Bluebonnets To Peaches

The First 25!
November 20, 2008, 11:26 am
Filed under: Publix Deals

I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited about a grocery store grand opening!  There is a new Publix grocery store that opened this morning about 5 blocks from our house and I have been patiently waiting for the grand opening . . . TODAY!

It started yesterday when I received the “grand opening” ad in the paper.  There were LOTS of BOGOF items that Publix is know for and the first 25 customers who spent $25 would receive an additional $25 bag of groceries for FREE!  I made my list and made sure that I had $25 worth of items on my list and made a plan to hit the store as soon as they opened at 7am this morning.  Luckily my mom is visiting from Texas so she was able to get the boys ready for school while I was grocery shopping.

As the alarm went off at 6:30am there was a small (very small) part of me that said “you are nuts, getting up at 6:30am to go to the grocery store.”  There was also a very big part of me that was super excited at the chance to be one of the first 25 customers!  I wasn’t sure what my chances would be of being one of the first 25 to check out since I had a long list and I wasn’t buying a single big ticket item (i.e. a turkey). 

As I arrived there were about 10 other cars in the parking lot and LOTS of Publix employees everywhere!  The employees were super nice and helpful and the produce section was unbelievable!  I have never seen potatoes stacked so perfectly in all my life!  I almost didn’t want to disturb the beautiful arrangement of sweet potatoes, but then again they were on sale for .43/lb. 

I stuck to my list and made it through the store in about 12 minutes.  There was a cashier just waiting for me and one of the managers came over to help unload my basket – see what I mean, super nice!  As they were ringing up my purchase, another manager came over with this:


And here’s what was inside the bag:


My $25 worth of FREE groceries!!!!  The bag contains everything for a spaghetti meal, including dessert!  How awesome is that?!  I was giddy with excitement!  It’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a package of 3 dozen cookies behind the sausage.  I decided to share the love and sent the cookies to Brad’s school for the teachers to enjoy 🙂

I was also super excited about all the deals I scored!  Here are the groceries I purchased:


And here’s the breakdown:

  • Sour Cream .60
  • Half & Half .53
  • 4 Packages Cream Cheese $5
  • Whip Cream (2/$4, less .50 coupon, doubled) $1
  • Shredded Cheese ($2.50, less .40 coupon, doubled) $1.70
  • Baisl $2.99
  • Celery .89
  • Sweet Potatoes .43/lb
  • Sausage Roll $2.50
  • 2 Cans Cranberry Sauce .73/ea
  • 4 Cans Green Beans .39/ea (after coupons)
  • Sweet Pickles ($1.40, less .50 coupon, doubled) .40
  • 12 Cans Chicken Broth .37/ea (after coupons)
  • Rolls (my father in laws favorite, since he will be here next week for Thanksgiving :)($2.69, less .50 coupon, doubled) $1.69
  • Domino Light Brown Sugar (.69, less .25 coupon, doubled) .19
  • Domino Confectioners Sugar (.69, less .25 coupon, doubled) .19
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mix .80
  • Betty Crocker Potaotes (.80, less .35 coupon, doubled) .10
  • 2 Uncle Bens Long Grain & Wild Rice (1.99, less .75 coupon) .62/ea
  • Chex Mix ($1.28, less .50 coupon, doubled) .28
  • Dixie Paper Plates ($1.50, less .70 coupon) .80

It is a beautiful day!


How To Cook A Turkey
November 19, 2008, 1:15 pm
Filed under: Preschool

Nick had his Turkey Feast at school yesterday and it was very cute and well done by the staff!  His teacher asked each of the students “How do you cook a turkey?”  She then complied all of their answers into a “cookbook” for each of the kids to take home!  It is super cute and I wanted to share Nick’s answer:

“We don’t eat turkey.  We just eat food like, well, pizza and red juice.  Well we eat ice cream for dessert.”

We had a great laugh at his answer!

Homemade Tortilla Experiment
November 8, 2008, 10:34 am
Filed under: Recipes

We go through a lot of tortillas around here!  It might be my craving of tex mex lately or that my friend, Angie, mentioned she went to Rosa’s last week, but I had been reading about making your own tortillas and the more I read the easier it sounded.  I decided to give it a try last night! 

Here’s the link to the recipe I used.  They were easy, a little time consuming, but easy.  After you mix the dough, you pull off 18 (I got 19) balls and shape them into small discs.


The secret to making the dough easier to roll out is to let these small discs sit, wrapped in plastic, for about 1 hour.  After that I rolled each disc flat.  This is probably my least favorite part and you have to get over the fact that you won’t be able to make a perfect circle.  I think non-perfect circle tortillas give it more character, don’t you think?


Next, it’s time to heat them up!  I  had to set my burner pretty hot, about 5.5 on my gas cooktop.  They cooked up beautifully!


The tortillas tasted wonderful and stayed really hot all stacked together!


They were easy to make and since you can freeze tortillas, you could make up a big batch all at once and have them stored in your freezer.  I think I might have just cut tortillas from our grocery list!

And the Winner is . . .
November 4, 2008, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Parenting


I thought it would be fun to hold our own election at home today, using an idea I saw in Family Fun magazine, I made ballots for our family to vote for what we will have for dinner tonight!  Our ballot had tacos, spaghetti, waffles and hot dogs as the choices.  We all placed our secret votes this morning and at lunch time today (there is no school here today) the boys and I counted the votes. Tacos had one vote, spaghetti had one vote and waffles had 2 votes!  So we will be enjoying waffles for dinner tonight while we wait for the nations election results.

A great shopping day at Kroger
November 3, 2008, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Kroger Deals

I have not been this excited about a Kroger ad in some time!  This week Kroger is having their $5 off 10 items mega event!  The idea is that you can mix and match any 10 participating items and receive an additional $5 off your total when you check out  (or an extra .50 per item) and you can do a max of 30 items in one transaction (i.e. $15 off one transaction).  There are lots of great items that will be good for the upcoming baking season and when combined with coupons they are a steal!  Here’s what I got and prices:

  • 3 Nestle Mosels $2.50×3=$7.50-$3 coupons-1.50 mega deal (md) = $3 ($1 each)
  • 2 Carnation Evaporated Milk $1×2=$2-1 coupons-1 md = FREE
  • 1 5lb. Domino Sugar $2.50-.70 coupons-.50 md = $1.30
  • 3 General Mills Cereal $2×3=$6-$1 coupon – 1.50 md = $3.50 ($1.17 each)
  • 3 Land O Lakes Butter $2.50×3=$7.50 – 1.35 coupons – 1.50md = $4.65 ($1.55 each)
  • 4 Hunt’s Diced Tomatos $1.50×4=6-1.60 coupons – 2 md = $2.40 (.60 each)
  • 3 Smucker’s Jelly $2.50×3=$7.50 – $1.25 coupons-1.50md = $4.75 ($1.58 each)
  • 3 Quaker Oats $1.50×3=4.50 – $3coupons – 1.50md = FREE
  • 4 Zatarains Rice Mix $1.50×4=$6-1.50 coupons – 2md = $2.50 (.63 each)
  • 2 Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatos $1.50×2=$3-1.40 coupons-1md = $.60 (.30 each)
  • 2 Hefty Storage Bags $1.50×2=3-1.10 coupons – 1md = .90 (.45 each)
  • Chicken Breast 1.99/lb (not part of the mega deal but a great price! $7.00

Total $62.50, less $16.90 coupons, less $15 in mega deal, plus $1.82 tax = $32.42 Out of Pocket! (67% savings)

I’m always surprised as I walk through the store and look at other people’s carts and realize that they have NO IDEA how much they could be saving! It amazes me that people don’t pay more attention to the ad deals . . . who doesn’t want to have this much fun while shopping?!?