Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holiday Shopping

Today I did my big holiday food shopping trip for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I will need to get a few more things later but I got most of the staples today. Aldi has some great sales this week, and Kroger has turkeys on sale, so this was the time to pick up what I'll need for the holidays since I had to spend at least $20 to get the sale price on the turkey. Here is what I got for a total of $45.29 after my Kroger senior discount and coupons:
  • 15 1/2 pound turkey @ .59 per pound - $9.23
  • 9 bags of Kroger frozen vegetables @ $1.00 per bag - $6.10 after my senior discount and a $2.00 off frozen food coupon (I got 3 cauliflower, 2 bell pepper/onion blend, 3 green beans and 1 Asian blend)
  • 1 pound Kroger pork sausage - $2.25
  • 16 ounces Kroger shredded mozzarella - $2.69
  • 16 ounces Kroger cottage cheese @ $1.25 on sale minus discount and 40-cent coupon - $.72
  • Roma tomatoes - $.64 (Walmart)
I got all this from Aldi:
  • 3 bags pork rinds - $.99 each
  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini - $.89
  • 2 8-ounce Swiss cheese @ $1.49 each
  • 8-ounce Colby cheese - $1.49
  • 8-ounce pepper-jack cheese - $1.49
  • 1 can tomato paste - $.39 (I usually pay 44-cents at Walmart)
  • Deluxe American cheese - $2.99
  • 3 pounds butter @ $1.69 each
  • 2 bags fresh cranberries @ $.99 each
  • 1 can pumpkin - $.89
  • 2 dozen eggs @ $.99 each
  • Celery - $.59
  • 3 pound bag of onions - $.59
Of course I also bought a few high carb items and non-food items that aren't mentioned here. Tomorrow I will make some "zoodles" out of the zucchini that I bought and serve them with Dottie's Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. If you haven't tried that recipe, what are you waiting for? It's delicious and super easy to make. Someone just posted a link to this YouTube video that demonstrates four different "zoodlers":


  1. Linda, Love your new site! Which sprial slicer do you use and have? After watching the video it seems as one makes them so fine as they would turn to mush when cooking and one so thick. After using yours would you recomend it or another brand? Thanks!

    1. I have the OXO julienne peeler - and also this one: MIU France Plastic Spiral Slicer -, which is the one that he calls "Joyce Chen" in the video.

      I had some trouble with the spiral slicer at first but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I just have to make sure that the veggies are the right size and shape. It makes very fine "angel hair" and the OXO one makes thicker "noodles". You do need to be careful not to overcook the finer zoodles. This last time I microwaved them without adding any liquid and they came out pretty nice. I think I only nuked them for about 3 minutes or so.