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A Peek Into My Cart

Ortega ProductsSo I finally opened my King Arthur Flour shipment because I took a hard look at the calendar and realized that there are only eleven days until Christmas break. Can you believe that? Eleven days. Boy did the holidays sneak up on me this year.

So if I want my family and friends to get their treats before Christmas, I need to get my fanny baking which is what I’ve been doing for the past forty eight hours.

And after the umpteenth batch of cookies, I ran out of butter which necessitated a trip to the store. I figured while I was there I’d stock up on the gas points deals. Not that there were many that caught my eye this week. Pretty much just Ortega products that came to about .50 a piece for the dinner kits and the jars of salsa after you figure in the savings at the pump.

Sure, I prefer to make my salsa from scratch, but have you checked out the price of tomatoes lately? Forget that. Jarred salsa it is. I’ll revisit fresh salsa in the spring when tomatoes are fairly priced and healthier looking. They are sort of looking pink lately.

ButterOh, hello ten pounds of butter! Thank you for being on sale for $2.50 a pound for my favorite brand, Cabot. Boy that worked out well for me this week. Gotta love a sale when you need a particular product. And your favorite brand to boot. Bonus!

A funny side story for you…

I listen to music while I bake. Otherwise I swear I’d lose my mind. Baking gets a little mind numbing after the 27th dozen or so. Anyway, I was listening to one of my favorite bands and into the kitchen walks in Michael. He looks at me puzzled and asks “why are you listening to Catholic hip hop?”. And for a moment I just blinked at him not knowing what the heck he was referring to.

And then it hit me. I was listening to Enigma which incorporates Gregorian chant which I am very fond of.  Here I was thinking how progressive I was with my choice of music and in reality I’m still hopelessly lost in the eyes of my teenage son.

But I’m fairly certain that if I started listening to his favorite bands they would become instantly uncool. I’m pretty sure that’s how that works. In case you haven’t heard of Enigma (tell me you have), here’s one of my favorites…

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  1. Great score on the Cabot butter when you have to have it in the midst of holiday baking. Enigma? Sorry, I don’t know them and they sounded more like Native American than Gregorian chant to me but the video was definitely old world Europe so you are probably absolutely right. Good luck finishing all of your holiday baking and I hope the kids remember the shared memories and your efforts more than anything material.

  2. My goodness Melanie, you must be baking for the whole of Boston!! Good luck with it. Hope you enjoy your baking. xx

  3. Have to brag. I got Challenge butter for $1.48 per pound recently. I bought 48 pounds. My freezer is full and I’m stocked for a good long time!

  4. Oh my goodness! I LOVE that song! Great score on the butter!

  5. Great butter score! Am checking out the music…would love to freak my teens out a bit. And laughed out loud about your son’s music becoming uncool…thought I might be alone in that!

  6. Hey!! I remember Enigma–well, the music, not the name. I can’t remember the last time I had heard anything by them.

    Thanks for refreshing that memory.

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