Saturday, March 8, 2014
This morning I planted rows of spinach, beets, lettuce, and radishes. It was so windy that it felt like it was going to blow my hair off but that is good because supposedly there is rain coming to water in my seeds. I also mixed up my pink lug with manure and compost and spread it on the strawberry patch.
While I was planting I noticed this lone crocus in the middle of garden #1. I have never planted crocuses (sp?) in my veggie beds, or even for that matter, this side of the fence. He is about twice the size of the ones in my flower beds. Go figure.
Anyway, Costco has some good coupons this month. I want to mention that they are offering coupons for name brand allergy meds and Kirkland Signature generics. If you are bothered with springtime allergies, as I am, the KS brand is a screaming deal and they work great. They are offering a generic for every name brand allergy pill out there. If you can't tell what is what, ask the friendly people in the pharmacy to help you.
Here are what I consider to be the highlights this month:
Best Foods Mayonnaise - $2
Swanson Chicken Broth - $2.75
Mini BabyBel Cheese - $2.50
Marie Callendar's Pot Pies - $3
Iam's Dog Food - $10
Palmolive - $2
Pine Sol - $2.50
Crest Complete Xtra Whitening +Scope Toothpaste - $4
Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers - $5
Solar Powered LED Accent/Security Lights - $10
Royal 16-sheet Shredder - $20
Brita Pitcher and Filters - $8
Cascade Complete Action Pacs - $3
Isn't is cool that we don't have to cut coupons at Costco anymore?? I just flash the app on my phone and that is it. Also, check your latest Costco American Express bill because there will be a check on the last page. I consider this free money because I don't have to do anything different than what I always do to get the money. No hoops to jump through. I just use my card. How easy is that??
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Check out my pretty bouquet!! Instead of buying my Territorial seeds from the local garden center this year I decided to order direct for better selection. I placed my on-line order on Thursday and received my little Christmas package on Monday - which is pretty fast. The shipping and handling was $7.50 which seems a little high but the service was great and the shipping bag is biodegradable. Says so right on the bag.
I've been cleaning out my strawberry patch this week. Last fall I mulched the whole thing with the small leaves from my Red Maple. Nothing fancy. I just dumped them on and called it good. I was worried about whether my berry plants would survive the brutal cold that we have had this winter but the leaf blanket worked like a charm. I didn't lose one plant and there are several more shooting up all over the place. Once I've got the patch cleaned up I'm going to spread a mixture of my compost and steer manure. That should do it.
Next month the CutiePies will be welcoming their first child, Cooper. Look at what his grannies did to his room. Just beautiful!! This will be one well-loved little boy and that includes Miss MoneyPenny.
Okay - let's take a look at the ad this week. Not bad. QFC is having a three day sale within their normal sale and I will be stocking up on bark and soil at 4 for $10.
Here are the highlights:
Franz Bread - $2.50/loaf
Spice Island Spices - 33% off
Gevalia Coffee - $5.99/12oz
Starbucks Coffee - $6.99/12oz
Starkist Chunk Light Tuna - $1/ea
Fage Greek Yogurt - $1/7oz
C&W or Birdseye Frozen Veggies - 3 for $5/ea
Boneless Chuck Roast - BOGO
Fresh Dover Sole Fillets - $6.99/lb
Barilla Pasta - $1/ea
Broccoli or Cauliflower - $ .99/lb
Grape Tomatoes - $3/10oz pack
Jumbo Artichokes - $2.50/ea
Large Lemons - $ .88/ea
Whole Pineapples - $2.99/ea
3 Day Sale - Friday thru Sunday:
Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese - $4.99/2lb
Tomatoes on the Vine - $1.48/lb
Bark or Soil - $2.50/ea 1-2 cu fit
When my sister, Miss SmartyPants, was pregnant with her first child, Jessie Lee aka Miss SarcasticPants, she had a crazy craving for artichokes. We ate tons of them. We just trimmed them up and boiled them upside down until they were done. When they were cool we ripped off the leaves (?) and dipped them in lemon mayonnaise. Mush tastier than lemon butter, in my opinion.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Miss MoneyPenny was doing some research on predicted food prices for 2014. As usual they are on the rise mainly due to drought and dwindling beef herds. Although California has been experiencing flooding this past week it probably won't do much for the veggies but it could help with the snow pack down there, which bodes well for future crops.
So - you can look for higher prices on veggies, fruits, beef, bread, cereal, dairy, tuna, and shock!! chocolate!! Personally I will be cutting somewhere else rather than give up the sacred Vitamin CH.
As far as the produce goes, I grow a lot of my own and things are getting ready to ramp up around the MoneyPenny household. In fact I put in my seed order with Territorial Seeds last week. I was telling my sister, Miss SmartyPants, that my total for the seeds came close to $50. She informed me that she buys her sunflower seeds by the pound!! Of course she does. Check them out here
In an earlier post, I told you that I took advantage of the BOGO on beef roast. On Saturday I fired up my Crock Pot. This is how I cooked my roast:
1/2 pack onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 bunch of whole carrots, peeled if hairy
Place the carrots lengthwise in the cooker with the roast on top. Mix the soups with a couple of healthy doses of Worcestershire. When I rinse the mushroom soup can I add the water to the mix. Pour this over your roast. Put the lid on and cook on low for 8 hours, give or take, whenever it is done.
The first night was carrots and roast. After dinner I put all that lovely beef cooking sauce, along with the leftover carrots and meat in the fridge. The second meal was French Dip sandwiches.
This morning I removed the fat from the cooking liquid and added it to my round Crock Pot. I chopped up the carrots and beef and added to the pot. I also added some cut up potatoes and a small can of whole mushrooms and a little water. I turned it to low and will have yummy stew for dinner. The leftovers can be frozen for later.
I'm not done yet. I took the leftover pieces of meat that were grisly and fatty and chopped them up for future doggie treats. They love human food.
To summarize how I planned out to get the most from that roast purchase:
1. Bought the roast on BOGO, cutting one up in chunks for the freezer and repackaging the other one also.
2. Cooked the roast with an eye for leftovers.
3. Used every part of the roast from meat to cooking liquid, getting several meals out of a 3 pound roast.
4. Saved the grisly pieces for the dogs rather that throwing it away.
In the past when I've been short of time and something needed to be done with the roast before it got away from me in the fridge, I've just chopped everything up and threw them together and froze them. Just thaw and add potatoes, or whatever you like, and cook in the Crock Pot or on the stove or even in the oven. Very yummy either way.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I've got little patches of these beautiful crocus coming up everywhere in the flower beds. These little beauties give me hope for spring and all the other lovelies that follow. Followers of Miss MoneyPenny know of her aversion to the month of February so every little bit helps.
You might remember that I mentioned a while back that I was going to get my raspberry patch sorted but I didn't have a clue how to do it. Enter YouTube. I'm here to tell you that it worked like a charm. I knew just what to do and went at it.
I was asking my friend, Miss Know-It-All, what did we do before YouTube. She said that we would just go to the library and check out a book on pruning. I told her that I own a good book on pruning but when I go outside and am presented with the real live shrubs I can't find all those helpful little hash marks like in the book that tell you where to cut. But - when you watch a real live person do it, it makes sense.
Anyway, let's take a look at the ad for this week. The highlights for this week are asparagus ($1.77/lb) and grapefruit (10 for $10). I admit that I ate the entire bunch of asparagus at one sitting the last time it was on sale. It was just so yummy. All I did was roast it in the oven (400) until barely tender. Before I put it in the oven I added olive oil and salt and pepper. A squeeze of lemon at serving is good, also.
Here are my suggestions for "real food":
Lean Ground Beef - $4.99/lb
Pork Shoulder Roast - $1.79/lb
Asparagus - $1.77/lb
Blueberries - $4.99/18oz
Medium Hass Avocados - $ .99/ea
Colored Bell Peppers - $1.50/ea
Organic Grape Tomatoes - $3/10oz
Texas Red Grapefruit - $1/ea
Zucchini or Yellow Squash - $1.29/lb
We should be receiving the bill for February charges on our Costco American Express card soon. Usually they put the rebate check on the back pages of the bill, so look carefully. My first year I shredded it thinking that I was going to receive a separate check in the mail!! And remember - you don't have to spend your money at Costco. Last year, customer service cashed my check for me.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Check it out, kids!! Fresh salmon!! Yesterday I had lunch with Miss CutiePie and precious baby bump, Cooper. I can't believe that she has two more months to go before her due date. She is such a tiny thing that baby is taking up all her territory.
Anyway, Mr. CutiePie fished the salmon derby this last weekend and came away with a nice haul and he shared. He's a good boy. This is beautiful fish and as far as I'm concerned, the best way to cook it is to grill or bake it. Fresh salmon is so good it doesn't need much seasoning. I season it with a few chunks of butter and lemon pepper and bake it at 425, watching it carefully because it cooks rapidly. I usually give it 15 minutes before I check, depending on the thickness. Serve with lemon wedges. Can't beat it.
When my favorite ex-husband was catching a lot of salmon I would roast what was left after he filleted. You would be surprised how much was left on that carcass. After it cooled I would pick off the meat and use it for sandwiches and salmon loaf. The rest went right into the compost and helped make magic dirt.
Okay, let's take a look at the ad this week and see if we can find some "real food" to be had at a good price.
Here are some suggestions:
Franz Organic Bread - $2.99/loaf
Mission Burrito Tortillas - $2.50/8ct
La Victoria Salsa - $2.50/16oz
Fage Greek Yogurt - $2.50/17.6oz
QFC Large Eggs - $1.50/doz
Boneless Chuck Roast - BOGO
Anjou, Bosc, or Red Pears - $1.49/lb
Asparagus - $2.99/lb
Gala, Braeburn, or Cameo Apples - $ .99/lb
Large Navel Oranges - $ .68/lb
Red or Yukon Gold Potatoes - $ .99/lb
Yellow Onions - $ .99/lb
Info you can use:
There is always something going on in my neighborhood and some of it is not good. For the last year and a half we have been besieged by crazy tweakers running their ATVs all night. They sleep during the day, it seems. These quads do not have mufflers and they delight in revving them. They usually start out on Friday nights but sometimes Saturday and Sunday nights, also. And they go until midnight or 2am, no matter the weather. It can be snowing, blowing, raining, or freezing ass cold but they are still out there. I couldn't believe it when it was 12 degrees one night.
Anyway, for the first time in my life, I called the Sheriff's office but nobody was there at 11:30 and I did not want to call 911, so I laid there and fumed. So today I called the office and they connected me with a deputy who told me what to do in the middle of the night:
In Jefferson County (Washington) call 360-385-3831 ex 514 and that will get you the dispatcher who will contact a deputy. The deputy that I talked to said that they will then deal with it and that there is no need for me to shoot those creeps.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Miss MoneyPenny really enjoys the Olympics especially the figure skating. What's not to love about buff men in tights?? Nothing, I tell you. I find it amazing that these guys can be skating along and then fling themselves up in the air and spin four times!! before touching back down as if it were a walk in the park. I can't imagine jumping up and spinning once, let alone, four times.
Okay, Miss MoneyPenny, you old cougar, pull yourself away from the beautiful young men and concentrate on the QFC ad. Now is the time to stock up on whole chickens as they are going for $ .99 per pound this week. I remember back in the 70s when my mom told me that if I could find chickens for $ .63 a pound, or under, stock up. Those were the days.
I wrote a post the other day about how I use a whole chicken and you can look at it here. I want to add that I ended up with two quarts of rich chicken broth after I slow cooked the carcass for eight hours.
Here are my suggestions this week:
QFC Butter - $1.99/lb
Draper Valley Whole Chicken - $ .99/lb
USDA Choice Boneless New York Strip Steaks - $5.99/lb
Fresh Dover Sole - $5.99/lb
Blueberries - $4.99/18oz
Broccoli/Cauliflower - $ .99/lb
Colored Bell Peppers - $1.50/ea
English Cucumbers - $1.50/ea
Kale, Chard, Collards, Mustard Greens - $2/bunch
Large Minneolas or Cara Cara Navels - $ .99/lb
If you have a pet that takes medication be sure and check your local pharmacy for a better price. I was paying $41.70 a month for Pici's heart meds at the vet. I checked with my local pharmacy and now pay $14.95 for the very same medicine which is way less than half. To get this going I called my vet's office and asked them to fax a prescription and they were happy to do so.
Also, if you feed the birds, check out the wild bird food from Costco. I think that it is the best quality with no weird ingredients. Just sunflower seeds, peanuts, and millet. I need to warn you that it comes in a 40 pound box!! but will only set you back about $27 which is a screaming good deal.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Where were you when you saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show?? Miss MoneyPenny was in ninth grade and was watching the beginning of the British Invasion with my dad and boyfriend, at that time, Doug Walling. Like all my friends I was just crazy about The Beatles and we all had our favorite. Mine was George. Everybody else was gaga over Paul.
CBS did a 50 year anniversary show (how could it have been 50 years??) on Sunday night and they did a good job of it. It brought back all my Beatles memories from that time. And watching Paul and Ringo perform?? they still got it. Doesn't Ringo look great for 73?? And Adam Levine (Maroon Five) doing "All My Loving" was spectacular, in my opinion.
Anyway, let's talk about the Target thingy. Miss MoneyPenny has been very unhappy at the thought that Target would be so sloppy as to let a Russian teenager hack into her account. I understand that there are other companies that have been hacked but they are not really saying, except for Neiman Marcus and a hotel chain.
I've been diligently watching my credit and debit cards but I got irritated about the whole thing the other day, so I headed up to the credit union to talk about it with them. They were very forthcoming about the whole thing. In fact, all four of the ladies on duty came over to talk about it with me.
This is the deal with my financial institution, Peninsula Credit Union. They received a list of their customers whose accounts were hacked from Target. They then issued new cards (I'm assuming new numbers, also) and mailed them to their customers with a letter. So if you didn't get anything in the mail from PCL then we are assuming that your account wasn't on the hack list.
I don't know what the policy is for other institutions but it would be easy enough to give them a call and find out just where you stand and what they are doing about the whole thing. I think that is much better than sitting around worrying about it like I was. Don't you??