What I'm Buying - Smith's 4/28

Saturday, April 30, 2011
There were a few good deals at Smith's this week. I must have gone on produce/dairy mark-down day, because I also found a lot of deals on mark-down stuff. Here's what I picked up:

(8) Kroger peanut butter, on sale 1.00
(2) Heinz ketchup 40oz, on sale 1.99 (FREE after coupon)
(2) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter 2pk, clearanced to 1.90
(2) Kraft singles, on sale 1.79 (.79 after coupon, except I forgot these two coupons - ARGH!!!)
(2) Reach toothbrush, on sale 1.00 (FREE after coupon)
(2) Reach dental floss, on sale 1.00 (FREE after coupon)
(3) Crest toothpaste, on sale 1.00 (FREE after coupon)
(2) Kroger sour cream, on sale 1.00
(1) Tropicana blend juice, clearanced to 1.88
(3) Yoplait Delights yogurt 4pk, clearanced to .88
(1) Dannon strawberry yogurt 32oz, clearanced to 1.20
(2) Yoplait Whipped yogurt, clearanced to .20
(1) Yoplait Greek yogurt, clearanced to .35
(2) Silk PureAlmond milk, 3.27 (2.52 after coupon)
(2) bunches bananas, .52/lb
(3) bags red seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(10) Tony's Crispy Crust pizza, on sale 1.00 (.75 after coupon)
(1) Banquest frozen fruit pie, .93 (FREE after e-coupon)
(4) Kroger saltines, on sale 1.00
(2) Kroger sausage links, clearanced to 1.49
(3) HiGrade sausage links, clearanced to 1.00

I used (1) 2.00/2 printable coupon for the toothbrushes [from Facebook promo], (2) 1.00/1 printable coupon for the floss [see GroupA at GrocerySmarts], (2) 2.00/2 printable coupons for the ketchup [from Facebook promo], (5) .50/2 coupons for the pizza [see SS-2/13], (3) 1.00/1 coupons for the toothpaste [see P&G-4/3], (1) FREE item ecoupon [was on the Smith's Food & Drug website, no longer available] and (1) 1.50/2 Catalina coupon for the almond milk [printed at a previous checkout].

I MEANT to also use (2) 1.00/1 printable coupons for the Kraft cheese [see LINK], but left them at home on the printer...gah...

I also used (6) $5 gift cards from the cereal promos a week or so ago.

Total: $25.12

What I'm Buying - Reams 4/28

Reams has some great prices on produce this week:

(5) braeburn apples, on sale .89/lb
(6) pink lady apples, on sale .79/lb
(1) bunch cilantro, on sale .34
(6) cucumbers, on sale .39 ea
(1) fresh dill, 1.79
(3) green leaf lettuce, on sale .77 ea
(6) limes, .15 ea
(2) cases strawberries (8 1-lb containers each), on sale 6.99

No coupons used.

Total: $25.99

*The strawberries were a local store promo at the Ream's location on 90th South. Cases are 6.99, individual 1-lb containers are .99. I don't know if any additional locations are having a similar promo. But if you're in the 90th South area, the strawberries looked great - no mold, no bruising, and beautifully large and red!

What I'm Buying - Smiths & Reams

Friday, April 29, 2011
Coming soon! I apologize for the delay - it has been a not-so-great week for me. I've got the pictures taken, and the food put away, now I just need to find time to type up the posts and get the receipt & coupon info.

Family Canning Opportunity at Murray Cannery

801-266-1460 OR 801-266-1459

We're excited to do family canning again this month!

Reservations will be taken by phone ONLY.

Reservation requests left on voice messaging CANNOT be honored.
You may sign up yourself and one other person.

SIGNUPS WILL START @ 8:00am Monday May 2nd. They fill up fast!

*Boysenberry Syrup - Thursday May 12

*Pork Chunks - Thursday May 26 (CANNOT BE PICKED UP FOR 10 DAYS!)

REMINDER: As always, meat products cannot be picked up for 10 days
starting June 6th - June 20th BETWEEN 8:00AM AND 3:00PM.
We are not open Saturdays.

A maximum of 6 cases per person.

*Boysenberry Syrup (3 CASE MAX)
$6.00 per 1/2 gal (6 per case)

*Pork Chunks (2 CASE MAX)
$57.60 (24 cans per case)

Also while products last:

*Cream of Mushroom Soup (2 CASE MAX)
$24.00 (24 cans per case)

*Cream of Chicken Soup (2 CASE MAX)
$24.00 (24 cans per case)

*Tomato Soup (2 CASE MAX)
$18.00 (24 cans per case)

Shifts start at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm
Each shift is 2 1/2 hours long

No one under 16 years old!

His Sacred Name - An Easter Declaration

Sunday, April 24, 2011
In remembrance on this beautiful Easter day, and in humble gratitude for all that He did for us...

The most important part of your year's supply

Someone proposed a serious question to me a few years ago by asking, “What is the most important item to have stored in your year’s supply?” My response was seriously given—“personal righteousness.”

-President Marion G. Romney, "Principles of Temporal Salvation", Ensign, April 1981, p. 6

Another great video on being prepared!

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Here's another great video from the folks who put together the amazing food storage video from last week.

This time, it's about emergency preparedness...

What I'm Buying - Target Deals

Friday, April 22, 2011
I made two quick trips to Target this week to take advantage of some great coupon deals.

I picked up:
(1) Nivea FOR MEN body wash
(1) Degree for Men deodorant
(2) Nature Valley granola bars 4ct
(2) Olay Regenerist facial cleanser
(1) Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion 2.5oz
(1) Aveeno Moisturizing Bar

I paid a total of $2.13 (before tax).

You can see photos and deal details HERE and HERE.

We've got the "BEFORE", but what about the "DURING" and the "AFTER"?

Monday, April 18, 2011
I was reading a post this morning on a forum I watch, and the author asked a great question that got me thinking.

We often find lots of information on how to prepare "BEFORE" an emergency, but what about the "DURING" and the "AFTER"?

Well, the Red Cross has put together some great 1-page instructions/checklists for what to do BEFORE-DURING-AFTER various types of emergencies.

Oil Spill
Power Outage
Winter Storm

These would be great to print off and keep with your 72-hr kits!

FEMA also has similar information available on what to do BEFORE-DURING-AFTER an emergency or disaster. You can find more information here:

FEMA Disaster Information Page

Each page for a specific type of disaster has a menu on the left (or links under the main text) for the "what to do" instructions for before, during and after.

SL County - Flood Prep THIS Saturday

Friday, April 15, 2011
For those of you living in Salt Lake County, there is an opportunity to volunteer filling sandbags this Saturday, to help prepare for possible floods in the next few weeks.

Here is the email from Mayor Peter Corroon:

As you know, Salt Lake County is getting ready for the late spring runoff. While we hope Mother Nature cooperates with moderate temperatures that reduce the threat of flooding, we are preparing for the worst, just in case.

There is a volunteer opportunity for Salt Lake County employees, their families and friends to fill sand bags Saturday morning. This is a great opportunity to perform an uncompensated civic duty to benefit the citizens of the County. Our goal is to fill 5,000 bags. We need between 300-400 volunteers.

The specifics of the event are:

Date: Saturday, April 16

Time: 10:00-noon

Where: SLCo Public Works Administration Building, 604 West 6960 South

Event: Bring your own shovel and gloves

Goal: Fill 5,000 sandbags

The filled bags will be distributed at another time.

Thank you for considering this worthwhile volunteer event.

What I'm Buying - Smith's 4/13

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Smith's has a good promo on GM cereals this week - buy 4 and get a $5 gift card! There are several varieties of cereal that are even on salt for $2.50 each - after coupons and factoring in the gift card, you can pick them up for a net price of .70-.85 each!

The only trick is if you want more than 4, you'll need to purchase them in separate transactions.

There is also a Catalina promo on Nestle Tollhouse morsels - buy 3 and get $2 Cat coupon, buy 4+ and get $3 Cat coupon.

Here's what I picked up today:

(4) GM Golden Grahams cereal, on sale 2.50 (2.00 after coupon)
(4) GM Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, on sale 2.50 (2.00 after coupon)
(3) GM Total cereal, on sale 2.50 (2.00 after coupon)
(1) GM Total Omega 3 cereal, on sale 2.50 (2.00 after coupon)
(12) FiberOne 90Cal bars, on sale 2.50 (2.10 after coupon)
(2) Silk Almond milk, on sale 2.99 (2.49 after coupon)
(1) Mountain Dairy whole milk, on sale 2.28
(4) Kroger butter, on sale 1.99
(8) Nestle Tollhouse morsels, on sale 2.00 (1.25 after coupon)
(2) bags red seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(2) dozen eggs, on sale .99 ea

I ended up doing 6 separate transactions. Because I got there a little later than normal today (10:30am) and it was starting to get busy, I did not want to hold up a checkout line while I did each transaction, so I opted to go through the self-check kiosk. In hindsight, it probably would have been better to go through the regular line, do 2 quick transactions, then go to the car and come back in, do 2 more, etc.

Some people are reporting that they were able to roll the $5 gift card from one transaction and use it to pay for a second transaction, but mine wouldn't work that morning, and they told me it was taking 15-20 minutes for the system to update the gift cards. So, I ended up with 6 $5 gift cards at the end. That's okay because I'll just use them on my next trip.

I WAS able to roll the Nestle Catalinas over. I bought 4 bags in my first transaction, and then used the $3 Cat I got to pay for a second transaction with 4 cereals and 4 more bags, and then got another $3 Cat coupon which I then used to pay for 4 more cereals.

You can find most of the cereal coupon info on the list at GrocerySmarts. I also used a 1.00/2 Catalina coupon for the almond milk.

Total: $78.22 + (6) $5 gift cards

So, after factoring in the gift cards, my net price was $48.22.

Not sure I could say it better myself...

What an amazing video, and an amazing story for this stake!

I wish there was a way to let you see into my heart, and be able to adequately express just how strong a testimony I have that food storage is a gospel principle, just as important as tithing, or the Word of Wisdom, or chastity, or any others. I can't even begin to list all of the blessings that my family has received as we have followed the prophet's counsel to become prepared, and even if I could list them all, you might not even believe me. The last 2 1/2 years have been absolutely life changing, and I know, as sure as I know that God lives, that many of the things that have occurred and many of the blessings we have received are a DIRECT result of our family's willingness to obey this commandment and gather our food storage.

"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated -

"And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." (D&C 130:20-12)

I encourage you to try it out for yourselves. The best way to gain your own testimony of the importance of food storage, is to put it to the test and see what happens. Make an effort to get started, and the Lord will provide the way for you to accomplish your goal. You will receive blessings that you never knew were possible!

SL County Flood Zones - Are You Prepared?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The latest predictions are that we have more water and snow than we know what to do with this year, and many have predicted that this year's spring runoff could rival that of the 1983 floods, or worse. County officials are asking communities and citizens to prepare NOW, so that when the runoff begins in a few weeks, we will be a few steps ahead (hopefully) and can avoid as much damage as possible.

If you live in Salt Lake County, you can go to the Salt Lake County Emergency Management site to get a map of FEMA flood plains, and a list of what preparations are being made.

FEMA flood plain map for SL County

If you live near a flood plain area, contact your local community government to see what plans are in place.

Food Storage Recipe - Fried Pickles

I have a confession to make...

I had never tried fried pickles until last week when my sister ordered some at Texas Roadhouse and let me have a taste. HEELLLLOOOO!!! Move over Bloomin' Onion, you ain't got nothin' compared to these delicious beauties! :)

And then today, in my email inbox, what should appear, but the recipe for Fried Picklss, from The Roof restaurant in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (formerly the Hotel Utah) here in Salt Lake City. Awesome! But wait - it gets EVEN better...

As I read through the list of ingredients, I realized that the entire recipe could be made from food storage!!! Pickles are shelf stable, so is buttermilk pancake mix, baking powder, flour and all the spices. The main wet ingredient, the buttermilk, can EASILY be made from non-fat dry milk (the stuff you get from the cannery). And the pickle juice you just get from the jar of dill pickles.

To make buttermilk from your powdered milk: Take an empty 1 cup measuring cup, add in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice OR white vinegar (not both), then fill the remainder of the measuring cup with water. Pour that in a glass, mix in 3 tablespoons of nonfat dry milk, and let sit for 5 minutes. [The powdered milk will dissolve better if you use warm water.]

Now, without further ado, here is the recipe...

Fried Pickles
4 servings

• cooking oil
• 1½ cups flour, divided
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pepper
• 1 cup dry buttermilk pancake mix
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 tablespoon dry dill
• 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (available at supermarkets)
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 1 cup dill pickle juice
• 12 dill pickle spears

Preheat cooking oil in a small fryer to 350˚ F. Combine ¾ cup flour, salt, and pepper in a pie tin for dredging the pickles. In a mixing bowl, whisk together remaining ¾ cup flour, pancake mix, baking powder, dill, Old Bay Seasoning, buttermilk, and pickle juice to make a batter. Dredge the pickle spears in the seasoned flour and then dip the spears into the batter, letting the excess drip off and coating the spears completely. Gently lay the spears into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove spears from the oil. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve with ranch and Thousand Island dressing. A side of carrots and celery is a nice addition.

From Recipes from the Roof

See, just because you cook with food storage doesn't mean you have to eat bland, boring meals. :)

You can check out other great recipes from this book in this article from LDSLiving.

Food Storage Recipe - Taco Twist Soup

Monday, April 11, 2011

I got this recipe from a friend this morning via Facebook, and it totally saved the day for tonight's dinner! He he he! It was really fast to make up, and all the ingredients came from the fridge or food storage, which is a blessing since I am going on 24 hours with a seriously splitting headache that I just can't shake (I think I have a sinus infection).

Recipe for Taco Twist Soup

I used dried minced onions instead of fresh, so there was no need to saute (and so I cut out the olive oil). Thus, all I had to do was dump everything in the pot, bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer for 10 minutes. So easy!

I keep a small container of minced garlic in my fridge - it lasts forever! You can find the jars for about $5 at Costco. They are shelf stable and have something like a 2-3 yr expiration date. Once opened, if kept in the fridge, it says it's good for like a year or so. Since I don't use THAT much, I split the contents of the jar into small containers and put them in the freezer. When the container in the fridge is almost empty, I just pull a small container out of the freezer to unthaw.

You could also easily use dried minced garlic here, too. (You can find a large spice bottle of the Tone's brand at Costco. I keep one of these around my kitchen, too.)

The green pepper came from my freezer. When I find them on sale for about .50 ea or less, I pick up a few. I prep them, slice them in to thin strips, and then put them in plastic bags in the freezer.

It was too good to pass up...

Sunday, April 10, 2011
The price on the buckets of wheat at Costco was just too good to pass up...I went back and bought 5 more buckets on Saturday, and another 50lb bag of rice, for "just in case"... :)

What I'm Buying - Sunflower Farmers Market 4/6

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I happened to have 30 minutes to kill this afternoon while I was in the Murray area, and I decided to spend it at Sunflower Market. Not a ton a stellar deals, but that's okay. However, the grapes (.77/lb) and strawberries (.99) cannot be beat!

Here's what I picked up:

(4) planted herbs (rosemary, cilantro, thyme and sage), on sale 3.34
(2) lbs 12 Flavor gummi bears from the bulk section, on sale 1.99/lb
(4) lbs strawberries, .99 ea (limit 4)
(2) bags organic mini carrots, on sale 1.50 ea
(2) bags green seedless grapes, on sale .77/lb
(2) bags red seedless grapes, on sale .77/lb
(1) head green leaf lettuce, 1.25
(8) organic gala apples, on sale .99/lb

No coupons used.

Total: $31.63

What I'm Buying - Costco 4/4

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I took a trip to Costco yesterday to get some wheat and some rice. While there, I also picked up a few other things for our food storage as well.

(3) 45lb bucket hard white wheat, 16.45
(1) 12ct Silk soymilk, 12.69 (this is the shelf-stable stuff, have to keep it in food storage for the dairy-allergic in our fam)
(2) 25lb turkey flour, 8.89 (good grief - this stuff was like $5.50 just a month or so ago)
(1) 50lb bag calrose rice, 24.45
(1) bag organic quinoa, 9.99
(3) 1qt Kirkland pure maple syrup, 12.59
(1) 16ct sandwich rolls, 2.19
(1) Frigo string cheese, 10.99
(1) 12ct S&W organic tomato paste, 5.99
(1) 24ct Danon Light & Fit yogurt, 7.49
(2) 48ct Stretch Island fruit leather, 10.65
(1) 2pk whole milk, 4.42
(1) 12ct S&W organic tomato sauce, 6.99
(1) pkg Tortilla Land uncooked tortillas, 6.99

Total: $225.02

Egads!!! Oh well, most of it was for food storage, so it's for a good cause and I guess that helps lessen the sting a little bit...but only a little...

What I'm Buying - Smith's 4/4

Monday, April 4, 2011
It's case lot time again! :)

I don't usually get a lot of stuff at the case lot sales because I can generally find cheaper prices throughout the year if I watch carefully, but this spring we have run low on a few things that I just haven't been able to stock up on at very good prices. So there were some bare spots on the shelves that needed to be filled, and now was as good a time as any to fill them!

Here's what I picked up at Smith's today:

(2) 24ct case Campbell's SpaghettiOs, on sale 13.20 (.55 ea)
(1) 12ct 16oz Kroger honey, on sale 27.99 (2.33 ea)
(1) 12ct Hunts pasta sauce, on sale 8.99 (.75 ea)
(1) 24ct Kroger whole canned tomatoes, on sale 11.99 (.50 ea)
(1) 24ct Kroger stewed canned tomatoes, on sale 11.99 (.50 ea)
(2) 5lb Tillamook shredded cheese, on sale 9.99 (8.99 after coupon)
(4) Ken's salad dressing, on sale 1.98 (.98 after coupon)
(4) bags seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb

I used (4) 1.00/1 coupons for the salad dressing (see SS-3/20) and (2) 1.00/2lb printable coupons for the cheese (see GroupA at GrocerySmarts).

I also used (1) 5.00 Catalina coupon from a promo last week.

Total: $115.62

Ouch, triple digits...

Mormons Are Making the News with Emergency Preparedness

A story today from Reuters:

"Japan crisis spurs survival planning by U.S. Mormons"

While I think they got the title a bit off (it's not "survival planning" like most people think of extreme survival planning, and it isn't just a new thing that we all-of-a-sudden started en masse two weeks ago...) they did get the central idea of self-reliance and emergency preparedness from an LDS persepctive correct in the body of the article. ;)

Current Best Price on Wheat

The new cannery prices go into effect today. You may notice that prices on just about everything went up. It's inevitable I'm afraid. The soaring fuel prices and recent crop problems are pushing food prices significantly higher for everyone around the globe.

If you're in the market for wheat, and you live in Utah, you might want to check into the prices at your local Costco. My store today had 45lb buckets of hard white wheat from Lehi Roller Mills for $16.50 - that is cheapest price around right now! That price is cheaper than the cannery, and also currently cheaper than the Augason Farms buckets on sale at Macey's this week as part of the Case Lot sale.

My guess is that this price won't last long. This is stuff that was most likely ordered and purchased before the recent increases hit, so once the current stock is gone, the price will most likely go up. My location actually had well over 100 buckets - they had them stacked up in a huge wall at the entrance!


Sunday, April 3, 2011
"Self-reliance is the ability to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family. As we increase our own level of self-reliance, we increase our ability to help and serve others the way the Savior did."

Sister Silvia H. Allred
April 3, 2011

Price Changes for LDS Home Storage Centers (Canneries)

Friday, April 1, 2011
Folks, it's official. There are new price changes for the items at the Home Storage Centers. You can check out the new order form and prices below:

Home Storage Center Order Form - Revised April 2011

New prices go into effect Monday, April 4.

Guess What Time It Is?!?!

It's General Conference weekend!!!

Time to:

- replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors

- check sizes and change seasonal clothing in your 72-hr kits

- check food in your 72-hr kits and rotate as needed

And if you don't have 72-hr kits yet, it's time to take 15 minutes and get 'em done!