Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Community Food Co-op of Utah

I'm a budget fiend... I have this crazy 10 tab excel schedule that's better than QuickBooks to help me track and stay on top of my budget. I've impressed many people with it (I'm also very modest). One thing that always comes up when showing people my budgeting amazingness is how much I spend on food each month. The number usually makes people faint. It's pretty ridiculous how much food two tiny little girls can pack down - not to mention two old folks. I try very had to manage our food budget and keep it reasonable but sometimes that's hard. The girls could each 10xs their weight in fruit alone.

That's why I was so very excited to discover the Community Food Co-op of Utah!! I've now purchased a "share" of food from them twice. It's all very simple, you register on their website (the first time you order you have to do it over the phone or fax), select which "share" you want and any extras, pay and in two weeks you pick it up and have fresh delicious groceries at a fraction of the super market prices.

There are 3 types of orders - a standard share (what I typically get), a harvest share (vegetarian), and a half share. The price and amount of food stay the same each month but the actual content is different. This month I got the standard share for $23 and got:
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 lbs. chicken thighs
  • 4 8oz. pork chops
  • lb. fajita strips
  • 4 Idaho apples
  • 4 Brigham City peaches
  • 4 Utah pears
  • 5 lbs. Utah red potatoes
  • 1 Utah acorn squash
  • 3 Utah green bell peppers
  • 4 Utah sweet corn
  • 4 Utah tomatoes
  • Stone Ground's Artisan Wheat Loaf
  • 16 oz. rice (white or brown)






The best part is that the quality is amazing and the majority of the fruits and vegetables are organic! They also include specials each month, last month I got local tamales and this month I got a nut sampler. Next month I plan on getting the nut sample, the bratwurst and the granola!

The other great part is that included in the price is 2 hours of community service. This can be any where (although they ask you to do at least 2 hours a year at the co-op). So last Wednesday Grandma braved the scary SLC highways and traffic (only got lost 3 times) and helped bag rice at the Co-op's warehouse. Sorry no pictures.

I think everyone should look for a co-op in their area and get involved! The more people who participate the cheaper the prices, the better the food, and the more community service!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

DropShots not working

So I have a whole bunch of posts waiting for pictures but I can't get dropshots to work. Sorry for once it's not my fault.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Check Up

We went in for a quick check up last Wednesday. Here are the results...

In six months Tira gained 1 lb and grew 3 inches!

In six months Lanna gained grew 1 inch and gained 2 lbs!

Hehehe...

Utah State Fair

I'm so behind on posting - I know you're shocked. Things have been busy busy busy... But nice aunty Rissa drop pictures into my dropshots account so I feel like I should post about the Fair before too much time has passed.

Thursday September 10th was the first day of the fair and being the cheap frugal smart mommy that I am I took advantage of the $2 frist day enterance fee (versus $6)! So I took off of work early picked up the munchkins and old folks and meet up with Aunty Rissa and Uncle Daniel downtown at the fair site. Lucky us as we were walking in some nice gentleman from the gas company was handing out get in free passes so we saved even more money!

I personally haven't been to a fair in quite a while - like 15 years. So it was like being there for the first time for me too. One thing I do remember is that everything costs an arm and a leg. But it was worth it. I let Tira do one ride and she picked the Train. The carny who was running the ride was nice enough to let me go on with her with out charging me an additional $3. She like it ok but I think Lanna like it more:







We then checked out all the cool animals. Tira was semi-interested - Lanna was very interested.





Of course they had pony rides and my big girl Tira rode her pony ALL.BY.HERSELF! A first!!



You can't go to the fair without eatting fried food. My secret ulterior motives for going to the fair was to have a fried candy bar. For years I've been hearing about how you can get anything fried at the fair and I finally got a chance to try it out myself. And it was HEAVENLY! Tira and Lanna agreed.





After the fried goodness we checked out the agriculture. We we're all impressed with the giant fruits and veggies and the delicious looking baked goods.


Next we checked out the crafts and it was getting close to 5:30. Apparently the girls had had enough...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Cutest Pig You've Ever Seen

Tira and Lanna went to a birthday party last month for Ava. She turned 3 and had a Piggie party! There were piggie balloons, little curly pink tails for the kids, and piggie noses! Tira LOVED her and of course I didn't get any good pictures at the party. But here's some of Lanna the piggie at home:






This is an older post, i was trying to get more pictures but they will just have to come later...