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A Little Help From The Store…..

If y’all know anything about me, it’s that I love to cook and like to make it all myself as a general rule.  Well, you know what?  Life gets in the way sometimes!  And when it does, it’s awfully nice to have something in the freezer that will let you slap dinner on the table in a matter of minutes.

A month or so ago, I was traveling.  Imagine that!  When I travel for work and have any downtime, I explore grocery stores.  It’s a sickness really.  But I usually find some nifty treasure I’ve never found before in my local Podunk grocery stores.  So about a month ago, I wandered into a Publix and sauntered around for a bit.  I can’t even begin to tell you all the wonderful treasures I packed my cooler with!  I ALWAYS carry a cooler with me because you never know when you might find a tasty morsel that MUST go home with you.  It begs really! 

I found THIS in the freezer section:

And it begged to come home with me.  It knew it would have a much better life in MY freezer than that wicked cold, unloving home it had in the freezer section of Publix.  So brought it home, I did!  And it thanked me profusely!

I’ve spent the last couple of days driving back and forth to Paris, TN.  That’s no short haul, let me tell you.  I made it home Monday night about 7:45.  My sweet SIL had dinner ready when I rolled in.  But yesterday, I managed to make it to my house by “quitting time” around 4:30.  I had a Tequila Lime Turkey Tenderloin that I slapped on the grill.  I threw together some Cilantro Lime Rice, although last night, it was actually more like, um, Lime Rice because I had no fresh cilantro.  But I digress.

Then I remembered my haul from Publix in the freezer.  And I yanked it out and nuked it.  It smelled insanely delish!  Now, could I have MADE the Corn and Black Beans instead of opening a bag?  Sure I could’ve.  I had corn in the cabinet.  I had black beans in the cabinet.  I had onions and I had tomatoes.  I *could* have made it myself.  But I had one ankle-biter going to church for an event and one ankle-biter who had a ballgame to play in.  We were about to have to split in a zillion different directions to make the rest of the evening happen.  I didn’t have time to open cans, peel and chop onions, peel, seed and chop tomatoes, dig spices out of the cabinet, etc.  I needed quick and I needed easy!  So the Corn and Black Beans jumped straight out of the freezer and straight into a microwave dish. 

AB1 made it to church on time for his event.  AB2 made it to the ballfield for batting practice before the game.  And all was well with the world!  AB2 WON, by the way!  GO RONNIE SMITH CHEVROLET!!!!  Not that that has a THING to do with this post.

Here’s what this post is about…….sometimes help from the store is a good thing!  And that little bag of mixed corn and black beans was WONDERFUL!  I actually opened 2 bags.  There was probably only 2 little spoonfuls left in the dish.  That’s it!  And only 5 of us ate.  AB1 ate pizza at church.  So if he’d been here, we would’ve knocked out 2 whole bags of that stuff in one meal!  It was amazing!  Go buy some NOW!  :o)

Alright, that’s my tip for the day!  Sometimes we need a little help from the freezer section.  And this was great help to have!  Have a great day!


4 Responses

  1. This is always in my freezer! We throw it in the crockpot with salsa and BSCB and yumm instant dinner when paired with rice.

  2. hummm, wondering if I can find it in our area…will definetly have to check it out, it looks wonderful!


  4. standardization says : I absolutely agree with this !

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