Food Haul 11.8.13

How is it November already?! Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly! I love Thanksgiving but I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by.

This week is just Door to Door Organics. Lots of goodies to share though!

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The Challah bread from Zingermans is a thing of beauty. It is pricey, but makes the best French Toast you have ever eaten in your life. We are obsessed with this bacon from Smoking Goose! Just a fair warning, if you eat it you will never EVER be able to eat regular grocery store bacon again. Completely worth it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you! The eggs are from Creswick Farms and the milk in glass bottles is from Calder Dairy. Grabbed some maple Brown Cow yogurt and the always tasty Garden Fresh Gourmet wild mild fresh salsa. I also needed some Tofutti sour cream and cream cheese. I don’t typically like most dairy imposters but those two things are so delicious! Somehow the Zingermans brownie escaped being photographed, but I snuck one of those in the order for local hubby.

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In the bitty box this week I got zucchini, avocado, kale, pie pumpkin, potatoes, bananas, apples and lettuce. The warehouse had strawberries out when I picked up my boxes. Local toddler has been begging for strawberries forever but they are so pricey this time of year. I was really jazzed to see them there, thanks Door to Door Organics! He also picked up a green mango that he is completely obsessed with and won’t stop talking about.

Oops, I lied.  I also ran over to Aldi and picked up a container of organic baby spinach and three avocados.  I spent $5 and some change.  I spent $58.99 at Door to Door this week, so my total spending this week was around $64.

How about you?  Try anything new 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 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 🙂

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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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Food Haul 5.16.13

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A little bit of a quiet week here at the Real Food House.  Local toddler got sick, really for the first time.  It was sad and pitiful and no sleeping was to be had.  We mostly looked like this:

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I am happy to report that he is feeling much better and I almost feel human again after a few good nights sleep.  Things got pushed back, and not much cooking got done.  My fridge is still full, so this week was just a bitty box from Door to Door Organics.

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After careful thought and consideration, he selected a banana and grapefruit

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From Zingermans  we got a brownie for local hubby and some Challah bread that will be used for the best French toast in the world.    A Mitten Munch berry lemonade bar, lots of yummy fruit, green beans, some greens and a Tiny but Mighty popcorn sample.

Food costs from Door to Door was $32 this week.

I also popped in to my local Westborn Market for the first time this week.  What a cute store!  Full of tons of local goodies!

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Picked up some quick items since not a lot of cooking was getting done between a sick kiddo, Mothers Day, and some family events.  Two types of bread, pita, dry beans, avocado, tortilla chips, spinach dip and some hamburger and hotdog buns for the freezer.  I don’t have my receipt handy but I know my total was around $30.

So total food costs for the week was $62.  I am pretty happy with that.

What did you buy this week?  Try anything new?  Discover anything local?

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Food Haul 5.9.13

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So here’s what we bought at Casa de Real Food this week.

Went to Pure Pastures, bought a bunch of stuff and didn’t take a picture!  We bought Calder Dairy black cherry ice cream for the hubby, beef pasties, eggs, like 4 pounds of boneless chicken breast, and three pounds of grass-fed ground beef.  We spent $56, but $30 of that was covered by the Living Social coupon we bought a month or so ago.

Door to Door Organics this week was fairly normal.Except for the fact that I accidentally purchased too much hummus.  If there is such a thing as too much hummus.

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Local toddler looked through every single item in the freebie bin at Door to Door Organics.  After great consideration, he selected a watermelon.

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My belly is so happy to have strawberries on a regular basis right now.  Some sugar snap peas are buried in that pile too.  I love spring and summer!

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Calder Dairy milk for local toddler, and eggs because I seriously can’t get enough eggs.  I’ve been eating them scrambled with some Garden Fresh salsa and some avocado.  Seriously amazing.  Some Mama Mo hummus and a Zingermans brownie for local hubby.  I’m trying the Larabar for the first time.  My friend Jennifer from Wine to Weightlifting is obsessed with Larabars, and this one was on sale so I’m giving it a try.

Food costs from Door to Door was $58 this week, so added to Pure Pastures we spent $114 for the week.

What did you buy this week?  Try anything new?  Discover anything local?  Farmers Market season is quickly approaching, once the Michigan grow season ramps up, we will lower our Door to Door Organics box down to a bitty size (we are currently getting a medium) and be shopping Farmers markets!  I do a lot of canning and preserving, so it should be interesting to watch our food hauls and costs over the summer.

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Food Haul 5.2.13

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I bet you guys will never guess where my food came from this week!

Wait, did you guess Pure Pastures and Door to Door Organics?  Sly foxes!

First up, Pure Pastures:

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Local eggs, a pint of Calder Dairy chocolate milk,and my dark chocolate almonds.

Two funny stories:

  1.   Local toddler marched right up to the almonds, grabbed them and took them to the counter.  Young grasshopper loves his momma.
  2.   Not so much funny as awesome.  My mom bought my groceries.  I repaid her by getting her sick.  I’m such a nice daughter.

Next up is Door to Door Organics:

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If you follow me on Twitter, you saw this pic yesterday.  Local toddler is showing off the things he pilfered from Mike at the Door to Door Organics warehouse.  Door to Door Organics, if by some chance you read this blog, I love the warehouse employees!  Dynelle, Lenny and Mike rock.  Everybody who I meet is awesome, I just see those three the most.

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Beets, carrots, celery, lettuce, kale, and the regulars.  Nothing too exciting planned.  I’m still recovering from being so sick so I’m not terribly adventurous right now.

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Calder Dairy milk, strawberries, Zingermans brownie for hubby and some new to me items!  I’m excited to try the Garden Fresh salsa, Mitten Munch bars, and Mama Mo red pepper hummus.  So exciting to have new goodies to try!  Door to Door Organics has a ton of new stuff this week, I wanted one of everything!  I will eventually get around to talking about it all and updating my original post.  Total spent at Door to Door was $62.

What did you buy this week?  Any exciting dinner plans?  Let’s get inspired!