Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We performed the annual dispatching of the pumpkins the other night.
I've never dispatched a pie pumpkin, but I am always amazed at the amount of water that has to be drained out of our porch pumpkins. I think the draining took longer than the cooking, LOL!
We boiled 1 1/2 pumpkins and roasted the other half. The tally: 9 1/4 cups of puree, and 10 cups of roasted.
Now, to find room in the freezer!
Monday, November 22, 2010
The result: $45.79
Here's the lineup:
Turkey (16 lb.) $20.48
Stuffing (14 oz.) $2.48
Pumpkin pie filling mix (30 oz. can) $2.72
Pie shell, 9 in. (2 per pkg.) $2.45
Sweet potatoes (3 lb.) $2.97
Rolls (12 oz./12 per pkg.) $2.12
Peas (16 oz. pkg.) $1.51
Relish tray (1 lb. mixed carrots, celery) $0.88
Whole milk (gal.) $2.83
Cranberries (fresh, 12 oz. pkg.) $2.32
Whipping cream (½ pint) $1.82
Misc. ingredients (AFBF estimate) $ $3.22
I can't resist. Let's see what happens when I shop the sales:
Turkey (16 lbs @ 57 cents a pound at Kroger). $9.12
Stuffing (2 5-6 oz boxes at Meijer) $1.98
2 Frozen pumpkin pies at Kroger (all right, I'm cheating) $5
Sweet potatoes (3 lbs @25 cents a pound at Meijer). 75 cents
Rolls (Marsh) 99 cents
Peas (12 oz at Kroger). 88 cents
Relish tray (at Aldi, celery, 79 cents; carrots 69 cents). $1.48
1% milk (1 gal at Costco). $1.79
Whipping cream (16 oz at Kroger). $1.99
Cranberries (12 oz at Meijer). $1.50
Misc. ingredients (I'll go with the bureau on this one) $3.22
Grand total: 28.70
Not bad, and I suspect a few coupons could knock the total down even more.
Obviously, your mileage may vary depending on where you shop and what kinds of foods have to be on your holiday table. But hey, that extra $17 can go toward your Black Friday shopping!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I was recently invited to a baby shower. Found a gift, then decided that .. eh, I have plenty of things in my gift-wrap stash .. no need to buy any paper.
You can guess where this is going, right? A couple of hours before the shower, I poked through my gift-wrap collection, and realized that 98% of my stash was Christmas wrappings. Oops! Actually, I had some lovely blue paper ... but the little one happened to be a girl.
I did find some appropriate paper at the bottom of the stash, but it was a bit creased and beat up. I tried the ironing trick, which helped, but not enough. Fortunately, some strategic ribbon placement hid the worst of the creasing.
Next was the gift tag, which actually wasn't a problem. A quick Internet search found several cute, printable tags. (I realized later that I probably could have printed out some wrapping paper, too.)
So, after an extra hour and much angst, I had a presentable gift.
Technically, I pulled it off. But really, I'm annoyed with myself for not checking my wrapping stash ahead of time. So I will be stopping by the dollar store to pick up some paper (or gift bags) in a nice neutral, solid color ...
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
2 Nivea lotions
1 Nivea body wash
Life cereal bar
candy corn (FAC)
Green Giant steamer (FAC)
Gain dish detergent (FAC)
2 Jergens lotions
Pompeii olive oil (FAC)
Garnier moisture lotion