Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jewel - 9/25/09

I went to Jewel to take advantage of the “buy 10, save 10”. Below is what I got –
2 Frosted mini wheats .75 ea after sale and 1.50/2 c
3 Special K crackers .50 ea for 2 boxes and 1.50 for the 3rd box after sale and 1.00 c (had 2 coupons)
1 All Bran Crackers 1.50 after sale
2 Nutrigrain Bars 1.50 ea after sale
1 Keebler crackers .95 ea after sale and .55 c
1 Cinnabon Cereal Bar .50 after sale and 1.00 c
I also got 1 box of Kelloggs Fiber Bars- they were on sale for 2.50 with a 1.00 coupon hanging next to the bars. 1.50 is not spectacular for 5 bars, but I had wanted to try them and we are going to an out of town wedding in a few weeks and will need breakfast/portable snack foods to take along.
The baby food was .40 each and I had 2 coupons for 1.00/3 – so they were .40 total for 6 jars.
Not pictured – a bag of Candy Corn pumpkins – yummy – on sale for 1.25. Total, I spent 13.18 for the above.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Making Applesauce

Every year, I buy lots and lots of Macintosh apples. You could say it is a love affair. Love them. That is about all I can say. When we go to the local Harvest Festival, I always buy at least 3 bags(pecks) of Macintosh. Last year, they were about to go bad (gasp), so I made them into a simple applesauce – no canning- just froze the extra in freezer bags in about 2 cup amounts. YUMMY! I bought one bag to eat and two to make into applesauce this year. I recently made a very impromptu pot of applesauce – I used 1 peck of apples (just one of the bags in the picture above).

I put an inch to an inch and a half of water in the bottom of a large pot, peeled and cored the apples (added ¼ C sugar and a 2 T lemon juice) – and boiled it until the apples became soft. Then I put the apple “stuff” in the blender and blended it smooth. I froze the yummy goodness in 2 cup increments (enough for our family to eat as part of a meal) and kept a little in the fridge to eat now. Could not be more simple!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Apple Picking

Last week, my DD and I were watching Rachael Ray and she mentioned using apples they had picked in upstate NY. My DD promptly said “Rachael Ray goes apple pickin’ just like we do.” This is funny because DD has been apple picking once and it was a year ago when she was 2 (about the time of the photo above).

We plan to go apple picking this year, we just have not made it to an orchard yet - last year, we went toward the end of October, the weather was a little chilly, but perfect for sweatshirts and hot apple cider!
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Harvest Festival

Every year, we pack up our “wagon” and make our way to the local Harvest Festival. We LOVE the apples and they are soooooo cheap - $5 a bag and we always splurge and buy 4 or so bags (the extra bags in the wagon are my parents and grandparents - we make a big apple run). I like to make applesauce with a couple of bags and the rest we just eat. DD loves to ride the horse carriage and watch the sheep shearing, or “haircut” as she calls it. For some reason, the old time ways always signify fall to me – maybe it’s the campfire smell and the cooler air – although I did manage to get some sunburn this year!