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Breaking the Habit 
Jul. 22, 2011 4:02 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2011 8:01 pm
For some time now, I've been a a coupon kick (I will call it...) which often causes me to go to a grocery...  I pick up the few items the frige is hungery for, AFTER fishing thru my coupon organizer, that is!  I end up purchasing all kinds of items for the larder... not that I'm IN NEED, but "on sale + coupon = MUST BUY!) 

This has become a major reason that my  two freezers are packed to the max most of the time, and the pantry cupboards are runnning a close "second!" 

Are we familiar with the phrase "obsessive/compulsive?"  I sure hope I'm not headed in that direction... I'd prefer to think that I'm simply "shopping wise," buying only items that we do use regularly... just I don't need a dozen cans of refried beans, for instance...  ( a great exageration, btw, I doubt there have ever been more than 3 cans on the shelf!)  Regardless, you get my point!

I am proud to share that while neither freezer is less than half full, I have been feeding us on their contents, trying to concentrate on previously made l/o's second time around!  I'm also finding a container of this, or that, and using it as an ingredient in whatever is the "dish of the day!"  I'm also attempting to stay out of the groceries... but still I find myself spending more than I wish... but at least the freezers aren't as full  So, life is somewhat hunky dorey for the time being.  I've just thawed out one b/s chicken breast that I feel should make tacos enough for the two of us!  It must weigh a pound... now if I fixed two whole, J would gobble up a whole one no problem... can we all say "weight issues?"  Point is, my proteins go much farther if they are mixed in with a casserole or the like, rather than sliced on a plate...  These days, I'm all about trying to save money...

I've also decided that making two baked desserts the same day are counter productive...   I'm forever moving the two pans from here to there... now they're in the way again... put them over there!  Why in heavens name do I do this stuff?  I must simply be OFF MY ROCKER!

So, I must take a break now as it's time to go empty the d/w and clean up the crazykitchen for yet another go round...  When I come back, I'll share today's "project" with you all...

Be healthy friends, happy, and just that bit crazy... it's too much fun!
Jul. 22, 2011 7:03 pm
I know exactly what you have gotten into with the coupons. I have actually found if I grocery shop every 2 weeks and just buy my fresh produce and dairy at the weekly Farmers market that I can actually save a bit of money. Yes I pay a bit more at FM, but I waste less. If it is any consolation a full freezer runs more efficiently. Which is not true of the refrigerator. Baking 2 desserts may be adding to the weight issues more than too much protein LOL!
Jul. 22, 2011 7:28 pm "mom" you crack me up! You're right about a "full freezer," but I have a friend who packed hers so full all the time, another friend (heating airconditioning professional) told her she burned up TWO friges by not allowing the air to "move." I wish I had "farmer's markets"... The ones I've been to are pretty lame, at least by time I get my butt (a$$) out of the house! J's "weight' issue is... being a PIG! No if's, and's or but's... (Murder by chocolate?) LOL... doubt that is even possible, but a thought for "yuks!" Be well, luv, and keep in touch!
Jul. 22, 2011 7:32 pm
Forgot... I'm ready for "part two" of this post... I had to do "dinner" and then download a bunch of photos before I could continue... So, stay "tuned!" The "craft(y)" side of me emerged today! More later!!
Jul. 24, 2011 1:31 am
I have done coupons & deals to the point I had no clue what I had even w/ a list and was still shopping WHY?? Because I need this for that recipe or I forgot this for was driving me crazy..When my freeze had a mishap issue a few months back I was ready to go with my previous menu plans that I was WANTING to get back to freezer meals. This cut the extra shopping/extra spending/waste and I am sure other issues...I still can't pass up deals but I know stop and think do I really need 10 more pound of (item) and what meals can I make and freeze with it...before I buy things..:O) this has cut the budget allows for things I normally would have to skip..Right now I have enough food in the freezer for 1 month of meals easy with out shopping..
Jul. 24, 2011 8:01 pm
Sound advice... today I went for milk. Came home with 5lbs of cow and 4lbs of pig... I'm guessing (hoping) that I won't buy any meat for a long time! According to the reciept, saved 49% tho, and still have a bit of room to spare... guess not all that bad... but should be set for some time for meats! More later, friends!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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