Friday, April 24, 2015

Shopping with Truffles


Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Today we're joining Bacon the Pig and Fozziemum for their fun blog hop called “Shopping Around the World". Each month they post a list of 5 items to price in your area in order to find out what different things cost in various parts of the world. I'm going to turn things over to Mommy because there isn't much here for kitties...

Here are the 5 items for April, and what they cost here in Vermont:

1) Heating and/or air conditioning. I refilled my fuel oil tank in February and the price was $3/gallon. I had to fill the tank twice this winter because it was so bitterly cold. (I have my thermostat set at 65 degrees.) In the summer I have one large AC in the living room and it usually raises my electric bill by about $30/month.

2) Meat. I don't eat a lot of meat, but I always stock up on chicken breasts when they're on sale for $1.99/pound. This makes Truffles very happy too :)

3) Vegetable. As a kid I despised lima beans...not they're my favorite vegetable! I buy them frozen at $2.19 for a one pound bag.

4) Random item. Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole...I am obsessed with this stuff!!! I just wish there was a way to keep it fresh longer. $3.79

5) Homemade dish. A tradition here in Vermont is the Charlie's Red Hot, which is sort of our version of the Michigan hot dog. I've tweaked the original to my taste, and it's one of my favorite treats.

All it involves is 1/4 pound of cooked hamburg (I always just save a little bit out whenever I make hamburgers), a chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce, a beef bouillon cube, and a 1/2 cup of water. I combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan, heat it through and then let it simmer until the water is gone. Then just smother the top of your hot dog with the sauce.

Since this is made up of mostly odds and ends we already have in our kitchens, the most expensive thing here is the hot dogs ($3.99 for a 10 pack) and the hamburger buns (I always buy the seeded ones, $1.69 for 8).

It's REALLY good and makes your kitchen smell great too...but with the garlic and onions it's not for kitties!!!


11 comments:

  1. I haven't seen the chunky guac at my Tader Joes' yet. looks so good!

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  2. Good morning, Truffles. don't you look cozy in that basket! I'd never be able to get my kitties Peaches or Paprika into a basket like that even for 2 seconds. You're so cooperative! Hey, Guacamole? I'm off to Trader Joe's to check it out here in Connecticut!

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  3. Mmmm...we can almost smell that Charlie's Red Hol! :)

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  4. That hot dog recipe sounds yummy! Have a great weekend, Melissa and Truffles.

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  5. I will have to check the Trader Joe's in our area. I love the one from Whole Foods.

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  6. Squeals - that looks awesome. Thanks for playing this month my friend. Isn't it so much fun to see all of the different prices/menu items from all over the world?! Love your chili topping. XOXO - Bacon

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  7. The Charlie's Red Hot dish sounds yummy!! I may have to try that one myself. :)
    I love reading these posts; it's so fun to see what things cost in different parts of the world!

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  8. You sure have made us hungry, Truffles!!! Especially with that guacamole. That is a favorite in our house too... along with hummus!

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  9. You did some good shopping Truffles!

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  10. Neither TW or Pop are big fans of onion and garlic but somehow they always have food with it so I can’t have any.

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  11. YUMMY..Charlie's Red Hot looks delicious, Truffles...*watering mouth* We'll try it for sure :) The prices are simular to ours. The Chunky guacamole looks delicious too, we don't have this in the Netherlands, but we looked at the ingredients and can make it by ourselves. Pawkisses for the weekend :) <3

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