Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bountiful Baskets Haul

It's that time again!!! Bountiful Basket's Distribution Day!!! I volunteered again today. Many hands definitely make for light work. Thought you'd like a little peek at what all those baskets that get distributed look like once we've got them all filled up!

So, this is what I got this time!

Veggie Lovers Pack - Italian themed!!

1 red onion
1 garlic
3 yellow onion
1 eggplant
1 pkg mushrooms
1 yellow squash
1 zucchini


This weeks basket!!

9 bananas
9 green bell peppers
1 head romain lettuce
1 pkg strawberries
1 head of living butter lettuce
1 lg white yam
2 pomegranates
1 bag regular carrots
3 oranges
2 cantaloupes (one is extra for volunteering)

As always, such a great deal. My regular basket cost was $15 and the Veggie Lovers pack was $8.50. Total with the handling fee of $1.50 (used for the truck), we got all this for $25.00. I love Bountiful Baskets!! (Can't ya tell!!) Can't wait to start cooking!!!

For more information on Bountiful Baskets they can be found at They have sites all over the US, so check it out!! There might just be one close to you!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bountiful Baskets Haul!!!

Today was the pick-up day for our Bountiful Baskets location. I volunteered to help unload the truck, sort the veggies and help with the distribution. I did help unload the truck but spent most of the time filling baggies full of green beans. I had a great time and you get a little extra item for helping out so, I got a few extra bananas since we go through TONS of them! So, here is what came in the regular $15 basket this week!

1 cauliflower
1 pkg mushrooms
1 honeydew melon
3 summer squash
6 tomatoes
1 English cucumber
1 bundle green onions
1 head of romaine lettuce
1 stalk of celery
1 pineapple
6 bananas
1 bag green beans

I also got the lunchbox pack for an additional $10.50. This is what I got:

1 3lb bag of Granny Smith apples
1 bag of green seedless grapes
1 1lb bag of baby carrots
4 bananas
4 pears
5 small yellow apples

And that's not all!! I also got this delivery's veggie lover pack. It was Mexican themed. It was $8.50. It came with:

6 tomatillos
5 limes
4 jalapeƱos
6 small avocados
1 bunch of cilantro
8 chilie peppers
2 onions
1 garlic

I am in love with Bountiful Baskets!! If you have a location in your area, it's totally worth a try! It comes every other week and as we're not huge veggie eaters,
we can make the basket last for almost the two weeks. I can't wait to try the bread the next time around. I skipped it again this time and I am kicking myself...again!

For more information on Bountiful Baskets or to find a location near you go to

Here's a picture of our very first basket. It just keeps getting better and better!

Friday, September 13, 2013

No, I'm not boycotting the grocery store...

But it's been a really busy week!! Here is one more SuperStar lunch that my buddy took to school today!! He has turkey and string cheese kabobs, potato salad, carrots with ranch, cutie orange with blueberries and a little treat of chocolate covered pretzels. As usual, he did not leave a single crumb!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

So what if I'm the bad mom...

that completely ran out of bread, chose to play candy crush and not go to the grocery store. Danny had a fabulous lunch anyway with a lettuce wrap that had turkey and cheese. He LOVED it and thought it was a lot of fun! Who says we need bread? Here's his SuperStar lunch today!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Squash & Potato Gratin

This came up on the Bountiful Baskets Blog the other day and I am extremely eager to try it! It might just be what's for dinner tonight!! (I'll put my own picture up once I've made it!)


Mine. Not so pretty. I may have used too many veggies and
Mozzarella instead of Monterrey Jack. It was still yummy though!!


  • 2 medium yellow summer squash
  • 1 pound red or russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 oz of Monterrey Jack
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole dish.
  2. Slice the squash and potatoes very, very thin. (Mandolin slicer would be perfect)
  3. Place 1/3 of the squash and potato slices into the bottom of the pan. Layering them by alternating squash and potato but you could just spread them evenly.
  4. Season with some salt and pepper and half of the cheese.
  5. Repeat the layering with a 1/3 of the veggies, seasoning with S&P and sprinkling with cheese.
  6. Finish the gratin by layering the final veggies on top and seasoning with S&P
  7. Pour the milk over the dish then top with parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes covered then uncover and finish baking for 15 minutes.