located on the Buy 5 and Save $6:

View the full list of items Prime Pantry items by clicking here –>

I found quite a few items under $3 which I listed below. Keep in mind that items and availability can vary based on your location.

Once you have 5 items in your cart over $10, proceed to check out. If you chose items under $3 each, your total will be around $15 with a discount of $6. Meaning you’ll get it all for a crazy good discount!

If you want to bulk up your savings, check out the are on Prime Pantry for their coupon deals as well here –>

What savings did you find?

In addition, our family loves using coupons to save money on every day items. Check out one of our local coupon adventures. This blog shows you to see how we save money by using printable coupons and newspaper inserts! We love finding ways to combine with weekly ads to maximize our grocery budget.

For The Love of Fennel… and White Picket Produce!

​The Sweet Taste of Summer is Fennel!


Summertime is filled with sunshine, outside picnics, and family fun. When I first looked at the menu for this week’s White Picket Produce box, my mind started swirling with the possibilities as soon as I saw fennel.

In my opinion, fennel is underrated, under-praised and under-utilized in cooking. Fennel has a cabbage-like texture with a sweet, licorice flavor that tends to take the lead in many recipes, but when given the opportunity to shine, I can almost guarantee it will become one of your favorite summertime vegetables.

As I looked through the list of what would be included in my share this week, I saw the Valencia oranges, the pears, the tomatoes, and the cucumbers. It’s wonderful knowing exactly what’s going to be in my box, make substitutions and know that my box will be delivered right to my door!

Cucumber, Tomato and Fennel Summer Salad

Let’s start with a classic summertime salad combination of cucumber and tomato, paired with fennel. This recipe is probably the simplest one with the most flavor. Slice up the tomatoes into a medium dice, the cucumber into slices, and the fennel into medium strips. Toss them in a bowl and whip up this easy vinegarette.

1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix in with the vegetables for a refreshing summer salad!

Super Summer Soup

Another fantastic recipe takes the cake for a fresh summer soup, perfect for an afternoon lunch. With a bubbly white wine, this dish has the undertones of luxury that lifts the flavors of the fennel to royal status.

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Photo Credit: Vermilion Roots

1 1/2 bulbs of fresh fennel, sliced.
1 medium onion, sliced
2 medium pears, diced
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter
1/2 cup white wine 
2 1/2 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat the olive oil or butter in your dutch oven or a large pot and once the oil is hot, add the fennel and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and allow it to cook down for about 10 minutes until the onions are translucent and just starting to caramelize. 
2. Add in the pears and finish cooking the mixture.
3. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and then add in the water and the bay leaf. Cover the pot and allow it to come up to a boil before reducing the heat and simmering on a low heat mostly covered (just allow some of the steam out) for about 5-10 minutes.
4. Remove the bay leaf before blending the soup with an immersion blender. If you need to use a free standing blender, let the soup cool down before blending to avoid splatter.

Then enjoy! I prefer to serve this soup with a nice piece of crusty bread, or it’s even delicious with some shaved parmesan cheese!

Citrus Fennel Salad

One of my favorite summertime dinners is grilling a great piece of chicken or fish with either a slice of lemon or orange on top.. This citrus inspired salad pairs perfectly with that!

​Slice up your fennel as thinly as you can, then peel and slice your orange. I learned that if you slice the top and bottom portion of your orange and then slice the peel off in horizontal sections, it’s super east to slice up the orange into little wedges perfect for a salad! To make the dressing for this salad, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil with a tablespoon of either orange or lemon juice with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the top and garnish with a bit of chopped flat leaf parsley, and you’re ready to serve!

I hope you enjoy some of my favorite fennel recipes. I’d love to hear some of your creations as well!

With any luck, you have found a new favorite summertime vegetable. Happy Healthy Eating!