Saturday, February 21, 2009

Grocery Shopping

I just wanted to report I went to the grocery store today, no alarms sounded - none - zero- zilch...it was a much more pleasant experience than a couple of days ago.

I am using many of the recipes from More with Less. If I had not purchased a gallon of organic milk and a couple of 12 packs of Diet Coke (they were on special) my bill would have been 10.00 less than normal. I did buy produce, meat, and chicken on sale. I planned menus for 8 days. I will have to purchase more produce but no more meat or chicken for at least 2 weeks. I will be using olive oil instead of shortening in the recipes.

There is a great book called Simply in Season I like very much. Some of the veggies which are in season now are growing in large pots in my yard. Hopefully I can harvest them soon. I have also taken a chance on 6 tomato plants. They are in pots ready to come indoors if need be. I want to eat a homegrown tomato in the worst way, broiled with a little Cajun spice sprinkled on it and a bit of melted paremsan or mozarella cheese...or a broiled tomato stuffed with spinach. I love homegrown tomatoes.

I may buy a giant pot and lots of dirt and try my hand at growing potatoes. I have broccoli, spinach, lettuce, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and basil growing. I will decide what to plant in the summer pretty soon. Last summer I didn't do much gardening because dad was so ill. I need to thumb through seed catalogues and see what looks good to me.

So as I talk garden, remember this from the Gospel of John:

Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

7 comments:

Wendy said...

Ummm - home grown tomatos. There is nothing as sweet and juicy and delicious as tomatos from your own back yard. Enjoy!

luvmy4sons said...

I love the way your thoughts always meander around to the Word. Be blessed today.

twinkle said...

I've been browsing on-line for some new plants, too! We must have spring fever...
I want a Mr. Lincoln rose.
Right now I have some sweetpea seeds I need to plant. Good luck on your gardening.

ageffert said...

Oh you are making me hungry! I have a sense of trying to be more responsible and frugal and most of all more healthful--almost an urgency. Maybe it's due to the economic turn, but I feel it in my soul that it's time. We planted blueberries and potatoes this weekend. Tomatoes will come. I also got some asparagus crowns in the ground. I put seeds down for cilantro, basil, and some dill. We'll see on that. Anyway, gardens speak to us on many levels. He is the Vine. Love, Annette

Ang baylis said...

I love those verses. I'll never forget when my sister-in-law sent me a card about pruning the branches. He did some major pruning! I wish I liked gardening. I love fresh vegetables, but we have snakes, so I rarely go out there! Did you grill tonight?
Love,
Angie xoxo

Siesta OC said...

I love how you bought Organic Milk and Diet Coke during the same trip!
Nice!

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