On Sunday I put the turkey frame into the crock pot with some garlic and the last of the celery. I added a quart of water and let it simmer all day. I ended up with a vegetable serving bowl level-full of meat and 2 quarts of strained turkey stock. I fed the liver and heart to the dog, chopped up in her food. I used some of the cooked turkey meat for the white chicken (turkey) chili that I made, and froze the remainder for future use.
|Middle of winter, and our hens are laying quite well. They get lots of vegetable scraps - |
see how dark the yolks are? Pretty good for February!
I made breaded turkey nuggets, Cesar salad dressing, fruit salad, hash browns, omelets, egg salad, oven fries, white chicken chili, pico-de-gallo, glazed carrots, macaroni salad, corn bread (from a mix, but I made the mix!), and three loaves of bread (two went to the freezer). I cut up fruits and veggies for snacking as needed too, and re-combined leftovers to make lunches as needed. I tried a copycat recipe for Belvita breakfast cookies - it needed a fair amount of tweaking, but they came out alright in the end.
We stayed home a lot. It was lovely!
I was able to spend some time with a dear friend. Between conflicting schedules and weather, it had been a while since we'd gotten together, and it was so nice to just visit!
I signed up for Schoola, resulting in a $15 credit. With free shipping I was able to get Daughter 2 shirts and a pair of pants. I'll share when my order arrives and let you know how it turned out. You can get your own $15 credit (if you are new to the program) and learn more about it here.
We returned materials and then borrowed some more items from the library. I took in some magazines to donate. We signed up for some free magazines a couple months ago and they are starting to arrive now, so I take them to the library when we are done with them.
|Frittata a-la leftovers. Can you spot the heart-shaped green onion?|
I picked up a little produce, including Jonagold apples for .50/lb, fresh broccoli for .98/lb, roma tomatoes for .59/lb., a pound of strawberries for 1.50 and some bananas for .54/lb. There were not a lot of great deals this week that caught my eye, so I just gathered some things that were good prices and would round out our meals. There is also a sale this week offering 10lb. of potatoes for .99 - I just got one bag of them because we still have potatoes from the last time they offered them for that price.
This is not everything I purchased this week - just some highlights. This week I spent $18.51 total, for the items above as well as some things that were not on sale (pepperoni, cottage cheese, tortilla chips, graham crackers, etc.) I buy as much as I can when it's on sale, and look for the best price for the rest of it. :)
I have some things in the freezer that I've made ahead, and I'm including a few of them in the menu for the first week of March. It should be a fairly easy week to put together, thanks to those homemade convenience foods. Here's the plan for suppers:
M - stromboli w/marinara sauce, garden salad, apples
T - tamales, cabbage slaw, calabacitas
W - beef stew curry over rice, apples
R - taco salads, chips and salsa
F - homemade egg rolls, steamed broccoli and carrots, Asian lettuce wraps, home-canned plums
S - tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, carrots and celery, apples
S - seasoned turkey 'steaks', baked potatoes, vegetable stir-fry
How was your week? Did you get snow where you live? What did you do to spend less, save more and make do? I'd love to read all about your adventures and accomplishments in the comments!