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Grocery Haul for Two

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Good Morning!!
For this weeks haul I went to both Winco and Costco.  My first stop was Winco..
It was a pretty small haul. I picked up the usual fruits and needed veggies. A bigger bag of frozen corn on the cob (the regular packages I've been buying were out), eggs, half & half, sour cream and ice cream was on sale so I got a few of them. 
I also picked up some shrimp on skewers that we put on the grill and brushed with garlic butter.. super yummy!





Total from Winco this week: $37


The next stop was Costco..

I picked up bleu cheese dressing for a change from ranch. I also picked up another package of the pepper jack cheese sausages because we enjoyed them so much. I found a different brand of potato chips to try. They are Cape Cod brand kettle chips with less fat and my hubby likes them. I was out of cheese and mayo and picked up bananas. 
I also tried the Caesar Salad Kit. It was the first time I've had it and I have to say it was really good! I would definitely buy it again...





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Wednesday on the Homestead

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Good Morning!
How is your week going? Mine has been good. I've been getting up early and getting out to take my walk before the heat sets in for the day. I love the freshness of the morning. I took a couple of pics to share. The lake and mountains were so pretty this morning..
Hubby finally took down the dead tree next to our pond. It was a white alder tree and from what I understand they don't have a huge life span. I'm pretty sure they were planted here well over 30 years ago. There are a couple more that need to come down as well. I'm always sad to see the trees come down..


 It will, however, give us a nice bunch of fire wood for the winter! 

Goals I'll be sticking around the house today. I'm expecting a phone call and I want to make sure I'm around. 
Homemaking Chores for today:
~2 loads of laundry ~sweep & mop kitchen floor ~shake out rugs in the hallway and mop the hallway floor
That's about it. I did a lot chores yesterday and today can be open for ot…

Meals from the Homestead (formally Menu Monday)

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Good Morning! Here's a look at what I was cooking up last week...

This last week wasn't all that creative. We grilled a few times. It was easy and a fun way to spend time enjoying the warmth of summer and visiting with my son. 
We had burgers twice. Once was last Sunday and I posted that one last week. On Monday we had the same thing, so I didn't bother to get a picture. 
Our next meal was steak and corn on the cob. I served salad and potato salad for sides..

I made a quick meal of burritos on another night. I cooked up brown rice in my IP and while that was cooking I fried up 2 pounds of hamburger. When it was done I mixed in about 2 1/2 cups or so of the brown rice and seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic and taco seasonings. 
I put this on tortillas with a little cheese and a sprinkled hot sauce on it and rolled it up burrito style. 
I served this with salad and tortilla chips with extra salsa on the side. 
I also made brats on the grill and had coleslaw and potato salad on t…

Grocery Haul for Two

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Good Morning!!
This week I shopped at both Costco and Winco.

The first stop was Costco..


I picked up some Kings Hawaiian Dinner Rolls, and 8# bag of oranges, potato chips, a 4 pack (1# each) of bacon, an Asian chopped salad and a bag of pistachios.



My total for Costco this week was: $55 


The next stop was Winco..

I picked up the basic needed fruits and veggies: apples, bananas, a bag of lettuce mix, mushrooms, cucumber and a few roma tomatoes. For dairy I got milk, half & half, and yogurt. I got 2 bags of frozen corn (you can only see 1 bag, but the other is below it). Hubby and I had been running errands in town and he wanted to BBQ a steak. We have LOTS of steak in the freezer but by the time we would be getting home it would have been to late to defrost it, so we picked one steak up and some shrimp.

We got a half pound of it and I put it on skewers to put on the BBQ. It was a great treat for our dinner that night! 


My total from Winco was: $30


Grand total for this weeks groceries: $85





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Wednesday on the Homestead

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Good Morning!
How is your week going? Mine has been good. :)  I decided to make use of the cool morning and got out and did my workout this morning before getting this post out.
I finally did make a batch of soap. It almost turned into a disaster. I had the soap started in the crockpot and the phone rang, I went and picked it up and was talking for a couple of minutes when I remembered my soap. I walked back into the kitchen to see it all cooking away, right up and out of the crockpot and all over my counter! I was able to stir it down and salvage most of what had spilled out. After all my soap making years I do know that you should NEVER walk away while making soap. Ha! I'll be more careful next time. 
I scented it with peach fragrance oil and got it cut up. It smells so good. Even though it is ready to use because I make hot process soap, the bars are still soft. So I lay the bars out after I cut them and let the excess moisture evaporate for a week or so. A hard bar of soap lasts…

Menu Monday!

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Good Morning! Here's a look at what I was cooking up last week...
The week started off with sausages, corn on the cob, salad and french bread..



We cooked the sausages and corn on the BBQ and I did a double batch so we could have it for 2 nights..



I had a package of boneless pork ribs in the freezer and wanted to use them. A few weeks ago I saw some marinade packets at the store and thought I'd give them a try.  I used this one for the pork..

This was easy to use. I dumped the packet into a zip lock bag and added water, oil and vinegar (according to the package directions). I put the pork meat in the bag and squished it around and put it in the fridge to marinade for a couple hours. 
We cooked these on the BBQ and they were so good! I served them with baked red and yellow potatoes and a salad..

On grocery day, hubby wanted steak and then saw shrimp he wanted as well. He picked up 1 T-bone steak (we have lots of steak at home but wouldn't have had enough time to defrost it in time…

Grocery Haul for Two & Weekly Average

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Good Morning!!
This will be a super quick grocery haul. By the time grocery day came around I actually did not need anything except fruit and half & half. So Hubby said he'd pick that up on his way home from work. 

So there you have it! My super simple haul from Safeway. 





Total for this week's groceries:  
$10

**************************** Weekly Average at the end of July

I like to give my weekly average at the end of each month. Last month was a bit crazy with all I had going on and I completely forgot. 

This is a month past the halfway point now in the year. To date since the year started I've spent $2990 for groceries.  I've shopped a total of 30 times (once a week).  

2990/30 = 99.66666666

My weekly average to date: $100 per week 
I'm right on target and hopefully can continue to stay within my desired budget for the rest of this year. 



That's all for this weeks Grocery Haul for Two!
Crystal :)

Wednesday on the Homestead

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Good Morning!
I hope you are having a great week so far! I woke up this morning to some beautiful sunshine! I'm certainly enjoying the fact that summer has arrived. I sat on my deck drinking my coffee and soaking in the warmth. I took this pic down my driveway..



A couple of weeks ago my Hubby was in Home Depot and was looking for something and lost his footing and a large, heavy bracket fell right down on his left index finger. It bled horribly and was very swollen. It was late in the afternoon when he got home and felt like it would be fine. The next morning it was still badly swollen so he went in to the doctor. The doctor said there was no infection and asked if he wanted an x-ray. Hubby said no, he'd wait for it to heal up on its own. To make a long story short, after 2 weeks it was still in bad shape and he went in yesterday again. This time they insisted on an x-ray and discovered it was broken. 


I'm waiting now for the call from the orthopedic doctor so we can see what…

Menu Monday!

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Good Morning! Here's a look at what I was cooking up last week!

I started the week with a super simple dinner. I had purchased a rotisserie chicken from Costco and we had that with some of the leftover alfredo pasta and a salad..


 The next night I still had quite a bit of chicken left so I decided to make some enchiladas. I didn't have sauce in a jar so I made my own. If I had it to do again I would have made a few changes (which I'll share). I thought they turned out a little dry, but Hubby loved them.



 I started by making the sauce. I used a can of diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, cumin and salsa..

 I put the diced tomatoes in a bowl and added:
2T taco seasoning 1t cumin,  1/2 cup salsa
I mixed this all together...

 At this point, if I had it to do over, I would have used my stick blender to puree the sauce. I think this would have helped.
Then it was time to roll and fill my tortillas..
I removed the chicken meat from my rotisserie chicken..

I softened up about 14 or so corn tortill…