My Poor Pocketbook

I decided to put away my school work for the day and immediately tried to think of something to do that needs to be done. Then I realized I’ve actually done quite a bit today and now I’m blogging so that I can relax for the rest of the evening!

The day started off with a fabulous breakfast!

A strawberry brownie parfait! All I did was layer some strawberry yogurt, oats, sliced strawberries and thinly sliced leftover brownies (had a craving at about 10pm last night!).


After this delicious parfait I headed out to The Carrot Common for some groceries. As usual, I only planned to buy specific items and came out with a LOT. Yay! for my tummy, boo! for my bank account!

Blurry, I know. I told Alan that our next house MUST have great natural lighting in the kitchen!

Here’s the low-down:

  • strawberries
  • kale
  • green onion
  • broccoli
  • parsley
  • coconut butter(!!!!)
  • lemons
  • tomatoes
  • cashews
  • nutritional yeast
  • ginger
  • Earth Balance

  • New chips to try
  • Braggs
  • cherries
  • tofu x3
  • macadamia cashew butter (!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Cool Mint Clif Bar
  • S’mores Luna Bar
  • Pecan, Banana and Coconut Lara Bars

This loot cost me $74!!!! Oye…

But look what else I found while there that I could NOT resist!

A purple pepper!!! I’ve never in my life heard of these and they had a whole whack load so I immediately snatched one up to try. Anyone else had one before? What did you use it for? It’s so pretty!

Anyway, while I was out I thought I’d pick up an equally expensive lunch at their juice bar. I brought it home and had it after I unpacked my groceries.

The 3/4 drank juice was the Sprout for Joy which contained: bananas, strawberries, oranges and sprouts. It was really tasty and the orange added quite a kick! You could taste the sprouts but after the first few sips you became accustomed to it.

The sandwich was the Grilled Tempeh and it contained: tempeh, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and honey dijon on 7 grain bread. It was equally as tasty, the dijon was fantastic and although they packed in the tempeh it didn’t stuff me up like it usually does! I added leftover salad from last night for more greens!

Then I had to take out my first dehydrator experiment!

RAISINS!!! I figured it would be an easy and simple thing to try for my first go and it worked out beautifully! These are plump raisins! I think they’ll go really well in some hot oatmeal! I had to free the dehydrator up to put in some cherries and strawberries and now the house smells of strawberries! Yum!!! I’ve decided to dry a lot of fresh fruit for toppings in the wintertime (I don’t want to use them now as I want to take advantage of all the fresh fruit I can). I’m going to dehydrate a bunch and store them!

I then proceeded to work on both my final project and final paper until my brain was mush.

Now I must be off to prepare a late dinner for Alan and myself! I’m making Ginger “Chicken” from How It All Vegan! This is my second recipe from this book today! I also threw together the Green Goddess Dressing, can’t wait to try it!

Have a fantastic night my friends! Enjoy yourselves!


  • At 2010.07.24 20:43, Mark Smith said:

    I noticed the Cliff and Larabar…uh bars in your stash. If you want to save some money, making your own protein bars is easy and usually has a lot better macros than any that you buy. I just use whey, oats, natural PB and sometimes pudding mix. Especially with your talent in baking, you could probably find a good baked recipe (mine I usually just mix and freeze)

    • At 2010.07.25 07:26, Therese said:

      I didn’t know you were psychic, Mark! I plan to start making my own once this semester is over with and have more time!

      • At 2010.07.25 07:38, Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! said:

        Some serious financial damage can be easily accomplished at The Big Carrot! Your stash looks like it was well worth it :)

        • At 2010.07.25 09:24, Faith @ LovelyAsCharged said:

          I hate when ya go for one or two things and walk out with twenty…Gah! It’s even worse when grocery shopping is less of a chore and more of a fun adventure!

          • At 2010.07.26 17:05, Kristina said:

            I’ve had a purple pepper. Eh. Tastes the same as a green and comes out kinda brownish when it’s cooked. Nothing special. Sorry to take the wind out of your sails! I hope yours is better!

            Let us know how the coconut and macadamia butters are!

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