The two children with me clamored for a treat - they had been in the car for 2 hours and it was dinner time. Fruit snacks, a shake, "McDonald's -I'll even eat the onions" the 9 year old said. I didn't want to be an old grump and just say no, nor a wimp and just say okay; I wanted to give them an opportunity to deny themselves and delay gratification.
I offered the choice "fruit snacks now or ice cream with everyone when we get home?" They both immediately voted for ice cream at home. I was pleased to let them have a couple small scoops while the leftover pizza was heating. They could have another scoop when they had finished their supper and had some red pepper for salad. As my 5 year old boy stirred his ice cream, he looked up with a twinkle in his eye "Mom, you are the greatest!"
For storage I purchased 18 containers of a margarine blend on sale at $.70 each. The total was $12.60 with a nutritional value of 20% Vit D, 10% Vit A, 10% Vit E, 35% B6and 20% B12. It tastes excellent and should last us a year. We have gone weeks without any butter spread so we will be grateful for a small ration if I don't get to add any other butter for a while.
I also noticed a sale on 6 inch red peppers at $.60 each. My garden is not doing well so I purchased eight - three packs which will hold in refrigeration for several weeks. Peppers also freeze really well so I can dice the red peppers for additions to potato skillets, pizzas, and soups throughout the year. The peppers are an excellent source of Vit C so they are critical to a balance food storage.