Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Grocery Deals August 31 - September 6


  • Green Grapes @ .88/lb = Excellent Price
  • Strawberries @ 1.25/lb = Great Price
  • Foster Farms Picnic Packs etc @ .99/lb = Great Price
  • Dreyers @ 2.99 = Good Price (Coupons available for great price)
  • Capri Sun @ 1.99 = Good Price
  • Ronzoni Pasta @ 1.00 = Good Price
  • Sweet Corn @ .33 = Great Price
  • BUY 4 SAVE 4: Tide @ 10.99 = Good Price (with coupons)
  • BUY 4 SAVE 4: Herbal Essences Shampoo etc @ 1.99 = Good Price (coupons)
  • Van De Kamps Bread @ 1.00 = Great Price
  • Seedless Watermelon @ .29/lb - Excellent Price
  • Bartlett Pears @ .99/lb = Excellent Price

  • Green Seedless Grapes @ .69/lb = Excellent Price
  • Bushs Baked Beans @ 1.66 = Excellent Price
  • Heinz Ketchup @ 1.66 = Good Price
  • Dreyers Ice Cream @ $3 = Good Price (coupons available)
  • Capri Sun @ 1.99 = Good Price
  • Langers Juice @ 2.00 = Good Price
  • Corn @ .50 = Good Price
  • Key Limes @ .99/lb = Great Price
  • Red Bell Peppers @ .99 each = Great Price
Stater Brothers:

  • Pork Spareribs @ 1.79/lb = Great Price
  • White Corn @ .25 each = Great Price
  • Seedless Watermelon @ .19/lb = Excellent Price
  • Minute Maid Drinks @ .99 = Good Price
  • Jennio Turkey Store @ BOGO Free = Stock Up Price
  • Stater Brothers Frozen Shrimp @ BOGO Free = Great Price
  • Yellow Peaches @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Green Grapes @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • 8 lb of Russet Potatoes @ 1.99 = Excellent Price
  • Bartlett Pears @ 1.00/lb = Excellent Price
  • Avocados @ 1.50 = Great Price
  • Cucumbers @ .79 each = Great Price
  • Villa Roma Sausage or Brats @ 2.99 = Great Price
  • Bushs Beans @ 1.99 = Excellent Price
  • Sun Vista Beans @ .99 = Excellent Price
  • Hormel Chili No Beans @ 1.99 = Great Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs @ .99 = Stock Up Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Nabisco Crackers @ 1.49 = Excellent Price (coupons)
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Capri Sun @ 1.49 = Excellent Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Jello or Pudding Mix @ .99 = Good Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Kraft Dressing @ 1.99 = Great Price (coupons)
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce @ 1.49 = Great Price (coupons)
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Planters Peanut Butter @ 1.49 = Great Price (coupons)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Garden Update - We Broke 100 LBS of Produce!

We are so thankful to have wonderful neighbors caring for our garden while we were gone!  Everything is thriving and doing well!  While the weight of the items harvested while we were gone is not present we have plenty of other harvests to capture (in fact to many to post)!  Also for one whole week I had no camera just a paper and pen to write down the weights...the abridged version of our previous 3 weeks of harvest!

Before our trip:

12.054 lbs or produce including above!

Since we returned we have harvested 15.1 lbs of produce including the above!

I do want to mention that while we were gone a squirrel decided to play in our backyard and ate 6-7 cantaloupes and our lone watermelon...we do now have two smaller watermelons growing and our tomatoes are finally coming in so be on the watch for those.  Now that we are home and enjoying our yard the squirrel has disappeared!!!  We also lost a few lemons and oranges to extreme winds but that is mother nature!

Dru,m roll please....
Our total for the past few weeks:  27.15 lbs

Our annual total: 105.78 lbs of Produce!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Meal Plan August 29th through September 4th

The Hubs & I At Penn State
2011 MBA Graduation


Buggy Ride in Lancaster, PA

Homemade Banner for Big C's
First Soccer Team!

Thanks for hanging in there while we took a vacation then enjoyed the chaos summer wind down!  We enjoyed a great trip in Pennsylvania for the Hubs graduation!  Then enjoyed a bunch of birthday parties, baby showers, soccer practices and banner making, plus other family events!  Boy are we glad to be back to our regularly scheduled routine and so is this blog; without further ado our menu for the week:

Breakfast:  Omelettes, Sausage, Mandarin Oranges
Lunch: Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Salad
Dinner: Leftover Carne and Pollo Asada Tacos, Rice, Beans, Corn

Breakfast:  English Muffins, Nectarines, Peanut Butter
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Grapes, Goldfish Crackers
Dinner: Beef Stir Fry w/veggies, Fried Rice

Breakfast:  French Toast, Strawberries
Lunch: Quesadillas, Corn, Black Beans
Dinner: Grilled Chicken w/Lemon Basil Pasta, Salad

Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Blueberries, Yogurt
Lunch: Deli Turkey, Cheese, Crackers, Carrots, Grapes
Dinner: Breakfast Burritos, Nectarines

Breakfast:  Syrup Pancakes, Egg, Plums
Lunch: Mac N Cheese & Hot Dogs, Peas
Dinner: Hawaiian Kabobs, White Rice

Breakfast:  Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Grapes, Bacon
Lunch:  Hot Dogs, Chips, Strawberries
Dinner: Japanese Curry or Asian Steak & Eggs (fingers crossed on this one)

Breakfast:  Cereal and Strawberries
Lunch: Mexican Food @ Church for a Fundraiser!
Dinner: Steak & Tilapia, Baked Potatoes, Grilled Zucchini

Boxed Brownies

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Garden Update - It keeps growing even when we're busy!

This week was super incredible as we spent a good portion of each day at church participating in Vacation Bible School!  Each afternoon or evening when we returned home we were pooped - but the garden is thriving and still needed care!  Here is what we harvested this week:

1.07 lb Cantaloupe

.46 lbs of Zucchini

.383 lbs of stuff!

.375 lbs of squash and our first bell pepper!

2.484 lbs of cantaloupe

1.453 lbs of cantaloupe

4.117 lbs of zucchini

.53 lbs of tomatillos

.492 lbs of tomatillos
(we made the best green salsa with these)

.133 lbs of cherry tomatoes

3.3 lbs of cantaloupe

.328 lbs of chiles and artichokes

.055 lbs of basil

.59 lbs of squash and zucchini

.39 lbs of stuff

.289 lbs of onions

Weekly Weight: 16.449 lbs
Annual Weight: 78.622

Monday, August 8, 2011

Menu Plan August 7th through 13th


Breakfast:  Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Blueberries
Lunch: Tuna Melts, Peaches
Dinner: Mama's Special Chicken, Black Beans, Corn


Breakfast: Oatmeal w/blueberries
Lunch: Quesadillas, Salsa, Cantaloupe
Dinner: Lasagna, Steamed Zucchini


Breakfast: Eggs, Toast, Cantaloupe
Lunch: Souplantation with a Friend!
Dinner: Bats N Cobwebs Pasta, Salad


Breakfast: Smoothies and Toast w/peanut butter
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Bell Pepper Strips, Blueberries
Dinner: Pancakes, Sausage, Cantaloupe


Breakfast: Waffles, Peanut Butter, Cantaloupe
Lunch: Fair Food!
Dinner: Grandma's Tacos!!!!!!!!!! Corn


Breakfast: Pancakes, Fruit
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Applesauce, String Cheese
Dinner: Grilled Chicken & Mac N Cheese


Breakfast: Pancakes, Fruit
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken, Salad, Baked Beans

Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Review: Medjugorje: The Message

Medjugorje: The Message

July was a slow reading month for me as I have been pretty busy organizing a neighborhood 4th of July part (which rocked), getting ready for Vacation Bible School, working in the garden (a lot would be an understatement), working with the girls, vacationing with kids, and well just enjoying life!

I did however read the above book and it was a excellent learning experience - my friend gave me this book eons ago and I have to admit the size is what held me back.  I have been enjoying getting through three or four books a month and had a feeling this one would take me longer.  The story itself is especially intriguing as it follows one man's journey to discovering the meaning of Medjugorje and it's message.  This story is based upon a true story: some teens in Bosnia began seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary some 30 years ago and she is giving them messages which are supposed to help people live a life closer to God and Christ.  This particular book is the story of a protestant who becomes convicted of the truth of these apparitions and signs his life over to promoting their meaning. 

 I am going to be honest here and say I am immensely intrigued by the situation in Medjugorje however the author's writing style just didn't flow very well for me - it took me a long time to read this book and I could definitely put it down in between chapters.  I highly recommend it for anyone who reads and loves historical fiction - I think it may have just been that I love myself more plot and less fact.  However it has led me to search for a different telling of the story which I intend to do after I get through my bookcase of current reads!

What have you read recently?  Do you recommend it for me?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Theme Learning Zoo - Sorta!

Last week was wonderfully busy for us (and truthfully these next two weeks are going to be even crazier)!  Instead of doing a full unit on the Zoo like I had planned; we read a bunch of books about the zoo, pretended to be zoo animals, and even went to the zoo!

Sammy the Seal (I Can Read Book 1)Curious George Visits the ZooAn A to Z Walk In the Park (Animal Alphabet Book)Zoo Animals

On the aerial tram!

I just want to hug one of these guys!

Big C waiting to see the elephants!

Little C hanging out in the shade!

Big C caught taking a nap!

Happy Thursday all,
Ash of All Trades

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Grocery Deals Galore!

August 3rd through August 9th

So the Albertson's deals this week can be sweetened by using some DOUBLE COUPON COUPONS - they came in my mailbox today with the Pennysaver and will double some coupons folks!

  • Tide @ 10.99 = STOCK UP PRICE with double coupons (there is a $1 and $2 out right now)
  • Pringles @ 1.50 = Great Price (Coupons available)
  • Crest Toothpaste @ $2 = Good Price (with coupons)
  • Oral B Toothbrush @ $2 = Good Price (with coupons)
  • Tobasco @ 1.50 = Great Price (with coupons)
  • New Zealand Kiwi @ .39 each = Great Price
  • Red Bell Peppers @ .99 each = Great Price
  • BUY 6 EACH ONE IS 1.88
  • Frosted Flakes @ 1.88 = Great Price (coupons)
  • Fruit Loops @1.88 = Stock Up Price(coupons)
  • Rice Krispies @ 1.88 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Nutri Grain Bars @ 1.88 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Club Crackers @ 1.88 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
Stater Brothers:
  • Seedless Watermelon @ .19/lb = Excellent Price
  • Green Grapes @ 1.25/lb = Good Price
  • White Peaches @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Tangelos @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Pluots @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • BUY 5 SAVE 5:
  • Cheerioes, Trix @ 1.88 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs @ 1.88 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars @ 1.88 = Stock Up Price
  • Fiber One Granola Bars @ 1.88 = Stock Up Price
  • Yoplait Yogurts @ .60 each = Good Price
  • Jennio Ground Turkey @ BOGO Free = Excellent Price
  • Cucumbers @ .79 each = Great Price
  • Green Bell Peppers @ .79 each = Excellent Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE $3
  • Hillshire Farms Sausage @ 1.99 each = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Gallo Salame or Pepperoni @ 2.49 = Great Price (coupons)

  • Mini Peeled Carrots @ 1.00 = Excellent Price
  • Tomatoes on a Vine @ 1.49/lb = Great Price
  • Iceberg Lettuce @ .99 = Great Price
  • Yoplait Yogurt @ .60 = Great Price (coupons)
  • Red Grapes @ .88/lb = Excellent Price
  • Ralphs Canned Fruit @ 1.00 = Good Price
  • Quaker Cakes @ 1.00 = Good Price
  • Gogurts @ 1.88 = Good Price (coupons)
  • Ralphs Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese @ 1.50 = Good Price
  • Crest Toothpaste @ 1.00 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Brocoli or Cauliflower @ .99/lb = Stock Up Price
  • Kiwi @ .33 = Excellent Price

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blest with a Bountiful Garden

So thankful that we have been blessed with a home that allows us to garden 
and that our garden is actually thriving!

A bell pepper and yellow squash @ 1/2 lb

Cantaloupe @ 1.07 lbs

.047 lbs of chili's and tomatillos

There were two of these guys but we used one before weighing it
So double it to .92 lbs of zucchini

2.19 lbs of squash and zucchini

.367 lbs of squash and jalapenos

.195 lbs of cherry tomatoes and tomatillos

Chives & basil @ .06 lbs

.18 lbs of cherry tomatoes and tomatillos

Zucchini @ 2.06 lbs

.164 smorgasboard

2.234 lbs of cantaloupe

1.266 lbs of garlic

Total Week: 11.253 lbs of produce!

Total Annual: 62.173 lbs.