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Went Shopping Today

January 12th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I forgot about making buns for the cheeseburgers today, so I ended up throwing together a quick stir-fry. I cut up 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs that I ransacked the chest freezer for and put them in a marinade of 1 cup low sodium gluten free soy sauce, 2 T of honey, 1/2 T of ginger, and a 1/2 T of garlic powder. While that was soaking DD and I cut up 3 carrots, 3 stalks of celery, 1 cauliflower, green beans, and 1/2 a yellow onion. I did more of a combination of stir-fry and steam-fry as I don't like to stir constantly. It made enough for us to have it for dinner, for lunch tomorrow, and maybe still have some leftover. Doesn't it look yummy?

I also made a batch of cinnamon ice cream tonight and I have some French bread going in the bread machine.


I went to the store today and I ended up spending $127.53. I just didn't have the energy to go to Kmart and the grocery store so I bought the toiletries at the grocery store. I got a couple of things not on my list and forgot the peanut butter which we are totally out of.

I meant to spend about $100, but I went through the bakery. *sighs* I should know better, but I swear the box of cinnamon rolls just jumped into my cart when I wasn't looking. I also bought two boxes of psuedophedrine from the pharmacy and 1 box of Dayquil because my supply was woefully low and I feel a sinusy thing coming on. And then I remembered I needed batteries. But I won't need to buy anything else before payday on Friday and I have $70 left.

They were having a good sale on whole fish, but the fish counter reeked. I could smell it from 10 feet away. I have noticed that a lot at the small Haggen since the remodel. I know that they've instituted some cost saving measures to pay for the totally unnecessary remodel, like not restocking the salad bar or letting the hot food in the deli run out when it runs out, carrying less selection in some areas and way too much in others, raising prices, and pushing their own store brand far more than they ever used to, but the fish counter should not smell like that. I draw a line there. Clearly they are holding on to fish that previously would have been out the door before it stank. So no more buying fish or seafood from there. That makes 2 grocery stores I will not buy fish from.

Haggen has always been my favorite grocery store, but I will either have to go to the big one 5 miles out of my way or just stick to Trader Joe's and the Food Co-op (which carries fresh fish) from now on. It's a shame, too. I've been shopping at that store since I was 4 years old and they were just that store, not a small chain of stores. That's almost 39 years now. I have never been disappointed in them until the last year, but now I am.

6 Responses to “Went Shopping Today”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Your dinner looks yummy.

    Do you think if you wrote a note or email to the manager of the store, it might make a difference?

  2. EarlyRetirementJoy Says:

    I am so impressed that you make your own hamburger buns! Coincidentally, I've recently decided to learn to make yeast rising bread as one of my "Do/learn 50 new things for my 50th year." I'll admit at the moment I'm feeling rather intimidated, but I'm picking up yeast today to give it a try.

  3. Maranatha Says:

    That chicken looks delicious! Is the marinade teriaki? I love the way you make all your bread. I've tried to make every kind of bread you can imagine but am hopeless. My husband gave me a kitchen aid stand mixer for Christmas and I'm going to try again soon, it's a good thing flower is cheap as much as I mess up with baking!

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It's funny how some things like to "jump" into our shopping carts, isn't? Smile I generally try to avoid the bakery section just for that very reason ... (although what tends to "jump" into my cart are the creme filled long johns ... mmm!)

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Rob--I've thought about writing their headquarters, which is local. I don't know how much individual power the store managers have.

    ERJ--Rolls and buns are much easier than bread. They are a good place to start.

    Maranatha--No, it was't teryaki. It was a cup of soy sauce, 2 T honey, 1/2 T garlic powder, and 1/2 T ginger. But if you want something sweeter you could just go with teryaki.

    Laura--I normally avoid it, too. Don't know what I was thinking.

  6. snafu Says:

    I second the idea of writing to management, CC the manager of your local store. It's been my experience that store's executive management usually appreciate input. I've often got gift certificates for my time and effort. It's important to make your complaint specific and a suggestion for resolution

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