Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Asparagus and Groceries

I don't have a whole lot to post about, but thought I'd share a bit of a funny this morning. This week Andy gets a real paycheck for the first time in 4 1/2 months, and I get to go real grocery shopping. And of course, I'm super excited about being able to spend more than the tiny budget I've been working with. I'm also excited to return to my favorite grocery store after months of grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. Oddly enough though, last night when I asked Andy what he wanted for lunches, dinners, etc. he came up blank. Which is funny because I was also staring at a blank page. I'm so used to minimal grocery lists and meals that include the basics that I'm having a tough time making a list. The only thing I'm in the mood for is vegetables, and the only thing on the menu so far is a steak dinner. I plan on picking on of my Cooking Light recipes to try over the next week, but other than that... it's a different situation to be in I guess. I'm beginning to think that instead of the "big grocery shop" that I'd been planning the last few months that I will just add a few extra things to the cart over the next few weeks and do it gradually. Any new finds out there that are must haves?

Secondly this morning, I have a new article up at Kids Cuisine. Want to know how our asparagus adventure turned out? You can read about the adventure and our conclusions here. It was an interesting experience, I have to say. I am working on making a list of B vegetables for Abigail to pick from. So far I have broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, beets, and butternut squash. I know she won't be picking the brussels sprouts, but thought I'd throw it in anyway. But am I overlooking something that's a B vegetable?


Claire said...

You could do "baby" vegetables. Even have a baby dinner...vegetables, shrimp, etc.

Joe said...

black eyed peas? bell peppers?

eliza said...

hi erika,
good to hear that your family is getting better!

Erika said...

Claire, I love the baby idea. I may have to play around with that a bit.

Thanks Joe! I will add black eyed peas to the list, but my oddball kids think their favorite veggie already IS a bell pepper (especially red and yellow ones).

Eliza, I got the inspiration from Freddie. He knows his mom is documenting everything online, so it's kind of a game to him. By involving my kids more, it seems to be working a little better.

Anonymous said...

What a fun veggie idea.

Glad that you can get ready for the big shopping --- you did an aweseome job with your economical meals. I got some great ideas. One thing I started to do, is those nights that I am real tempted to order out (which I still do sometimes) is try to whip up a meal using stuff in my pantry. And, I try to figure out what the take out meal would have cost me (minus how much the food cost from my pantry). I then put that amount (or close to it) in a jar. I am saving that money up -- not sure what I will use it towards but makes it like a game for me.

Erika said...

Thanks anonymous!

Can you believe I've decided to NOT go shopping!? I'm in a mindset where I don't go until I need to... and we have plenty in the house right now, I really don't NEED to go.

Although tomorrow I do need to pick up milk and cereal. Not exactly a big shop though. :-)