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Frugalicious Shopping Trip

January 21st, 2009 at 05:52 pm

First, to fully appreciate how thrilled I was by this, you need to know the Brit husband is an oatmeal junkie. Or a porridge junkie, as he'd say.

Now on to the wonder of it all. At an unusual daytime grocery shopping expedition,our local grocer had huge boxes of Quaker oats for $2 each. So I bought 5 and other cheap-o Quaker products. Of course I had coupons, and today was double-coupon day. And an lovely lady, laughing at all the oatmeal in my cart gave me her additional $1 off coupons (doubled!) and the store flyer featured another $3 off coupon.

I used to dream of beautiful mornings overlooking the Aegean (well, I still do), but today's dream come true was all that lovely oatmeal for free. And tonight's menu features comfort-food meatloaf made with oatmeal.

With the coupon and store card, everything I bought was half off.

Life is good.

3 Responses to “Frugalicious Shopping Trip”

  1. mom-sense Says:

    Please share your meatloaf with oatmeal recipe. Sounds like a healthy alternative to my usual fare. And good job scoring the oatmeal!

  2. Analise Says:

    Wow, I am amazed at your savings! That is great and yes, please share the recipe for meatloaf w/oatmeal.

  3. my english castle Says:

    It came from I think originally from Quaker.

    Quaker oatmeal prize winning meat loaf

    6 to 8
    1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
    3/4 cup QuakerŽ Oats
    3/4 cup finely chopped onion
    1/2 cup catsup
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    Heat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in large bowl; mix lightly but thoroughly.

    Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until meatloaf is to medium doneness (160°F for beef, 170°F for turkey), until not pink in center and juices show no pink color. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

    As good as the meatloaf is, it would not be complete without the sauce. Mom formed the mixture into a loaf and placed it in the middle of a roast pan to cook. Twenty minutes before it was done, the grease/liquid was drained off. She then covered the meatloaf with 1/2 cup of grated onion, followed by 1 cup of (Heinz) ketchup mixed with 4T of brown sugar, 4T vinegar, 2T Worchestershire Sauce; heated mixed ingredients but did not boil. I always make a double batch to spoon over each piece.

    Cover and refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 2 days, or wrap airtight and freeze up to 3 months.

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