Saturday, April 26, 2008

It's mushroom time again. Jeff took Ryan and Evan out yesterday and they found a small bag full of morels. Just the blacks are up, of course. Now it's to get cold and even - gasp - snow. Boo!

In an effort to be more organized and avoid the, "What's for sup?" question and I have nothing prepared (or in the cupboards), I've begun to once again make up a week's menu plan at a time, check the grocery ads & coupons, and make a grocery list. Yesterday was my first day back at it. Shopping went fairly easy because I had everything written down and organized.

I saved $18 at Wal-Mart with coupons and pop bottle refunds (actually, most were beer cans/bottles that the boys picked up in the woods while mushroom hunting, but they are just as returnable as any others). That was good.

At Walgreens I was able to save $29 on groceries with coupons.

At Save-A-Lot, I saved ZILCH but I was a smart shopper and ended up with a car load for $75.

Shopping is tough these days and I told the cashier at Wal-Mart that when she asked how I was. She agreed with me wholeheartedly and even told me that she finds the high prices depressing.

Tonight's dinner plan consisted of:

Spinach Manicotti, Corn Muffin Casserole, & Homemade Oatmeal/Wheat Bread

Manicotti Noodles

1 c. flour
1 c. water
2 eggs
1 TBSP. canola oil

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk until smooth. Heat a greased 8 inch skillet and cook about 1/4 cup of batter at a time as you would pancakes. Transfer to another dish until all batter is used. Fill the noodles by putting a tablespoon of filling in the center of them and roll.

Corn Muffin Casserole

3/4 c. cornmeal
1 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 TBSP. canola oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can creamed corn

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until all flour lumps are gone. Pour into greased baking dish and bake about 20-25 min. or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean and top of casserole is browned lightly.


bethanyrae said...

Oh, I was wondering about the morels.....There might be some down here if we just had someplace to look. All the land is private around here. uh.
Hope you get a bunch this year! You should find out how to market them. I've seen them dried and for sale in specialty food shops for tons of money per ounce.

FromThe Creek said...

While I am missing you guys this year, I am definitely not missing the mushrooms! Have fun picking them, I know the boys love the hunt.