Friday, March 21, 2014

March Grocery Haul and Pantry Organization

Lisa and I did our big, monthly shopping trip Tuesday. We also worked in a business lunch and afternoon tea to celebrate a dear relative's 80th birthday. It was a full day but lots of fun.

Here is a picture of my grocery haul:


We got to town around 8 p.m. and David met me for dinner. We didn't get home until nearly 10 p.m. so I just stuffed everything away as quickly as possible. Wednesday I decided to get it all organized. My pantry was sorely in need of help:

Upper cabinet of pantry (before)

Lower pantry cabinet - top drawer (before)


I took everything out, wiped out the shelves, tossed the expired stuff and reorganized. Doesn't this look better?:


The bottom drawer/pullout is where I keep various dried beans, peas, some baking supplies in jars. 


The top drawer/pullout holds crackers, rice and various pasta/noodles:


While I was in the mood, I went ahead and cleaned out the spice cabinet, too. I wish I had done so before this shopping trip. If I had, I wouldn't have bought more lemon pepper but I would have bought basil. At least now I know what I have.


As you can see, our fridge is full!


Here is the list of what I bought:

  • organic baby spinach
  • organic spring greens
  • red pepper jelly
  • Hellman's mayonnaise
  • Bonne Maman cherry preserves
  • Bonne Maman apricot preserves
  • Allegra (my allergies are in full force!)
Total: $30.41

  • raw honey
  • multigrain squarefuls cereal
  • blueberry walnut cereal
  • whole O's cereal
  • artichoke hearts
  • rice
  • coconut milk creamer (4)
  • cream cheese (2)
  • crackers (2)
  • Tillamook sharp cheddar
  • sweet red chili sauce
  • fish sauce
  • red curry paste
  • stir fry noodles
  • diced green chilies (2)
  • non fat dried milk
  • dark chocolate raspberry orange candy bar
  • dark chocolate coconut cream candy bar
  • garlic 
Total: $96.60

Natural Grocers:
  • bananas
  • carrots 5#
  • Applegate Farms breakfast sausage links
  • greeting cards (2)
  • liquid lecithin
  • ice
  • sharp cheddar (2)
  • colby cheese (4)
  • muenster cheese (2)
  • pepper jack cheese (1)
  • mozzarella (1)
  • maraschino cherries
Total: $74.40

Whole Foods:
  • garlic salt (bulk)
  • course black pepper (bulk)
  • lemon pepper (bulk)
  • Herbes de Provence (bulk)
  • sparkling lime water (for ride home)
  • San Pellegrino water (2)
  • flour tortillas (2)
  • dried cranberries
  • cookies
  • cappellini past (2)
  • ketchup
  • honey puffs cereal
  • marshmallow oaties cereal
  • raisin bran (3)
  • hand soap refill
  • bar soap (patchouli)
  • sliced ham
  • sliced colby cheese
  • pork chops
  • baguette
  • bananas
  • satsumas
  • aged cheddar
  • pastry
  • lemon
  • lime
  • onions
  • artichokes 
  • zucchini
  • iceberg lettuce
  • red bell peppers
  • green bell peppers
  • cabbage
  • asparagus
  • tomatoes
  • russet potatoes 
  • butter
Total: $155.63

Oklahoma Food Coop:
  • eggs (1 dozen)
  • cheese
  • free range whole chicken
Total: $36.67

Azure Standard (will pick up next week):
  • chicken broth - 32 oz. (4)
  • chicken broth - 8 oz. (package of 4)
  • bulk coconut (2.5 pounds)
  • 5 gallon plastic pail and gamma lid (for food storage)
  • raisins (1 pound)
  • brown sugar
  • organic flour (10 pounds)
  • powdered chicken flavored broth
  • potatoes (5#)
Total: $66.89

Grand Total: $460.60

That total seemed high until I remembered that I hadn't done a monthly shop since the first part of January. We will be in New Orleans 11 days in April so I won't shop again until May. Plus, I really need to start using up the food in my freezer in order to have room to put up summer produce. 


  1. Few things prettier to my eyes than a full, organized pantry. Good job! I always find it interesting to see what people put into there shopping cart. LOL. I enjoyed your post!

    1. I'm exactly the same way. Glad to know others are nosy, er, curious too!


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