Friday, April 29, 2011

Butter Us Up! An easy idea to fix that mess of corn right up...

Growing up in Nebraska, we have a certain respect for sweet corn.  It's an abundant crop and the first picking is a yearly event we look forward to.  The sweet and salty, buttery crunch of that first bite is worth the harvesting, husking, and boiling. 

People have their own style of eating corn.  You might prefer the "typewriter" method, where you nibble kernels in horizontal straight rows.  Maybe you are a "middle of the ear" kind of person, working your way out to the ends.  Some people get creative and eat round and round, perfecting their "spiraling" method to the tippie top.

They are all different means to an end.

I am going to share a shortcut for buttering up those delicious cobs.  Now your family and friends can focus on their technique and stop fighting over passing the butter dish.  Nobody likes to wait for the butter!

Roasting ears are a treat and every year I boil dozens of them.  I don't mind preparing them, but buttering the ears one by one is a daunting task.  I gave up several years ago and found a method that works for a gathering or a large family.

Here is what you need:
  • prepared sweet corn
  • a large plastic bag, I used a freezer bag
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt

Here is what you do:
  • put the butter in your bag
  • add the sweet corn, about 4 or 5 ears at one time
  • seal the bag, letting as much steam out as possible
  • RUB the ears around in the bag with the butter
  • when the butter has melted and coated the corn, remove the ears
  • salt and serve
  • REPEAT until all the corn has been buttered
  • Place the bag in the fridge and save it for the next time you serve roasting ears

This is a simple time saver for me during the summer months.  I hope it helps you out.  Our family is traditional and we eat our ears with salt and butter.  We also lean toward the "typewriter" as our preferred method. 

How do you like to eat fresh sweet corn?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Blues

All I have seen on television and facebook are comments about the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate.  It's splashed everywhere and I live on the other side of the pond.  I am not British or able to trace my family to that island, but I can't believe how swept up the world is over one event.

I wasn't old enough to remember Prince Charles and Diana's nuptials, but I do have a set of paper dolls I picked up in the Variety store.  I played with those beautiful dolls and loved the puffy wedding dress.  I also know how that marriage really turned out. 

There is a reason all these stories end at "happily ever after".  Most love stories and fairy tales focus on catching the husband. They are intriguing, suspenseful, tense, and sometimes full of woe. They are made for drama lovers.

I am a romance junkie.

I admit to watching soap operas and consuming any romance book or movie I find.  I will even watch comic book movies, because of the tortured love interest in them.  My hubby doesn't mind and I get a little "Clois" action when we watch Smallville together. 

I am a sap at heart.

Imagine if Jane Austen wrote about married life.  I don't think Mr. Darcy would be ingrained in our culture if we read about how he never made the bed or constantly tossed his socks in the same part of the parlor every night.  No one would care.  His beloved character was even revamped for the Bridget Jones movies and newspaper series.  I have a hard time imagining a literary world where Austen's Mr. Darcy doesn't exist.  If Lizzy Bennet's story began when she married Mr. Darcy, we probably would despise her scowling uptight old man.

We are drawn to these love stories, but we don't want the "reality" of life after the wedding.  A lot of us know what awaits our heroines on the other side of the veil...

So, here's to the happy royal couple:  I do wish them happiness and a lifetime full of love.  I hope Prince William takes out the trash and helps with diaper duty.  I hope Kate doesn't mind if her new husband forgets to grab a loaf of bread on his way home, because an urgent matter at the palace happened to pop up.  I hope Kate didn't fall in love with him only after she saw his "palace". 

Here's to all of us:  THAT we all find our prince and build our castle on true love and hard work.

Tonight, I will celebrate the big royal bash with a movie marathon of NORTH AND SOUTH and PERSUASION.  This is a perfect time to introduce my boys to a few of my favorite stories.  I am sure there will be balking and revolting, but I can be the queen for one night.  I might even throw Hugh Grant in as Daniel Clever from a Bridget Jones' flick.  I won't don a hat or dine on tea and crumpets, but my heart will be in Britain vicariously by BBC miniseries as I rule over the television remote.  Mr. Thornton is calling my name...

How will you celebrate the royal wedding?  Do you even care?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Is Daycare Like Prison?

The other day I had to confiscate a "homemade" weapon from an 8 year old.  His shank was fashioned out of maple bark, duck tape, and a small cardboard scrap.  Overall, his efforts were very creative and did earn him some appreciation.  BUT, being the adult, I still had to take away his piece.

Someone asked me if I worked in a prison.  No, I don't work in a prison.  The picture above shows a few of the daycare boys during an outing to the pumpkin patch. They certainly had no qualms about being put behind bars.  I laughed it off- until I thought about how daycare and prison share a lot of similarities. 

I guess that would make me the warden...

Here are just a few observations:

  • I allow certain privileges for good behavior. 
  • I have broken up a brawl once or twice when the children don't get along. 
  • We have come close to a riot once or twice when they didn't want beets for lunch. 
  • I use solitary punishment in the form of timeouts when my "inmates" are a danger to the others. 
  • I serve lunch cafeteria style and they are each responsible for scraping their own plates. 
  • I have a "lights out" time for naps. 
  • I control the television and regulate the hours they get to watch. 
  • We have daily exercise or outside time that is closely monitored by the "warden".
  • Occasionally, I have someone who doesn't respect authority and tries to push the limit.
  • I notice certain "gang" affiliations-  two year olds stick together and so do the four year olds.
  • On occasion I find contraband items in their pockets-  candy, sticks, rocks, etc.
  • Mail time is exciting-  we never know what we will receive in the mail.
  • We look forward to visitors and going home.  We miss our parents!
  • We learn from our mistakes.
I may not be cut out for being a true "warden".  I love to tickle bare toes and giggle at silly knock-knock jokes.  These were written in good fun, but there are also a lot of differences.  Here is some good news:

  • An obvious difference is that we don't sport mandatory orange jumpers. Orange clashes with my red hair and the striped uniforms don't flatter my hips, so I have forgone the dress code. We wear play clothes or dress up in old prom dresses, cowboy hats, and Halloween costumes that express how we feel that day.
  • We sing songs, play games, explore our environments, and create art. 
  • We look forward to rhyming words and counting cheerios. 
  • We play with blocks and cars. 
  • Sandboxes are still magical.
  • We all want to be fire fighters or princesses when we grow up. 
  • Snack time is the best part of the afternoon, especially if cupcakes are involved.
  • Reading books aloud is a fun way to pass the morning.
I could go on and on with my list. 

All these items basically come down to two key ideas:

  • One, structure and consistency are needed in any environment. 

  • Second, nurturing and learning in a safe environment produce amazing educational opportunities.

What do you think?

Homemade Tomato Soup

One of my family's favorite meals is a timeless classic:  Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Today it was cloudy and dreary.  A perfect day to whip up some soup and warm yourself up on the insides. I am a busy person, especially at lunch time.  The children want fed and they don't want to wait. 

I despise opening can after can of soup.  My fingers ache and I end up cussing out the poor can opener.  That poor utensil has heard more four letter words than a sailor, but what am I supposed to do?  Doesn't tomato soup only come in cans?

I had an "aha" moment one day when I was reading a book series titled Emma's Gift written by Leisha Kelly.  In one of the books, a young man whips up tomato soup.  DUH!  Why didn't I think of this sooner?  I must have really believed that Campbell's was the only place to get tomato soup from.  SO I googled and finagled a recipe that I could easily turn out.

I have to say that it's easier than opening 5 cans of soup, cheaper, and everyone can get their fill.  I even prefer my version to the can.

Here is what you need:
  • 1 large can tomato juice (I have used homemade tomato juice from my garden also!)
  • Almost 1 large can water-  just use the same can the tomato juice came in
  •  1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 diced large onion or 1/4 cup dried onion
Here is what you do:

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter.  Add your onion, salt, pepper, and flour.  You may need to adjust the seasonings to suit your family's tastes.  Brown for a bit.

  • Add the tomato juice and whisk.
  • Add the can of water.  You may also like to use milk.  We prefer water.  It all depends on your family's taste buds.

  • Whisk and bring to a boil.  Stir constantly and watch it thicken.  Let it cook for a few minutes. 

  • Serve warm.  You can add sour cream, croutons, crackers, or eat plain.  We enjoy it with warm grilled cheese! 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Redneck Weapon

Here is my attempt at Wordless Wednesdays

You Might Be A Redneck If...  your children construct weapons out of duck tape and sticks.

I comphiscated this off an 8 year old the other day.  He made it at home with duck tape and collected tree bark from my maple trees.  Naturally, he had to show me his creation.  I do have to give him credit for originality-  this is a step up from the tinfoil and cardboard swords we used to make. 

He wasn't too keen on the idea that I wouldn't let him play with it...

Spring In A Crock

I was shopping the other day picking up dish detergent and band-aids when I noticed the greenhouse was open and ready for business.  This April weather has been insane and our last snow melted less than a week ago.  I was craving flowers and blossoms.  Naturally, I had to meander through the tent and look upon the first offerings of spring.

There were not a lot of choices, but they were better than nothing.  I stumbled upon these little white chrysanthemums and couldn't resist.  Chrysanthemums are resilient little guys and they remind me of several stories I read growing up.  Plus, I wanted to see if my boys could spell the word...

So I adopted a few and took them home with me.  I picked out a few little blue buds to set off the white blossoms.

I had nowhere to plant our newest additions.  My garden hasn't been tilled and I am not sure if the threat of frost is behind us.  I remembered an old Redwing crock I bought at an auction last summer.  I got it for a steal, because of the crack.  I don't mind a little character and it makes a perfect little planter.  It's the little crock that could!

Momentarily, I got to play in the dirt and plant something.  A tantalizing taste of spring. 

Have you planted anything yet?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sour Milk? Make Cake!

I have managed to use up most of the sour milk in my fridge this past week.  I had one last ditch effort before Easter.  I needed the fridge space- so I whipped up the world's greatest chocolate cake.  Well, at least in my world...

This is my favorite recipe of my Grandmother's.  It's the perfect chocolate cake and is a very reliable recipe.  It's moist, uniform, and chocolaty delicious.  Grandma has it earmarked in the old 4-H cookbook from the 60's.  I remember the race home after school to just "stop in" to visit my grandparents and look if Grandma had been baking.

My Grandparents lived two blocks away from us and operated the old "motor court"; which are more commonly known as a motel.  I would walk the "long" way home to follow the railroad tracks and drop in.  It was a real treat to find some chocolate cake waiting.

Sour Milk Chocolate Cake Recipe:
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup sour milk
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup BOILING water

First you cream the shortening and sugar, add the eggs and stir.  Slowly add the milk, soda, etc. Add flour and mix 3 minutes.  Finally, add the boiling water and blend until mixed.  Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan.  Bake at 35o degrees for 35 minutes, but my Grandmother says to test it before removing.  Occasionally, it needs a few more minutes to bake the center.

My favorite way to frost this cake is with a simple chocolate frosting.

What is your favorite recipe you have been handed down?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Creamed Eggs Over Toast

After my last posts, you probably already know that I am counting on having a bountiful supply of leftover Easter eggs.  This is my husband's contribution. 

This is one of his favorite breakfast dishes from when he was growing up in rural Oregon.  His mother would make it on a regular basis for him.  Naturally, when we were first married, he requested me to make this wonderful dish.

I dialed up his mother and asked her for the recipe.  She told me this:

"Make a cream sauce, add your eggs, and serve it over toast."

Sounds simple, right?

She failed to mention that you use hard boiled eggs. 

I served my husband something that resembled a cross between egg drop soup and scrambled eggs.  To his credit, he ate it and didn't complain.  He even complimented me on originality.

After that little mishap, I strived to make it right. 

Here is what you do:
  • peel and slice 6 HARD BOILED eggs
  • make a basic cream sauce  *see a recipe in comments!
  • combine the eggs and sauce
  • heat all the way through
  • serve over toast

Sounds simple?  LOL  Just remember to boil your eggs first.

Do you have a similar "newlywed" story that involved the kitchen?  I know my cousins do...

Nebraska Product Giveaway!

Here it is. 

A wonderful package of goodies from my favorite home state:  Nebraska!

I have some amazing goodies for a lucky winner.  I am still waiting to receive a few products from companies and individuals, but I will add those to the kitty as I get them.  Are you excited?

All you need to do is leave a comment below, make sure I can e-mail you or find your e-mail from your profile.  The contest winners will be announced July 6th!
To gain additional entries make sure you leave me feedback or messages that say you completed the extra entry.  I will check, but I want to make sure I get every entry.  Please do one or more of the following:
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Here are a few of the amazing products waiting to be sent to a lucky reader:

  • Baker's Candies Melt-Aways      
One VERY lucky person will receive these amazing gourmet chocolates.  It's been a battle convincing my children that they cannot have them.  Our family LOVES these!

Here is a link to their website.  Please stop by and check them out.

  • Kool-Aid packets of assorted flavors.  Did you know that a favorite staple for a lot of children was invented in Nebraska?

  • A bottle of Dorothy Lynch salad dressing will be included also!  This is a wonderful salad dressing that can be used for a lot of recipes that don't involve lettuce...

  • Stay tuned for more to come! 

'Tis The Hard Boiled Egg Season- Deviled Egg Dip

When the smell of vinegar and warm eggs fill the house- It's definitely Easter!  Our family loves to dye eggs.  We have a long standing Easter tradition to dye dozens of eggs.  It's fun to relax for an hour and create beautiful eggs worthy of snuggling in your Easter basket.  Our table is filled with crayons, tape, dyes, old towels, and string.  We sit, laugh, and tell stories of Easter past as we design our eggs destined for egg hunts and centerpieces. 

After the egg hunts, what do you do with all those eggs?

Here is a simple, easy way to make deviled eggs without all the prep time.  I like to serve this dip with classic saltine or snack crackers.  The kids enjoy this treat.

Whip up a batch of Deviled Egg Dip!
Here is what you need:
  • a blender or we use a Ninja  
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar (depends on your tastes)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 6 boiled eggs
  • paprika
Here is what you do:
  • crack and peel your eggs
  • place the eggs in your blender
  • chop them or pulsate for a minute or so-  you want it a little chunky
  • add your seasonings, mayo, and mustard
  • mix for a bit, just until everything is coated
  • spoon into a serving bowl, sprinkle with paprika, and chill
Here's how to serve this dip:
  • Dish up onto crackers/toast triangles or serve them already "plated". 
  • Use crackers to dip.

Easter eggs are great for snacking and are actually versatile in the kitchen.  Do you have any tips for using all those eggs up?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Liven Up Your Egg Hunts...Farm Critters

One of the highlights of Easter for our family is the annual Easter egg hunt the Legion Auxiliary holds in the park.  I grew up in "the trenches" of Legion and Auxiliary functions always helping my parents and the ladies organizing events.  The egg hunt was the best!

Back in my day, we actually used real eggs.  The ladies boiled and boiled eggs, while the girls rushed to the Legion Hall after school and dyed the multitude of eggs.  We always had our choice of colors.  There was never a shortage of old butter dishes filled with vinegar, dye, and hot water spread on the tables. 

After all the eggs were colored and labeled, we were sent home. Then on Saturday morning, bright and early, we would head to the city park and hide all those eggs!  The hiding part wasn't bad, but then we had to sit and guard those little ovals until the hunt started.

If you are tired of the same kind of egg hunt, try these little guys out.  We made these farm critters out of simple items and I plan on filling them with special treats for the kids.  They look really cute nestled in the grass!

Here is what you need:

  • pictures of farm animals-  I printed them off my computer.  I used some real photos and a few black and white coloring pages so the children could help personalize them.
  • small boxes-  You could use yogurt cups or soap boxes.
  • glue
  • scissors
  • crayons, markers, etc.
Here is what you do:
  • Choose your favorite animals, print, color, and cut the animals out.  You will want to cut around the head, but leave a base wide enough to cover the edge of the box.  We decorated it like grass and added rocks, flowers, worms, and leaves.  My son insisted on using a frog-  Get creative! 

  • Glue your animal to a box. 

  • When they are dry, fill with candy or small treats!  The nice thing about this size of a box is the variety of items that will fit inside. 

  • Hide your little critters among the grass and surprise the children with realistic looking animals!  It was raining here, so I displayed them on our piano.  These are a big hit around our house.

Finally, have fun!

Easy Croissants

The kids and I decided to roll up some treats today and make croissants.  I can freeze them for Easter and I was craving a warm buttery treat! 

I remember my first real croissant.  I got my initial taste on a trip with my parents.  We ate breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel, sadly I think I just dated myself.  This was pre-circa continental breakfasts that are now common.  This happened long ago when the waitress still handed everyone a lovely brown plastic glass filled with ice water when you were seated. 

I am not a big breakfast fan.  I don't enjoy pancakes and eggs on a daily basis.  Give me some Cheerios and I am a happy camper.  The restaurant didn't serve hamburgers at 8 a.m., so I whittled away at my parents until they let me order a croissant.

It was buttery, steamy, and flaky.  Probably the best one I have ever had.  After that morning, I always grab one if they are available. 

Last year I stumbled upon a recipe in an old cookbook for croissants.  I have tweaked it a little so I can cheat and use my bread machine.  Doing it this way takes a good portion of the labor out of the recipe.  I haven't achieved amazing flaky croissants, but they are still full of buttery goodness.

Croissant Recipe:
*put ingredients in order listed, but you don't have to use a machine!

  • 1 3/4 cups warm milk
  • 1 1/4 cups diced butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages dry yeast
Use your dough setting on your bread machine. 

Place the dough on a floured surface and knead several times.  Split the dough into 4 sections, to make working with the dough a bit easier.

Roll each section into a circle about 12 inches wide.  Use a pizza cutter and slice, like a pie, about 10 triangles.

Roll each triangle up.  Start at the wide base and roll them up toward the point.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and curve them gently.

Cover and let rise until doubled.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes.  When they are done baking, remove from pan and rub down with butter.  Let cool if you can!

These little twists are perfect with any meal or just a snack.  I plan on using them to dress up our Easter dinner.

Do you have any special breakfast treats you love? 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sour Milk? Make Pancakes...

A week ago I unearthed a forgotten gallon of milk and needed to do something with it.  Now it has "cured" and I was armed with a few recipes.  I hate to waste anything, but I was lucky that my Grandma has taught me a few tricks over the years. 

A lot of recipes call for sour milk.  I run across recipes every now and then, but I forget about them.  I do have a few tried and true recipes that I pull out from my cookbook.

One of the recipes I love to use has been handed down from my Great Grandma Esther.  It was probably passed down to her from her mother and her mother before that.  You get the point. 

My Great Gandma was born at the turn of the century and raised 12 children on a farm in rural Nebraska.  She weathered the Great Depression and sending her sons off to World War II.  She had endured a lot over her years.  She played basketball when it wasn't the norm and could make the keys of a piano waltz.  She also knew how to feed a crew of hungry farm kids.

Here is my Great Grandmother Esther's Pancake Recipe:
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 cups Sour milk
  • 2 tablespoons Melted margarine or butter
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the liquids.  Stir until the lumps are gone, but don't overstir. 

Our family likes to add a dash of vanilla to the batter.  We also endulge our palate by adding chocolate chips, blueberries, and strawberries to the batter if we are feeling creative.

Heat a greased skillet or griddle.  Test the temperature by dripping water onto the hot surface.  Your pan is ready when the water "dances". 

I use a cookie scoop to make small pancakes, but you can pour or ladel the batter onto the skillet.  When the pancakes are full of bubbles, flip over and wait a few seconds.  Serve warm with butter and syrup.

I make a lot of pancakes and freeze the leftovers.  The boys just take out one in the morning and zap it for 30 seconds in the microwave.  It's a wonderful time saver and the boys get a warm breakfast before school.

How do you like to eat your pancakes?

Buttoned Up Easter Fun!

I am just beginning to ready my house for Easter.  I have an influx of family heading this way soon and I haven't mopped one floor!  I did rummage up a few of the baskets and goodies to decorate the house a bit. 

I attempted to display some plastic eggs, but the boys and their friends decided to wage an egg war in the living room.  Needless to say, I am now left without any intact eggs.  I have only reclaimed three halves!

This is my feeble attempt at Wordless Wednesday-  I can't go wordless.  It's an easy craft idea!

My neighbor provided us with a basket several years ago brimming with goodies for the boys.  I don't know if she made it or found it at a craft fair.  It is a simple way to dress up a boring Easter basket into a pretty little number.  It's an extreme makeover edition for your drabby baskets.

Here is what you need:
  1. a basket
  2. white or light pastel spray paint
  3. colorful buttons
  4. hot glue or craft glue
Paint your basket and glue the buttons around the outside.  This is a cheap way to update your old baskets!

Do you reuse baskets at Easter or buy new ones each year?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April Showers Bring... SNOW!

THESE pictures were taken a few years ago during a nice "April Shower".  Today, it's April 19th and I am losing hope in seeing spring.  It's snowing once again-  we were hit on the 15th with a good dose of winter.  We accumulated over 6 inches of heavy wet snow.  It only stuck around for a couple of days, but it's the principle of the matter. 

I know we have had snow during late April before, but I am ready for balmy days where I can hang out laundry and open the windows.  These pictures of my son and a friend playing in the rain cheer me up!  April showers brought May flowers and mud that year. 

Snow is now starting to be categorized into "the" four letter word arena.

I want to be singing in the rain and prancing in puddles.  What do you want to do today?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Married To A Player?

I am married to a player.  He is always chasing the newest and greatest models, but he still loves HER. 

Here is my rival-  she's not much younger than I am.  We might even be the same age.  She is his newest member of the harem in the mancave.  He has several gals already, but he's a collector and has a soft spot for the wayward Atari.

I can understand his fascination.  She's ready for action at a moment's notice and let's him play with her knobs for hours.  She is able to reset with a switch of a button.  She's open, just waiting for him to stick in a cartridge.  He never hears the word no and occasionally he gets to slap her on the backside to get the kinks worked out.  He doesn't mind her bleeps and blips, in fact he is fascinated by her simplicity. 

What am I to do?  Are there any books available on how to deal with this "other" woman?  Advice?

20 Pounds of Brown Sugar...

One of my favorite book series is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I also adore the Anne movies that Sullivan Entertainment has put out through the years. 

One of my favorite scenes in the movie is where Matthew lovingly wants to buy Anne a "puffed sleeve" dress.  He's too shy and embarrassed to openly admit he wants to buy a dress.  He orders a rake, 20 pounds of brown sugar, and inquires about hay seed before he mentions the dress. 

Later, when he returns home, we get a scene of his sister Marilla scooping sugar and muttering, "20 pounds of brown sugar..."

Here's my "brown sugar" moment:

Yes-  that's a lot of jell-o...

My hubby was in town running errands so I asked him to stop by the grocery store to pick up a COUPLE packs of jell-o to fix for our sick guy.  I never imagined he would clear the shelves!  Ugh.  I now have a drawer filled with 30 boxes of jell-o. 

I am sitting here muttering, "30 boxes of jell-o..."

I should have known better.  Every time I send him to the store for something he either brings home 10 of the items I rattled off or he forgets them completely. 

I have learned through countless experiences that he needs a list.  A specific list! 

One time the poor guy actually found me a 4 pound turkey.  A 4 POUND TURKEY!  I meant 4 pounds of ground turkey.  To his credit, I have not encountered a 4 pound turkey in all my years grocery shopping.  How long did it take for him to scour through all those frozen turkeys?

Have you had a similar "20 pounds of brown sugar" moment?  How does your husband do grocery shopping?