Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Vacation

Miss MoneyPenny is taking the summer off.  I'm finding that I have been so taken up with gardening and general hanging out that by the time bedtime rolls around I realize I haven't written MMP or done any research for future posts.  That is no way to run a blog.  And Miss MoneyPenny promised to not waste your money or your time, so a little summer vacation is in order.

Have a good summer and I will see you in the fall!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

QFC Grocery Basket 6/5

I love fresh salmon.  My favorite ex-husband was a maniac when it came to salmon fishing.  And everything else now that I think about it.  Anyway we always had fresh salmon or winter steelhead, so I really got spoiled.

I cook my salmon simply just like the above picture because I want that fresh salmon goodness to be the star.  The trick is not to overcook it but not under cook it, either.  On the grill is the best way to cook it but the oven works well, too.  Depending on the size of the fillet, I start to check it after 19 or 20 minutes (400 oven).  I cut through the thickest part to see how it is doing because I want it perfect.  I would rather have it in pieces than over done.  Easy peasy.

Okay, the ad.  Since it is National Dairy Month there are a lot of those kind of things in the ad this week.  Also, Copper River salmon is down to $9.99 a pound and I'm gonna jump on it.

Here are my other suggestions for this week:

Private Selection Spices - $2.49/ea
Private Selection Maple Syrup - $7.99/12oz
Challenge Butter - $2/pound (stockup price, freezes well)
Chobani Greek Yogurt - $1/6oz
Nancy's Yogurt - $2.50/qt
QFC Cottage Cheese - $1.88/24oz
Simple Truth Cage Free Eggs - $2.50/doz
Tillamook Cheese - $4.99/2lb
Breyers Ice Cream - $2.99/48oz
Fresh NW Cooked Shrimp Meat - $4.99/lb
Fresh Dover Sole - $5.99/lb
Fresh Copper River Salmon - $9.99/lb
Broccoli/Cauliflower - $ .99/lb
Celery - $1/lb
Driscoll's Strawberries - $6.99/4lbs
Large Lemon/Limes - 3/$2
Crest Toothpaste - $14.6oz
Brinkmann Solar Path Lights - 2/$7

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June - The Best Month to Buy....

It is a mystery to me that almost my whole family can't do dairy, considering that our grandparents had a dairy farm in McMinnville, Oregon.  And we love all things dairy including the beloved ice cream.  So far, as long as I don't make a habit of it, I can do the occasional Ben & Jerry's, but I'm starting to worry about cheese.  Life won't be worth living without cheese.

You probably guessed that June is National Dairy Month.  I wonder who thinks these things up.  Did Big Dairy have a hand in this??  I can't believe I'm saying Big Dairy.  Talk about your local conspiracy theorist!!

Also June is a big month for weddings and graduations so be on the lookout for sales on gift type stuff.  I prefer to give cold hard cash.  It is never the wrong thing, color or size.  And it never goes out of style.  They can use it however they want and think of me.  Who has never appreciated money??

Since June is Dairy Month you can expect to see sales on dairy, including eggs and butter.  Here is my list of what else you should expect to see on sale in June:

Sodas, etc
BBQ Condiments
Champagne (Weddings)


Blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, beets, potatoes, radishes, salmon, halibut

Non-Food Items:

Gym Memberships
Vacuum Cleaners
Electronics, Cell Phones, etc

I have been very busy in the garden and have almost all the veggies in.  I still have two tomatoes to get in and I'm waiting a little longer on the peppers.  They are still residing in the green house where they are quite happy.  Instead of planting basil starts I decided to try seeds this year.  My friend, Miss Claudia, a very knowledgeable gardener, says that she does much better with her basil this way.  I couldn't possibly do any worse than what usually passes for a basil harvest in my garden.

I will have pictures soon.