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

Thursday, March 31, 2011

CASE LOT SALES! and then some...

Please note, that in many stores (not all) you can get the same great price without buying an entire case. HOWEVER, if you do purchase a whole case, then keep what you'd like and swap out the rest at the Case Lot Swap on April 16th 11am-1pm in the MASA classroom at Aggie Village.

Shout Out: Macey's
$11.28 case of Libby's Vegetables (47 cents ea)
$11.99 case of tomatoes (50 cents ea)
$13.68 case of beans (57 cent ea)
$13.92 case of mac and cheese (29 cents ea)
$9.24 case of brownies or cake mix
77cent ketchup
$12.99 25lb granulated sugar
$4.49 5 gal pails with lids -- or -- water jugs
$14.16 cream of chicken or mushroom or celery soup (59 cent ea)
$7.99 25 lb flour
$15 case of powdered or brown sugar ($1.20 ea)
$10.56 green Anaheim chillies (44 cent ea)
$7.99 20 lb white rice
$10.99 20lb brown rice
$5.99 canister of creamy wheat cereal
$6.49 butter powder canister
$6.99 freeze dried berries canister
$2.49 dehydrated chopped onions
$11.76 case of soup (49 cent ea)
$11.92 case of apple juice ($1.49 ea)
--other great deals--
$1.49 lb Honey Suckle White Bone-In Frozen Turkey Breast
$1.49 lb Asparagus
$2.99 Framland bacon
88 cent Don Julio Tortilla
79 cent Don Julio Tortilla chips
2 for $4 mushrooms
50 ea green onion bundles
69 cent/lb red onion
50 cent Isopropyl Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide
88 cent Aim toothpaste
99 cent 250 ct paper napkins

A Fresh Market Place
---Case lot---
$10.56 case of chilies, waterchestnuts, mandarin orages, and mushrooms (44 cent ea)
$12 case of Libby's vegi, beans and tomatoes (50 cent ea)
88 cent shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, or conditioners (Wester Family)
79 cent hotdogs
69 cent frozen vegi
60 cent for cream soup, apple sauce, soup, and refried beans
--other good deals--
2 for $4 strawberries
10 for $10 Dole lettuce or spinach selection bags
$1.79/lb spiral cut ham
99 cent lettuce
2 for $4 3 lb. bag or red or yellow onions
50 cent green onion bundles
2 for $4 mushrooms

--Case Lots Sale---
$5.76 case of Libby's Vegetables (48 cents ea)
$11.99 case of tomatoes or beans (50 cents ea)
$13.92 case of mac and cheese (29 cents ea)
$10.68 case of brownies or cake mix
$10.99/20lb Botan rice (51 cents lb)
$12/case of 5lb flour ($1.50 each 5 lb bag)
-- other good deals--
$1.99 10lb Kroger Russet Potatoes
99cent seedless grapes
$1.89 Kroger boneless, skinless chicken breasts
98cent Kroger frozen vegi
98 cent kroger sour cream
$3.88 Land O' Frost lunch meats
$2.98 Land O Lakes butter

$1.49 lb. Asparagus
2 for $4 Strawberries
99cent red, green, or Romaine lettuce

Monday, March 28, 2011

Asparagus--LAST WEEK (ends April 10)

Asparagus is still in season! How do you cook it/store it?
Asparagus is a shoot, so go for the thin and tender ones: they have a more sweet, earthy flavor and are a lot easier to chew. Be sure to rinse the clay/dirt off, or "swish" in a full sink of cool water. The tips of asparagus should be dark and supple, while the stalk closest to the root should be white and hard. You can spend a lot of time cutting the white stalk off --or---simply bend the the stalk and it will naturally break off where it transitions into a hard core.
1. Rinse.

2. Snap off the hard stalk (can be done in bulk too).
3. Store in a zip-lock to ensure as little air as possible is with the shoots. You can freeze them in a zip-lock for 18 months. Be sure to label and date!

To cook them, simply steam them until they are "fork tender" (easy to pierce, but still a vibrant green). Or you can pan sear or grill them in 2 Tb. Olive oil and 1 tsp. lemon juice with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat in a flat row so they aren't stacked on each other, turning once for a cook time of 3-5 min. each side. They're a great side to ANY meat course.
NOTE: if you grill them on a grill rack (and not a grill plate or pan), you can thread two parallel skewers through five side-by-side for easy turning with the assurance that none will fall through the grill slots.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Case lot Swap!

Saturday, April 16 11am-1pm, MASA classroom @Aggie Village

Bring your extra goods from the spring case lot sales that are going on now at Lee's, Macey's, and Smith's Grocery. For each item brought, you will receive a voucher based on its monetary value that can be used to “purchase” other food storage items such as canned vegetables, fruit, pasta, rice, and baking goods.

All expiration dates must be through October 2011. No home bottled goods, please.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

...or if you crave meat

Fresh & Hearty!

Use those tuna/salmon/crab cans and/or packets...
seriously people.
Just to draw your attention to the lower right: the newly organized pages. This beauty (recipe) is from the shelf stable recipes. We will continually be updating that page!

Salmon Cakes
Makes 6 2-oz. patties

1-5oz can of pink or red salmon (can be interchanged with tuna or chicken)
2 oz. Mayonnaise
½ c. Breadcrumbs or 4-5 slices of fresh bread torn into very small pieces
1 egg
1 tsp celery powder (¼ c. Celery fine diced)
1/8 c. of dried onion, reconstituted (¼ c. Onion fine diced)
2 tsp. Ground mustard
Salt and Pepper

¼ c.Flour
¼ c.Cornmeal
1 tsp. Chili powder

-Mix all ingredients except for flour, cornmeal and chili powder and check for taste (add salt and pepper if needed). Form into patties about 2-3 oz. (a little bigger than a golf ball, then flattened slightly),

Roll lightly in mixture of flour ,cornmeal and chili powder and either bake at 3500 for 12 to 15 min or pan fry on medium heat until golden brown. Then serve.

This is great with a spinach and arugala salad, steamed asparagus or beans, or with roasted potatoes.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fabulous Chicken Noodle Soup

Use those pastas and frozen vegi you just bought!
This is a great chicken noodle soup recipe--herbal, low fat, and oh-so delicious. Besides, walking out of the dreary rain into a home full of this aroma will lift anyone's spirits. It's good for colds, too.
"Cold Killer" Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 8; 10 min. prep./20 min. cook
In a large soup pot, carmel/brown:
2 ribs of celery, diced
*2 carrots, peeled and diced (if fresh)
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 Tb. olive oil

Turn down heat and add:
2 qt. Water
4 chicken or vegi bouillon, crushed
1 Tbl. crushed rosemary
1 Tbl. dried thyme
1 Tbl. dried Basil
1 Tbl. dried Oregano
1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
4 skinless, boneless chicken Breasts diced
(you'll boil the meat to cook it more tender, but you could also use cooked meat as well)
*3 c. frozen vegi of your choice (peas, carrots, etc.)
3 c. short pasta

Simmer until pasta is al dente (abt 15 min.).
Excellent with fresh bread, crackers, and cheese.

Deals through 29th

Shout Out: Macey's "Frozen Food Month"
88 cent Pictsweet Veggies **available with coupon at A Fresh Market Place
88 cent Langer's Frozen Juice**available with coupon at A Fresh Market Place
$1.99 Pace Juice Bars (12 ct.)**available with coupon at A Fresh Market Place
$1.69 Strawberries
79cent flower, herb and vegi seed packets
99cent Western Family Fruit snacks
99cent Great Granis Bread (24oz.)
10 for $10 Hormel 5 oz. lean ham or turkey
$10 68 oz. Pompei EV Olive Oil
$1.99 lb pork chops and pork roast

Shout Out: A Fresh Market Place (coupons, mailers)
5 for $5 American Beauty Pasta
5 for $5 Ragu Pasta sause
5 for $5 western family frozen orange juice
99cent/lb. broccoli and cauliflower

Shout Out: Smith's
5 for $5 Kroger frozen vegi
5 for $5 Kroger Neufchatel and Cream Cheese
5 for $5 Kroger Sour Cream
5 for $5 Smith's buns and sandwich bread
5 for $5 Kroger Fruit Snacks
99cent/lb chicken thighs, drumsticks, or twin pack of whole chickens
2 bunches for $1 green onions

IFA Spring Sale 23-29

IFA Country Stores (Logan, Hyde Park)
99cent seed starter growing pots (just add water)
$5.99-$8.99 Seedling kits
$2.99 for 10lb soil

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

20 Budget Friendly Recipes

Courtesy of Real Simple Magazine

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kiwi-mango-strawberry Tart

What's on sale:
Strawberries, mangoes, kiwis, lemons

How to use them:

Shortbread Tart
Mix well:
1/2 c. shortening
2 c. flour
3/4 c sugar
1 Tb. vanilla extract
1 rind of lemon (set aside the fruit to be juiced later)

Add 1 tsp at a time milk until the dough scrapes clean from the sides and gathers around the paddle/beater into one ball.
Press into a tart pan, or the bottom of a 9x13 pan, or the bottom of a pie plate. Fork for steam vents. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min. or until it is lightly golden around the edges and firm in the middle. Set on rack, in pan, to cool.

While Almond Frosting
Whip together:
1 c. shortening
1 Tb. almond extract
Mix in alternately:
1/3 lb. powdered sugar (1 c. at a time)
2 Tb. water (1 Tb. at a time)
Whip till fluffy. Refrigerate covered for 30 days.

Toss together:
2 firm-ripe kiwis, peeled and diced
1 firm-ripe mango, peeled and diced (do NOT eat core. cut away from the stiff core)
5-6 ripe strawberries, sliced
2 Tb (1 lemon) juice
Refrigerate covered for 3 days.

Lightly frost shortbread with the frosting and generously top with fruit. Enjoy!

Beat the Diet Fatigue

Fresh. Eat fresh.
Here's a quiz: What is affordable, filling, vegetarian, flavorful, and honors the Italian flag?
J Bear's Lasagna. Time: 75 min. Serves: 4

You'll need:
one box (10 noodles) lasagna pasta
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
2 Tb. olive oil
1/2 tsp dried basil (1 tsp minced fresh)
1 tsp dried oregano (2 tsp minced fresh)
1/2 tsp dried garlic (1 minced clove)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
Cheese Mixture:
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan
1 c. ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp. garlic (1 minced clove)
1 Tb. dried parsley (4 fresh sprigs minced)
1 Tb. basil (2 Tb. minced fresh)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 cups chopped spinach
2 Tb. finely minced onion

Boil pasta in salted water until al dente (abt 15 min.).
While pasta is boiling, (Red) caramelize chopped onion in olive oil (abt 5 min., stir occasionally).
In a mixing bowl, (White) mix together all of the cheese mixture. The ricotta and eggs should add plenty of moisture to form a paste-like texture that is spreadable, but stiff.
Return to sauteed onions, turn heat to med. -low and add the remaining marinara ingredients. Simmer for 5 min. (no boiling) and then drain liquid (tomato juice). Do not return to heat.
Drain pasta and remove from heat.
In an oiled 8x8 glass pan, layer pasta- red sauce-pasta-white mix-pasta-red sauce, etc. until you run out of ingredients; you should have 4-5 layers.
Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 40 min. or until a slight bubble/golden edges with melted cheese.

Top with shredded mozzarella, basil, spinach, or marinara.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Awesome -- and FREE!

- March 19, 2011, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. -
- Greenville Elementary, 2450 N 400 E, North Logan, UT -

There will be new displays and access to new ideas of how to be prepared. Displays will include useful items, such as: a volcano cooker; a generator that uses propane or natural gas; lights powered by solar energy; and examples of how to use your food storage with free food samples made from food storage items; survival essentials including food, clothing, water and waste management, protective gear, and much more. Classes on survival essentials and financial preparedness will be held. If you are interested, there will be some items available for purchase at the fair and others can be ordered.

This is an event NOT TO BE MISSED!

Friday, March 4, 2011

j.bear's favorite -- what to do with that $.99/lb bird

A whole chicken? Really....
Turkeys are good prices now too.

So, in a floured oven bag rest your clean bird.

Rub the outside with:
3 Tbl Olive Oil
3 Tb. Lemon juice (the juice of the lemon you grated if want a more citrus Greek bird)
2 minced garlic clove
1 Tb. crushed rosemary leaves

Stuff the inside with:
4 peeled garlic cloves
1 sliced lemon
2 rosemary sprigs

Cook as directed; remove sprigs, citrus, and cloves before serving.
You'll be surprised at how little the bird absorbs the garlic, but it flavors the skin marvelously. The olive oil will roast the bird to a rich carmel that any mother-in-law would be impressed at.