Bountiful Baskets 10/17/2012

Next week, Bountiful Baskets is taking a break. We are going to miss our weekly fruit and veggies.

I usually go to the grocery store after I pick up my co-op food, but I have enough pantry staples and meat in the house to get us by for the rest of this week, so I’m going to avoid the grocery store until next weekend. I never thought I would be able to say that right before Thanksgiving. What a great feeling. (Of course it helps that my Mom and Dad are hosting on Thanksgiving and all we need to do is cook a few sides/desserts and show up smiling.)

We volunteered at Bountiful Baskets this morning, and ended up with a couple extra melons. I’m excluding them from my pictures and count, as I want to only show the food that comes in the regular baskets. We did get two baskets again, and all of the pictures here are of two baskets combined. The total was $31.50 for all of this food. Who says that you can’t eat well on a budget??

Fruits! We got a ton of fruit today. There are 2 pineapple, 2 melons, 8 green grapefruit, 12 bananas, 10 apples, and 14 oranges.  I think I’m going to try to make some orange creamsicles this week with all of our oranges.

Here are the veggies we got in our two baskets this week. There are 2 heads of Romaine Lettuce, 2 stalks of celery, 10 baking potatoes, 3 1lb bag of carrots. (1 basket had 1 and 1 basket had 2), and 11 tomatoes (each basket was only supposed to have 3 tomatoes, but our site had some extras that got passsed out to everyone).  I am making tomato sauce with most of the tomatoes, hopefully I’ll end up with a couple pints of tomato juice as well. Yummy.

Here is the picture of everything together. Doesn’t it all look delicious? I’m going to chop up the celery, peel the carrots, cook the tomatoes, freeze the pineapple, juice the oranges, and snack on the apples. I’ve also got to start doing some research for Thanksgiving recipes. I went through my Grandma’s recipe box and uploaded all of her recipes yesterday, so I’m hoping to find some good recipes for Thanksgiving using what we currently have in the house. I’d better get started or this is going to be a long day. 😛

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Bountiful Baskets 11/10/12

Here is our bountiful basket order for November 10th, 2012. We got a ton of stuff this week. This is the first week I’ve felt a little overwhelmed with produce. I ordered the hostess pack add on, which was way more food than I was expecting, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Here is the vegetable portion of our baskets. We got two baskets this week. This picture includes the vegetables from both baskets. There is 2 bags of organic romaine hearts, 4 one pound bags of carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 8 sweet corn, 8 baking potatoes, and 14 tomatoes.

Here is the fruit portion of our two baskets. There were 16 bananas, 2 pineapple (these pineapple look much nicer than the ones in previous weeks – the last few looked pale and tasted slimy – these look great and smell divine), 2 melon, 2 watermelon, and 10 oranges. It’s so strange for me to see fresh watermelon and fresh oranges at the same time. I’m not going to complain, I love them both.

Here is the picture of the two baskets put together. All of this was just $30. I really love our co-op.  It looks like a lot, but it’s manageable for us. Whatever we can’t eat, we send to our neighbor who brings us tortillas and other Mexican yummies from her kitchen.  Our leftover veggie and fruit scraps go to the rabbits, the worms, or the compost pile. It’s a win-win-win-win-win situation.

This week, I saw a ‘Hostess Pack’ add on. I had no idea what that was, but I’d like to try all of the add-ons at least once. This cost an extra $15. It’s supposed to help round out the Thanksgiving table. There is 1 large leafy head of salad greens, 5 baking potatoes, 7 sweet potatoes, 1 acorn squash, 2 small pumpkins, 1 twelve oz bag of fresh cranberries, 5 granny smth apples, 1 bag of snapped green beans, 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, 3 yellon onions, and 4 small indian corn.

As soon as we got home from our morning errands, I started chopping, cleaning and storing everything. Today, it took me about an hour and a half to get through it all. It would have taken me less time, but I took all of the little kernals out of the indian corn so we can make popcorn with them later this week. I also peeled all four pounds of carrots.

Out of everything we got, there was one bad cherry tomato (there is always 1 bad cherry tomato in these little containers), and 1 slimy, weird carrot that I threw in the compost. Everything else looks good, and now my kids have tons of healthy, ready to eat snacks in the fridge. The 3 yo is bummed that there were no grapes this week, but I think he will get over it as soon as we cut open the watermelon.

It’s raining nuts over here…

Over the last few weeks, my 3 year old and I have been going out and picking up the occassional handful of pecans from the old pecan tree that lives in our backyard. This is the first year we have harvested any nuts. These trees take a long time to start producing. Today we woke up, and our tree had rained pecans and leaves overnight. We ended collecting about 10lbs of pecans, and we left a generous amount on the ground for the local wildlife that like to visit. Here is a small sample of our bounty. I have them hanging in a handknit market bag, so they can have air flow. I’m manually stirring them twice a day, and I’ll toss any that look bad. In about two weeks, it will be time to shell some of them – just in time for pecan pie at Thanksgiving. I love free organic food that has a long storage life.

Bountiful Baskets 11/3/2012

Here is our bountiful basket order for November 3, 2012. We volunteered again this morning, and it was a lot of fun. We got there at 6:30am, and I’m so glad we were a little early, as the truck was also early. We ordered two baskets, and I am not including the extras we got for volunteering in the pictures..

 

Here is the veggie portion that we got from our two baskets today. We ended up with 2 bags of organic romaine hearts, 2 yellow squash (they look like spaghetti squash), 2 heads of brocolli, 6 english cucumbers, and 44 brussel sprouts.

 

 

Here is the fruit that came in our two baskets. I ended up with two extra pineapple since our site had so much left over, I think half of the baskets ended up with extra pineapple and the other half ended up with other grapes and pears. We brought home 4 pineapple, 10 pears, 8 apples, 8 lemons, 2 bags of black seedless grapes, and 2 containers (6oz) of blackberries.

 

 

Here is everything together. This was two baskets, so the total for all of this was $30 (plus $1.50 processing).  I’d say that we got a pretty good deal. It certainly helps stretch my grocery budget, and the kids love having fruit and veggies to snack on whenever they want.

 

 

On another note, one of our three rabbits went from being a total sweetheart to being a crazy nutjob. We’ve had the rabbits three weeks, and this doe, Polly, was sweet and cuddly until a few days ago. If I had to guess, I would say she is knocked up. I’m going to keep a very close eye on her over the next few weeks, as if she is pregnant, I have no idea how far along she might be. I do know that our two does and our buck were living together before we brought them home, so anything is possible.