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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Forever 21... at least for now

We are winding down our great chicken adventure, but we unfortunately lost another chicken on Monday night.  L discovered the body first thing Tuesday morning.  

This week we have the weigh in, the decision of who makes it to the show,  and on Friday the actual show. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Grocery Deals 2/27+


Sprouts       oranges .20/lb., grapefruit .20/lb., avocados .50 ($1 HEB), green/red bell peppers .50, cucumbers .50 (vs .79 Randalls), green cabbage .50, zucchini .99,. yellow squash .99/lb., tomatoes .99/lb., cantaloupe 1.50, boneless breasts 1.99/lb.

HEB             cantaloupe .98, apples .77/lb, red bell peppers .98, asparagus 1,77/lb, potatoes 2,47/10#, pork roast $1/lb, whole chicken .88/lb, beef roast 2,97/lb, pork chops 1,97/lb, ice cream 3.50

Randalls      sirloin steak 3.99/lb


Weekly Menu 3/2+

Saturday

frito pie
strawberries, blueberries & whipped cream
Sunday

chicken pot pie
brownies
Monday

pork roast
baked potatoes
spinach salad
Tuesday

crockpot stuffing & chicken
green beans
Wednesday

bacon beef stroganoff
rice
broccoli
Thursday

chicken tacos
strawberries
Friday

black beans
cornbread


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Meet Charlie

We've had a few days when getting home was not exactly easy and traffic was difficult at the end of our commute...
some days on the road there is a lot of bull.

Yes, those are cheesy... 

We've had some new cows move into our pasture in the last month.  We know where they came from, they aren't strays or anything.  The real point here is that J has bonded with these momma cows and their babies.  

There was this one 'cold' and 'rainy' Saturday (ie 50 degrees and drizzling) and he had nothing else to do, so he spent a good two hours trying to get close enough to the cows so he could pet them.  He walked where the cows walked.  I think he wore them out marching up and down the pastures, but he was successful, at least a little.  

This past Saturday was a lovely day, but I was busy in the house working on this and that while J was outside walking the chickens and guarding against hawk attack.

Then he called for me to come outside


and meet Charlie.

Charlie, or should I say Charli, is one of the new cows.  You can recognize her as the black cow with the orange #107 earring.

Maybe she is ok with the petting because she knows J will be sure to leave a treat out for her;

chicken food. I think she's a body double for one of the Chick-fil-A cows.  J doesn't mind if she eats the food.  I did put a stop to that since we've got 22 beaks to feed.

I don't know if Charli will be as entertaining as Missy, but there's a definite bond between those two for now.





Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Grocery Deals 2/20+

Sprouts       Strawberries 1.50, blackberries 1.50, cuties $4/5#, oranges .77/lb., apples .99/lb., red/green bell peppers .50, cucumbers .50, green beans .99/lb., zucchini .99/lb., roma tomatoes .77/lb., cauliflower .99, broccoli .99/lb., avocados .50, leaf lettuce 1.29

Randalls      london broil 2.99/lb, slim pickins this week

HEB              strawberries 1.47/lb, poblanos .98/lb, kiwi .33, legs/thighs $1/lb, pork loin 1.97/lb (great to cut up into your own boneless chops)

Weekly Menu 2/23+

Saturday

italian meatball subs
salad
Sunday

asian stir-fry
rice
egg rolls
Monday

southwestern corn chowder
bread
Tuesday

bacon mini-meatloaves
baked potatoes
green beans
Wednesday

egg quesadillas
oranges
Thursday

chicken parmesan
buttered noodles
asparagus
Friday

pesto tilapia
rice
broccoli
cookies



Friday last week I had the opportunity to speak at a local MOPS group about menu planning.  They were so kind to listen to me talk about menu planning for almost an hour.  I stopped talking before the coordinator had to get out her hook and get me off the stage.  When I returned to my table the ladies began sharing their one ‘go to’ meal so that we could each have some inspiration.  It was wonderful and we’ve had some great new dishes here this week, plus they have been super easy!  So I’ve filled in with that same theme on a few days. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chicks? Not Really

Our little chicks are now four and a half weeks old and they are still growing exponentially.  Really they hardly look like the cute little fuzzy peeps that we started with on January 9th.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Weekly Ads 2/13+


Sprouts   blueberries 1.99/pt (vs. 3.49 Randalls), cantaloupe .99 (vs 1.77 HEB), oranges .69/lb (vs .77 Randalls), apples .99/lb, strawberries $2/lb (vs. $3 Randalls), broccoli .99/lb, green beans .99/lb, avocados .69 (vs $1 HEB, $1.49Randalls), green peppers .50, red/yellow/orange peppers .99, tomatoes .99

HEB          grapefruit .20, apples .99/lb, chicken breast $1/lb, pork chops 1.97/lb, chicken/pork fajitas 1.97/lb, poblanos .98/lb,

Randalls    NY strip 4.99/lb, 90% lean ground beef 2.99/lb

Weekly Menu 2/16+

Saturday

hamburgers
Sunday

panko pork chops
rice
green beans
apple sauce
Monday

italian roast
pasta quattro formage
squash
Tuesday

rotisserie chicken
broccoli
rolls
Wednesday

easy pleasy meatloaf
baked potatoes
Thursday

chicken salad wraps
pears w/cheese
Friday

filet-o-fish
tater tots



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Weekly Ads 2/6+

HEB       strawberries 1.97/lb, tangerines .33, lemons .16, potatoes $3/5#, chicken fajitas 1.97/lb, NY strip 5.97/lb, creamy creations 3.50, cake mix $1

Sprouts   apples .88/lb, strawberries 1.25/lb, (vs 1.97 HEB, 1.88 Randalls), oranges .69/lb (vs .88/lb Randalls), avcoados .49, red/yellow/orange peppers .88, green bell peppers .49, cucumbers .49, sweet potatoes .88/lb, cabbage .49/lb, roma tomatoes .69/lb, oats .69/lb

Randalls sirloin 3.99/lb, t-bone steak 4.99/lb, pork loin 1.99/lb, legs/thighs .99/lb

Weekly Menu 2/9+

Saturday

beef enchiladas
beans
spanish rice
Sunday

grilled chicken
broccoli
baked potatoes
Monday

baked potato soup
Tuesday

tater tot casserole
Ash
Wednesday

spaghetti
garlic bread
peaches
Thursday

turkey pie
salad
strawberries w/ chocolate
Friday

1 dish taco bake



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

4 Weeks Old

The chicks continue right along their growth trajectory.  I've not been as good about taking a daily picture as I wanted to be, but it is quite a bit of work to add these guys to an already full schedule and as soon as we get home I take my phone inside and then don't remember to bring it back to the coop with me.... and it's ALL the way back in the house.  

Here's a quick photo recap