Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Library and Homemade Almond Butter

Today is Thursday, which means we visit the library.  We have a million books to return this morning, and I know for a fact one is missing.  Which leads me to the question...why haven't I set a book-borrowing limit for my kids yet?  "Go grab two level 3 books, Ellie" often ends in a pile of seven or eight books.  She's such a little book worm, and on average, reads about 5 books (or chapters) on her own each day (and she's only 5!).

On our way to the library, we pass our local WINCO.  WINCO has an amazing bulk section!  I buy our spices solely from the bulk bins (see how much money this saves our family HERE, and find what I buy in bulk HERE).  We also buy things like flours, sugars, nuts, beans, and more from the bulk bins.  Such huge savings can be found when you buy from bulk bins (if you don't live near a WINCO, I highly suggest looking around for a store with bulk bins in your will truly find great savings).  I don't need much today, but I am planning on buying some almonds from the bulks to make almond butter.

I have never really enjoyed the taste of almond butter.  I had tried several different varieties when I was teaching as I had a peanut allergy student in the class and so peanut butter was not allowed.  I had resigned to never buying it again.  However, one day when I had extra almonds at home, I gave homemade almond butter a shot.  And guess what I found?  It was AMAZING!  Like, really amazing! I made fresh homemade bagels every morning for an entire week and topped them with the almond butter and a friends' homemade apricot jam.  I told my husband that if I could have one breakfast for the rest of my life, that would be it!  Side note...Hillary...can I buy some of your apricot jam this year?  Pretty please???

And so, on today's agenda is homemade almond butter!  Mmmm.  I can't wait!

And then tonight is our church night.  Yes, we have our main church gathering on Thursday nights.  And yes, I know that's not normal.  That's why I love it.  I'm making lentil tacos for dinner for everyone tonight (we eat dinner together every week).

And, the weather is supposed to be nice today.  Finally!  Enjoy your Thursday!

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