Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sluggy's Solo Road Trip Part 7......MO & Back to IL

So I hit the road on Sunday afternoon heading South out of Iowa.

I passed the "Barilla Castle" before I left Iowa.....

Ok it's not really a castle but a big white building Barilla built along the interstate in Iowa.
But Leon calls it a castle, so a castle it is. 8-)

And then I hit the Missouri line.  Sorry the photo is so blurry, my windshield was uber dirty......

After 3 hours of driving I got into Kansas City and checked into my motel for the night.
Then I went out to get some dinner and get some water and check out the beer selection at the Walmart down the road.

Back to the room and I ate and emptied my pockets before changing into my pjs.
Look at what I found in my pocket.......

A piece of candy I picked up along the parade route from Saturday in Polk Iowa.  I forgot I had that. lolz

I called an ex-blogger friend from the area and we arranged to meet up in the morning for a visit before heading to bed.

I had a lovely breakfast the next morning at the hotel(hot food!) and then I made up a plate to take with me on the road for either lunch or dinner that day.....yogurts, banana and makings for a PJB sandwich.  This helped me cut down on one meal's cost on the road.

If any of you remember reading Annie Jones' blog, here she is in all her glory in a selfie she took of us.  My photo didn't come out as my arms are too short to take a multiperson selfie. lolz

We had a nice 3 hour visit in the motel and then I checked out and we traipsed over to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch and more chatting.  Boy, I wish we lived closer as we'd probably hang out together a lot if we did.

I had a scare at the restaurant when I went to take out my camera to snap some photos and I couldn't find it.  I called the motel and found out I had left it in the room.
Good thing we were just around the corner from the motel still so I drove over to get it before leaving town.

So after a nice lunch and saying our goodbyes, Annie and I parted and I hit the road north, back up to Iowa and then east to Illinois.
Another long boring day of driving ensued.

Before leaving Iowa I made a stop around dinner time in Walcott, IA at the Largest Truck Stop in the USA.....Iowa 80.

Then I went across the street to here.......

Grandma's Kitchen.

And I ordered this item to go......

A pork tenderloin sandwich.
You know you can't go to Iowa without eating one of these babies.....it's practically against the law!

Of course I still had a fair piece of driving to do until I got to my motel for the night so this sat next to me in the car and about drove me WILD with hunger from the smells.

Finally got to the motel about 8:30pm, schlepped up to the room with all my stuff, put the pork sandwich in the microwave and then wolfed it down.

Then a phone call to the ladies I was here to visit with before I hit the bed and we arranged to meet in the am.

I got a call from the lobby around 9:30ish am and these smiling faces were soon in my room.
Say "Hi" to Robin and Pam!

We met on a beanie forum years ago but met in person only last August when we came through their part of IL to go to Hub's sister's wedding.

We sat and gabbed and tried to come up with a plan for our day together as there was no plan yet.
This booklet of things to do in this part of IL was in the room and between browsing through that and going online to Roadside America(which has a state by state list of weird and quirky sights to see), we hatched a plan.

The first stop was that covered bridge in the booklet.

It's called the Red Covered Bridge(duh)and was built in 1863.
I took my life in my hands posing for this photo since the bridge is still active and open to traffic.

The Big Bureau Creek that runs below the bridge.

Cool design inside the bridge.

 I attempt a selfie with the bridge(and Pam's back)in the background.  Note to self--remember to keep eyes OPEN when snapping a selfie.....lolz

Five Dollar Fine Sign over bridge entrance.
Don't even think about taking more than 12 animals or going faster than a "walk" across the bridge!

On the other side of the bridge was a nature park by the creek and we caught this flock of turkeys looking for lunch there.

A momma and baby turkeys.

Next it was over to the Owen Lovejoy Homestead.

Mr. Lovejoy was an early settler to these parts.
It is said his home was a stop on the Underground Railroad to Canada.
But the Homestead is only open on weekends so we didn't get to tour it.

The motel where I was staying had an Owen Lovejoy Suite down the hall from me.  Now I know why.....

Mr. Lovejoy was a big supporter of Abraham Lincoln but we won't hold that against him.

Also on the property was this one room brick schoolhouse.

This school, built in 1850 was in use until 1972.

It was locked up tight as well.

And even further behind these 2 buildings was a replica log cabin commemorating the 1st
"White Settlers" in the area, the Henry Thomas Family (1800-1848).
Also parents on the first "White Child" born in this county.
Yes the plaque said "white" but without the parentheses.


Then we drove to the downtown section of Princeton, IL.
But we stopped for a photo of this elaborate monument along the way.
No dates on it but plaques listing men who had fought in some war.
I am guessing it's War Between the States.
A quick look online tells me it's the Soldiers and Sailors War Between the States Monument and was dedicated in 1913.
Pam took this shot.....

Looking at monuments makes me hungry so it was off to find something to eat.

We parked downtown and walked by this salon with a replica of a renaissance sculpture out font.

I wonder what is behind that grape leaf?

Oooo! He's nekkid under there!

Then we got to a building that smelled heavenly.....

 Myrtle's Pie Shop!  It's owned by a fellow who's grandmother was named Myrtle.  I guess she baked really awesome pies in her day.

Myrtle's photo on the door.....stupid glare......

Though it was lunch time we were just there for the pie.
And there were soooo many choices.
Obviously Pam is working hard studying the menu.
But she ended up getting the same pie she always gets. lolz

Here's my selection--a banana and chocolate concoction that tasted divine.

On the way out of town after waddling back to the car, I saw this signpost.
Ronnie was from Dixon IL.  We had too much to do and too much mayhem to reek so there was no time to wander the Reagan Trail.

We drove past the giant coffee pot sign in Peru.....

Then we went off in search of the giant carved Vulcan Hand also in Peru.....

It says "Live Long & Proper" on the arm part.....

That's Pam giving her version of the Vulcan salute next to the statue.

All I could think about was someone taking a chainsaw to 3 of those fingers on the carving and you'd have a very different "salute". hehehe

And if you didn't know where you were, here's a reminder......

While hunting for the Giant Vulcan hand we also came across this strange sight in that town......

Blues Brothers full sized statues on the balcony of someone's home.

You just never know what you will see when you poke around a small town.

We took this road trying to get out of town and it led us here......

Did they actually need to put a stop sign up at the end of this dead end road?? lolz

It was getting pretty hot by now so we swung into a convenience store for some drinks.

What a find!
Frozen bait AND Live bait!!

A truly one stop shop.....get your gas, cigarettes, munchies, drinks and night crawlers.

Well it does make sense as we were very close to this......

I'll stop this here and pick up next time on the rest of our day out since there are tons of photos left.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Just to Be Mean

Lookie at my massive Morning Glory vines in the corner of my back garden......

I don't even plant these anymore.
They just grow back from seeds dropped on the ground from the plants the previous Fall.

If you want to know why this is a mean, "rub it in your face" post, just see Sonya Ann's post today.



This Week on the Dining Table

The "I Wish I was Still at the Shore" Edition---

Ok, so this isn't a picture of the beach.
It's a photo of one aisle of a MASSIVE liquor store we hit on the way down there.
It's part of our annual trip through DE to MD to stock up on booze and the beach.
Has it really been over a week since I was in this store?
sad face......

Onward to the meal planning!

What was planned last week--

1.  Eating Out
2.  Eating Out
3.  Eating Out
4.  Eating Out
5.  Chili
6.  Meatloaf, butternut squash(use my tomatoes in sauce for the meatloaf)
7.  Pork Chops, Red Cabbage w/Apples

And this is what actually happened for all 3 meals each day--

1.  Breakfast at home, Go Brit!, Ocean City Brewing $8 Sandwich Night
2.  Denny's, Coins Pub, Domino's in the room
3.  Eggs and Toast in the room, Abi's Diner, Evolution Brewing Public House
4.  Eggs and Toast in the room, leftovers in the room, JR's House of Ribs
5.  Eggs and Toast in the room, Touch of Italy, Leftovers from lunch at home
6.  Oatmeal, Leftovers, Meatloaf and Brussels Sprouts
7.  Pumpkin Pancakes, Tossed Salad and JD Chicken Strips, TV dinners (blech)
The plan was kept to pretty much.  Who wouldn't when most days it was Eating Out?! lolz

When we went grocery shopping on Saturday Weis had Hungry Man TV dinners for $1.87 each.  I didn't feel like cooking that night so we bought a couple and had them for dinner.
Even at the bargain basement price of $1.87 it was sad. lolz
I was reminded why I don't buy/eat TV dinners hardly ever.
Last week I made trips to 2 different markets down in MD and 2 trips to the grocery stores on Saturday back at home and spent $112.62 on $170.17 worth of groceries and did 2 transactions at Rite-Aid where I spent .94¢ total there for the week.
$2268.46 down(including Rite-Aid spending)and $31.54 left in my October food budget with 11 days left in the month.

Going into this week, in leftovers we have.........chili, corn casserole and half of a small meatloaf I baked off before we went to OC, plus a container of that Marsala sauce.

Here is the plan for this week.........

1.  Grilled Salmon, Butternut Squash & Apples
2.  Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms, leftover Corn Casserole
3.  Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Rice
4.  Hot Dogs on Rolls with Chili or Chili over a Baked Potato, Collard Greens
5.  Grilled Meatloaf leftover, leftover sides
6.  Broccoli Soup, Homemade Bread
7.  Spaghetti, Meatballs and Sauce, leftover sides or Tossed Salad

Food Waste--a couple of brownies.  Yes, we let sweets go bad. Amazing I know! lolz

What I need to buy this week.......mushrooms and salad greens.

There are also a few items on special this week I want to pick up--salt, frozen veggies, canned pumpkin, cider, sugar, egg noodles and 1/2 & 1/2.  Maybe ground beef since it's on special for $2.99.
I already picked up facial tissues and Gatorade during the weekend on sale so I don't need those this week.

If I get all this I'll use up the rest of my $300 food allotment for October with a few more days left in the month.
I might be able to squeak out not grocery shopping until November 1st anyway.
What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?
Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?
How much did you spend on food so far in October?


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Last of the Rite-Aid This Week

Up to Rite-Aid today after grocery shopping.....

2 x Dove Men's 'Poo on sale=$7.00
2 x Contac Cold&Flu on sale=$10.00
2 x M&M's fun size on sale=$5.00

Coupons Used
2 x $1/1 Dove Men's Poo IPQ=$2.00
2 x $1/1 Dove VideoValuesQ=$2.00
2 x $2/1 Contac IPQ=$4.00
1 x $1.50/2 M&M's fun size IPQ=$1.50
1 x $1/2 M&M/Snickers/Twix VideoValuesQ=$1.00
Coupon Total.....$10.50

I used $11 in +Up Rewards and paid .50¢ OOP.

I received back $8 in new +Up Rewards($5 wyb2 Contac, $2 wyb2 Dove, $1 wyb2 M&M's)

I also got my rain check for 2 free bottles of foot wash.....$10 on sale this week gave a $10 +Up so free on a raincheck. 8-))

After rolling/spending +Ups each Contac product and each Dove 'Poo were .50¢, each, and the M&M's were .75¢ a bag=$3.50, spent down $3 on the +Ups and OOP .50¢ in cash.

$37.54 worth of products for .50¢.


Back to Rite-Aid

Last Friday was my last trip to Rite-Aid for that week......

2 x Edge shaving gel w/20% wellness disc. $2.79=$5.58
1 x Playtex tampons w/20% wellness disc.=$7.59

Coupons Used
2 x $2/1 Edge shaving gel In-AdQ=$4.00
1 x $3/1 Playtex tampons(32 ct.) IPQ(coupons dotcom)=$3.00
1 x $3/1 Playtex tampons(32 ct.)In-AdQ=$3.00
Coupon Total......$10.00

$13.17-$10.00=$3.17 + .02¢tax=$3.19
I used $3 in +Up Rewards and paid .19¢ OOP.

I received back $3 in +Up Rewards($3 Playtex/Edge/Skintimate/Wet Ones wyb2).
$16.47 worth of goods for .19¢.

When we got back from vacation I went up to Rite-Aid on Friday and bought this stuff.....

2 x Axe Deodorant on sale=$7.00
2 x M&M's fun size bags on sales=$5.00
2 x Snickers 6-packs on sale .97¢=$1.94

Coupons Used
2 x $2/1 Axe Deodorant ManuQ=$4.00
1 x $1.50/2 M&M's fun size bags IPQ(NLA)=$1.50
1 x $1/2 M&M's/Snickers/Twix fun size bags R-A Facebook Q(NLA)=$1.00
1 x $1/2 M&M's/Snickers/Twix fun size bags Video ValuesQ=$1.00
1 x $1/2 M&M's/Snickers/Twix 6-packs R-A FacebookQ HERE =$1.00
Coupon Total.......$8.50


I used $5 in +Up Rewards and paid .44¢ OOP.

$23.14 worth of goods for .44¢.....and I spent down my +Ups by $2.00.

I have 1 more transaction to do today and a rain check to get.

More later.......