Changes

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
It shouldn't come as a surprise that an outing with four stops would take me nearly five hours to complete, but it did. A stop at the post office, a trip to the library and bookstore, then grocery shopping took Samuel, Juniper, and I all day long. I've been wanting to make some changes in the kitchen for awhile now, and after visiting with Andrea yesterday, I was motivated to take action. I hadn't intended on going to both the library and the bookstore, but the library had multiple holds on the Moosewood cookbooks that I wanted to try out, so I went to Annie Bloom's and bought a new one in the collection called Simple Suppers: Fresh Ideas for the Weeknight Table in hardcover. Both Andrea and Heather W. have recommended the Moosewood cookbooks to me, and since the two cookbooks I currently own (Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything and Joy of Cooking) aren't easy for me to use, I decided to give one of them a try. The woman who rang up my purchase at Annie Bloom's looked pretty stunned when I told her I only owned two cookbooks. I'm sure most people learn to cook before they have kids, but considering both of my pregnancies were a surprise, I've cut myself some slack in the cooking department. I went from cheese quesadillas after college classes and a p/t job to babyfood really quickly. I'm sure it didn't bode well with this woman to see a Mom with two small children just starting out in the kitchen, just as it didn't bode well for the unfortunate shoppers at the Streets of Tanasbourne over the weekend who watched my son run around the fountain in his underwear after an accident which I was unprepared for but soon remedied with a quick jaunt to Baby Gap. Motherhood surely is an adventure, and I'm learning to laugh more than stress.
But back to Moosewood and the changes in the kitchen I've been meaning to make. First, I want to start eating as many fresh ingredients as possible. Secondly, I want to start exploring new cookbooks that will help me to do that. Tonight, I made the Quinoa and Vegetable Pilaf (pg. 98), which was so good, and aside from the time it took to cut up all the fresh vegetables, it only took about 25 minutes to make. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) tastes similar to couscous, and is the healthiest grain out there you can eat. I plan to start cooking with it more often. I also want to reorganize the kitchen cupboards and counter space and paint the walls a fresh, new color. I will post more on that in the upcoming weeks (maybe months on the paint). As many of you know, I can take quite awhile to choose a shade. I'm excited to be finally cooking again now that I've moved beyond my pregnancy with Juniper and the early newborn stage.
More on today . . . the weather! I saw everything from snow to hail today. Beautiful! I was able to enjoy the falling snow one more time while sipping on my hot latte behind the windows of my favorite coffee shop. Snow in spring--that doesn't happen very often!
Finally, my poor husband hurt his back last night. About five years ago, when we were living in an apartment, he bent over to pick up a laundry basket and his back froze up. Similarly, he was buckling Samuel into his carseat one minute, slightly bent over, and the next minute he was on the ground in extreme pain. He has only been able to crawl his way to the bathroom today, and other than that has spent the day resting on the couch. I've been putting some homeopathic remedies on his back, and with some chiropractic care this week, we're hoping his back muscles will soon relax and heal.
Here are some pictures from today:

Despite his painful back and cold, Landon remains in good spirits. Note the severely mismatched apparel on Samuel and Juniper. It's time to do laundry.
I love this little girl! She makes me laugh. 3 1/2 months is such a great age!

Is it a sample of mayonnaise? No! I was looking for a stronger homeopathic remedy than Arnica at New Seasons today for Landon's stiff back, when an employee came over to assist me. He pointed me in the direction of a product (I don't remember the name) he said is popular for sore and stiff muscles. I quickly noticed it cost nearly $30.00 for a small tube, but before I could express hesitation about the price, he offered to give me a sample. Squeezing an ample amount into the container pictured above, he gave me plenty to treat Landon's current condition and meanwhile only increased my loyalty as a shopper of New Seasons. Other grocery stores like Fred Meyer and Safeway are behind the times and would do well to follow New Seasons' business model. Also, while checking out, the cashier noticed one of the eggs in the carton I had selected was cracked. I quickly said I didn't mind and that I'd take them anyway as I didn't want them to go to waste. He gave them to me for free! They were the free range organic eggs, too, which are over $4.00. I actually had noticed earlier in my shopping trip that New Seasons resourcefully sells eggs in bulk from the cartons that contain cracked or broken eggs. As the daughter of a grocery store owner, I can assure you that most grocery stores send these cartons back, wasting many good eggs in a carton of one or two broken ones. Two kudos for New Seasons!

4 comments:

Kelli said...

We have NO grocery stores like New Seasons here. I miss better places to get our groceries!

The picture of you and Juniper with her laughing is so great-she's BEAUTIFUL!

Aviva said...

Love the photo of you and Juniper! I can't believe she's already 3.5 months old, and I haven't even seen her yet!! I need to get my act together and get healthy again so I can go to a playgroup and see the new batch of babies!

Hope Landon's back is already feeling better, and I love New Season's customer service as well.

Betsy said...

I can't wait until New Seasons crosses the river to the 'Couv. I hope Landon's back is better soon! Let me know if you'd be up for a play date anytime soon. I totally love reading your blog, Annagrace's and Andreas, because it is totally a goal of mine to get to that "whole food" place. Wow...just wrote a book.

Andrea said...

Yay! I'm happy you're liking the Moosewood cookbook. I really love quinoa too and that recipe sounds delicious.

Sorry about Landon's back. I've hurt my back several times in the last year and it's awful. Hope the new cream works!

And I agree...I LOVE the picture of you and Juniper. So beautiful.

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