Thursday, January 10, 2013

Its not your mother's Wal-Mart . . .

We took off Wednesday for the country. This is where life is just a little  simpler. 

Horses are in every field and buggies are near by. The roads are gravel. Life is different from what we are used to. 

Groceries are more in bulk. Yes we did buy 2 gallons of soy sauce. A gallon was $7.20 and a half gallon was 44 cents less!?!?! We bought pot pie dumplings for the first time. (I've already pinned a Mennonite recipe!) We found the old fashioned red jar rubbers, 2 boxes for us. Whole pearl barley that tonight was made into beef-barley soup. Beans (yes we bought a big bag of pinto beans) that will be canned. Two gallons of Birch beer just happened to fall into the cart too. It is so good over vanilla ice cream. 

The one thing we laughed at was the 3 pound box of tortilla chips at a Mennonite store. A huge box for $8.99.  They are delicious chips,  very thin and crispy, with a touch of sea salt.

Our purchase also included gummy bears (how did they get in the cart with a 3 year old little girl pushing it?), dried butter beans, beef powder soup base, Dixie pork sausage seasoning, popcorn, and steel cut oats. 

We did not buy the coconut oil. But gosh darn is it at a good price.  The next time the blacksmith makes soap, we will buy it there. Beats the $8 a quart at Wal-Mart. 

We tried 2 Mennonite restaurants, both were closed on a Wednesday. We found a family restaurant in the next town. The aforementioned 3 year old girl enjoyed her spaghetti, applesauce, and garlic toast. Grandpa fashioned the stylish bib for her. 

I leave you with a beautiful baby picture. He is growing so fast. He's a month old and already holding that head up. Tomorrow he gets to meet his uncle Jeremy, aunt Lori and 3 cousins for the first time!  I can't wait for pictures of all 4 of our grands together!

Life is good!


GerryART said...

Someone has a feast set before her. She sure is enjoying it.
This little guy certainly is growing!

That's quite a load of groceries.


Annie at Haphazard Homestead said...

My grandma used to make roll-out dumplings (pot pie dumplings) all the time. She'd cook them in a big pot of stewed and thickened blackberries. Mmmm!

Love seeing all your finds, and pics of the little ones, too. :)

Marge said...

I love that kind of shopping trip. But you had to mention barley.....I love barley, but eating gluten free doesn't allow for barley.....The little guy sure has grown quickly!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Adorable Grands!! And nothing better than a trip to Amish/Mennonite country! -Tammy

Deanna said...

I'm trying to guess which direction you went. My money's on Weavers? You got an awful lot of good stuff, that's for sure.

It'll be cool to see that picture of your grands together for the first time. That spaghetti and bread looks yummy enough to eat!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I am missing the Amish store! blessings, marlene

Anonymous said... your post today!

Brady T said...

We already got the picture

Lise said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip...nothing like life in the country! I wish we had a good 'ol country store 'round here that sold items like you just bought!

That 'lil guy is so cute, I bet his cheeks smell sweet as could that smell!

I'm with the 3 year old, LOVE gummy bears!!!

Down On The Farm said...

Cool! I love shopping at Amish stores. Which one is this???