Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!




  Wishing all of my friends in the U.S. a happy, safe and frugal Thanksgiving Day!

   And once again, I'm thankful for everyone who stops by to read my words.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Well, that sure didn't work

    I had an appointment earlier this week ... not to a place where I could wear jeans ... so I was getting my clothes ready the night before.


   As I was cleaning up my dress shoes, the cap fell off one of the heels.  OK .. I'll glue it back on.

   Unfortunately, the glue was dried up.   It's late ... now what?

    I spied the silicone sealant.  Well, it holds plumbing fixtures together. Why not?  

    And it did hold ... until I was walking out of the parking garage.  Then the cap came off again, and I had to clump the three blocks to the appointment ... and back.

    I made it ... it wasn't too noticeable, though I probably didn't do the heel much good.   So I'll either have to get some better glue, or find a proper shoe repair shop. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Single servings

   I've seen an interesting sale trend at one of the area supermarkets:  single servings of meat.

   This week, it's a 4 oz pork chop for $1.25.  Last couple of weeks it's been an 8 oz steak (different cuts) for around $4.99.

    I find this interesting because many of this chain's stores have meat counters, where a shopper could purchase one chop or steak or chicken breast .. etc.

   Perhaps this is targeted toward singles or couples who don't want to buy a package of  chops, or who might be willing to "splurge" on a steak or two. (This particular chain operates in a couple of areas where this is the demographic.) 
   Or maybe it's just a method of disguising the fact that meat prices are on the high side....

 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dollar store thanksgiving

    The dollar stores here have ramped up their grocery offerings in the past couple of years. I've noticed lately that they've been featuring their holiday food offerings.   So for the heck of it, I decided to tally up the number of items that could be used in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Here's what I found:

Meat
No turkey or ham, though I did find pork loin chops and turkey bacon.

Side dishes

8 ounce box of instant mashed potatoes (or an 8 ounce box of sweet potatoes Au gratin)
3-pack box of brown gravy mix
6 ounce box of stuffing
1 lb bag of frozen mixed vegetables -- various kinds (this store also has canned vegetables for 79 cents each)
15 ounce can of yams
1 quart of boxed milk or 20 ounces of fresh milk if needed for potatoes or gravy.

Dessert
No traditional pumpkin pie fixings here.  However, there were 9-inch graham cracker crusts, and 21-ounce cans of lemon or chocolate pie filling.  
16 ounce can of whipped topping for the pie.

(Note:  I'm not suggesting this is the way to go. I know some of these items are less expensive at the supermarkets.)

Actually, I was hoping for a bit more ... like cranberry sauce and pumpkin.  But there's another dollar store near my house, and I think it has a better grocery selection.  So I'll pop in to see what's available and report back.

Update:  The second store had most of the same items, though it did have canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie mix.  It also had cheese biscuit and sweet potato muffin mixes for a different twist.
    And while they had no traditional Thanksgiving meats, both stores had plenty of foil pans to cook them in!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Holy cantaloupe!

  We have a happy ending to the cantaloupe saga!
   When last we chatted about the garden, I mentioned that I had to bring my three cantaloupe-harvest inside, even though they didn't appear to be ripe.
     They resided in my bathroom (of course, where else would we put them ;) to keep warm.  Then DH noticed that one of them was rather soft.
      I'm thinking we'd probably lost it, but I cut it open.   It was very melon-like inside.  Took a taste, and while not super-sweet, it wasn't bad.
       So, chunked two of them up and put them in the fridge for breakfasts.  One more to go.

        So the experiment was a success ... and I got my investment back.  But not sure I'll try it again next year.  Maybe I'll take another shot at growing zucchini ...
      

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Change those clocks!

  Just a reminder that daylight saving time (for those of us in the U.S. and Canada who follow it), ends at 2 a.m. tomorrow.

   So it's time to set the clocks back an hour ... and take the next two weeks to reset our body clocks.

   And while you're at it, please  check/change any batteries in your home's  smoke detectors.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Garden report: All done!

      Time has run out on the garden, it seems.   The two frosts didn't hit my area, but the weather report tonight calls for below-freezing temperatures.  So I spent part of yesterday clearing out the garden.

      My haul:  Four peppers, a handful of baby green beans. and about 6 pounds of tomatoes!  Four pounds of that were from the tiny plum tomatoes that I've been using in salads. 

     I pulled in the three cantaloupe ... not sure keeping the plastic over them did much for ripening.  I'll put them in a warm room and hope for the best.  If not .... well, I tried.

     Anyway, a batch of tomatoes I picked last week is now ripe, and I have some fresh basil to harvest ...so bruschetta is on the menu for dinner. 

     And speaking or gardens ... (Alert: more shameless promotion as I try to put my sabbatical to good use.) here's another story, this one on green beans.