Since 1993 (FIFTEEN YEARS ago!), Husband has woken up very early on Thanksgiving morning & gone to run a Turkey Trot race. Every year. No matter where we are that year.
This year marked the first time that a) we did not have infants, b) we were home, and c) we were not in a place with freezing weather. So we all went with him.
. This pic was taken just after they started. It was a pretty big race this year - took 9 minutes before everyone crossed the start line!!
Once we'd finished watching everyone start, we still had about 7-9 minutes before we'd see Husband finish (it was a 5K race this year), so we amused ourselves around the finish line. The kids wanted their picture taken with the inflat-o-turkey.
Considering the race was at 8am, and dinner was going to be around 3-4pm, I had some time on my hands. Set the table with the good china: Amusingly enough, it did not occur to me that I had forgotten silverware until it was almost time to eat!
Here's Husband ready to carve our first-ever turkey!!
Hello again, and welcome to another exciting entry in What-I-Buy-At-the-Store! If you were looking for last week's list.... I never posted it. The kids & I visited my parents last weekend, and I ended up doing the shopping on Monday night. Suffice it to say, I didn't buy much, and made up for the previous two weeks budget transgressions.
But then we went shopping yesterday, and spent almost two weeks' worth of grocery money. I'm blaming it on Thanksgiving (there is also some early Christmas, New Year's and Super Bowl stockpiling, but we're ignoring that for now...). I had a TG menu all planned out - and I'd even consulted with Husband on it! But then when we were actually IN the store, he thought of many other things he wanted at the table.
My percentage is low, and I blame that on the turkey. I hope it turns out well, because we're going to be eating it for at least two weeks! Oh, have I mentioned that I've never cooked one before? Yeah, this is going to be interesting....
Total Cost of Items: $222.80 Coupons: $ 19.55 Sales: $54.58 Total OOP: $148.67 SAVED 33%
* = coupon Items on Sale (sale price listed) Items on BOGO (price of one item listed)
generic gallon of milk - $3.69 (2) generic 2L - $0.69/each 2L diet cherry pepsi - $1.05 loaf generic wheat bread - $1.59 (2) bags of apples - $3.99/each (we need apple pie, after all!) (2) cucumbers - $0.99/each (2) large cartons of raisins - $3.21 * bananas - $0.69/lb = $1.52 canned yams - $1.89 olives - $1.35 (8) cans jellied cranberry sauce - $1.33/each (no, that's not a quantity typo. 4 are going to school for a food drive, 2 are for the first dinner, and the other 2 are for TG: the sequel dinners) (2) cans green beans - $0.85/each ** (food drive) (2) jars of pickles - $2.79 generic kids' 6-pack yogurt - $2.00 (4) generic 6oz pots of yogurt - $0.55/each generic sliced provolone cheese - $4.99 (the larger packs were on sale, so I got one of these instead of 2 smaller ones. more cheese for the same price!) (2) 8oz bricks cream cheese - $1.25/each (2) 8oz tubs generic sour cream - $0.89/each (for Husband's legendary cucumber salad) (2) 4-stick packs of Land-o-Lakes lite butter - $2.50 ** (2) packs Oscar Meyer low sodium bacon $5.19 * (woo hoo! for Food Lion coupons!) (2) Birdseye Chicken Voila! - $4.05/each * (2) boxes lasagna noodles - $1.99 (for my special Christmas dinner lasagna) (2) boxes instant mashed potatoes - $1.57 ** (4) boxes Uncle Ben's rice - $1.99 ** Butterball turkey - $0.99/lb = $22.11 Karo light corn syrup - $2.29 * Pillsbury pie crust - $2.00 (well, those apples need to go in something) graham cracker pie crust - $2.49 (For the cheesecake he decided we needed. I didn't argue. The man makes an incredible cheesecake!) canned cherries - $2.50 (I like cherry cheesecake) (3) packs of Cinniamon rolls/orange sweet rolls - $2.29/each *** (enough for TG and Christmas, and yes, I did check the dates on the tube!) (4) packs of crescent rolls - $2.29/each ** (oops. both Husband & I each grabbed 2 and didn't pay attention to the other. which would be okay, except I HAD 4 coupons & didn't use them.) Entemann's French Butter Crumb cake - $5.49 (Husband's requirement at any holiday breakfast) (2) 8oz containers of Cool Whip - $1.00/each (2) bags cheddar Chex mix - $2.07 ** (2) Triscuit thin crackers - $2.63 Honey maid Graham crackers - $3.99 (these are for a dessert I need earlier this week) sugar free hot fudge sauce - $2.49 (for the no-sugar version of the dessert I need to design) Bakers unsweetened chocolate - $2.39 (3) packs instant pudding - $0.65/each (2) packs Chips Ahoy chewy chocolate chip cookies - $3.43 (Bird's class has requested them for an early Christmas celebration.) (2) Duncan Hines cake mixes - $1.23 (2) Betty Crocker muffin mixes - $2.55 ** (2) boxes Swiss Miss cocoa - $1.99 (2) packs of disposable bowls - $2.99 generic 3-pack paper towel rolls - $2.39 peppercorn & sage injector kit - $5.99 (yeah, I don't get it either. Husband insisted we needed it for the turkey. Apparently it's not fun or tasty unless you've used something dangerous to cook it.) Glade scented oil refill - $3.99 * Spot Shot - $3.59 *
Haven't done a meme in a while, and this one is all the rage on Facebook right now.... and since I would never post something like this where my students could find it.... it can go here!
I have to say, I am always amused by these things. Some of the answers can be dead-on, while others make absolutely no sense. Looking at this list, though, I am amazed at how much influence Husband has had on my music. I can honestly say I would never have listened to (and even enjoyed!) most of this had he not played it for me.
Instructions 1.Put your iPod on shuffle. (well, the iPod is hooked up to the stereo right now, and not anywhere near where I'm sitting. How about the nifty mP3 player on the computer? It will have to do.) 2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. 3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS! 4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got this from. (Um, if you like this and want to play, consider yourself tagged.)
If someone asks, "Is this okay?" you say: Copacabana - Barry Manilow
What would best describe your personality? I'll Be That Girl - Barenekkidladies
What do you like in a guy/girl? A View to a Kill - Duran Duran
What is your life's purpose? Love, Liberty, and Disco - Newsboys (ROCK ON!!!)
What is your motto? Eat the Rich - Aerosmith (Yeah, this isn't disturbing at all....)
What do your friends think of you? You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker (And apparently conceited too!)
What do you think about very often? Something About You - Level 42
What is 2 + 2? Nothing But Flowers - Talking Heads
What do you think of your best friend? Autumn Almanac - Kinks
What do you think of the person you like? Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay and the Americans (Well, that's appropriate.)
What is your life story? Wrong Way - Sublime (Hmmm.... this could be superficial & wrong, or deeply philosophical and right....)
What do you want to be when you grow up? Cotton Eyed Joe - Rednex (HAHAHA)
What do you think when you see the person you like? Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks (If you know Husband, you are probably laughing now.)
What do your parents think of you? Gonna Always Love You - Muppets (Awwww....)
What will you dance to at your wedding? Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC (Oh dear)
What will they play at your funeral? Without You - Badfinger (Kinda obvious, isn't it?)
What is your hobby/interest? Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benetar (Perhaps that's why we're at my funeral now...)
What's your biggest secret? 99 Luftballoons - Nena
What do you think of your friends? Basic Instructions - Burlap to Cashmere
What's the worst thing that could happen? 1985 - Bowling For Soup
How will you die? Big Ideas - Randy Stonehill (HAHAHA)
What is the one thing you regret? Look Through Any Window - Hollies
What makes you laugh? Take It Easy - Eagles
What makes you cry? Movin Out - Billy Joel
Will you ever get married? If You Want My Love - Cheap Trick
What scares you the most? The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence - Gene Pitney (That's not fair! He'd scare anyone!)
Does anyone like you? Finest Worksong - REM
If you could go back in time, what would you change? Number 3 Roxbury Street - Captain Tractor
What hurts right now? Funiculi Funicula - Luciano Pavarotti (I've been instructed to tell you that I was the one who downloaded this song.)
What will you post this as? Bring It On Home - Led Zepplin
Each week, I have a quote of some kind (usually from a scientist, but not always) on my board. My first year students have to write a response to it. This week, it was "Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude." Instead of a specific directive, I simply told them to respond to the quote. I thought some of their thoughts were interesting.
Excellence is something you have and are, not something you do.... it cannot be obtained magically in exchange for temporary achievement.
Excellence starts with your attitude. You must be in the right frame of mind.
If someone is only doing their best some of the time, then they don't have an attitude of excellence.
Excellence is something that means different things to different people. (really?! oh the relativism!)
I suppose it was inevitable that someone went Bill-and-Ted on me:
I think he means you should try to BE excellent, not achieve excellence.
I hear that it's fall somewhere. Not around these parts, at least not yet, so I like to pretend that it is with these cookies. I like to bake them around Halloween time, although this a great pumpkin pie alternative around Thanksgiving as well.
Ingredients 1 cup softened margarine or butter (2 sticks) 3 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 15oz can canned pumpkin* 2 teaspoons vanilla 5 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons nutmeg 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 12oz bags milk chocolate chips
* For those of you who may be a bit more purist in your cooking, this is about 2 cups of your own homemade pumpkin puree. For those of you who want to learn how to do this, there's a great tutorial here.
1. Preheat the oven to 350F (around 175C) and grease your cookie sheets.
2. Cream the butter & sugar until fluffy. I left my electric mixer in the picture because this is the only time you'll use it.
3. Add all the wet stuff (pumpkin, eggs, vanilla) & stir it all together.
4. In another bowl, add all the dry stuff (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon.) The original directions said to sift it, but I find that just stirring it all together works rather nicely.
Alternatively, do this first and have your little helpers stir it all together while you get all the wet stuff taken care of.
5. Dump the bowl of dry stuff into the bowl of wet stuff. I think you're *supposed* to do this bit by bit, but I just dump it all in there at once. You do have to be bit more careful when you're stirring so you're not breathing the flour, but it works.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips. I prefer to use all milk-chocolate chips, but the store didn't have 2 bags. So this is one bag of milk chocolate & one bag of semi-sweet.
7. Drop by teaspoon or nifty scoop onto your greased cookie sheets. I can get 16 on one well-loved sheet.
8. Bake for as long as they need. In my portal to Hades, that is 8 minutes, followed by about 2 minutes more sitting on the sheet that is now on top of the oven. You want the edges to be set, but not hard. Remove to wax paper/racks/foil to cool completely.
This will make a boatload (60-75, depending on size) of delicious cookies. Enjoy!!
Well, this is not good! I've now gone over budget two weeks in a row. We were under until Husband threw in a couple of last-minute impulse items (*cough-see-the-last-item-*cough*). That'll be the last time I send him across the store for shredded cheese all by himself!
Total Cost of Items: 130.94 Coupons: $ 16.40 Sales: $23.98 Total OOP: $90.56 SAVED 31%
* = coupon Items on Sale (sale price listed) Items on BOGO (price of one item listed)
gallon generic milk - $3.69 half gallon generic OJ - $2.19 (2) 2L generic soda - $0.70/each 2L diet cherry pepsi - $1.05 generic wheat bread - $1.59 loaf whitewheat bread - $2.07 tortillas - $3.19 5lb bag of potatoes - $3.99 (2) Life cereal - $4.49 Bisquick - $2.77 * (4) Pasta Roni - $1.69 (2) boxes spaghetti - $1.23/each Birdseye Meal for Two - $5.99 * (2) pints grape tomatos shredded lettuce - $1.99 (I'm taking the hint that we're apparently having salad sometime this week!) olives - $1.35 (2) generic sliced mozzarella cheese - $2.49/each generic shredded mozzarella cheese - $4.29 brick of sharp cheddar cheese - $2.79 (4) 6oz pots of yogurt - $0.55/each turkey lunchmeat - $2.69 ham lunchmeat - $2.69 Ground chuck - $3.50 tub of country crock butter/margarine (whatever it is!) spread - $2.39 * (4) Kraft salad dressings - $1.65 (2) Ragu cheese sauce - $1.91 generic calcium supplement - $12.99 (This didn't help my totals either. Didn't need them yet, but I've never actually noticed them on sale before either!) (2) Nestle chocolate chips - $2.50 * can of sweetened condensed milk - $1.99 * (2) mozzarella sticks - $7.69 ** (and not even on sale!! we were having a grease craving. that's my story & i'm sticking to it!)
Last night, Husband & I watched the new Indiana Jones movie. I have to say, I liked it. I wasn't sure how I would feel, considering all the bad reviews it got, but it is still Harrison Ford Indiana Jones after all. Considering it's been 19 years since The Last Crusade, I'm not surprised that this movie was set in the 50s instead of the 30s - and they acknowledged the passing of time & aging of the characters. (Not to mention that Ford STILL did most of his own stunts. Wow!)
There was one scene of the movie, however, that bugged me. As with all Lucas movies, there has to be a chase scene. This one was rather spectacular, and at one point involved Indy's sidekick fencing with the main Russain villain - while they are on side-by-side moving vehicles. (This is not the part that bugged me. I always thought fencing was cool. Wish I could do it!). No, the part that bugged me was when Mutt (the rebellious teenager) ended up straddling both vehicles at the same time. The camera panned back, and we are 'treated' to a series of shots of shrubberies aimed at the guy's manly bits.
It saddened me that the movie resorted to cheap tricks, when previous iterations of this series didn't need to rely on such ridiculousness to garner a laugh. It reminded me of the later Muppet movies (Muppets From Space & the Muppet Wizard of Oz) that all of a sudden started using fart jokes and innuendos (sadly, I think Jim Henson would be spinning in his grave, and I don't think Frank Oz was even associated with at least the latter movie.)
Yet, it is a sign of the change in culture under new (younger) management. I hate it when movies play to the lowest common denominator, rather than letting the comedy naturally arise from great writing and/or acting. It's like the filmmakers insinuate that we are too dumb to understand anything above the base line.
Not to mention the fact that I think we're all called to a higher standard anyhow.
Back to two-store shopping this week, as Albertson's insert had some amazing coupons! I also found out that I can sort of stack (i.e. use more than one coupon) coupons on items. By sort of, I mean I had to use the "coupon" from the insert to get the special price, and then I could also use a manufacturer's coupon on top of that.
Sadly, between trying to holiday & baking pantry stock, a couple of coupons that didn't work (trying to use Food Lion generic on Publix generic) and a couple of items I just couldn't resist, I went $8 over budget.
Overall Total Cost of Items: 136.02 Coupons: $16.75 Sales: $31.65 Total OOP: $87.62 SAVED 36%
* = coupon Items on Sale (sale price listed) Items on BOGO (price of one item listed)
Total Cost of Items: 108.32 Coupons: $11.85 Sales: $20.73 Total OOP: $75.74 SAVED 30%
generic gallon of milk - $3.59 (4) 2L diet wild cherry pepsi - $1.05/each (what can I say? It's my favorite flavor; the store is frequently out of it; I'll only buy it at this price or cheaper; this will last me forever since I only drink it at lunchtime; why the heck am I justifying myself to the internet?! :P ) (2) 2L generic diet caffeine free soda - $0.70/each (2) packs of Crystal Light drink mix - $4.17 Cinn. Toast crunch - $3.99 * (2) boxes Honey Nut Cheerios - $3.99 ** (the BIG boxes were on sale this week!) generic loaf wheat bread tortillas - $3.19 box of Jiffy cornbread mix - $0.45 (I plan on trying these muffins this week.) (2) boxes rice - $1.99/each (thought they were BOGO... guess not!) Velveeta mac & cheese (not on sale or BOGO, but apparently Bird thought the box was gorgeous and Husband couldn't resist her.) (2) 6-packs Yoplait less-sugar yogurt - $2.34/$2.33 * (3) generic 6-oz pots of yogurt - $0.55/each generic shredded Cheddar cheese - $2.99 Kraft slices American cheese - $2.00 * (2) generic sliced mozzarella - $2.49/each (2) turkey lunchmeat - $2.69/each bologna - $2.50 apples - $2.99 * bananas - $0.69/lb = $1.61 cucumber - $0.65 pomegranate - $2.00 (I've always wanted to try one, since I like the flavor so much) olives - $1.35 Land O Lakes sticks of butter - $3.39 * (light! cause it makes me feel better) generic 5-lb sack of flour - $2.49 generic 5-lb sack of sugar - $2.29 bottle of Karo Light Corn Syrup - $2.49 * generic milk chocolate chips - $1.99 (2) Solo plastic cups - $4.69 (surprise buy, but will come in handy over the holidays)
Total Cost of Items: 27.70 Coupons: $4.90 Sales: $10.92 Total OOP: $11.88 SAVED 57%
Kraft Mac & Cheese Deluxe - $1.39 * (3) boxes StoveTop stuffing - $1.50/each * (2) packs Oscar Meyer cheese dogs - $4.49 grapes - $0.98/lb = $2.40 (2) Kraft Bagelfuls - $2.00 - *** (This was my best deal!! The insert coupon knocked the price down to 2 for $3, and then I had two $1/1 coupons - over $5 worth of food for $1!! woo hoo!)