Grocery shopping [ramble]
DH went on a trip last week, left the grocery list for me. It took three grocery stores, the warehouse store, and the local farmer's market to get everything on that list! OTOH, there were enough BOGO items and store coupons to bring the total cost down almost 40%.
One store -for the third time- didn't have items on hand to fulfill their store's coupons. I did get rain checks, but think that's the last time I shop there; the company has another about a mile farther in a different direction so I'll try that one next time.
Best price anywhere for a head of cabbage was .79 lb and none were very fresh; picked up a great big crispy head at the farmer's market for $3 [about .50 lb). btw, slice thinly, saute or braise, cool and pack into bags or containers ~ it freezes just fine and it's handy to have a ready-to-eat base for quick dinners or side dishes.
Noticed a "new" item in a dairy case: a one-cup container of mixed 50% butter/50% canola oil for $4.89... I've been doing that for years, even with the high-priced organic butter it's only about .80 a cup. It's a bit messy to mix, but I do a full pound of butter at a time, pack into 8 oz containers and freeze. It keeps fresh at least 6 months.
If you are wondering why I did the shopping (didn't scream about it either), it's because the choice was shop or work on that quilt. I've promised myself the next quilt will NOT have 1600 pieces.