Today I am grateful for the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op that I participate in each week. I love getting all of the fresh fruits and veggies each week. It is just like Christmas and I know we are eating healthier because of it. It also saves us tons of money for our food. It only costs me $16.50 each week ($15 for the basket and $1.50 for the shipping), and I always get way more for that money than I would at our local grocery store. It is also fresher food.
The good thing is that if I have a lot of something, I can just throw the extra in to my dehydrator to make a treat for later. Take this week for example. I got extra black grapes. I know we won’t eat them all this week, even though they are so yummy. So I plan on washing half of them and putting them into my dehydrator to make raisins. We will love eating those as the weather gets colder and we start eating steaming bowls of oatmeal for breakfast. I love raisins in my oatmeal. I also love apples in my oatmeal. I have dehydrated extra apples so I can put that in my oatmeal later too. Mmmmm….
My family volunteered at our pick-up site this week, so we got a couple of extras in our basket for helping. I chose the grapes, Gary chose a head of cauliflower, and Chandler picked an extra bunch of bananas. I was surprised that Chandler picked bananas. I didn’t realize he liked them so much. We will be making a banana pudding this week as he has requested it. Yum!
Here is what I got this week:
Let me break it down for you.
2 heads of cauliflower
1 bag of fresh green beans (around 2 1/2 lbs)
5# bag of potatoes
1 bunch of collard greens
1 pint sweet grape tomatoes
11 brussels sprouts
7 fuji apples
3 Asian pears
5 fuju persimmons
2 large packages black grapes
I like that we have things that I probably wouldn’t normally purchase. We get to try new foods and we find that we actually like them most of the time. This week we are going to be trying persimmons for the very first time. I’ve never had one before. So it will be an adventure. I’ve found a couple of different recipes online, but I’m still not sure what we are going to do yet.
I am feeling pretty blessed with the bounty we picked up Saturday morning. I can hardly believe it cost us so little money. Our Heavenly Father is sure taking good care of us, and for that I am thankful.
What are you thankful for today?