Thursday, March 24, 2011

Grocery Deals March 23 - 29

  • Strawberries @ .99/lb (8 Hours Thurs Only) - Great Price
  • New York Steak @ 3.99/lb - Great Price
  • Jennio Turkey (all varieties) BOGO* - Stock Up Price
  • Hass Avocado @ .68 - Great Price for this time of year.
  • Ralphs Frozen Veggies @ .88 - Great Price (coupons online)
  • Rice A Roni/Pasta Roni @ .79 - Stock Up Price (must buy 10 part. items)
  • Diced Tomatoes (Delmonte and S&W) @ .69 - Stock Up Price (must buy 10 part. items)
  • Ronzoni Pasta @ .49 - Stock Up Price and could be FREE with coupons
  • Van De Kamps Bread @ 1.00 - Great Price
  • Cauliflower @ .99/lb - Good Price
  • Kiwi @ .33 - Good Price
  • Green Onions @ .50 - Great Price
  • Albertsons Drumsticks/Fryers/Thighs @ .77/lb - Great Price
  • Navel Oranges @ .49/lb - Stock Up Price
  • Kiwi @ .25/each - Excellent Price
  • Hormel Pepperoni @ 2.99 - Great Price (could be coupons out)
  • Ronzoni Pasta (all varieties) @ 1.00 - Stock Up Price (with coupons .50)
  • Sauve Deoderant @ 1.69 - Stock Up Price with Coupons
  • Kraft Dressing @ 1.49 - Good Price could be Great with Coupons
Stater Brothers

  • Farmer John Sausage @ .75 - Stock up Price
  • Whole Chicken @ .67/lb - Stock Up Price
  • Cantaloupe @ 1.00 each - Excellent Price
  • Navel Oranges @ .49 - Excellent Price
  • Pepperidge Farms Goldfish @ .99 - Great Price (look for coupons)
  • Pepsi Products (must buy 4) @ .75 each - Excellent Price
  • Lays Chips @ 2.50 - Good Price with Coupon
  • Farmland Bacon @ 2.99 - Great Price/Excellent with Coupon
  • Stater Brothers Dip mix @ .99 - Great Price
  • Yoplait Greek Yogurt @ .99 - Great Price (coupons available)
  • Stater Brothres Mustard @ .99 - Excellent Price
  • Brocoli @ 1.00/lb - Great Price
  • Artichokes @ 2.00 - Good Price for Right Now
  • Lemons @ .50 each - Great Price
*BOGO : Buy One Get One Free
Just a few clarifications:  a good price means I would buy it and use it if we want it or need it for a meal.  Great Price means I would definately buy what we want of it.  Excellent means I would buy a few to have on hand because it is close to stock up price - this could be the new stock up price so I make sure to get a few.  Stock up means get as many as I can within reason (like 20 boxes of pasta to last me 5 months).   

Hope this helps and that ya'll are having a great week!

Ash of All Trades

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pantry Doohicky!

One of our criteria when house hunting was a pantry - perferably walk in - but definately a pantry and not just cabinets!   Then trying to organize the pantry I could not think of a way to explain what I wanted to the Hubs so I told him we needed a doohicky!  Well I meant a hook but of course I didnt want just a hook but a basket and multi hook combo! 

Enter the doohicky:

Somewhere to hang all of our aprons (can you tell we love to cook!) and store our cooking mixes/marinades.  Yep I do buy convenience things sometimes - mostly in the form of cake mixes or in this case marinades and seasoning packets.  Making Mongolian Beef from a packet is much much easier than from scratch and awesome on those days when we won't be home until right before dinner time!

Life is simple my friends - give me a pantry doohicky and I will be giddy every time I get my apron or make up a marinade - wahoooooo!

Thanks for reading,

Ash of All Trades

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photo Frame Project

A craft Big C did all on her own (well with adult supervision but no adult intervention)!

We took a wood fram from Michaels ($1), Some leftover paint from the Big C in the bathroom, Flowers from the gardland in Big C's room, 2 wood bows from who knows when and a bit of glue. 
Add a 3 year old and voila:

She did not want to paint the edges of the frame (hend the wood bottom) and she doesn't want to use it as a frame right now - she said maybe when she gets her pictures taken again she will put one of her and Little C.
It took a lot of talking down for my perfectionist self to not help her but she did this whole project on her own even picking out the frame and decorations to the clean up! 

I love it: $1 and an hour of determination for a masterpiece!


Ash of All Trades

Monday, March 21, 2011

Grocery Shopping!

This was a great week for sales folks! And since I didn't have time to photograph my Ralphs or Albertson's Trips - here is a photo of my jam packed pantry (ok there are a few empty spots but this food would last us at least 3 months if we decided to do a pantry challenge):


2 Knudson Sour Creams;  3 Kool Aid Mixes; 4 Rice A Roni Boxes; 2 Lays Potato Chips; 6 Cans of S&W Diced Tomatoes; 6 Boxes Smart Taste Pasta; 4 Boxes Ronzoni Spaghetti; 1 Pound Strawberries; 2.5 Pounds Chuck Steak; and GASP NOT GROCERY: 2 11" Ceramic Pots
All For: $37.83
With a Savings of :   $54.53
% Savings: 59%


4 Boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios; 2 Boxes Cinnamon Toast Crunch
For: $7.28
Savings: 16.66
% Savings: 69.6%

Stater Brothers:

Loaf of Bread, Cottage Cheese, Orange Juice, Dozen Large Eggs, Cool Whip x 4, Frozen Corn x 2, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest x 4, Jello x 4, Tomato Sauce x 6, Tomato Paste x 2, Hot Dogs x 3, 3lbs Cuties.

Total: 30.99
Saved: 26.41
% Savings: 46%

Total Spent: 76.10 (about 1/4 of my monthly budget)
Total Saved: $97.60
Percent Savings: 56.12%

* Please remember I consider this super shopping one of my hobbies and do spend time clipping/printing coupons and pairing them with sales and browsing sale websites.  By sharing this information I hope to inspire others to save some money when they can!

Thanks for reading,

Ash of All Trades

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meal Plan March 20 - 26th

Here's to another week!


Monday: Cereal, Peanut Butter, Strawberries
Tuesday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Pears
Wednesday: Muffins and Smoothies
Thursday: Eggs, Toast, Fruit
Friday: Pancakes, Baby Oranges, Eggs
Saturday: Out For Caylee's Birthday!
Sunday: Cereal, Oranges, Peanut Butter


Monday: Leftover Veggie Soup & Quesadillas
Tuesday:  Leftover Pasta, Breadsticks, Peas
Wednesday: Black Bean Burritos
Thursday: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Grapes, Cheez Its
 Friday: Something Meatless At Grandmas!
Saturday: Mac N Cheese with Hot Dogs, Blueberries,
Sunday: Fried Bologna Sandwiches, Bananas, Chips & Dip

Monday: Tomato Pesto, Breadsticks, Cauliflower
Tuesday: Moroccan Chicken, White Rice, Peas
Wednesday:  Sausage & Pasta Stew, Bread, Salad
Thursday: Beef Tacos, Corn, Spanish Rice
Friday: Out to Eat!
Saturday: Sausage Hoagies, BBQ Potato Packets, Salad
Sunday: Balti Chicken, Basmati Rice, Naan


Homemade Sandwich Bread -  looking for a new recipe if anyone wants to share!
Homemade French Bread
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Birthday Cake for Caylee
Bon Appetit,
Ash of All Trades

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wicked By Gregory Maguire

The concept behind this book is brilliant and I only wish I had thought of it before Mr. Maguire!  A great book with lots of twists and returning characters I could not put it down.  It did have nice clean breaks though for when I had to put it down to um care for my kiddos and things!  In all actuality this actually took me two weeks to finish but the plot was always on my mind. 

This is a definite must read if you loved fairy tales growing up or if you just need a break from every day life (nothing in this book is ordinary).  An adult fairy tale that will make you feel like a kid again but in an adult way?!?  Maguire did an amazing job of connecting me with each and every character  and ofkeeping my feelings and emotions in tune with the book during the entire 400+ pages.

Great great novel! 

Can't wait to see the show - yep - ahhhhhhhhhh - I get to see Wicked - in Orange County! - Thank you Hubs!

Happy Reading,

As of All Trades

P.S. He has other books - I am in heaven!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Grocery Deals March 16 - March 22

  • Must buy any 10 participating items to get below price:
  • Rice A Roni @ .79 - Good Price
  • Honey Bunches of Oats @ 1.99 Great Price
  • Wheat Thins/Triscuits @ 1.99 Great Price with Coupon
  • Ronzoni Pasta @ .49 - AWESOME STOCK UP PRICE
  • S&W or DelMonte Canned Tomatoes @ .69  Great Price
  • Ritz @ 2.49 Good Price Better with Coupon
  • ~~~~~~
  • Not Part of the Buy 10:
  • Lemons @ .50 Great Price!
  • Organic Apples @ .99/lb Great Price!
  • Organic Green Onions @ .99 Great Price!
  • Sour Cream @ $2 - Great Price with Coupon Only
  • Lays Potato Chips @ 1.99 Great Price with Coupon
  • Cantaloupe @ .29/lb Great Price
  • Honey Nut Cheerios @ 1.88 - STOCK UP WITH COUPONS
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch @  1.88 STOCK UP WITH COUPONS
  • Pepsi Products @ .89 - Good Price
  • Chicken Breasts (3# or more) @ 1.77 STOCK  UP AND FREEZE
  • BUY 10 AND SAVE:
  • Imperial Spread @ .49 - STOCK UP AND FREEZE (if you use margarine)
  • Bulls Eye BBQ @ .99 - STOCK UP
  • Jello @ .79 - GREAT PRICE
Stater Brothers:
  • Grapes @ .99/lb - AWESOME PRICE
  • Cuties 3lb Bag @ 2.99 - Great Price with Coupon
  • Hunts Spaghetti Sauce @ .75 - Awesome Price
  • Barqs or Fanta Soda @ .75 - Awesome Price
  • Ronzoni Pasta @ .99 - Stock Up With Coupons
  • Organic Apples @ 1.00/lb - Great Price
  • Hot Dogs/Salami/Bologna @ .99 - Great Price
  • Jello or Pudding @ .79 - Great Price
  • Kraft BBQ Sauce @ .99 - Great Price
  • Cool Whip @ .99 - Great Price
Again these items are the items I track and/or purchase and are my opinions of how on sale items actually are.  I only post things which I would buy myself!
* If it says with a coupon there is probably a coupon available online or in past Sunday Papers so search before shopping to save more!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Our Groceries This Week

Here are our grocery trips for this week!


  • Gallon Whole Milk; Mountain High Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Franks Hot Sauce; Ralphs Diced Chilis;  Ralphs Mandarin Oranges;  Donettes for Mops;  Donettes for Girls;  Yoplait Yogurt;  Baking Potatoes;  Kiwi x 3;  Grapes;  Celery;  Cauliflower;  White Onion;  Bananas;  Cabbage; Carrots;  Chicken Breast; Chicken Thighs & Legs;  Stew Meat;  London Broil;  Raisinets x 2.
Total Spent: 48.27 Total Saved: 30.11
38.4% Savings


Canned Olives x 2;  Onion Soup/Dip Mix x 2; Canned Green Beans x 4; Syrup; Corned Beef Brisket; Nectarines x 2;  Pears x 3;  Plums x 5;  Baguette

Total Spent: 26.57  Total Saved: 19.78
42.9% Total Savings

Happy Wednesday,

Ash of All Trades

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Leprechaun Craft

Happy St. Patricks Weeks to you all - for those of you without kids or with kids to little you will soon realize that when there is a holiday it lasts at least a week in the way of crafts and explanations go!

We have three crafts and a science experiment planned for this week (wish us luck)!

After explaining what leprechauns are (to a 3 almost 4 year old) we made this craft.  And unfortunately I deleted half of the pictures of us making it on accident so all you have is the completed project!

The idea came from here:

We painted the rim of a paper plate orange.
Cut out the hat and eyes from paper.
Big C drew the nose and mouth and cut them out!
Cut the edge of the plate to look like hair.
Glued everything together!
(Oh we also had a yarn piece to the back so we can hang it as a decoration for years to come)!

Just because it is so cute here is what else the girls have been up to:

A pillow pet cage out of Lego's.  So creative and they are getting quite advanced!

Thanks for reading,
Ash of All Trades

Monday, March 14, 2011

Meal Planning

Here's to another week!


Monday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Plums
Tuesday: French Toast, Nectarines
Wednesday: Smoothies, Eggs, Toast
Thursday: Cereal, Grapes, Peanut Butter on a Spoon
Friday: Omelets, Nectarines, Toast
Saturday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Sausage, Oranges
Sunday: Cereal, Oranges


Monday: Crackers, Cheese, Grapes, Lunch Meat
Tuesday: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Necatrines
Wednesday: Quesadillas, Grapes,
Thursday: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Fruit
Friday: Egg Salad, Grapes
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Hot Dogs, Chips, Fruit


Monday: Whole Chicken Soup, Garlic Bread
Tuesday: Taco Salad
Wednesday: Chicken Tacos, Beans, Rice
Thursday:Corned Beef & Cabbage
Friday: Mexican Veggie Soup & Cheese Flautas
Saturday: Japanese Pork Chops, White Rice, Stir Fry Veggies
Sunday: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Bon Appetit,
Ash of All Trades

Friday, March 11, 2011

Girls Bathroom Decorating

So I have been trying to finish decorating the girls bathroom and only have one project left but I don't have any clue when we will get to it so I am going to share what we have!

Oh the joys of having two girls!

Pink Butterfly & Ladybug Bathroom Accessories:

Bow Holder (handmade out of a store bought frame):

Butterfly Accessory:

Towels & Frame:

Big C over the toilet:

To make the Big C I bought a large paper maiche C and painted it purple.  It took 3 coats of paint (I used regular ole craft paint) and a lot of drying time.

After it was dry I attached this hanging doohicky:

Then hammered a nail in the wall and attached it!
Simple and cost less than $10.


Ash of All Trades

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Grocery Deals Through March 15th


Foster Farms Chicken Legs Bone In @ .99/lb.  Pretty good for Foster Farms.
Green Seedless Grapes @ .88/lb - AWESOME PRICE
Brocoli or Cauliflower @ .88/lb - GREAT PRICE
Ralphs Butter @ 2.50 - GREAT PRICE
Wild Pacific Salmon (Frozen) @ 3.99/lb GOOD PRICE
Kiwi @ 3 for $1 = GREAT PRICE
Navel Oranges = GREAT PRICE


Green Seedless Grape @ .99/lb - GREAT PRICE
Albertsons Whole Fryer Chicken @ .67/lb = GREAT PRICE
Tilapia Fillets @ 3.99/lb - GREAT PRICE
Snack Mania- Select Chips @ $2 (when you buy 4) GREAT with Coupons
50% of Corned Beef = Could be Good
Navel Oranges @ .99/lb = Good Price
Langers Juice Cocktail @ $2 = GOOD PRICE
Albertsons Dry Onion Soup Mix @ $1 = GREAT PRICE
Birdseye Steamfresh @ $1 = GREAT PRICE with Coupons

Stater Brothers:
Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce @ .99 = GREAT PRICE
Minute Maid Drinks @ .99 = GREAT PRICE
Colgate Toothpaste @ .99 = STOCK UP with Coupons
7Up Varieties @ .75 = GREAT PRICE
Doritos @ 1.50 = GREAT PRICE
Green Cabbage @ .29/lb = GREAT PRICE
Corned Beef @ 1.17 = Best Price so far - last year it was .39/lb.
Birds Eye Steamfresh @ .99 = GREAT PRICE with Coupons
Franks Red Hot Sauce @ 1.49 = AWESOME PRICE especially with Coupons

Please check your ads to ensure these sales are running at your stores and sorry for the slim pickings this week.  Hopefully next week with be better!

Thanks for Reading,
Ash of All Trades

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Meal Plan

Whew - I feel like I haven't blogged in forever - man oh man did I get hit with June Gloom early or what.  Last week I was just exhausted (well honestly even into this week).  But starting yesterday I am on a roll Spring is here and it is time to get projects completed! 

My Meal Plan for this week:


Monday: Pancakes, cantaloupe, Smoothies
Tuesday: Cereal and Apples
Wednesday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Oranges
Thursday: Eggs, Toast, Cantaloupe
Friday: Muffins, Juice, Applesauce
Saturday: French Toast, Smoothies, Sausage
Sunday: Cereal and Oranges


Monday: Peanut Butter, Fruit, Crackers
Tuesday: Turkey Leg @ Disneyland!
Wednesday: Quesadillas, Carrots, Juice
Thursday: Leftovers & Fruit
Friday: Tuna Sandwiches, Crackers, Cheese, Apples
Saturday: Hot Dogs, Chips, Cantaloupe
Sunday: Burritos, Corn, Grapes


Monday: Chicken Potato Lemon Bake, Peas
Tuesday: Beef Tacos, Spanish Rice, Corn
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Salad
Thursday: Bread Chicken, Pasta Roni, Zucchini
Friday: Omelets, Toast, Fruit
Saturday: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Salad
Sunday: Steak & Fish, Potato Wedges, Broccoli & Cauliflower

Bon Appetit,
Ash of All Trades

Monday, March 7, 2011

Garden Update

Here is another garden update:


10 and 3/8 Ounces
Parsley & 1 Lone Cayenne Pepper

2 and 1/8 Ounces
Cauliflower & Broccoli

6 and 3/4 Ounces

Total of:
1.2 Pounds of Produce!

Thanks for reading,

Ash of All Trades

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lake Gregory California

This week we celebrated my birthday! (Which one I won't share ... hehe)!  Since the Hubs is the absolute best ever he ALWAYS takes the day off for my birthday!  Some years we lazily stay home and relax and some days we enjoy a special outing in celebration.  Well this year folks I was determined to introduce the Cs to the snow! 

Well I was determined a little before Christmas but as the days have worn on I just gave up on getting out there so to my surprise The Hubs kept prodding me to go and yesterday we decided at about 9:30 am to head to the mountains - eeeek how unplanned and how totally not me!

But alas we got bundled up:

Drove In the Car (lots of winding roads):

And started to see snow!

Heaven at last:

We had a blast Big C wouldn't stand still long enough for a pic and Little C gladly ate handful after handful of delicious white ice:

The Hubs made a huge snowman:
The ride home was peacefully quiet:

Snow angels for more for fun:

And we very much enjoyed our spur of the moment trip to the mountains.  I even commented that it was soooo enjoyable to not have been stressing and preparing for days before hand since I didn't know we were going.  Definitely going to make the drive again!

Thanks for reading,
Ash of All Trades

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Kale Chips

Many of you have been waiting for our kale chip update - my sincerest apologies (you will see what kept me busy tomorrow).  But here is the kale we cut from the garden:

6 1/4 Ounces of Kale!

We Tore them Up:

Placed them on a cookie sheet and drizzled olive oil and sea salt on them:

Bake them per the recipe above and voila!

Now I do think I over cooked them a tad (hence the browning in the picture above) and that I should have tore them into slightly bigger pieces but I always think there is some way to improve a recipe.

The most important thing is I thought they were pretty good (not a huge kale fan) but Little C and the Hubs LOVED them.  Like gobbled them up and asked for this afternoon we will be making more!

Ash of All Trades