So the last several years i'd been traveling a lot and my ex gets the kids quite a bit.....so I hardly eat when they are not around. Plus I was lucky to get 2-4hrs a sleep a night, I was working all the dang time!
now I work 8-5 and GO HOME....crazy concept!
I bought an upright freezer and i'm still not meal planning like I ought to, but I started hitting the bakery outlet again now that my freezer(s) work and stocking up on orowheat breads. my mom used to buy bread 4/1.00 I think it was? and froze it and OMG....nasty. even with how fast we ate it! orowheat being denser and double wrapped holds up wonderful and at outlet I can get like 12 loaves for 10 bucks or somewhere along those lines and they always give me a ton of freebies so I end up with eng muffins or sandwich thins or bagels...
I bought a bunch of frozen meat from my butcher, mostly ground or slow cook items since I don't really do steak...
and TJs opened in my neck of the woods. I'm IN LOVE....and i've stocked up my freezer with all sorts of fruits and veggies so I don't have to worry about buying fruit and it going bad. I'm not a big fan of going to the store anyway...plus ex will have kids for 4 days over weekends or over holidays and I end up having to toss a bunch. I still buy, but now I have fruits and veg onhand that doesn't go bad like that!
and of course several frozen meal type items which the kids have been enjoying.
I basically only hit grocery store for my dew (I really need to give that habit up!) and a few specific items like spaghettios (gag! I remember liking this as a kid too, but gross! still....gotta let the kids have some fun!) or pasta-roni or things like that.
I need to hit store and buy dew, chile sauce, and some tortillas since TJs was slim pickings for tortillas. I bought stuff to make tacos this weekend and I just need to thaw some meat for them :)
I'm really enjoying cooking again and kids are really enjoying momma cooking. I don't think they remembered that I could cook because we'd been living on fast food and random things for years. I felt so unhealthy and I hated feeding my kids like that.
I'm constantly amazed at TJs tho. I go in for just a few items at grocery store and it's 100 bucks. TJs my cart can be overflowing with items crammed in and it's like 60-80 bucks. First time I went the checkers were sweating and going all jenga on my cart trying to get it all back into the same cart so I wouldn't need two, and it was like 120 bucks.
Anyone have any other suggestions on changes I might try, or even favorite foods at TJs?
I've even started a ratings blog on all the foods i've been trying there. LOL.