Food Haul 3.7.14

Happy Friday!!

This week started with a very empty fridge and pantry. I reorganized my pantry and I tossed an embarrassing amount of old expired stuff. In better news, I am much better organized now!  I also packed up a box of food to donate so I know I won’t be wasteful.

Our budget was pretty lean for a couple weeks so we tried to only buy what was absolutely necessary. We ate just fine but a little boring. Wednesday was our Door to Door Organics day and it felt like Christmas!

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Lots of beautiful color in the boxes!  Local toddler was happy to see his Calder Dairy milk and some Brown Cow yogurt. My husband did our order this week so he got us both brownies (Zingermans for him and a vegan one from Pinwheel Bakery for me).  Also some Tofutti dairy free sour cream and Smoking Goose applewood smoked bacon aka the only bacon ever found in our house.  We spent $60 at Door to Door and my fridge is so much happier!

I also went to Pure Pastures this week but I cannot find my photos!  I bought 2 whole chickens, frozen bell peppers, canned beans, soy sauce, potatoes, sausage, dried cherries and I am certain I am missing a few things. Spent $50.70 and $50 of that was covered by a groupon I had purchased for $30.

Did you try anything new this week?  Find a great deal?  Come chat about it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

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Food Haul 11.22.13

 

Oops, the week of no pictures!

I went to Aldi this week to pick up a few things.  No luck finding anything organic except baby spinach yet.  I have heard that Aldi is going to have a permanent organic line so I am excited to learn more.  I picked up baby spinach, mini bell peppers, mini cucumbers, some crescent rolls (ugh, I know they are terrible non-food items but they were calling to me!) steel cut oats, and bread.  I believe I spent $15 but local toddler absconded with the receipt.

We went to Costco last week but for the life of me I can’t remember what all we bought or how much we spent.  I know there was Wild Planet tuna, organic tortilla chips, Chobani yogurt, Naked juice and some lunchmeat.  I’m sure there was more I am not remembering.  Probably $100ish.

Starting to think about Thanksgiving!  I am probably in charge of bringing sweet potatoes because that is what I always bring!  I keep chipping away at my recipe and tweaking things every time I make it.  I probably won’t get it made in time to share before Thanksgiving but I will have it up before Christmas!

Because I think all posts need a photo, here is a random collage of food from the conference I attended at The Henry in Dearborn.  Everything they fed us was delicious and the hotel is art gallery beautiful!

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What is “your dish?”  That one thing everybody raves about and begs you to bring?

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?  I really love the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing all mixed together.  It is the only time my food is allowed to touch!

Food Haul 8.9.13

Happy Friday! Another week has come and gone, and this one was a little rough in the Real Food House. I got sick and my husband is working super long shifts. Pretty sure local toddler will climb the walls today if we don’t get out of our house!
Because I got sick, I didn’t make it to any markets during the week. Thankfully I have a veggie buying addiction, so the fridge is full.
Lets haul!

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Last Friday we had the great fortune to be able to harvest from the huge garden where my son attends playgroup. Lots of beautiful chard and kale. We also picked a few green peppers, a summer squash and a cucumber.

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Canton Farmers Market was fantastic last week. The author of “Farmers’ Market Day”, Shanda Trent, was selling her book and also reading and signing. We bought one and local toddler is obsessed with it. He talks about the farmers markets all the time, so it’s great to have a book about one of his passions. The illustrations are beautiful! I thought the price point was good too, it’s a very large hardcover for $13. Along with the book, we picked up peaches from Kapnick’s ($5), carrots and potatoes from Hand Sown Farm ($7) and from Prochaska Farm we bought cabbage, a watermelon, onions, bell peppers, corn and a broccoli approximately the size of local toddler. I think I spent $13 there. From Pure Pastures I picked up some chicken and some sausage for $15.

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Wednesday was Door to Door Organics day and we got a bitty box. My goal is to eat the beets instead of juicing them. I’d love some beet recipes! The box looks a little sparse because we needed a lot of bananas.

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Just a few cookies and milk items! Some Calder Dairy milk, Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory chips, Zingermans brownies and Avalon cookies.
Total from Door to Door must have been around $50. The Internet hates me today so I can’t check. That is also why there are no links in this post, I’m doing it from my phone and they won’t cooperate.
So the total for food this week was about $100. What did you buy this week?

Food Haul 7.19.13

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Happy Friday real foodies!

Buy anything interesting this week?

I know the weather across the country is hot.  Michigan is borderline unbearable right now.  We have actual temps in the 90’s with heat indices in the 100’s.  It’s been a sweaty week!  Local toddler craves the outdoors so we have been out every day.  Putting your feet in a very cold wading pool does make it much more tolerable!

This week in food was another slightly strange week.  I skipped my Door to Door Organics order, only because I had a full fridge and didn’t need anything.  We ended up being invited to family dinners a few nights and found ourselves with a full fridge! 

I did go to the Canton Farmers market on Sunday and picked up a few items.  No pictures because it was hot and I rushed everything to the fridge/freezer.  I bought a whole chicken from Garry at Pure Pastures, 5lbs of blueberries from Kapnicks, some beautiful purple “Dragon” carrots from Hand Sown Farm.  I also bought a tasty savory pastry that had tilapia, potato and red pepper.  I can’t find the business card anywhere but I think the business name was “Classique” or something around those lines.  Prices were $7, $25, $3 and $5 for a total of $40 at the market.  The blueberries are in my freezer waiting to be turned into sauce! 

I hit up Aldi this week in search of chicken and brown rice for my sick doggy.  I’m incapapble of only buying what is on my list.  I picked up some Bolthouse green juice and some red pepper hummus, my two favorite Aldi items.  I nearly fainted in the meat area when I saw that they now carry grass fed beef!  It was under $5 a pound!  I know nothing about the quality or location, but what an exciting find!   As you may know, I have $500 worth of beef in my freezer so I didn’t buy any but I would love to hear an opinion if anybody has tried it or knows more!  I know I spent $40 at Aldi but most of that was a ton of chicken and some brown rice and pumpkin for local German Shepherd.  She’s all better now!  The vet told me she had colitis and asked me about the stress in her life.  Really?  Dogs have stress?  I want her life!

I’m writing this late Thursday night and I just got back from a late night run to Kroger.  I needed almond milk for my morning iced coffee and local hubby requested cookies.  These two items managed to cost me $35.  Every time!  This is why I try not to go to the grocery store, I can never just buy one or two things.

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After I took this photo I grabbed another almond milk and two more bags of cookies.  Newman O’s and alphabet cookies were on clearance!  I also grabbed vanilla extract, cinnamon, and diced tomatoes all on clearance in the organic section.  Those Blue Diamond coconut almonds are amazing.  A few too many ingredients to be considered real food, but so delish!

Now keep me away from the grocery store!

I had big plans to visit a few other markets this week but this heat is just too gnarly to be shopping in.  Or I’m a weenie.  Either way, I will get out to visit some more markets soon!

Where did you shop this week?  Try anything new?

Food Haul 7.12.13

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I totally spaced on remembering to take pictures of everything this week.  I do have a few pictures, just not of everything.  There was no Canton Farmers Market this past weekend due to the holiday.  Can’t wait for next week!

On Tuesdays Eastern Market and the Wayne Metro Community action agency is hosting a mobile farmers market in Inkster.  (If you click this link, you can see the full listing of Market stands that Eastern Market is hosting this season, there are a bunch!)  Inkster is somewhat of a food desert so I was glad to hear this.  Local toddler and I decided to go check it out.  It is hosted in front of Starfish Family Services at 3000 Hively, near to Cherry Hill and Middlebelt.  They are open from 2pm-5pm.  It was small but quite a few options were available.

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Local toddler selected the yellow grape tomatoes and ate half the container before we even left.  We also got some broccoli and zucchini.  We spent $4.25 at the market.  It was a nice little set-up and I was glad to see it in that area.

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Our Door to Door Organics order this week is not photographed.  Well, I do have a picture of local toddler and what he was up to when I was opening the boxes.

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Somehow my son has all of the warehouse staff wrapped around his finger and they always make sure he gets an orange (or two!)  There were berries in the freebie bin so he grabbed one of those as well.  I’m a little scatterbrained right now and I totally forgot he had berries.  While I was bringing the boxes in, he decided to make a berry pie.  (The pie toy is the super sorting pie from Learning Resources, it is so cute.)  He also ate an untold number of berries.  Judging from the stains on his shirt they are delightfully juicy.  Being the good blogger I am, I took a picture before cleaning up.

I spent $51 at Door to Door Organics on the following items:

Cucumber 1
Russet Potatoes 2
Red Leaf Lettuce 1
Red or Green Bell Pepper, small 1
Carrots with Tops 1
Nectarines 2
Mango, Tommy Atkins 1
Lemon 1
Bananas 2
Broccoli bunch $3.49 1 $3.49
Avalon Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookies $3.39 2 2 Cookies $6.78
Creswick Farms Pastured Large Brown Eggs $4.19 1 dozen $4.19
Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted 10-inch Tortillas $3.39 1 12 oz $3.39
Green Cabbage $2.99 1 $2.99
Zingerman’s Bakehouse – Magic Brownie $2.99 1 4 oz $2.99
Calder’s Dairy – 2% Milk $3.09 2 1/2 Gal $6.18

There was also a random trip to Kroger thrown in there this week.  We bought hamburger buns, almond milk, coffee, cereal, tuna, bread, a ton of yogurt, Clif and Larabars, and some other random junk.  Random junk was some potato chips and my favorite junk food ever: Better Made corn pops.  So addictive, I hand the bag to my husband and make him hide it!  We spent about $40 there.

Food costs for the week was $95.25.

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Food Haul 7.6.13

Sorry this food haul is late, I still haven’t been to my computer to upload photos! This post is an experiment completely posting from my phone, so I apologize if the formatting is strange!!

Went to the Canton Farmers market last Sunday and ended up picking up quite a few things.

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Three soaps from Cellar Door Soap and Skin, and some strawberry scented play dough from Love Bubs. Food items were some cheese curds from Boyers, eggs from Pure Pastures, and a cookie from Kapnick’s.
Local toddler has been figuring out money buys things, so we give him some money and his own bag and let him buy something at the market. He quickly learned he can get a cookie at Kapnick’s!
The soaps from Cellar Door are amazing. It was my first purchase and I’m converted! We love the Love Bubs products too. The play dough is great, and the scent adds another fun sensory element.
As far as food spending, the eggs were $4 and the cookie was $1.50. I think the cheese was under $3.

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Lots of goodies from Door to Door Organics. I know I didn’t get a food haul up last week, but I wanted to talk about it. I pick up my order from the warehouse instead of delivery. I totally forgot to pick it up. Went the next day and the wonderful staff was super accommodating and even have me some fresher bananas even though it was completely my fault. That night I realized I was missing a few produce items. I emailed customer service and they quickly responded that they would add the missing items to my next order and additionally credit my account $10 for the inconvenience. That’s some great service recovery! I’ve been using Door to Door Organics for several years now, and I will continue to do so because they really are a great company.

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My phone won’t cooperate to check how much I spent at Door to Door but I think it was around $30. Cheap week for us, with the holiday there was lots of eating at Bbq’s!

Food Haul 6.20.13

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I’m sorry I have been kind of blog absent!  I can give you 100 excuses why, but I won’t bore you with my life story.  Stick with me, I promise the good stuff is coming!  I try to keep up on social media outlets, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I just discovered Instagram, it is so much fun!

Anyways, down to the food.

As is our summer ritual, we started Sunday off at the Canton Farmers Market.  I forgot to take a picture of everything together, but we bought some Swiss chard from Hand Sown Farm, some cinnamon honey baked almonds from Nana’s Nuts, and chocolate chip cookies from Kapnicks.  The real star of the show was my flat of non-GMO pesticide free strawberries from Prochaska Farm.

ImageAs of this writing I am halfway through the flat turning them all into low sugar freezer jam.  Total at the Farmers market was $33, of which $25 was the strawberries.

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Because Sunday was Fathers Day, hubby got to choose what we did.  He wanted to go to Holiday Market on our way home from the farmers market.

ImageWe bought coffee from the coffee bar and strolled around the store.  He picked out some spinach dip & chips, and cannoli.  We also picked up some marked down organic blueberries, avocados, and a few boxes of pectin for my jam making.  Can’t find my receipt anywhere, I’m guessing we spent $30.

Last up is Door to Door Organics.  As always, a cute story first.  Local toddler and I were picking up our box and the only item in the extras bin was peaches.  Local toddler refers to Door to Door Organics as “oranges” and all the workers know him as the orange monster.  The always awesome Mike got my boxes and brought kiddo an orange.  He held it on the way home, when at a stoplight I noticed my car smelled delightful…

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And now the food!  My counters are covered with jars of cooling jam, so lame pics today.

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The ever present Calder Dairy milk and some Thomas Organic Creamery blueberry yogurt.

ImageLastly we have the bitty box of goodies.  Yay corn!  Added some Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory chips and Avalon 313 whole wheat bread since I do not have the time to be bread baking right now.

Spent $39 at Door to Door Organics this week, so our total for the week is $102.  Not too shabby because I’m expecting to have 16 pints of local organic low sugar strawberry jam to show for that as well.

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I can say with great certainty that when I do math at the end of this post, this will be the highest number ever.

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We started off this week with a delivery from Garry at Pure Pastures late Thursday night.  Garry delivered a 1/4 grass-fed local cow.  The hang weight was 166lbs, for a total price of $512.94.  Yes, we spent over $500 on beef.  I feel confident that our beef eating rate, we should be stocked up for a year.  I can do a separate post all about buying a side of beef if there is an interest, and detail the cuts and amounts.

Sunday we went to  the Farmers Market (Canton Farmers Market on Sundays 9-1)

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Got some spinach from Hand Sown Farm, some strawberries from Prochaska Farms, and some peach salsa from Pure Pastures.  (Garry gave us the salsa for free along with some eggs when I went in to pay for my side of beef)  We also bought three types of jerky from Captain John’s Smokehouse.

Total from the farmers market was around $23

 

Finally, we have the Door to Door Organics order this week.

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Just a bitty box this week.  Lots of yummy fruit

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   Garden Fresh artichoke garlic Salsa,  Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory chips,  Calder Dairy milk, Once Again almond butter and Zingerman’s magic brownie.  Yummy!

Total from Door to Door Organics this week was $44.

Grand total, just about $580.  Whew.  My credit card is a little sad.  My freezer is very happy 🙂

Food Haul 6.6.13

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So much food!  Local hubby is working approximately 987 hours a week right now so food has been super important.  He works really hard at work so we need to keep him fueled.

We started off on Sunday at the Farmers Market (Canton Farmers Market on Sundays 9-1)

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Got some Bok Choy and red leaf lettuce from Hand Sown Farm, some asparagus from Kapnick’s and some chicken from Pure Pastures.  Total was somewhere around $20, I’m not good at keeping track when I use cash.

Oh yea, last market I went to I picked up these fun things:

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A new water bottle to try out for local toddler.  We currently use stainless steel which is great, except it heats up fast in the sun.  The amazing find was this all natural finger paint.  It’s made by Love Bubs and it is awesome!  Sure I could hop on Pinterest and make my own, but she saved me the time and mess so we could get right to playing.  It rocks!  I’ve had it for a few weeks and I just tossed it in the fridge this week.  Still fresh!  I think I paid $5 for the finger paint and $5 for the water bottle, but I can’t remember for sure.

Next up this week was a trip to Kroger.

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We spent about $90 and got a cart full of a million protein bars.  Some random other goodies for local hubby: Gatorade, bread, chips etc.  Lots of yogurt, almond and coconut milk and some other random goodies.  A good mix of healthy and junk I think.

Finally, we have the Door to Door Organics order this week.

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Just a bitty box this week.  Nothing too crazy, really excited to have some stone fruits coming into season.

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Lots of delightful goodies here!  Graham’s Organics sausage, Garden Fresh Wild Mild Salsa, The Brinery sauerkraut, Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory lime chips, Creswick Farms eggs, Mitten Munch fudge brownie bars, Mama Mo red pepper hummus, Calder Dairy milk, and some Great Lakes Potato Chip Company BBQ chips.  So much delicious in one box!

Total from Door to Door Organics this week was $60.

Our total for the week was about $170, which is actually better than I thought.

Food Haul 5.30.13

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Things are returning back to normal here at the Real Food house.  If you don’t follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) then you might not know that Local Hubby and I both stood up in the amazing wedding of dear friends.  The wedding was at The Henry Ford Museum and the whole thing was amazing.  The food was awesome, they even had a sliders and Better Made chips station late in the evening.

For food this week, we just have Door to Door Organics.

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Trying several new (to me) things this week.  The usual Calder Dairy milk, Smoking Goose applewood smoked bacon and a Zingermans brownie.  The new-to-me goodies are Garden Fresh Wild Mild salsa, two flavors of Kind bars, Chocolate coconut Larabar, Ann Arbor Tortilla factory tortilla chips and Great Lakes Potato Chip Company BBQ chips.

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This weeks co-op freebie was strawberries.  Local toddler was really excited, but he just couldn’t stay awake on the ride home to have a snack.

This weeks food cost was $51.

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