Thursday, September 30, 2010

Menu Plan ----errrr, Thursday???

My kids have been sick, work has been BUSY, and now I'm sick.  It's weeks like this that I don't really menu plan, but am most thankful for the "convenience" foods and frozen casseroles in my freezer.

Here's what this week's menu has naturally evolved as:

Monday- Grilled Chicken with Uncle Ben's Garlic Brown Rice
Tuesday- Chicken Nuggets and French Fries with salad
Wednesday-  Baked Pasta with Sausage and Zucchini Casserole (both from the freezer)

Here's what I think the rest of the week might be:

Thursday-  Ropa Vieja with rice and salad
Friday-  Tamale Pie with a side of Hormel Chili Master Chili
(my darling husband needs a bit of meat and the chili should satisfy that!)
Saturday-  Tilapia with pasta and whatever local veggies we can pick up
Sunday- leftover pasta and veggies

The UP side:
I had plenty of easy stuff in the freezer and we're using up some food that needs to be used up. 
The DOWN side:
I need to restock my freezer.  It's looking pretty baren.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day- Add some spice to your life!

Photo courtesy of

Tired of spending tons of money on anti-aging creams?
Up your intake of Anti-inflamatory spices such as ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon.
"Every time inflammation is triggered inside your body (say, when you're exposed to air pollution), it puts a strain on your system, including skin." Redbook, October 2010
Reducing inflammation can reduce fine lines!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Beacon Open Studios--September 25th-26th

September 25th -26th

Beacon Open Studios (BOS) is a city-wide art event, connecting local artist and their studios to the public. BOS allows you an up-close look at what artists do behind closed doors. Visitors and art enthusiasts have total viewing access to workspaces where artists display past, current and artworks in progress. 
BOS aspires to bring visitors from the surrounding areas to create a stronger sense of awareness of Beacon as an art destination. This year there will be 80 artists whose studios will be open for visiting making it the largest art event of it's type in the Hudson Valley.
 BOS is now in its second year, scheduled for September 25-26, 2010.

Red Hook Hardscrabble Day- September 25th

The Committee has worked hard to organize a great community celebration. As we pay tribute to our rural heritage, we are ever mindful of the rich history and unyielding potential of our community.

Village of Red Hook, NY

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day----Freezing Meat?

Photo courtesy supermarketguru

I recently read a clipping from Family Circle, aug 2010, that suggested dipping meat, fish and poultry in water before freezing.  "This gives the food an even protective layer that helps prevent freezer burn".

What are your favorite tricks for freezing proteins such as meat, fish and poultry?

Adams Farms Deals 9/21-9/23

49c/lb- Large Baking Potatoes
99c/doz- Extra Large Local Eggs

For the full ad visit Adams' website!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I need a Lentil Soup recipe, please!

Please share your favorite (and easiest) Lentil Soup recipes!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

menu Plan wk of 9/20-9/26

It sure feels like Fall has hit here in the Hudson Valley!
I'm looking forward to some of my fall favorites
(including all things pumpkin)!

MONDAY- leftovers
TUESDAY- teriyaki chicken with rice and green beans
WEDNESDAY-  Lentil Soup with grilled cheese
and bacon sandwiches
THURSDAY- Hot Dogs and French Fries
FRIDAY- Spaghetti and meatballs
SATURDAY- Ginger Lime Chicken  with mashed potatoes
and green beans
SUNDAY- Chicken and Vegetable Red Stew

What are your favorite fall recipes?
Do you have a hearty soup/stew recipe to share?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The First 2 weeks of September!

I can't believe it's September 17th already!
I missed photos on a bunch of these trips...
Adams: $9.46 (chicken, limes, mesclun)
Shoprite: $13.93 (lots of deals)
Stop & Shop: $1.19 (6 Old El Paso Beans, 4 Thai Kitchen bowls, Ball Park Hot Dogs, cookies)
Now, here are the pics that show the rest!

CVS: $1.38
Shoprite: $6.76

CVS: $0.92
Rite Aid: $0.23

Adams: $8.16

Adams: $6.83
Aldi: $4.14

CVS: $0
Rite Aid: $0.32
Stop & Shop: $0.69

Shoprite: $5.05

Rite Aid: $0.29
Shoprite: $4.92

Total Spending = $64.27
Total Savings = $258.97 or 80% Savings

September's Budget (September 4-October 1) $40/week or $160 for the month

September's wk 1-2 spending = $64.27

September's remaining budget = 95.73

How's your shopping been?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Adams Farms Deals 9/17-9/20

79c/lb sweet potatoes
$1.99/1lb box or 2/$3 Strawberries
39c/lb- whole chicken legs with backs

For the full ad visit Adams' website!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shoprite Printable Only Match-Ups 9/19-9/25

38c/each WYB2- Barilla Whole Grain Pasta 88c- $1/2 IP
49c-Pompeian Pomegranate Vinegar $1.49 - 50c/1 IP
50c/each WYB3- Larabar $1 - 75c/3 IP
78c- Heluva Good Cheese $1.78-50c/1 IP
99c- Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies $1.99-$1/1 IP
$1.39- Almond Breeze Milk $2.49-55c/1 IP
$1.99- Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar (16oz)/ Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar (32oz) $2.99-50c/1 IP

Did you find any great sales you want to share?!?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 16th~~Energy Workshop--East Fishkill

Laura Cornwall of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service will present this program on energy saving, and cost saving energy tips. There will be handouts and samples of energy saving devices for your inspection.

For more information visit the East Fishkill Library website
or call 845-221-9943 x225.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day- Remove Lime Build-Up with Vinegar!

photo courtesy

Do you have stubborn lime build up on your faucets?
This is one of the biggest problems in our home.
Soak a rag in vinegar, then wrap it around the faucet and secure using any clips you have around the house.  Let it sit for at least an hour.  The lime build up should come off easily!

June 2010 All You

You can snag a 50c/1 Heinz Vinegar coupon by registering here!

Adams Farms Sales 9/14-9/16

99c/each - cantaloupe
99c/3 lb bag - all purpose, yellow onions
$1.49/5lb bag- all purpose, white potatoes

55c/lb - chicken drumsticks

For the full ad visit Adams website!

Making Ends Meet- September 14th- Wappingers

Tue, September 14, 6pm – 8pm

"Make Ends Meet" : Learn how to develop and use a household spending plan. This program is the first of four sessions empowering you to survive in tough times presented by Cornell Univ. Cooperative Extension. For more information or to register contact Grinnell Library at 845-297-3428.

September 14 @ 6 PM: Making Ends Meet
September 21 @ 6 PM: Eating Healthy on Any Budget
September 28 @ 6 PM: Credit and Debt Management
October 5 @ 6 PM: The Balancing Act

Grinnell Library

2642 East Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(845) 297-3428

Grinnell Library is located on the corner of
East Main Street and Spring Street in
the Village of Wappingers Falls within
the Wappingers Falls Historic District.

Parking (as well as handicap parking) is available in front of the Library on East Main Street as well as next to the Library along Spring Street

Monday, September 13, 2010

Orange County- The Big Read- celebrating Edgar Allen Poe

Welcome to The Big Read, a countywide initiative coordinated by the Orange Library Association (OLA). Beginning October 1, Orange County's 17 public libraries will celebrate the literary genius of Edgar Allan Poe. This effort is supported by a $17,050 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds from local organizations. The program provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single author within their communities, encouraging reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

The OLA Big Read will include a wide variety of events. These events are described on this Web site. More information is available from your local library.
Please join us as we explore the many facets of Edgar Allan Poe and his works.

Menu Plan Monday---

Is it too early for this Fall themed button?

Well, we never got around to trying the new Sichuan Chicken recipe, so we'll try and get to that this week.
It was the good old standby, Chicken Yassa, on Sunday  instead.

MONDAY- Leftovers
TUESDAY- Tamale Pie with green beans and rice
WEDNESDAY- Spaghetti and Sausage with salad
THURSDAY- Leftovers
FRIDAY- Shepherds Pie
SATURDAY- Sichuan Chicken
SUNDAY- Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with broccoli

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Shoprite Printable Only Match-Ups wk of 9/12-9/18

$1 for 2 Skippy Peanut Butters and loaf of bread after catalina
Skippy $2-50c/1 IP
Buy 2 get Free loaf of SR bread
Buy 2 get $1 Catalina

Free- Gum Flossers $1.49-75c/1 IP
Free- Fisher Boy Fish Sticks 99c-75c/1 IP
49c- Gum Flossers for kids $1.99- 75c/1 IP
50c- Activia 4pk $2- 75c/1 IP
24c- Butterball Turkey Bacon $1.24 - $1/1 IP (goes straight to print)
70c-Musselmans Granny Smith or Mixed Berry Applesauce $1.50- 40c/1 IP

Did you find any great printable coupons for this week's sales!???

50c Activia at Shoprite

50c- Activia 4pk $2 - 75c/1 IP

More Shoprite Printable Match-Ups coming soon!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day- Greek Yogurt for Less!

photo courtesy

Do you love Greek Yogurt but loathe the price tag that goes with it?
Put regular yogurt, which you often find on sale,
in a cheesecloth -lined sieve and chill overnight. 
In the morning you'll have Greek style yogurt!

September 2010 All You

September 9~~Eating Healthy on Any Budget--Pawling, NY

Thursday, September 9 2010
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Eating Healthy on Any Budget
with Nancy Cimbrello

Learn creative ways to plan healthy meals and snacks. This program is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension.   To register for this free program please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

The Pawling Free Library is located at 11 Broad Street, directly across from the Pawling Post Office.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Menu Plan wk of 9/6/10

TUESDAY- leftovers
WEDNESDAY- pasta with sausage and meatballs
THURSDAY- shredded chicken tacos
FRIDAY- chili dogs
SATURDAY- shrimp curry
This is a new recipe!  I'll let you know how it turns out!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Shopping trips wk of 8/28-9/3 and a month end wrap up! Under Budget and Very Pleased!

The week started out with a great surprise deal.  Maybe it had something to do with my recent post on keeping your eyes open for deals in unexpected places!  We were out running errands and stumbled upon a community yard sale. I found a couple selling some of their local farm eggs for 50c/ a dozen and a half eggs!  I purchased 3 dozen eggs for $1!!!  What a great deal on farm fresh eggs!!!
Here's a picture of that and the rest of the week's shopping.

Farm fresh eggs from the side of the road! : $1.00

Shoprite: $14.93
Hannaford: $1.61

Stop & Shop: $0.90

Aldi: $2.64
Shoprite: $6.69

Shoprite: $2.57

Total Spending = $30.34
Total Savings = $195.28 or 86% Savings

August's Budget (July 31-September 3) $40/week or $200 for the month
August's wk 1-4 spending = $144.70
August's wk 5 spending = $30.34
August's Total Spending =  175.04

$24.96 Under Budget for August!!!

How did you do last month?

I'll be sticking with $40/week for the forseeable future!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Adams Farms Deals 9/3-9/5

99c/lb broccoli
99c/lb red peppers
$1.79/1 lb box strawberries

$1.85/lb 85% ground chuck
$2.59/lb top round usda beef

For the full ad head on over here!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 3-6~~22nd Annual International Waterfront Festival - Newburgh, NY

Local Bands, Carnival Midway, Vendors & More!

The Arm of the Sea Theater will Present
 "The City that Drinks the Mountain Sky" on Sunday at 3 p.m.
at the 22nd Annual International Festival

For more information and details head on over here!

Labor Day Sale at Freihofer Outlets!

Freihofer's Bakery Outlet in Kingston, NY will be having a great sale on Saturday, September 4th!
Bread 69c loaf
Cakes/Donuts 99c each

You can locate the closest outlet by entering your zip here and then give your local bakery outlet a call to see if they are running the same sale!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Old El Paso 50c/1 IP = Free/cheap Old El Paso at Shoprite!!!

There's a great new 50c/1 IP available that will surely make for some free or cheap products, especially if your store doubles!

Even without a sale you can get free seasoning or
cheap refried beans at Shoprite!

FREE-Old El Paso Seasoning Packet 99c-50c/1 IP
50c- Old El Paso Refried Beans $1.50 - 50c/1 IP

Crayola Winner!

Kathryn said...

We love the fingerpaints and markers!

Thanks to everyone who entered! 
Please make sure to check your email, Kathryn!