Monday, June 9, 2014

Bloom Where You're Planted

Last week I ran across two new companies, which are making cold pressed juices in Chattanooga. Now I would love to try some of these juices, but the drive to get them, which would be a 100 mile trip and the cost both make me pause. They are not something I can duplicate at home since they are cold pressed, but I do have a juicer and a Nutri-bullet, so I could come close to making these juices at home, which is what I did yesterday. 

I am not crazy about the juicer since there is a lot of cleaning up, so instead of juice I made myself a smoothie with the Nutri-bullet. I used Swiss chard, spinach, beets, orange, and some green tea I had made. It was good and satisfying and definitely saved me money. 

Yesterday I had a hankering for some tacos from the Mexican restaurant, but I didn't want to get out of the house or spend the money. So I went into the kitchen and made me some tacos with what I had on hand. And they were good and satisfying. 

Also, I have always wanted to go to the Chattanooga Farmer's Market, but again it is a 100 mile round trip and that and the expense of the produce would cost a lot of money. I know myself and I would spend a lot there. We have a wonderful Mennonite Farmer's Market here and at least 2 to 3 other farm stands here where I can purchase the same things I can get at the Chattanooga Farmer's Market. 

I can buy the same things here that I can get at the Chattanooga market. I look at the pictures from the market and I know I would love to go, but I need to stop and pause and tell myself that I have everything I need right here in my own hometown. And I need to "Bloom Where I am Planted". Maybe someday I will make it there, but for now I need to be content with what I can do here and in my own home.

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  1. Hi Belinda,
    Great job! And you have the right attitude. There's so much we can make at home with what's on hand, using our own cooking skills, that it seems silly to drive someplace to buy something someone else has cooked. When I'm out running errands and it's near or past lunchtime, instead of thinking where I culd stop for a bite, I start thinking of everything in the kitchen and what I could make that would be equally satisfying. That has saved me so much money over the years.
    Meanwhile, I have a close friend who calls me on her cell phone while she's out running errands, and she is frequently calling from the drive-thru of a fast food place, picking up lunch. Cha-ching! She wonders why she can't save any money!
    And maybe some year you can make a trip to the Chattanooga farmer's market, as a special occasion thing, like a birthday celebration.
    Have a great day!

  2. Thank you, Lili. :)

    That is so great that you do that when you are out and about and it has saved you so much money over the years. I definitely need to work on that! Eating out does take u a big portion of the food budget, like your friend who can't save any money.

    One day i will make a trip to the Farmer's Market in Chattanooga. I'll take pictures too when I go! Hope you have a great day too


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