Wednesday, January 21, 2015

QFC Grocery Basket 1/21

Check out the little nubbins coming up in my Autumn Sedum!!  These little babies are the first to show their faces in late winter and the last ones blooming in early winter.  Every flower bed loves to have them in the mix.  They are almost maintenance free except for that "prune in June" thing where you pinch them down a third or so to avoid the floppsies when they bloom.

Changing the subject to Bradley Cooper - if you want to see a movie that will get you going, one way or the other, go see American Sniper.  I'm not a war movie person but I usually enjoy anything that Clint Eastwood does and I'm a big fan of Bradley.  I'm not gonna lie to you.  This is a hard movie to watch but if you are at all curious about what goes on over in the Mideast this might answer some questions.  I also came away with a deeper understanding of our vets...and appreciation.

Okay - moving on to the grocery ad for this week.  A couple of things to mention are the fresh Alaska cod and the asparagus.  Most people prefer the little skinny spears of asparagus but really the fatter ones are much more tender.  When I'm washing the asparagus I take each spear and give it a bend.  It will break where the tender spot is.  The tough ends go out to the compost pile to join the wormies.

The last time that the cod was on sale I bought enough for two meals.  I cut it up and soaked it in beer and then dusted it with Krusteaz Bake "n Fry Mix.  I baked it at 400 until done, turning once as it browned on the bottom.  It was so good with a squeeze of lemon that I ate the whole thing in one sitting.  So much for my plans.

If you have been jonesing for berries as I have, QFC has them on sale for $2.50.  A couple of weeks ago I purchased the blueberries that were on sale and they were just not wonderful.  Once you get used to eating berries out of your backyard, nothing else measures up.  If you are planning on buying the berries give them a good sniff.  Usually if they smell good they will taste good.

Here are my suggestions for this week:

Mission Flour Tortillas - $1.25/10ct
QFC Milk - $ .99/half gal
Kroger Cottage Cheese - $1.50/16 oz
Kroger Sour Cream - $1.50/16oz
Boneless Chuck Roast - $3.99/lb
Boneless Top Sirloin Steak - $6.99/lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast - BOGO
Fresh Alaska Cod Fillets - $7.99/lb
Asparagus - $2.99/lb
Cucumbers - $ .69/ea
Green Bell Peppers - $ .69/ea
Eggplant - $1.50/ea
Jazz Apples - $1.99/lb
Organic Anjou Pears - $1.99/lb
Organic Bunch Carrots or Beets - $2/bunch
Strawberries - $2.50/lb (God only knows where they are from)

You might remember that I mentioned a few weeks ago that my sister eats salad for breakfast with eggs on top.  She sent me this snap the other day of her breakfast.  I'm gonna take the last of the Kale Salad Mix that I told you about last week and cook it up for lunch.  I think that it will be very tasty with a couple of poached eggs and a buttered English muffin.


Miss PeggyRae gave me a gift certificate to Red Robin and Miss MaggieMay and I had lunch there yesterday.  I haven't eaten there since the 80s and I don't know why because that was a seriously good burger.  They also have endless fries.  I thought that the fries were just average.  If you want crazy good fries, the best ever, go to Burgers Landing in Port Hadlock.  They also have a good old fashioned burger that is pretty good and a very good price.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

QFC Grocery Basket 1/14

I don't know how the people across from us at the Mexican restaurant feel about being on the blog but they sure were enjoying Cooper, a.k.a. Coopy.  I don't know how she does it but Miss CutiePie is the most relaxed new mama and it shows.  He was happy the whole time we were eating lunch and all we had to do was occasionally pick up a launched toy.  And I love his stylin' hair and big blue eyes.

Anyway, Miss MaggieMae and I went down to Costco yesterday so I could get my tires rotated.  You do know that when you buy your tires from Costco you get them rotated for free??  They also check the pressure and balance and let you know how your tires are doing.  Tires are an expensive investment plus very important for safety so it is important to take good care of them.  Remember we are all about maintenance not repair.

Also I found the above salad mix while I was at Costco.  I've gotten tired of lettuce and have been eating a lot of cole slaw lately, so I was excited about this mix.  It contains kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and I don't know what all.  It also comes with a pack of dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds, plus a couple packs of poppy seed dressing.  I haven't tried the dressing yet because I make my own but I will give it a go next time I have this but I do use the cranberries and seeds.

This is a good salad and very filling.  I've also added chicken and blue cheese crumbles to make it a main meal.  Miss MaggieMae suggested throwing a handful into the old Vitamix next time I fire it up to make a smoothie.  Good idea!!  And it only costs $4.79 for this big bag.  I know that my sister is gonna love this.  She has salad for breakfast with a couple poached eggs on top.  I may give that a try.

Okay - let's look at the ad for this week.  This is a boring ad, no doubt about it, but there are primroses and they are going for a dollar each.  I'm pretty sure that you shouldn't eat primroses but they sure can cheer up a dreary winter day and they are a harbinger of spring.  Remember the Sluggo because the slugs love 'em.  Also daffodils are $2.50 for a five stem bunch, so for $5 you could have a lovely bouquet of springness.

Here are the highlights:

Special K Cereal - $1.99/11-13oz
Fage Greek Yogurt - $1/7oz
Kroger Sour Cream - $1.50/16oz
Nancy' Yogurt - $2.50/qt
Boneless Sirloin Tip Roast - $3.99/lb
Pork Loin Rib or Loin Chops - BOGO
Broccoli Crowns - $ .99/lb
Cauliflower - $ .99/lb
Green Beans - $1.99/lb
Brussels Sprouts - $1.99/lb
Large Navel Oranges - $ .69/lb

Be sure and stock up on the oranges.  This is their peak season and they are usually at their best.  Also, the vitamin C can't hurt either during this cold and flu season.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

QFC Grocery Basket 1/7

Miss MoneyPenny loves the Seahawks!!  And they are in the playoffs again this year despite the pundits saying they are just a flash in the pan.  I'm proud to say that I watched every game this year.  Granted it was hard at the beginning of the season when they were trying to sort out the Percy Harvin mess and how could they really get rid of Golden Tate??  But, anyway, here they are again.  They will be playing the Carolina Panthers on Saturday at 5:15 on Fox.  Guess what I will be doing??  Go Hawks!!

Have you got the after holiday blahs??  I do.  In fact Miss MaggieMay and I couldn't even think of anything to do yesterday.  That's how bad it was.  But today is a different matter.  My knitting group is having a party today.  Since everyone was so busy during the actual holidays we decided to get together today and have goodies and a knitting themed White Elephant.  We can't buy anything.  It has to come from our own collection.  This should be interesting.

Okay - let's look at the ad this week.  Now that we are done with the holiday feasting and trying to get back into our jeans, we need to start paying attention to what we are putting in our mouth.  And what we are taking out of our wallets.  I always overspend my grocery budget during the holidays so January can look pretty bleak with lots of stews and soups and no prime rib and oyster dressing.  But soup and stew can be really good if you take the time and effort.  What could be better that a hot steaming bowl of chicken soup with good homemade bread??  Nothing.

Here are my suggestions for "real food" at a good price:

Franz Bread - $2/loaf
Tully's Coffee - $5.99/12oz bag
Huy Fong Sriracha Sauce - $2.50/17oz
Nancy's Yogurt - $2.50/qt
Boneless Chuck Roast - $3.99/lb
Foster Farms Ground Turkey - $2.99/20oz pack
Fresh Pacific Cod Fillets - $7.99/lb
Fresh Petrale Fillets - $7.99/lb
Fresh Whole Cooked Crab - $5.99/lb
Blueberries - $4.99/18oz
Anjou or Bosc Pears - $1.49/lb
Green Beans - $1.99/lb
Brussel Sprouts - $1.99/lb
Greens - $2/bunch
Jazz, Ambrosia, Sonya or Cripps Pink Apples - $1.49/lb
Medium Hass Avocados - $ .99/ea
Colored Bell Peppers - $1.50/ea

QFC is also having their Buy5/Save $5 promo so check it out for any packaged products that you need.  The little tags are all over the store.

Friday, January 2, 2015

QFC Grocery Basket 1/2

I was walking by one of my heater vents the other day and I noticed this pink stuff.  I took a picture and sent it to my son, the plumber.  He quickly texted back that it wasn't a good thing to have and he would be up soon.  And he was.  And under the house.  It seems that I've got a big effing rat problem and it ain't gonna be fun or cheap to fix.

The first order of business is trapping the varmints.  My son is going on a rat patrol campaign which involves a dozen traps baited with peanut butter and something else.  I shudder when I think of this.  Then the repair happens.  Ka-Ching.

Now I'm worried that one of those creepy rodents is gonna come screaming out of the toilet and bite me on the butt.  According to my son he has never seen such big rats.  I'm so thrilled about all of this.

Anyway, check out the edge of my old dish drainer from God knows when.  I'm thinking 60s, 70s, or maybe 80s with the brown color.  All that whitish stuff is minerals from our hard water that doesn't come off even in the dishwasher.  But check it out - I took advantage of the Kitchenaid dish drainer coupon at Costco the other day and got this little compact beauty:

I hand wash most of my dishes unless I'm cooking up a storm or entertaining.  These are my dishes from breakfast and they fit perfectly.  I don't know about you but I pretty much use the same dishes all the time.  Now that I think of it one of my old boyfriends from the 70s said that a dishwasher was just an expensive place to store dirty dishes.  He might have something there but I would still hate to be without my dishwasher.

Okay - let's look at our short timer ad.  Nothing real exciting but QFC is running their Buy5/Get $5 promo so check it out if there are any packaged items that you need.  I don't know about you but I have really been craving real and fresh food after the holiday feasting.  I don't know why I do it, but I do.  I always eat all the goodies and then feel rotten so there will be lots of fresh produce and fish at the MoneyPenny house from now on.

Here are my suggestions:

Dave's Killer Bread - $3.99/loaf
Seattle's Best Coffee - $4.99/12oz bag
Boneless Pork Top Loin Chops - BOGO
Fresh Dove Sole Fillets - $6.99/lb
Broccoli Crowns - $1.49/lb
Cucumbers or Green Peppers - $ .69/ea
Eggplant - $1.50/ea
Gala, Fuji, or Braeburn Apples - $ .99/lb
Grape Tomatoes - $2/10oz pack
Large Navel Oranges - $ .69/lb

When a patch of warm sunshine is involved even mortal enemies can get along.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas in Eugene Pictures

When my sister and I get together for the holidays we put together a jigsaw puzzle.  This is our latest effort and it was really tough.  Look at all those white flowers and green trees.  We actually gave up and went to bed with about 30 pieces left that all looked alike, so my sister finished it and sent this picture while we were on our way up I-5.

As I've mentioned before my sister and I love to cook together and it was a real treat to put together the Christmas Eve dinner.  We decided this year that instead of oiling the roast we would rub it all over with butter.  Everything is better with butter, right??  Then we doused it with Worcestershire Sauce and rubbed it down with Montreal Steak Seasoning.

We roasted it in a hot oven for 20 minutes, then turned it down to 325.  Everything was going great until the neighbor from across the street arrived with a whole slew of micro beers from the Willamette Valley for a tasting party.

Somehow I only captured his back end as he was telling us about the different beers but you can see the two men holding dogs - the Bradster with Pici and my sister's ex holding her dog, Rosie.  I don't know why I find that funny.  Anyway - one thing led to another and before you knew it our roast was well done.

Darn that neighbor and his good beer but the roast turned out delicious anyway.  Luckily there wasn't anyone there who wasn't happy without rare meat, or even medium meat, for that matter.

This is my brother Mikey.  The older he gets the more he looks like our dad.  He and his wife, Robin, live in Roseburg and they are raising their pretty little granddaughter, Miley.

It was hard to get all the grand kids together and sitting still.  This is my best effort.  Christmas is much more fun with kids around and these kids were having a fabulous time.

The Bradster was playing Scrabble with the kids at one time.  I don't know what this game is but I do know that they beat him at everything.  I did notice that he was allowing some very strange sounding words that I've never heard before when they were playing Scrabble.  That might have had something to do with it.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rib Roast Coupon

I hope that if you are buying a rib roast for Christmas dinner that you haven't done it yet.  My sweet sister-in-law, Miss Denise, who works in the meat department of QFC, posted this link to a $10 coupon on Facebook this morning and I stole it.  It's okay because I told her I was gonna do it.  That's why she posted it.  Right??  Anyway here is the link so you can get $10 off of the cost of your roast.

This is a digital coupon which will link right to your QFC card, so if you haven't registered your card now is the time.  It's quick and easy and you can do it from the coupon page.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

QFC Grocery Basket 12/17

My sister, Miss SmartyPants, works at least 60 hours a week at her business plus she is raising her three grandchildren.  Still she manages to get her Eugene house decorated for Christmas and maybe the one down on the coast for all I know.

And this is my next door neighbor Tina's place.  It scares me when she gets up on the roof and hangs over.  And, yes, that is a ten foot snowman.  This picture doesn't do it justice but it is the only one that I took that shows the snowman because he lights up every few seconds.

This is my decorating.  The ladies at the Nordland Garden Club forgot about me this year so I got my wreath at Costco for $15.  Not only was it $10 cheaper, it is bigger and fresher and I think it looks very nice.  Sorry ladies but I'm doing the Costco wreaths from now on.

I can't believe that it is almost Christmas already!!  How did that happen??  The Bradster and I are doing something different this year.  We are getting up seriously early on the 24th and heading for Oregon.  We should be in Eugene by noon if we avoid the traffic.  Sometimes getting through Portland during holiday rush hour traffic can be tricky.

My sister always has a big Christmas Eve dinner with lots of kids and relatives and we are going to join in this year.  We are planning to get there early so I can help with the preparation of the prime rib dinner.  We love to cook together and have turned out some amazing feasts over the years.

I want you to know that serving prime rib for Christmas is one of the easiest main dishes that you can do.  Nothing like a turkey but it is also probably the most expensive.  This year, at QFC, prime rib is going for $9.99 per pound which is $2 a pound more expensive than last year.

When you buy your roast you have to to decide on the size.  You could go for a rib per person or decide how much you are gonna spend and that is it.  Don't ask the butcher (who is usually your friend) because you might end up with a $120 roast like I did once.  So, if you have $60 buy a six pound roast and call it good.  With all the other goodies on the table you will be fine.

I never give leftovers to my guests.  I keep it all for me, if there is any, that is.  When I carve the roast I always hide the bones because they are delicious roasted with BBQ sauce later when the holidays are over and the days are dark and gloomy.

I consulted my sister to see how she was gonna do the roast this year.  She said she was going to oil it up and rub Montreal Steak Seasoning all over it.  This makes a fabulous roast.  I like to do this too, but I also add a good lube of Worcestershire Sauce.  Easy peasy.

She also said that she starts the roast out at 425 degrees for a bit (???) and then turns it down to 325 until done.  I prefer a medium roast but some people think that is a sin.  Use your meat thermometer to get it exactly like you want it.  For rare you want to cook it about 23 minutes per pound but all this is variable depending on your oven.  Example:  6 pound roast x 23 min = 138 min = 2 1/2 hours.  I would start checking at two hours.

Okay - let's look at the ad.  This is a big ad and lasts through Christmas Day so I won't be doing the next ad until the 31st.  Plus, I will be on the I-5 headed to Eugene.

If your budget won't expand for prime rib you could do a turkey because QFC is running the promo where you buy $30 worth of groceries you get a turkey for $ .69 a pound.  I did this for Thanksgiving and it turned out great.  You could also do a Hormel ham for $1.99 a pound or even Fresh Crab for $5.99 a pound.

I also want to mention that QFC is giving you a free gallon of milk if you buy four Chex cereals.  I don't really care for the cereal but my Aunt Barbara used to make this killer Chex Mix with it, so that might be an idea if you need snacks.

Here are my suggestions:

Gold Medal Flour - $2.50/5lb
Kroger Brown Sugar - $2/2lb
Kroger Spices - 50% off
McCafe Coffee - $6.99/12oz
Chex Cereal - Buy 4/get free gal Milk ($3/box)
Del Monte Vegetables - $ .50/can
Swanson Broth - $2/qt
Challenge Butter - $2.49/lb
Kroger Sour Cream - $1.50/16oz
Philadelphia Cream Cheese - 3 for $5/8oz bar
QFC Whipping Cream - $2.99/pint
Tillamook Cheese - $5.99/2lb
Kroger Frozen Vegetables - $1/12oz bag
Boneless Sirloin Tip Roast - $3.99/lb
Rib Roast - $9.99/lb
Fresh Cooked Dungeness Crab - $5.99/lb
Hormel Cure 81 Half Spiral Ham - $1.99/lb
Private Selection Turkey - $ .69/lb (must spend additional $30)
Pears - $1.49/lb
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower - $ .99/lb
Celery or Mayan Sweet Onions - $ .99/lb
Fuji, Gala or Granny Smith Apples - $1.28/lb
Green Beans or Brussels Sprouts - $1.99/lb
Nature Sweet Tomatoes - $2.99/10.5oz
Colored Bell Peppers - $1.50/ea
Sweet Potatoes or Yams - $ .99/lb

My son, the plumber, gave me a Macy's gift card for my birthday and this is how I spent some of it.  I got it for 30% off plus another 10% from my Macy's Wallet and free shipping.  And 6% went into my Ebates account.  I hope that if you are doing online shopping that you are going through Ebates.  It really does add up and it is nice to get that check.