Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The girls and I made applesauce yesterday. 

I had about 12 pounds of organic golden delicious, 25-30 pounds of store bought clearance apples, and a grocery bag full of Gravensteins my friend gave me.  Usually a brown paper bag is 20+ pounds so I figure it was about 60 pounds of apples altogether. 

Here's our starting apples:

We only had one mishap with a jar breaking as soon as it settled into the hot water.  I took the jar out after the batch was done and fished the disc out of the water.

Altogether 34 quarts.  Yay!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

2014 Week 36 Groceries - $152.78

I am spending significantly more in my weekly shopping than I did last year.  I recognize that it's because we are buying more organic and gluten-free items, but it's still hard to have to record spending over $100 so often.

We went to Costco early in the week.  DH was out of town so I had all the girls in tow.  Seriously, Costco with 4 kids is rough, but it's worse when the kids have been stomping your last nerve for days while your husband's out of town.  The good news is we survived.  The bad news is the organic tortilla chips were nowhere to be found and the gluten-free flour was only available in organic so it cost an extra $4.00.   Total spent at Costco: $86.09

Midweek I popped into Fred Meyer to order a decorated birthday cake and picked up a couple things while there.  No photo, but it was a gallon of vegetable oil, milk, and clearance GF pizza crust & frosting.  I spent $16.03

I ran to Fred Meyer yesterday to pick up a birthday cake and a few snacks for the party, and grabbed all this while I was there.  I REALLY scored on the apples.  Each $1.00 bag had 5 or 6 apples in it.  Most of the apples were Honeycrisp and Gala.  Maybe 10% were Granny Smith, Delicious varieties, and even a couple Pink Ladies.  Yes!  Not pictured: 2 little bags of goldfish and a bag of baby carrots that we ate at the party.  I spent $ 31.79.

My laptop still has a broken keyboard from a coffee spill last week so I don't have access to my many and varied delightful spreadsheets.  So I don't know my weekly average. 

I can tell you this week's total including milk delivery and 3 dozen eggs is: $152.78


Friday, September 5, 2014

Thrift Store Finds from last weekend

DH was out of town last weekend but I still dragged (drug?) my kids last weekend to a couple of thrift stores. 

My favorite is Children's Hospital Thrift Store in Bellevue.  I found lots of great stuff:

$3.50 - Hoop skirt for kids' dress up box
$6.00 - nice, long tee for me
$2.00 - long sleeved rash guard for DD#1
$2.00 - yellow Land's End cardigan for DD#1
$1.75 - white Justice long sleeve tee for DD#2
$1.75 - Ravensburger 300 piece puzzle
$2.00 - new board book for a niece's Christmas gift ($5.00 limit)
$3.85 - each pair of silver shoes in different sizes for whichever kid is coming up
$3.75 - blue 'flower' dress for DD#2
$1.50 - yellow jeans
$3.00 - Justice blue jeans

 I found these items at Jubilee Heart & Home in Bellevue:
$1.79 - Large metal bowl
$1.79 - Keen sandals
$2.39 - Dress shoes
$2.39 - Boots

I wish I could have shopped longer at Jubilee as they were having a 50% off sale on Sunday, but my kids were just spent and I didn't have the patience to make them toe the line. 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 Week 35 Groceries

Lots of shopping this week.  First up was Albertsons on Wednesday and trip to the business Costco in Lynnwood. 

I found organic tortellini for just $0.99 per package! But I got suckered into a packaged of $5.49 meatballs!  I just couldn't say not to the sweet meatball sample lady after she gave me and 3 girls all samples of 4 different kinds of meatballs.  *sigh*   I spent $19.26.  And the business Costco had a couple things, too.  I spent $4.38.

I wandered into QFC with a friend after we had coffee and ended up spending $13.81.  The pop was on clearance for only $0.49 and it's DH's favorite.

Finally,  had a trip to Fred Meyer on Saturday.  The big news is that Nabisco makes a GF cracker my kid actually likes!  Hooray!  I spent $37.16.

I forgot to include my produce bulk buy last week.  I bought this 25# box of organic apples for $19.00.

I also bought about 35# of peaches for $23.50 last week.

Milk Delivery was $12.87 and no eggs from my friend.

Week 35 Groceries were: $129.98
Groceries 2014 Year-to-date: $2,877.58
Weekly Average: $82.22


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Using the Garden Produce - Tomatoes

Continuing the garden produce theme from yesterday - Tomatoes!

What I harvested

Chopped about 3 cups for Italians sausage & veggie soup

In the Soup

Share some grape tomatoes with a friend

Cut up the rest to add to the sauce for Pizza Pasts 
It's pretty easy to use tomatoes around here. 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Using the Garden Produce - Green Beans

I thought it might be fun to show you how I used up my garden produce last week.

Here's what I picked last week:

I cooked most of the green beans for a side dish one night.  I cooked some chopped bacon, tossed in the beans, added some water and spices and voila!  

I chopped the remainder into bite-size pieces and put them in the freezer.

Yummo!  So excited to make the bacon green beans again this week!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GF Menu Plan

This week is another home week - Hurrah!

I usually post on Mondays, but I got home from a weekend away about 11AM and fed the kids leftovers for lunch and dinner.  I got unpacked and ready for the week, and today I'm posting the meal plan.

Here is a photo of my GF girlie eating pulled pork on a lettuce leaf.  I told her how the fancy Chinese restaurant (P.F. Changs) at Bellevue Square serves lettuce wraps and they're super yummy and popular.  She was convinced to give it a try and had three 'wraps'!  Yes!

This weeks plan for dinners:

Tuesday - Chili, cornbread, zucchini crisps
Wednesday - Dinner out
Thursday - Burritos (with leftover chili, blended when cold for bean insides) & salad
Friday - macaroni & cheese pie & green beans
Saturday - Pancakes, sausage, fruit
Sunday - Popcorn & smoothies

plan for lunches:
Tuesday -Waffles
Wednesday - nachos with gr.beef
Thursday - Finger food lunch
Friday - Italian sausage & veggie soup
Saturday - quesadilla - Rice tortilla for GF kiddo
Sunday -taco salad


Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Week 34 Groceries - $109.19

I had a big Costco trip this week.  I spent $75.27 on feta, butter, chips, almonds, grapes, veggie straws (not pictured), and string cheese.  My kiddo took this photo and left the vitamins in, but I don't count those in the grocery total.

I dropped in to Albertsons because I needed hamburger buns and picked some eggs for $0.90 and because the kids were hungry I bought some ice cream bars.  I spent $6.38.

Finally, I had a quick trip to Fred Meyer before I left town for the weekend.  I didn't want DH to run out of sour cream or fruit while I was gone.  I bought the stuff in the photo for $14.67.
 Milk delivery - 12.87

Week 34 Total - $109.19
Year to date 2014: $2,747.60
Weekly Average $80.81