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I admit that there are certain things that I am a snob about. I DO NOT shop at Walmart, except for twice a year for whatever reason. I have been burned too many times by bad service and dingy stores. I do love Target. I am meh about Aldi, but try and retry it on occasion. So I was really not very open minded to Fiesta. People up at work swear by it, but they also aren’t snobs and will go wherever the deals are. I’m all about being economical, but I draw a line when it comes to the ewwwwiness factor and bad service.
I accidently ended up at Fiesta when we were producing Jeff’s and my short film, The Box, and I needed some salad to go with the pizza lunch we were setting up for the cast and crew. Nothing else was around, so I decided Fiesta had to have bagged salad. I went in, grabbed my salad and noticed the most glorious produce section I have ever seen. Low prices, tons of organics, and more root vegetables than I had ever seen in my life. This beat the pants off of Kroger’s produce and I had to come back.
This past weekend, Easton and I went to Fiesta for our first official shopping trip. I still have to go to Kroger for meat, paper products and frozen goods, but I got all of my produce at Fiesta. We are trying to make veggies our staple food and supplement with meats and grains. I really want my family to eat organic apples and strawberries, but can’t afford them at Kroger. I can at Fiesta! And, the apples aren’t waxed. They aren’t pretty, but they are MUCH better for me.
The produce section is clean, HUGE, and full of happy surprises. There are tons of tomatoes, packs of peppers, lots of lettuce, oodles of onions and gobs of garlic. Heaven! I don’t do canned veggies, with a couple of exceptions- chick peas, refried beans and some tomatoes. Tomatoes are not a good food to eat from a can due to their acidity causing a reaction with BPA or something scary…but every once in awhile can’t be too horrible. I try to keep it fresh or frozen, but making my own beans takes a lot of foresight and time. I am a thirty minute meal kind of girl. I need to get in the kitchen, whip something up, and have it on the table for my herd before someone gets cranky or it’s time to rush to soccer or choir. I love making beans, but haven’t made it a regular part of my routine. I always have dried beans, though. So I take the canned short cut there. I don’t know enough about real garbanzo beans (chick peas) to prepare them myself. I use them to make hummus and figure canned can’t be too bad every once in awhile.
Fiesta is a little out of the way, but way worth it. I was a little scared to go somewhere I was different from the demographic. I admit it! But, I couldn’t have had nicer people show me how to pick out a good mango. The checkers are kinder than anywhere I’ve ever been. And I never had shopping cart rage from people being big fat jerks and taking up the entire aisle or almost running others over. It was a great experience over all. I can’t wait to go back.
My Daily Prayer: God, I pray for a kind heart, especially when I am being challenged on the road or at the grocery store. Thank you for reminding me to stay kind to those folks because they need it as much as I do. I also ask for your forgiveness when I have unkind thoughts. I don’t want to think of folks as “big fat jerks”, please forgive me. AMEN!
Daily Thanksgiving: Sydney is back to straight A’s after a bump of not turning in her work. She has made it up! I am thankful that she is rectifying a mistake. The next step is to learn from this and not repeat it.
When I Have Kardashian Kash: My friend mentioned a memory foam couch. That sounds pretty great. I want that or my own bed. I really love Jeff, but I wake up whenever he moves. I want my own bed and a new body pillow like I had when I was pregnant. That was awesome sleep. Except when I got huge. Or had reflux. So not good sleep at all. But I want that pillow back, and my own bed.
Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Java Lana Chip- a “Starbucks” inspired filling between two chocolate whoopies. MMMMM- roll it is bacon to make it a Piggie Pie and it makes a perfect breakfast treat.
I know I keep threatening this, but I am really going to challenge myself to not eat out until Father’s Day. I stocked up on groceries, and had a whopping $97 in savings. Don’t ask how much I spent, though. This just may be my last food critique for awhile. But, as you know, I always threaten and usually manage to make my lunch for about a week.
La Madeline- good, low fat, and actually a decent price
I am a chick, so therefore I love La Madeline. There, I said it. There is more to me than breasteraurants. I love me some Hooters, but I can be a chick, too. La Madeline appeals to my wanna be romantic side. I love the croissants, I love the quiche, I love the potato pancake thingies. I love thinking about a summer vacation I spent in Paris. But, I am always disgusted with how much I spend. I can easily spend $15 on soup and salad. SOUP AND SALAD! Excuse me, salade. That snaps me back into reality and justifies my love affair with men oriented restaurants. They’re cheap, fast and easy.
This last trip, I discovered two bonuses. 1.) Salde Trio- cost under $9 for three items 2.) Fat free Caesar and low fat Tomato Basil soup. I got the chicken salade (400 cals and not low fat), fat free Caesar Salade and the low fat Tomato Basil soup. Yummo. Even with my chicken salade, it was less fat and cals than most of my lunch choices. The soup tastes almost exactly like the full fat version, whereas the fat free Caesar tasted very diet. Low fat, not too high of a price (for La Madeline) and a great time with the girls. I hope I can find this low fat recipe on Pintrest.
Friday’s- overpriced and still hungry
Jeffro, Ebro and Q picked me up for lunch and we ended up at Friday’s, on Friday. I had the Pecan Crusted Chicken salad, lunch portion. It was half the size, only $2 less than full size and more expensive than any other salad in town. It was mediocre, small and WAY over priced. I used to be a huge Friday’s fan, but was very disappointed and hungry after my lunch.
Cheddar’s- Mother’s Day fiasco, but Grown Up Grilled Cheese a hit
The wait was ridiculous and we were all over hungry and over tired. But, once my Grown Up Grilled Cheese arrived, Ebro had to go to the bathroom. Take him to the bathroom, and then Q wakes up. But, once I got my grilled cheese on, it was on. This was defiantly not on my diet plan, but right up my cheesy alley. So good, so bad, so fat. Buttered toast, creamy cheeses, and braised beef. O-M-G. So good. SO worth the cals. I can almost taste it now. It was so good, that I wasn’t put off by the mediocre service, or over crowded tables on this Mother’s Day.
Next week- Massage Envy- what two hundred pounds balanced on an elbow in my shoulder blade feels like. I challenge Jeffro to sit through an hour of this torture, I mean therapy. Did I sign up for more? Or will I continue to try to teach Jeff how to. Maybe he’ll catch on in our ninth year together. 🙂 I hope I didn’t burn that bridge. I’ll take any back rub I can get- Q is HUGE.
Tomorrow- Tuesday Book Club (and more)- What’s on my DVR?
Web Wednesday- my favorite parenting websites
Thankful Thursday- How Sydster changed my life
Family Friday- Boys vs. Girls The joy of potty training, pacifiers, and screaming three year olds and ten year old fits.
My Daily Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving me the words my children need to hear, the hugs they need to feel and the love they never question. AMEN!