The Daily EO: April 2nd, 2013

I found out about Harvest Community Food’s curated CSA program.  You can’t beat it – it is curated, meaning that they gather the best available treats of the week from various suppliers and put together a bag of groceries.  Also, you can sign up for 1 or for the season.  I tell you – there is something about the mystery and excitement of a CSA box/bag that I love.  What am I going to get?  How am I going to cook it?  Will it be terrible?

I am also excited because the last CSA I was in involved in was in Huntsville  – where snow is still on the ground – so I am exciting different offerings and different tastes from our different climates.

This week I got honey, 1/2 dozen eggs, sunflower sprouts, watercress, chard, kale, potatoes, stinging nettles (!!), and beets.  Super Excited about the honey because it is so good (yum, blueberry) and local which should help Emile deal with his seasonal allergies.

April 2nd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  What does one do with stinging nettles?


The Daily EO: November 6th, 2012

Emile had I sat down to do the meal planning over the weekend which is something we haven’t really done before.  But with me working and commuting and he working a long day, meals were becoming carb festivals laden with more calories than either of us wanted.  So we planned.

I would do the grocery shopping in the suburbs at my work and Emile would do the prepping.  So, I hit Safeway tonight – strategically picked because the first Tuesday of the month is Customer Appreciation Day.  That means you can pick:  10% off or 20X the airmiles.

I purchased items like a normal person – I am not one of those crazies with 500 coupons for .50 off toothbrushes.  I bought only what we needed for dinner and restocking our pantry.

November 6th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  $100 of groceries sale prices – coupons – $5 coupon from Entertainment book.  All paid with a gift card purchasesdwith an 8% discount = $57 for food this week + Air Miless

The Daily EO: March 29, 2012

Grocery shopping has never been a chore for me.  I love the clean lines, shiny packages, and bright coloured fruits and vegetables.  I stroll the aisles looking for new products, check the sales (and those awesome 50% off stickers), and generally plan meals while in the store.  I tend to shop at the Independent because I try to buy as many organic and natural products as I can.   Somebody has to save the planet with all you people leaving the water running while you brush your teeth!

Emile ruins the system: wandering all pell-mell, distracted by the bright colours, putting things in the wrong section of the cart, and tempted by all the things chocolate.  But yet, I like taking him along for some time together.  I particularly like grocery shopping in the middle of the week during the day.  It’s me, the stay at home parents, the seniors and the staff.  Usually no line-ups, lots of stuff on the shelves, and no near misses with carts coming around the corners.

I headed into the Independent to pick up a few things and I was confronted by this sign:

I had to read this several times to understand it.  What?  You don’t take anything except debit and credit cards?  Huh?  In fact, so distracted and horrified by the first paragraph, I didn’t even notice the spelling of “inconvenience” until I posted this picture into this blog.

Earlier that day, I just read this blog about texting and how our children can no longer spell, use punctuation or understand basic grammar.  I too am guilty of using “u” instead of “You”, and “ive” instead of “I’ve” when I am texting on my phone.  But when presented with a keyboard, I type it out fully.  Yes, okay, I struggle with “passive voice” issues, and sometimes not totally use whether to use “whom” or “who”, but I’ve got the basics down.  I run spell checks, I try my best.  I hadn’t expected to see proof of the blog’s assertions so quickly!

I entered the store and asked a girl about the ETA of the systems being back up.  She didn’t know, but another person told me it was ALL of the stores.  Can you imagine?  All of the Loblaws (presumably) could not ACCEPT debit or credit cards yesterday for a some period of time.   Galen must be terribly upset.

I had $10 and a $10 Canadian Tire Gift Card on me, and I certainly wasn’t paying a $1.50 to use the PC Financial ATM.  And I was affronted by the signs.   So?  I left and headed to Fresh (the discount grocer in town) and was pleasantly surprised on prices and some organics being available.  See you, Fresh and I’ll bring my credit card again.

March 29, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Finding one of my own at the grocery store.  Bless you, anonymous wielder of corrective ink!:



PS.  Ironically, when I ran spell check on this post, I spelled grammar wrong twice!  *blush*