To measure the goodness of life

To measure the goodness of life by its delights and pleasures and safety is to apply a false standard. The abundant life does not consist of a glut of luxury. It does not make itself content with commercially produced pleasure, the nightclub idea of what is a good time, mistaking it for joy and happiness. On the contrary, obedience to law, respect for others, mastery of self, joy in service--these constitute the abundant life.
Thomas S. Monson, "In Quest of the Abundant Life", Ensign, Mar. 1988, 2

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Low Carb Salad

1 head of lettuce, roughly chopped
3 fried bacon strips, chopped (5 Tb. of bacon bits)
1 cucumber, sliced
1/2 c. salted sunflower seeds (shelled)
Toss together!

Add you favorite vinagret (or ranch to keep it low carb). Surprisingly cheap and delicious!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Deals through the 13th

Meat Sale
99 cent/lb all chicken (whole, thighs, breasts)
$2.99/lb boneless beef rump or sirloin tip
$2.99-$3.99/lb. Deli sliced ham and turkey (go to Deli for fresh sliced, 1/2 the price of pre-packed name-brands, fresher too)
10 for $10 anthenos hummus, pepsi or 7up 2 liters,
2 for $4 neslte toll house chocolate morsels 10-12 oz bags
Droger flour, $1.79 5 lb

A Fresh Marketplace
$2.79/lb cross rib pot roasts
$1.59/lb sirloin chops
$1.49/lb split chicken breats
Paper COUPON 15 for $10 vitamin water, powerade, fuze
2 for $5 Guittard baking chocolate chips
99 cent candycanes

$1.99 lb lean ground chuck
$1.49/lb chicken breasts
2 for $3 clover clbu potato chips
79 cents Langer's apple cider (10 oz., $1.79 for 24 oz)
78 cent langer's frozen juice
79 cent mini and large marshmellow
79 cent WF white or wheat bread loaves
89 cent pineapple, canned (LOWER than case lot prices)
5 for $5 hunts marinara, WF gummies, WF stuffing, chef boyardee, roarita, kool-aid bursts, WF skillet meals, and picsweet frozen vegi (same at Lee's)
89 cent 3-pack dry active yeast
$1.99 Hershey's and Heath baking chocolate chips (! lowest)

Lee's (see previous listing)
lowest price for overall produce, esp. citrus

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Deals through Dec. 10th

Wintertime! Food in season: citrus, butter, cheese, meats, bread, and whole nuts.
For dates on seasonal items on sale on the calendar year, check out the 3 Month buying guide on the lower right hand corner. (Wait to buy hot cocoa when it's 50 cent a box, and not $1).
Great buys going on right now:
39 cent/lb navel oranges in bags (you select)
34 cent/lb navel oranges in boxes
99 cent/lb tangerines
33 cent/lb grapefruit
50 cent each avacado
50 cent each green pepper
39 cent/lb russet potato
99 cent/lb Roma tomatoes
10 for $10 WF sour cream, fruit snacks, pineapple (canned), WF pasta, jumbo refridgerated biscuits, stuffing mix, mini marshmellows, pasta skillet meal mixes, marshmellow cream, picsweet frozen vegetables, Hunt's marinara sauce (canned), Chef Boyardee pastas, Act II microwavable popcorn, Tropicana frozen orange juice concentrate
93 cents Langer's Frozen Juice Concentrate
59 cent WF diced tomatoes
$1.99 WF 32 oz corn syrup
BOGO FREE colgate toothpaste with store coupon
Milk: $1.79 gal.
Large eggs: $1.39

Macy's (through Tuesday the 6th)
99 cent/lb apples
49 cent/lb bananas
79 cent DaVinci pasta
69 cent WF pasta mixes (sides)
99 cent Holiday wrapping paper

89 cent/lb Broc. and Cauli
44 cent. yellow onion
10 for $10 Barilla pasta (whole wheat pastas, too), snackpack pudding cups 4pck, Kroger canned fruit, Twix, Snickers (same deal at A Fresh Marketplace too)
3 for $5 5lb flour
$1.89/4lb sugar
2 for $3 Langer's Apple Juice, 1/2 gal
99 cent Kroger Cream Cheese and Neufantzel Cheese
Eggs, large: 4 for $5 ($1.25)

A Fresh Marketplace
10lb for $10 apples and pears
4 for $5 powdered and brown sugar (case lot price)
10 for $10 mix and match deals (see Smith's)

Lower's Outlet, 700 South 200 West
Richmond, Utah 84333 (on the highway, on the eastern side, the outlet is the new red cabin addition to the huge Lower's Food factory). Monday-Friday, 10am to 6pm.
Lower's Outlet in Richmond is a great place to buy meats. They are a meat supplier for resturants and Deli's, meaning the have a wide selection of meals ready to go (just heat): pot roast, roast beef in a'ju sauce, pulled pork, and a great selection of pulled chicken (taco, lime, bbq, wood smoked) and deli meats that you can through into sandwiches, tacos, crepes, paninis all 1/2- to 1/4 the cost of grocery store prices. (20lb. chicken for $12, $2/lb pastrami that is usually $8/lb, etc.). Buy in bulk, bag meal sizes for your family, and freeze up to 12 months. Save hundreds of dollars a year!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Marshmellow Cream

Also Known As Mountain Peak Frosting and Royal Mountain Frosting,
This is cheap, easy, and impressive to most (who don't know the secret).

4 Egg whites
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 Tbl. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

1. In a small saucepan, dissolve and boil the water and sugar until you reach firm ball (abt. 250 F or until a sample of the syrup creates a firm ball in cold water).

2. While the syrup boils, whip the egg whites in a large bowl (I love Kitchen Aid Mixers with a whisk attachment, but you can do this with an electric beater as well) to a stiff peak.

3. On a high speed, whisk the syrup into the egg whites by pouring a thin stream into the bowl as you whisk. The heat will cook the eggs, and the high speed will ensure even cooking (no egg or candy clumps) and a glossy finish.

And walah! Marshmellow cream you can frost with or make fudge with or top pies with. Enjoy!

p.s. Some recipes add in 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar, or elaborate on the simply syrup to be 3/4 c. carol syrup (corn syrup) with 1/3c. water and 2/3 c sugar.

Butternut Squash

This gorgeous gourd is cheap, huge, and plentiful throughout the next two months.
This nutty flavor pairs well with apples, carrots, potatoes, and anything you'd put pumpkin in. To start out the (return of) fall, here's two recipes (variations) I made up this weekend.
We went to market yesterday and picked up a gourd for $1.75. We cut away the hard skin, quartered it, tossed it in olive oil, and roasted it at 350F for 1 hr (until fork tender). It warmed up our home and filled it with this cozy, nutty aroma. So worth it.

Saturday Dinner: Savory Butternut-Apple Bisque
A bisque is a hot, creamy soup that was blended.

1 Tb. butter
1 small onion
3 chopped carrots

Heat til dissolved (just before boiling):
2 cup. water
2 Tb. bouillon, chicken or vegi
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. sage, dried and powdered
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Place root vegetables and broth into blender and puree with:
8 oz butternut squash, roasted and chopped ( abt. 1/2 gourd, chunks the size of two closed fists or 1 -1 1/2 lbs)
1 granny smith apple, chopped
1 tsp. salt and black pepper

Serve hot with optional garnish or sides: sour cream, creme leche, chives, apples, wheat crackers and mozzarella (or any mild cheese), peas, butternut crostinis.
Store covered in fridge for 4 days.

Ginger Butternut-Chocolate Chip Muffins
(the lighter cousin to pumpkin-chocolate chip)
Mix thoroughly:
2 eggs
8 oz (1 lb) roasted butternut squash
1 1/2 cup white gran. sugar
2 Tb. vanilla
1 1/4 cup. canola oil ( or you can do half oil and half plain yogurt)
1 Tbl. ginger powder
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
Sift together and add gradually to sugar/butternut mix:
4 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder.
Whip till fluffy.
Fold in
4 oz (1 1/2 cup or half a bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pour into GREASED muffin tins, 3/4 full each cup. Bake until brown tips (abt. 8-12 min.) at 350F. Cool in pan. Enjoy!
*these are deliciously moist and will stay uncovered a few days on the counter top.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Plum Torte

Plums are in season! One the easiest (and cheapest) desserts to make is a plum torte. I baked this one this morning from the New York Times by Marian Burros. The caption read:

Because of reader demand, this recipe was published in one form or another in The New York Times almost every year between 1983 and 1995, when the then editor of the food section told me to tell my readers it was the last year it would be published, and if they lost it, it was too bad. She suggested they cut it out, laminate it, and put it on the refrigerator door.

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Plum Torte Cake!
This is one of my favorite fall favorites. If you don't have a spring form pan, oil and coat with sugar and cinnamon a loaf pan for plum torte cake. ohhh.

Oct. 5- Oct. 11

A Fresh Market Place
99 cent/lb New Crop Apples
$4 coupon for Dessert Deal: ice cream, brownies, and whipped topping for $4.
WF gran. white sugar 5 lbs. $2.99 with store coupon

69 cent/3pk active dry yeast (GREAT DEAL)
cho. chip $1.77/bag
4 for $5 brown and powdered sugar
$4.88 10 lb. white gran. sugar
2 for $3 large can pumpkin puree
4 for $5 sweetened condensed mile
99 cent: spary oil, pie crusts, Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mixes, swiss miss hot chocolate packs, coconut milk, marshmallow cream, betty crocker fruit snacks,

Aurgurson Farm's Gluten Free mixes and Lecithin Powder (see store add for details)

A Month of Easy Dinners -- RealSimple

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall Flavors

Below are some great (and easy) fall Recipes from Epicurious is a site compiled by restaurateurs and chefs as a cache site of recipes with ratings. It's free and it's a great resource to look up food combinations you already have under their search tab (example: chicken sage rice) with pictures, tips, and time frames.

Butternut Squash, Ricotta and Sage Crostini - a great lunch or appetizer
Pan Roasted Stilton Chicken with Apples - be sure you have a pan that you can sear and roast in, like a Calaphon pan, i.e. no plastic or wooden handles
Stuffed Rice Balls - Italian technique, fired rice-covered deliciousness
Rosemary Roasted Turkey with Gravy -- great with those whole chickens on sale


Deals Oct.3-8th

Cache Valley Farmer's Market, Merlin Olsen Sat. 9am-1pm
Appenzell Eggs: free range, pure and fresh eggs! Bring in your empty carton and get 25 cents off your carton. We buy the small or spotted eggs for $1.75. So good! They also have great prices on chicken (and soon to be turkey and rabbit).
Basil: $1/bag or $5 a grocery bag (pesto)
Tomatoes: $7/10 lbs.
Peaches: $2/bag
Watermelon/Cantaloupe: sometimes free... $1 melon
Onions: 4 for $1
Beets, carrots, chard: $1/bundle
Fresh Greens: $1-2 bag
Apples, pears: $1-3 bag (wide variety)
Pumpkins: $1-4 gourd
Squash: 5 for $1
Beans: $2/bag
...And don't forget Mary's gorgeous flowers! $3-$5 a bouquet (or state your budget and she'll make a bouquet for you).

Case Lots Sales are in Full swing!

WF Canned Beans, Corn, and Mixed Vegetables: 49 cent/can
SpagehettiO's 2 for $1
Western Family Pineapple 98 cent/can
WF 25 lb. Flour $7.49
WF 25 lb. White Granulated Sugar $12.99
WF Brown and Powdered Sugar 4 for $5
WF Table Salt 44 cent/canister
WF 20lb Rice $9.99
Dried Egg Mix or Powdered Eggs 36 oz. $12.99 (it's hard to find a good egg substitute for shelf stable items; this is the best out there -- and it's safe to eat raw, i.e. edible cookie dough and cake batter)
WF Canned Applesauce 59 cent/can
WF Canned Anaheim Chillies 2 for $1
80 oz. Clover Honey $10.99 (Be sure to check and see if it is 100% honey; it should last indefinitely, but will crystallize. If this happens, then simply heat the honey in a warm - not boiling- saucepan on low heat)
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks - buy 4 get a voucher for $4 off Paper Coupon(99 cent ea.)

58cent/lb. Broc. or Cauli (lowest price, can be Ziploc frozen for 18 mon.)
WF Mac&Cheese 39 cent/box
WF Frozen Vegi 16 ox 58 cent/bag (lowest price!)
$3.99 Purex Laundry Detergent (all machines incl. HE) 28 oz crystal/72 oz. liquid
*best bleach is still LA Totally Awesome Bleach for $1 at the Dollar Tree

A Fresh Market Place
99 cent: Kikoman Soy, Powdered Sugar (CHEAPEST PRICE OF THE SEASON), American Beauty Dried Pasta
$1.69 Dole Spinach Package
89 cent/lb. Valencia Oranges
49 cent/lb Yellow Onions
case lot sales will be announced Tuesday, Oct.4
99 cent 8oz cream cheese
88cent ShurSaving Whipped Topping 8oz tub
2 for $5 10lb. Idaho Potato Sacks
69 cent SurSaving Aluminum Foil
4 for $1 Onion Soup Mix
case lot sales will be announced Tuesday, Oct.4
99cent/lb Gala Apples
99 cent/lb chicken (thighs, breasts, or legs or whole chicken)
Kroger Butter 2 for $5 16oz boxes
$3.99 72 oz All laundry detergent
BOGO Free Holiday Card
BOGO 1/2 off all Board Games

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pumpkin Deliciousness

Ummm. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple cider. Warmth. Indoor Sunshine.
Ohhhh--- Fall is coming with all the Holiday splendor and good, good food.

FYI: Pumpkin
There was a freak frost last year and killed many consumer patches, rendering the canned pumpkin paste rare and at a skyrocketed price. The manufacturers are still recovering, so the prices are still a little too high. However, Cache was spared and you can purchase the pie pumpkins (aka sugar pumpkins, little pie pumpkins) for about $1/gourd. It's a little time consuming to process your own, but you'll save yourself money (half the store price) and ensure that your pumpkin is fresh and unaltered by weird fertilizers and pesticides.
It's pretty easy (and it'll warm up your home with the oven roasting the pumpkin shells). The best tutorial is from Pioneer Woman at
You can vacuum seal or Ziploc the puree and keep it for 18 months.

Some great recipes will be posted under the Recipe Page on the bottom right.

Deals through Oct. 4th -- Case Lot Sales!

Seasonal buys to be sure to cash in on: apples, pumpkins/large gourds, cheese, pears, tomatoes, basil, sage, carrots, beets, onions and garlic. The best place for pumpkins: Cache Valley Farmer's Market at Buba's Pumpkin Stand 50 cent - $4/pumpkin with an assortment of gourds (ghost, cinderella, baby bear, warty witch, etc.). Merlin Olsen Park, Sat. 9am - 1 pm.
Campbell's Spaghettio's 2 for $1
Langer's Apple Juice 4 for $5
Canned mushrooms: 58 cent/can
WF Table Salt 2 for $88
20 lb White Rice $9.99
15 lb Russet Potatoes: $2.50
WF Frozen vegi 58 cent/16oz. package
WF canned pineapple: 98 cent
WF frozen juice 4 for $5
Gala apples 98cent/lb
BOGO Twinkies (*one of the items discussed at the car kit seminar that will not deteriorate in the car)
2 lb. WF Cheese: $4.99/loaf
WF cream cheese 4 for $5 (do NOT freeze)
WF spice/seasoning mixes (taco, Hollandaise, ect.) 3 for $1
Cantaloupe 49 cent/lb
Dole salad mixes 3 for $5
Jalapeno Peppers 79 cent/lb
80ct baby wipes 88 cent
5 gal water jug $3.99
Iso. Alcohol 2 for $1
WF Bottle Water Case $2.99 (24 bottles)

A Fresh Market
99 cent: American Beauty Pasta, 8oz Geisha Mandarin oranges, WF Powder and Brown Sugar, Kikkoman Soy Sauce, WF pudding mix,
BOGO free 32oz Gatorade
BOGO free Twinkies
2 lb. WF Cheese: $4.99/loaf
Valencia Oranges 89 cent/lb
For additional coupons on-line that you can print, go to

Macy's -- One of Cache's top Case Lot Sellers
Broc. and Cauli 69 cent/lb
Bulk Carmel Cubes $1.49/lb
4 for $1 Generic Onion Soup Mix (great for soups, dips, and casseroles)
59 cent baking cups (cupcake)
99 cent coconut flakes
BOGO free Twinkies
2 lb. WF Cheese: $4.99/loaf
WF cream cheese 4 for $5 (do NOT freeze)
WF spice/seasoning mixes (taco, Hollandaise, ect.) 3 for $1
$7.99 29oz dried milk
39 cent/bundle green onion
79 cent/lb Roma Tomatoes
$1.99/gal car windshield wash refill

Chicken breasts, thighs, legs 99 cent/lb
$1.99 Keebler Cookie packs
Yogurt 10 for $6
$2.99/2 lb. loaf Kroger cheese
2 lbs $5 (2 boxes) Kroger Butter
2 for $5 CowPals String Cheese Packs
$4.99 Oscar Meyer Bacon
60%off Apparel Sale (off 7oo-800 north and Main)
For additional coupons and deals on-line, go to

Car Kit Seminar -- Great Sucess!

A special thank you to Adam and Sarah Zabriskie for joint-hosting the Car Kit Seminar on Tuesday. We appreciate all who took interest and supported this activity. Car Kits are such a relief in the event of a snowstorm, downpour, break down, heavy traffic/traffic accident and a great peace of mind for those long (and sometimes unexpected) road trips. The Zabriskies put together a list (below), and I drafted a guide for purchasing the items with tips on the best times and places to buy. If you want to purchase items this week, your best bet would be Macy's:
2pk jersey knit gloves 50 cent
48 count Black Forest gummies $6.99
Keeblers Variety Snack Pac (12 count large snack bags) for $1.99 with in store coupon (on display)
$5.99 Charmin toilet paper 12 pack
$1.50 Johnson's and Johnson's First Aid Kit
$6.99 backpack

Happy Shopping and Best of luck!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forget Not

The “what” and “how” of obedience marks the way, yes, and it keeps us on the right path. But the “why” of obedience sanctifies our actions, transforming the mundane into the majestic. It magnifies our small acts of obedience into holy acts of consecration.

—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Relief Society General Broadcast Address, Sept. 24, 2011.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

As Easy as Mac-n-Cheese

Don't have time for dinner? Tired of box-meals?
Try these two -- they are as simple as boiling pasta and stirring in some good stuff. They are the 15 min., one-pan wonders that help your busy day go a little smoother. Enjoy!

Creamy Penne with Green Vegetables
1 box (5 servings) of penne whole grain pasta
4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 package)
1 Tb. onion powder
1 Tb. garlic salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. table salt
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cup. chopped brocolli, peas, snowpeas, thin green beans, or asparagus (any combination you like)

In a large sauce pan, boil pasta in salted water (1/2 - 3/4 full). Place a colinder ontop of pan and steam your vegetables as the pasta cooks. In a seperate bowl, toss together parm. cheese, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Lift the vegetables from the steam when fork tender (aprox. 7 min.), drain pasta when al dente (aprox. 10 min.). Combine all ingredients in the hot pan, stirr/toss until all pasta is coated. Serve hot, approx. 6 servings. Store covered in fridge for 3 days. *** while the pasta and vegis cook, you can sautee chicken breasts for a heartier meal. The whole grain and peas (legume) make a complex protein, so this is filling by itself as well.

Pesto Pasta and Fresh Tomato with Mozzerella
3 cups rinsed basil leaves (1 sandwich bag full)
1/2 cup. olive oil
3 minced garlic cloves (1 1/2 Tb. garlic powder)
1/2 cup pine nuts (can substitute in almonds)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
Blend together until spread is smooth. Store for 1 week in fridge, covered/sealed; or freeze in ziplock bag for 6 months. *I love freezing it flat, so I can break off bits from the pesto sheet and toss into hot pasta for a quick meal or side.

1 box pasta
3 garden fresh medium tomatoes (any variety), diced
2 ounces diced mozzerella cheese
2 Tb pesto

Boil pasta until al dente. Combine all ingredients in hot pan and toss until pesto is evenly coated throughout the dish. Serve hot or cold. Serves 6. Store covered in fridge 3 days.

Great Local Buys! 17-24th

Farmer's Market (Saturday 24, Merlin Olsen, 9am-1pm, cash or check)
Tomatoes: 50 cent-$1 lb (heirloom, cherry, Roma, zebra)
Snowpeas: $1/bag
Green Beans and Wax Beans: $2/bag
Basil: $1/bag *****pesto****
Parsley, broadleaf: $1/bag
Sweet Carots: $1/bag
Cantaloupe: $1 melon
Pumpkins (!): $1-$3/gourd
Onions, shallots, garlic: $1-$2/bag

Broc. or Cauli: 69 cent/lb
Pineapple: 99 cent/lb
2 for $5 Keebler or Chips Ahoy Cookies
McCormick Grinders (pepper, salt, rubs): 2 for $3
Golden Grain Pasta Roni: 5 for $5
Barilla Pasta: 98cent/box
Acorn, Butternut, or Spaghetti Squash: 89cent/lb
Yellow Onions: 50 cent/lb
Bartlett Pears: 99 cent/lb

Smith's (two locations: off 400 n , off 700 n and Main)-- CaseLot Sale!
Del Monte Canned Fruit: 89cent/can (caselot price)
Kroger Canned Fruit: 79 cent/can
Libby's Canned Veg. (Corn, Beans, Peas): 50cent/can
10 for $1 Ramen
Kroger Cream Soup (great for casseroles, dips, soup) : 63 cent/can
Kroger Apple Juice: 4 for $5 (case for $10)
Quaker Rice Cake Minis: 10 for $10
Kroger Gummy Snacks and Toaster Treats: 10 for $10
Kroger 24 ounce Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream: $1.99
99 cent/lb Zuch. or Yellow Crook neck squash
Kroger Candy Corn 10 for $10
M&M's, Snickers Party Bag: 2 for $4

88 cent:applesauce and pudding cups 4pck, 2 packages of canister roll dough, Idahoan potato mix, Green Giant vegetables, Le Grand biscuit canisters, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper and Potato Helps mixes
$4 off COUPON when you purchase 8 General Mills products
68 cent/lb- Jalapeno peppers and Roma Tomatoes

A Fresh Market:
$4 off COUPON when you purchase 8 General Mills products
10 for $10 Red Peppers

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Snack Ideas!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Welcome to!

This site is full of information to help college families live comfortably on a set (small) budget. The main page will have a weekly buying guide for locals deals, as well featured tutorials for seasonal products or sale food. Use the page tabs on the lower right to find past tutorials on storing food, planning menus, cheap recipes, and emergency preparation information.

DIY Bottling (Fruit)

Fruit Havest!
September is the peak for orchard fruit harvesting in Cache Valley. Apricots have already come on, but you can still purchase them for less than the grocer in Perry, Brigham City, and at Cache Valley's Gardener's Markets (Merlin Olsen Park, 9am-1pm, and in Providence Square 3pm-6pm). Pears, peaches, grapes, and cherries are just coming in good prices. (I look for $20-$25 a basket for the fleshy fruit, and $1/lb for cherries and berries).

Before you bottle, inspect each jar for hairline cracks. The pressure and heat of sealing will crack or explode any unstable jar. Also, inspect your lids for any dents, smells, or uneven rubber seals. You rings should have no dents, rust, or discoloration as well. Wash and air dry your items, or steam sanitize them to avoid any food poisoning.

In a cold bath, rinse fruit thoroughly, half and pit, and place the fruit in the jars. (Pears and peaches should be skinned before cutting, a quick blanch loosens skin for ripe peaches and apricots, pears have to be peeled.) I leave my apricot skin on.
Push as many unblemished halves as you can into the jars; the heat of the sealing will soften and slightly cook the fruit, letting it float above the syrup so its important to place as much fruit as you can for tight fit for a more even preservation and less discoloration.

Over high heat, boil a simple sugar syrup until the sugar is dissolved. (For 7 qts or one batch, I had 8c white sugar and 16 c water). Some ladies to a 1:1 ratio for a heavy syrup. In a small saucepan, boil to sanitize the lids. In a bottling pot, fill 1/2 full with water and bring to a rapid boil. Trick: to avoid any glass from shattering in extreme temperature change, I fill a shallow pan with warm water next to the bottling pot and place the filled jars into it before I pour in the hot syrup.

Fill the jars with syrup (easier to dip a measuring cup with a spout into the syrup pan and pour over the fruit). Slid a butter knife or the end of a spoon along the side of the jar to wiggle any bubbles out of the pitted core, and top off the bottle with syrup. I fill the syrup up to the bottom ring of the lid-- Do NOT fill to the lip of the bottle. Syrup will boil and seep under the lid and prevent the bottle from sealing; so a little air gap is the goal.
After pouring the syrup, take a clean, damp rag and wipe clean the top of the bottle where the lid will be placed. If there is even a crystal of sugar, the lid will not seal, so it is the most important step in bottling. CLEAN, clean, clean! The lip will air dry within 30 sec.
Place the sanitized, hot lid on top of the glass bottle, then carefully screw on the lid without tipping the bottle (keep it the bottle level throughout the remaining steps to avoid breaking the dry rubber seal with the syrup).
Place all bottles in the rack and gently lower into the boiling water. Submerge the bottles in a rapid boil for 30 min.

After the boiling, gently take the bottles out of the water bath (without tipping) and place on a toweled table to cool. Trick: I place a towel over them as well to prevent a breeze from cracking the bottles and to prevent uneven cooling. After an hour, they should be cooled to the touch. Check your seal by pressing on the lids. They should be tight and firm; you'll know if they didn't seal if they make a metal popping sound (like a musical saw being flexed).

These should be good up to five years, but I rotate through mine every two years. So, last year I did peaches, pears, and beans; this year I'm still eating those and will make apricots, beats, and pickles. A special thanks to my Momma Lisa and sister, Courtney who team up with me on these bottling nights! Girl chat makes everything seem so much better. :)
My hats off to those pioneer women who did this on their own with two burners, inside, year after year!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

three-cheese basil stuffed tomatoes

In honor of the approaching tomato season on the Rockies...

In Smith's, Lee's, and Macey's you can purchase Gossner's economy cuts of cheese for a dollar or two less than their shelf packaged items (these are usually the end pieces of loafs or mis-cuts found in discount bins). This is great for cheese you're planning on slicing or shredding, like white jack, pepper jack, munster, mozzarella, and Cheddars.
Purchasing tip: if you don't mind grating, buy the Parmesan and asiago cheese by the wedge. You'll most likely get 2-3 times the amount of cheese for the same price.

3-cheese and basil stuffing, 10 min. prep., 20 min. roast, serves 6
1 1/2 cup. ricotta (or about half a container)
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1/2 c. grated Parmesan
1 c. diced white (or yellow) onion
1 Tb. garlic salt
1 Tb. diced fresh parsley
2 Tb. diced fresh basil
1/2 Tb. salt and ground black pepper
3 eggs
Fork mash thoroughly to ensure an even spread of egg.

Slice off the stem end of 12 Roma Tomatoes, and spoon (core) out the seeds, juice, and ribbing. Be careful not to puncture the tomato sides.
Pour 2 Tb. olive oil into a glass pan and roll the tomato skins in oil to coat, coating the pan as you go. Stuff the tomatoes and set on side (or if you can, stand them on their blossom ends with the cheese facing up, side by side to fill the dish).
Bake at 350 F for 20 min. COVERED, or until the skins are roasted and start to peel away from the tomato flesh and the cheese is bubbling or golden brown.

Serve 2-3 tomatoes on a bed or salted or pesto pasta, or with marinara and long pasta with a green salad. Enjoy!

Through the 16th

What's great for Farmer's Market:
4 for $1 Summer Squashes
$2 free-range eggs (doz.)
$1/bundle fresh herbs (basil, chives, sage, rosemary, cilantro, parsley, marjoram, dill)
$1/bundle beets, green beans, pea pods, scallions, onions, and bags of lettuce/arugula mixes
25cent ea. the BEST honey-salted carmels EVER (Bees Brothers)
soon to come: tomatoes, basil, watermelon, gourds

Case Lot Sales!
now through September (when there are the BIG ones)

2 for $1 canned corn, beans, chilies, soups, and apple sauce
88 cent canned fruit (lowest price for pineapple in Utah)
69 cent sweetened condensed milk, canned
39 cent tomato paste
$2.99 5 gal water jug -- lowest price of the year
$1.79 caro syrup
4 for $5 brown and powdered sugar, wf frozen concentrated juice

10 for $10 Hamburger (tuna and chicken) Helper, Knoll's side helpers in rice and pasta
Mountain Dairy Mile $2.49/gal
99cent/lb green grapes
COUPON: $5 off when you buy 10 General Mills Items (Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Fiber One, Reese's, Trix, Nature Valley, Youplait, Phillbury)
2 for $1 wf sandwich meat
99 cent/lb lettuce green and red leaf

99 cent WF loaf, white and wheat
79 cent/lb cauli and broc. -- one of the BEST years for flowerts! (snip and freeze in zip locks-- better than store bought frozen for soups, stir-fries, and casseroles in the fall and winter)
99 cent/ea WF steam-its frozen vegis
99 cent/lb Bartlett pears
79 cent/lb Roma tomatoes *** see our recipe of the week
59 cent/lb yellow onions
8 for $1 limes

A Fresh Market place
69 cent/lb Roma Tomatoes
COUPON: $5 off when you buy 10 General Mills Items (Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Fiber One, Reese's, Trix, Nature Valley, Youplait, Phillbury)
2 for $1 canned tomatoes, wf lunch meats, green peppers
89 cent/lb oranges

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Case Lot is ON!

This is the perfect time to stock up on food storage, re-vamp (or create) your 72 hr kits, and start saving money during the fall and winter on food.

2.99 5 gal water jug
59 cent 16 oz frozen vegi
79 cent conc. frozen lemonade
2 for $1 water chestnut
$2.99 24 oz Greek yogurt
98 cent/ lb cluster, vine tomato
79 cent/lb broccoli
2 for $1 green pepper
99 cent 29 oz pear or peaches
35 cent wf mac and cheese
10 cent Nissan Ramen
88 cent canned pineapple
$12.99 25 lb white gran. sugar
$7.99 25 lb wheat or white flour
$15/12 ($1.25/bag) 32 oz brown or powder sugar
79 cent betty crocker brownie and muffin mix
89 cent wf cake mix
2 for $1 salt, 26oz canister
$4.99 12 pk charmin toilet paper MINUS 25 cent off pandg brandsaver coupon
69 cent. gain dish soap

48 cent BIC pens plus P&G BIC coupon -- FREE
88 cent/lb tomatoes
67 cent/lb broccoli
69 cent/lb romaine, butter, green or red leaf lettuce
69 cent/lb yellow onions
$1.69/pkg Dole salad kis
8 for $1 limes
89 cent/lb zucchini

Smith's ---- Open House Saturday Aug 6 noon-5pm -- LOADS of give aways and samples. Come early!
$4.79 12"x15" dry erase message and calendar boards
2 for $1 school supplies: erasers, sharpeners, pencils, scissors
$1 school supplies: rulers, boxes, folders, dividers
99 cent/lb peaches
4 for $10 coke 12 pck
49 cent/lb yellow onion
10 for $10: progresso soup, hamburger helper, liter pepsi soda, knorr rice or pastas sides,
2 for $4 betty crocker snacks/granola/rollups

A Fresh Market Place
99 cent/lb grapes
4.99 tide store COUPON plus P&G coupon $1 off
2 for $5 ice cream half gal. store COUPON
$3.99 black forest giant gummy pack store Coupon
59 cent: frozen vegi, apple sauce can, whole chilies canned, chunk light tuna
$1: chili, pineapple can
2 for $1 wf diced tomato, wf soup, wf water chestnuts, table salt, iso. alcohol (rubbing)
79 cent: wf fruit can, chunck white chicken
**Macey's and A Fresh market both carry Associated Food Products, so many of their sales will be the same.

Family Dollar
$5 3pk clorax wipes
$5 /5 school supplies: scissors, paper, pencils, pens, boxes, etc.
$5 /5 chowmein, souper meals, boyardee cans, lance snack pack cookies and crackers (72 hr kts)

BOGO Free 9.99 backpacks (72 hr kits, car kits, school)
11 cent Wexford folders, 2 pocket with prongs
10 for $10 cereal, cookies, crackers, candy (72 hr kits) FREE when using PG brand saver coupons for Pringles
Store Coupon -- 99 cent BIC pens or pencils MINUS $1 Smart Source BIC pen coupon FREE
Store coupon - $10 off PLUS P&G $10 off -- FREE Crest Whitening Strips

$1.99-$99 hand sanitizer FREE with $1 Smart Source Coupon

Sunday, July 31, 2011

SOLUTION! The Kitchn (not misspelled)
Heat dome, heat wave, heat attack — we don't care what you call it — it is just way too hot! Has cooking become a challenge for you? An effort? We'd like to help. Yes, the heat has wrapped its sticky fingers around us, but food can be a relief as well as a chore in the heat. Here are 22 recipes that all offer nourishment and deliciousness, and that will cool you down, too.

some of our own:
Avocado Sandwich
1 pita
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/2 tomato, sliced
1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and whole
1 Tb Ranch dressing

Cut the pita open, spread with Ranch, and stuff with avocado, tomato and spinach.

Panini Rosa

Salsa Rosa
2 tb mayo
2 tb tomato paste
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
whisk together and store covered, refrigerated, 3 weeks

2 slices of thick artisan or whole wheat bread, spread with Salsa Rosa
1 slice of mozzarella
1 slice of deli ham
1 paper thin slice of raw onion
1 Tb bacon, chopped

Dip outer sandwich sides in olive oil and press (panini, or stove grill) until golden brown, approx. 3 min. Great with green leaf salads, chips, or cold soup.

Friday, July 29, 2011

BEST Mexi Place in Logan

Fresh. Cheap. Clean.

Chispita Bakery

Panaderia Mexicana

41 W 1000 N
Logan, UT 84341
Phone: (435) 755-6853
Their fruit empinatas are okay, but their TACOS are to die for. Fresh, hot meat on new corn tortillas with the real Mexican salsa on the side and a squirt of Lime -- oooooh. You can get 4 tacos, a soda, and an empinata with complimentary chips and salsa for under $5. You'll forget you're in the Rockies with the World Cup airing in Spanish, blaring music of muchachas, and the front grocer full of paper candies, Mexi magazines, Mary Candles, and glove less food handlers. Viva La Mexico!
The decor could use a little work, but at least the sombreros are authentic. :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Coupons and more!

Like to print coupons off at home? Check out, it generates the local coupons on line that are valid and can compound with sales already going on (like a $1 kraft cheese, added onto a store sale that is $2 off, for a total of $3 off).

Friday, July 22, 2011

Salmon Cakes with Lemon Vinaigrette

Easy. Serves 4.

2 cans. salmon (or tuna, but not both)
2 slices of stale bread
2 eggs
1/4 c. chopped yellow, purple, or white onion
1/8 c. chopped chives or green onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Mix together with a fork and spoon in patties on med. high skillet of canola oil (1/2 c.). Turn once when edges are golden brown. Be careful the heat isn't too high; they're proned to burning. Serve immediately with drizzled vinaigrette over on a bed of salad greens, with steamed potatoes or green beans, or with corn on the cob. Delish!

1/2 juiced lemon
1 c. Olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Whisk together before serving. Stores covered at room temperature for 3 months (no direct sunlight or extreme temperatures).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Great Summer Recipes

Check out this blog for easy summer recipes of fresh and easy meals at
"Never Trust a Skinny Cook" By Stephanie Graham

Friday, July 15, 2011

What to make for dinner....

I apologize that i haven't been posting as frequently as I usually do. We're back in town and fully functioning again so,
Here we go!

Light Marinara with Tri-Color Tortillini, 15 min., serves 6
Requires 1 frying pan, 1 sauce pan, 1 blender
In a med.-large frying pan, sautee the following in 1 Tb. butter until auromatic and golden:
1/2 onion (purple, white, or yellow), peeled and sliced
1 pepper (half red and half green), cored and diced
1 tomato, seeded/squeezed and cubed

In a med. boiling pot, toss in hot salted water and
2 carrots, peeled and diced.
Boil for 30 sec. until tender on the outside

Screen out carrots (save the water!) and toss in a blender. Continue to boil the water for your
2 Packages of Tir-Color Tortillini, Cheese Filled (frozen food section of Lee's, 2 for $3). Boil and stir occassionally (while you blend in the next step), the pasta will be done when it floats. (2 min.)

Toss the carrots and sauteed mix into the blender. Add
1Tb. vegetable boulllian dissolved in 1/2 c. boiled water (From the tortillini)
1 small can of tomato paste
1/2 Tb. garlic powder
1 Tb. fresh basil, oregano, parsley, thyme (1tsp. dried)

Blend until disired conststnacy (we like ours a little chunky). Est. 30 sec.

Drain pasta and pour in marinara. Serve Immediately.
Great with vinegar oil and bread, green lettuce salads, fresh fruit, and sparkling drinks.

Monday, June 20, 2011

BOGO free doritos coupon (link)
$5 Breakfast deal: pancake mix, orange juice, syrup, frozen hash browns/crinkles, large eggs
77 cent/ lb roma tomatoe
$1.69 Dole Salad
79 cent/bunch red leaf lettuce
89 cent/lb jonagold or braeburn apples

A Fresh Marketplace
4 for $1 white corn
99 cent canister pringles
4 for $1 kiwi
79 cent/lb pineapple
39 cent/lb melon

20 cent/lb seedless watermelon
99 cent large eggs
59 cent/lb cantelope
10 for $10 mini peeled carrot packages

99 cent 250 ct papger napkins

Friday, June 3, 2011

Deals this week

Download coupons onto your card for extra savings. For example:
Quilted Northern is on sale for $5.99; get an extra $2 off with a digital coupon on your card.
4oz or larger Crest pro-health or sensitivity $1.50 off (think of travel size free)
50 cent off Dawn plus dish soap
$2 off pearl tampax
$1 off Tide to go products

Mangos: 89 cent ea
69 cent/lb cantaloupe
99cent/lb Roman tomatoes
2 for $5 blueberry cartons (6oz)
2 for $3 strawberries (1lb)
Phily cream cheese 2 for $3, extra $1 off with digital coupon
99 cent/lb zucchini and yellow squash
10 for $10 Lay's stax or plain chips
10 for $10 Knorr sides plus digital coupon 25 cents off
10 for $10 Don julio chips or tortillas

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Best price for prepared meats year-round:

Lower's Food
Richmond, Utah (about 15min. north of Logan)
700 South 200 West
Richmond, Utah 84333

Packages of pastrami for $2
Prepared Roasts, ribs, and other main meat courses under $10
Closed Sundays

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cache Valley Farmer's Market!

Every Saturday at the Merlin Olsen Park (in the Island)
from 9am to 1pm.


300 East CenterLogan, UT 84321

What's great to buy?
LOTS of seedlings and young plants
Spring greens, lettuce and spinach, bread, honey, EGGS (free range=fresh and delicious), rabbit, fish and cute art/crafts.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Children's Day at the Farmer's Market--- bands, face paint, candy, games, in-prompto parades...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For your mini gardens

88 cent promo annual flower plants
5 for $10 assorted vegetables (40%-60% off)

99 cent geraniums
99 cent assorted vegi starts
$9.99 premium potting soil, 1.5 cu ft
$14.99 grow box mix 2.2 cu ft
$6.99 Garden and planting mix, 1.5 cu ft

CAL Ranch
$2.79 tomato and pepper plants

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Eggs will be a great low price this week. So, here's some ideas:
3 hrs before dinner, make a quick and easy pie crust:
1 c. shortening/lard
2 c. four
1 Tb. salt
(can add Parmesan or savory herbs into the pie crust as well).
Roll out and lay in a deep dish pie/quiche pan and fork vent holes for steam. Refrigerate for a few hours. (The cold fat/oil in a hot oven will keep the the flour layers, resulting in a flaky crust)
For the filling, about 1 hr before dinner:
Separate 6 eggs (keep yokes in a small bowl, and whites in a large bowl)
1.For yoke mixture, beat together:
6 yokes
1 tsp garlic
3 Tbs Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
2.Whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form.
3. Fold in yoke mixture into the egg whites
4. In a greased pan (or skillet), layer in egg mixture with leftovers (whatever you like: ham, cheese, onions, peppers, asparagus, spinach, etc.).
5. Bake in 35 min. at 350 F. (or until golden and eggs are done in the middle).

Deviled Eggs
Hard boil eggs (place 6 eggs in warm water, bring to a boil for 15 min.; place immediately in cold water to stop the cooking; crack and peel; slice in half; spoon out yoke into a bowl; make yoke and pipe it (or spoon it) back into the egg white --- good for 2 days refrigerated)
Salty and Savory:
6 hard boiled yokes
3 Tb mayo
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp spicy brown mustard ( a "squirt")
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Sweet and Savory:
6 hard boiled yokes
3 Tb mayo
1 Tb sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp yellow mustard ( a "squirt")
1/2 tsp paprika

6 hard boiled yokes
3 Tb mayo
1 Tb garam masala
1 Tb curry
2 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Great Purchase!

SixStar Outlet (off 14th; sort of by the old Ruby Tuesday) is going out of business and is selling their 10 ounce spices for 88cents. Go soon!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Deals

shout out: A Fresh Market
$1.48 lb spiral sliced hams
69 cent lb pineapple
5 for $5 stove top stuffing
2 for $5 butter
77cent 1lb frozen pease or corn
88cent pineapple (cheaper than case lot prices!)

$1.49 lb OhSe Spiral Sliced Half Ham, Bone-in
$1.49 lb Cook's Butt Portion Ham
$1.99 lb Cook's Spiral Sliced Half Ham, Bone-in
$1.29 lb Cook's Shank Portion Ham
99cent lb Broccoli or Cauli
99 cent lb Jewel Yams
2 for $3 Strawberries, 1 lb
$2.99 Strawberries, 2 lb
$1.99 lb Smith's Boneless/skinless breasts or thighs
***Get a Smith's $5 gift card when you purchase 4 General Mills Cereal for $10
2 for $5 butter
4 for $5 Smith's Large Eggs
10 for $10 Smith's Pineapple
2 for $5 Nature's Pride Bread

A Fresh Market
$1.48 lb spiral sliced hams
69 cent lb pineapple
5 for $5 stove top stuffing
2 for $5 butter
77cent 1lb frozen pease or corn
88cent pineapple (cheaper than case lot prices!)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Deals through April 19th!

Remember: Case Lot Swap is THIS Saturday, at the MASA Classroom (Aggie Village) 11am-1pm.

Shout Out: Smith's
$2.99 24oz Greek Yogurt
$1.99 16oz butter (salted or unsalted)
$0.99 Smith's Eggs
$0.99 Brown or Powdered sugar
10 for $10 Jello pudding, gelatin
10 for $10 Duncan Hines Cake mix or frosting tub
10 for $10 2 liter soda
10lbs for $10 apples
$0.99 red seedless grapes
$0.99 cool whip
10 for $10 Barilla Pasta
10 for $10 Kroger or Green Giant frozen vegetables
$.88 red bell peppers
$1.99 lb green beans or Brussel sprouts

A Fresh Market Place
COUPON $1.99 Guittard Baking (Chocolate) Chips
COUPON 2 for $3 Cran- Juice 64 oz.
COUPON 4 for $4 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks (fruit by the foot, gushers, etc.)
COUPON 79cent Pillsbury cake
COUPON 3 for $5 Capri Sun
5 for $5 Rice a Roni, Easy Sides pasta mixes, Idahoan mashed potatoes mix, American Beauty Pasta, Snack Pack, Propel, or Gatorade
$1.99 shredded Coconut
89cent broccoli or cauli
99cent head of butter, romaine, green or red leaf Lettuce
2 for $1 radishes or green onions

2 for $3 1lb. strawberries
88cent Whipped Topping

COUPON 99cent BBQ Sauces, ketchup, black olives, Oscar Mayer Franks, or sliced cheese
COUPON 79 cent mustard
2 for $3 1ob. strawberries
99cent whipped topping, Betty Crocker cake mixes, jello boxes, snack pack jello
2 for $1 radishes or green onions
69 cent mangoes
89 cent tangelos

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lowest Price on Strawberries!

April 11 -- $4.99 for 4lbs. of strawberries at Lee's.
You can make easy freezer jam, old-school jam, top 'n slice to freeze, and enjoy their bounty on all your favorite breakfast bake goods and Easter desserts. Enjoy! (and head over fast)

How to Freeze Store Strawberries:
1. Discard any discolored/old berries.
2. Rinse in cold water.

3. Top berries (remove stem)
4. Slice. Note:you can freeze whole, it's just that they take a long time to thaw and any berry thawed will not be as firm as fresh, so you rarely used them whole if you freeze them. Besides, have you tried to cut a thawed berry? No bueno.)
5. Store in an airtight container, like a zip-lock bag, and be sure to date it! Berries can last up to 2 years.
TIP: When you freeze them, be sure to lay them flat; they'll thaw faster and make it easier to stack or stand up for max. freezer space and organization.

Enjoy those strawberry rhubarb pies next January!