So everything was going well with my spaghetti sauce last night. My house smelled yummylicious and for once the bottom of the pot wasn’t burning. No matter how low I keep the temp after it starts to boil I have to be careful not to scrape the bottom of the pot, it pisses hubby off as the sauce will taste burnt. I don’t mind the burnt taste personally but I didn’t want any bitching after I cooked on my birthday. It did boil over a bit on my stove but going to an electric glass top stove a few years back was the best thing ever, yay me!
Anyway, it took about 2 light years to boil enough water for 2 boxes of spaghetti. I purchased Giant Eagle/Natures Basket Organic spaghetti. Would you think the noodles would be inside a plastic bag, inside a box? Me neither. I opened one of the boxes and went to pour the noodles into the pot of boiling water. Yeah, I think I only noticed it was in plastic when I couldn’t separate the noodles with a fork. I promptly removed the oily bag of noodles from the pot. It was fun attempting to open the bag covered in oily water. It was even more fun realizing I was out of paper towels. Do me a favor, forget the plastic and save me some money this organic food is expensive.
Dinner was delicious if I do say so myself.
My sister was nice enough to bring me a cake to celebrate my birthday. We almost set the kitchen table on fire after lighting the candles. I tried convincing her we only needed 1-24 box of birthday candles but she wasn’t having it. I think she bought a tiny cake for the effect……
In my quest for healthier eating I have found that my kids like spinach. They didn’t grow up watching Popeye eat something that resembled sea weed out of a can. To them it is just an ingredient you may find in a salad. I am glad as I grew up thinking it was something you pulled out of the lake.
8-10 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
Spray baking dish with cooking spray.
Work with one noodle at a time on wax paper. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta, followed by 2 tablespoons of marinara. Top with spinach. Roll noodle and arrange in pan seam side down.
Pour marinara sauce over all rolls. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Bake about 25 minutes.
This past weekend my sister and I took a stroll down the Strip District.
My goal: to see the new Pgh Public Market. I had been waiting ALL summer for it to open!
My sisters goal: to eat.
The Strips Goal: to make me crazy.
Saturday’s are always crazy there. PNC Bank (I know I still need to change that!!!!!!) had an ATM down so of coarse me, my sister and a zillion other people needed cash. I got snaked into eating at Pamela’s Diner. It’s decent food and all I just didn’t want to sit down. When I go to the strip it’s one of the few times outside my weekly grocery shopping I get exercise. And I always want to try some of the sidewalk vendors foods but I am always with people who wanna sit.
I guess it was an hour or two after we arrived at the strip that I was able to start looking for the Market. I must admit from the pics I had an idea of where it was located, but I had no idea where it was located. We walked up onto the docks and all the way down before I was ready to give up hope. There weren’t many people going that direction that weren’t getting into cars so I really wasn’t too sure.
Inside proved to be a very nice set up. It was a preview weekend so not all vendors were there. I will admit I did not purchase anything that day. I just wanted to get a feel for what was there, how much things were, etc.
As you can see Fudgie Wudgie was there. I’m going to be completely honest and ask this question. Why?
They have a store one street over.
Also Four Paws Barkery which is an out door vendor on Saturdays in the strip is there. They sell natural, home made pet treats and other supplies.
I honestly don’t recall who this is. I do remember smelling some of the herbal tea’s. That might be what all of the where but I couldn’t tell among the many people in front of the table.
The following pic is from Mott Family Farm. They sell certified naturally grown products. All of the products looked great! I just wish I had my shopping list with me and knew what I needed for this week. I know better for next time.
This cake just looked so yummy! As much as I wanted to eat one I had to let it go and move on.
See the entire vendor list, description and days they will be at the public market.
Hope to see you there again this coming weekend!
Nov 1, 2005 – Sept 8, 2010
Death is hard to deal with, even when it’s a pet. Our dog was a member of the family. It feels like I lost one of my children.
I think of the things about her… like how she followed me around everywhere, sat with me, slept with me, etc. Lately she hadn’t done much of that. Did she know? Did she separate herself on purpose to help ease me into her loss?
Angel was a very special companion and family member. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. She was too young to go and I was not ready by any means to let her go. Of coarse were never ready to loose someone close to us but the person closest to them suffers the most loss.
I will always remember her greeting me when I came home and how excited she was to see me. When I went away for the weekend she would cry when I returned. She sat in my lap as I watched tv. She slept on my pillow case above my head. In the winter she would lay under the covers behind the back of my knees and sometimes she would lay on her back under the covers with her little head popped out on the pillow as if she were a human. She would lay in the living room window basking in the sun. She loved to curl up in a ball and lay on her belly to have it rubbed. I will always remember asking her to give me kisses and she licked my chin. If I asked where my baby was, she would come running.
I am happy she was able to share our vacation this year and spend that time with us. She really didn’t have a favorite blanket or pillow she loved people and sometimes I swear she thought she was one of us.
Angel you were loved by many and will always be remembered.
While shopping I don’t normally have people talk to me. Especially people I don’t know.
There was the one lady who was my nephews teacher in pre-school. I used to watch him after school before my working days so the teachers knew me pretty well. She is hilarious and loud and being in the grocery store didn’t stop her from behaving as such. Everyone stared while she got my nephew all excited. Both times I saw her in the grocery store over the course of a year or so I had my nephew with me. She probably thinks he lives with me.
Just last night I went back to the snack isle after shopping for everything else. Some strange guy wanted my attention and at first I’m ready to keep walking away like I didn’t hear him. Until I saw what was in his hand. The man was holding pads. Not just any pads, overnight pads. For those men who don’t know overnight pads are like diapers! Some may wear them to bed but you wouldn’t catch most women wearing them otherwise. He asked me if I knew if they were longs. Oh boy, this poor guy would get an earful when he got home if he went home with overnight pads when she asked for longs. You could see the embarrassment on his face. He didn’t want to be buying them let alone asking some strange woman how to pick them out.
To his lady: Your welcome. Next time cut a piece of the bag that has the description so he doesn’t have to further embarrass himself.
I enjoy grocery shopping for the most part. Most often I plan my shopping at home and make a list. My list is by the meal. I started doing it that way years ago when I wasn’t able to get something on my list as the store was out of the product. I came home and had everything for this meal, except that one item. This way I can decide weather to purchase the other needed items for that meal or not. It works out pretty well for me.
Making a list does help me not buy too many things I don’t need. It doesn’t bring how much I spend down though. I remember when the kids were younger and we lived off hot dogs, mac n cheese, etc. My grocery bills were $90-$125 a week. Yeah we ate like ass. Prices have gone up over time. With my working we do splurge a little more. It wasn’t until we started buying more products that are natural and organic that my bill went sky high. It only gets worse as more products are available in my local grocery store of this type. I think my trip last night was one of the cheapest at $227. My highest recently was I believe $340. I buy a weeks worth of food at a time, for 5 people, at Giant Eagle. It’s like making a monthly car payment every damn week. If I ever loose my job I swear we will starve. Down south groceries are even higher than they are here. On vacation I don’t even want to talk about what we spent, and we ate out most of the time!
$3.59 for a dozen eggs is a bit insane. I can’t believe I still buy this stuff when the other ones are like half the price! I know it’s better for us and I have noticed the differences in myself and my health.
Do you know anywhere cheaper to shop that has a lot of natural and organic products?
How much do you spend a week on grocery’s?