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Food Review: Breakfast Best brand sausage, egg & cheese croissant sandwiches - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and my go-to meal is a Jimmy Dean sausage, egg & cheese croissant sandwich and a cup of coffee.  It's a convenient, simple, but pleasurable hot breakfast to start my work day. 

20190610_080018I can pick up a box of 12 Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches at Costco for about $12, that's $1 per sandwich, that's cheap but tasty eats!  But when shopping at Aldi one day, I happened across their discount brand version, the Breakfast Best sausage, egg & cheese croissant.  At only $3.99 for a box of four sandwiches, I thought I would give them a try.  Would they be as good as Jimmie Dean's?

Similar in almost every way to the Jimmy Deans, I removed the sandwich from the wrapper, put it on a paper plate (easy clean up!) and microwaved it according to the box instructions.  About three minutes later, I was enjoying breakfast and a cup of hazelnut coffee with cream.

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IHOP's Country Omelette = Delicious - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

IHOPI did a bit of traveling through the Midwest recently and having some time for a sit-down breakfast, I ventured into an IHOP in Coralville, Iowa.

It's been awhile since I've eaten at an IHOP, in fact since I did a review of their Bacon Temptation Omelette, which was fantastic!  Tempted to have that again (you see what I did there?....) I opted for their Country Omelette.  

"What, an omelette instead of pancakes or waffles when dining at the International House of Pancakes?"....  You say.

That's right, I'm not a big pancake or waffle kind of guy.  I don't like sweet for breakfast, I have to go savory, eggs, meat and cheese fits the bill for me.

I was seated without wait after entering the establishment at about 9am.  The restaurant wasn't busy as I took a seat but it wasn't empty either, with a sprinkling of folks enjoying their first meal of the day and a few more trickling in as I opened the menu.  The waiter asked what I wanted to drink.  "Coffee please," I replied and off he went to fill up that IHOP traditional tableside pot of java. 

The waiter returned with the pot of coffee, took my Country Omelette order and I then proceeded to doctor up my cup of Joe with some cream and sugar.  Shortly after stirring and enjoying a few slugs, my order arrived.

20190601_090414Here's the description from the IHOP website:  Our delicious blend of ham, cheese, fresh onions and hash browns is topped off just right — with a dollop of sour cream. Then we serve your omelette with your choice of one delicious side: three buttermilk pancakes, hash browns, toast or fresh seasonal mixed fruit.

What a delicious breakfast!  The omelette was perfectly prepared, the eggs were fluffy and I got the ham, cheese, fresh onion and hash brown in every bite.  Just look at all that cheese!  Dipped into that dollop of sour cream, every forkful of omelette was a dose of YUM!  Ordered with a side of yes, more hash browns, the bill for my breakfast came to about $13.  That's not exactly Bachelor on the Cheap friendly, but on this occasion, I'm OK with it.  You just won't get something like this at a fast food joint.  It's OK to splurge once in awhile.  IHOP's Country Omelette was tasty, tasty, tasty!

The restaurant was clean, the service was friendly and fast, and most importantly the food was excellent!

IHOP gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars

4 stars

Spend Wisely My Friends.....

Traffic Alert - Washington Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, July 1, 2019, west bound Washington Street, between Gilbert Street and Linn Street, will be closed to through traffic.  This lane closure will facilitate a water service replacement associated with the Gilbert Street Intersection Improvements Project.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Wednesday, July 3rd.

Motorists are to take note of this construction work and seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit

News – City of North Liberty - June 28, 2019

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

Holiday Hours for Independence Day 2019 Announced

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, the city's administrative offices, including City Hall at 3 Quail Creek Circle, will be closed for Independence Day. Other services will be closed or have adjusted hours as follows. Library The North Liberty Community Library will be closed and regularly scheduled programs will not take place. Police Administrative offices will be closed,…

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10th Street SE Project Update

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Starting on Monday, July 1, 10th Street SE will be closed to all traffic at 5th Avenue, and will be open to traffic at 8th Avenue. Access to Mercy Hospital will be available from the 8th Avenue side. Crews have placed temporary pavement markings to help direct motorists to parking lots off 10th Street. This traffic pattern will continue into August.

The entire project stretches from 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue, and is anticipated to be completed this fall. Improvements include new pavement, transitioning the roadway from 4-lanes to 3-lanes (one lane each direction with a dedicated center turn lane), on-street bike lanes, new pedestrian crosswalk with flashing indication, ADA-compliant sidewalks, and streetscape improvements.

Shaver Park Closed on July 1

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Shaver Park, 800 J Avenue NE, will be closed on Monday, July 1 for tree removals. The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has identified trees in decline due to effects from emerald ash borer and are proactively removing the ash trees. The park is anticipated to reopen July 2, following removals.

Automated Traffic Enforcement Citations with Fines will be Issued Beginning July 1

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids reactivated the Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE) system on June 1, 2019 and has been issuing warnings of speed and red light violations throughout the month of June.  Through noon today, the Police Department has issued 13,596 warnings, which includes 90 red light violation warnings. 

Citations with fines will be enforced beginning 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2019.

All speeding and red light violations indicated through the ATE system are reviewed and approved by a Cedar Rapids police officer before a citation is issued.

The use of Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE) has resulted in a reduction in both crashes and crashes with injuries in Cedar Rapids.  The ATE system advances public interests of traffic safety and safety of emergency responders. Areas of U.S. Interstate 380 where the ATE system is in place have seen a 62 percent reduction in crashes that involve injuries.   In addition, there has been a 37 percent reduction in overall crashes on the interstate since the installation of the ATE system. 

The revenue from Automated Traffic Enforcement enhances public safety in our community.  The City is hiring 10 additional police officers and a program coordinator to process Municipal Infractions.

Automated traffic enforcement involves the enforcement of red-light running violations and speed limit violations. The City of Cedar Rapids uses ATE systems to enforce red-light running and speed violations at three signalized intersections on the primary highway system, including 1st Avenue and 10th Street East, 1st Avenue and L Street SW, and Williams Boulevard and 16th Avenue SW. In addition, the City uses ATE systems to enforce speed violations at four locations along U.S. Interstate 380, including northbound at Diagonal Drive SW, northbound at J Avenue NE, southbound at J Avenue NE, and southbound at 1st Avenue SW. There are two additional locations where the ATE system is in place, including the intersection of 42nd Street and Edgewood Road NE and the intersection of Center Point Road and the Collins Road ramp (north side of Highway 100).  

For more information about the ATE program, please visit

A home remedy for garden pests - insecticidal soap - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20190628_142020-1I'm one of those playing-in-the-dirt loving people. Gardening is a simple pleasure for me, from creating veggie or flower beds, to planting, to weeding, to the harvest, from start to finish it's all good. And it doesn't get any fresher than going out to the backyard, patio or balcony and picking fresh produce for dinner.

But it doesn't matter how well maintained your garden is, at some point, you'll have to deal with pests. 

This is the third year for my patio garden and this season is the best it's ever performed, but today in harvesting a few green onions, I came across a couple of bugs I didn't care to see.  I've been invaded by stink bugs.

Stink bugs are sap suckers, they have a voracious appetite and will feed on just about any kind of plant.  They prefer fruit over foliage, but they're NOT picky.  They'll eat just about anything in the garden.

After squashing the two that I saw - and yes, they do stink when squashing hence the name - I began looking at the underside of leaves, focusing on cucumber plants (a garden pest favorite) and sure enough, MORE stink bugs!  Sigh, these things do like to hang out in groups....


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