I went to the grocery store, aka My Second Home, on Thursday and stumbled on a couple great in-store sale buys.  I always buy what’s on sale with my store club card.  Just one of the things I do to save money on my grocery budget.

Some weeks Fuji apples are on sale, some weeks it’s Jazz apples.  Some weeks it’s mangoes, other weeks it’s oranges.  I usually don’t care what exact types of fruits and vegetables I buy, just that I buy them.  And plenty of them.  And in an assorted variety.

I was really excited to see that avocados were on sale for 67 cents each.

Hand holding one avocado

I am going to make some Cheater’s Guacamole with the avos.

Avocado in bowl with some Mrs. Dash seasoning

Mrs. Dash helps me cheat.  That way I don’t have to dice onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, etc. 

Overhead of Avocado with Mrs. Dash seasoning

Shake-mash-ready

Cheater Guacamole spread on crackers

 

And Strawberries were 99 cents per 1 pound tub.  $1.98 for 2 pounds of berries.  We’ve eaten most of them already.  We may turn into berries.

Containers of strawberries

Some of these berries are huge!  Palm-sized. And I am tall and have large hands and they are still palm-sized.

Hand holding one large strawberry

Two berries take up my entire palm.  I think these berries are on ‘roids.

Hand holding two strawberries

While I was putting away the groceries, Skylar was examining the crown she made.

Little girl looking at homemade crown
Little girl wearing homemade crown
As part of my daily green salad quotient, these were some of the chosen plants.

Salad on white plate with Cheezy Hemp Oil Dressing

Dressed with homemade Cheezy Hemp Oil Dressing

Close up of Hemp Oil bottle

And paired the green salad with Spicy Vegetable, Corn & Bean Soup

Spicy Vegetable, Corn & Bean Soup in bowl with spoon
 
It’s chilly and rainy and brrr here.  The soup was perfect.

And for a snack, Skylar and I split a Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cake

Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cake on plateHand holding portion of Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cake

From my last post about The Best Things in Life are Free, it was wonderful reading what you feel are the best free things in your life.  Reflecting on the good + the free things in your life = a recipe for keeping life in perspective.

Questions:

1. Have you noticed that fruit and produce keeps getting bigger and bigger?

I have and I am not really that into it.  It just means that food is being genetically modified and engineeredSigh.

Ignorance is bliss though, right?  We can just pretend that the crops are growing that big on their own, right?

This article points out some of the pros, and cons, of GMO’ed foods.

In the past 10 years, I have noticed that vine-ripened tomatoes used to be golf ball sized or just slightly bigger, now they are baseball sized or bigger.

Apples used to be palm sized, and now they are like a big softball in the palm of your hand.

Bigger is better when it comes to many things, but not necessarily in the produce department.

2. What do you “have to have” at the store and what are you flexible with?

I have to have greens/lettuces.  I don’t care if it’s butter lettuce, radiccio, romaine, kale, spring mix, just give me green plants for salads.

Apples, must have them and they cannot be green apples (too sour) or red delicious (skin is too thick, apple itself is too mushy) but any other apples are fine.  I buy whatever is cheapest.

I have to have tomatoes, too.  I eat one per day and love my lycopene.

Other fruit and veggies, I am not that picky about what I buy.  Cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, oranges, bananas, grapes, mangoes, etc. they all make a rotation into the house, but not necessarily every single shopping trip.  Just depends on what’s on sale, and what isn’t, and I guide my purchases according to what looks the best in the store that day and what’s the best value.

3. Weekend plans?

I covered that alreadySee item 3.

Have a great day and weekend!

 

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