|Cans of Mixed Nuts|
I had received a $5 Extra Care Bucks coupon that would have expired on September 30. So, today, I went to the pharmacy to redeem it. I wasn't sure on what to spend it. Did I want to buy a box of cotton swabs ($1), a couple of lint rollers ($1 each; I use them to remove cat fur from the upholstery), and a box of cereal ($1.99 for cornflakes)? Did I want some transparent Pears soap ($1), a crossword puzzle book ($1), some socks ($1 per pair) or a bag of Lindt chocolate truffles ($4.99)? They are all items I will use or consume, but I didn't really need any of them (except, perhaps, the lint rollers).
I settled on these two cans of lightly mixed nuts, instead. A 10.3 oz. can for $6.29; on sale this week for buy one, get one free. So, two cans of mixed nuts for $6.29, minus the $5 coupon; I paid a total of $1.29 for both cans. I know that some of you manage your coupons and rebates to get free groceries, but I think two cans of nuts for $1.29 is a good bargain, don't you?
They will be set aside for the October prayer gathering, to be served as one of the snacks prior to the prayers being said and dinner is served.
I have made a tentative menu for the prayer gathering dinner:
Snacks: Mixed nuts; spicy garbanzo beans; and maybe one or two other items
Smoked sausage sauted with onion leaves
Cashew curry (from freezer)
Salad (cucumber/tomato/red onions/boiled eggs)
Green beans or asparagus
Fresh fruit platter
Flan (2 boxes in cupboard)
Maybe a pie or a cake
Or yogurt and treacle
There's chicken for those who don't eat beef, there's cashew and vegetables for anyone who is vegetarian, there's fresh fruit for those who need to avoid puddings and cakes.
I have a separate budget for the prayer gathering dinner. So far, I have spent $4.49 for the smoked sausage and $1.29 for 2 cans of mixed nut. Since I want to use up some items I have in my freezer and pantry, I will use a package of the cashew curry I have in the freezer (cooked for the almsgiving I didn't hold, last year) and 2 packages of flan mix (again, bought for the almsgiving and not used).
I am hoping to find some beef and whole chicken on sale between now and October 21. Everything else, other than the drinks, will be bought on the day before or on the day of the prayer gathering dinner. I am also planning to cook the beef curry earlier in the month and freeze it, so I don't have as much to cook on the day of the prayer gathering. There will be around 20 people, if everyone comes (but, quite often, all don't come).
Do you have any other suggestions for the menu? I debated whether to have some fish, as well; either a curry or something like baked salmon. What do you think?