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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Weekly Menu 11/3+

Saturday

turkey burgers
frozen sweet potato fries
Sunday

fried chicken tenders/gravy
corn biscuits
green beans
mixed berries w/cake
Monday

italian chili
sour dough rolls
Tuesday

skillet chicken
buttered noodles
broccoli
Wednesday

PW meatballs
fried potatoes
peas
oatmeal chipper skillet
Thursday

chicken parmesan
angel hair with pesto
spinach salad
garlic bread
Friday

cowboy pie
carrot sticks
broccoli salad
grapes with vanilla yogurt



Grocery Deals 10/31+


HEB           apples .77/lb, asparagus 1.97/lb, blackberries .97, gold potatoes $2.50/5#, pork loin 1.97/lb, boneless chicken 1.97/lb, t-bone steak 4.97/lb

Randalls    pork loin 1.29/lb (vs. 1.97 HEB), legs/thighs .99/lb

Sprouts     $90 for $100 gift card (Friday 11/2 only), avocados .33, zucchini/yellow squash .99/lb, broccoli .99/lb, cauliflower .99, red/gold/yellow peppers .99, lettuce .99, tomatoes 1.25/lb, boneless chicken 1.99/lb, 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weekly Menu 10/27+

Saturday

roasted chicken
creamy corn
green beans
caramel apple cake
Sunday

italian chili
corn muffins
Monday

pot roast
mashed potatoes
broccoli
Tuesday

chicken enchiladas verdes
yellow squash
spanish rice
Wednesday

grilled cheese
extra veggie salad
candy
Thursday

beef with snow peas
rice
frozen egg rolls
extra sugary candy
Friday

frito pie


Grocery Deals 10/23+

Sprouts    apples .69/lb., pears .99/lb., avocado .50 (vs 1.25 Randalls), green bell pepper .50, red/yellow/orange .88, broccoli .99/lb., green beans .99/lb., zucchini .88/lb., yellow squash .88/lb., lettuce .99, celery .99 (vs 1.25 Randalls), cucumbers .50

HEB           pears .77/ln (vs .99 Sprouts), red grapes 1.77/lb, whole chicken .67/lb, roast 1.97/lb, chicken fajitas 1.97/lb, 

Randalls    pork loin 1.29/lb, legs/thighs .99/lb, bagged spinach $1

Monday, October 22, 2012

Extra Laundry Edition

Three weeks ago I thought I had a busy week.  I was out of town for work, in all day meetings, worked in my hotel room at night on 'regular work' and didn't get home until late Friday afternoon.  The weekend allowed me to regroup and get things back in order and prepped for what was planned to be another busy week ending with the church festival and a wedding on Saturday.  

However, by the time Monday afternoon rolled around I was starting to get suspicious of something.  J was doing some extra scratching...on his head.  Being the mother of the year material that I am, I continued to dismiss it.  S was over doing some work for us for a couple of days (I do have pictures of S's work, but can't seem to find where my new phone uploaded them). Anyway, all three adults looked in J's head and saw a few black specs, but no bugs. Well thank goodness I thought, J doesn't have lice because those would be white specs not black ones.   

At work, my internet search determined that my poor baby did indeed have that dreaded 'l-word'... lice.  Totally grossed out, and disgusted I really desperately wanted to ignore it.  I didn't want anyone to know.  I hurried into Wally-World purchased the 'right chemicals' and a new pillow.  Thankfully I didn't see anyone I knew.  

I thought about my friend Cindy, and texted her, she'd understand.  I emailed my mom, she'd had to comb me out as a kid.  Nana would understand too, she'd even combed out my hair another time (or maybe the same time) when I got it as a kid.  I was feeling pitiful and creep-ed out.  

Then the laundry began.  Wash everything in hot water so J could go to bed in just a few hours.  Poison his little head and then do the comb out.  I'll spare you the details.  

Now we've made it to Wednesday late afternoon and it dawns on me.  My head is not just itching in sympathy, it is actually itching.  Accck!  See for the last seven years when I'm out of town J is allowed to sleep on my side of the bed as a 'treat'.  Some treat huh??? 

Now more washing and poisoning....but work is so busy I can't remember the school nurse's name or that I need to send her an email and tell her what we've been dealing with.  

Friday I do mention it to the nurse and another mom has also reported a case.  So with our dual report, that results in a full scale inspection of the 3rd grade.  10 of the 44 kids in 3rd grade got 'the call'.  Not that I wish this on anyone, but I heard there were some cases that were more 'advanced' than ours, so my ostrich-like tendency wasn't the cause that was spreading it around.  

What occurred to me though is that we 10 were all in this same predicament together, yet not until one person confessed (and I wasn't first) were we able to all talk about it more openly.  It is interesting how when something is 'hidden' you get paralyzed with the shame and embarrassment of it, but when it has a chance to see the light of day those feelings are at least somewhat diminished.  

I don't usually get too religious or preachy here, but this one really struck me between the eyes.  The power of sin is so much like that.  What you haven't confessed or made known to God (and He knows anyway) paralyzes you and keeps you stuck, but once you've confessed it and it is exposed to The Light, the shame and  embarrassment is gone.  God can make it clean again.    

*stepping off religious soap box*

With that you'd think I was done with extra laundry, but I'm not... 

Last Sunday J decided to pull a prank on me.  He and I went for a walk with my neighbor K and her son M.  M was riding his bike, J running along side.  When K and I got to the first turn there was M's bike.  We thought it was a little weird, but kept going to our normal turn around spot on the paved road.  When we got there there were no boys.  We searched, and still couldn't find them, panicked, called 911, called the neighbors to all start searching and finally found them at K's house watching tv.  Scared out of our minds for 17 minutes, that felt like 17 minutes underwater we got everyone to stand down.  Yes, there were consequences at both houses.

Turns out that J & M hid in the bushes and for J, the poison ivy, watching and waiting for us to walk by so they could sneak back to play at M's house while the mom's walked.  

The poison ivy has continued to spread all week and finally yesterday I made the call that we needed to take him in.  It was popping out in places that couldn't possibly have been exposed nearly a week ago.  

The doctor and I had differing opinions on how things were spreading, and I suppose his medical training is a little more solid than mine.  So I followed his instructions which were to wash all the sheets and blankets.  And to be sure that I washed all the clothes and towels too.  Of course, because I didn't JUST do that.

So that's what I've been doing for the last three weeks.  I suppose the good news is that I haven't had to beat the laundry on a rock down at the tank.  But if one more person suggests I wash all the linens again, I just might scream.  

The last load is away.  

I'm holding my breath that nobody scratch or get an itch on anything... PLEASE.  







Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Weekly Menu 10/20+

Saturday

chicken parmesan
angel hair
marinara
Sunday

regina's pork chops
cheesy grits
peas
apple crisp
Monday

shrimp scampi
pasta
broccoli
Tuesday

king ranch chicken
guacamole
Wednesday

zucchini pizza casserole
Thursday

crock pot pork ribs
chilie cheese corn
Friday

taco pizza



Grocery Deals 10/17+


Sprouts   red grapes .88/lb., carving pumpkins $3.33, apples .99/lb. (vs 1.27 HEB), cantaloupes $2, green beans .99/lb., broccoli .99/lb., lettuce .99, tomatoes 1.25/lb., avocados .50, red/yellow bell peppers .99, squash .99/lb., gluten free jubilee 25% off, boneless breasts 1.99/lb.
 
Randalls    thick bacon $9/3#, 90% lean ground beef $3/lb., pork loin 1.99/lb., boneless breasts 1.99/lb.,
  • With coupon: barilla pasta .88 (limit 10)
 
HEB         strawberries 1.47/lb., green beans .97/lb., gold potatoes 1.98/5#, sirloin steak 2.97/lb., legs/thighs $1/lb., pork chops 1.97/lb.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Weekly Menu 10/13+

Saturday

beef bacon stroganoff
noodles
peas
Sunday

pan fried pork chops
rice pilaf
salad
Monday

chicken alfredo
pasta
broccoli
Tuesday

hot dog tatertot casserole
orange wedges
vanilla yogurt
Wednesday

cheesy spirals
green beans
garlic bread
Thursday

tacos
refried beans
guacamole
Friday

bbq chicken pizza



Grocery Deals 10/10+

HEB          pears .67/lb (vs .99 Sprouts), oranges .77 (vs .99 Sprouts), red potatoes 2.47/5#, tomatoes 1.28/lb, TX beef ribs 2.47/lb, beef fajitas 2.97/lb, chicken breasts $1/lb, creamy creations $3.50, 

Sprouts    apples .99/lb, blackberries 1.25, green/red bell peppers .50, cucumbers .50, onions .50/lb, lettuce .99, squash/zucchini .99/lb, celery .99, spinach .99, avocados .88, 


Randalls    sirloin 2.99/lb, 93% lean ground beef 2.99/lb, pot roast 2.99/lb, 
Coupon for u: 1/2 gallon milk .99, cheese slices 1.89, pop tarts 1.99 (12 ct), 
Friday only: NY strip $5/lb

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Weekly Ads 10/3+

It's been a heck of a day at sea sir...

More of a good news bad news sort of day.  The bad news is that your computer takes over 1.5 hours to boot up last night before it is considered usable.  The good news is that since you are traveling you can go into the pc clinic and they tell you are upgrade eligible, and it will be ready in 5-6 hours. 

Then you think, this is GREAT, i'll get SO much done this evening after dinner, but then there is this huge issue (ie Operator Error) that keeps you trying to connect to the internet for over 1.5 hours.  This is better, right????

Just when all hope is lost, the operator error is corrected, realizes her (I mean the technical issue) mistake, and finally connects to the internet and is able to look up this week's grocery deals.  Which wouldnt have been a big deal two hours ago, but now you are starting to see your alarm app counting down how many hours until you are supposed to be awake again.... 

HEB         oranges .77/lb, apples .98/lb, corn .33, NY strip 4.97/lb, chicken or pork fajitas 1.97/lb, beef fajitas 2.97/lb
Sprouts  strawberries 1.50/lb, apples .99/lb, grapes 1.49/lb, kiwi .20, cluster tomatoes .99/lb, green/red bell peppers .50, avocados .50, lettuce .99, squash .99/lb, zucchini .99/lb, potatoes 1.50/5#
Randalls   NY strip 4.99/lb, country style pork ribs 1.99/lb,


Weekly Menu 10/6+

Saturday

hamburger
tater tots
brownies
Sunday

roast sticky chicken
mashed potatoes
creamed peas
Monday

rotini w/italian sausage and veggies
garlic bread
apples w/cinnamon
Tuesday

ranch chicken
creamed corn
Wednesday

meatloaf
mashed potatoes
green beans
Thursday

chicken salad wraps
pears&cheese
Friday

spinach salami pizza


Monday, October 1, 2012

Tip Tuesday--Keep the cold things cold

One of our family's favorite jokes centers around the Thermos.  It keeps the hot things hot and the cold things cold, but how do it know?  

Ok, so maybe you don't find that as funny as we do.

When it comes to picking up the best grocery deals an ice chest in your trunk is a great way to keep your perishables cold all day.  You can slip into a nearby grocery store in the morning, pick up all the great deals before the store gets really crowded, and then keep them cold all day while you are out running errands or working.    

Before you think that you'd also need to buy some ice to keep things cold, rethink that idea into a free option.  I keep a a one gallon jug full of water frozen in my freezer (and an old 2qt apple juice bottle too in case I want something smaller) and when I know I am going to pick up some deals that morning, I move the jug into the ice chest.  

The night before you plan a shopping trip put the ice chest in your trunk.  If the temps are cool enough at night where you live you can put the frozen jug in the ice chest at night too so you won't forget it in the morning.

Just like when you are camping, ok maybe you don't camp, but other people do and they use the ice jug trick to keep their cold stuff cold without it all getting soaking wet and swimming in water after 24 hours.  

Or you can think really old school and think of an ice box.  Ice in an insulated container.  Yep, keeps the cold stuff cold. It 'knew', because it was properly named.