How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 11

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I decided to start adding the week to the blog title for these… it might make it easier for me to organize… sorry… it probably won’t do anything to help you.

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

What was on the list?

  • EVOL Burritos – I had 2 buy one get one coupons and I was excited to try their new gluten free burritos… but they didn’t have any at the store
  • Milk
  • Peanut Sauce
  • MIO water stuff – wanted to try some
  • Texas Toast
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Juice
  • Tin Foil
  • Apples
  • Bananas

What did I come home with?

  • Tin Foil
  • M&Ms
  • Juice
  • MIO Watermelon
  • Peanut Sauce
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • EVOL Burritos
  • Milk
  • Texas Toast

What was thrown out this week:

  • I gave grammie 2 cans of soup that I cannot eat and Mr. Wonderful doesn’t like… no trash though

How much did I save this week?

$24.66… which is 40% of my bill. Not as amazing as last week… but not bad.

What did you throw out this week?

 

~Emme

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100 Foods: Carrots

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Carrots

Carrots are an amazing root vegetable that comes in a myriad of colors… orange, yellow, purple, white and red. You can eat both the root and the greens.

We usually have carrots of some kind or another in our refrigerator  but I could not find any for some reason this time. Carrots go well into any kind of dish. They can be eaten raw, roasted, steamed, sauced, juiced, used to create a broth, stir fried, etc.

Carrots are full of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene; although, the human body is not able to pull much Beta-Carotene out of carrots unless they are sauced or purred. Lack of Vitamin A causes poor vision, so carrot consumption should be an obvious solution. I will tell you from the experience of a small crying 3rd grader… you cannot eat enough RAW carrots to hit that needed amount of Vitamin A to combat genetics .. you just can’t. Carrots also help with tonsillitis and constipation .. but no one ever seems to mention them.

Yes, we eat carrots. I put them into stir fries, juices, broths, roasting pans, the crock pot… etc. This is probably why we are out of them right now.

How do you like your carrots?

~Emme

Questions Answered: Week 4.5

When was the last time you visited the library?

*cough*

That would be over a year ago when I went in to sign up for a library card.

Let’s be honest here… I love libraries. Sitting in awe of all of the books I never dreamed existed… relaxing in the white noise generated by other people trying to be as quiet as possible. Libraries are magical.

… but…

I have a kindle.

There are millions (alright I didn’t count them) of books you can get for free or almost free (probably less than it would cost for the gas to get to the library) available out there.

I’m a kindle prime member.

I can rent one book a month for free anyways.

I can read my books anywhere… even in my pajamas or with henna in my hair…

I spent many, many, many countless high school days in the library doing my homework and YES that is where I study best, but I don’t really study so much any more.

I should go to ours though. It really is a beautifully designed building.

When did you last go to the library?

~Emme

100 Foods: Cinnamon

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is actually inner bark from several trees from the Cinnamomum genus. “True Cinnamon” is from a Sri Lanka variety and is known as Cinnamomum verum or Ceylon cinnamon. As a spice it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes… think apple pie and curry… not together though.

Cinnamon does some magical things: aids with the regulation of blood sugar, aids in metabolism, assists in joint mobility and has shown some progress in helping mice with Alzheimer’s.

While I don’t personally use a lot of cinnamon at the house, I do take a daily cinnamon supplement which does wonders for my joints… though I have to take it right before I go to bed as I get heartburn with it otherwise.

How do you like your cinnamon?

~Emme

And then there’s the floor…

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Hey look… the floor has been washed and everything is piled on top of the couch and love seat… interesting…

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Only dining room items are in the dining room. We might need to get some more dining room things.

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The kitchen is coming together. Everything is coming together and this kitchen can actually act as a kitchen.

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The boxes are ready to go out to the recycling, the plants and patio furniture are hanging out in the nook until the grout finished drying in the sun-room.

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Look a rug in the world room!

~Emme

Questions Answered: Week 4

Name something you would like a lifetime supply of.

Now this is a hard thing.

Do I have to pick a specific thing or can I choose a category?

Whose lifetime is it? The lifetime of the item?

Is it transferable? What if I develop a weird allergy to it or something and obviously need to give it to someone else? Am I able to share it?

Good gardening dirt maybe – then I could at least grow whatever I needed (weather and fates permitting) and share whatever was extra.

Phone service – because that stuff is expensive!

Medical care – also super expensive… and would make my lifetime longer if it was good medical care.

I’m not sure… what about you?

~Emme

And then there’s the floor…

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The laundry room is mostly empty now… I have no idea why it is blurry or why there is a Christmas tree hanging out in the doorway.

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A new almost even threshold that Tick Tock should not trip over next game night.

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Almost all of the kitchen things have been put away. I need to work on the cleaning products away today.

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And getting that plant of the counter.

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Look! No random appliances in the nook.

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The laundry room is coming together. Grammie wants to “square dance” in there.

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The back-splashes look beautiful grouted. Why does back-splashes need to be hyphenated?

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Check out the gorgeous sun-room. (Again… this word should not have to be hyphenated.) I’m not sure what that black line is from. As soon as the grout is dry I will take a magic eraser to it… as soon as I find them that is.

~Emme