We woke to no power this morning. Evidently the storm that is brewing knocked a tree over on the lines just down the street. A call to the power company claimed we would be back up and running in about 2 hours… we knew better! We got dressed and headed out after no showers and waterless toothbrushing (we have a well… no power=no water!). We stopped briefly at McDonalds and let the kiddos play while we enjoyed biscuit sandwiches and iced hazlenut coffees. The kids munched on apple slices and sipped water between crazy rounds up and down the slide (they had bowls of Panda Puff’s at home). Costco was first on our list of places to stop. I was amazed to find several foods that Kenzie could have. We found chicken taquitos by Delimex, organic whole frozen green beans, organic flash frozen blueberries, 12 -32oz containers of vanilla soymilk, organic free range chicken broth, Aidel’s Apple/Chicken Sausages, Ground Beef, Ind. packed fresh chicken breasts, fruit leathers, natural juice boxes, a huge bag of Mission corn chips (actually labeled Gluten-Free!)… the list goes on. $207.00 (all food products) later, we were on our way to the truck. Evidently we lacked our normal forethought while leaving the house this morning and took the truck, as we had the whole troop with us. Arriving back at the truck, we realized that we had the task of fitting 6 bodies and several boxes of groceries inside the cab. Using the bed wasn’t an option unless we wanted soaked, soggy groceries! We decided to take the crew home to stay with TeenGirl while Daddy and I finished our rounds. On the way back up our road, the power company guys said they were almost done and the power would be back on soon (I momentarily thought I should bring them some hot coffee, then realized I couldn’t!). I left TeenGirl with instructions on what to feed the kiddos for lunch and ventured back into the storm, this time a bit wiser…we took the Prius. Oregon Dad needs some new Free’s, so we stopped at the Nike Employee Store next. This always leads to trouble (at least on the pocket book). One shoe crisis later, (Oregon Dad sees one of his shoes on display and wonders how the heck that passed quality control… whips out the AMEX and takes the pair home so he can read someone the riot act) and we are on our way again. Whole foods is the last stop of the day. This turned into a several hour ordeal as (obviously new GF parents) we wandered down every aisle… scouring the shelves for any item that was labeled Gluten Free. There was a bit of trauma as we discovered that many gluten free items we wanted to buy (such as Annie’s Rice Pasta and Cheese) contained Whey… which is one of Kenzie’s most reactive foods. At one point, our cart contained no less than 10 little bags of flours…then we located the baking mixes and opted to try a couple of those first. The tortillas we found look tasty, the bread appears hard and not so fabulous. I was pleased to find snack bars, animal crackers, chocolate chip cookies and plain pastas. I wish that Whole Foods would lump all their GF products in one section, instead of intermingling them with all the other products, as it took us longer to figure out what to buy. I can’t help but wonder what we may have missed. I did locate some wheat free soy sauce, which makes me incredibly happy. Kenzie loves rice and she loves it even more with soy sauce. I also stumbled upon some packets of gravy mix (on the VERY bottom shelf!) and some fabulous peanut sauce (being sampled in the store). Just as we were wrapping up our shopping excursion and heading to the check out I received an email on my Blackberry Pearl from another GF Mom. She had some great suggestions for finding foods and told me they survive dinnertime by sticking with fresh, whole meats and lots of fruits and veggies. I fear my biggest struggle will be packing lunches and snacks for Kindergarten. I admit, there are concerns about Kenzie actually eating the peanut butter sandwiches on rice bread. Here are some of the items we ended up with:
Rice Dream (Chocolate and Plain)— the chocolate has a recipe for chocolate rice pudding on it, however it calls for a package of pudding and whipped topping, so I have to look for subs first!
Food For Life Brown Rice Fruit Juice Sweetened Bread
Food For LIfe Brown Rice Tortillas
Organic Tamari Wheat Free Soy Sauce
OrganicVille Non Dairy Ranch Organic Dressing
Natures Path Organic Corn Lakes (labeled GLUTEN FREE, others contain Barley Malt… not sure if that’s okay?)
Enjoy Life snack bars in cocoa loco and caramel apple (Free of all common allergens)
KinniKritters Animal Cookies
DeBoles Rice Spirals and Penne Pastas
365 Gluten Free Corn Bread Mix
365 Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
Arrowhead Mills GF All Purpose Baking Mix
Envirokidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs and Gorilla Munch Cereals
Bob’s Red Mill Cornstarch
GF Freezer Waffles
And soooooooooooooo much more!
Our grocery total today? $316.00! Ouch! And that doesn’t include the Nike Store damage.