Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Grocery Shopping This Week

I've only made one trip to Weis so far this week.
Here are the best deals I got.......

5 x Tetley tea boxes on sale $1.99=$9.95
I used 5 x $1/1 Tetley IPQs so $5.00 off=$4.95 for all 5 boxes.

3 x Oikos Greek yogurt=$3.00  They were on sale .83¢ wyb12 but I only had 3 x .50¢ Qs so I only got 3 cups.  The Qs each doubled to $1 so all 3 yogurts were free.  I like free..... ;-)

The lobster cakes(like a crab cake)were an impulse buy.  These are usually $6.99 a package.  These two had $3 off Instant stickers on them so $3.99 a package or $1 per cake.  I can splurge at that price.

These items were all part of the .88¢ sale(buy in groups of 8 and pay .88¢ per item).  The green beans are usually $1.50 per bag and everything else is usually $1 or so per item.  I needed these types of pasta and the green beans so overall it was worth picking these up.

I also bought these.....

They were B2G1Free and regularly $1 at Weis so $4 for all 6.
I had a B1G1Free Musketeers Q and a .50¢/2 Snickers Q which doubled to $1 so $2.00 off making it $2 for all 6 bars.  I love a frozen 3 Musketeers bar when it's hot out so those went right into the freezer(hidden behind stuff so the kids don't steal them).
And yes, I can be a Saucy Savage Princess.....what of it?  lolz

I was also out hitting Rite-Aid today but I'm too tired to write that up just now.  Maybe tomorrow.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Weather is Odd This Summer

Gosh it has been raining here almost non-stop since late June.
I do believe we had 4 days without rain in July!
So far in August maybe 1 day?  Wednesday it's suppose to clear finally.....before raining again on Thursday. lolz

Of course all this rain means all the rivers/streams/creeks around here are overflowing their banks such that, this area made the national news yesterday

All the towns and counties around us seem to be flooding out or having flash flooding.  One town in the county South of here has been hit three times since Spring with flash floods.  Surprisingly the only river that hasn't overflowed into banks is the Susquehanna, which is the one river that is the usual suspect around here, flooding the valley and the large city to our North.
We are fine in my teeny tiny town(except maybe over by the trailer park here).  If my town ever floods out you'd ALL better start building an ark because we are located on a mountain! lolz

The plants are loving the rain since we had a very dry May and June.
Speaking of plants, this is the view out my living room windows........

The front of the house gets full sun most of the day and the tomato plants we planted at the back of the front flower bed are as tall as me now(not that that's very tall lol).

We harvested a nice load on Sunday out in the garden........

This lot was 16.35 lbs.
In all we've harvested 58.67 lbs. of veggies this Summer.

The back garden bed is starting to wind down a bit now(except for tomatoes).  We've had deer visitors recently.........

The morning glory vines have been munched on at the three foot or higher level......

Plenty of morning glories left for both the wildlife and us.

And over on the shady side of the yard where the pine trees are are these.........

Lots and lots of toadstools........

The whole side of the house is covered with fungi.  Hubs even saw a squirrel when he was out there working on something eating a mushroom.
I did not know that squirrels ate them.
But evidently, after watching lots of Youtube vids, they do..........


Monday, August 13, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Lots of Veggies to Use Up Now" Edition--

I grabbed this off of someone on Facebook.  It made me laugh hard! lolz
It also made be think of you McVal.  8-)))

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

1. Sunday--Hot Dogs on Rolls, leftover Macaroni Salad(Hubs can handle this)
2. Monday--Pizza, Fried Zucchini(If I can get ex-College Boy to make the zuke)
3. Tuesday--Tacos or Taco Salad(Hubs can handle this)
4. Wednesday--Leftovers, Squash and Onions(Hubs can handle this, at least the leftovers part)
5. Thursday--Chicken and Dumplings(If I am well enough to traipse downstairs)
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--?

And this is what actually happened--
1. Sunday--Hot Dogs on Rolls, leftover Macaroni Salad
2. Monday--Pizza(Hubs got take-out)
3. Tuesday--Tacos or Taco Salad(Hubs made this.)
4. Wednesday--Fried Zucchini
5. Thursday--Meatloaf in the freezer, Squash and Onions, Garlic Mashed Taters
6. Friday--leftover Eggplant Parm, Tomato and Cuke Salad
7. Saturday--Mexican Stuffed Zucchini

Last week saw 6 nights of home cooked dinners, 0 night of leftovers/fend for yourself, 1 night of Take-Out or Eating Out.  
Since I was bedridden for 3 days Hubs handled dinner(and I told him what to make/do).  He did Sun, ordered a pizza on Mon, Tues, the daughter handled Wed and some of Thurs.
The chicken and dumplings didn't happen obviously so it moves to this week.

Two trips, one to each of Weis and the Shursave Markets brought the weekly food spending to $24.99 and the monthly total to $85.43.
I have 18 days left in my shopping month for August and have $314.57 left in the food budget to spend this month.

My savings percentage last week was 35.20%(without Rite-Aid trips)and August's monthly savings total comes to 48.52% so far.

Leftovers going into this week......

Here is this week's "food plan".....

1. Sunday--Pork Chops, Squash Casserole, leftover Fried Zucchini(Daughter cooking)
2. Monday--Breakfast for Dinner(Meat, Eggs, Waffles)
3. Tuesday--BLTs
4. Wednesday--Leftovers
5. Thursday--Ham and Zuke Quiche, Tossed Salad
6. Friday--Something on the Grill, Tomatoes
7. Saturday--Chicken and Dumplings

This week will see 6 new meals cooked, 1 nights of leftovers/FFY, 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating Out.
Using up garden veggies this week(squash casserole, Waffles, Quiche, Salads)or freezing them.  Only running the oven 2 nights(for casserole and quiche)and those will give us leftovers.  I may make a cake while the oven is on for the quiche too.

What needs buying for this menu? Half and Half for the quiche.  I am waiting until later in the week to make/serve this as half and half is going on sale at Weis. ;-)  I'll be picking up some loss leaders and almost freebies w/Qs.  Other than that I have all the meats but just have to dig something out of the freezer to grill.

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 last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week? 


Sunday, August 12, 2018

The August Giveaway is OPEN!

August means it's time for the ninth Sluggy's Boring Blog Box Giveaway for 2018. 8-)

This one is chock full of Summer time essentials....shampoo, make-up, topical pain rub, vitamins, electrolyte tablets and M&Ms!

A nice box of goodies will head to whomever's name is picked from the entries.
Somebody has to win and it might just be YOU!

Here is what you can win if your entry is picked.

1 x Zim's Max Freeze
1 x Suave shampoo
1 x 2 pack GE LED lightbulbs
1 x Centrum Flavor Burst vitamins
1 x Crest toothpaste
1 x Hydralyte tablets(grape)
1 x Arm and Hammer battery powered toothbrush
1 x Sour Patch Kids(watermelon)
1 x Cover Girl mascara
1 x Cover Girl eye shadow palette(Ice Princess)
1 x Neutrogena eye concealer
4 x M&Ms candy(2 pretzel/2 peanut butter)

About $70 in regular retail of goodies.
Closeup shots of the goodies up for grabs......

Within reason I'll also let you swap out something here for something else(if I have it).

I'll leave this giveaway open until Monday, August 20th at 11:59pm Eastern Time, so that gives everyone a full week to enter this one.  On August 21st I'll mark all the valid entries and use Random dotorg to pick a number and that corresponding person's entry wins.

*Please note the rules*
I'll post the name/Id of the winner on this blog and that person has 48 hours from then to contact me privately via email(my email addy is listed on my "About Me" page).
If I am not contacted via email I'll attempt to contact the winner via the email they supply with their entry and if that email is not responded to within another 48 hours I'll pick another winner.

There will only be ONE way to enter this time by leaving a comment on this post.  Tell me what your garden is producing, the best thing you did this Summer, the best grocery deal you got recently, or the thing you most want to win.....those sort of comments.
You may enter once each day by leaving a daily comment on this post before August 20th at 11:59pm Eastern time.

Disclaimer--This giveaway is open to those with mailing addresses within the US only.
As the cost of postage to foreign countries has gotten to high I am sorry to say I can no longer afford to mail boxes outside the US.  These giveaways are not sponsored by any companies, I pay for it all(cost of items given away and the postage to mail it all)out of my own pocket.

Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you in your comment.

If you're not a registered Blogger User with your contact information on your User page, please put your email addy in your comment or email me your email addy privately when you leave a comment so I can get a hold of you. If your Blogger associated user profile is a GOOGLE one with those Google Circles nonsense I CAN NOT CONTACT YOU as Google Circles doesn't show your contact info.

If I can't contact you then you can't win.  I am still having to disqualify entries due to this issue and I sure don't like doing that.  Thanks!

So let's get this started!