Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Town Day and Oatmeal Made Easy

Today I went into South Carolina on a new adventure. First, the town stuff, then the adventure stuff.

The gas across the state line is 20 cents cheaper per gallon, and there's a Save A Lot that, well, can save you a lot of money on some items. But, beware! Today they charged me $7.99 for dry milk per box, not the $6.99 posted on the shelf by the item. You bet I called their attention to the decrepancy. The flour was more, so by passed that and instead got real Yellow self rising cornmeal. You know how easy it is to make corn bread when you use this stuff?

Vegan Corn Bread, Cast Iron Style

Measure 2 cups self rising corn meal and 3/4 cup flour into a bowl. Add 1/3 cup dry milk if you like for more protein, 1/3 cup oil, and about 1 3/4 cup water to make a medium thick batter. It should look and feel like thick pancake batter. I also add 1/2 teaspoon of salt because of the flour. (Straight self rising products don't need salt) You don't need eggs, but add one if you like. I don't use them. Still all this up and pour into an oiled, about two tablespoons,  cast iron 10 inch skillet. Put the flame on low, cover with a tight lid, and let "bake" for about 15 minutes. Turn off heat, let coast another 10 minutes. Lift lid and check, it should feel firm.

I use this method for corn bread when I don't want to heat up the whole oven. When I use the oven, its full of other goodies as well. Never run a part way empty oven. Baked potatoes, a nice quiche, some cake if you want sweets.
Back to town day. I'd heard Burger King was instituting the Oatmeal option. The sign in town said, Oatmeal $1.99. Are you serious, BK? Oatmeal is so easy to make, why on earth would anyone pay $1.99 for a bowl of it? I will divulge that I never buy stuff that I make at home, like oatmeal and grilled cheese. Just me.

Make oatmeal so easy by bringing to a boil in your tea kettle enough water to pour over the 1/2 cup you've placed into a mug. Let this sit a minute or two so it "cooks".  Season with cinnamon, couple dashes of salt, sweetener of your choice. I add raisins once in awhile. Add other nuts or dried fruit, serve with some milk on the side. Yummy. Cost, about 25 cents before fruit or nuts are added. Cheap.

I bought my gas and headed home, stopping by this park called Stumphouse Tunnel Park. The town of Wallahalla keeps it up and running. The gates close at 5 every day. After all these years, I finally took the time to do this. I will definitely come back to hike the trail down to the Issaqueena Falls and take the yellow blazed trail labeled B.RR Trail. Not sure what that even stands for.

The park has a lot of huge garbage bins which are black bear proof. The reach in handles show you they are serious. There's a shelter, and several wonderful signs which give the rich history behind this park. The railroad tunnel was never completed because the Civil War got in the way. I'm going to be writing and posting photos over at my hiking blog, if you're interested.

I bought a huge box of soap powder today. Writing my novel has made a true practitioner out of me, and I don't know if I will ever recover. One thing for sure, I'll be ready!


  1. The B R.R. probably stands for Burlington Northern Railroad. The trail was, I suppose, an old railroad bed converted. Ordered a Kindle yesterday...will download your new novel.

  2. I think you're right, Stephen, it would have been the railroad through there.

    Did you see the link for PC download? I decided to make the link easier to find.

    Thanks for your support. If you feel like giving me a review, that would be nice.

  3. I like South Carolina, but surely there must be a Sav a Lot closer to you. There's one up here. You never know what they will have from day to day, so you have to buy a lot of anything you need when you are there. They are kind of lax about pricing, you did right to watch that like a hawk.

  4. What seriously pisses me off, Arsenius, is when you know what the shelf, or listed price is, and it rings up much higher. Its not always the money ( a dime or two, but a dollar wrong??)
    Its the principle of the matter! Gets to where shopping isn't even fun, you have to be watchful. I'd rather stay home and Blog! :D

  5. Walmart is the worst offender there. The roll back price never matches what they try to charge you. So, my wife watches the register and I put the things on the conveyer belt. We have it down to a science.

    Would you email me? I can't find your email address and I want to ask you about something "off the air." My email address is

  6. I'm with you, Arsenius, its common at Walmart.

    If you click my profile below, then click the email button, it shows my email, but I'll write you personally.