A Day in the Park and Fresh Peanut Butter

Here in the south, we have had a very mild winter. We had our annual ONE day of snow last week so now that that is out of the way, we can go back to our mild weather. Today it was in the 60’s so I decided to blow off the housework (yes, I know, shame on me – LOL) and the kids and I went out for Mexican food (with the yummy white cheese dip – my favorite) and then took a trip to the park.

We had the place to ourselves (one of the joys of being a homeschooler) and the kids had a great time. Of course, Josiah nearly gave me a heart attack a couple of time since he is totally fearless, but big sister Chloe was always there to take him down the big slide (when he really wanted to throw himself down on a solo run – lol).

After our little trip, I knew we *really* needed to go to the store. I decided to go to Whole Foods and pick up a few things since I am trying to buy organic as much as possible. Well, I didn’t really get much since I am not used to the store layout and the few things I really wanted, they didn’t have… but we did get something really cool. We got some freshly ground peanut butter and almond butter. In fact, I didn’t have a clue what to do so I asked for help, and they GAVE us a LARGE sample of both… for free!!!! I was amazed. We couldn’t wait to get home and sample it (oh, are you thinking I am nuts… I have Mexican for lunch and then head to Whole Foods… LOL, I guess I shouldn’t even mention that I stopped and got a pizza on the way home – yes, I have been really BAD today!).

Anyway, the taste of the peanut butter was not even close to Jif (or Skippy, or Peter Pan) but that was because it wasn’t full of sugar and a bunch of other icky stuff. I really liked the almond butter best, and it was the first time I’ve ever had almond butter so I can’t compare it to anything. This stuff is a bit pricey so I decided to see about buying an attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer… hmmm, those are quite pricey too.

This whole healthy eating is very new to me. I grew up on Southern cooking (read: EVERYTHING is fried or cooked in grease – lol). I have actually never fried chicken (we prefer grilled or baked) but I still am not the healthiest cook. I am learning… but I am also learning that it is not cheap to use real food (but I guess it is cheaper in the long run since you have better health). Maybe once I get some more ‘tools’ for my kitchen it will be a bit easier but that will take a while.

I guess I need to just take it one step at a time so that I don’t get overwhelmed and so that I don’t overwhelm my family. Change is never as fun as a day in the park.

Blessings,
Dana

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6 thoughts on “A Day in the Park and Fresh Peanut Butter

  1. Yay for a wonderful day in the park! It is good that you are looking for organic and healthier foods… it can be a hard adjustment but totally worth it for you and your family šŸ™‚ I was wondering about almond butter… my GYN recommended it as part of my diet last year but I have not had a chance to taste it yet… I will have to check out the whole food store šŸ™‚

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  2. Almond butter sounds yummy-though I have never tried it! As I was reading about how you want to cook healthier foods, I was thinking about the online diet (actually it is NOT a diet, just a better lifestyle) that I working on. It is called Sparkpeople ( http://sparkpeople.com ) it is FREE! The site has a lot of GREAT information and tools! Hope you will stop by there and check it out. My username there is ~Got2move2lose~. Even if you are not looking to lose weight, I’m sure you will find a lot of great info!
    I have read a couple of other blogs, and several had mentioned Family time this weekend. We are very active in our church but our Pastor was away this Sat, so we too took a much needed family day just to have fun. Though we have two teenagers and they both brought along a friend!
    God Bless U
    Kathy

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  3. For those of you who many have seen the last comment on my blog… I AM SO SORRY!!!!! I got spammed… in an aweful way. I would NEVER allow comments like that on my blog and I am so sorry that they were posted for 4 hours, although I am so glad that they were not up longer. I had been at church and then was doing some housework… my dh is actually the one who told me that I may want to check my blog.

    Anyway, for those of you who don’t have a clue what I am talking about…. I am thankful for that!!!

    Have a blessed evening and Happy Valentines Day to all!

    Love,
    Dana

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  4. I hope to post a ‘real post’ soon but I did want to let ya’ll know why I have not responded to any emails or comments that have been left for me.

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