Wednesday, September 24, 2014

QFC Grocery Basket 9/24

Readers of Miss MoneyPenny know how much she loves the fall but it sure is gonna be sad when she can't go out in her backyard and pick what is needed for a dinner dish.  I took advantage of the sale last week and bought two large red peppers.  I cut them up and added them to the mix above (except the lemon cucumbers) and roasted them for a great soup.  In fact, I'm having the last of it today for lunch.

Now that is eating locally and seasonally when everything is fresh and at its best...and at the least expensive...if you aren't growing it in your garden.  I really get thrilled when I need an onion and just go outside and pull one whether it be a Walla Walla or a red onion.  I'm looking into one of those onion storage containers that I saw in the latest gardening catalog.  Putting things out in the shed is dicey because the ratties would take care of it in no time but that might work.

And speaking of fall, I've been working on checking things off my list for getting ready for winter.  I made an appointment for an oil change and winterizing with my mechanic, put flannel sheets on the bed, put away the fans, and got my flu shot.  I'm raking leaves for the compost and slowly putting the garden to bed.  I also fought the blackberries (and that was one hell of a job) and got them stacked up for Chris to haul away.  I put away all my shorts and capris and threw all of my flip flops in the washer for a good going over.  How did I end up with four pairs of flip flops??

I still have to call to get my heat pump maintained, make my mammogram appointment, and make an appointment with the dermatologist to assess the damage from all the sun we had this summer.  And they are calling for a nice weekend so I'm going to scrub my deck cushions and let them dry in the sun and take down the umbrella.  The work never stops around here.

Okay - let's look at the ad.  Kind of ho-hum this week.  If you are planning on making the famous green bean casserole for the holidays you can stock up on Campbell's soup and green beans for a dollar a can.  I also  noticed that the only fresh veggie on sale this week is hard squash at $ .99 a pound.

Here are my suggestions this week:

Starbucks Coffee - $6.99/12oz or 10ct K-cup
Campbell's Soup - $1/can
Chicken of the Sea Tuna - $ 50/can
Del Monte Vegetables - $1/can
Rosarita Refried Beans - $1/can
Mission Flour Tortillas - $1/10ct
Draper Valley Split Breasts - $1.99/lb
Fresh Wild Alaska Cod Fillets - $7.99/lb
Fresh Wild Coho Fillets - $8.99/lb
Boneless Chuck Roast - $3.99/lb
Hard Squash - $ .99/lb
Gala Apples - $1.29/lb
Large Navel Oranges - $ .99/lb
NW Yellow Peaches or Nectarines - $1.49/lb
Red, Green or Black Seedless Grapes - $1.99/lb
Nancy's Yogurt - $3.99/64oz

Check out the size of these cucumbers!!  I'm almost afraid to open them up for fear that the seeds will be as big as marbles.  Sweet Mikey from across the street brought them over with a five gallon bucket of yellow crooknecks that were so giant and hard that you could use them for ammo.  He said that they got away from him.  I suggested that he use them in gourd arrangements since they were so pretty but totally inedible.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

QFC Grocery Basket 9/17

The Bradster and I headed out to Sol Duc Hot Springs on Sunday.  This was the first time that he has gone with me.  Usually he stays home with the critters while I have a wonderful time.  And we did have a wonderful time but it was too darned hot to spend much time in the hot springs.  I hate this global warming business.  Until the last couple of years the September trip up the mountain was either rainy or at least cool enough that you could enjoy a good long soak.

Staying at Sol Duc can get real expensive if you don't plan ahead.  We stayed two nights and it cost us about $400 including the pet fee for Pici.  We ate breakfast at the lodge every morning and lunch at the cabana by the pools.  The food is very good but expensive.  The dinners run close to $30 before dessert and wine so we opted to eat out of the ice chest.  We had beer, hard cider, cheese, hummus, crackers, cookies, and grapes.  We were quite happy with that.

Okay - let's look at the weekly ad.  Fresh wild caught King is on sale for $12.99 a pound this week which is as cheap as I've seen it all season so I will be buying some.  It looks like the new "sale" price for colored peppers is going to stay $1.50 each instead of the old $1.  The last time I looked you can still get six peppers at Costco for around $6.  Find a friend and share and while you are at it you can share a bag of avocados for about a dollar a piece for nice big ones.

Here are my suggestions for this week:

Mission Tortillas - $1/10ct
Simple Truth Organic Beans - $1/15oz can
Tully's Coffee - $5.99/12oz
Special K Cereal - Buy 3, Final cost $1.99/ea
Bumble Bee Tuna - $1/can
Coffee Mate Creamer - $2.50/qt
Fage Greek Yogurt - $1/5.3oz
Nature Made Vitamins - BOGO
Fresh NW Cooked Shrimp Meat - $5.99/lb
Fresh Dover Sole Fillets - $6.99/lb
Fresh Wild Caught King Salmon Fillets - $12.99/lb
Lean Ground Beef - $5.99/lb
Pork Country Style Ribs - $3.49/lb
Barilla Pasta - $1/ea
Broccoli or Cauliflower - $ .99/lb
Grape Tomatoes - $2/10oz
Green Beans - $1.49/lb
Greens - $1.50/bunch
Large Navel Oranges - $ .99/lb
Colored Bell Peppers - $1.50/ea

I can't believe that the Bradster is smiling after I soundly trounced him at our nightly Scrabble game.  We worked two crossword puzzles and he really was good at that - after all, he is a reference librarian.

Next year we are planning on taking advantage of the end of season discounts and going in October when, hopefully, it will be much cooler.  It looks like they offer a BOGO deal on their cabins - buy one night and get the other free.  For that price we could afford to stay longer.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

QFC Grocery Basket 9/10

I'm waiting for my sister, Miss SmartyPants, to show me up with pictures of her dahlias.  She is the dahlia growing queen and people actually come by her office just to look at them.  I'm just so-so at it but you got to admit that this one is a real beauty and way too heavy for her stem.

You can tell that the seasons are changing when Miss MoneyPenny drags out her crock pots.  On Sunday I had dueling crock pots - one with apples and the other with a chicken carcass.  Miss Tammie waits on the Thursday Ladies Who Lunch and she brought me a big bag of apples from her trees and I made applesauce.  I always make it in the crock pot and then run it through the food mill.

I ended up with a quart for Miss Tammie and her boys and four half pints for the freezer.

Look at that rich broth!!  I let it go all day and night and it turned into liquid gold.

I used one of these quarts for a big pot of soup and froze the other two for later.  I bought the chicken so why not use every bit of it.  The QFC ad has Simple Truth Chicken Broth on sale this week for $2.50 a quart.  It looks like I saved $7.50 from something that most of us just throw in the trash.

Okay - let's look at the ad for this week.  I talked to the world's best fish lady the other day when I was buying the King salmon that was on sale and she said that the season is almost over for fresh and wild salmon, so take advantage of it.  Another sign of the changing seasons is that the hard squashes are showing up in the ad so look for Acorn, Butternut, etc.

Here are my suggestions for this week:

Seattle's Best Coffee - $4.99/12oz
Simple Truth Organic Beans $1/15oz can
Valley Fresh White Chicken - $1/5oz can (good to have in pantry)
QFC Large Eggs - 3 for $5
Fresh Wild King Salmon - $16.99/lb
Simple Truth Organic Ground Beef - $6.99/lb
Fresh NW Shrimp Meat - $3.99/lb
Barilla Pasta - $1/12-16oz
Bartlett or Red Pears - $1.49/lb
Eggplant - $1.50
Hard Squash - $ .79/lb
New Crop Gala Apples - $ .99/lb
NW Yellow Peaches or Nectarines - $1.49/lb
Tomatoes on the Vine - $1.99/lb
Red, Green, Black Seedless Grapes - $1.99/lb

I noticed that Poppy, the Boston Terror, was sleeping in the cat bed which is way too small for her.

And this was the reason why.  The cat was on her special blanket so turnabout is fair play.  Look at that cat looking all fat and innocent.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Costco Coupons 9/4/14 - 9/28/14

On Saturday we headed over to Jenny and Donnie's for a concert on the porch.  The day was hot and so was the music.  This is a group (The Gone Johnson Review) whose members started out in Wyoming back in the day.  I know that Donnie (on the drums) and Amy and Corey (guitar on the left) came from there but I'm not sure about the keyboarder or the fiddler.  These guys put together some really fine music and we enjoyed it immensely.

This is our friend, Donnie, who normally plays the drums.  I'm sorry to say that we had to leave before he switched places with Corey.  I would love to have heard him.  Donnie has played rock and roll his whole career except for a stint in Viet Nam.  Miss Jenny tells me that if someone needs a drummer over in Seattle he gets the call.

This is Mick (Mick Jagger) - one of their two pugs (the other one being Charlie (Charlie Watts), the pretty doggy girl).  Mick really wanted to be on stage with the band.  After repeated attempts to get him down they just gave up.  After all, he does have music in his blood.

Okay - changing gears, here.  There are several coupons that I'm going to take advantage of this time.  One of them is Palmolive.  I use it in my soapy dish brush and also fill my hand soap containers with it.  I understand that they don't want us using antibacterial soap all the time.  Also good in the aphid mix I spray on Don, the rose.

And if you are a Cetaphil user as I am, now is the time to stock up with a $4.25 coupon.  It only goes on coupon a couple times a year so I hit it hard.

Here are my other picks:

Nexxus - $4
Keurig Brewed K-Cup Packs - $5
Pedigree Dry Dog Food - $4.50
Starbucks French Roast Whole Beans - $4.50
Kleenex - $3
Palmolive - $2
Kirkland Ultra Soft Fabric Softener - $2
Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies - $3
Cetaphil - $4.25
Listerine - $2
Colgate Total Advanced Whitening Toothpaste - $4
Breath Right Strips - $3 (think winter colds)


On Friday evening before a bunch of us went to see the new Helen Mirren movie we did a strange thing.  We went to the hospital (Jefferson Healthcare) for dinner.  Get this - the food was really good and it would set you back about $7 for a dinner or lunch.  Arran Stark is the chef and he tries to use all local organic food for his menus.  Miss MaggieMae, who knows him, says that you can find him at the Co-op and the Farmer's Market buying the very freshest food.

On the evening that we were there the menu was grilled flank steak, roasted potatoes, and corn on the cob.  The steak was served with a spicy green sauce but the two that had the full dinner didn't try it.  I would have been all over it.  I had a bowl of cream of broccoli soup, a roll, and a homemade cookie.  I also bought a bottle of fizzy water which exploded all over the table when I opened it making everybody real happy.

Anyway, this is premium food prepared with care at a good price.  I will be returning.  If you want to see the menu for the day you can go here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

QFC Grocery Basket 9/3

There are grandmas and then there are "real" grandmas and I happen to be lucky enough to have two in my family.  My sister, Miss SmartyPants, took over the raising of her three grandchildren about four years ago and I am totally in awe of her.  These kids don't sit in front of the TV all day.  They are busy with soccer, basketball, baseball, dance, art class, swimming, hiking...and on and on.  My sister spends many Saturdays watching several games with different kids.  I don't know how she does it with running a business and the thought of getting three kids ready for school boggles my mind.

The shot above is Miss PeggyRae, my daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter, Miss AsylnGrace.  Momma works at Costco so most Saturdays you will find this little sweetie with her grandma.  This little girl loves her grandma who obviously will do anything to make her happy.  I was supposed to meet them this last Saturday but was not feeling well and I'm mad as heck that I missed the elephant ride.

Okay - let's talk groceries.  The new crop of apples are starting to show up in the stores which means that you better grab the peaches and nectarines while you can get them because they aren't going to be available much longer.  I had my first apple since the strawberries came on in early summer.  In my quest to eat locally (as from my backyard) I've just been eating berries and not buying apples or bananas.  I've been lucky enough to have strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries but they are all slowing down.

Also - the fresh King salmon is on sale for $12.99 per pound which is about as cheap as I've seen King this season...and it won't be around that much longer either.  And QFC is running a Buy 5/Save $5 promo so if you need some non-fresh items go through your digital and paper coupons for a bargain.

Here are the highlights for this week:

Franz Bread - $1.99/loaf
Seattle's Best Coffee - $4.99/12oz
Chicken of the Sea Tuna - $1/can
Fage Greek Yogurt - $1/7oz
Kroger Sour Cream - $1/16oz
Boneless Pork Loin Chops - BOGO
Fresh Wild-Caught King Salmon Fillets - $12.99/lb
NW Cooked Shrimp Meat - $5.99/lb
Flank Steak - $7.99/lb
Bartlett or Red Pears - $1.49/lb
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower - $ .99/lb
Greens - $1.50/bunch
Honeycrisp Apples - $2.49/lb
Yellow Peaches or Nectarines - $1.99/lb


Time to start thinking about getting the flu shot.  After years of not getting the shot, I decided at 60 that I might not survive the flu like the last time I had it.  And besides - who wants to waste time being sick??  Knock on wood but I have not had the flu or even a cold in five years so something is working.  The vaccines are easy to come by.  I have a doctor's appointment for something else this afternoon so I'm gonna ask if they will shoot me up while I'm there but you can easily get one at your pharmacy or even Costco.