I was away from home (almost) all day today, feeling the need to get a few errands out of the way while having a rare ice-on-the-roads free day (the snow started again just as we pulled into our driveway). My daughter laughs at me when I feel I'm on a long trip when making a "Meijers Run". It is only on the other side of the county while she has to drive miles and miles for many of her errands.
I guess it is all in perspective, I am so used to having almost everything I need between where I live in the country and the University that having to drive anywhere at all seems annoying... sigh. I'm spoiled. However, Meijers has the best prices on a few items which are needed and when one is trying to stock a pantry on a tight budget, it is worth following the sales.
While I can't buy a lot of anything, I love to find a stock up price on essentials. I bought three "boxes" of organic low sodium chicken broth on sale and had a coupon for an addition $3.00 off of three boxes... making them very reasonable. Meijers also had Cream of Mushroom and Chicken soups on sale... a foundation for a quick casserole dish.
I went through a brief few years of being a food snob. It wasn't the cooking classes I took in my 20s that caused the attitude but a couple of the favorite cooking shows I watched back then. One person in particular was always putting down such Midwestern cooking essentials as garlic powder, onion powder, "cream of" soup casseroles, and other foods which were common to me as I grew up.
It wasn't until a few years had gone by and I missed some old favorites that I realized it was my kitchen and I could make whatever I wanted... however I wanted. My food snobbery morphed into just good cooking using many styles and essentials. However... I digress.
I'll write about the Goudge books tomorrow since I only have one more to read and I can give a review of it later. There are a couple more Goudge books I want to read at sometime in the future. I will work them in between other books.
I should throw another load of laundry in the washer and put away the purchased canned goods in the garage pantry. However, this evening I am tired from the day's "bringing in my food from afar" and I must slice some cheese for a "cheese and crackers" dinner and put the teakettle on for tea. Christopher is studying late so he won't be home for dinner and hubby wants leftovers... a perfect evening for something simple. :)