Lovely Lunch

Usually I send DH to the grocery on Saturday mornings, but today I wanted to get out of the house for a bit, and also I had a Living Social voucher to use at “Backyard Produce”, a local farm.

I might have gone a little cuckoo at the farmer’s market. They had baskets of beautiful fresh fruit like Fredonia grapes, Michigan peaches and plums, and all the harvest time produce you can imagine. I got fresh-dug potatoes, onions, tomatillos, green beans, jalapenos, peaches, plums, raspberries, grapes, sweet corn, watermelon and muskmelon. For 30 bucks including the cost of my voucher.

Then I went to Aldi for the weekly grocery run. We budget $140 a week for our family of seven. That usually includes a handful of non-food items like diapers or shampoo or trashbags and the like. I might have been a little ambitious at the grocery, but so many things sounded yummy. I sprung for the big package of hash brown patties and the big package of sausage patties among our other regular food choices.

Lunch was sausage patty V1cmuff1ns, hash browns and a plum and peach fruit salad. I didn’t realize the sausage patties were maple-syrup infused…YUM! All of us really enjoyed our Saturday lunch today. And I am super excited about dinner, because I’m going to use our bumper crop of tomatoes to make some fresh salsa: that’s why I bought the onions and tomatillos and jalapenos! We’ll have it on tostada shells with refried beans and cheese and maybe some cooked chicken.

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Pregnant Lady on the Warpath

This will not be inspiring in any way related to exercising, cooking, or political rants. I suggest you go find a cute mommy blog somewhere if you want to be inspired thusly, or perhaps Drudge Report if you want political.

I have very few rules in my house for the minors who live here. No hitting. No name calling. We don’t cuss or use the Lord’s name in vain. The easiest rule to follow, and the most flagrantly broken, is this one: Food Stays in the Kitchen.

Where do you think I find food, crumbs, dishes and wrappers?

EVERYWHERE.

This ticks me off.

Popsicle wrappers. Granola bar wrappers. Thankfully, no P*p T*rt wrappers…look up my Pop Tart posts in the archives. Ritz cracker crumbs. Nuts. Candy wrappers. Empty pop cans. (We don’t even have pop in cans that often.) Water bottles. Water bottle lids. Raisins. Dried cranberries. Saltine cracker crumbs. Muenster cheese slices. String cheese chunks. Cereal bowls. Mason jars. Forks and spoons. Stray candies…this not so much but it does happen occasionally.

Here is a list of WHERE I have found these things.

Near  computer keyboards.

In the bedroom of the child who is most terrified of bugs. Seriously???

Under the couches.

In the basement in tupperware containers. Ew.

In bathrooms. Oh. Em. Yuck.

If the minors in my house would please, kindly obey the one rule, I would turn a blind ear to expletives, name calling, and maybe even an uppercut or two. Please. FOOD STAYS IN THE KITCHEN.

That is all.

The Coca Cola Made Me Do It

We had a ‘staycation’ wherein it was promised to the children that we would eat out a lot, because that is what families do when they go somewhere. At least, our family does that. We’ve never been the kind of family that packs a cooler with PB&J and juice boxes. No, we go for broke. So, the money we saved by NOT going to hotels was squandered on an assortment of fast food restaurants and sit down restaurants. Let’s rate them according to quality:

Applebees: Good service, kids menu was pretty typical, nothing special, other than the fries which were actually quite amazing. And then there was my entree: Lemon Garlic Linguini. Oh. Em. Gee. It had artichokes and spinach in the cream sauce. It was out of this world delicious, and a truly generous portion which I managed to get two meals out of.

Chick Fil A: Yummy good chicken. Maybe we should have splurged on the peach shakes, but we didn’t. I really really like the pickles on their chicken sandwiches. Excellent service and surprisingly FAST service too. We had a big order!

Burger King: Really, kids menus don’t tend to amaze anyone. Dale, DH and myself all had the Carolina BBQ whoppers and boy, were they scrumptious! A super good burger.

And then there is the fact that pregnant lady has not had the inclination to cook and is suffering from intense cola cravings. I’m ruining the kids because we have eaten out SO MUCH recently, just because I didn’t feel like cooking anything. Plus, we didn’t make it to the grocery during our ‘vacation’.

Steak n Shake: Never have any complaints about their food. My personal fave is the Chili 5-Way. I’m crazy about it. DH loves the Cheese Fries. Tried their .99 breakfast tacos yesterday, and those are pretty tasty too, and the tiny salsa cups that come with the tacos are so cute. The salsa is HOT. I’ll probably enjoy that more when I’m not plagued with heartburn that feels like molten lava climbing up my throat. Have enjoyed their diet Caffeine free coke with cherry syrup!!!

Wendys: Today’s burgers were pretty greasy. Can’t go wrong with the Frostys though.

McDonalds:¬†The thing with McDee’s is that you always know what to expect. Personally, I think their any size beverage for a 1$ is a brilliant marketing strategy.

Bottom line: The more fast food you eat, the more you crave it, and the less satisfying it is. It’s just so stinkin’ easy to order food then to stand and make it. I had a happy thought today, though. We have sweet potatoes and beer brats in the fridge…so dinner tonight will be tasty and much cheaper than eating out. I think I will just bake the sweet potatoes and let family members dress them however they want. And I will use the Nuwave to cook the brats. Good stuff, especially with lots of mustard. An easy meal to make that won’t make me feel incredibly guilty.