Happy fall, y’all! It started raining here yesterday and hasn’t stopped so it truly feels like fall. However, when my daughter and I did our September grocery haul this past Tuesday, it still felt like summer. It was in the mid-90s! A lot can change in a few days.
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September Grocery Haul
I didn’t really need much food this time. We have eaten out much more than usual during the past couple of busy months. Plus, our local Aldi is now carrying much of what I use on a regular basis. However, I love going on monthly shopping trips with Lisa so I wouldn’t give them up even if I were able to get everything locally. We always have such a nice time together.
This time I decided to do a bit of shopping for fall items, as well as a few miscellaneous things at Target. If you are following me on Instagram you’ll see the one new fall decor item I bought – probably later this afternoon after I decorate one of the tables in our family room. I didn’t find as much as I had hoped to. There were, however, LOTS of Christmas items I liked. I refrained, however. One season at a time! It’s not like I really need more decorations. I have a large lidded container full of autumn decor but I’ve had most of these same items for about 20 years. They all look fine but sometimes you just want something a little different. I’ve heard Dollar Tree has great fall items this year so I may check out ours. They may well be picked over by now, though.
Lisa and I started our day with lunch, as usual. We ate at one of our favorite restaurants, Scratch Kitchen and Cocktails. I had the daily special: blackened chicken Caesar wrap with their delicious fries and spicy ketchup.
With full tummies it was time to shop!
- nail polish
- nail polish remover
- coconut conditioner
- dry shampoo
- 2 new hand towels for the guest bathroom
- 2 coffee mugs (I’ve been getting rid of old, stained, chipped mugs)
- large dog bowl for Shiloh’s water
- 2 packages of baby wipes to keep in our vehicles (our hands get rather dirty rolling up all the cords when we set up sound equipment for local music)
- pink Eiffel Tower ornament (will keep up year round in my office)
- glittered chandelier ornament (also for my office)
- glass pumpkin (watch Instagram for a photo)
- large bag of natural dried decorative *stuff* (I don’t really know what to call it; watch Instagram)
And now for some groceries!
- mixed berry granola
- seasonal bouquet
- seasonal filler
- Earl Grey tea bags
- frozen organic chicken breasts
- Thai red curry sauce
- 3 pack of tri color bell peppers
- French brioche, sliced (I plan to use it for French toast)
- corn tortillas
- organic eggs
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 mini pumpkins
- 1 mini gourd
- small pumpkin
- large decorative pumpkin
(I just noticed the checker didn’t charge me enough for the larger pumpkins. I may give them a call, although I doubt there is anything to do about it now. Still, I always try to be honest.)
- goats milk patchouli soap (2 bars)
- sliced deli turkey breast
- chicken maple link sausage
- San Marzano tomatoes
- quinoa (bulk)
- white jasmine rice (bulk)
- oregano (bulk)
- Fleur de Sel salt (bulk)
- ground cloves (bulk)
- split loaf Tuscan bread
- large croissant
- maple extract
- French pear
- corn on the cob (2 ears)
- dark brown organic sugar
- potato chips
- Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea bags
- enchilada sauce
- grated ginger
- bag of ice
Now that we are moving into fall weather I’ll be cooking more from our pantry. I keep a good stock of various dried beans, lentils, split peas, rice, quinoa, pasta, etc. on hand. In the summer we tend to eat less of these items as we focus on seasonal produce. But as it gets cooler I’ll be making more soups, casseroles and such from our pantry stock. If you follow my Menu Monday posts you’ll notice the shift.
So that wraps up my September grocery haul. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so you can see how I decorate for fall, as well as what I cook from the ingredients I buy during these grocery hauls. I hope you are having a great weekend. Happy Autumn!