Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Dreaded "G" Word

.......Come on ladies or maybe a few of the men out there...You know what I am talking about.  Something we all have to do but if you are like me D.R.E.A.D it....GROCERY SHOPPING!

We have to eat so it's not like I can't buy groceries and since I don't live on a farm to raise my own meat, grow my own vegetables, milk my own cows, etc...the only option I have had is to go to the grocery store....And man, there is nothing more than I despise then going to the grocery store.  You see I am not your typical women, quite honestly I don't like shopping for anything....never have and I think it is safe to say, never will.  If I have to go to a mall...well I would rather poke my eyes out with needles.  If I am shopping out of necessity, I want to get in, get out and move on...It's not like I am anti social or anything, I just don't like the crowds, the smells, peoples behaviors (probably including mine) Ok, maybe that does sound a little anti social but really I am just gives me anxiety.  And the only time I have gone shopping when there is very minimal people is either super late at night or early early morning when quite frankly I would rather be sleeping.  I am the type of customer that online shopping is made for and let me tell you, I am taking full advantage of what is now available on the world wide web.

Of late, I have been grocery shopping online and as long as this option continues to be available, you can bet on me, that I will be using it EVERY.WEEK.  After your first order on Fred Meyer Clicklist (or Kroger in some areas) the additional orders are easy.peasy.  Even my first order was pretty easy but it just took at little bit longer to navigate a bit.  Now each time I order it knows what I have ordered in the past so it is readily available on "My Recent Purchases".  It literally takes me max all of 10 minutes to order my groceries and no, I do not order the same things every week although of course I get eggs, bread, milk and such on a weekly basis but all the other stuff changes.  Once ordered you can select same day pick up if available (depends on when you submit your order) or next day.  I typically place my order on Friday and pick up first thing Saturday morning.  If you do next day pick up, you can make changes to your order up until midnight.

When all is said and done, it probably takes me longer to drive to the nearest Fred Meyers than to order and pick up.  Once you go to pick up , you drive up to a little speaker box, select call, it rings to the staff in the pick up area, and they tell you what bay to pull in to.  Once in the pick up bay, they come out, go over your order, advise of any out of stock or substitutions which you can request no substitutes but I have found on the few items that have been substituted, they are a better product but they match the price and then you pay.  You can use paper coupons and rewards coupons that you download.

If you are on the fence about online grocery shopping don't be.  Even the meat and produce that I have selected has been on par.  They have an area where you can put specific notes in , for example, if you want your bananas to be green rather than totally ripe.

I can't say enough positive things about the service.  I have yet to have a bad experience and hope I don't but even if I do, the worse would be what....they left an item off the list?

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

**This is not a paid endorsement, although it should be.  This is based on my own personal experience with this service.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

{Recipe} Super Duper Dip

Yes, it is that good!  And so easy to make.

I was racking my brain yesterday for a dip that would taste good with multiple transports and I think I nailed it! was not the pre-made store bought.  Although, it wasn't like "real" home made in the sense that I milked the cow, aged the cheese, grew the onions, etc (who has time for that) it was still home made by my hands which is always better.

The best part it only took me about 10 minutes to make.

Here is what you need:

(2) 8oz packages of Cream Cheese
(1) Packet of Onion Soup
(1) Ready To Serve Bacon Pieces (in the salad dressing aisle)
(1) Cup Shredded Cheese
1/2 Cup of Sour Cream

1.  Melt your cream cheese in a microwave safe dish (about 45 seconds in microwave)
2.  Stir in your Onion Soup into Cream Cheese
3. Stir in your Bacon Pieces into Cream Cheese
4. Add 1/2 cup of cheese
5. Heat for 25 seconds in microwave just long enough for the cheese to melt
6. Add the remaining cheese
7. Heat for another 25 seconds in microwave just long enough for the cheese to melt
8. Stir in Sour Cream to thin out the consistency OR if you like it thick, then do not add the Sour Cream

You can eat this warm with pieces of Bread, Pita Bread, Naan, or cold with veggies, crackers, pretzels, or chips.

Also, instead of using Cream Cheese you can make this healthier by using Greek Yogurt or Neufchatel Cheese.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Confessions Of A Non Superwoman #29

Wow.  First and foremost…Confession, I have been totally MIA from this blog for a lonnnnnnnnng time so it seems.  I post every so often on the Facebook page (yes there is a Facebook page) but here not so much.

Life has got the best of me this past year but I really want and need to get back into blogging for an outlet and to preserve my sanity…so here goes it…

1. So you know that holiday where kids carve pumpkins, get candy…yeah, Halloween.  Yeah, so this year no pumpkins were harmed for the holiday.  Not a SINGLE.PUMPKIN.CARVED.  Time.  Just not enough time.

2.  So you know that holiday where you eat turkey. Yeah, Thanksgiving. The mostly meat free carcass is still in the pan in the refridgerator.  I promise it is going in the garbage TODAY.  (in my defense, our garbage was full and garbage day was yesterday rather than put it in a bag to stink up, I waited).

3.  We haven’t got professional Christmas pictures in like forever, no really I think for at least 3 years.  This year I am making an appointment.  I am making an appointment right now (after I finish this post).

4.   I walked into the littles room this morning…and Ohh Emmm Geee.  It looks like we have been robbed.  Serious clutter, toys, clothes, all over. MUST.GET.ORGANIZED.

5.  Times are changing again with work.  Our company announced that we are being purchased and the sale will complete by first quarter 2017.  In a quandary.  Should I stay or should I go.  I wish I had a crystal ball to see the future.

6.  So I promised this post yesterday and well....I got home and my internet wasn't working can do. No super powers available to fix it.

7. As I was driving home yesterday, thinking, (I do my best thinking in the car or while going to the bathroom...I know weird...maybe a little TMI), life is just crazy.  Always going here and there, go, go, go (even more so around the holiday season)...and then this song came on... and it stopped me in my tracks and smacked me upside the forehead... I need to Just Breathe.

Here for your listening pleasure I am posting the video.  Enjoy!  

Have any confessions to share? C'mon don't be shy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

{Real Life} Cha, Chan, Change....

Wow!  It has been over a year!

Well let me just say not a whole lot has changed....yet...

Been mulling around some ideas these last several months. And I think I am going to start working on taking another leap of faith here in the coming months.  Not something that I can go into detail yet, in time.  Patience my dear.

Looks like people are still visiting....followers still following.  Thank you.

I leave you for now with this...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Our Neck Of The Woods

We live in Oregon.

A plethora of beauty right in our back yard any way you turn. 

The breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.

The painted hills of John Day.

The relaxing Ocean.

The white covered mountains of Mt Hood or Mt Bachelor.

When you live here, I sometimes forget about all these wonderful things our state encompasses.  And you can literally head to any of these places for a day trip from Portland, OR.  Which we did yesterday.

We headed out east to The Columbia River Gorge.  And it didn't disappoint.

At the base of Horse Tail Falls

Wakeena Falls

I just realized that I didn't take as many pictures as I normally do, but, that is ok, I was trying to be in the moment. 

What did you and your family do this weekend?

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