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.