Renee asked me if I wanted to go with her and Jessica to Whole Foods for a little shopping and wine tasting. Did she even have to ASK?! ;) Renee drove, and we left at about 10:45. It took about an hour to get there (which is why I've never gone).
I was so impressed with the store! It was huge and had so much fun stuff in there. I was the most impressed with the bakery and all the desserts, of course. They had sooo many cakes and cupcakes and chocolates and all kinds of goodies. I bought a carrot cupcake to bring home with me for my treat tonight.
We walked around the store and I picked up a few things, but most of the stuff that I wanted was either too expensive, or too "bingey" for me to bring home. I can see why people call it "Whole Paycheck"--I could easily spend $1000 in there.
I bought a fresh loaf of cranberry-walnut bread, which I'll probably spread a piece with peanut butter and eat for dinner. I bought a couple of sample packets of Justin's almond butter and chocolate-hazelnut butter. I got Jerry a 6-pack of beer and a little German chocolate tartlet thing. And a couple of other things.
|Cranberry Walnut bread|
We had the salad bar for lunch, and sat down near the wine bar. I took about a tablespoon of probably 12 different foods--a whole bunch of random stuff. There were a couple of things I didn't care for, but for the most part, it was really good. I had a glass of wine too--can't remember what it was now! It was a red French wine. I wanted to buy a bottle of it, but since I'm determined that 2012 is all about paying down debt, the wine is the first thing to go. That's okay, I can always have my Black Box ;)
So we headed out after our lunch and wine. As soon as I got home, I remembered that I was supposed to get something from Target for Eli. He gave me some of his Christmas money to buy an Army soldier set that was on clearance. I was worried it might not be there later, so I went to Target and rushed home in time for the kids to get home from school.
Eli's birthday is on Saturday, and he'll be six. They'll celebrate his birthday at school tomorrow, so we decided to make cheeseburger cookies for his birthday treat. When I was picking up the ingredients from the store, I realized that the Grasshopper cookies were mint--and Eli hates mint. He was excited about making the cookies, so I after debating in my head whether to buy the stuff, I decided that he probably wouldn't even notice the mint cookies in the excitement of it looking like a cheeseburger.
Turns out I was wrong. We assembled the cookies and he was very happy with them. Then I told him he could eat one, since we had some extras. And he looked so apologetic when he said, "I don't like it." When I asked him why, he said, "I just don't like mint." I felt awful. I told him that we'd make something else, and he kept saying no, that he'll just bring these and he won't eat one. I said that daddy could take the cheeseburger cookies to work for his friends and we'd make something else. He was satisfied with that, so we went to the store to find something else.
With Noah's urging, he ended up picking this:
And of course each box makes 24, so I had to get two boxes for 26 kids. These things are a pain to make. Especially when you're trying to cook dinner at the same time. So you know what I'll be doing for the rest of the evening!