Weekly Essentials for the Basic, Simple Minded, Foodie Kind of Individuals Who Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously and Don’t Get Too Crazy or Innovative with Cooking:

I haven’t really done anything with food on here in awhile. And that’s sad, because I love food. Truth is, I never really learned how to make sharing recipes simple on this blog/site thing, and therefore, it always takes a really long time to put together a recipe. I’m sure I’ll get back to it one day when I make something new that is worth sharing. 

But it’s been awhile since I’ve laid out some of our current favorites. It’s pretty basic, actually. I didn’t even think to do this until right before we got home, when I asked Daniel if he would lay all the groceries on the dining room table so I could then organize it and have him put it in the fridge, freezer, or pantry. He had to bring in all the groceries by himself.

God Bless him. 

Because he has put up with me ALL DAY on crutches in Greenville. Last time I had this surgery, I had one of those knee scooter things, which made getting around a lot easier, if you can handle the stares. and weird questions. But it was worth it because they wouldn’t let me live in liberty and freedom until at least 8 weeks later.

THIS TIME though, they say they are going to let me walk a little sooner, so, I’ve been rocking the crutches. But crutches shouldn’t hold you back from food. So, today we went to Greenville and ate at Fresh to Order. I had only been there once, and it was in Hotlanta, at the CNN food court, right next to the Georgia World Congress Center, like a year and a half ago. Y’all. They gave me my salad on a foot long plate. It was so good. However, I could only eat like half of it, which is not like me.

But before I get into anything else, if you haven’t been to a NewSpring service today (or watch the service online) you should, if you get a minute (or an hour). If not, you can go back and listen to it later. It was all about bitterness, and my friend Brad preached, and it was pretty great – no matter what you believe about God. 

Anyway, after lunch we went to Trader Joe’s and Costco, our two usual Go To’s in Greenville.

We’ve had a Costco membership for several months now, and it’s definitely worth it (despite it only being for the two of us) because of the quality and the value. We don’t use it to stock up on toilet paper or paper towels, or other essentials like that. But we buy our Tide detergent there, as well as our dog food, random vitamins, and even some random things like pans, every now and then. I’m a big fan of their salsa and almond butter. We don’t buy a lot, but what we buy, we only buy from there (if that even makes sense). 

Trader Joe’s is my all time favorite store on the planet. I love their quality, I love how nice and helpful everyone is, I love their prices, and I love all of the randomness. TJ’s is my new favorite place to buy Perfect Bars. They only have two kinds, but they are $2/bar, which is a steal. TJ’s has the best prices for meat, especially ground turkey. No one makes cauli rice with the same consistency as them, and they have some dang good cauli mashed potatoes. They have pretty flowers, clean restrooms, and they always have complimentary coffee. We love their spices as well. 

Yahhh so… I could go on and on about both of these places, but you and I both have things to do and people to see. So, for now, here is what we got today, a beautiful almost 80 degree day in the wonderful city of Greenville. 

 From top --> Bottom, Left ---> Right:  Ground Turkey, Bananas for Daniel, Cauli Rice, Cauli Mash, Spinach, French Vanilla Coffee, Perfect Bars, Coconut Aminos, Yellow Mustard, Coconut Oil Spray, Jasmine Rice, Rx Bars, Chile Lime Seasoning, Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, Pumpkin Pie Spice

From top –> Bottom, Left —> Right: Ground Turkey, Bananas for Daniel, Cauli Rice, Cauli Mash, Spinach, French Vanilla Coffee, Perfect Bars, Coconut Aminos, Yellow Mustard, Coconut Oil Spray, Jasmine Rice, Rx Bars, Chile Lime Seasoning, Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, Pumpkin Pie Spice

 From top --> Bottom, Left ---> Right:  Biggest Bag of Popcorn and I love it, Frozen Chicken Breasts, Bacon, Bag of Mixed Peppers, Broccoli Florets, Salsa, Goat Cheese, Almond Butter, Avocado Oil, Dave's Killer Bread (Daniel loves this stuff), and a Big Tub of Guac (because we love guac, obviously)

From top –> Bottom, Left —> Right: Biggest Bag of Popcorn and I love it, Frozen Chicken Breasts, Bacon, Bag of Mixed Peppers, Broccoli Florets, Salsa, Goat Cheese, Almond Butter, Avocado Oil, Dave’s Killer Bread (Daniel loves this stuff), and a Big Tub of Guac (because we love guac, obviously)

I think that’s it. Some trips may look a little different, depending on what we need. This is just what we needed for the next several weeks. 

We usually hit up Publix at least a couple of times a week (or sometimes Ingles (only because it’s on the way home). We love buying most of our produce at Publix – including allllll the sweet potatoes, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, veggies already cut up for us, bananas for Daniel, eggs, egg whites, and all the random essentials for the week. 

Hope that helps 🙂