January 28, 2012

Bountiful baskets

Have you heard of it?  Bountiful Baskets?

It's a grassroots food co-op made up of all volunteers where you contribute $15 a week and get a basket of fresh fruits and veggies. 

A few friends have mentioned it and this week I finally tried it. 

It's pretty darn amazing.  For $15 I got a HAUL!

The organization asks that people volunteer when they can unloading the delivery truck, putting food in baskets, breaking down boxes, etc.  Since yesterday was my first time I wanted to just observe, but I will volunteer in the future. 

There were so many people there both helping and waiting for their basket!  That line wrapped around the gym.  There's only so many baskets available for each pick up site so you have to move quick to get your basket reserved online.  My friend Candice said her town's site will sell out in 10 minutes! 

And take a look at what all we got!  Each week is a surprise.  I was certainly surprised by the amount you get!

Now, to figure out what to do with all the lettuce.  We'll be eating a lot of salads this week, which, I guess it the point, right?

January 26, 2012

Poster child

We call Lulu our poster child for puppy nutrition.
She loves getting her teeth brushed.

She loves getting a bath.  (Until recently.  She was very hesitant of the shower the last time.)

And she loves, as in, begs for and wolfs down any kind of fruit or vegetable you'll hand her.

Any kind.

It started several months ago when she was a lil' pup.  I was eating an orange and she was sitting at my feet trying as hard as she could to sniff and lick it.  I thought, "How funny, a dog that wants an orange.  Yeah...we'll see how she really likes it," and gave her a half a slice.

She snarfed it and begged for more. 


I gave her the other half.


Then it became a game for us.  The "Let's See What Our Dog Will Eat" game! 

Turns out it includes: strawberries, blueberries, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, raspberries, she's licked horseradish - HORSERADISH - off of Todd's hands and begged for more!  If I drop a tomato chunk on the floor it's gone.  Same with a flying piece of onion or garlic - I can hardly beat her to it. (Though we have to be careful with that because onions and grapes can apparently cause renal failure in dogs, according to the American Kennel Club.)  I'm a messy cook. 

The list keeps going.  If you have a fruit in hand she will be there begging.  Rigby, on the other hand, won't touch them with a 10 foot pole.

One of the most surprising discoveries was Lulu's love of GRAPEFRUIT.  Yep, she loves them too.

A demonstration:

Eating the grapefruit...

Begging for more...

Purina should be knocking our door down for commercial contracts!

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