• fruit platters (recipe) and a parenting fail

    filed under: Food + Drink on May 7, 2013

    One of my biggest struggles of late has been grocery shopping. It may sound harmless and mundane to most; the simplistic task of making a list, finding a store that sells those items, and then going to purchase them.

    List, store, buy, go home. Easy peasy.

    Only… not so much.

    Fresh Fruit Platter! Such an easy snack!

    This is usually how grocery store shopping goes in my house:

    Monday-Decide that I must go grocery shopping, start thinking about what I need to get. Day gets busy and by the time hubby gets home and we finish dinner I am exhausted. No grocery store today.

    Tuesday-Running low on supplies… need to ransack the freezer for dinner. Plan on going to the store in the afternoon, smallest child ends up taking nap at a weird time and can’t make it. Too exhausted by the time dinner is over. Must go tomorrow.

    Wednesday– Kids have activities at night, must go to store this afternoon! Schooling takes longer than expected, one child seems to have a runny nose and sniffles. Yuck, germs. Skip store. Have hubby pick up dinner on his way home.


    Fresh Fruit Platter! Such an easy snack!

    Thursday-Completely out of milk and bread. Consider watering down some heavy cream for cereal. Make bread from scratch and pretend it was my plan all along. Dinner is left overs, and I declare it “clean out the fridge day”, only don’t actually clean the fridge. Hubby is out of town, so at 8:00om at night I put all kids into car in their jammies and run to convenience store for tiny sized totally overpriced milk so we can have breakfast in the morning.

    Friday-I will make it to the store today! Absolutely must do anything in my power to avoid grocery shopping on a Saturday. Kids are starting to get tired and run-down (not to mention cranky!) … must get them some fresh and healthy food! Desperate for good food we venture out to the nearest Super Store. The selection is sub-par. Fruits and veggies are wilted and picked over. Meat selection is near expiration. My feet start hurting and I get distracted in the cookie aisle. We go home with 1 gallon milk, four packages of Oreo’s, and some diapers.

    Fresh Baked Artisian Bread

    Saturday– Family is planning a revolt. They want good food! I finally make up a list and head to the store. Parking lot is full and I walk 100 yards in the rain. Store is a mad house. Everything is picked over and I trip on stock boy trying to replenish the banana’s. They are out of coupon books so I have to pay full price for everything. Checkout lines are three deep and the baby is kicking me in the bladder.

    Sunday– We are out of milk as I forgot to buy more yesterday.

    fresh fruit platter


        • watermellon
        • green grapes
        • blueberries
        • kiwi
        • cantaloupe
        • apple
        • orange
        • raspberries
        • strawberries


        1. Cut up orange, apple, and watermelon.
        2. Peel cantaloupe and kiwi and slice.
        3. Arrange rest of fruit on platter.
        4. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

        Dang I need to get it together.

        Next week I will. 😉

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        Make sure it doesn’t have any brown spots

        i use my senses and hands to pick the freshest fruts and vegetable

        I shop at my farmer’s market so I can get local, fresh, and inexpensive produce!!

        Making a list is so important. But, my local supermarket has many price markdowns that are not in the circular, so I also look for those.

        I often stop by the road side stands.

        Sometimes you have to dig, but the trick is to know how to tell which items are at their best. Poking, checking the stem, smelling, checking color and firmness, etc. Educate yourself and be more pleased with how you pick stuff.

        I have about given up on buying produce at supermarkets. The supermarkets in our town has really bad produce even Kroger. If you shop on Sunday the store shelves are almost empty. They don’t have anyone restocking. Having worked in a supermarket I know how they operate. The first thing the produce guys did Monday morning was to pour water on all the wilted produce. It looked fresh after they did it.

        I go to different stores and find out which days their fruit and vegetables are coming off the trucks.

        I go to the farmer’s market in the summer.
        Thanks for the contest.

        At one of my stores, if the french loaf bread is not hot at 4:00 pm, you get it free. It is so delicious! Also, I know the advertised meat specials are fresh because that meat comes in daily to be replenished during the weekly sale.

        In order to get fresh food you have to know when the food is delivered to where you shop. I suggest to buy things in season and if you have a farmers market by you to check that thing out!

        I go to farmers’ markets.

        I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter at https://twitter.com/likwan/status/334917984076300288.

        Grow it myself as much as possible and know what’s in season. Thanks for sharing!

        I would love to try this site after I am working as a nurse – still studying for my boards! We usually go to the farmers market in Annandale on Saturday mornings as they have lovely local fresh produce; however you must bring cash!

        Love this site

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