1/4 lb of my grocery store thoughts...

I’ve been busy and I’m lazy so I’ve been putting off my second post of the week. Also, I was totally uninspired. This morning I was fretting; I had to get a second post up but everything I started writing fell flat.

Then I went to the grocery store and wouldn’t you know, inspiration struck.  Here are my tip, tricks, and thoughts about grocery shopping:

I had a full on epiphany today. While in line at the deli I was stressing over how much salami and cheese to buy. I always run out of one ingredient for a sandwich before I am out of the others and usually I have lots of one ingredient left over. Then I realized, instead of guessing on fractions of pound, I should just order how many slices I want! The rolls I like come in a bag of 8, I use 4 pieces of salami and 2 pieces of cheese on each so I need 32 slices of salami and 16 of cheese. Eureka! And the deli lady didn’t look at me like I was crazy or roll her eyes when I ordered my specific count rather than a fraction.

I wish things have a lot of varieties would label the most “normal” one as such. For example, when it comes to butter there is salted, non-salted, sweet cream, and European but which one does my recipe mean for when it calls for butter? If some company started labeling one kind of their butter as “baking and cooking” I would buy nothing but that brand. I have a similar stress when it comes to buying bacon. I like basic bacon but is basic bacon maple? Hickory smoked? Hardwood baked? It’s all too much for me. I just want “normal” bacon!

Speaking of bacon, always buy twice as much as you think you need. Let’s be honest, you are going to eat a bunch as it cooks. Don’t jip your recipe on the bacon because you snacked.

Everyone knows you shouldn’t grocery shop while you are hungry but if you are like me, you also shouldn’t grocery shop while thirsty. I can’t tell you how many times I have come home with a bag full of fruit and drinks because I was thirsty. Now I always fill a water bottle at home and bring it with me. Sipping water while I shop means I don't impulse buy random water-laden goods.

There are certain things I always buy when they are on sale; cake mix is one of these things. There are million websites that give you ideas on how to fancy up a box cake mix and, I learned in my cake class that most professional bakeries start their cakes with a box mix. You never know when you might need to whip a cake for someone so buy them when they are on sale.

If you are making a recipe from the Internet you need to buy things for always pull that page up on your phone before you leave home. That way when you inevitably realize you forgot your list you won’t be guessing if you needed baking soda or baking powder. And since you already have it on your phone, you won’t be that person standing in the aisle trying to navigate deep into the web in a place with spotty cell service.

If you go to the grocery store on a weekend, especially one before a holiday, it’s on you to keep your attitude up. I love to grocery shop and am rarely in a hurry but I respect that you might be. That said, you are the one that came to Jewel on a Saturday at 1 o’clock in the afternoon and I don’t need your sighs and humps as the deli clerk slices my 32 pieces of salami.

Unrelated note: I am now about a month into this adventure. I think I am finally starting to find my voice as a writer. Thank you for sticking with me even when my posts have been dull. Also, I know my posts need better editing; I appreciate the constructive criticism I have heard from many of you and I promise I am working on it. The thing is, this whole thing of letting people read my writing doesn’t come naturally to me so sometimes I just publish before I lose my nerve.

Above all, thank you for reading. Thank you for your support and kind words. Knowing that anything I have written has made you laugh, or think, or even just that you read it means more to me than I could ever tell you. I’m very lucky to be constantly surrounded by people who also believe I'm going make it after all. 

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