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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weekly Menu 11/30+

Weekly Ads will not update this week.  It is the one week the grocery stores don't make a new ad starting on Wednesday.  I guess everyone needs a break.

For your weekly menu, be sure to use up all those leftover turkey remnants.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tip Tuesday--Thanksgiving Week

Here we are the week of the big show....

Mon Thaw turkey in fridge
Set aside more ice 
Calculate what time everything needs to go into the oven on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weekly Menu 11/16+

Welcome to the new readers that I met last week when I spoke to their Mom's group.  What a fun time we had.  I hope they have that much fun every time they get together.  I have a feeling they do.  :)

One of the attendee's was C's 4th grade teacher.  And to prove it is a small world... Another lady I met was J's sister's 3rd grade teacher.  How fun is that?

It's hard to have a weekend meal around here without having hamburgers and Sunday night was the night for us last week.

Monday night we had super fast meal... steak, salad and garlic bread made from leftover hamburger buns.  J and I had to dash off to his 4H meeting.

Grocery Deals 11/20+

Sprouts:     Blue/blackberries 1.50 (6oz) (vs. 1.77 HEB), oranges .69/lb., apples .99/lb., grapefruit .50, celery .99 (vs 1.25 Randalls), green beans .99/lb., winter squash .69/lb., green bell peppers .49, cucumbers .49, yellow onions .49/lb., sweet potatoes .49/lb., carrots .49/lb., boneless breasts 1.88/lb., bulk cheddar cheese 2.99/lb., 85% lean ground beef 2.99/lb., fresh turkey breast 2.99/lb.,
HEB:     ham 1.27/lb., NY strip 4.97/lb., pork butt 1.47/lb., chicken legs $1/lb., sweet potatoes .33/lb. (vs. .49 Sprouts, .69 Randalls), green beans .88/lb., grapes 1.88/lb., pineapple 1.98, pears .88/lb., boneless chicken 1.97/lb.,
Randalls: ribeye roast 6.99/lb. (vs. 8.47/lb. HEB), pork roast 1.49/lb., with randall’s coupon/card: flour 1.89/5#, sugar 1.99/4#, cake mix .99,
(P.S. on the HEB ad, I did check a 'non-value HEB’ store’s ad and these meat prices are good at the fancy stores too).  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tip Tuesday--Thanksgiving Prep

Earlier this week a friend asked me to plan her Thanksgiving dinner.  Then during a work meeting that kicks off with a 'funny' each time the theme was preparing Thanksgiving dinner.  Being a person who is a little slower to catch on than most, it wasn't until the 3rd time that someone mentioned cooking Thanksgiving dinner that I thought, "Hey, I could blog about that."  Third time is a charm, right?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Grocery Deals 11/13+

Sprouts     raspberries 1.50, pears .99/lb., apples .99/lb., oranges .69/lb.(vs. 1.47 HEB) , avocados .69 (vs $1 Randalls), cucumbers .33, leaf lettuce .99, squash .99/lb.,
HEB              grapefruit .25 (vs .33 Sprouts), gala apples 2,47/4# (.62/lb. vs .99 Sprouts), cherry tomatoes $1.67 (vs $2 Sprouts), romaine .98, tomatoes .97/lb., potatoes 2.97/10#, whole chickens .87/lb., beef roast 1.97/lb., pork chops 1.97/lb.
Randalls         honeycrisp apples 1.99/lb., 93% lean ground beef 2.99/lb., ham 1.69/lb.,
w/ store coupon: mayo and miracle whip 1.99 (I’m already well stocked), cake or brownie mix .99,
Friday only:  $5 rotisserie chicken, 2# chunk cheese $5

Weekly Menu 11/9+

A couple of weeks ago we were supposed to have steak.  However, the propane tank would not release any of the gas so necessary to getting things fired up, which meant I had to exchange it.  Of course before I could do that I had to also remember to take it with me.  That turned out to be the largest part of the challenge.  

The beginning of the week was not terribly note worthy, but the end of the week was all about clean up the fridge and freezer.  

Then thanks to our first cold snap on Thursday last week I made Beef Barley Soup which really turns into more of a stew.  Of course it cooks really well in my dutch oven.   I was working from home last week Thursday because J was home sick.  During my lunch break I happen to be digging around in the freezer in the kitchen (as opposed to our deep freeze), and found all these little bits of this and that.  

Taking advantage of being at home during the day I found a couple of small containers of beef broth that were left over from pot roasts of yore.  Those went into my soup.  

I also found cake batter and a note to myself that read it would make six cupcakes.  Plus about one muffin's worth of banana muffin batter.  No, I don't know why I saved that either.  So I combined the two into a small glass bowl and baked it in my toaster oven.  It just seemed too small a 'cake' to heat up the whole oven for.  Then I had a bit of cream cheese frosting that was left over from something and that almost got used up on the cake.    

Again home on Friday, I used up the last of the pork roast in King Ranch Casserole.  I used a can of cream of mushroom soup, two fresh tomatoes, diced, green onions that were chopped in the freezer in a small container, plus all the left over pork roast, a square of white velveeta cubed, 10 leftover corn tortillas, and of course freshly grated cheese.  

Saturday we had hamburgers at Hilbert's on Burnet Rd, but were so full from our late lunch that we didn't eat supper.  

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Frugal Friday--Overdraft Fees

This is probably an obvious statement to most of you.  The best way to save money on overdraft fees is to not ever incur them.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Weekly Menu 11/9+

First up it is Dutch Oven-day.  There is nothing better than a good juicy pork roast, unless of course you or someone in your house doesn't like pork roast.

Grocery Deals 11/6+

Sprouts:   apples .88/lb. (lots of varieties, except honeycrisp), oranges .98/lb., cucumbers .48, squash .98/lb., red/gold/orange bell peppers 1.25, tomatoes .98/lb., boneless chicken 1.99/lb. (vs 3.99 Randalls), Jack cheese 2.99/lb.,
72 hour sale (Fri/Sat/Sunday only): fresh cranberries $1 (vs 1.47 HEB),
HEB:   NY strip 3.97/lb., chicken breasts $1/lb., pineapple .98, tomatoes .77/lb., (vs .98 Sprouts),
Randalls:  pork loin .99/lb., chuck roast 2.99/lb., turkey .59/lb. (with $50 purchase), 80% lean ground beef 2.99/lb.,