Friday, February 29, 2008

One of my favorite things

Lately I have been attempting to define what makes “me” happy, or in other words, what do I do for myself to keep myself refreshed and joyful. The list I have been compiling is not incredibly large, but it is significant. Today I would like to tell you about one of my passions, my loves, one of my top three things to do completely alone: Grocery Shopping.

Yes, you read that correct: Grocery Shopping. I absolutely love it. But, I only love doing it alone so that I can take as much time as I possibly want and roam up and down every single aisle and really examine all of the products. And, if I feel like it, I will go back up and down all of the aisles a second time. Why? Well, first because I can and no one can hurry me along. Second because I might have missed new and tasty. And now that I am eating healthier, it’s a lot of fun to look at all of the healthy products. I love the search and comparison!

I should also mention that I only enjoy doing this in Publix. Yes, I know, it’s more expensive for something’s but I figure it provides the same amount of relaxation as a $70 massage would so I think it balances out. Publix is just more aesthetically pleasing and they offer Cajun crab dip samples. That sample is enough to draw me in since I refuse to buy a container of it unless I’m having a dinner party because I will plow through that thing like it’s my last opportunity to have crab.

My typical shopping adventure starts in the sale bin section. It’s great because sometimes I can get granola or fat free salad dressing buy one get one free. Then it’s off to the deli meat where I love to splurge on Boars Head Salsilito Turkey sliced thin. Then to the peanut butter, jam and bread section where I pick up my favorite Smart Balance Peanut Butter with Omega 3 oils and Thomas Light Multigrain English Muffins. I have also recently discovered Thomas Mini Cinnamon Raisin Bagels. Then I turn around to grab some Light Laughing Cow Cheese. After the cheese I head to the Fruit and Veggie section where I always get mini bags of carrots, Romaine Lettuce, bags of fresh broccoli and cauliflower, asparagus, red and green peppers, Red Delicious Apples, Strawberries and Lemons. This is by far my favorite area in the store. I love to dream about all of the fabulous things I could cook with all the fresh herbs. Then I head to the meat department, (aka: the spend a lot of money department) where I get Tilapia, (if it’s on sale), bag of frozen shrimp, organic chicken breasts, extra lean pork tenderloin, extra lean ground beef. Then I begin my journey up and down the aisles while headed toward the milk and cheese. Along this jaunt I pick up things such as Stewed Tomatoes, Black beans, thin spaghetti, tomato paste, fiber one bars, EVOO, Italian seasoning and basil (I am always running out of these), skinny cows, breyers free ice cream, lean cuisine’s and so on. Then I hit the milk and cheese section where I pick up Light Yoplait yogurt, light string cheese, light cream cheese, milk. Then while I am standing in line to pay I inevitably pick up a magazine, (usually Country Living or Southern Living).

So, there you have it. My random blog on one of my favorite things to do to relax. Now, please share with me one of your favorites…


MrsKristinClark said...

I love it! It is so funny to me when you find that someone else has the same loves! I adore grocery shopping because it brings out the best of my culinary creativeness!

As we learned yesterday you never know who you will run into in the Gallatin Publix! =)

Beth said...

How ironic! When I was a little younger (like last year, let's say), I would do my grocery shopping at night so I could use my coupons and take my time and make sure I was bargain shopping, etc. It was nothing for me to go to Kroger at midnight. Now, I'm too sleepy... but still! I hate shopping with anyone else.

But, one of my absolute favorite things is going through the Sunday sale papers. i love seeing what is on sale. I love looking at the Publix ad, in fact, and seeing what they have in their buy one get one free section! Love it!

Now, unlike you girls, I hate to cook. Sorry. Every now and again I will get the motivation to whip something up... but usually it's a simple casserole or something dull like that.

I loves this blog, Lindsey!!!! You are sucha fabulous writer!!!! It makes me happy.

April E. :) said...

Well I absolutely LOVE all-by-myself-grovery-shopping too! But my favorite thing to do is probably going through my creating keepsakes magazine page by page reading every small print on each scrapbook page and reading everyone's stories and seeing how the scrapbooked thier memories. Ahhh I just love it!

Maci said...

I love to grocery shop, I love to grocery hop too...haha. Publix by far does have the best food =)

Shauna said...

I was just in Florida, to a vacation spot we've been visiting for years, and "our" store there is a Publix-- I get it! :)
I brought down a massive stack of recipes, and I got to do some great grocery shopping and fun cooking-- spicy Indian shrimp with cilantro yogurt sauce, chicken and goat cheese quesadillas, and thai coconut chicken with rice noodles.
Great, great blog, as always...