Saturday, March 20, 2010

My First Bulk Food Order!

We got to pick up our very first bulk food order today! I never thought I'd be this excited about food. :) This is going to be such a huge savings for us, compared to buying small packages of organic food at the grocery store. And a nice perk is the fact that our grocery shopping is going to be far less of a hassle! We'll just put in a bulk order every few months, and pick it up when it comes in... we'll actually have very little to get at the grocery store! Between buying dry goods through the co-op, and shopping at the farmer's market, I hope to avoid the grocery store altogether.

We got:
22 pound bag of organic whole wheat flour
17 pound bag of organic rolled oats
25 pound bag of organic green lentils
11 pound bag of coarse grey sea salt

There were a couple of things that didn't come in, such as our basmati rice, white unbleached flour (she just forgot to bring it, so we'll pick that up next week), and a 2 pound bag of organic, fair-trade, locally roasted coffee. This order was basically just to get the ball rolling in terms of buying things in bulk; I imagine our next order will include several other things. The savings is quite substantial; overall about 50% less than what we'd pay at the grocery store. Not to mention it's local, and there is far less packaging than buying multiple small packages of things, making it much healthier for the planet.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Where have I been????

I just thought I'd do a quick post to let you all know that I am still alive and well. :) Things are busy with 3 little ones, and blogging has taken a back seat lately. I hope to be able to get back to some regular posting soon! Gavin will be a year old next week... can you believe that??? Where has the past year gone? Life with three has been an adjustment, but a wonderful one. I've also completely thrown myself into the world of homeschooling research, which has more or less devoured any amount of free time I might have otherwise had. I've become enamoured with Waldorf, and spend most evenings reading and learning as much as I can about it. Although Norah will be "officially" registered for homeschool in the fall, the nice thing about Waldorf is that real academics don't begin until Grade One, so we still have plenty of time! Christopherus has been our curriculum of choice, and we've been trying to incorporate many of the ideas from Kindergarten with your Three-to-Six Year Old into our days. Sewing is still not happening around here (Gavin is still happily nursing on the couch all evening, and then comes to bed with us), so my machine is collecting much dust... although we did make some new shamrock napkins for our St. Patrick's Day feast tonight. :) I've taken up knitting instead, which I'm really enjoying! I'm working on another diaper soaker as we speak (have I mentioned my new love affair with wool????). I'm going to try to find a way to squeeze a few minutes of sewing in during the day though; my mending basket is getting out of control. :) Otherwise we are just enjoying the nice spring weather, and enjoying each other's company! Soon it will be time for seed-starting and planting, and then we will have plenty to keep us busy. I guess that's it in a nutshell! I promise to be back soon with some regular posts!!