I recently had an inbox question regarding Shopping 101 post.
“Dear Momma Daisy, what ever happened to your Shopping 101 post? Are you no longer food shopping? ” – M.L. Kansas
My family…sure they are fed, healthy and happy. Not sure they are happy with each meal I lovingly create. Perhaps I should say throw together. My menu planning has taken a back seat to other
work related stuff. As I sit here typing this post – my menu dinner planner is peaking out from behind a file titled “Family Meal Planner”. Even I get such a chuckle out of the clearly marked vintage style tag attached to the vintage style folder placed neatly in the vintage galvanized organizer. This brings out my inner Joanna Gaines, and because I am NO Joanna….my office area clearly shows this file has not been touched in months. Except for the occasional dusting.
As for food shopping, well my latest experience at Costco was more like a skit from Seinfield. Normally my blue ticking linen backpack is placed in the shopping cart in place of a child. If it’s on my back where backpacks are to be displayed – then I run the chance my phone will chime and I may miss a call from school (never get calls) , college daughter (prefers texting) , hubby (reminding me to get shaving cream) my mother-in-law, my father…. you get my point. Tuesday my backpack played the part of being just that- a backpack and looking quite cute if I may say. Not me…the backpack. I was seeking out the ginormous bag of Krusteaz Buttermilk pancake mix when my eyes caught the book section. I can not stay away from books. I smell them. I track them down like a bloodhound on its trail. I love books. While joyfully filtering through the latest selection of arrivals (the dude was just opening up boxes of newly pressed hardbacks!) I forgot there was a linen growth attached to my back. As I slowly turned to make my way up the sea of words, the growth then attached itself to the handle of a shopping cart. As I walked….so did the cart. A woman laughing – chuckles out “hey…excuse me ma’am…you have my cart!” Oh, well, yes, yes I do!
Released from the metal monster I waltzed down the bakery aisle remembering how much Football Superstar and I love Rosemary-Parmesan cheese bread. Two come in one sleeve. ($6.99) It’s not exactly our favorite bakery’s version but dang when it’s pumped out of the mega ovens and placed (again TWO) in a plastic sleeve while still warm and seeping the aroma of rosemary…..sold! I know I was smiling not only on the inside but my exterior had to be exploding. You have no idea how much I LOVE fresh baked breads. Just as I was walking towards the produce selection a quiet voice appears from behind Aloutte’s Goat Cheese vendor booth. Wait…goat cheese? Rosemary-Parmesan cheese bread needs goat cheese. I gently pick up one of the teeny-weeny cupcake like papers with a morsel of Aloutte goat cheese just enough for a mouse – when out of nowhere a couple, well dressed , possibly between the ages of 65-70, pushes my arm to grab three teeny-weeny cupcake papers when my morsel of goat cheese went flying in the air directly landing on the gentleman to my left – his black dress coat. Sticking to his coat. Do I pick at the tiny morsel of cheese – do I tap him on the shoulder as he was looking at a selection of Cheval Blanc. Do I walk away. Did you know goat cheese can be rather sticky? Firm curds that react when pitched in the air.
I shuddered in my L.L. Bean duck boots. Just as I was about to pass by and pray my linen backpack would come in handy as the tool it was designed to do (not really) and gently knock the morsel of now warm and less firm goat cheese from this gentleman’s black dress coat – I noticed it on the floor by his shiny black loafers. This tiny morsel of goat cheese went from its wrapper to a teeny-weeny cupcake paper to my hand to a coat to the floor in a matter of seven minutes. There was no way I was about to approach the vendor for a second sample. But. There. They. Were. The couple. The couple that first took THREE teeny-weeny cupcake papers. They were back for more. I watched from the other side of the aisle pretending to be selecting guacamole. This couple went from sampling more Aloutte goat cheese to the happy vendor warming up organic Al Fresco tomato&basil 60% less fat chicken meatballs. It was lunch time.
I made my way through the paper product aisle making a U-turn down the frozen fruit aisle. No way. A vendor sampling frozen smoothies (didn’t get the brand name) was talking rather loudly to – yep – the couple. It was lunch time.
Fifteen minutes later I’m waiting in the check out line. Backpack is now sitting in the child seat of my mega cart. I’m smiling because the aroma of fresh bread is still seeping through its plastic wrap. My membership card is placed between my fingers so the kind check out lady can quickly retrieve it. And just then….there they are. The couple. Two rows across from where I wait. Talking. Sweetly laughing with each other. And in their hands….more teeny-weeny cupcake papers that held small morsels of granola.
It was lunch time.
My food shopping days have been of no value to report. Meaning, I am not saving as I should to be bragging of my hours spent at Wegmans, Costco or Harris Teeter. My backpack and sometimes my black leather tote bag at times are filled with receipts. If I were an accountant I would have them neatly organized and categorized on display in a vintage file holder labeled with a vintage tag.
Maybe, just maybe some day I will be back on track with my Shopping 101. Until then I’ll waltz through Costco watching and waiting for the couple.