My aunt emailed me with the information that Grocery Outlet was selling 5 dozen medium-sized eggs for $2.99. I hustled right down there and got them. I know that in other parts of the country eggs have been super low-priced, but 99c/dozen is about the lowest we have seen in this part of the country, so I was delighted for 60c/dozen. They weren’t even as small as I expected–pretty good size for medium.
It seems that I have had to go to the store way too often this month. Last month, when I challenged myself to use things up, I guess I did a really good job! Every time I turn around, someone is letting me know that another thing is gone! A lot of what I’ve needed to get has been non-food items, such as hair products, razors, deodorant, dish and laundry soap, school supplies, etc. So, I’ve tried to use downloaded coupons, paper coupons, sales, etc. as much as possible. I’ve also re-stocked the food items I was out of and continued canning and using produce from the garden and what was gifted to me from my sister’s garden. I remembered to download my Friday Freebie yesterday from Fred Meyers, and also picked up more Tillamook cheese from there–at $4.99/2 lb loaf. This week, I have purchased 2 cheddar and 2 pepper jack bricks. I grabbed 2 cauliflowers from the reduced produce rack, for $1/head. I had a coupon for $4/off 3 Enjoy Life products. I found some gf cookies on the reduced rack for $2.07/box. I bought 3 of them, bringing my total, after coupon, to $2.21 for 3 boxes of gf cookies. I grabbed several bread items from the reduced rack for 59c/loaf, 99c/bag of bagels, English muffins and hot dog buns for 59c–I got so many that every empty corner of the freezers are now full of bread items! I found 1/2 gallons of milk for 87c, And so on. I’ve worked pretty hard at getting my pantry in order, and just have a few more things to round up and I will be done for a while again.
Fall is definitely on its way. I’ve seen a few trees beginning to change colors around here. This picture is from last fall, when we took the kids to Bonneville Dam and Multnomah Falls, up the Columbia River Gorge. Our first soaking rain of the year is predicted for tonight and it is supposed to rain for a few days. I’m ready. The smoke was pretty bad yesterday from all the wildfires that still burn in the forests of Oregon. I’m delighted to think that there may be some relief once the rains come, and am also glad many of the historic sites in the gorge were saved from burning. All week, we scurried around like crazy doing all we could to prepare, and spent many hours yesterday on fall chores.
Every day for the past couple of weeks, I’ve had each girl pull one bucket of weeds from the yard. I’ve been pretty easy on them in letting them choose any size bucket, and sometimes they choose the littlest bucket you have ever seen, but the yard is starting to look way better! Rob and I mowed the lawn one evening after work, and we’ve been clipping off branches that are in the way, or need pruning. We’ve been trying to fill the yard debris bin each week.
Patsy and I worked on the garden and went to the store. I am planning a garden update post for later in the week, so I won’t spend much time on that now, but one thing she did was pull and wash all the carrots. She snapped off the tops and put them in Ziplocks. They are now in the camper fridge with many other items, like eggs and cheese, and will keep a long time. It’s not large, but it sure helps since we still only have the 1 fridge.
Rob and the older girls went for the remaining wood that was up at my sister’s place. There was some cutting and splitting to do this week, so it took them most of the morning for 1 load, but we all worked to get it stacked once they returned, and that job is done for now. Once that was done, Rob and Lovana took our old broken refrigerator and a bunch of recyclables to the dump. It has been bothering him for quite a while, since it was sitting out there by the shop, and he wanted to get it gone while it way dry! He had to pay $25 to get rid of the fridge, but the rest was free. How nice to have that stuff all gone–a whole van full. It’s amazing how many things you find that need cleaning up after so long without rain. We’ve had a couple of small showers of rain, but no soaking rain all summer.
Are you ready for fall? I am not finished, but sure feel like I made some progress around here this week. Rob and I set ourselves a goal to do at least one thing each evening after work towards getting things cleaned up before the rain, and we are happy with our progress. Let it pour!!!
Now, I’m off to make those Deviled Eggs for our Family Sunday Dinner! (I used an old picture since I have not made them yet!!) The eggs are boiled and cold, and I’ll be done in a jiffy. We are celebrating my aunt’s birthday today, and I wanted to make her Deviled Eggs, since she likes them and was so kind as to tip me off about the great sale on eggs:) I’ll pack the food in a cooler, and take it to church with us, since we will be over at my sister’s house today. Her kitchen remodel is finally done and they have been able to come in out of the garage and finally cook after a summer of using a hot plate and microwave! It’s beautiful. I’m excited for them!