better late than never…

A late post today!

So you remember those YUMMY no-bake cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and cranberry white chocolate chip cookies I made for Mr. P’s company bake sale that I posted about yesterday? Well, he forgot them on the kitchen table and left without them in the morning. I grocery shopped, baked, cleaned, packed in baggies, and loaded in a shopping bag, placed right in front of his keys and wallet. Still, he walked out without them. Needless to say, my yesterday started on the wrong foot (really wrong foot). I drove the cookies to my office in the town we both work in, completely out of my way, and jetted off to a meeting an hour away. Good thing I can put the pedal to the metal…this girl was on time. Mr. P got his cookies and I got to my meeting on time. Crisis… averted.

After the meeting and before I started my late, long work day, my co-worker (Hi Christin!) took me to my new favorite place: an Amish market!

1.99 pounds of steel cut oats for $1.17!!!

Blackstrap molasses for $1.75!!!

1/2 pound of banana chips for $0.88!!!

Colby for Mr. P and Apple Cinnamon Cheddar to share 🙂

Fresh spices: cayenne, cumin, sage, cinnamon, rosemary, Spanish paprika, chili powder, and poppy seeds for $0.89 to $1.98 for ~2/3 cup or 1/5th pound 😀

Fresh churned peanut butter on-site for $1.54! Cheaper by the pound than Skippy Natural!

And I got all sorts of fresh pastas in fun shapes and some chocolate-covered goodies for Mr. P. His birthday is Saturday, after all. So fun! Thank you, Christin 😀

It’s fair to say my day improved from there…despite walking in the door at 8pm and making some bad choices for dinner.

Obviously by 8pm I was ready to eat my arm off and Mr. P had taken it upon himself to order pizza on my late night. So I came home, had 1 slice of pizza, 1 leftover Buffalo Chicken Bite, 2/3rds-ish cups of Mr. P’s leftover pasta from a dinner out, a few gummy butterflies (i.e. gummy bears), and a glass of wine. …All before I got my heels off my feet. Vegetables who? Fruit what? Whole grain why? Oy!

THIS is why I meal plan and love leftovers!!! And THIS is why it’s so important to not get to the point of HUNGRY because nothing good ever comes of it! …at least not for me. Obviously. But it was still probably better than stopping for fast food. Which, by the way, sounded really appealing during my 70 minute commute home…since I’m baring all here. 😉

Question: What was your last amazing food bargain?

I seriously feel like I hit the JACKPOT yesterday! 😀

Almost Friday!

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12 Comments

  1. September 23, 2010 / 3:59 pm

    Awesome deals! I last shopped at Whole Foods, so no bargains for me. Hope today’s a little less hectic for ya.

  2. September 23, 2010 / 4:09 pm

    I love the Amish markets in our area!! I always stock up!!

  3. September 23, 2010 / 4:11 pm

    There is an Amish Market in Chicago that I love! I tried going today but consturction was happening and I couldn’t get in the door:(
    Hopefully I will be able to go tomorrow. I like trying something new each time I go.

  4. September 23, 2010 / 4:13 pm

    Oh I don’t like not knowing what to fix for dinner ahead of time! That’s when I start eating everything in the refrigerator/pantry… no good.

  5. September 23, 2010 / 6:36 pm

    Great Amish market finds! Can I have some of the cheese? 😉

    And yes, getting too hungry is dangerous, and leftovers are a lifesaver! But when there aren’t enough “good options,” we can always make better choices and load up on fruits and veggies at our next meal… 🙂

  6. September 23, 2010 / 7:43 pm

    All of that stuff looks so good and the prices are amazing!

  7. September 23, 2010 / 8:13 pm

    Yeah, you will HAVE to bring me to that Amish market some day!!! My goodness. What amazing deals! I think the best deal I have found lately was fifty cents off of those little packets of Justin’s Almond Butter. hehe, I was pretty excited to see that!

  8. September 23, 2010 / 8:56 pm

    I wonder if there are any Amish markets in NYC. Because I NEED to find that apple cinnamon cheddar. Holy lord does that sound good.

    I think we all have those nights every once in a while. I eat the whole kitchen when I get hungry as well. It happens.

  9. September 23, 2010 / 11:16 pm

    Nicole, you are an amazing wife. My husband only wishes he were that lucky 😉 I’m glad your day turned around for you! There’s nothing like fun grocery store bargains to lift the spirits. And it looks like there were bargains galore – I’ve never seen PB so cheap! Score! My latest food jackpot was local apples for 99 cents a pound … of course, I had to pick them myself, but that was half the fun!

    Here’s to an even better day tomorrow, one that starts off on the RIGHT foot! 🙂

  10. September 24, 2010 / 1:24 am

    I can get two slices of watermelon cut in a bad with skewer for just under US$1. That and free snacks at work is my bargain :).

  11. losingmore
    September 24, 2010 / 9:47 am

    troyer cheese…actually MOST troyer stuff…is the bomb! what great deals! My grocery store has huge heads of cabbage….$1.49 each! I think that’s a great deal!

  12. Tricia Adams
    September 25, 2010 / 8:31 am

    I LOVE our Amish market too. I try to go once a month and stock up. My favorite is the steal on spices….and all the cheese 🙂

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