I spend all day in the kitchen! Actually, most of last night, too.
Yesterday, I went out to do my grocery shopping and I had less grocery money than usual for this next 2 1/2 week period (partly due to mismanagement on my part- our budget system has changed slightly, and it has thrown off my regular routine a bit, but I wasn't being careful enough in the beginning of the month). Needless to say, I felt a bit worried about making do with less than usual, for a longer time period than usual.
On the way to the first store, my daughter and I prayed that God would bless our shopping efforts and help us to find what we needed to buy within our budget. Sure enough, at the first store, I found a great deal. Two 2L jugs of organic milk, about to expire the next day. Perfect for making yogurt, and the exact amount that I had hoped to buy. I asked a staff member and received it for 50% off, a great deal (remember, it never hurts to ask for a deal)!
Nothing out of the ordinary at our 2nd store, but at our 3rd and final store, I hit the jackpot. In the natural foods aisle, there is a spot where they put marked down items in the dairy case. And what was marked down? Milk! A whole lot of organic milk! And not just half price, no, it was much, much better than that. I had paid $2.90 for my 50% off milk at the 1st store. Here, the milk was marked down to .44 cents. I kid you not. And there were six 2L jugs! Let me tell you, I wanted them all, but knew it was impractical. I took 4 of them, bringing me to a total of 3 gallons of milk, all about to expire in the next day.
As an added bonus, I found a large organic french vanilla yogurt for .44 cents (a perfect evening snack), and a plain organic yogurt for .94 cents (perfect for yogurt starter). And, then I found 6 lbs of organic apples in the produce section for $1.74. Let me tell you, I was a happy little camper.
And so, the marathon began last night. I'm talking oodles of homemade yogurt, a large dish of baked oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, 2 loaves of bread, a batch of apple cinnamon muffins, a double batch of pancakes (we had some for lunch and are freezing the rest), blueberry syrup (for all the pancakes) for the freezer, Spud Special Soup (my favorite creamy potato soup) for the freezer, custard or pudding (looking for a recipe after I post this), and dried apples in the dehydrator. Whew... I will be so thankful when it's finished.
But how thankful I am that God cares about even the little requests, for a blessing on a grocery shopping trip. Isn't He good?