Halloween For Grownups?

What to do if you are a childless couple to celebrate Halloween on a weekday night? Especially if this is the last childless Halloween you will have?

Heck if I know. That  is what I have been wondering all month!

Halloween is actually my most favorite holiday… it is the start of the fall holidays and it brings back good memories of years past. We had a ton of trick-or-treaters come by last year and I am very excited to see who/what comes to my door this evening.

Who knows.

What will you be doing for Halloween?

~Emme

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How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 41

Day 6 - Paris: Arc De Triomphe

Paris: Arc De Triomphe

Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list? (I took Mr. Wonderful with me to the grocery store again this week.)

  • Gala Apples
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Muller’s Pasta
  • Glutino Bagels
  • Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes
  • Dole Mandarin Oranges
  • Organic Milk
  • Butter
  • Spray Starch

What did I come home with? (Someone might have added some things into my cart…)

  • Spray Starch
  • Muller’s Pasta
  • Dole Mandarin Oranges
  • Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes
  • O’Conner’s Great Dismal Swamp
  • O’Conner’s El Guapo
  • Bananas
  • Fuji Apples (The Gala didn’t look right)
  • Onions
  • Glutino Bagels
  • 2nd Street Brownie Ice cream
  • Butter
  • Organic Milk

What was thrown out this week:

  • Cream Cheese (I found it in the way back on the top shelf… I have not bought cream cheese for a very long time, it was mostly gone though)

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing… garden done for this year

How much did I save this week?

$16.07…. which is 21.75%… It really isn’t that bad of a savings… without Mr. Wonderful’s addition of beer my savings would have been 28.75%.

I did manage to snag two Rain Checks. That should help in the future.

~Emme

100 Foods: Pine Nuts

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Pine Nuts

I will be the first to admit that I have never had a clue what these were.

They are the seeds that can be found in pine cones; although, only 20 species of pines have seeds of a large enough size for human use.

Pine Nuts are very high in protein, fiber, Thiamine, Niacin, Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

I know that I have had pine nuts, but I cannot recall an exact instance. Nor can I recall seeing them in the store. I will have to keep an eye out for them.

How do you like your pine nuts?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 40

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list? (I actually had two lists this week! I did one for grandma for food bank items and one for myself for the usual grocery shopping.

  • Glutino Bagels
  • Progresso Soup
  • Kale
  • Friendship Cottage Cheese
  • Fuji Apples
  • Bananas
  • Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Chicken Stock
  • Corn Starch
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Yakisoba noodle meals
  • Betty Crocker Instant Potatoes
  • Peanuts

What did I come home with?

  • Smores Dark Bar
  • Tikka Masala Sauce
  • Madras Sauce
  • Bananas
  • Fuji Apples
  • Glutino Bagels
  • Ice Cream
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Kozy Shack Pudding
  • Friendship Cottage Cheese
  • Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes
  • Progresso Soup
  • Yakisoba Noodle Meals
  • Peanuts
  • Molasses
  • Onions
  • Frosting
  • Chicken Broth
  • Corn Starch
  • Cranberry Ginger-ale

What was thrown out this week:

  • Leftover noodles
  • Leftover hash browns

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing… garden done for this year

How much did I save this week?

$57.30…. which is $40.36… It really isn’t that bad of a savings considering the amount of unplanned things that were bought on this trip.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

100 Foods: Pears

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Pears

We do not eat many fresh pears around here. Usually we buy them canned in pear juice… as they are cheaper for the most part.

Pears are full of fiber… if you eat the skin.

If they are not eaten as pear chips, our canned pears are eaten with spoonfuls of cottage cheese on top.

How do you like your pears?

~Emme