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2 things i never buy at the grocery store.

Good morning! And happy National Cheesecake Day.IMG_4118I started my day with a run, but looking back, maybe a slice of cheesecake would have been a better idea? Kidding. I love Wednesdays because it’s East Nasty day!IMG_4121I did 3 miles solo, 6.5 with the group, and then 1.5 miles home. Passed this interesting statue thing on Setliff Drive. I think this house is actually some sort of daycare, maybe? I actually love bird decor (random, I know) and books (has anyone read Grapes of Wrath? It’s what I’m plowing through at the moment) so this work of art spoke to my soul.IMG_4117Anyways, back to the run. It was really breezy and I hung with some speedsters for a few miles — so my pace was a bit faster than usual for a longer run.IMG_4123So now I definitely deserve a slice of cheesecake. Speaking of FOOD, I haven’t been to the grocery store in weeks (cooking for one while Anthony’s out of town = eggs, cereal, and the Mindy Project for dinner!) and finally made a list to go today. There are two things that won’t be on there, though. 1. Bread. Ever since we got a bread maker, our bread budget has basically become $0. (I guess we do buy more flour and yeast than before, so maybe we can say it’s $1.50 a week?) Using a bread maker is so incredibly easy. It takes me 5-10 minutes to throw everything in the mixing bowl and 2 minutes to clean up. The bread takes 3 hours to make, but you can have it bake while you’re asleep, at work, etc. It’s magic.homemade_wheat_bread_DSC0017We always have a “sweet” and “savory” loaf on hand — this one is a sweet one with whole wheat, dates, walnuts, and cinnamon added in. Perfect with butter and jam!homemade_wheat_bread_DSC00222. Salad dressing. Store-bought is also a waste of $$$$$ IMO! It’s pretty easy to make on your own… butI’ll admit, we do fly through a bunch of olive oil, which isn’t cheap. I still think homemade wins out budget-wise and health-wise in the long term, though. homemade_salad_dressing_DSC0026 One of my go-to dressing creations is a dijon vinaigrette that has about 2 parts olive oil, 1 part white wine vinegar — plus a splash of lemon juice, a spoonful of dijon mustard, a clove of garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar. My salad dressing shaker makes it easy to measure and store! homemade_salad_dressing_DSC0028Now I just need to learn how to make my own sun-dried tomatoes, wine, parmesan cheese, coffee beans, and Irish butter. I always seem to splurge on those… :) Have a good day!

  • Favorite type of cheesecake?
  • What foods do you make from scratch?
  • What’s your favorite day of the week to run?!

15 thoughts on “2 things i never buy at the grocery store.

  1. I am right there with you Mary, although I do purchase bagels to have once a week for before my workouts as they do not upset my stomach, but I make all my own bread. My poor bf has had to try all my experiments with bread, but overall it turns out well….note, buckwheat does not work well in bread haha! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Grapes of wrath is one of my favorites!! Hope you’re loving it (more than The Corrections at least)

  3. I need that salad dressing shaker!! Where did you get it (the link took me to an error page)? I have been eating salads a lot recently and would love to make my own dressing. I usually store it in mason jars but this creation looks a lot better!

  4. I’m partial to classic plain cheesecake with fresh strawberries!
    I also love to make my own dressings. Simple and fresh is always better.
    Lastly, ya kinda got me wanting a bread maker. Yours looked so hearty and yummy!


  5. Love that salad dressing shaker! I need to invest in one of those!!

    – Favorite type of cheesecake? Any kind with berries.
    – What foods do you make from scratch? Salad dressing! Also pizza dough.
    – What’s your favorite day of the week to run?! Saturday because I can go as far as I want without waking up super early for work!

  6. What??! It was cheesecake day and I didn’t know it? There needs to be an app for that. Or maybe a calendar with all of these sneaky food days on it.

    • i just follow the basic ones in the manual, and then add whatever i feel like! i also add a bit of extra yeast to make loaves nice and fluffy :) happy baking!