Bulk Food Paradise.

What a fun afternoon!  Casey and I ran out for a few errands at Target, and then explored the east side of the city in search of a store that had been recommended to me by a few classmates.  After battling Saturday traffic and heading in the wrong direction for a bit, we finally made our way to Healthy Home Market

A while ago, I told you guys about how I grocery shop, and my love of buying bulk food.  This place was an absolute bulk food dream come true…

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They even had bulk SPICES!  You could buy as much or as little as you wanted of anything – so convenient. 

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Every kind of flour imaginable – a baker’s dream!  They even had neat things I hadn’t seen like almond meal, pecan meal, and millet flour. 

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One entire long aisle was completely covered in bulk bins on both sides…

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We weren’t really out of anything specific, but we figured we could stock up while we were there, since I always like to keep a well-stocked pantry.  We also decided to try some new things since the bulk prices are always lower!

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They had machines where you could grind your own peanut or almond butter, including one that was peanuts and chocolate pieces combined – yummm.

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I had never seen this before – a pour your own syrup/sweetener wall!  They had different types of honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar, and different sizes of recyclable bottles you could fill.  We filled up on agave since we were running low.

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Casey and I were both grabbing things as we went down the aisle, so when we got home I laid it all out to see the whole spread.  You can’t tell from the picture how MUCH food this is!  Ready for the grand total? 

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Fifty nine dollars!  Off the top of my head, we got – rolled oats, rye flakes, barley flakes, white rice, brown rice, whole wheat couscous, orzo pasta, dried cranberries, jumbo raisins, dried apple pieces, almonds, medjool dates, and…?  And obviously the agave nectar and Earth Balance spread.  Casey and I are making a valiant effort to reduce the amount of packaging we purchase, and buying from bulk bins is such a great way to avoid it.  It is amazing how much unnecessary packaging there is driving up the cost of food, and filling up our landfills.  We are determined to do our part as best as possible!

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I’ve seen medjool dates on so many blogs but had never actually tried one.  They are like CANDY!  Absolutely delicious and sweet – definitely only a few at a time…

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After I put all our food away, I moved onto my Target shopping bags.  I have been wanting to redo our dining room table for forever, and hadn’t found anything I liked until today.  Check out the new spread!

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Bright and pretty colors, just in time for spring!  What do you guys think?!?

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I have wanted to do napkins and napkin holders ever since I saw my friend Liz’s beautiful dining room table.  I loved the floral pattern on this collection – classy, but not overly girly.  Casey approved.  :)

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I still need to get the napkins for the yellow placemats – my Target was sold out :(

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With the table all set up, the only thing left to do was EAT!  Lunch was a salad made from last night’s leftovers.

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Bed of spinach, topped with a mixture of collard greens, mustard greens, heirloom tomatoes, roasted eggplant, and lemon roasted white beans.

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With some added cubes of raw tempeh because I love it.

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Delicious and filling, and so fun to eat at my pretty table!

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Tonight = fueling and resting for tomorrow’s big run!  Daylight savings is really messing with my running internal clock – I’m planning to get up extra early.  I’m worried I won’t have enough time to digest breakfast before the long run, and I definitely don’t want that sitting in my stomach for 18 miles – gulp. 

Is daylight savings complicating anyone else’s plans?  Would you rather fall backward or spring forward?