April 2012 – Grocery Staples

What did we end up using the most of this month with our at home cooking… since we ate out almost every meal?

  • Chicken
  • Popcorn
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese (various)
I was so excited for more fresh local produce, but for the most part the fruit selection at the local store has not improved and I have not yet had a chance to run to the farmers market on the weekend… nor did we have any time to cook this month… next month should be easier without all of the house hunting…
What did you eat the most of this month?

~Emme

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What’s local to me in May?

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Collard Greens
  • Fennel
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Morels
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Summer Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini (& Zucchini Blossoms)

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach (We like to buy it frozen as we use it mostly in smoothies or soups)
  • Sweet Potatoes

Oddly enough I know what everything is this month and I am very excited for more of a variety!

What are your produce plans this month?

~Emme

Goals Update: Week 19

Let’s see how well I did with this week …

1. Loose some weight: 157

2. Exercise:  Total Biked: 206 miles

3. Eat more whole foods: We did very well this week! Yay!

4. Pay off some debt: 98.44%

5. Finish 6 quilts: about 3/4 of the way through my hexagon quilt

6. Host 4 dinner parties: 3/4

7. Try 12 new recipes: 6/12

8. Read 12 non-fiction books: 5/12

9. Write at least 100 words a day on my maybe novel… that would be at least 36,500 by the end of the year: 8.24% to 36,500 words… I have not wanted on this at all something about not being inspired… maybe it is writers block

10. Go to Ireland… again: are we planning on this?

11. Try 12 new wines: 7/12

12. Learn some basic phrases in German: too busy this week… I really need to work on this

13. Go to Saint Augustine or New York City: not yet

14. Switch banks: not yet

15. Participate in 6 WDC review raids: 2/6

16. Find a new place to live and move: Home inspection stage

17. Attend couples cooking class: not yet

18. Join a meet-up group: Already complete

19. See 6 movies in movie theaters: 2/6

20. Visit 3 new wineries: 1/3

21. Get rid of 100 things: I have thrown out quite a bit and given away about 40%… moving will help

22. Make cleaning schedule and stick to it: working on it… I don’t think it is a schedule until I follow it for a few weeks

23. Yoga!: starting to get back into basic stretches

24. Stay on budget: good… and then I had a car accident… there goes the budget…

25. Take vitamins on regular basis: yes

26. Date night out at least once a month preferably somewhere new: 6/12

33 more weeks to go.

~Emme

Book Review: Amazing Gracie A Dog’s Tale (By: Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff)

For some reason I now feel compelled to buy a Great Dane, and some dog biscuits from Three Dog Bakery. I am reminded that we currently have less than 1,000 square feet of living space and our next residence has new hard wood floors… and both Mr. Wonderful and I work crazy hours… and we don’t have a huge yard. We will not be bringing in a dog into our lives any time soon; however, we can gift out some cookies to some of our friend’s dogs this holiday season.

Gracie’s story is touching and heartfelt. Gracie teaches the guys that what you need is not always what you are necessarily looking for and that life takes some amazing twisted paths sometimes to get us to where we should be.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels they need a quick uplifting of their spirits. This will do it. It is well written, easy to follow and super easy to get immersed in.

Thanks Dan & Mark for this book!

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List

Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Oatmeal
  • Karo
  • Coconut
  • Salad Stuff

What did I come home with?

  • Kashi Bars (for Mr. Wonderful)
  • Clam Chowder
  • Oatsmeal
  • Coconut
  • Karo
  • Tea Ball
  • Chicken
  • Salami
  • Olives
  • Bread
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce (somehow this disappeared…)
  • Bell Pepper
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Chocolate Milk

What was thrown out this week:

  • 1/2 Container Almond Milk (it was hiding)
  • Leftover cheese (with green fuzz on it)

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

ANZAC Day!

Today is ANZAC day in several countries around the globe. (ANZAC: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.)

During my younger days when I ventured to the land down under I was introduced to ANZAC Biscuits. Originally they were made by women during WWI and sent off to soldiers to give them something from home that would last for awhile. The recipe I used totally failed or I would share it with you.

They look pretty though. They just tasted a  bit off. I’ll try again later. Give a search for a recipe for ANZAC biscuits. You will most likely not have a terrible turn out like me (unless you are using my oven and completely ignoring the instructions). 🙂 Good luck!

~Emme

Book Review: Europe on 5 Wrong Turns A Day by Doug Mack

I loved the premise of this book. The author’s pre-release video was amusing and I was beside myself in excitement waiting to read this book. While it was interesting following Mack on his anthropological study on the change of tourism (and its prices) since his mother’s travel days, I was a little let down in his presentation. This was not the book I was expecting. His stories throughout the chapter were entertaining, but they did not hold up to the hype in the video or the first chapter of the book. Part of me, though I knew it was lunacy, expected Mack to travel just as recommended in the book. In my mind I could see someone wandering around Europe in complete vintage regalia trying to recreate the trip.

Mack’s trip reminds me of my school days in Costa Rica. My roommate had brought along her father’s 1970’s guidebook for Costa Rica. While we did use the book for inspiration, we always checked with our local friends to find out what the locations were like now. That move in itself kept us out of now seedy bars, bad neighborhoods and wasting time on locations that no longer existed. It was very interesting hearing Mack miss out on locations that no longer existed, it would have been more interesting to see if he could find modern equivalents or substitutions that he believed the original author of Europe on $5 a Day would have appreciated.

This book, if read as a travel journal of sorts, is actually a very good read and reminds me of my trips abroad. It was nice knowing that someone else out there thought the way I did when faced with some famous landmarks. I would be interested in ready another book by Mack. He writes well and his stories, though not what I expected, are very entertaining.

~Emme