Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) starts this week and the others will be right behind them. So watch out for kids, on foot, bikes or skateboards. Also expect early morning traffic to ramp up.
All the stores feature some good back to school bargains on school necessities, including lunchboxes. But what to put in them, that is the question. Of course if your kid won’t eat anything but crustless peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches your problem is solved. If your kids are old enough, ask them what items they need to make their own lunch. (May require negotiation)
One thing I learned while waiting in school lunchrooms to meet a nephew is that, at least through the second grade, they are probably not eating as much as you think. One after the other they scoop out and scarf down the things they like and dump the rest in the trash on their way to the playground.
Special Sales This Week
Fry’s—There are quite a few digital coupons. The special Fri and Sat Only digital deals include selected General Mills Cereals for $.99/box. If you need several home care and self care products check out the Buy 4 Save $4 Sale. There is also a Baby Event where if you buy $40 worth of items like Pampers, Huggies etc. you can save $10 instantly. Watch for special shelf tags.
Safeway—The Special Digital Deal this week is for Oroweat Wide Pan Bread $.74/each, first two only. There are a lot of clip or click coupons for Lunchables, $.99/each, GoGurt $1.49/8 pack and Kleenex Tissues $1.49/each.
Sprouts—72 Hour Sale Fri Sat & Sun featuring Blueberries $.98/6 oz box, Sprouts Purified Water $1.77/24 pk, Roasted Cashew Pieces $3.99/lb (bulk). Get 25% or more off some of kids’ favorites from yogurt to nutrition bars. Watch for special shelf tags.
Special Days This Week
August 1—Raspberry Cream Pie
August 2—Ice Cream Sandwich
August 6—Root Beer Float Day
Thee is evidence that honey was used in making fermented drinks as long ago as 7000 BCE in Northern China. It has a long history all over Asia, Europe and even Africa. Here in Prescott we have our own prizewinning Superstition Meadery. In the Old Capital Building on Gurley St.
This Week’s Food Suggestions
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken*
Pasta with Pesto Sauce*
Pan Seared Boneless Pork Chops *
Salads and Sides
Watermelon Salad *
Diced Roasted Sweet Potatoes *
Corn Muffins *
Raspberry Tart *
Raspberry Jello Cake *
Root Beer Float *
Ice Cream Sandwiches *
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
You will notice he only uses a little. It is more pungent made this way. So be sparing, you can always add more if you want to after tasting. Alas I am allergic to pine nuts. You can leave out the nuts or use pecans or walnuts. It won’t be exactly the same, but it is still really good. Pay attention when you are adding the oil though, it won’t emulsify quite the same without nuts.
Pan Seared Boneless Pork Chops
He doesn’t mention the main reason for purchasing boneless chops, they are frequently on sale. I have thought of brining them first. I wouldn’t salt like he does, no salt till the last minute will keep the salt from drawing juices out of the chop.
Mediterranean Watermelon Salad
Nigella’s Watermelon Salad
Diced Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Raspberry Cream Tart
Raspberry Jello Cake
Root Beer Float
Don’t really need a recipe. Just remember to put the ice cream in first.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
These will work best with soft cookies. Why not make snack size with regular size soft chocolate chip cookies and a small scoop of ice cream.
Lunch Box Ideas
Items on Sale This Week
Chicken B/S—$1.88/lb @Sprouts. $2.99/lb @Safeway, Signature Farms.
Chicken, bone in parts—$.97/lb @Safeway, breast, leg, thigh. $1.99/lb @Sprouts, drums, thighs
Beef Steak—$2.99/lb @Safeway, chuck, round, eye. $4.77/lb @Fry’s, T-bone. $5.77/lb @Safeway, boneless New York.
Ground Beef—$$2.97/lb @Safeway, $2.99/lb @Sprouts. $2.97/lb @Fry’s, 2 lb pkg.
Pork Chops, boneless—$1.99/lb @Safeway, sirloin. $2.99/lb @Sprouts, loin.
Fruits and Vegetables
Strawberries—$.75/1 lb box @Fry’s.$.98/1 lb box @Sprouts. $3.34/2 lb box (if you buy 3) @Safeway, otherwise $5/each.
Blueberries—$.98/6 oz box @Sprouts (72 hr sale). $3.34/18 oz box @Safeway (if you buy 3, otherwise $5/each). $2.50/6 oz box @Fry’s, (O)
Raspberries—$2.50/6 oz box @Sprouts. $3.34/12 oz box @Safeway (if you buy 3, otherwise $5/each.
Grapes—$.69/lb @Sprouts, red. $.77/lb @Safeway, red, green.
Watermelon—$2/each @Fry’s, personal. $1.99/each @Fry’s, big $3.98/each @Sprouts, big.
Cantaloupe—$1.50/each @Sprouts. $2/each @Fry’s. $2.50/each @Safeway.
Greens—$2.50/3 pk @Sprouts, Romaine Hearts. $2.50/pkg, @Fry’s, Kroger or Dole salad blends
Tomatoes—$.99/lb @Safeway, Lg slicing, $.98/lb on-the-vine. $1.88/lb @Fry’s, on-the-vine (O)
Cucumbers—$.50/each @Safeway. $.98/each @Sprouts, english, (O)
Squash—yellow or zucchini—$.99/lb @Safeway
Hatch Chilis—$.99/lb @Safeway
Other good Deals
Sugar—$.99/4 lb bag @Fry’s, Smidge brand, granulated white
Hot Dogs—$1.67/pkg @Fry’s, Ballpark, $2.50/pkg @Fry’s, Johnsonville, $3/pkg, Hebrew Nat’l
Pasta—$.99/1 lb pkg @Sprouts
Ice Cream—$3.99/56 oz @Sprouts, Tillamook. $2.48/46/48 oz @Safeway,
Blue BunnyPastries—$1/box @Safeway, Mini Pastry Bites or Turnovers