Husband wanted some bean dip. It's 2.50 a can at the store, so he looked for a copycat recipe online and found one here. It's really tasty, and believe me, it didn't cost nearly so much.
We planned a menu for the week, and I made kimchee, rice, chicken katsu, tongkatsu sauce, bean sprout salad, hash browns, eggs, nachos, turkey enchiladas, skillet lasagna turkey-alphabet soup and beef and vegetable curry.
We went out one night for pizza at a place that's participating in a program with UPromise. The pizza was $10, but because we ate there and paid with the UPromise card, $10 was deposited into Daughter's college fund account. They are doing this same promotion with Burger King, so if/when I'm in town, I've been buying some little something there, and then getting the $10 deposited into her account. (This is for up to five total transactions.) Can I just say it's really weird to use a credit card to buy a 59 cent hamburger?
We signed up for (and later picked up) the Free Friday Download at King Sooper. This time it was our choice of a free cookie mix or muffin mix. Online, I signed up for a free probiotics sample. I got a coupon from Safeway for a free Kraft dinner sauce and Mars sent us coupons for free product and $2 off any product. I took a survey and earned $3. I used a BOGO coupon at the bread outlet and got two loaves of light/lowcarb bread for $2, and I used a $10 gift card that Kohls sent us to get a Christmas present for daughter and an ornament for our tree.
I used about $9 in coupons at the store and stocked up on a few things. After sales and coupons, Triscuits were 1.29 a box, Campbell's cream soups were .29 each, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Hormel chili (chicken chipotle-yum!) were .49, and turkeys were .59 a pound. I picked up the second turkey of the season, cut it into parts and wrapped/froze them, then simmered the frame for stock and soup. I would like to get four more turkeys between now and Thanksgiving, but I have to make sure I have the freezer space before I do any more. (How's that for a happy problem?)
There were some great produce sales this week. .88 a pound for lots of apple varieties, including Honeycrisp, which is my new favorite. .98 a pound for black grapes, .48 a pound for bananas, .88 a head for leaf lettuces, .88 a bunch for celery, green onions and bunch radishes for .48 each, roma tomatoes for .88 a pound, 12 oz. cranberries for $1, cabbage for .48 a pound and big yellow onions for .48 a pound. Yummy!
It's the time of year when I seem to get a lot of opportunities to sub at the library. I worked all day Saturday, a few hours Tuesday, and this coming Saturday, I'll have five hours in the afternoon. (yay!) I'm truly grateful to have this opportunity. I love the library, it's fun to be there and it helps me stay current with my skills.
Early in the week I canned 6 quarts of turkey stock from the turkey I bought and parted out last week. A whole turkey is far too large for us, so I cut them up, much like a chicken, then freeze the breast halves and thighs for future use. I simmer the legs, wings and frame, dice the meat and make stock. I also froze containers of diced turkey (already cooked) that we can use lots of different ways. I usually can the diced turkey, but since this was a smaller amount, freezing makes more sense. If I get several turkeys at one time that I'm parting out, I'll have enough to fill the canner with pints. We'll see! Right now I'm just getting one turkey at a time...and with the second one, I wrapped the legs and wings and froze those for later instead of cooking them and dicing the meat.
Right before Halloween, I put the word out that I would take unwanted pumpkins - carved or not - after the holiday. I did specify that I didn't want carved ones that had been soaked in bleach water. On Monday I went on a small route in a neighborhood near our house and picked up 14 pumpkins I'd been offered. The carved ones (there were five) and one of the whole ones that is a bit soft will be fed to our chickens. I'll process the others to make pumpkin butter and puree' for soups, breads, cookies, pie, etc.
The next day, I told people they could leave pumpkins in the bed of my truck while I was working at the library. I got ten more that way. Yikes!
One of the pumpkins had rhinestones attached to it. Daughter removed them and used them in a craft project. We drew pictures one evening, using the backs of printed pages we no longer needed.
I did a little sewing and made a book bag from fabric and notions I had on hand.
It has gotten cold outside, so we're heating much of the day with firewood. I have to walk indoors now, on the treadmill, which I find much harder (as in, I don't want to do it) compared to walking outdoors. I've been borrowing Husband's Ipad and watching the tv show Kitchen Nightmares on Netflix. If that's not motivation to cook at home, I'm not sure what is!
On our town/errand day, we stopped at Goodwill. I got a cardigan style sweater, a velvet pullover top and a scarf for myself for less than any one of them would have cost in a store. I also picked up a book for myself and one to give to a friend...and this cute piece of bakeware! It would make a gigantic loaf of quick bread, but I'll likely use it for things like au gratin potatoes.
It was a busy week. I am hoping for a little less busy in the weeks to come, but I don't see that on the horizion. How was your week? Leave a comment! :)