Archive for July, 2011

Am I the only person who thinks it’s weird that people bring their dogs into the store?  Service dogs YES… Dogs on pee pads NO.



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When I went to the feed store the other day to pick up chicken food… there was a sign on a bunch old seed potatoes.


So I took some.  Do you think it’s too late to plant them for this year?  Don’t you think if I plant them now I’ll at least have some “new potatoes” this fall?

What do you think?

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Hello… My name is Mavis.  I’m still here.  The HH was out of town last week and I decided to sleep in.  Every.Single.Day.  I also didn’t answer the phone, or blog about the usual nothingness that goes on around here.  Sorry about that. 🙂 However I did manage to throw on my sunglasses and roll out of bed a few days last week to buy a few provisions… But not a whole lot.

It’s a good thing I have a little thing called a stockpile. It’s also a good thing the kids are older and can fend for themselves.  Whomever  said Mac & Cheese is not suitable for breakfast is on crack.  After all… cheese is a dairy product… it has protein… right?

And 8 slices of (fake) buttered toast (if you’re a teenage boy) can be considered a well balanced breakfast too.

Anyway… here’s what I purchased last week. 2 containers of Real Fruit Pectin $2.33 ($1.19 each less a .05 bag credit at Fred Meyer). 🙂

2 Kettle chips & 1 Mac and Cheese $1.00 oop ( I used double coupons plus a $1 catalina coupon PLUS I got back a $1 catalina).

Paid $ .98 (I used double coupons and a $1.00 catalina Plus I got back a $1.00 catalina).

FREE produce and eggs from the backyard.

Free doughnuts thanks to the Albertsons Sizzlin summer sweepstakes.  I paid .62 cents for the fruit (I used a $1.00 catalina).

Free doughnuts and paper towels (Albertsons Summer Sizzlin Sweepstakes)

More free produce from the backyard. 🙂

Because I’m a super nerd… I always glance over at the shopping carts before I head into the grocery store… You never know what you’re going to find.

In one cart I found a $2 catalina and a coupon for a FREE bags of carrots!  Hot Diggity!  In another I found a coupon for 1 dozen FREE eggs and a FREE pizza with any $10 purchase.  It kinda felt like Christmas.

Before I started shopping… I headed over to the customer service desk and redeemed my latest prize. A $2 CASH PRIZE…  If you’re trying to win the $2 prize… the hard ticket to find is C184 (the left side of the ice cream container).  I’m kinda surprised I’ve only won 1 of the $2 prizes.

Anyway… after my $2 cat, $2 prize money and free coupons… I paid $10.37 for everything above.  I really wanted to buy more peaches (to freeze) and I still might go back and get more… But I’m kinda hoping I get a call from Zaycon.  When I went to sign up for a 36lb box of peaches they were already sold out in my area… so I’m on the waiting list.  They’re offering peaches for $ .79 cents a pound… which is a bargain in my opinion.  But we LOVE peaches… we NEED peaches… especially to freeze for winter smoothies… So I might just cave in and go back and buy more for $ .99 a lb at Albertsons tomorrow.  We’ll see.

All in all… not bad for an incredibly lazy week of lounging around in my pajama’s, napping and puttering around in the garden while the HH was away.

Total Spent This Week $ 15.30

Total Spent Year To Date $731.76

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An entire wall covered with discarded chewing gum.  Gross but kinda cool.

Free Food.  I’ve discovered I like black beans.  Now I just need to find a recipe.

Sushi Bars are cool… even if you’re like me and don’t like sushi.

I thought it was odd that whomever who made the Seattle tourist map added a little diddy about the Seattle Marathon.  How many street maps have you seen with a plug for a marathon on them?

How many times has your Mother told you not to take candy from strangers? I say live on the wild side… And when a lady walking down the street hands you two Lara Bar samples… take them.  I’m sure the likelihood of finding razor blades in them are pretty slim.

What are sea beans?

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While scanning the newspaper last week I had noticed an article/recipe for a peach puff pastry tart… The recipe had called for peaches and apricot jam. I didn’t have any peaches or apricot jam… BUT… I did have apricots and peach jam… 🙂  So that’s what I made… An apricot tart. This dessert (or breakfast) is so simple to make… I don’t see why you couldn’t use this as a base recipe and just change up the fruit depending on the season.

So here we go…After slicing about 5 apricots lengthwise… roll out a 1 package of puff pastry dough (I used Pepperidge farm) on a lightly floured surface.  Brush with a little melted butter… by little… I mean little…

Move the dough to a Silpat or parchment paper and place on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of cinnamon/sugar.  Prick the dough all over with a fork to prevent the dough from creating giant unsightly bubbles.

Carefully overlap the apricots on top of the puff pastry dough.  Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar…

Place in a 400 degree oven and bake until the crust is golden brown (about 25-30 minutes).

As soon as the pastry comes out of the oven… gentry brush (or drizzle) 3 tablespoons of peach jam over the top of the apricots.Let cool completely and slice into squares (I used a pizza cutter to cut the pastry).

Just a heads up… This pastry will go fast!  If I were you I would immediately place two slices on a plate… wrap and hide then in the deep dark depths of your pantry.  Then when everyone goes to bed… sneak a second helping. 🙂


1 sheet (half of one box) Puff pastry dough

5 Ripe apricots (about 10 ounces)

1/4 Cup white sugar

1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon

1 Egg (to use as an egg wash around the edges of the dough before baking)

3 Tablespoons peach jam

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This was a great week… Not only did I get to tag along with the HH on his business trip… I stocked up on a boatload of snacks for when school starts up again.  And if I’m lucky… the monkeys won’t find my hiding spot! 🙂

My favorite freebie of the week was spending the HH’s $25 a day ($75 total)  “incidentals” moolah his company gave him. Do you think I spent it on magazines, coffee and chewing gum?  Of course not!  You know me way better than that. I decided to go crazy and spend the money on bread… cherries and apricots instead.

Oh… and a few little things from SurLaTable too. 🙂   In the end I spent $72.10 of the allotted $75. Yay for free money!

When we came home… I went out to the garden to see what I needed to pick… and the HH decided to go to the store.  Guess how much he spent?  $10.87!  Holy Cow!  Are you serious?  What a nut!  Clearly this man did not use a coupon.

It’s a good thing he didn’t buy fruit too…

Because he probably would of spent another $20.

2 boxes of tissues, a half gallon of coconut milk, 6 bananas and 5 carrots for .14!

How did I do it?  I used a $2 of $2 Fred Meyer produce coupon, a $2 off $2 worth of toilet paper, tissue or paper plates coupon, 1 free product coupon and I also saved an additional .05 buy using my own bag.

Did you pick up your FREE bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper on Saturday at Albertsons?  I did.  I also picked up a free box of pasta (I used a $1.00 off Ronzoni coupon) and a FREE doughnut thanks to the Summer Sizzlin’ Sweepstakes.  Plus I snagged a $5 of a $50 purchase coupon… Not that I’ll use it… but next time I’m in the store I’ll pass it along to someone who can.

I also picked up a FREE half gallon of Safeway ice cream (thanks to a Safeway ecoupon NLA) and 2 packages of dried apricots ($2.99) for only .99 cents.  The apricots are currently on sale B1G1 Free plus there were $1.00 off coupons in a blinki machine next to the product. I don’t know about you… but I LOVE dried fruit!

On Sunday I spent $14.41 at Albertsons.  There were a ton of great double coupon deals and for the most part I was pretty happy with what I was able to bring home.  However I do realize I’m running a little over budget right now and need to pull in the reigns a bit if I’m going to reach my goal of only spending one hundreds a month for groceries this year.  🙂 Some weeks are easier than others…

Total Spent This Week $ 26.01

Total Spent Year To Date $716.46

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Have you ever made baked eggs before?  Me neither… until yesterday.

Seriously… you should try this at home…baked eggs are WAY easier than Quiche.

Plus… if you have some cool containers… you can make individual portions…

Which by the way is PERFECT for feeding teenagers!  Especially if you don’t want to have to deal with making breakfast at the crack of dawn because all of the kids have sports practice or summer jobs to go to.

If you’re smart you’ll plan ahead and make these the night before so all they have to do is heat up breakfast and go  while you sleep in untill 10am.

You don’t seriously need directions for this do you?  You’re a visual learner right?


There you have it… baked eggs… with bacon.


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