Saturday, April 04, 2015
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Holiday Stockup
Yesterday was my first real grocery visit since getting over the influenza. I had to shop for a few weekly basics as well as Easter dinner. Oh, my goodness... the stores were packed and it was quite early!
I didn't have a lot to spend on Holiday stock ups but I knew by taking advantage of deep discounts now, it would be good for my budget later. The ham was half price and I'm thinking of going back for another to put in the freezer. The jury is still out on that one as I do have other places for the food budget.
But I was able to stock up on frozen veggies and I was thrilled to find the frozen cooked brown rice packages on a 10 for $10. They are perfect for when one is cooking for just two people and you want a quick starchy item for the menu.
One of my "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" foods was on a Holiday discount of about half price. My title for these foods is because they tend to be unhealthy and perhaps not even real food. However, I still purchase them because they are essential to certain recipes. In this case it was Cool Whip but Velveeta cheese also falls under this category.
I bought one Cool Whip for the Easter dessert and two others for the deep freeze. My husband was appalled when he saw the Cool Whip being placed in the grocery cart. I should have stuck with the "Don't Tell" part of the story. But Cool Whip for $1.00 was too good to pass up.
I told him it was for the Possum Pie I'm making for Easter dessert. He thought I was joking but I assured him I was telling the truth. I'm making Possum Pie Saturday (today) for Easter. It has been awhile since I made it and I came to realize he didn't know that was the name for that particular dessert. It is from an old Taste of Home article where they are asked to find favorite recipes from restaurants.
Those were my only stock up items but I do plan to go to Meijers Monday morning to see if they have the Hershey's Chocolate Kisses with Almonds half price. If they do, I'll buy a couple bags for the pantry. They are my husband's favorite treat and not mine. I prefer the pure milk chocolate variety. So that means they will last in the pantry. ;)
I've learned to be appreciative when I can stock up a little and not let it bother me when I can't. I've been waiting for a 10 for $10 sale on cream cheese but when it happened a few weeks ago, I didn't have $10 to spend on one item. So I let it go... insert that song here... and made different plans for Easter dessert. Which is how the decision to make a Possum Pie came about.
So... are you curious as to that recipe? You can find it... here. I'll try to remember to take a photo of it Sunday.
ADDED NOTE: I use Cool Whip instead of whipped cream as the top layer of the Possum Pie since I usually make it a day ahead of time and Cool Whip keeps better. I also use 1-8 oz. cream cheese instead of 2-3 ounce cream cheese as the 8 ounce is usually what I have on hand.