Thursday, April 23, 2015

Applesauce - 10 More Quarts

I finally made some applesauce before we left on our trip.  This is about 10 quarts.

The apples I bought on clearance way back in March sat in the fridge for over 6 weeks before I finally got around to making applesauce!  Luckily, there was only one apple that had gotten yucky and couldn't be used.

These 10 quarts make over 130 total quarts for the year.  We're down to about a dozen jars after we use all this up, and we'll be out for a couple of months unless I find more apples on clearance.  I think I should plan on 150 quarts for next year.  I realize this sounds ridiculous, but we go through a minimum of 3 quarts a week and at 150 the math works out.

If you know of any available apples or have local friends with trees who want to share their apples I will happily take them and put them to good use!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Freezer Progress

We got back from California a couple of days ago.   Before we left I did a lot of cooking and used several things out of the freezer.  It was looking pretty frosty and I felt a sense of urgency.

I even moved lots of things into the inside freezer, packing it tightly on the top and bottom shelves.  There's still lots of space on the middle shelves though!  And I'm moving through the fruit quickly with smoothies every couple of days.

Imagine my surprise (and dread) when I got home and saw this:

Ugh, so discouraging!  I seriously just HAVE to defrost this baby, soon.  Today I pulled out a turkey to thaw, some tubs of applesauce, and made the kids chicken nuggets for lunch.  Dinner included a box of tofu patties - honey bbq flavor.

I don't know if I'll manage this big task by the end of the month, but I'm sure going to try!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 16 - $24.26

What's this?  $24.26 you say?  Yes!!!

We were visiting family all week in California and I planned ahead with meals.  I brought all of our dinners frozen, packed cereal and applesauce for breakfasts, and even brought a couple of lunch things for Disneyland packed lunches.  The only money we spent in Disneyland was at Starbucks one day which I don't count as groceries.

My one shopping trip was for a few more lunch items.  I went to the Von's near my Mom-in-law's which is basically Safeway.  I bought lettuce for $1.99, a loaf of bread for $2.49, 1# lunchmeat turkey for $5 and ham for $5, sour cream for $2.79, cream cheese for $1.50 (to make egg salad with Easter eggs we brought along), hummus for $2.99, and an 8-pack for juice boxes for $2.50.

This worked out really well.  I packed sandwiches for lunch two days at Disneyland and pulled pork (that I brought along from home) for the other two lunches.  We had salad with dinner a couple of nights and we used the sour cream for dinner topping with the chili and taco soup I had packed.

Long story short: Good planning saved us major bucks on vacation!  Wahoo!

Week 16 Total: $24.26
Year-to-Date 2015: $1277.44
Weekly Average: $79.84

Love, Katie

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 15 - $117.22

This week was pretty typical.  I'm having a heck of a time staying under $100/week!  Cash only for week 16 so I know what I've spent.

I went to QFC Tuesday because I had an unexpectedly free 20 minutes.  I dashed in on the way home and picked up Tillamook 2# bricks for $5.99 each, clearance yogurt for $1.99/4-pack, clearance chicken broth for $0.29, clearance veggies for $0.15 and $0.39, clearance soup for $0.69, oranges, bananas, and some clearance Easter candy for 50% off.  I spent $27.62.

I went to Albertsons while one kiddo was at therapy.  I got 4 bags of Easter candy on clearance for a late celebration we had with family this weekend.  I also got 1# clearance ham for $2.99, a stuffed chicken breast for $2.87, a big pork sirloin roast for $1.79/lb, and it's not in the picture but I also spent $0.99 on a piece of pie from the bakery clearance rack.  I spent $24.03 on food.

Next up was Costco on Wednesday.  I spent $45.72 on chips, veggie straws, canned tomatoes, tortillas, and GF flour.  GF flour is on sale this month at Costco so I bought 2 bags.

I also made a trip to Champion Foods in Issaquah but somehow didn't take a photo.  The receipt has amounts, but not descriptions.  I spent $19.85 and I think this is what I bought: 10 boxes of organic Mac'n'Cheese for $0.50 each, 2 boxes of GF Mac'n'Cheese for $2.50 each, a box of 6 individual packs of GF cheesy crackers for $2.80, 4 bags of Kettle chips for $0.50 each and a bag of popcorn for $0.50.  We have a road trip coming up so this shopping trip was with snacks in mind.

I spent $117.22 this week and skipped our milk order.

Total year to date 2015: $1,253.18
Weekly Average 2015: $83.55

This is so high compared to $64.46 in 2014!  But is pretty OK compared to $81.71 in 2013.


Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 14 - $58.03

Finally!  A lighter week to bring my average down.

I had a quick trip to Fred Meyer on Tuesday with a kiddo for a mommy-daughter date.  She has been looking for a particular toy and I got to pick up a few deals.  Win-win!  I spent $24.49 on coffee, bread, cottage cheese, clearance oranges, butter and clearance fresh mozzarella.

We were visiting my aunt over Easter and I picked up a few things over the several days we were there.  One trip to Fred Meyer I spent $3.98 on basil & gf spaghetti.  Another trip I spent $14.89 for milk, whipping cream, candy for Easter eggs, and tomatoes.

Our milk delivery was $13.47.

The whole week: $58.03
Year-to-date: $1,135.96
Weekly Average: $81.14


Monday, March 30, 2015

Gluten- Free Menu Plan

I have a few meals from last week to carry over into this week.  Plus I need to use lots of freezer things.

Monday - Beef Stew
Tuesday - Chicken Chili
Wednesday - Sausage gravy over biscuits/gf noodles
Thursday - Chicken Curry
Friday - Dinner out
Saturday - Dinner with family
Sunday - Leftovers

Monday - Tofu patties (in the freezer)
Tuesday - GF Mac & Cheese Pie
Wednesday - Nachos
Thursday - Chicken Nuggets/GF Corndog
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Lunch with family
Sunday - Easter meal

Snack: Lots of smoothies!  There is major fruit in the freezers.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 13 - $146.63

Lots of shopping this week - Again!

Albertsons on Tuesday for Ken's dressing for $0.74, $0.49 and $0.49 after coupons.  More creamer (I know this stuff is so just JUNK but I haven't gotten my act together to try the couple of recipes I am planning to give a go) and boneless, skinless chicken was $1.99/lb.  I spent $27.63.

QFC Wednesday to get the Rice Krispies on sale for $1.99 and I had coupons to average out to $1.60/box.  I found organic yogurt on clearance for $2.29, some granola for the kids to put in their yogurt (but I accidentally bought granola cereal which they are happily eating for breakfast, but refuse to put in the yogurt), some crackers and drinks for an upcoming road trip and some clearance donut holes for  a hubby treat.  I spent $32.43.

I spent $36.17 at Fred Meyer Saturday.  I bought chicken nuggets, tortilla chips, sour cream, cottage cheese, brick cheddar, a few pears, bananas, bell peppers on sale (for munching this week) and bell peppers on clearance (for immediate fajitas and dice/freezing), popcorn, and those protein wrap things DH really likes were on clearance and I had coupons so they were $0.59 each.  I used to have $0.50 as my price point for DH grab'n'go meals, but it's become so hard to find I thought $0.59 was OK.

I went to QFC once more for more Rice Krispies.  I found another coupon online and there were peelies for free marshmallows on the boxes I bought last week, so I used those, too.  I bought eggs for dyeing, more granola, a couple bags of chips, crackers, clearance yogurt, and clearance baby food jars.  I spent $36.93.

Milk was the usual 13.47

Total Groceries Week 13: $146.63
Total Groceries Year-to-date: $1,077.93
Weekly Average 2014: $82.92

I recognize there were a huge amount of chips this week.  I will not be buying any next week.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Annual Freezer Defrost

Oh my freezer!  Look at this icy mess.  I can't even fully close the door (which is only held closed by bungee cords anyway) so the ice is just getting worse.  I took this photo after I'd already used a ham.

My inside freezer is pretty full, too so I can't move much in yet.

The inside freezer is actually pretty deep and holds a lot, so when the time comes I can pack a lot in.

I usually try to unplug and defrost the garage freezer by April 30 and I'll aim for that again.  

Menu plans to include lots of freezer stuff the next several weeks!