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.”
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(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?