These chick peas and pinto beans are my best buy this week , for a couple of dollars you can buy this many dried beans , canned are marked up a LOT , and then theres the whole sitting in the can which is a whole other story . So this is a deeply satisfying purchase for me . My middle daughter is loving chick peas right now , just straight up in her lunch and as a snack , and the pinto beans are amazing in the crockpot , the recipe is here http://www.100daysofrealfood.com ( crockpot refried beans ) . They are so cheap and cheerful , on a homemade tortilla and so healthy .
My pricey purchases went like this , maple syrup and olives !! the same child with the chick pea appetite LOVES olives and we actually have to hide them . They are so pricey , I payed $7.50 for a small container of pitted green from the self serve . I find myself correcting my complaining when I stop and think , hmmm maybe these had to grow , be watched , be laboured over , be picked , be brined , be pitted , be imported , so in all reality !! I also noticed the maple syrup was up to $14.50 a litre , wow , its gone up again . But again , its one of gods amazing gifts to us and im thankful that theres maple syrup farmers , who have been working for generations to get this amazing sap , that literally needs cooking down from 50 to 1 !! that’s a lot of sap for not a lot of syrup , how can I complain ??
So gas prices are down , syrup prices are up , whats new ? We are into a new week and I am confident we will make it . I am having no trouble with lunches but I may need a few new ideas , I found annies bunnies on sale for $1.99 so I bought 2 , other than that , I am sticking to the basics . It looks like a lot of food , but she eats it all most days and if not she finishes on the way home . I sometimes pop a piece of licorice in the middle or a few chocolate chips . The thermos is working for yoghurt or oatmeal for morning recess and usually banana bread or fruit in the afternoon . I can highly recommend the purchase of a wide mouth thermos ( thermos brand ) for saving money on lunches , they work beautifully .