Don’t Take Away My Chores

Brady Evans

Hi!  I’m Brady Evans, a South Carolina native who has been blogging three years.  I’ve been a chatterbox since I was a toddler and that theme is seen in both my food blog, Branny Boils Over, and my horse and farm-life blog, From Hey To Horses .  When I’m not blogging you can find me pounding the pavement in training for a marathon, spending time with my husband, two dogs, one cat, and two horses, and convincing young high school minds that the stages of cell division and the anatomy of a flower really are important in the real world.

Early in our marriage, when I would get stressed out by my overwhelming to-do list, my sweet husband would take initiative and remove certain chores from my list.  I appreciated his concern.  I admired his motivation.  But I hated the result.

Without fail, he would say, “Hon!  I went grocery shopping so you don’t have to.” 

Nooooooo.

Grocery shopping is one of my absolute favorite things to do.  If you loathe it, I’m sure a bit of my perspective will change your mind about this chore. 

My journey to the grocery store is perhaps the only time of the week where I get two solid hours to myself.  I get to be alone in the car.  I get to listen to my guilty pleasure (country music) on the radio as loud as I want to.  I get to wear the comfiest of clothes.  I get to pop in my iPod and listen to tunes as I cruise the aisles of the store, picking the best produce, changing our week’s menu on a whim if an ingredient strikes my fancy or a deal is too good to pass up.

And it is not just the grocery shopping.  It is the ritual of making the list before the trip.  I sit down with my cookbooks and my computer.  I flip through recipes, glance at salespapers, and put together an efficient meal plan where cost is minimized, variety is maximized, and all the meals fit my schedule: Easy meals on Mondays, cook once/ eat twice for Tuesday and Wednesday, and more labor intensive meals towards the week’s end. 

The challenge that I love the most is using each and every ingredient.  In my naive days, I’d buy a tub of sour cream, for instance, to top a baked potato planned for the menu, and then the container went unopened again (thank goodness, due to the huge amount of mold that was surely growing) for weeks (::gulp:: months).

These days, though, that sour cream gets put to good use all week long.  And if a smidgen remains I make these cookies:

Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies

Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies(adapted from Taste of Home)

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chips.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 3 dozen.

If you hate grocery shopping, I hope that my spinning it in a new light may make your trip a little more enjoyable.  What chores do you love and why?

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7 thoughts on “Don’t Take Away My Chores

  1. Brady, I enjoy grocery shopping too. Before I venture out, I’m armed with my binder of coupons and the weekly ads so I can take advantage of the sales!

  2. Woo Hoo Brady! I go thru phases when I do really great with my lists, recipes & sales. But when I’m in the right mode and I have no kids in tow, grocery shopping can indeed be a luxury when there are no time contraints! I’m gonna have to try out those cookies! 😉

  3. Can’t wait to try the cookies – mostly because I love chocolate anything, and, well, I’m GUILTY of buying that container of sour cream for tacos and letting it sit! Anybody who wants to share some couponing tips for a crazy busy single working mommy of 2, I’m willing to listen.

    I’ve never quite looked at grocery shopping this way before – guess because I typically have my two little men along and while they are precious and wonderful, it’s a constant battle in my brain between what I need to buy and who I need to be reprimanding at the same time.

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  5. These cookies look scrumptious! Can’t wait to try them! I try to always go to the shopping stores armed with my coupons and a plan to save money. My goal is to save at least 50% on my bill and o stretch my dollar as far as I can. I do not extreme coupon but I do clip/print coupons for the products we use most. Loved your blog post and can’t wait to meet you in person 🙂

  6. Yay! Somebody else who loves grocery shopping! I love making up my menus and then strolling through the grocery store checking out all the new (and old) products, getting the best deals for my money, buying everything I need for 2 full weeks of meals! People usually look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that I love going to the grocery store! And the cookies look great, by the way!

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