Sunday, January 30, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1

$80.73-use a $5 off $25 purchase from Fresh & Easy flier at Fry's and only spend $75.73

1-Eggs, toast, bacon
2-Pancakes, juice
3-Cinnamon rolls
5-Grapefruit halves, toast
7-Pancakes, cocoa

1-Lunchmeat sandwich, grapes
2-PB&J sandwich, cheetos
3-Lunchmeat sandwich, orange, cookie
4-PB&J sandwich, cheetos
5-PB&J sandwich, fritos
6-Ramen noodles
7-Hot pockets

1-Taco soup topped with sour cream, cheese, fritos
2-Hot Pockets
3-Pizza, salad
4-Baked chicken, rice, asparagus
5-chili dogs
6-Mac & Cheese, salad, crescent rolls
7-Roast, carrots, mashed potatoes

ice cream

Albertson's lg. eggs, .89 with coup from Wed. paper
Ken's salad dressing, .99 with coup
Cheetos, $1.49 with coup
Fritos, $1.49 with coup
Ramen noodles, 6/$1
carrots, 2/$3, buy 1
3 loaves of sandwich bread, .88 with coup

Bashas milk, $1.67, buy2
Asparagus, .99 lb.
Cross rib roast, $1.97 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Roma tomatoes, .88 lb.
Food Club cheese, 2/$3, buy 1
Hillshire Farm lunch meat, 2/$5, buy 1
Nestle hot cocoa mix, 4/$5, buy 1
Food Club crescents, 2/$3, buy1
Food Club cinnamon rolls, 2/$3, buy1
Romaine, .99
Tyson bacon, $2.99
Food Club butter, $2.88
Back beans, I've allowed for .99
Potatoes, I've allowed for $2.50
taco seasoning, I've allowed for .99

Use $5 off $25 purchase Fresh & Easy coup, Fry's accepting competitor's coups this week
Buy 10
1-Del Monte vegs, .49, buy corn
2-Hunt's tomatoes, .49
3-Hunt's tomatoes, .49
4-Hunt's tomato sauce, .49
5-Hunt's tomato sauce, .49
6-Dreyers ice cream, $1.97
7-Red Baron Pizza, $2.99
8-Uncle Ben's rice, .99
9-Uncle Ben's rice, .99
10-Bar S meat franks, .89
1-Kraft Mac & Cheese, .49
2-Kraft Mac & Cheese, .49
3-Hot Pockets, $1.49
4-Hot Pockets, $1.49
5-Hot Pockets, $1.49
6-Hot Pockets, $1.49
7-Hormel chili, .79
8-Krusteaz pancake mix, $1.49
9-Krusteaz cookie mix, $1.49
10-Mott's apple juice, $1.49

Frying chicken, .57 lb., buy 3 lbs. at $1.71
Ground beef, 3 lb. chub, $1.77, 3 lbs. $5.31
Red grapes, .97, buy 2 lbs.
Kroger sour cream, 10/$10
hot dog buns, I've allowed for $1.50
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.50
Oranges, $1 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Grapefruit, 2/$1, buy 1

Oats, .79 lb., buy 2 lbs.

Items not on grocery list:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Idaho Spuds

These came in the mail yesterday and every creature at my house is happy.Even the little dog, who once was naughty and ate 8 of these in one afternoon. We counted wrappers in the backyard.

Chocolate marshmallowy goodness enrobed in chocolate with a coconut covering. We start hiding these in various spots in the freezer when only ten or so are left. I may try using the foodsaver if I can borrow the jar attachment from someone and put some of these in a canning jar.

Vegan Brownies

Some of you may be thinking "EWWWWWWW...Vegan...." right now. My daughter made these today because she has a friend who is a vegan, and I was pleasantly surprised. They are really fudgey and good. They are everything a regular brownie is, minus the eggs. Yum. This would also be a great recipe to keep in your food storage files.

Vegan Brownies

2 C. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 C. white sugar
3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C. water
1 C. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, vegetable oil and vanilla, mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a 9x13 inch baking pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is no longer shiny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Egg rolls

Egg Rolls I made egg rolls last night for dinner out of the Pillsbury crescent rolls. They were lacking something, either they needed more garlic salt or some ginger or soy sauce, I don't know. I'm not gonna lie, they were a little weird. But in a, "I am so going to make them again" kind of way.
My daughter liked them. I liked them. I don't think the male folk in the family did. Here's what I did:

I sauteed off a bag of cabbage and carrot cole slaw in butter and olive oil, sprinkled with Lawry's garlic salt and added some sliced scallions and shallot. I would have used some bean sprouts but couldn't find any fresh in the grocery store. For one tube of crescent rolls, you will probably only need a half of a package of slaw. Less if you're using bean sprouts. When soft I then let the cabbage cool completely. On the second try at this, I put some uncooked sliced scallions on before bakingI unrolled the crescent rolls and separated them into the rectangle shape and pressed the other perforations together. I put some chopped cooked shrimp on the rectange, then the cooked cabbage and rolled them up lengthwise and sealed the edges and the ends with my fingers. I baked them according to the crescent roll baking instructions. Made a nice side to our basil Tilapia and ham fried rice.

When I make them next time I will season the shrimp, or whatever protein I use, and the cabbage more with salt or soy sauce or ginger. The crescent roll is so bland and thicker than a normal egg roll wrap that the flavor of the egg roll needs to come from within.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of Jan. 19-Jan. 25

Can you believe that this is already the last week of January? At least I got my new curtains hemmed this weekend. The ones I've had since November and have been up and covering the floor at least by 4 inches and the dogs have been laying on them. They thought that they were Queens(well they do anyway) or something laying on soft silky fabric.


1-Cold cereal, milk, cranberry juice
2-Oatmeal, blackberries, hot chocolate
3-Oatmeal, blueberries
4-Cinnamon rolls, grapfruit halves
5-Pancakes, hot chocolate
6-Cold cereal, milk
7-Cold cereal, milk

1-Tuna sandwich, apple, fritos
2-PB&J sandwich, carrots, orange
3-Chicken salad sandwich (don't use all of the chicken from #2 dinner in the enchiladas), carrots
4-Tuna sandwich, hard boiled egg
5-Egg salad sandwich, apple
7-Chicken and avocado wraps

1-Pasta, sauce, green salad
2-Chicken enchiladas, tortilla chips and salsa
3-Fish, roasted red potatoes, steamed or roasted broccoli
4-Bean/cheese burrito
5-Soup, cornbread OR cheese toast
6-Chicken, potato salad, frozen vegs., and applesauce

Albertson's cereals, $1, buy3
Chicken, $1.77 lb., buy 4 lbs. at $7.08
Reser's Potato salad, $1 lb.
Albertson's salsa, $1
Mi Ranchito tortilla chips, $1
LaVictoria enchilada sauce, $1, buy 2
Albertson's applesauce, $1.29
Albertson's mayonnaise, $2.49
Apples, $1 lb., buy 4 lbs.
Red Potatoes, $1 lb., buy 2 lbs.
Progresso vegetable classics soups, $1, buy 3 cans

Broccoli, .59 lb.
Bashas' milk, $1.67, buy 2
Blueberries, 2/$3, buy 1
Langer's cranberry juice cocktail, .99 on Mon. only
Aunt Jemima pancake mix, 2/$4, buy 1
Marie Calendar's cornbread mix, 2/$4, buy 1
Mini carrots, .99
Haas avocados, 2/$1
Eggs, I've allowed for $1.99

Mission flour tortillas, .99, buy 3
Rosarita refried beans, .99, buy 2
Hunt's spaghetti sauce, .99
Barilla pasta, .99
Starkist tuna, .49, buy 2
Kraft shredded cheese, $1.88, buy 2
Nestle hot cocoa mix, .99
fritos, $1.77
Kroger frozen vegs., .97
Kroger cinnamon rolls, 10/$10, buy 1
Van de Kamps fish filets, $3.49
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4 at $3.52
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.50

Blackberries, .99
Grapefruit, .49 each, buy 2
Navel oranges, .49 lb., buy 4 lbs.
Cucumbers, .49 each
Tomatoes, .77 lb.
Romaine, .88
Oatmeal, .79 lb., buy 2 lbs.

Items not on grocery list:
herbs and spices
pickle relish
olive oil or veg. oil

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Frozen whipped cream

I realize that white on white isn't the best for photos.

Just a quick tidbit. My mom used to freeze heavy cream in the carton and she also used to freeze whipped cream in spoonfuls and take them out to defrost and use later. So I couldn't remember if I'd done it before and had a boatload of whipped cream leftover from one of hubby's caterings. So I put a sheet of parchment on a baking sheet and put dollops of cream on it and then froze them. When they were solid (overnight) I then peeled them off of the parchment or waxed paper and put them in a ziplock bag.
I've been taking them out and putting them in a bowl and defrosting either in the microwave or just on the counter and then using them in my hot chocolate or homemade warm delights. Works great. Leave it frozen on the warm delight and it kind of tastes like ice cream.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of Jan. 12-Jan. 18

Check out this week, she used one of my ideas.

Great deals on prepared foods this past week at Bashas. What normally comes to $80, this week is $66. Great week to add to your stock of Ramen noodles or Rice A Roni. This past week I learned how to use a Foodsaver with the jar attachments to save things like chocolate chips, m & m's, marshmallows, cake and brownie mixes, nuts, choc. covered craisin, dried fruits in jars so that their shelf life is more like 5 years or more instead of 1 year. I also bought some fruit snacks and fruit bars to try out in the jars. Anyway, I'm thinking at .49 a box, that Rice A Roni would work great in the jars also. And you maybe could try putting the Ramen Noodles in the Foodsaver bags.

I've been in a funk today. And if you're wondering, my Christmas tree is still up. Anyway, hope that this week's menu appeals to you.


1-Oatmeal, blueberries and juice
2-Eggs, toast
3-Egg in a hole
4-Oatmeal, juice
5-Toast or cinnamon toast, juice

1-Tuna sandwich, hard boiled egg, cheetos
2-Pasta salad, clementine
3-Tuna sandwich, fritos, pudding cup
4-PB&J sandwich, cheetos, clementine
5-PB&J sandwich, clementine
6-Ramen noodles
7-Ramen noodles

1-chicken, Rice A Roni, vegetables, deviled eggs, biscuits
2-Chili dogs, vegetables
3-Spaghetti, vegetables, leftover hot dog buns turned into garlic toast or garlic/cheese toast
4-Pizza, salad with avocado and tomato, 7-up
5-Pork loin, Rice A Roni, vegetables
6-Pasta salad with cold pork, biscuits
7-Chili and saltines, or top chili with leftover cheese and fritos


Clementines, $2.77, buy 2 bags at $5.54
Boneless Pork loin, $1.97 lb, guessimating that 4 lbs. and that would be $7.88
Maruchan Ramen, .12, buy 4
Fry's med. eggs, 30 count. $2.49
Kroger p-nut butter, $1.25
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 4 at $3.52
Roma tomatoes, $1 lb., buy 3 lbs.
Duncan Hines cake mix or brownie mix, 10/$10
Hebrew National beef Franks, $2.99
Kroger shredded cheese, $2.99
Foster Farms chicken, buy one get one free, Guestimating that at $1.59 x 4 is $6.36 and you'll get 2 chickens

Oats, .79 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $1.58

Buy 10 deal
1-Barilla Pasta, .69
2-Barilla Pasta
3-7-Up, .79
4-Del Monte sauce, .69
5-Del Monte sauce
6-Old Orchard juice, .69
7-Old Orchard juice, .69
8-Old Orchard juice, .69
9-Totinos pizza, .69
10-Totinos pizza, .69

1-Totinos pizza, .69
2-Totinos pizza, .69
3-Green Giant vegs., .69
4-Green Giant vegs.
5-Green Giant vegs.
6-Green Giant vegs.
7-Bumble Bee tuna, .49
8-Bumble Bee tuna
9-Bumble Bee tuna
10-Old Orchard juice, .69

1-Rice A Roni, .49
2-Rice A Roni
3-Rice A Roni
4-Rice A Roni
5-Fritos, $1.49
6-Dennisons chili, .69
7-Dennisons chili
8-Dennisons chili
9-Dennisons chili
10-cheetos, $1.49

Pillsbury Grands! biscuits, 10/$10
Fresh blueberries, .99
Hass avocados, 4/$1
Food Club pudding, .88
Food Club saltines, $1.29
Bashas hot dog buns, 4/$5, buy one
Broccoli, .99 lb.
Romaine, .99

Items not on grocery list
pickle relish
olive oil and vinegar, and/or lemon juice or italian dressing for pasta salad
herbs and spices
salad dressings

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Menu with what's on sale for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 4



1-Eggs, sausage, toast, orange juice
2-Oatmeal, blueberries
3-Oatmeal, apple juice
4-Oatmeal, orange juice
5-Bagel, cream cheese
6-Oatmeal, hot chocolate
7-Cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate


1-Tuna sandwich, brownie
2-PB&J sandwich, wheat thins
3-Tuna sandwich, pudding cup, orange
4-PB&J sandwich, brownie, orange
5-Tuna sandwich, carrpts
6-Mac & cheese
7-Bean burrito


1-Mac & cheese, carrots, pineapple chunks
2-Pizza, salad
3-Vegetable lasagna, salad, baguette. Make the lasagne with a white sauce, sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, steamed broccoli, sauteed onions and cheese with layers of lasagna pasta. Bake at 350
4-Bean and cheese burritos
5-Baked chicken breast, broccoli and biscuits
6-Spaghetti, salad and baguette
7-Shredded beef tacos. Small taco tortillas, cheese, lettuce, olive, tomatoes. Cooked roast in Pace salsa in crockpot all day long.

Ice cream

Round roast, 1.99 lb, buy 2 lbs. at $3.98
Dreyers ice cream, $2.28

wheat thins, $1.88
Albertson's apple juice, .99 with coupon from Wed. paper
Donald Duck o j, .99 with coupon from Wed. paper
Hunt's spaghetti sauce, .77 with coupon
Albertson mac & cheese, .39, with coupon, buy 4 at $1.56
Albertsons pasta, .77 with coupon
mini carrots, .88 with coupon, buy 2
Albertson's bread, limit 2, buy 2, .67 with coupon
Herdez soft taco size tortillas, 10/$10, buy one
bagette, 1.19, buy 2
Bumble Bee tuna, .69, buy 3
Albertson's lasagna noodles, 10/$10, buy 1
mushrooms, 2/$3, buy 1
broccoli, .99 lb., buy 2 lbs.

Bashas' milk, .79 for 1/2 gallon, buy 4, limit 4 $3.16
Dole Pineapple, .88 ea
Roma tomatoes, 2 lbs/$1, buy 2 lbs.
Dole garden salad, .77, buy 3
Red Baron Pizza, 2.88
Sargento cheese, $1.99, buy 2
Pillsbury brownie mix, 2/$3, buy 1
Mission tortillas, 2/$3, buy one
Pace salsa, 2/$4, buy 1
Food Club olives, .99
McCormick taco seasoning 3/$2, buy one
Fiesta refried beans, .69, buy 3
Italian squash, .99 lb., buy 1/2 lb. at .49
Eggs, I've allowed $1.99/dozen

Oats, .69/lb., buy 4 lbs. at $2.76

Chicken breast, $1.77 lb., buy 2 lbs. at $3.54
Blueberries, $1
Kroger cream cheese, .99
Kroger bagels, .99
Hunt's snack pack pudding, 10/$10
Pillsubry Grands! biscuits, $1.88
Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, $1.88
Nestle hot cocoa, 10/$10, buy 1
Farmer John pork links, 10/$10, buy 1
Navel oranges, $1/lb., buy 3 lbs.
sweet onion, $1 lb., buy 1/2 lb. at .50
Peanut butter, Kroger Value, $1.50
Jelly, I've allowed $2.00
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 2

Items not listed:
flour and butter for white sauce
salad dressings

The party's over

Chili pepper lights and an angel who's about to swan dive off of the top of the tree. The tree is still up, can't bear to take it down yet.

Chop Salad

My kids tease me that half of the photos on my camera are of food. They are embarrassed to show their friends pictures off of my camera. It is what it is.

I don't know what this salad is called. Sooz got the recipe off of the "Two Peas and a Pot" blog and she used it for the Relief Society Christmas dinner this past December. I made it for her that night. The poor woman was in charge of food that night and also had a daughter getting married in two weeks so she was right on the edge of somethin. I also did a trial run of the salad a week before to see how much we would need to have for that night. It is really yummy. Very colorful. Very garlicy. Or as Emeril would say, "Gaaaaahlic". Very tasty salad.

For the first time I made this salad, the trial run, I used craisins because I didn't have golden raisins. Or any raisins for that matter. I had thrown out the rock hard raisins after I had exhanged them for chocolate chips in the cup that my son was using as a finals studying motivator. That's what you see in the above fuzzy shot. Craisins. I also used lemon juice concentrate for the dressing. It worked fine, just use a little less, because it's well, it's concentrated.

Chop Salad
from Two Peas and a Pot

Chopped butter lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Chopped avocado
Sliced or diced red onion
Toasted almonds
golden raisins

1/4 C. cider vinegar
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T. Olive Oil
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. minced garlic

Plan on about 6-7 servings per head of butter lettuce. My daughter and I could each eat half a head of salad, but for the dinner, I planned on about 7 servings per head and it turned out about right.