Continuing with the theme of enjoying things…vacationing with teenagers, trying on yellow tube top dresses, and summer in general, I would like to share two things I have discovered I enjoy, but never thought I would:
1) I LOVE The Neighborhood Market by Walmart that opened near our home. Close friends and family are probably picking their jaws up off the floor after reading that first one. My husband has to practically beg me (or trick me or drug me or force me at gun point :)) to get me to cross the threshold of a Walmart. So when this store opened in February I was skeptical to say the least, but something or Someone kept whispering in the back of my mind, “Try it.”
I ignored that little voice for five months until one Saturday afternoon I put on my big girl pants and said, “Let’s do this!” I also told myself I was free to run straight back to my car at any point I felt overwhelmed.
This is the part I can’t believe I am saying, but I have been there probably four times in the last three weeks and each time (different days, different times of day) has been a PLEASURE! The staff is VERY friendly, the store is clean, it is well organized, well stocked, the aisles are clear, they have a good variety of foods (I forgot to mention it is Walmart’s version of a grocery store), and the prices are amazing. The only thing I was unable to find was alfalfa sprouts, but really, those are not something to base such a life altering decision on.
I always knew I was missing out on low food prices by not shopping at our Walmart Super Center, but I figured that I was saving money on the medication I would need to do that on a regular basis by shopping at a more expensive store closer to home.
Now I have the best of both worlds – cheap food and my sanity. Thank you Walmart!
2) Kale Salad is my new favorite food. My close friends and family are again stunned because vegetables, particularly greens have never been high on my list of priorities. But this stuff is AMAZING! I’ve eaten every day this week.
Just think, if I hadn’t tried on the yellow tube top dress at the beginning of the summer I wouldn’t have starting thinking about all the possibilities and being open to whatever comes my way. And I would still be spending too much money on food and not enjoying this best thing I’ve eaten in a long time.
Tell us more about the kale salad. Kale is the most nutritious vegetable – that is why I am growing my own right now.
That’s a serious commitment to grow your own – great idea! There are tons of variations on this I just squeeze a lemon on it, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and add a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette dressing and ENJOY. I tried to make it healthier by cutting out the balsamic dressing, but I liked it much better with the dressing. A wonderful friend of mine has a recipe that includes bread crumbs and a homemade version of the vinaigrette dressing, but it was just too many steps for me to do it on a regular basis!
Thanks for telling me about your salad. This week I tried a new recipe for kale, making a self-crusting pie with feta and ricotta cheeses, eggs, and chopped up steamed kale. The recipe actually called for spinach.
Looking forward to the tube top :.)
That made me laugh out loud Popey!