I got to do some shopping, yeah!
Unfortunately, more expensive that I'd hoped, and I only received 1/2 of what $'s I should have gotten this month, but I did get a 'free' $40.
Dh and I answered questions on the phone which had to do with our farming practices and how a new product would work into our systems plan. We spent more that 30 minutes answering questions, and explaining their flaws to them - :-) but they were good to their word, and sent a check for $40. to us for doing it.
They said that we can sign up for future, similar, questions which we would be paid for. I've always wanted to be paid for what I know, lol!
Anyway, we shopped on Sunday. I got as little as possible, but needed some paper products desperately, etc. I got Dh one block of cheese, as that's all there was.
The thing is, we didn't shop in Ukiah yet. So, the cheese, water, and celery, as it didn't look good at the local market, or Safeway, will be gotten there. Also, Raley's is the only place that I get chicken, and even if I didn't get any for us - which I'd like to, but we'll see - I need some for Mamou. Luckily, a cheaper piece is just as good for him as an expensive piece. He'll eat thighs happily, and they are probably better for him, being brown meat.
I did get onions, a bag of carrots, a small head of cabbage, and 4 large beets to pickle. And, that was it, but am happy to have it.
However, I got a little meat...hooray! I got 4 pieces. Not a lot for the needs, but what I could afford, and more than I had before!
Ds wanted a little meat from there, too, but he didn't want to take the time this week. But, because I wasn't going to have a birthday dinner if he didn't, he went after the baby's birthday party, which ended up at ddil's parents' house. I sure appreciated it!
Ds was making the cake. Ddil wanted pineapple cake, cream cheese frosting, and a whipped topping/pineapple filling.
The first recipe that he made was wonky, and didn't turn out at all...he got it online. It was pancake flat.
So, though it was using all of his butter, sugar, eggs and pineapple, etc., he tried another recipe. Not sweet enough, and not enough moisture in the cake.
He got it at a known website, maybe Betty Crocker.
By then, it was 1 or 2 in the morning, the night before the party. Had it just been them, it would have been okay to make a little one for the baby and forget it, but there were the parents, an aunt and uncle, etc.
I suggested forgetting the pineapple in the cake, and just getting a strawberry boxed mix, then spreading fruit jam between the layers, then either buying a cream cheese frosting made, or making one from scratch for the cake, or maybe a butter cream.
He made the small cake for the baby then, at about 2 A.M., and by 6 he was at Safeway getting more butter, CoolWhip, etc.
Apparently, ddil wanted the pineapple cake, the Coolwhip to fill, and cream cheese frosting, no matter what. So, he went home and tried again, using the recipe that he used for the little cake for the baby, and making his own, fresh, baking powder, just in case it was contributing to his problems.
The 3rd time was the charm. He made the cake, cooled it, made the filling and frosting, and done!
But, he wasn't really done, though it was getting late. He had to make the birthday girl her pizza. He made it with my flatbread crust, Muir Glen pizza sauce - no time to fool with homemade by then, the cheese that I buy for Dh, and her favorite toppings. The people at the party got ordered/delivered pizza from a local place.
But, for all that, he didn't get cake or pizza, as he hadn't had time to make pizza for himself. Plus, there was gluten flour all over the kitchen. That had to be scrubbed, along with the dairy-filled bowls used for his frosting, before touching his own food.
When he got home from getting the meat, I said that he could make the pizza on the dining room table pretty safely, then put it in the oven while he cleaned the kitchen of contamination. He did.
So, it was quite a pair of days for him, not counting shopping before starting the 1st cake!
I hope that everyone else's food week was good!