Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fruit costs, Part 2

Blessings, Darlings!

It occurred to me - while shopping - that I left out some fruits yesterday.  They are fruits I rarely buy, and then only at local fruit stands or directly from farmers when in season.  They are peaches and nectarines.

I can't afford them in stores. 

But ... seconds from local farmers, or getting a full bushel at once for canning, I CAN kinda afford.  Huge, if blemished, peaches are about a dollar a pound.  One peach is at least two servings.  So they come to around 50 cents a serving. 

This price lasts about a month.  Which is why I can them.

Frondly, Fern

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fruit Costs

Blessings Darlings!

As I once again start trying to eat better (notice that I don't announce when I'm NOT eating well?), I've been looking at the costs per serving of what I eat.  So I'm going to start posting about it, starting with the fruits.

Oh - at this point I'm just going to talk about price type costs.   Not environmental.  That's a different conversation.

Bananas:  They are some inexpensive fruit!  At the stores I shop at, at 49 cents per pound, that comes to around 21 cents per banana, which is a good serving. 

Apples:  I buy these in three pound bags, because the price per pound is a bit lower, and the apples are smaller.  And you can bet your bippy that I buy bags with smaller, but unblemished, apples.  This way each apple, one serving, is about 45 cents each (less when on sale).  Red ones apparently have more antioxidants than green/yellow ones, but if the green/yellows are on sale, I'll get those, since that usually drives the price down to 33 cents each.

Pineapple: They are usually a bargain in price per serving (define a serving as 6 ounces).  One pineapple, NOT on sale, is about $4.00.  Eight servings (at least) each, so 50 cents a serving.  On sale, at $2 each, or even $1.50 each - bonus!

Strawberries: When they are $2 a pound I buy them a lot, since that's about 50 cents a serving for 6 'fluid' oz, rather than by weight.  At $3 a pound ... sigh.  I buy then more rarely.  This, BTW, is the 'regular' price of whole frozen unsweetened strawberries.  Sigh.

Blackberries: I love them.  I only buy them when they are like $3.50 for 18 oz at Costco.  That's like 70 cents a serving.

Raspberries: I really don't buy them.  Pricier than blackberries. 

Oranges/tangerines:  Love the seedless tangerines.  And they are small.  If they are on sale for a dollar a pound (like 3 lb bag of seedless tangerines for $3) they are very affordable, at about 35 cents each.  More often I get bags of 'juice oranges' that come out to about 50 cents each.  Red grapefruit I get when they are about 35 cents each at Aldi's, and get two servings from each.

Grapes:  On sale at $1.50, I eat a lot of them.  That's about 30 cents per 6 fluid oz serving.  I don't buy them when they are over $2 per pound.

Cherries:  Love them, can't afford them.

Blueberries: I pick my own, and freeze them.  Only way I can afford them.

Kiwi Fruit: on sale, 25 to 50 cents each, I get them.  They are 3 for $1.00 right now!

Melons: I buy them on sale, then they are a bargain.  I wish I could afford the amazing musk melons at road side stands, but I usually can't.  Right now Cantaloupes are $3 each, that's about 40 cent a serving.

Mangos, Papayas, etc: Only if I find them marked down, or ... mangos are likely to be on sale right now for 50 cents each for Cinco de Mayo.  If so, I'm grabbing them.  Each one is two servings.

Pears:  Usually about 40 cents each, if $1.60 a pound and you grab the smaller rather than big ones. 

Of course, I do most of my shopping at Aldi and selected loss leaders at other stores close to home or work.  YMMV.

Frondly, Fern


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Parental Dreams Vs Reality

Blessings Darlings!

When I was a kid, my father wanted me to become a teacher.  He felt that teachers would always have good jobs.

This was odd from the get-go, since not only was he a lawyer, but his oldest sister was, too (and was the first woman to graduate from whatever law school in Chicago she went to, just before the Great Depression hit).  And I have never had any interest in teaching (Yes, that I ended up home schooling is irony that I totally appreciate).  But, yeah, his two other sisters became teachers.

But look at what's happening to teachers today, both in general and in Chicago, and what happened to them during the Great Depression.  Now in Chicago they are being fired and schools are closing, due to 'monetary issues'.  In the Great Depression they didn't close schools ... but the teachers didn't get paid! 

There are all the other issues with teaching, too - having to supply much of one's own supplies, burnout, being asked to do more stuff and less teaching, the high burn out rate - but certainly my father, who was 26 at the time of the stock market crash, should have known how teachers got screwed during the Depression.

I remain confused.

Frondly, Fern

Friday, March 4, 2016

Restaurant scrounging, addenum

Blessings Darlings!

The place I work at has added a new product - bone in broasted chicken.  But Corporate keeps auto-shipping us WAY more than we sell.  Okay, we cook the extra chicken (it's fresh, and has a short use-by date) unseasoned/breaded, then take the meat off the bones to use in pot pies and soup and such. 

I boned 4 pans of chicken yesterday. 

As I looked at the pans of chicken, and the lovely drippings in the pans, I realized that I was set up to throw out the ingredients for a really wonderful chicken stock.  So I didn't throw the stuff out.  I brought the 3 quarts of gelatinous drippings and many of the bones home.  Once home, the bones went into the oven for an hour, then into two stock pots, with the drippings and more water, to simmer over night.

I now have two quarts of 'stock base'. I may choose to reduce the liquid, but I'll worry about that tonight, after it's cooled and I've skimmed it and tasted it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Blessings Darlings!

Sometimes the Gods give us names.  Sometimes, however, they give us nicknames, based on how we come across to them, and it's not always easy to tell the difference. 

So, the Gods say you're "Wolf"?  That could just mean that you are not impressive at all - you attack the sick and the weak, rather than speaking truth to POWER.  Or that you are a 'Lone Wolf" - so much of a psycho asshole that the pack wants nothing to do with you.

Or - "No, when I said you are Skunk, I did NOT mean that as your 'power animal'.  I meant you stink.  Take a shower before you come before me!  What part of 'ritual cleanliness' did you miss?"

Or - "When I called you Priapsis, I didn't mean you're a stud.  I meant you're a dick".

As I said, it's not always easy to tell a 'name from the Gods' from a nickname.

It  pays to ask.

Frondly, Fern

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

You're a Witch, Darling - act like it!

Blessings Darlings!

There has been quite a spate of "OMGs, there are spirits in my new house!  I must banish them all!" posts in Facebook groups recently.

In Witch/pagan/occult Facebook groups. 

Therefore, in groups where folks should fucking EXPECT TO BE INTERACTING WITH FUCKING SPIRITS FUCKING REGULARLY.

Seriously?  You've trained to be able to see/notice spirits, and NOW you're freaking out that ... you see them?  Really?  REALLY?  You want them to all go away?

What, exactly, did you expect your training to lead to? 

Chat with them, like any OTHER roomie that you have/have had.  Set up ground rules, IF they are being a problem.  Do divination if you need some help.

But, really, you've been TRAINING for this.  You've INVITED this type of thing.

Stop whining that you got results.

Frondly (?), Fern

Friday, January 22, 2016

Speaking of restaurant work ...

Blessings, Darlings!

I worry about  my coworkers.  Most of the folks at the restaurant I work at are on the hairy edge of financial ruin.  The industry just doesn't pay much. 

So, on this day where it's 1 pm and the temperature is 19 degrees and the wind chill is 13 degrees - most coworkers don't have 'real' winter coats.  And some don't have cars, so they are walking to work.  NOT a good combo.

At best, many are layering a jacket and a sweatshirt right now.  A combo that works well when the temperature is over 20 and there's no wind, but not right for today.

I'm trying to find any coats-for-adults charities in my area to get some coats to (and direct coworkers to) but so far I've only found that type of thing for kids.  I might have to drop some more 'fun' stuff in my life and start this up myself for next winter. 

Frondly, Fern