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Zaycon! They’re at it again! A new product that is!

Southern Idaho,

2 days left to place your order! 

*New Product* – Extra Long Fancy Grade A Natural Fries – ONLY $.89/lb!  

 

CLICK HERE to see our Video on this product! 

These come frozen in a 36lb. case, divided into 6 – 6lb. bags.  They are 3/8 regular cut with skin on.

36 pounds at $.89/lb is only $32.04 a case!  You don’t want to miss out!  

Copy and paste this link to order! http://www.zayconfoods.com/refer/zf22029

Have a great day!

Yummy Asparagus! No longer an oxymoron!

At the ripe old age of 22 I tasted asparagus for the first time.  Yup, I know, what a sad, uncultured and deprived life I led before I was married.  This recipe was put together with my husband and it has delighted us every time we do come across a sale on the beloved, vitamin-filled vegetable.  As a quick mention, I am picky about the thickness of my stalky friend.  The thinner the better (think pencil thin).  The Asparagus that looks like a tree truck is avoided and left in the produce isle all by its lonely, and I don’t feel bad at all to say it.

 

These 5 ingredients added to Asparagus will make your mouth sing!  Kosher salt, pepper, grated Parm, shredded Parm and olive oil.  So the ingredients are ready.  Are you?  Your hands will be your main tool for this next part.

Cut off the lower 1/3 of the stalk. This is the tough fibrous end that is edible but is not enjoyable.

Lay out the asparagus and put on all the ingredients except the shredded Parmesan and distribute evenly.

See what I mean by your hands being your tool?  Messy, but worth the results!  Lay out the Asparagus in a single layer on your jelly roll pan and put into your preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your Asparagus.

This is the almost finished product. The head should be darker, and the stalk should be limp.

Put them on a serving platter and spread the shredded Parmesan.  Try eating just one before it reaches the dinner table.  I dare you!  If you want to, you can also put on the parmesan and let it bake in the oven for a few more minutes, the taste doesn’t change but the cheese may hold better to the Asparagus.  Enjoy your veggies!

Que list of ingredients

1 lb of Asparagus

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1-2 tsp kosher salt

2-3 tsp grated parmesan

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2-3 Tbsp Shredded Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

When life gives you broccoli, freeze it!

Fresh Picked BroccoliBroccoli fresh from the family backyard garden!

There was something that caught in my chest as I froze this broccoli today.  Back in March when I planted my broccoli seeds I had a really hard time imagining that I would get anything out of it other than leaves and the trouble of watering it daily.  I had the same feeling in June too!  It took nearly 2 months out in the garden before these stinkers even gave me a dime sized head of a broccoli.

Now, fast forward 7 weeks later!  The broccoli was staring me in the face as I went out to pick some tomatoes and estimate the amount of green beans there are to can (that post looks like it will be coming early next week!)  I came inside and armed myself with the best knowledge available of how to make sure that my persistence of keeping these plants alive was rewarded with a worthwhile result in October as I make my first batch of broccoli, potato, cheese soup (that recipe will come in October!)

So, here is the result of 5 months of work (minus 2 heads that I used last week for broccoli beef)!

Before we officially start here is a list of needed items!

 Broccoli (as fresh as possible!)

2 LARGE bowls

1 small strainer

1 large strainer

1 large pot of water 2/3 full of water

Zipper Freezer bags

One straw

The first step after bringing in your broccoli should be a no brainer!

Wash it!  Wash it in cool water (don’t start the cooking process yet!)

Break the heads up into usable sizes (not to big) and remove leaves.

Toss the pieces into a brining solution (1 gallon water to 4 tsp. salt) to remove any pest still lurkin’.  Keep them in the brine for half an hour.

Give that broccoli a good rinse!

Now pretend you see a picture of these florets in a big pot of boiling water!

Isn’t that an incredible sight!  Wow!

Set the timer for 3 minutes. Cover with the lid!  While the florets blanch, fill a large bowl with ice water (extra ice)Use a small strainer to transfer all the broccoli from the boiling water into your LARGE bowl of ice water.  Let it chill for the same amount of time it was boiling. 3 minutes.

Drain that broccoli again!  No rinsing!  Let it drip dry for a bit (1-2 minutes).

While you are waiting, pre-label your zipper freezer bags with what is in it and a date! (Almost all green things in the freezer look the same, have you noticed or is it just me?)

Divide up the treasure into your baggies (in portions you are likely to use all at the same time, I used quart sized)

See that straw?  That comes next!

Before you close your bags all the way, slip the straw into the corner and suck out the excess air!  This will keep your hard work in tastier condition longer!

Here is the awesome result!  Toss it in your freezer on the quick freeze setting if you have it.

With the 7 “normal” sized heads I started out with, I ended up with 6 quart sized bags most of the way full.  In my deep freeze it will keep fresh tasting for at least a year (if it would last that long).

You know that thing (ya know, the thing that caught in my chest)?  I think it was joy from knowing that the hard work had paid off.  That my family will be blessed with healthy meals during the winter with broccoli that came from a $1 package of seed and persistence!  You can do it too!  I promise!

Happy Freezing!

Thank you pickyourown.org for the great wealth of knowledge!

Zaycon!? What is that?

Zaycon!  A great business delivering quality food to your town! I’m excited because in my area (Boise,ID) they are offering their chicken tenders again!  That’s right, again!  When they first offered chicken tenders I bought an entire box (20lbs) on good faith because I had experienced other products and been happy with the results.

So I ordered another box which I will take home like the first box, quickly and easily pack them up into individual gallon freezer bags (6 gallons plus a small snack) and throw them in the freezer for quick meals, add-ins or sandwich/ wrap material!

For $40 +tax I get enough “chicken nuggets” (what my kids call them) to keep us happy for a good year.  Not only do my kids like them as if they are chicken nuggets (because they aren’t, the chicken has not been ground up) but they cost less than an average bag of manufactured, ground up chicken parts that are breaded then sold as chicken nuggets at your local grocery store for $5 a bag.  So head on over to Zaycon’s website and check to see what they are delivering to your area!  http://www.zayconfoods.com/refer/zf22029

Fred Meyer Deals for 8/19- 8/25

Fred Meyer has so many decent deals this week!  Not only on groceries either!

The first deal I want to point out is for the pharmacy! On the bottom right hand corner of the the 3rd page of this weeks ad it says:

Transfer a PRESCRIPTION, you could get $25 loaded on your Rewards Card to use on your next purchase!

In small print is says Rewards Card must be presented when paying for transferred prescription. ( This sounds like free groceries to me!)

Now for the groceries!

Red, Green or Black Seedless Grapes $0.78 lb

Fred Meyer Milk or OJ $10 for 10.                                                                               With in-ad coupon. Limit 10                                                                                                           Use .75/1 Milk Coupon (coupons.com)                                                                                   0.68 per half gallon of milk

Fred Meyer Butter 1lb                                                                                                              $2 each!

Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel 7 oz                                                                                    .99 with In-store mfr. coupon                                                                                                        Use .55/1 Skintimate gel (SS 07/22)  or                                                                                      Use .55/1 Edge Shave Gel (SS 07/15)                                                                                         .44 each!

Fred Meyer is hit or miss, but this week would be a getting back to basics week!  Don’t forget to drop the kiddos off in the Adult supervised child area and relax as you coupon!

Oh Asparagus! How I love thee, let me count the ways!

WHO absolutely LOVES Asparagus?  Raise your hands!  Oh look at all of you!  So exciting to see the many fans of this delectable vegetable!  I myself did not have a clue 5 years ago that this vegetable was so great, then that changed when my sister bought me a bundle which I eventually (after much discussion with the DH) made into a tasty side dish which turned me into my current fanatic state of this odd looking veggie!

So, Asparagus.  As I was debating what was going to make it into my garden it wasn’t hard to make the decision to making this vegetable would be in my garden so I could go out and pick some every Spring and be the happiest woman in the world while doing it.  So I ordered 20 crowns from a reputable company online, it arrived on my doorstep, and it promptly went into my cheese drawer in my fridge to keep cool until planting.  That was about… April.  So what happened is I ran into the instructions on the internet on how to plant said veggie.  It was not a hard process, but it was hard for me to process that I wouldn’t be able to go out and cut me up some fresh from the garden Asparagus for 2 years!  That’s right! Zippo, nada until the spring of 2014.  I saw this as a BIG commitment from my self and the lovely raised bed my DH had built me just for it.

Fast forward 4 months later. I still have the crowns in my cheese drawer, I still have an empty raised bed, I still really love the stuff.  So yesterday I soaked the crowns for several hours and headed out to the corner of the yard.

Asparagus trench I turned my soil (3 parts topsoil to 1 part compost) and dug 2 lovely trenches.   Just like so!

Jersey KnightThen I placed my crowns 6″ apart over a little rounded mound on the bottom of the trench. Like so.

After placing them just so, (they remind me of Octopi sitting in dirt) I covered them in 2 inches of dirt. Approximately anyhow.

Can you see it or is it just me?

Now the waiting is upon me.  When will I get to sample the wonderfully delicious self-grown asparagus?  It looks like a high possibility of picking some up at the store this week!

This is my own fallout version of planting Asparagus.  Many of the people I have spoken to, or read about on the subject recommend at least a foot (12″) between crowns, which I deemed a bit much even though I am an amateur gardener.  I was taught as a child that you make decisions and you have to reap the consequences.  So if I am out in my garden in 3 years replanting my over grown Asparagus because I planted it to close, I will have learned my dear lesson.

Rite-Aid August 19-25 ~Everything in this post is STOCK-UP Pricing!

Rite Aid is on FIRE!  If I had a choice I would live there this next week!  Not only are there great sale prices, there are a lot of Single Check Rebates available to go with them. To top it off, there are even several adperk coupons to match!  When you open this Sunday’s Rite Aid ad, flip straight to page 3 which is full of school supplies. All of them are either B1G1 50% off or B1G1 Free.

All of these products are possibly included in the sale items for this week!  That would make them cheap, free, or possibly even money makers! Can I hear a Thank You Rite Aid! But that is just school related items.

** Ladies and Gents!  I just got back from Rite Aid, and the combination on SC’s and sales are just okay.  Other than the 3 pack of Rite Aid brand tape.

Buy 2 3-packs of Rite Aid Tape (B1G1 Free)

Total 3.69

Submit for $3 SCR.  I am officially ready for wrapping presents this Christmas!

Now for the Revlon Deals (i.e. steals!)

The Revlon SCR can be combined with the $2.00 off Revlon Eye Beauty Tools or Brow Pencils ad-perk coupon.  Making these super cheap or free.

This SCR can be combined with the deal on the bottom of page 6. Buy any 3 Nail Enamel, get a $3 +up reward.  If you buy $10 (2 bottles approx) of Revlon and any other enamel you could receive the $3 +up and submit for a $4 SCR, making you feel 10 times better as you pamper yourself!

Done with the Single Check Rebates! Now for the coupon deals!
Samy Fat Foam Hair Color $8.99
-$6.00 of in-ad coupon
-$2.00 of adperk coupon (YMMV, both have a RC49 code in the barcode line)
Possible to get a box for .99!
Rips Licorice $0.99
Use $0.50/1 Rips licorice SS 06/24/12 or SS 07/22/12
$0.49 (These sour candies are addictive!)
Hershey’s Simple Pleasures $2.99
Use $2.00/1 Simple Pleasures  (SS 8/19)
$0.99 OR
Buy 2, use 2 $2/1 and use $1/2 Simple Pleasures Pouches Adperk coupon
Grand Total of .49 each! ( I hope these are as good as they look!)
The best of the ad!  Free with +UP!
Max Freeze or Max Heat Pain Relievers $7
$7 +up Reward
FREE (limit 1)
Sleep Sheets $5
$5 +up reward
FREE (limit 1)
Magni Life Restless Legs Creme $11
$11 +up reward
$2 off Any Magni Product Adperk coupon
$2 MONEY MAKER! (limit 1)
Rite Aid Hand Sanitizer (8 oz) $1
$1 +up reward
FREE (limit 4)
 
Are you watching your AdPerk Videos yet?  Head on over to riteaid.com to login to start saving and getting the GREAT deals!  After 19 hours of working and fiddling I still can’t get the spacing right on the coupon deals, sorry.  But I am just going to let it go.  Hopefully it won’t happen again.