KQ, isn't it nice to be stocked up? I am working on filling my pantry lately, and am watching like a hawk for sales on veggies to dehydrate or freeze. Aldi had sugar and flour each for .99/bag (4lb and 5lb, respectively), but they had a limit of 4 each. My dh and oldest dd will stop by tonight on the way home and go thru separate lanes to get more. Since we are bee keepers, that is a good price for sugar and we need lots for the winter feedings). And flour will be for holiday baking for gift baskets. Oh, and they had cranberries .99/bag so I got 8 (will have dh pick up more today), and they had canned pumpkin (one of the few canned items I buy) for .99/can, so I bought a case and probably should have bought 3 cases. They also had chopped walnuts on sale, and just so happens that 4 of the pies I need to make are walnut praline pumpkin.
Yeah, it totally is! I always say that food in the pantry is better than money in the bank. You got some good deals - we split shopping that way too when they put limits on quantity. Canned pumpkin is really one of the only canned goods I buy anymore too, since I've gotten back to dried beans and putting up my own tomatoes. I also buy canned tuna and tomato paste, but that's really it. We spent about $50 more than we planned on our shopping trip, but that's okay because the food will just go further and we won't have to worry about grocery trips later. I did stock up on peanut butter a bit - we don't eat a ton, but enough that we'd miss not having it on hand. I got a GIANT jar for $6.00, and I'm kind of kicking myself for not getting two. We also got half a dozen each of Jiffy cornbread (only boxed baking mix I buy), soy milk and soy margarine, as well as a dozen tomato pastes, three jars of Better Than Bouillion (cheaper than the boxes and I can control the concentration - wish I made enough home made to meet our needs, but I never do...), the 25 pound bag of flour, 20 pounds of sugar, two bags of brown sugar, two jumbo bags of egg noodles, a dozen bags of pasta, big packs of tea and coffee, giant bags of pinto beans, navy beans, lentils - oh, I know I'm forgetting things, but you get the idea. :-) We just went crazy. Winter time does that to me I think. And grocery shopping isn't as easy as it used to be with the baby. It was a treat to get out just my husband and I to do it - we joked that it was the best date we'd had in a long time. Hahahaha.
Dinner - I've got some thick cut pork chops defrosting in the fridge with not a clue what to do with them. I don't want to repeat the dish I did last week even though it was so tasty. Maybe I'll just simmer them in some sauerkraut and have some buttered egg noodles on the side. It's mighty cold here today so comfort food sounds good to me. And maybe I'll get around to doing up a loaf of light rye - some buttered bread sounds good to me too.
And I still want to hear everyone's Thanksgiving menus! I've seen a few up thread, but I know more of you are cooking. :-)