Sunday, May 7, 2017

City Seed Sunday Marketing Opening Day

Opening Day Edgewood Market
Uncle took the above picture, you can just see my arm in the black sweater and my tulips in lower left corner.

My market share at Four Root Farm provided a lovely bunch of salmon colors parrot tulips, two bunches of broccoli rabe and a bag of pea shoots.    


New vendor Drunken Alpaca malt beer sea salt potato chips.  $4.00

SoNo Bakery.    Prices seem to have gone down.    One of the tent staff said it was a slow winter.    I got 3 challah bagels, 4 scallion English muffins and a large piece of crumb cake, enough for two.    $20


New vendor Best Buddies Dog Biscuits  treats.   Got Gpa P's dog (not ours....) a bag of sweet potato cookies.   $4

Riverbank Farm Celeriac root, two bags of Swiss chard.  $8

City Seed tent bread.    Huge loaf of whole wheat (I cut and froze half) sourdough baguette.    $8.25


It was a great opening day.   

Friday, May 5, 2017

Shoprite/Poland Spring kick back

Just a quick post (recital/musical/graduation time of year)
Shoprite had a coupon in flyer (no minimum purchase required)
Get 3 twentyfour packs Poland Spring Water for $9.00 (plus deposit)
This nice surprise was kicked out of the register. 
3 cases for $7.00  not bad.  

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April shopping finally below budget!

Drumroll please! $404.44 for the month

3/28 BJ's wholesale   $101.97    6 lbs of various pasta shapes, 40 pack water (though now we are mainly drinking from the tap, I like to have some bottled water in the house) 12 count corn bread, Guacamole mini 12 pack, Lump crab meat, pita chips, milk, starkest tuna pouch 10 pk, chorizo sausage, grated cheese, mushrooms, sirloin tips (treat for DH, He enjoyed once, Pops ate three times, I had none...not a complaint on this, just stating how long it lasted.  I rarely eat beef) 20 ounces mushrooms, 10 lbs of russet potatoes.

4/3 BJ's wholesale $65.78 10 lbs of potatoes (we went through that last batch almost!), Large spring mix (applied for .25 back from checkout 51 and another .25 from Ibotta), 7 and 3/4 lb Smithfield spiral cut ham, 30 ounce package Ritz crackers, 2 lb Daisy sour cream, Croutons, 1.5 lb bag of organic fresh greenbeans, 1.5 lbs of 26-30 shrimp, 2.5 lbs of boneless skinless salmon, loaf of Levy rye.  This price was so low as I have a rewards membership (definitely earn back the membership fee each year) and used a $20 reward AND $6 in coupons plus the two rebates submitted.  Both were credited to my account within hours. 

April 3, Big Y $24.64    Only planned on getting eggs, (and in looking at my receipt I realize I did not get the $1.50 price per the egglands best eggs as advertised...grrrrrr)  I got 2 dozen egglands best, 2 bags of popchips, andouille sausage and 2 turkeys at .49 per pound!
April 5 Ocean State Job Lot $15.14 for 8 six packs of DH favorite Diet Dry Orange Seltzer.  This total includes $2.40 in bottle returns.
April 6 $2.25 oop (I did use a gifted $25 g.c.) 20 ounces of Monterey jack cheese, pound LOL butter, 4 boxes Ronzoni pasta, 2 dozen egglands best eggs, 6 cans of green giant veggies (.49 each when you buy 6) 5 lbs of discounted assorted color peppers (and nothing wrong with them...), 3 cartons of organic stock, last Purex bottled needed to get $5 back, 4 organic lemons and 3 lbs of onions. (.25 back from Savingstar)
April 7 $14.01 six pounds of Boneless Skinless chicken breasts
April 7 $14.94 twelve cases of 24 bottles each Poland Springs Water (not including deposit fee's in this total)  You can read about this deal here
April 8, Stop and Shop $0 out of pocket as I used a gift card received in 2016.  The purpose of this trip was to buy groceries to cook for my Grandmother so I am only listing here what was put into our household.  3 lbs of Italian sausage, 2.5 lbs of ground beef, 1.5 lbs of stew meat.  6 pack mini life coke (stevia and pure cane sugar) for DH to try (not a fan), asparagus, broccoli, celery, jar of Heinz gravy, large bottle gravy master, LOL butter.
April 9, $10.75   2 loaves of Italian bread, spaghetti squash, potato chips (DH was with me, lol)

April 10 $42.44 Target for 96 starbucks K-Cups (6 boxes)  Between gift cards, ground coffee and this I should be set through the summer (but probably will stock up again if there is another deal)
April 12th Shoprite $16.94  Ciabatta Olive Oil Bread, 40 ounces of mushrooms, 6 lbs of Broccoli Rabe (oh yea!)
April 16 BJ's Wholesale $60.64 (yes, Resurrection Sunday)   Light Cream, Gallon of Milk, Salmon, Onions, Shredded Cheese. Two different huge bags of Jelly Beans (DH request, I will steal some away for a craft project) 
Can't forget the deal on 12 cases of Poland Springs!  $14.94
4/26 DH spent $20 on salad fixings and crusty bread. 
Granted, we have been out of milk for almost 10 days (again, only Pops drinks it) but we did quite nicely.   I have been working hard to use what we have in the house and make due. 
I am very pleased with this month's accomplishment. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Our yard and gardening

Wild Turkey

A new houseguest
There are eggs, I have insisted no one use the front porch.   It's going to be a long summer. 
 Robin's Nest

The garden

How does your yard look today?
As mentioned by a reader, the bird nest is now a potential fire hazard. 
To remind us all not to 'flick the switch' I did this
 And now I want to clean all my light switches because that looks dirty. 

Meals 4/17 - 4/28

I'm going to admit, these last two weeks have been a blur.  We have eaten homemade food all but one night we were home (Chinese)  DH and I were away on business events 4/21 (a long time student was in the production of Fiddler on the Roof) 4/22 a convention that we attend where I get side work for music scoring (not this time though...)

4/17Monday DH grilled salmon with broccoli and rice

4/18Tuesday I started cooking for the week, pasta tuna salad (huge bowl) broccoli rabe with sausage that was grilled earlier in month and sliced/frozen for just this purpose.  Hardboiled 8 eggs and made a zucchini quiche (shredded and frozen end of the season)

4/19 I baked 4 chicken leg quarters

I tried to replicate a chili that DH loves from a New Haven spot called Order of Fries
Was sweet enough but not hot enough.  Back to the drawing board...errr cooking pot....
This week I made chicken vegetable soup with the leftovers
DH made his famous grilled chicken barbecue salad
Grilled sausage patties (last from PA trip) on rolls with fries and salad
I made sauce and meatballs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My yard this morning and my chores

I could sit and just listen in my yard all day.  I even have a CD of bird calls (recorded in a forest) that I listen to when I'm driving and feeling edgy.

Here is a video that has a pair of I believe yellow finches

My first finch of the season so I was excited, took quite a few shots

Rhubarb and Strawberry plants



I also filled all the bird feeders, (and left a few seeds for the chipmunks)
Watered the first bed of planted seeds (peas and lettuces)
Made the bed, two loads of laundry, dishes done and I made a pot of chili, but different that my usual.  Trying to duplicate the "Order of Fries" restaurant chili.  I'll let you know how it turned out.
Teaching from 3-830 pm today
How is your morning going?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What's been cooking

Sunday was sauce with meatballs I made on Saturday as well as Italian sausage that was grilled and added to the pot.  1/2 of the sausage was saved for another day. 

Monday was grilled chicken breasts (boneless) with rice and veggies.

Tuesday was leftovers

Wednesday Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Thursday Gumbo.  DH said I could make it again.    That is the highest compliment coming from him (he has a culinary arts degree and was a caterer when we first met)

Friday fend for yourself

Saturday daughter's birthday surprise dinner in RI

Easter Sunday, Ham, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, macaroni and cheese, lemon chocolate cake.