“Who broke the ploughman’s bread?”

I am happy that I returned from Sioux Falls this afternoon under budget for what I allotted myself. That seriously almost never happens. I get sucked into shopping at all the places I don’t have access to here in Brookings, and I don’t keep track as well as I should of what I’m spending. I suppose I should be happy that if I’m using my debit card, and I don’t have the funds available, my bank won’t let the charges go through! I spent far less at Pomegranate Market than I was expecting too, although I pretty much stuck to my list. Milk:

Burbach’s milk is seriously some of the best I’ve had. A little over a week ago, our Ag department gave an informational presentation, and afterwards, I asked about why the price of milk around here is so damn high. It’s middle men. And at least for the time being, there’s no one in SoDak that processes their own milk like Burbach’s does. This time around, I got both whole milk and 1%, because it was on sale. I also picked up the Organic Valley French Vanilla half & half, as it has yet to make its way to Brookings. None of their flavored half & half has shown up around here, and until I saw that, I honestly forgot they came out with it!

Cereal was not on my list, but I thought it might come in handy next week:

Another new-to-me product, that probably won’t be in Brookings any time soon.

I also bought some ground beef, not from Cliff this time, but Moschell Farms Highland Beef. Pomegranate emailed me a coupon for 20% off any of their beef products, so I thought I’d give them a try. Plus, Highland cattle are just really cool-looking. I thought the same thing the first time I saw a Texas longhorn. I was taking pictures of the meat rather quickly, so none turned out, but I think y’all can imagine what a pound of vacuum-sealed ground beef looks like. Thanks to under-spending at Pomegranate, I was able to swing through Great Harvest:

Some dinner rolls. They were pretty cleaned out by the time we got there, but I was mainly on the hunt for some bread that would go with the tomato soup I ditched out on (again). I found Cheddar Garlic:

And a Turtle bar. They were pretty cleaned out of nut butters, so I skipped that. And I was being cheap, so I purposely avoided looking too closely at the selection that was left. I’ll probably save the Turtle bar for tomorrow, as I’m not remotely hungry right now–Jay bought lunch at Texas Roadhouse.

While we were in Sioux Falls, I made us first stop at World Market. I decided a week or two ago that I felt like doing a giveaway, but since no one’s asking me to hock their products for them, I asked Katie for a couple ideas. She mentioned that the last time she was there, World Market had out all their autumn goodies, and she suggested I put together a Fall gift basket/collection-type thing. I thought it was a neat idea, so here’s what I’m offering:

  • Kettle-Cooked Cinnamon Almonds (I kind of want to keep these for myself)
  • Pumpkin Soup Mix
  • Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Maple Pecan Bread Mix
  • Pumpkin Spice Coffee
  • Pecan Pie Coffee

I’ll bag it up all pretty-like too. So here’s how to enter: I hate blog giveaways that make you jump through a billion hoops to enter, but I also get irritated when people entering giveaways don’t follow the rules. If you want to tweet about it, or “like” my blog’s page on Facebook, I would love that, as I sometimes get dejected that I don’t have as many followers as some other blogs out there (I know, I shouldn’t let it bother me–It isn’t (and yet it is) a popularity contest), but I’m not going to make it an entry requirement. All I ask is that you leave me a comment telling me whether or not you like autumn. I personally love it–I love the crispness in air, the colors the trees turn (well, in places where there are trees, anyway…We don’t have a lot of that here on the prairie), and I love the foods associated with autumn. Pumpkin, soups, comfort foods in general. Plus, my wedding anniversary, Halloween and my birthday (Nov. 13th, if you’d like to start thinking of gift ideas for me) all fall during autumn.

Legal Disclaimer Stuff: This giveaway is hosted by me, myself and I. All the products came from World Market, on my own dime, which means anyone can enter. I’ll ship anywhere! The giveaway will be open until 6:00 PM, CST, Friday, September 23, 2011. I will randomly choose a winner, and announce it on Saturday, September 24.

So there you go. If you’d like a fun autmnal-themed bag o’ goodies, drop me a comment! Heck, even if you don’t want the fun autumnal-themed bag o’ goodies, leave me a comment anyway!