Mummified Mashed Potatoes

Friday, October 29, 2010
Want to use some food storage in your Halloween-themed dinner? Try these Mummified Mashed Potatoes out!

Mummified Mashed Potatoes

You could certainly make them from fresh mashed potatoes, but you can also used potato pearls or potato flakes from your food storage!

You have GOT to try these!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Have you seen these recently?

Um, hello, WHERE have these things been all my life?!?!

Seriously, these are some of the BEST-tasting chips EVER - honest!

But what is even better than the taste, is reading the ingredients label. These things are good AND good-for-you!! Take a look...

Did I mention that they taste fabulous with some hummus, also a good-for-you food?

We had some last week as the base for a taco salad - YUM!

But what is even better than the fact that they taste amazing, and the fact that they are good for you, is the fact that THEY ARE GLUTEN FREE!!! So, for those of you out there who have to watch the wheat, if you get a chance to pick these up, definitely try them out. (We find them at the local Costco.)

If you can find them at a store other than Costco (they don't take coupons), you can go to Facebook and "Like" the "Food Should Taste Good" page, and you'll get a coupon for a FREE bag of chips!

The only drawback? These are a no-no for those of you with corn allergies in your family... :(

Great article on food storage

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Food storage is about more than just food...

What I'm Buying - Smith's 10/20

Smith's has a Mega Event sale this week - the third good sale in a row! Buy 10 participating items, save $5 instantly. I really liked this one, because most of the Mega Event items are frozen goods, which don't come up all that often.

Here's what I picked up today:

(2) Idahoan potatoes, on sale .79 (FREE after coupon)
(2) Scott bath tissue 12 rolls, on sale 4.99 (3.99 after coupon)
(6) Pillsbury Grands! refrigerated biscuits, on sale 1.00 (.75 after coupon)
(2) Minute Maid fruit punch, clearanced to .79
(1) Mountain Dairy whole milk, on sale 1.89
(2) Meadow Gold whipping cream, clearanced to .75
(6) SunnyD, on sale 1.00 (.75 after coupon)
(2) Silk Pure Almond milk, on sale 2.79 (1.79 after coupon)
(4) Totino's party pizza, on sale 1.00 (.50 after coupon)
(7) Totino's pizza rolls, on sale 1.00 (.65 after coupon)
(4) Old Orchard frozen juice, on sale 1.00 (.75 after coupon)
(3) *Marie Calendars Fresh Flavor steamers, on sale 2.28 (1.78 after promo, 1.28 after coupon)
(2) *Hungry Man meals, on sale 2.28 (1.78 after promo, FREE after coupon)
(3) *Jose Ole mini tacos, on sale 2.99 (2.49 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(1) *Jose Ole taquitos, on sale 2.99 (2.49 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(3) *Kid Cuisine meals, on sale 1.89 (1.39 after promo, .89 after coupon)
(4) *Pillsbury Grands! frozen biscuits, on sale 2.49 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(4) *Pepperidge Farms texas toast garlic bread, on sale 2.49 (1.99 after promo)

*Items that are part of the Mega Event sale.

I used coupons on pretty much everything except the whole milk, the clearanced items and the garlic bread. All coupons can be found on the shopping list at GrocerySmarts (or PYP). I then got two $5 credits for the Mega Event promo, and used my $3 Catalina coupon from last week.

Total: $59.37

Food Storage - Racks 5 & 6

Monday, October 18, 2010

Well, I'm not even sure I should post a picture of this one...

It's a complete disaster. This is where stuff has just been piled in an attempt to get it out of boxes and off the floor.

In theory, this will be the canned meats and boxed mixes, and then just miscellaneous.

The bottom shelves will be the "spill over" shelves for #10 cans (what can't fit on the other shelving units, since I don't have all of my year's worth of many of those items I'm not sure how much room all the cans will take) and other big items (you'll notice a big container of oil and some vinegar right now).

Rack 6 will be the snack/school lunch items. Granola bars, fruit snacks, pudding cups, cookies, chips, etc.

As you can see, I haven't quite made it all the way over to these last two shelving units. But I will - one day soon I hope.

It may look like a bit of a disaster still, but trust me, this is the best it has been since we moved in! ;)

Going through and organizing these shelves has been very helpful - I've gotten a good chance to see what I currently have, and also see what I'm running short on.

3-Month Storage:
I think we're pretty much good on all this stuff, excpet mayo. I have no backup mayo. But most of the other condiments, sauces, canned stuff and snacks I have plenty of.

Long-term Storage:
I have our year's worth of nonfat dry milk, and I think we're pretty much there with the wheat, although I would like a little more. We have about a half-year supply of sugar, and a fairly sufficient amount of white flour (we'd probably use mostly wheat flour ground from our stored wheat, so I'm not planning to store as much white flour, plus, it's doesn't have as long of a shelf life [10 yrs] nor is it nearly as nutritious for you as unbleached whole wheat flour). We've got a year's worth of dried onions, and pretty close to a year's supply of oats. But we're seriously lacking in the dried beans department. We've got a ton of pasta, but it is not in #10s - right now it is sitting in three plastic bins on the floor between shelves 4 & 5 (you can see the ends of the bins in the picture above). And that's only about half of it.

Once I get everything out of boxes and put away on shelves, I will be going through and doing a more thorough inventory of what I have and what I still need.

Food Storage - Rack 4

Sunday, October 17, 2010

This one houses my "baking" items, or it will once I get it fully organized.

Top shelf: Right now, nothing but some crackers and other box mixes. Probably not their permanent home.

Next shelf down: Canned brown sugar, baking chips, sauces and extra spices

Next shelf down: soy milk, salt, yeast ... then a whole bunch of stuff that is just tossed up there right now. I'm thinking that the rest of this shelf will probably hold our UHT boxed milk and boxed whipping cream - LOVE this stuff! It has been so nice to have whipping cream in food storage. You can freeze whipping cream, and it does just fine for cooking purposes, but you cannot whip it once it has been frozen. So it's nice to have some of the boxed whipping cream that can sit on the shelf but still be used for actual whipping cream when needed (you do need to refrigerate it first for a few hours - it helps get it to whip nice and fluffy).

Next shelf down: vital wheat gluten, Crisco, vegetable oil, baking spray, honey, lemon juice, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, baking soda, baking powder

#10s top shelf: white flour, butter powder, margerine powder, honey powder, powdered eggs, nonfat dry milk

#10s bottom shelf: sugar, nonfat dry milk

I'm only about half through with this unit - the bottom three shelves are done, but the top three still need a lot of work. I still have a lot of this stuff that is on the floor waiting to be unpacked from boxes. I think Jello mixes and maybe some boxed mixes like stuffing and potato mixes might end up on the top shelf.

Food Storage - Rack 3

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This one holds all of my vegetables, beans, and canned pastas.

Top shelf: Cereal

Next shelf down: Pickles, chili, Chef Boyardee and SpaghettiOs

Next shelf down: corn, peas, mixed veggies, beans, olives, carrots

Next shelf down: garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans, great northern beans, refried beans

#10s top shelf: canned vegetables (dehydrated peppers, dehydrated corn, dehydrated peas, carrots, etc.), potato pearls, potato flakes

#10s bottom shelf: dried beans (white beans, turle [black] beans, refried beans]

As you can see, I need to get moving on canning more dried beans!

Possibly gluten-free make-at-home oatmeal cookies

Friday, October 15, 2010
I was watching a great episode of "Good Eats" this evening, all about oats, and Alton Brown shared a terrific recipe for oatmeal cookies.

What caught my attention, though, was that he purposefully set out to make great oatmeal cookies without using flour!

Now, I don't know all of the specific in's and out's for gluten-free cooking, but for those who are on a gluten-free diet that can tolerate oats (as long as they are gluten-free), then this might be a recipe for you! Just make sure to use gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats, and double check that your other dry ingredients are on the approved gluten-free list.

Oatiest Oatmeal Cookies

Food Storage - Rack 2

This one holds my fruit, condiments, white wheat and oats.

Top shelf: instant oatmeal and cereals

Next shelf down: home-canned fruits and jams (so far), will probably have any store-bought jams/jellies as well

Next shelf down: canned fruits (mandarin oranges, pineapple, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, applesauce, cranberry sauce, pumpkin)

Next shelf down: condiments (syrup, bbq sauce, salad dressing, mustard, mayo, ketchup)

First #10s: dried fruits (banana slices, apple slices), hard white wheat

Second #10s: oats (old-fashioned, quick, and steel cut)

BTW, the big white buckets you can see in all the pictures are wheat - 45lbs per container. I think I have them split about half hard red and half hard white. That's also why you're not seeing as many #10 cans of wheat on the shelves - I've used the #10 cans first when making bread, and I've gone through quite a lot. Now that I know I'm using it regularly, I'll bring one of the big buckets up to my kitchen pantry to open and use.

What I'm Buying - Smith's 10/14

I finally got a chance to stop at Smith's yesterday - here's what I picked up:

(6) Langer's apple juice, on sale .99 ea [two not pictured]
(1) Brachs candy corn, on sale 1.00
(2) Kraft caramels, 2.49 (1.94 ea after coupon)
(1) Kroger heavy whipping cream, on sale 1.99
(2) Kroger yogurt, on sale .33
(2) bunches bananas, on sale .49/lb
(1) clamshell raspberries, 3.99
(1) mini carrots, clearanced to .99
(2) iceburg lettuce, on sale .79 ea
(8) roma tomatoes, on sale .88/lb
(2) Chips Ahoy! cookies, on sale 1.99 (1.49 ea after coupon)
*(10) Kraft EasyMac cups, on sale .99 (.49 after promo)
*(8) Juicy Juice 8ct, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .99 after coupon)
*(4) Wonka candy bags 12oz, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .99 after coupon)
*(2) CoffeeMate creamers, on sale 1.79 (1.29 after promo, FREE after coupon)
*(4) California Pizza Kitchen pizzas, on sale 4.49 (3.99 after promo, 2 @ 1.99 after coupon, 2 @ 2.99 after coupon) [not pictured]
*(2) Oreos cookies, on sale 2.49 (1.99 after promo)

Items marked with * are part of the "Kickoff to Savings" promo - Buy 10 participating items and save $5 instantly.

There is a Catalina offer for Wonka/Nestle bagged candy. Buy 2, get $1 - buy 3, get $2 - buy 4 or more, get $3.

Many of the coupons this time were printables, and I got the links to them after reading this awesome post by Rebecca, at PYP (she's the listmaker for the Smith's list at GrocerySmarts).

Total: $60.07 + got a $3 Catalina coupon good off my next order

The yogurt, whipping cream and raspberries were bought for THIS RECIPE from The Pioneer Woman Cooks! - I saw it yesterday and just HAD to try it out.

Food Storage - Rack 1

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rack 1 in my storage room is the first one on the left side of the room. This is my Rice/Wheat/Tomatoes/Soups rack.

The bottom two shelves of each of the shelving units is reserved for #10 cans (because they are big and heavy, and heavy items should be placed closest to the ground, both to stabilize the shelves and for safety).

So, the bottom two shelves of this unit are for rice, hard red wheat, and dried onions. As you can see from the picture, I'm REALLY low on hard red wheat in the #10 cans. But that's a good thing, because it means that I've gone through almost all of the 12 cans that I bought last year, which means it's getting used regularly and getting rotated!!!

I picked up the (2) 20lb bags of rice at the Maceys case lot sale (5.99 ea) and they are on the shelf waiting until I can get the canner.

The third shelf up has canned soups, stew, salsa, chili sauce, and spaghetti sauce.

The next shelf up holds more soups, chicken and beef broth, and canned tomatoes.

The next shelf holds the "cooking" soups (cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, tomato, etc.) and more canned tomatoes (stewed tomatoes and diced tomatoes).

The top shelf is cereal (because the boxes are light, won't unbalance the shelving unit, and won't knock you unconscious if they accidentally fall on your head when you bump the shelving unit).

Looking at it slightly differently, I have:

- cereal on the top
- canned tomoto and tomato products on the left half of the unit
- canned soups on the right half of the unit
- rice and wheat on the bottom

I wanted to include the canned pastas (SpaghettiOs, Chef Boyardee, etc.) to go along with the other tomato-based products, but there just isn't room, so they're on a different unit.

[Sorry the pictures are so bad - I don't have a wide-enough angle lens to get the shot very close, and there is only one tiny 60w bulb in the whole room. Even with the flash you can barely see the far left side.]

What I'm Buying - Well, I'm Not, Yet

Sorry folks, I haven't made it to the grocery store this week yet. It has been a not-so-good week. Well, actually, it has been a not-so-great couple of months now that I think about it...

Anyway, it's the second week of the Kickoff to Savings promo at Smith's. I got most of the stuff I wanted last week. There are some things I think I'll go back for, but nothing critical, so I'll get to them when I can, and if I don't make it back before Tuesday, I'll survive. :)

And the case lot sales are over, so this isn't a terribly big sale week at any of the other stores.

I did, however, go to Costo last night. As I've been organizing the storage room and putting food storage away, I realized I'm a little low on a few staples that don't usually go on sale. Plus, my husband has a new-found addiction to hummus and multi-grain chips, and we were running low for the second time in less than seven days...So off to Costco we went! I picked up some organic granny smith apples, taco seasoning, chili powder, baking powder, oregano, parsley, hummus, chips, milk (both regular whole milk and Soy milk) and uncooked tortillas - and then, because yesterday was such a crappy day for me, I grabbed a box of chocolate bars to round it all out!

I was so tired I didn't even get around to taking a picture of it all - sorry. It was about $100 total - EGADS! One should never go to Costo when one is emotionally distraught or stressed out or upset. Costco retail therapy is great, but EXPENSIVE! Ha ha ha...

Well, now I'm off to the doctor to find out why my heart isn't beating correctly - not fun...

Important Info for SLCounty Residents

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I mentioned this before in a previous post, but just in case you missed it, the media outlets have now been asked to help spread the word:

Salt Lake County residents are urged to register their cellphone numbers with the Emeregency Communications Center so that they can be notified in the event of an emergency when the Reverse 9-1-1 system is activated.

Story from KSL

Direct link to registration site (click at the bottom on "New User")

The New Storage Room

Doesn't it look beautiful?!? All clean and organized, so easy to find things in...?

Yeah, we've been in this house for 4 months now and the picture was taken about 10 minutes ago - IT REALLY IS THAT BAD! But the even scarier part is that it USED TO BE WORSE!!!

I've spent countless hours unpacking box, after box, after box, after more boxes...You really don't want to know how many there were. I owe Shannon M. a hundred times over for helping me pack it all up, and then I owe the buff arms from the Wingett and Gooch families for hauling it off the truck and into the basement - I'm surprised they didn't all need knee replacement surgery, or at least back braces after this! (A million "Thank You's" still wouldn't be enough - but THANK YOU so much!!!) I kid you not, we filled at least HALF (if not more) of the biggest moving truck we could rent with just food storage boxes...

Here's what the storage room in the new (to us) house looks like (everything beyond the stud wall and doorway there):

This is from the bottom of the basement stairs, looking into the "room".

We started with the three chrome shelving units from the old house, and then bought two new ones when we moved. I went back to Costco last week to buy another one, so now we are up to 6 total. (I LOVE these shelving units!)

There are three along the far wall (that you can see in the picture), and then three along the wall on the left (which you can't see in this picture).

They are set up with one short side against the wall (they are anchored into the concrete with metal straps - that was a heck of a lot of fun for my husband...), and then the rest of the unit sticks out into the room. They are spaced about 3 feet apart so that you can access each shelving unit from both the front and the back. They are set up so that you can take the food FROM the front, and put the newest food IN the back, so as to rotate through the stuff from front to back.

There are also two large plastic shelving units lining the doorway on the right as you come into the room.

Here's a shot of the three units along the left wall (pretend you don't see those buckets of wheat sitting directly on the concrete floor, k?):

And here's what it looks like in the front right-hand corner of the room (also where the first picture above was taken):

Right now, racks 1-3 are pretty much done and organized. Rack 4 is about half-done, rack 5 is a disaster, and rack 6 is the newest addition and is, as of yet, still empty (mostly, except for a dozen jars of canned chicken).

Over the next few days I'll post more pictures and details about how I am (or am at least planning to) "organizing" things. Trust me, there is still a TON to do down there, and it's going to take many, many more hours to complete.

But before I end this post, I wanted to show you one of my "favorite" finds so far as I have unpacked stuff for the storage room:

Look closely - see all that blue liquid in the bottom??? Yeah, that's what's left of an entire 100oz bottle of Tide that broke during the move. Thank goodness we packed it in the plastic storage bin! *sigh* But what a mess...

The Oatmeal I Don't Mind Eating

Friday, October 8, 2010

So, when I was growing up, I knew little about oatmeal. I know we used oats to make oatmeal cookies, and I also knew we used them to make a hideously gluey, slimy, barely palatable breakfast called "oatmeal". It was usually a toss up for which I hated worse - cream of wheat cereal, or oatmeal. Disgusting!!! Needless to say, I grew up hating oatmeal, and as soon as I left home I swore I would never eat the stuff again...

I knew oatmeal was good for me, that it had lots of fiber and would keep me fuller longer in the morning, and helped keep the digestion regular, but I just couldn't get over the slimy, gluey taste from my childhood. Plus, oatmeal (at least at my house) was always accompanied by a little milk, which I am allergic to. So even more reasons not to want to eat it.

I don't remember exactly how I came across steel cut oats, but I remember reading a forum somewhere online where they were discussing oatmeal and people were raving about this stuff. And I remembered seeing a recipe for steel cut oats in my rice cooker book. I was looking for something that was nutritious and easy to fix for breakfast while I was working full-time. After reading all the rave reviews, and knowing that I could put the oatmeal in my rice cooker the night before, then program it to cook in the morning and be ready once I woke up, I figured I would give it a try.

Um, it was NOTHING like what I remembered oatmeal to be like! Not gluey, not slimy - how in the world? With a little cinnamon and some brown sugar, it made a pretty darn tasty breakfast!

Steel cut oats are actually the middle step of the oat-processing process, from whole oat grout to rolled oats. Steel cut oats are whole oat grouts that have been cut up into smaller "chunks". [Those chunks are then taken and rolled/flattened, making rolled oats.] Steel cut oats have much more body and flavor when used to make oatmeal, which I found I really liked - they are chewy, not mushy.

If you've had bad experiences with oatmeal in the past, give steel cut oats a try one of these days. They're kinda like "oatmeal for grownups". After lots of experimenting, I actually found that I liked a mix of steel cut and rolled oats - about half and half.

Mostly I have just used the Bob's Red Mill stuff. [Steel-cut oats are also called Scottish oats, Scotch oats, Irish oats or pinhead oats.] I did buy a big 50lb bag of steel-cut oats from Kitchen Kneads about a year ago, but it perished in the Basement Flood of 2009 before I was able to get them canned. You can get steel-cut oats in the bulk section at Sunflower Farmers Market and other natural/whole foods stores. You can get smaller packages of steel-cut oats at Kitchen Kneads, and you can find the Bob's Red Mill stuff at Harmon's and Smith's. If you want to get some for your food storage and not have to worry about canning it yourself, you can get #10 cans of it at the Auguson Farms outlet store (3431 South 500 West in Salt Lake).

I do my oatmeal in my rice cooker (you can only do this with the fuzzy logic rice-cookers). Here's the recipe I use:

1 1/4 c steel-cut oats
3 c cold water
pinch sea salt
pinch cinnamon

Cook on Porridge cycle. If you like it creamy, substitute 1 c water for 1 c milk.

Here's another option for use with a rice cooker:

2/3 c steel-cut oats
1 3/4 c milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 c chopped dates

Cook on Porridge cycle.

If you don't have a fuzzy logic rice cooker, have no fear - there are many other easy ways to prepare steel-cut oats.

In the Crock Pot

1 c steel-cut oats
4 1/2 c water
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp butter
cooking spray

Spray your crock pot with cooking spray (helps with the clean up). Add ingredients, mix, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. [Pretty much, turn it on when you go to bed, and they should be ready when you wake up.]

Or there is Alton Brown's Overnight Oatmeal recipe.

You can tweak all these as to amounts of water, water vs. milk, salt, sugar and other additions (dried cranberries, dates, figs, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, bananas, berries, etc.) to your personal liking.

On the Stovetop

Alton Brown's Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Gale Gand's Best Bowl of Oatmeal Ever

This one is a little more on the "gourmet" side, but I've heard it reaches near-oatmeal-perfection:

3 c water
1 c whole milk
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 c steel-cut oats
1/4 tsp salt

Bring water and milk to a simmer over medium heat. Heat butter in skillet over medium heat; add the oats and toast, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until they are golden and fragrant (about 2 minutes).

Stir the toasted oats into the simmering liquid and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently until mixture thickens like gravy, about 20 minutes. Add salt and stir lightly with spoon handle. Continue to simmer and stir occasionally until the oats absorb ALMOST all of the liquid and the oatmeal is thick and creamy (about 7-10 more minutes). Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with your choice of toppings.

Non-Breakfast Recipes Using Steel-Cut Oats

Multi-Grain Focaccia Bread with Herbs and Garlic

Oatmeal Cake

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Oat Risotto with Peas and Asiago

Easy Peach Cobbler

What I'm Buying - Maceys 10/6

This is the second and final week of the Case Lot Sale at Maceys.

Here's what I picked up on Wednesday afternoon:

(10) Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup, on sale .68 (.18 after coupon)
(2) Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, on sale .68 (.18 after coupon)
(1) 45lb bucket Hard White wheat, on sale 12.98
(1) 45lb buchet Hard Red wheat, on sale 12.98
(8) Campbell's SpaghettiOs, on sale .48 (.28 after coupon)
(16) Western Family apple juice (2 cases of 8), on sale .99 ea
(6) Western Family diced chilies, on sale .48
(3) Western Family garbanzo beans, on sale .48
(4) Western Family green enchilada sauce, on sale .84
(2) Western Family iodized salt, on sale .39
(4) dozen eggs, on sale .89
(2) Western Family mushrooms, on sale .50
(1) WF Petal Soft bath tissue 18 Big rolls, on sale 5.98
(2) Western Family red enchilada sauce, on sale .84
(1) White King laundry additive, 4.49

I used (4) 1.50/3 printable coupons for the soup [see link from GrocerySmarts list] and (4) .40/2 coupons for the SpaghettiOs [see SS-8/29].

Total: $73.04

What I'm Buying - Smith's 10/6

Smith's is having their "Kickoff to Savings" event this week. Buy 10 participating products in one transaction and receive $5 off instantly.

Some good deals that don't require coupons:

Kraft barbecue sauce, 18oz - .49 after promo
Kraft EasyMac cups - .49 after promo
Velveeta Shells and Cheese cups - .49 after promo
Fuze drinks, 18-18.5oz - .49 after promo
Quaker Quakes rice snacks, 3-3.5oz - .49 after promo
Coke products, 2-liters - .79 after promo

Here's what I picked up on Wednesday afternoon:

(2) Kraft salad dressing, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .94 after coupon)
(5) Kraft EasyMac cups, on sale .99 (.49 after promo, .24 after e-coupon)*
(2) Barq's rootbeer, on sale 1.29 (.79 after promo)
(3) California Pizza Kitchen pizza, on sale 4.49 (3.99 after promo, 2.99 after coupon)
(1) DiGiorno pizza, on sale 4.49 (3.99 after promo, 2.99 after coupon)
(4) Ritz Munchables, on sale 2.49 (1.99 after promo, .99 after coupon)
(3) Oreos cookies, on sale 2.49 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(1) Kroger orange juice, on sale 2.99
(1) Mountain Dairy whole milk, on sale 1.89
(2) red seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(3) Chips Ahoy! cookies, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after coupon)**

I used (2) .55/1 coupons for the salad dressing [see SS-8/29], (3) 1.00/1 coupons for the CPK pizza [see SS-9/26], (1) 1.00/1 coupon for the DiGiorno pizza [see RP-9/12], (4) 1.00/1 coupons for the Munchables [see SS-9/26], and (3) 1.00/2 coupons for the cookies [see SS-9/26].

Total: $41.19

* There is an e-coupon available at the Smith's Food & Drug website for .50/2 Kraft EasyMac. I loaded it onto my Fresh Values card a few days ago, but the coupon did not come off my total. I have heard that many others are having the same problem.

** The Chips Ahoy! cookies are listed as part of the promo in the weekly ad and therefore also in the GrocerySmarts list, but the store has posted a retraction saying they were not intended to be part of the promo. They are on sale for 1.99 (1.49 after coupon - same price as with the promo) but do not count as part of your 10 items.

What I'm Buying - Ream's 9/30

Sunday, October 3, 2010
I found some great deals at Ream's this week. Here's what I picked up on Thursday:

(3) Act II popcorn 3pk, on sale .99 (.24 after coupon)
(2) green leaf lettuce, on sale .99 ea
(4) 1lb strawberries, on sale .99 ea
Utah-grown gala apples, on sale .89/lb (I think they were supposed to be .69)
Utah-grown bartlett pears, on sale .59/lb
leeks, on sale .99/lb

I used (3) .75/1 coupons for the popcorn [see SS-9/26].

Total: $12.86

What I'm Buying - Smith's 9/30

Saturday, October 2, 2010
Here's what I picked up at Smith's on Thursday:

(15) Langer's 100% apple juice, on sale 1.00 (Hooray for no HFCS!)
(6) Kroger salsa, on sale 1.00
(2) Kroger picante sauce, on sale 1.00
(5) Kraft Singles cheese, on sale 1.99 (.99 after coupon)
(3) Kraft shredded cheese, on sale 1.99 (.99 after coupon)
(2) Kraft shredded Parmesan cheese, 4.99 (I wasn't watching and thought these were marked 1.99, but didn't notice they rang up at 4.99 until just now, so 3.99 after coupon)
(2) mini carrots, on sale 1.00
(2) Carl Buddig deli meat, clearanced to 1.25 (.25 after coupon)
(1) Oscar Mayer deli meat, clearanced to 1.99
(1) Kroger deli meat, clearanced to 2.99
(1) Healthy Ones deli meat, clearanced to 1.99
granny smith apples, .69/lb

I used (2) 5.00/5 printable coupons for the cheese [see list at GrocerySmarts for link] and (2) 1.00/1 printable coupons for the Buddig meat [see GroupA at GrocerySmarts].

Total: $52.43

It's That Time Again!!!

It's conference weekend - time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and rotate any necessary food items in your 72-hr kits. ;)

Some gluten-free resources

Friday, October 1, 2010

For those of you who are or know someone who has to be on a gluten-free diet:

Come to Utah's first ever Gluten-Free Expo!
At: Southtown Expo Center
When: October 9, 2010
Time: 9am - 6pm
Price: Adults $6, kids under 12 are free

There will be a FREE pancake breakfast from 9-10am, and lots of cooking demos throughout the day.

Having to be on a gluten-free diet can be tough for food storage, especially here in the US where the bulk of our food storage is often made up of wheat and other grains and beans that are harvested on the same machinery as wheat.

But fear not, there are resources available.

Auguson Farms (formerly known as Blue Chip Group) has a great selection of gluten-free items for long-term storage. Selections include muffin and pancake mixes, flours, oats, bread and scone mixes and other basic ingredients.

They will ship items to you, or if you are in the Salt Lake area, you can go to their outlet store at 3431 South 500 West. They also have a large selection of their products in stores (go here to find local stores that carry their products).

Gluten-free products from Auguson Farms

Another great resource here in the valley is Kitchen Kneads, on Redwood Road. They have a large selection of specialty flours and basic ingredients (like xanthan gum, soy lecithin, potato starch, etc.) although they are not packaged for long-term storage. (But you could rent the canner from the cannery and can stuff yourself if you wanted to.) They sell items in smaller packages and also in bulk. They also have a location in Odgen, and an online store.

Kitchen Kneads

There are also some local stores that specialize in gluten-free products:
Against the Grain - Taylorville
Gluten Free Foods - Layton

Many of the health and whole foods stores carry gluten-free products as well, such as Whole Foods, Good Earth and Sunflower Market.

Bob's Red Mill carries a huge line of gluten-free products, and they are popping up in more and more stores. I have found these items in Harmons and at Sunflower Farmer's Market, but I also just saw a full shelf of gluten-free items at Smith's Food and Drug three weeks ago. These items can also be purchased online.

Bob's Red Mill gluten-free products

Need some easy gluten-free recipe ideas? Stephanie O'Dea has a blog called, "A Year of Slow Cooking" where she post terrific recipes for meals you can make in a crock pot. The great part is that she has members of her family who must eat gluten-free, so MOST of the recipes she posts are gluten-free!

A Year of Slow Cooking - scroll down on the left and look for the Labels, then select the one that says "gluten-free".

Here are some other fun blogs with lots of gluten-free info and recipes:

What Contains Gluten

King Arthur Flour, Gluten-free products and recipes, a TON of information (scroll towards bottom)

Life After Gluten

How to live gluten-free for less (by Gluten Free Steve)


Gluten Free Easily

Gluten-Free Goddess

Celiac Handbook

Gluten Intolerance Groups of Utah

If any of you know of other great gluten-free resources, please share!