My kids have almost experienced that childhood rite of passage: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Almost – theirs was a Sunbutter and jelly sandwich.
One of my friends from CC was talking about Sunbutter, which is like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds, and how it’s almost as good as the real thing for our peanut allergy kids. I’ve been looking everywhere for it and finally found it at Harris Teeter. I shuddered as I added it to my virtual shopping cart – it’s $8 a jar – but I’d think nothing of spending that at McD’s and at least this isn’t filled with sodium and fat and who knows what else. It will also last longer than a five minute chow down.
After I picked up my groceries last night and put stuff away, it was the first thing I grabbed. I wanted to see if it really tasted like PB. It really does! I mean, I wouldn’t pick it over JIF or anything, but for kids who have never had peanut butter, they won’t know the difference. We’ve tried soy butter before – NASTY. This is nothing like that. It was a little runny, but refrigeration fixed that. I put some on crackers and they had their first taste. Henry was scared to eat it, he asked several times, “Is this going to make me sick?” Rhys didn’t care, he shoved the cracker in his mouth and pronounced it good. When we finally talked Henry down off the ceiling and he tried it, he liked it too. And no one died! I wasn’t expecting them to – sunflower seeds aren’t nuts, but it looks like peanut butter and it did make me irrationally uneasy at first.
And now I shall pimp Harris Teeter’s Express Lane shopping program. You order your food online, select a time to pick it up, drive up to the store, press a button, someone comes out to swipe your card, they put the groceries in your car and off you go. You don’t have to get out, you can wear pajamas, you can use coupons and get VIC and eVIC deals. You can tell them exactly how to slice your deli ham and to give you the farthest expiry date for your perishables. Until I no longer have a little baby to wrangle, I will be using this system – it is as if Harris Teeter designed this just for me. Sure, it costs an extra $4.95 a trip but are you kidding me? $4.95 for someone to SHOP FOR YOU and PUT IT IN YOUR CAR? I can get away with going about twice a month, so that’s $9 a month for a personal shopper. Yesterday I forgot to add bread to my order (“cracker nuts” redux) so I had to call the store and ask them to add it – no problem). I also had some kind of website issue with my eVIC deals, so they just gave me all my Campbell’s Chunky soups FOR FREE (and I had 7!) so I wound up spending not a lot of money for a huge car-full of food. And it’s super double coupons up to $1 until the 10th of January, so that helped too.
I’m slapping some pink, Bum Genius newborn AIOs up on ebay today if anyone is interested. I will post the link later, so check back and BID! There will be a Chunky Monkey and a Happy Heiny too (both boy prints, size small). And I’ve got to tag all the stuff for the Raleigh Kids Exchange sale next week too. Geez. At least that stuff is already on hangers, ready to go. I just have to tag and ziptie it.
Someone pooped and then back to home teechin’.