This week was a huge grocery purchase week. We are now well-stocked on just about every staple, we have oodles of fruits and veggies, and if I want to, I can make my Real Food “Velveeta” and Rotel Dip every day for a month.
Who goes to Aldi and buys several cases of food? This girl. (And also this girl’s 14-year old son because he was in Lincoln with me for doctor appointments and was therefore stuck shopping with his mother. At least it was food-related shopping.)
I hardly ever get to go to Aldi. I price-match from their ad every week, but actually going to the Aldi store is rare for me since the nearest store is an hour away. Therefore, I get a little bit ridiculous when I do get to go. I bought two cases of their version of Rotel. It’s a must-have so I can make the above mentioned dip, as well as this amazing Spicy Mac and Cheese. I also bought a case of pasta sauce and a case of tomato sauce. It was a cart full of tomatoes.
In addition, I bought several cans of beans, peaches, and some specialty coffees for my family as a treat. I bought grilled chicken and prepared soup for Asa’s dorm fridge. I grabbed sliced cheese, apples, grape tomatoes, raspberries, and blueberries. Oh, and that sparkling water? It was a great price so we bought a case of that too! The boys have had fun lately making this Sparkling Juice Drink, so we took advantage of the price. You’ll also see brown sugar in the picture. You can read more about that here.
I had just come off an enormously busy weekend, then made this trip to Lincoln – so had made plans to take Tuesday off to rest and refresh. Therefore…pizza. It’s a fun treat, we ate fruits and veggies with it, and I’ve determined that if you don’t read the ingredient list, it isn’t nearly as harmful to your health. (Don’t listen to a thing I say.) Resting on Tuesday was marvelous. The pizza was so-so.
Later in the week, I went to Walmart to do some price-matching because I can’t not stock up when there is a good price on food we love. I bought no less than 18 boxes of cream cheese. Dude. It price matched for $1.18 and I had nine coupons to get $1.00 off two. 68¢ for cream cheese? Yes. Times 18. We will easily use it all before it goes bad.
Pineapple Fluff Salad is a favorite cream cheese user-upper at our house.
It goes without saying that Stevia Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting is amazing.
Enough about cream cheese. You want to see my 11-year old chef. He doubles as an FBI agent, thus the suit.
He and I ate up (kind of but not quite literally) the free Knife Skills for Kids course. Then we started working our way through Katie’s Kids Cook Real Food Course.
I will admit to you that when Katie from Kitchen Stewardship emailed telling me about her new eCourse, I got a little sad. Wait! thought I. I wanted to put together a kids’ cooking eCourse! But then I quickly turned around and realized, Dude! Katie did all the hard work! Your job here is done. Boom diggity, check that off the to-do list.
In short, it took about 7 seconds for me to go from sad to excited. I’ll move on to other projects on my list and do the simple work of saying, Look what Katie made! Her eCourse is more amazing than I could have, would have created. It’s thorough but basic, detailed but simple. It covers every age group and cooking skill level from beginner to intermediate to advanced. It includes 45 professionally created videos, 2 recipe eBooks, and 250+ pages of downloadable material, flash cards, and lesson plans.
So Malachi, who still fits in my lap (barely), has been joining me at the computer where we are working our way through the Kids Cook Real Food course. Inspired, we head to the kitchen to take selfies.
We’ve also gotten to work on Malachi’s kitchen skills. From start to finish, this kid turned out a double batch of his favorite Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins (while his hot stuff dad rinsed some dishes).
I fully intended to give a shout out for the Kids Cook Real Food course earlier last week, but cream cheese and rotel bulk purchases detained me. So you should know that today is the final day to sign up for the class. It’s rockin’. Work yourself out of a job while your kids take over your kitchen and find themselves prepared for cooking success in the future.
Saturday morning we headed out the door while it was still dark for basketball games out of town. I made Ham and Egg Breakfast Bowls to go with Malachi’s muffins. There were only four of us home at the time, so only making 9 Ham and Egg Bowls seemed really strange. The picture quality is terrible since the kitchen was fairly dark, but I highly recommend you checking out this easy breakfast idea.
We arrived home to our wonderful Bountiful Basket order which had been dropped off by a sweet friend. We are so set for this week!!
Would you believe, after all these grocery purchases, my brain actually had the audacity to think, “What do I need at the store?!?” when it started snowing heavily on Saturday night? I must be crazy. Relax, Brain. I’m pretty sure our family can eat for months with all the food we have on hand right now. Getting snowed in would not be a problem.
As it turns out, it snowed beautifully but we are not snowed in. It takes a lot to keep a Nebraskan from getting out and about after a big snow.
Here’s to a great week!