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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Costco Time!

Well. Not really. Not recently, I mean. But I found 2 receipts that I've been carrying around to do a post on ... figured I would give you TWO FOR ONE! How do you like that?

First trip was 4/27/13 ...

3 dozen xlarge eggs $3.39 (prices down again!)
box of easy mac cups (Sonny Boy) $9.79
qtips $8.99
picnic pack of ketchup/mustard/relish $7.25 less $2
2 gallons 2% milk $3.09 each
combo ziploc bags $10.99
fruit roll ups $10.89 less $2.80 coupon
20 pk irish spring bath soap $8.66
35 pk of zeph water $4.89 less $1
5 lb bag of grapefruits $5.99
bag of Angies Kettle Corn $5.99 less $1.50
2 pks of beef jerkey $13.99 each less $3.50 each
2 pkgs of cooked bacon $12.39 each (this stuff is getting more expensive each time)
Hard Salami $5.69
half and half $1.69
popchips bbq flavored $5.49
mens dress shirt $17.99 (returned later)
unsalted cashews $14.99
mahi mahi $16.99
steak strips $12.99
sliced ham lunchmeat $9.05
mini babybels $9.99
romaine $3.99
coconut shreds $8.99
organic honey $8.99
acid reflux twin pack $8.49
2 lbs 31/40 shrimp $13.99
tons of plastic cups $9.99
almond butter $6.29
2 lb strawberries $5.99
1 lb english cheddar $6.99
5 pk of wild tuna (canned) $4.99
twin pk of olives $5.99

Grand total was $315.09 ... yes, really. A Few things I should not have gotten, coconut (dehydrated and coated in sugar!), babybels, popchips, popcorn and a few other things for the Boy ...

Next trip was 5/4/13 ... yes, a mere week later ... I had Sonny Boy with me ...

half and half $1.69
twin pack Acai juice $8.59
shredded parmesan $13.99
pretzels $7.69
3 pk ragu sauce $6.35 less $2.30
3 dozen xlarge eggs $3.39
pkg organic spinach $3.99
GCB caffiene pills $15.99 (um, don't ask, stupid purchase on my part)
NV Protein bars $11.99
angus ready made cheeseburgers $12.99 less $4
LARGE container of Whey Isolate $57.99 less $8
one a day vitamins (men) $13.79
Krill oil $17.99 less $5
roma tomatoes $5.29
6 pk socks $12.99
2 pkgs blueberries $6.99 each

Grand total this time around was $205.35. I'd be happy if ALL my Costco trips were in this range ... alot of the stuff was for Sonny Boy ... sauce for back home, Acai juice for his smoothies, along with the protein stuff, and other junk food.

I'm really happy the eggs have come back down in price again ... I have them on my list to pick up when I go back again ... probably in the next few days since it's month end and that's generally when I go ...

What have you been buying from Costco lately?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Roasted Veggies

As you may know, I am trying (real hard!) to increase my intake of vegetables ... it's just a little difficult because I do NOT like a lot of veggies.

NOW, at the ripe ole age of 49, I'm finding that I don't like them because of the way they've been prepared.

Take broccoli for example ... (and if anyone is singing Chopping Broccoli while they read this, RAISE YOUR HAND!) ... I always hated the smell, the texture, the little shrubby pieces left behind in your mouth ... just everything about it, totally disliked and would turn my nose up at it ...

But I keep trying ... and NOW? I love it ... but only this way:


Which is so stinkin easy, I can't believe I didn't try this before!!

Ready for the easiest recipe yet?

Take your head of broccoli and rinse well (you know little bugs live in there, right? Another thing I hated)

Dry best you can. Chop up the florets into smallish pieces, removing most of the stem part too.

Toss in a bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil, salt (this here is my new favorite salt!) and pepper ...

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and dump out the green trees, spreading them out to a single layer ...

Roast in the oven set at 400 degrees til brown and tender. Don't let them over cook and get mushy ... that's when they get that icky taste :-(

Serve up with something equally delicious on the side and call it a day!

Seriously, I can't believe I'm eating broccoli now!

*First time I did this, I made with cauliflower and broccoli. Lined the pan with foil and left the pieces rather large. Noticed that Sonny Boy was scarfing all the broccoli down. That's when I figured, heck, I better try that before he eats them all ... THAT was when I started buying broccoli every trip to the store!

*The foil, in my opinion, may make the veggies steam a little more ... the parchment paper makes it a little dryer for roasting purposes.

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