Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Whole Foods Columbia!!

WooHoo, Whole Foods has opened here in Columbia! I was so extremely excited to hit it up. I dropped my son at school and my daughter and I headed that way on opening day. Mind you, I had no shower and was wearing workout cloths. Geesh, at least I had a fair chance of not knowing anyone.
 I had heard how fabulous it from a friend that went on the pre-tour and I was drooling like a bull dog to get there. I was dreaming of all the fabulous local product I was going to discover and  I was excited to see some I was already familiar with.
We get there and bam, holy parking craziness. There are cars everywhere and nobody is being , well a courteous driver. I finally scored a sweet spot by the Basil restraunt. Sweet!
In we go! No carts, no biggy, it’ll keep me from buys a bunch of stuff. I swear it was so packed in there but somehow it really didn’t matter. I was in my own Disney world. We roamed around trying to get a handle on what was where, and how to shop the store. It was glorious.
The floor was super shiny and the bulk section was just amazing. The fish man was refreshingly smiley and helpful, even after I had a twenty min conversation with someone I ran into that I know through friends. Great, yoga pants and funky hair.
Bulk foods
It was so much to take in, I opted to enjoy what I had seen and, actually left the store without even getting the groceries that I really did need.
Mr. Mom Monday rolled around and I headed back to my Disney World CHILDLESS! I picked up my friend and we rolled out.
Parking was easy, carts available and I was still overwhelmed and excited. After I relaxed and started to see it as a grocery store and not my imaginary pantry, I started noticing things. Comparing products from all the stores I shop, looking at prices, looking at where thing come from and most of all looking for some local farmers product I was positive I would find.
I saw several items from here, but mostly not. Glad to see City Roots made it in but I kind of figured they were a given.
My overall realization was that yes, It’s a wonderful addition to our community. However, Whole Foods is not a farmers market, and if you want to shop local you still need to go looking for it. Rosewood Market, Earth Fare, Soda City Market, Kershaw County Market, Old McCaskills Farm, Ovis Farms and the many others I am so thankful for. I may not get to everyone all the time, but I do make my rounds and am so very grateful to have you in makeup community.
So I welcome the great addition and am still super excited for my shopping trips there.Shop on Columbia :)

Make your own Trail Mix :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Random Recipes I make


 Meat Loaf                                                 

1 Lb Ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup or so of stove top stuffing
1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 diced sweet onion
1 tsp olive oil

Saute onion in olive oil, and mix with the other ingredients bake at 375 for about 45 mins covered then another 10-15 uncovered.

Steak fajita's

Flank steak
Sweet corn

Rub: Crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, salt, ground mustard, ground ginger, Cumin, brown sugar. about 1/2 or so of each minus the red pepper  flakes. adjust to your liking add a pinch of pepper flakes for light heat, two for medium and three for more heat.

put rub on meat, let come to room temp then grill or broil ( I usually do about 10 mins each side on a piping hot grill.) slice against the grain and pile rest the ingredients on a soft tortilla and squeeze lime

Broiled Salmon

Fresh Salmon Steaks
Ground Ginger sprinkle
Ground Mustard sprinkle
Olive Oil drizzle

Broil for about 10 mins or s, until flaky

Brussels & Bacon

Brussels quartered
2 strips Bacon chopped
Salt & pepper
Lemon zest

Roast first 4 ingredient in oven at 425 for about 10 mins, toss roast for another 5 ish. Put in bowl add zest, toss and serve

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bucket kicking

Holy smokes, where does the time go? I think I ask myself this question at least five times a day. So much has happened since my last entry tern years ago, geesh. What can I say? I'm a woman that has many projects going on plus, a husband and two little ones at home. Ya, ya, ok so I have been spending my time kicking the bucket. I have a list similar to everyone else's, but I have finally been getting some items done! Yay me. I have been cultivating great relationships, adding new experiences to the list of firsts, and even  getting a good rhythm with the whole school thing.
Boy am I ever happy to have met some of the people I have. Having people with similar values and outlooks really make life's journey more fun. So a big thank you to my new friends that bring me a sense of community and to old friends who know me well enough to keep me motivated and rooted.
Never did I think I would be recording a tutorial and posting it on Face Book. Learning the process was time consuming and down right irritating. But now that I know what and how to do it, I look forward to the next one.
We put together the recipe exchange and that was really so much fun. There was many great recipes and I am eager to try a few in particular.
We partnered with my friends from "Premier House Cleaning of Columbia" and are offering a Cook & Clean option. We did our first one last week and it was unbelievable!!
I hear people talk about passion and  how when you love what you do it's no work. I thought everyone who said that was just plain full of it. The day that we did our Cook & Clean I discovered they were telling the truth
Being able to share what I know about food is....well, not work.