Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday supper: Turkey and all of the fixings!

 My gradmother's vintage GE roaster is called into service to roast a 17 lb turkey
I made 2 pies for dessert this week.

Stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, canned green beans, homemade gravy will complete the menu.

A Smart Phone perk: Ibotta rebates

Sandie at first told me about Ibotta, a Smart Phone app that allows one tom "unlock" rebates, later scan a receipt and build up monies to be credited towards Paypal or to cash in for gift cards.

Here's a link:

You can search by store or by catergory such as grocery, restaurant etc. I unlocked several rebates for normal foods that I commonly buy: onions, bananas, apples, bread, hotdog buns, hamburger buns, ketchup, unsalted butter (organic, too!), herbal tea, fzn fish. Worth a try.

Saturday supper: reincarnating with leftovers

 Leftover beef sloppy joe sauce became the base for ziti bolognese, served with grated Parmesan, if desired
2 loan l/o hamburger buns were spread with butter on the open side, garlic powder and parsley sprinkled on top, then baked until golden=garlic toast to accompany

Saturday, February 13, 2016

February's reduced grocery shopping


Jan 30th found me and DD topping a few needs up, $69.35 spent towards Feb. After just a few item stops sinnce the(milk, eggs), today was another, larger top up.

2/9 2 gallons milk $6.88

Stop & Shop: marked down store bakery Portugese rolls, wedge domestic Parmesan, lb no salt butter, tub ice cream, 2 ea of fzn peas/corn/mixed veg; 4 boxes tissues, large jar grated Parmesan, 5 cans albacore, bottle shower gel *(to use as pump soap refills-paid 17 cents plus tax due to doubled cpn), tub organic salad greens, 1 lb strawberries, 2 bunches organic rainbow chard. $34.63

Aldi: cuties mandarins, trash bags, 2 doz eggs @ $1.61, 10 lbs potatoes. qt 1/2 & 1/2, 3 lbs sweet potatoes, bag navel oranges, 2 gallons milk, 1 bottle each: apple/splash/ruby red juices; 3 boxes mac n cheese, 2 lbs carrots, celery, swabs, parsley, 1 brownie mix, 2 cold cereal, 3 lbs apples, 2 pkgs batteries, 1 can pineapple, 2 cans corn (yay! no salt), 8 oz block of sharp Cheddar & colby Jack, bananas, Rye bread. $56.22

CVS:1 bottle Arm & Hammer detergent @ 99 cents after sale plus cpn, 2 pkgs sugar free cough drops, 2 boxes lotion tissues. $5.18

Spent a total of @172.26, I have $23.74 until the end of the month. I'm calling it milk money.

Planning ahead, and keeping warm in the process

 Planning ahead for Sunday supper this weekend, I've pulled the last turkey out of the garage freezer. I don't recall, but I think * I paid somethink like 46 cents/lb around Thanksgiving. It will defrost today, and I'll oven roast it in my Grandmother's circa 1950 GE oven roaster.  I've also grabbed some pantry items: 2 cans of evaporated ,mlk, my last can of squash and a can of pumpkin (still got plenty of that). Today, I have some laundry, usual cleaning but the monthly maid service is coming Monday, so just usual maintenance for me. Besides chores, I do have to hit the grocery store for some needs, sticking to my reduced budget this month. It's a bitter 16 degress, yet feels like -5. Temps are to plummet today, so a quick jaunt it will be, I much prefer to be at home, get the wood stove going, which will help to dry some laundry at the same time. I also plan on baking 2 pumpkin/squash pies today, to accompany tomorrow's mini Thanksgiving type dinner. I am also intending on baking bread. Meals today are whatever is on hand. I am having OJ, coffee and whole grain cream of wheat for bfst. Lunch and dinner are a choice of leftovers.
Sides for tomorrow include stuffing, green beans, and I will make gravy.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday night pizza night

 I m calling upon my ABM to mix up a batch of pizza dough:

Place the following into your ABM machine, in this order:
3/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp very soft butter
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp yeast
Set to pizza dough cycle, which is 55 minutes for my machine.

Once ready, I spread it out onto a Pam sprayed pizza pan, tom with the ingredients above, plus some about to expire, organic spinach picked from the tub of salad greens.

Ready to bake @ 400 degrees for 10 minutes before spinning the pizza pan 45 degrees and baking 5-10 minutes more.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Shopping local

Grabbed 2 dozen organic, free range eggs from a friend today. I've met these hens, seen the organic kale, squash fed to them. Highly nutritious eggs with deep, almost orange colored yolks. A good thing.