Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday last day - Breyers

Ok. Not that I really need more ice cream. At Jewel, the price is $6.69 per 1.5qt tub of ice cream. It is buy 1 get 2 free. When you buy 6 total oop $13.38 and you get $15 back in catalinas.

From, it works on the all natural variaties not the low fat or fat free variaties.

We did the last deal and bought about 20 tubs. Gave a few away and ran out a couple weeks back.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Carving Pumpkins

66 page instructions with pictures and templates - awesome! psst and free

I could spend all day here.

easy ideas - pin cushions/sewing kits
tshirt shrugs (recycle/reuse and fashionable)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Jewel Breyers deal thru 10/31

buy 1 get 2 free
expected price per 1.5 qt tub 6.75
6.75 - .75 10/18 rp
free- .75 10/18 rp
free- .75 10/18 rp
6.75 -.75 10/18 rp
free -.75 10/18 rp
free -.75 10/18 rp
4 off 5 catalina from the summer sale
total oop $5 for 6 tubs .83/tub plus tax.

need multiple inserts and catalina

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Don't forget the leftovers

Bought v8 juice large bottle a few weeks back. My husband likes 'not so much'. We had a 1/3 bottle left. I poured it into muffin tins to freeze and then place in zip lock baggies for use in homemade chile or maybe a bloody mary.

Monday, October 26, 2009 80% off

code: TREATS good through Oct 31.

Garden Fresh Market sale thru tues 10/25

Pork Shoulder Roast 89 cents/lb

Many purposes:
pulled pork sandwiches (jar salsa and jar bbq sauce) - cook all day in crockpot
shredded pork tacos/enchiladas

Great game day meal/gift for family in need (sick, new baby)

Call ahead because they were almost all gone.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fun/Gifts It doesn't always cost a lot of money...

My 3 1/2 year old daughter has Barbie nail polish. She wanted someone to paint her nails. I was cooking dinner and I said 'ask dad'.

Her dad was sitting on the sofa painting her nails.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Michaels Fresh Market thru 10/20/09

20 lb bag Riceland Extra Long Grain Rice 7.99/bag = .3995/lb limit 2 bags
(If you are asking what would I ever do with all this rice, see other post on rice mixes. I have classes/share this rice).

Sara Lee Smoked Turkey Breast 3.99/lb
Healthy One Honey Mesquite Ham 2.99/lb
Wisconsin Pepper Jack Cheese 1.99/lb
Landolakes American Cheese 1.99/lb

Limes 10cents each (make key lime pie, sweet and sour mix ...)
Garlic 10 cents each (store in root cellar for later use, roast and freeze for later use)

Chicken Drumsticks 69cents/lb
Bone-in Chicken breasts 99cents/lb
Tilaplia Fillets 1.99/lb

PS Caputos also has sales on eggplant 49 cents/lb, beets 29cents/lb, red peppers 79cents/lb, red delicious apples 69cents/lb and deli meat. However, I don't typically like to go to more than 2 locations each week. This week Michaels and Jewel.
With eggplant (roasted/dried, frozen for later use), beets (add to henna to color my hair), red peppers (roast in oven and peel skin and freeze for later use), apples priced ok for weekly consumption and for apple sauce or freeze for later use.

Perfect Sunday

Wow - what a great Sunday!
We slept in and then each of us parents went for our own bike rides. Then our plan was to go to a corn maze/pumpkin patch. We decided to go to Malta, IL. We didn't know what to expect.

The drive is about 1 hour away. We played the I spy game looking for letters. It helped pass the time in the car. The weather was nice for autumn.

Jonomac Orchard
For $32 a family of four can enjoy an all day pass:
The barnyard has a petting zoo, a small maze (where you can only turn right), a huge slide, and bails of hay maze for kids to crawl thru and climb and much more (esp for kids under 10 years old).

We then went to the corn maze. It is huge. We only did one part of 2. Inside the maze there is historical/funny trivia posted to give you hints for which way to turn. There is also a scavenger hunt. We found 1 of 3 things. Kids loved it.

As we exited the maze, popcorn was $1 so we shared a box. And then the kiddies went on an apple ride (little barrels that looked like apples, pulled by a tractor).

Then we took a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. The pumpkin patch is huge. I told the kids that we could only get what we could carry. We found a large, medium, and smaller pumpkin for $10.

We had lunch (huge-huge line). Next time, we will bring peanut butter/jelly sandwiches. There was a guitar player/singer and harmonica player at the picnic area. We watched other families enjoy one another.

Then, we went into the store and it was packed.

My son wanted to do the apple cannon launch. With our day pass, we received tokens. My son was able to propel apples out at a target.

We left, no crying.

I think we will make this an annual activity.

We were home in time to get ready for the Bears game.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


It was Saturday night and I was folding clothes and thought, since it was Sweetest Day, maybe I should mend some of my husband's jeans. He is a carpenter and the knees get worn out.

He brought me 5 pairs of pants that need knee patches and 4 pairs that need to be shortened (were different brands from Men's Wearhouse/Old Navy). He also had 5 pair that don't fit.

His favorite jeans are Levi's 505. At Kohls they can cost as much as $36 on sale $26. In the past, I have purchased jeans on Ebay. Typically slightly used and cost $10 (incl shipping). Well the problem has been that the pants haven't been consistently sized.

So, I patched 3 last night and 2 of my kids pants.

With the pants that don't fit: I won't resell or donate them because in many cases they are very used. I'll cut them into 4"x4" squares and I'm planning to use them for quilting squares. Currently, I'm using the squares as patches.

This project is on my list for this week.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


One of the biggest issues in the kitchen is food waste. Since my shopping day is Monday, I need to clean out and use what I have.
Watermelon - Monday, I cleaned out a watermelon and saved the pulp and juice. What to do with it. From a different watermelon, I made watermelon sorbet. The kids only sorta liked it. Today, I made smoothies with watermelon, a frozen banana, and v8 splash. Kids loved it. So I poured the watermelon puree into ice cube trays and muffin tins to freeze and have a taste of summer during the winter.
Cabbage - Monday, I retrieved my last 2 heads of cabbage. For dinner tonight, I'm making a beef stew with onions, celery, and cabbage to eat with mashed potatoes. Still have some left to either make pierogies or coleslaw...We'll see.
Tomatillos - I made the puree, added spices for the final batch of salsa verde. Should get 3 quarts canned.

Remaining - cooked and pureed sweet potatoes - what to do? how much time will it take. :-)

Meijer - 1 day only Sat Oct 17

Pork Back Ribs are 2.49/lb
Should be able to get rack for $6
If you have the freezer space, get a few extra.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Vacation Rentals

Also - we are placing our 3 weeks for Cocoa Beach for sale. 2 bedroom 2 bath oceanview condo (sleeps 6)
Weeks 7 & 8 February
Week 24 June
45 minutes away from Disney, Seaworld
10-15 minutes away from NASA

Monday, October 12, 2009

Jewel 10/12/09

making shopping list and waiting on to post her favorites:
6 soft soap x .7 = 4.2
4 pop secret x .7 = 2.8 ips found 1 off 2

2 daisy sour cream x .7 = 1.40
2 sparkle paper towels 1.4 - .5 on 2 9/13 r2
2 wet ones 15 pk 1.40
2 blistex lipcare 1.40
2 playtex disposable gloves 1.40 - 2qs 1 on 1 5/3 s

oop 9.50 please let me know if I'm missing any q's.

1 ocean spray cranenergy 4pk 1.75
4 valley fresh canned chx 7 -1 off 4 peelie
2 log cabin syrup 3.50 -.5 on 1 sept ay
1 sargento 1.75 -1 9/27 s
1 smart balance 1.7 - loose q .55 off 1
2 pepperidge farm frozen bread 3.50 -1 on 2 loose q
1 super pretzel 1.75 - .75 loose q

oop $16.15 if you have the freezer qs from feb, get pepperidge farm and super pretzel for free.
use canned chicken for thermos soup mixes.

2 heads lettuce apx $3
2 oscar mayer shaved meat 7 -2 peelies from older purchase for combo meat/lettuce
1 oscar mayer deli creations sandwich free w in ad q
1 white bread 1.25
1 wheatbread 1.25
1 rye bread 1.25

oop 11.75 looking for bread qs possible jewel tent booklet

2 aunt jemima syrup 1.50 = 3 -1 on 2 8/30rp
3 true delights 4.50 -3 8/23 rp (look for cats)
2 quaker oats oatmeal 3 -1.25 on 2 8/3 rp
3 quaker chewy granola bars 3-.75 on 2 10/11 rp

oop 7.50 need to purchase quantities specified or combo see ad. using q's that I have.

oatmeal for dry mixes that I premix for husband with brown sugar and dried berries.

4 thinly sliced chicken breasts 1.76-$2/pkg should trigger $4.10 instant savings
4 clorox wipes 35 ct lemon scent 10-3 - (3 x.5) 10/4 rp= 5.5
oop 9.4 with $3 oyno for wipes

if i can find chx breasts, i'll make chx cordon blue or some other stuffed chicken breast and/or bread chicken with fiber one coating bake and garnish with fruit compote.

I'll go on Tuesday morning, after I check jill's website.

expect $54.30 w $3 back in cats

Friday, October 9, 2009


Yeah! My neighbor said I could come over and pick pears off of her tree. I think I have 45 pears (over a bushel). I gave her some peppers, celery, cabbage, and parsley. I have to wait for pears to ripen and then 'can' them. Thank you Candy!!

Rice Mixes Friday am Oct 23

Planning to make rice mixes (5 of each)
  • buttery garlic rice
  • savory onion rice
  • spanish rice
  • lemon herb rice

Please let me know if you want to make some. Please bring a 10 lb bag of rice and 50 sandwich bags (one to hold mix and the other to double bag with instructions.) I'll provide the seasonings and the recipes. It should take about 1 1/2 hours.

In my house we have rice 1-2 times per week and sometimes I take food to friends/neighbors during the holidays.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Michaels and Caputos 10/7-10/13

avacados 49cents each
gala apples 69 cents/lb

Butterball Cajun Turkey Breast
Sara Lee Low Sodium Chicken Breast
Sara Lee Roast Beef 4.49/lb

Homemade sausage 1.49/lb for 10 lbs+ or 1.99/lb
Bartlett Pears 39 cents/lb --for canning recipes
Norwegian Salmon Fillet Portions 3.99/lb
gala apples 59 cents/lb

Finding Spices

1-grow your own - basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, cilantro, chives, parsley...
Big Lots - sometimes Italian seasoning, parsley, ... 67 cents/container.
Aldi's - dried onions, parsley... $1/container
GSF - catering grocery store (no loyalty card needed) $6 for megacontainer cumin, paprika...
Caputos - house brand (not sure) very good prices. I found a megacontainer of cinnamon sticks for $2.50 (used for canning/pickling).
Spice House (Geneva) WOW! Vanilla Beans (4-6 ct) $3-$4 (typically at Jewel cost is $8 for 1 or 2 beans) and the quality WOW!
Penzis - I have not used them yet. Heard great things.
Ethnic Grocers - Cumin, turmeric.... prices good

I premix rice mixes (buttery garlic rice, spanish rice, lemon herb rice, dirty rice... and soup mixes (minestrone, chicken tortilla, vegetable, beef barley...), and baked goods (chocolate cake, brownies, muffins). I go through A LOT of spices.

LOVE - dried minced onions. Easy to store, you won't cry from peeling onions and EASY.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cleaning Garden Plot and birthday

Went to the garden yesterday to:
  • remove tomato stakes
  • bring home tools
  • clean brush and remove plants to compost
  • dig sweet potatoes (1 -5 gallon bucket full)
  • remaining tomatoes (red and green)
  • peppers
  • beans
  • gourds

Today I need to process the items:
1-sweet potato and sage ravioli (freeze the excess)
2-more salsa verde

Today is my husband's birthday and the best present I can give him is cleaning the kitchen. With all the harvesting, it has been 'conjested'.

I'd like to make him a special dinner:
  • Grilled Salmon
  • Sweet potato, goat cheese, sauteed onion, and sage ravioli with a parmesan butter sauce and pine nuts.
  • Creme Brule'

Friday, October 2, 2009

BUDGETING - Envelop System/Cash System

During college, I used the envelop system. The idea of doing it again didn't really appeal to me ....until after the Grocery Challenge.

I started again and here goes:
Food (incl paper products, cleaning, alcohol, eating out-convenience) $81
Upkeep (house expense - paint and light bulbs) $10
Gifting ($20)
Major upgrade/maintenance $38
Gas - (incl vacation gas expense) $30
Childcare (incl babysitter, preschool, after school activities, camp) $92
Fun (incl waterparks, out to eat -sit down, vacation) $57
Clothes $27

I have broken down the number of twenties, tens, fives, and singles that are needed and place them in an envelope with the receipts.

I'm on week #2. Last week went well. Had about $25 leftover from groceries plus $25 in mail in rebate--Fetzer. This week, I'm ok. Did another $25 mail in rebate for Sterling and was kind of stressed out about the amount of cash remaining for the weekend.

There was a study that shows that amount of pain a person goes through when they have to pay cash vs credit card, vs express swipe (BP Amoco). How does it work when I go to the gas station? I go to the register, give them my cash and pump my gas.

Please let me know if you are on a cash system.