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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Weekly Menu 12/1+

Saturday

turkey burgers
Sunday

one dish chicken parm
mixed veggies
salad
Monday

apple pork chops
stuffing
green beans
cupcakes
Tuesday

beef stroganoff
noodles
spinach
carrots
Wednesday

fish tacos
asparagus
lemon pudding
Thursday

broccoli cheese soup (chicken)
crusty bread
Friday

sloppy joes
baked beans
broccoli salad
tangerines



Grocery Deals 11/28+

Sprouts      blackberries 1.25, grapefruit .25 (vs. 33 HEB), tangerines .99/lb., lettuce .99, avocados .50, cucumbers .50, green bell peppers .50, zucchini .99/lb., red/gold/oranges peppers.88, roma .99/lb., boneless chicken 1.88/lb.

HEB            legs/thighs $1/lb, chicken fajitas 1.97/lb, oranges .67/lb (vs .99 Sprouts), apples .67/lb, corn .38

Randalls    pork roast 1.29/lb, 93% lean ground beef 2.99/lb, pears .99/lb, barilla pasta $1, 
*wiith coupon: mayo or miracle whip 2.50, graham crackers 2.25, oreos 2.25

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tip Tuesday--Holiday Prep

Nana is our guest blogger today, she had some great tips that she shared with me that will be great to pass right along to you all. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Frugal Friday--Decorating

About a week ago I was dashing into WW for a few items, but before I got too far, I found this enormous gaylord of gourds and small specialty pumpkins.  Those things don't normally catch my eye, however the price on this bin showed 2 cents.  That's at least worth taking a look inside.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grocery Deals 11/21+

The title is a little misleading because there are actually no updated ads for this week.  The three stores that I normally watch all extended their sales through Thanksgiving Day, but no updates for Friday through next week Tuesday.  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Weekly Menu 11/24+

Saturday

gumbo
rice
Sunday

cube steaks
creamed whole potatoes
green beans
sliced oranges & bananas
Monday

 turkey pot pie w/ cheese swirl biscuits
Tuesday

fried ham slices
eggs
potato pancakes
pound cake with pineapple
Wednesday

chicken fried rice
with mixed veggies
egg rolls
tangerines
Thursday

enchiladas
bean & rice
Friday

chicken w/creamy gravy
fine egg noodles
broccoli
canned peaches



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night...

Wait, that title isn't quite right.... 

It was a dark and clear night.  Three of us had just returned from a nice vacation to the great NW and one of us said, "Hey, how are the chickens?"  And this is the story... 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tip Tuesday--Tomatoes vs. Temperature

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything besides menus, grocery lists and stories of head borne parasites also known as the 'l-situation'.  

Please don't confuse the 'l-situation' with the 'L-situation'.  Because when I received the upper-case L in a text a few weeks ago, my first thought went to my beloved, L.  Then my mind started racing with what she might be talking about.  What WAS the 'L-situation'????  Everything was fine as I knew it.  

And then it hit me she was talking about those little bugs;  ACCK... the 'l-situation'.  Thankfully, THAT situation seems to be ok too, but every time I get even the slightest itch on my head I'm still suspicious and a bit fearful.  

So now we can begin discussing tonight's topic which surrounds another l-word.  The all important potential lycopene of the two tomatoes that are growing out on the vine of my very healthy tomato plant. 

But with it being November, the threat of freezing weather is actually upon us, and I really wanted to try and preserve the living plant a few more weeks, knowing that another round of warm weather will no doubt come around again.  It is Texas after all and there have been plenty of Thanksgivings and Christmases where we were able to wear shorts.  

Monday night I rushed home to use the few moments of daylight that would be left and went out to our metal holding area, aka our scrap pile, hoping to find an old tomato cage that I could put around the plant.  Instead I found a three sided sheet metal something or other and there was even insulated fiberboard in there.  This was going to be better than I imagined.

I picked it up and shook it to be sure there were no little critters or reptiles in it that would run up my arm as I carried it to the garden.  I was happy to find none.  

Then back into the house and a little tape in combination with some dry cleaning bags 

and viola, I had a mini greenhouse on the way.  Here is the south facing view allowing the sun to shine on in, but there is a vent hole on the top so that hopefully things won't get too hot in there.  




I wonder if this means they will end up being flavorless hot house tomatoes?  If they survive, I'll let you know.  

The good news is that I didn't have to spend anything extra to make all this happen.  

What sort of ideas have you used to save a tomato plant?  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Weekly Menu 11/17+

Saturday

king ranch chicken
cran-pistachio cookies
Sunday

roasted pork loin, w/ gravy
rice
creamed spinach
ez chocolate mousse
Monday

oven fried chicken
mashed potatoes
green beans
fruit cocktail
Tuesday

meatloaf
mac & cheese
broccoli
Wednesday

taco crescent bake
pineapple salad
Thanksgiving

your family favorites
Friday

spaghetti
(leftover meatloaf)
garlic bread
salad



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Weekly Menu 11/10+



Saturday

baked ranch chicken
baked potatoes
green beans
Sunday

baked ziti
salad
bread
orange poke cake
Monday

italian roast
carrots
rice
Tuesday

chicken broccoli stroganoff
noodles
Wednesday

potato kielbasa skillet
yogurt & apples
Thursday

eggs
cinnamon roll pancakes
oranges
Friday

stuffed pepper soup
crusty bread


Grocery Deals 11/7+


Sprouts      blackberries 1.25, cluster tomatoes 1.25/lb., green bell peppers .49, cucumbers .49, red/yellow/orange peppers .99, broccoli crowns .99/lb., celery .99, avocados .77, yellow/zucchini squash .99/lb., lettuce .99, chicken tenders 1.99, boneless thighs 1.99/lb.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday only:    sourdough bread 1.99, medium cheddar 2.99/lb., ozarka water 2.99 (24 pack), fresh cranberries $1/12 oz (vs. Randalls 2.50), pineapples $1, organic canned pumpkin $1 (vs 1.50 Randalls)
Randalls     pork loin 1.99/lb., chuck roast 2.49/lb., 90% ground beef 2.99/lb., oranges .69/lb., turkey .59/lb., spiral ham 2.29/lb. (vs. 2.99 HEB)
HEB             steak 4.97/lb., breasts $1/lb., avocados .77, grapefruit .25/ea, apples .98/lb.