A Seasonal Saturday

It’s chilly this morning. More like a typical November in South Dakota. And not that I’m complaining about the awesomely mild weather we’ve had–I LOVE it, and it’s kept my SAD in check…But I know eventually, we will get buried in snow, and I will slide into my annual funk. In the meantime, however, I will enjoy the fact that I don’t have to have a death-grip on my steering wheel if I want to go to the grocery store. Which, in spite of the howling wind, I decided to go and do. We didn’t need all that much, but it was an excuse to get out for a bit, and to go and check out Buttercrust Bakery. I got my list ready:

I didn’t list anything I might pick up at the bakery, just in case. They just opened yesterday, and I got a text from Allison early this morning (we’re both early risers!), saying she’d stopped by, but they didn’t have anything ready yet. I figured I’d give them about an hour or so before I left the house. I’m SO glad I waited.

They were in the process of bringing out some loaves of what looked like white bread when I walked in. The 2 girls and the guy working were all VERY nice, so (being the dork that I am about this sort of stuff) I felt comfortable enough leaving one of my blog cards. I wasn’t bold enough to ask about taking photos inside, but maybe another time. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted, although I knew if they had them, I wanted a baguette, just because I have plans for sandwiches later this week.

I’m being good and not ripping a hunk off the end of it. I also picked up a boule:

By the time I got home and started photographing everything, it’d been an hour since I’d stopped by. The boule was still warm. I also picked up a treat for the bambino and I:

A cream horn. I could seriously eat about 4 or 5 more of those. Flaky, buttery, creamy. I was feeling kind of selfish and wishing I’d gotten two of them, just so I didn’t have to share! If it wasn’t so crappy out, I’d run back up there and buy a couple more! I was especially geeked to find that they have even more Peanut Butter & Co. varieties, as well as this:

Burbach’s milk!!! I LOVE that I don’t have to drive to Sioux Falls anymore to get it! I have a feeling I’m going to be spending a lot of time and money in this place. After I pried myself away, I popped over to Hy-Vee to get the rest of the groceries:

More dairy.

The ground sirloin is for some baked ziti (well, penne, as I couldn’t find ziti), and the turkey is for sandwiches. I’m going to make more cranberry cream cheese and use the baguette.

I realized when I was making last night’s pasta that we’re getting low. I figured I’ll stock up here and there, since the colder weather makes me want to fix pasta more often. I did also pick up some frozen corn and bananas, but I got bumped when taking that photo, and the bambino’s eaten 2 bananas since then. I figure you don’t need a picture to know what frozen corn and bananas look like.

I was pleased that I spent less than $40 at the store:

But if you combine that with what I spent at the bakery:

I did go over. $46.49 altogether. Which really isn’t all that bad. I got everything on my list, and I actually had a budget overall of $50. So in that respect, I did okay.

And now, I think I’m going to start some laundry and get that out of the way. Assuming he’s still on the mend, Jay and I decided that we’ll do our belated Thanksgiving meal tomorrow…And put up the Christmas tree!

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