I received an invite to attend the grand opening event of the Dinuba Grocery Outlet location in early June. I live in Visalia, which is just a short drive away from Dinuba, and I visit the Visalia store almost weekly. I was super excited to hear that a newer, larger Grocery Outlet store was coming to the area! The event was open to the public, and all sorts of cool things were taking place, like free coffee and treats, free eco-friendly resuable shopping bags for the first 500 customers, Spin & Win on the Wheel of Bargains, face painting for the kids, magic cart, and tons of other cool giveaways!

If you’re not familiar with how the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market works, all stores are independently owned and operated, and all products are sold up to 50% off of their retail value. Every Grocery Outlet location carries different products, so you can’t always count on finding the same products at another location…even in the same city. Plus, when you see something you want, it may or may not be there the next time you visit the store, so be sure to grab it when you see it!

When I was invited to attend the grand opening, I was over the moon about it! I attended the event with my sweetheart, my mommy, and my best friend. We’re all frequent Grocery Outlet shoppers and were really looking forward to checking out the new store.

dinuba-grocery-outlet-entrance.jpg

As soon as we entered the store, we were greeted with a smile by all of the staff members. They were all wonderful and went above and beyond to make sure we were finding everything okay. We were amongst the first 500 customers, and we each received an eco-friendly reusable Grocery Outlet shopping bag. We grabbed a cart and headed over to the first aisle. The aisle was very organized and well-stocked with an array of health, bath and beauty products. When we turned the corner, we were excited to see fresh produce, meat, milk and dairy products!

dinuba-grocery-outlet-meat.jpg

Of course, being The Homicidal Homemaker, I had my eyes peeled for items that I could turn into one of my ghoulish creations for this blog post. Since each Grocery Outlet has different products, I had no idea what I was going to come across. Even though I was only a short drive away from my standard Visalia location, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many new products that were not available at the Visalia location.

Zombie Zin Wine | The Homicidal Homemaker

Now…the Wine and Beer section! I was so excited to see how large and organized this section was, and actually shrieked out loud when I spotted this Zombie Zin and Jawbreaker Cabernet Sauvignon. I knew right then and there what I was going to create for this blog entry…Spooky Entertaining on a Budget!

Jawbreaker Wine | The Homicidal Homemaker

So, I headed back to the milk & dairy section to load up on cheese and other appetizers to complement my spooky wines.

As we finished our shopping, we realized we had spent around two hours just going  through the store and we easily could have spent more time and found even more goodies to take home, but, our cart was completely filled!

As we were heading back to the car, we spotted the Wheel of Bargains and absolutely had to give it a spin! My mommy won a Tammy Underspend bobblehead, and I won a really cool chip-clip and a Lois Prices bobblehead.

dinuba-grocery-outlet-wheelofbargains

Oh, and I had to get a photo with Lois Prices and Ben Saven!

dinuba-grocery-outlet-group-photo


 

You can view all of the photos from the event here:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Thank you to Grocery Outlet for the opportunity to attend the grand opening event, and for so generously donating two giftcards to give away to my awesome followers!

** THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! Congrats to Jason S. and Lisa T. on winning $25 to Grocery Outlet! ***

Also, please remember to check back soon for my Spooky Entertaining on a Budget at Grocery Outlet guide where you can see what ghoulish treats I came up with after my trip to the Dinuba Grocery Outlet!Spooky Entertaining on a Budget at Grocery Outlet | The Homicidal Homemaker

Giveaways Past Events & Appearances

I am so excited to announce that yours ghoulishly has been invited to attend ScareLA and teach two classes! I’ll be teaching a horror cooking class, and a 1950′s-inspired Halloween decoration class.

I’ll be at the convention on both Saturday and Sunday, but you can join me for two classes on Sunday, August 10th:

11:30 am“Mid-Century Macabre DIY Decor”
1950′s-inspired Halloween decorations and favors!

1:00 pm – “Gruesome Gourmet”
Slice, dice and scream your way to creating absolutely KILLER gruesome gourmet delights that your guests will be DYING to sink their teeth into!

For more information, or to get tickets, visit the official ScareLA website or Facebook page.

Upcoming Events & Appearances

I know how much you all like giveaways, so I have paired up with my friends from Sourpuss Clothing to give away this awesome skeleton-themed kitchen pack!

It comes with two Xray Skeleton Tea Towels, an skeleton hand oven mitt, skull potholder, and a human anatomy mug, all from Sourpuss Clothing!

Enter below using the handy widget, or use the ‘Giveaway’ tab on my Facebook page.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Earn additional entries each day by tweeting daily about the Giveaway. Please note: all entries will be double-checked!

** Congrats to Michelle Moreno on winning the Sourpuss Skull Prize Pack! Thanks to everyone who entered! **

Giveaways

You didn’t actually think I would forget to post a ghoulish recipe right before the return of The Walking Dead this Sunday, did you?

Back in 2009, while I was performing with my dance troupe The Horror Dolls, we were scheduled to perform at a horror convention about four hours away. Knowing that our gelatin-based gore and brains that we  utilized (and ingested) for our performances likely wouldn’t hold up during the drive and heat, I was desperate for another inexpensive option. I happened to have both marshmallows and Rice Krispies on hand, so I got to work, added a little food coloring, and the next thing I knew, I had created Rice Krispy Treats that looked exactly like raw meat.
Read the rest of this entry »

Recipes

Sourpuss Clothing Human Anatomy Plates & Mugs Review | The Homicidal HomemakerHappy 2014! I hope you all had a great holiday season, and that the new year has been treating everyone well! 

I’m kicking off 2014 with another review for some wonderfully spooky household items…these awesome Sourpuss Clothing Human Anatomy Plates & Mugs! Read the rest of this entry »

Product Reviews

Want to win three adorable cakepop molds from MyLittleCupcake™?
Read the rest of this entry »

Giveaways

This recipe was a guest post in October on my friend Devi’s blog, Diddles and Dumplings. I realized I never shared the recipe here, so I wanted to add it to my site. Plus, I’ve been hearing that boxes of Count Chocula and the other Monster Cereals have been making appearances at stores like Big Lots, or, if you’re like me, you stocked up shortly after Halloween!

Chocaholics be warned: you will have a love-hate relationship with my Count Chocula Monster Chow. It starts off with Count Chocula cereal, coated in chocolatey-goodness, and is then mixed with even more chocolate. In case you weren’t convinced, it certainly will satisfy any chocolate craving you may be having, but I guarantee that you won’t stop munching on it!

Read the rest of this entry »

Monster Cereal Recipes Recipes

Well, hello again!

I know it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated, and to say that I’ve had a lot going on would be quite an understatement! After starting a wonderful new job a couple of months back, there have been some drastic changes to my life and schedule…for the better, of course! While my free time is very limited, I have been very busy working on the cookbook, as well as receiving some wonderful products to review. Read the rest of this entry »

Product Reviews

It’s October, and I have the perfect treat to share with you, that will really make the food or candy table at your parties absolutely killer…these awesome Apothecary Jars from Sourpuss Clothing! I love decor items that are not only nice to look at, but are also practical, and these are exactly just that! Read the rest of this entry »

Product Reviews

I’ll be a guest tonight on NonProductive!’s radioshow at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST! They’ll be talking to me about The Homicidal Homemaker website and cookbook, as well as doing a tasting of the Monster General Mills monster-themed breakfast cereals! Those who are nostalgic about the old-school monsters will love this episode!

Upcoming Events & Appearances