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I HIT THE JACKPOT TODAY!

I just have to share!  I feel like doing a little dance of joy!  I went to our local bargain outlet today (BB’s Grocery Outlet), and boy did I score some deals!  Now for all of you who buy gluten free foods, you KNOW what they cost.  So prepare for your jaw to drop.  Here’s what I got:

Now, for the fun part.  Here’s the breakdown:

Dr McDougall’s Split Pea Soup $0.25
Imagine Brand Broccoli Soup $0.25
Three large cans of Bush’s Best Beans $0.75 each
Red Pack diced tomatoes (the BIG can) with garlic, basil, and oregano $0.60
Two cans of Luck’s Navy Beans $0.69 each
1 pound Navy Beans $0.40
Two 20 ounce bags of Great Northern Beans $0.50 each
Mini Marshmallows $0.20 (Kayla uses these with toothpicks to build things – fun little art project!)
Holland House White Cooking Wine $0.75
Home Free Soft GF Oatmeal Cookies $0.50
Two boxes of Glutino Apple Breakfast Bars $1 each
Two boxes of Glutino Blueberry Breakfast Bars $1 each
McCormick Dried Lemongrass $0.75
9 packets of Active Dry Yeast $0.10 each
Glutino Cheddar Crackers $0.25
Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins $0.25
3 packages of Bionaturae Organic GF Spaghetti $0.60 each
Bananas $0.49/pound
1 bulb of Garlic $0.18 (don’t know what it was per pound, by my receipt says $0.18 for the garlic)
Two 2-packs of Schar Pizza Crusts $0.75 each
 
Oh, and a loaf of Glutino cornbread for $0.50, but it’s not in the picture because it’s in the freezer. 
 
The other item I bought, but did not put in the picture, was 7 pounds of apples!  They were $0.49/pound (yes you read that correctly) and I am going to use them to make applesauce!  They are absolutely beautiful, and the biggest apples I have ever seen.  
 

I know, by now you’re positively drooling.  I post this, not to make everyone jealous, but to inspire you to go out and investigate the outlets near you.  They get a bad rap for expired food and dirt, but seriously, I like to view it as a treasure hunt.  Kayla asked me on the way, “how many things do we need”, and I said, “we don’t go to BB’s with a list, we just go see what treasures they have for us”.  Of course you have to watch dates, and don’t get things that are terribly dented, but really it is a great option, as you can see.  Not every store obviously will have these prices, but it can’t hurt to try.

And, if you’re in the Lancaster, PA area, try out BB’s on Camargo Road in Quarryville.  There is also a BB’s in Morgantown, one in Schaefferstown, and one in Newburg.  The Quarryville and Schaefferstown stores DO NOT take credit cards, and none of the stores take coupons.  But seriously, at these prices, who needs coupons? (Can’t believe I said that.)

Now, go check out what is around you.

And one more thing to mention:  GF foods often do not have as long of a shelf life, and also do not sell as quickly at the major grocery stores.  So, it is very common to find them on an outlet store shelf, because as soon as they get close to dates, that is where they go.  So your chances are really good at finding some serious deals!  And while some of the items might be close to expiration, or slightly past, through experimentation we have figured out what is still good and how long after the dates.  We rarely have a problem with this.  To each his own!

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Information, Where I Shop

 

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BEST EVER GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

THE BEAUTIFUL CUPCAKE

All right folks, for those of you longing for a moist, delicious, LOW CARB, GLUTEN FREE cupcake, here it is!  After my daughter was diagnosed with CD, I learned to make these, and my husband actually asked me (BEFORE his diagnosis) to make them rather than regular cupcakes made from wheat.  He liked them better!  The coconut oil, flour, and milk are essentially to this recipe.  You can get coconut oil pretty much anywhere, Wal-Mart, Amazon, any grocery store, although it is a bit pricey.  I use gift cards to get free stuff on Amazon.  The cheapest coconut oil I have found is LouAna at Wal-Mart.  Probably not the highest quality, but it sure makes this recipe well!  Coconut flour I buy in bulk on Amazon.  For coconut milk, check the ethnic section of your grocery store!  INCIDENTALLY, THESE ARE ALSO DAIRY FREE!

Ingredients:

6 T coconut oil

1/2 cup cocoa powder

4 tablespoons coconut milk (or a little more for added moisture)

6 eggs

1-1/2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Mix together coconut oil and cocoa powder.  You may need to warm the oil on the stove or in the microwave.  I just warm them together on the stove top.  Allow to cool slightly.

In large mixing bowl, mix together coconut milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla for about a minute on medium, until well blended.  Mix in the coconut oil/cocoa powder mixture.  In a separate dry bowl, sift the coconut flour and baking powder together.  Add mixture to batter and mix well, until all lumps disappear.  Grease a dozen muffin cups (yes, you do need to grease the cups that are already non-stick).  I put them in my pan and then just give them a light dusting of non-stick spray.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  After that, watch them, as they burn easily.  Use a cake tester, and as soon as they are done in the middle, pull them out.

Allow to cool, then frost.  We use my mom’s buttercream frosting, SO good.  It has spoiled us for any of that storebought junk, and we always know it’s GF, too!

Mix together 1 pound of confectioner’s sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, a few tablespoons of milk (or coconut milk if dairy free), and 1/2 cup butter (or soy margarine or butter-flavored Crisco if dairy-free).  Add a little more milk to get the right texture.

I promise, this one won’t disappoint!

Oh, and these freeze beautifully!

Cupcake portion of recipe adapted from Cooking with Coconut Flour by Bruce Fife.

Frosting recipe is from my mother.  Thanks, Mom!

 

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