Frugal Homemaking for September (produce in season)

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on September 3, 2015

 

This is a re-post from a previous year.

There are piles of laundry dumped in random places around my house, my husband’s brown bag lunches are strange combinations of leftovers found lurking in the fridge, my kids are eating Pirate’s Booty on a daily basis, and I have been staying up way too late with way too much produce. This can only mean one thing: Canning Season is here.

I have a love-hate relationship with this time of year. The produce is so abundant in September. Then I start ordering and picking and freezing and canning produce, and I can’t stop. Restraint is not in my vocabulary. Like most things in life, I go all-or-nothing, turning food preservation into some sort of ultra-endurance event.

So, as much as I sometimes hate the long nights and early mornings and endless parade of produce across my kitchen counter, for the most part I just feel crazy blessed to live in this part of the country where so many great farmers and fields are right around the corner. Seriously, what’s not to love about that?

Italian Prunes… or are they Plums?

I just ordered 60 pounds of prunes. We will eat some fresh and dry the rest using a food dehydrator. To dry, I just cut them in half, pop them open, toss the pit, fan out each half (see picture), and lay on the drying racks. Dried prunes (or plums, if you prefer) are so stinking sweet; we eat them like candy. Once they are dry, I just drop them into bags and store them in the freezer.

I think I might also make this recipe next week.

Tomatoes

I currently have 550 pounds of tomatoes sitting out in my garage. This is the fourth year I have placed such a large order and split it five ways. Combining orders is a great way to get a discount; the produce markets I called were happy to give me a price cut (To the tune of .25 off per pound. That adds up fast!).

The guys loading the boxes into my van were laughing at me (This happens every year, too), “Ok, I’ve got to know, what in the world do you do with 26 boxes of tomatoes?!” My children, strapped into their carseats and surrounded by boxes of ripe tomatoes just take it all in stride. Apparently, crazy mommy to others is normal mommy to them.

So, here is what I plan to do with 26 boxes of tomatoes:

  • Can Whole Tomatoes (use for bases in soups, stews, sauces, etc.) and Salsa
  • Roasted Marinara Sauce (I use this for spaghetti, lasagna, pizza sauce, or a salsa base. The steps are simple, and the flavor is amazing.)

Peaches

My friend Shelly asked if I wanted to pick peaches last Friday. I was packing for a beach camping trip, but her offer was too good to refuse. We picked peaches in the morning, and my little family hit the road that afternoon. When we walked back through the door on Sunday night our entire house smelled like sweet peaches. That’s way better than the oops-I-forgot-to-take-out-the-trash-before-we-left smell of years past.

On Monday night, I canned 21 quarts, using the Cold Pack Method (Step-by-Step Guide).

This afternoon I’m planning to make a Brown-Sugar Peach Pie with Coconut Streusel (Cooking Light). This is my favorite peach pie recipe. It only needs a single crust so it comes together quickly and easily. So good.

Check out our Recipe Index for some other great seasonal options. Peach season will start winding down soon. If you are planning to can or freeze peaches, make sure you look for freestone varieties, which just means the pit will separate easily from the fruit.

Apples

I stocked my chest freezer with Freezer Applesauce from Transparent Apples (early variety) and my shelves with Canned Applesauce (Step-by-Step Guide) from Gravenstein Apples (season is just wrapping up). Apple season will really kick into full swing over the next two months so you will have plenty of time to either freeze or can some applesauce.

We have also been eating loads of fresh corn, basil, potatoes, zucchini, onions, and cucumbers from the garden. Have I mentioned I love this time of year?

What’s happening in your garden or home this month?

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LEGO Movie Bad Cop Car Chase Set for $23.10 (BEST price!)

by Angela Davis on September 3, 2015

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Amazon has the LEGO Movie Bad Cop Car Chase Set for $23.10 right now. This is Amazon’s lowest ever price. Would make a good gift for a fan of The LEGO Movie.

  • Bad Cop Super Secret Police car features a driver’s seat and an opening roof
  • Super Secret Police motorbike features huge wheels, an open cockpit, megaphone, gun and searchlight elements
  • Accessories include Bad Cop’s chair and megaphone

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Find the most current LEGO deals here –> Best LEGO Deals (it’s updated daily with new prices and deals!).

More ways to save at Amazon:

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Get a one-year subscription to Women’s Health Magazine for just $4.99 through tomorrow only (9/4). Use the code FRUGALNW at checkout and your total will drop from $49.90 to $4.99.

A lifestyle magazine rooted in health and fitness. Women’s Health is filled with actionable and practical advice that you can use today. For women who want to do more, have more, and be more.

You may get up to a three year subscription at this price (new or renewal). This deal will expire tomorrow at 8:59 pm Pacific.

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Philips Norelco Kids Hair Clipper for $24.64 (BEST price!)

by Angela Davis on September 3, 2015

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Amazon has the Philips Norelco kids hair clipper for $24.64 right now after you clip the $5/1 coupon located on the page. The discount will come off at checkout. This looks fantastic. If you cut your little guy’s hair at home and the sound of regular clippers always freaks him out, this would be great. It’s supposedly quiet and cordless.

  • Ultra quiet to help the child feel at ease
  • Skin-friendly contour-following comb for speed and comfort
  • Two adjustable combs offer 15 length settings from 1/8″ to 1 3/4″ (3-42mm)
  • Lithium-ion battery for powerful corded and cordless use; charges in 8 hours for 45 minutes of cordless use
  • Compact and lightweight for easy maneuverability

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

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Awesome Skittles and Starburst coupons & deals

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on September 3, 2015

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There are some awesome new Skittles and Startbust coupons and deals to go with them! Is it too soon to buy stocking stuffers?

FRED MEYER

Skittles (2.17 oz) on sale $.50
Buy 2
Use $.50/2 coupon – direct link
$.25 each after coupon

Starburst (2.07 oz) on sale $.50
Buy 2
Use $.50/2 coupon – direct link
$.25 each after coupon

SAFEWAY

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Skittles or Starbust (14 oz) on sale $1.50
Buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon – direct link
Use Safeway double (-$.50)
$.75 each after coupon

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This was the online price. The price might be different in stores.

Skittles (2.17 oz) on sale $.80
Buy 2
Use $.50/2 coupon – direct link
Use Safeway double (-$.50)
$.30 each after coupon

Starburst (2.07 oz) on sale $.80
Buy 2
Use $.50/2 coupon – direct link
Use Safeway double (-$.50)
$.30 each after coupon

WINCO

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Skittles (2.17 oz) on sale $.48
Buy 2
Use $.50/2 coupon – direct link
$.23 each after coupon

ALBERTSONS

Skittles or Starbust (14 oz) on sale $1.50
Buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon – direct link
$1 each after coupon

You can typically print two coupons per computer. If you cannot find the coupon, it has likely reached it’s print limit.

Looking for a specific coupon? Search the Frugal Living NW Coupon Database!

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Whole Foods Market Deals for September 2 – 8

by Angela Davis on September 3, 2015

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Here are the best deals at Whole Foods Market this week. The Whole Foods Market ad runs Wednesday-Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest. Find the full list of this week’s Whole Foods Market deals, including a printable list feature, here.

Back to Nature Juice Pouches (8 pk) on sale $3
Use $1/1 coupon here, here or here
$2 after coupon

Zevia Zero Calorie Soda (6 pk) on sale $3.99
Buy 1, Get $2 Makeena Rebate
Use $1/1 coupon here or here
Pay $2.99, Get $2 Makeena Rebate
$.99 after coupon and rebate

Nature’s Path Organic Frozen Waffles (7 – 8 oz) on sale $2.50

Ground Beef on sale $6.99/lb

Yellow Organic Peaches on sale $1.99/lb

New to couponing?  Check out the Ultimate Guide to Couponing here.

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New Tom’s of Maine coupon

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on September 3, 2015

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Here’s an awesome $1/1 Tom’s of Maine product coupon to print!

Remember, you can typically print two coupons per computer. Find more printable coupons here.

Looking for a specific coupon? Search the Frugal Living NW Coupon Database!

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