Greetings from Colorado! It has been a busy last few days getting everything squared away and ready for our week-long trip to Snowmass. Yesterday I was up bright and early doing some last-minute packing. I made sure to pack plenty of food, since grocery prices out here are redonkulous. Here’s everything I stuffed into my laptop backpack carry on:
Oatmeal packets, peanut butter packets, popcorn, larabars, two apples that didn’t want to get left behind, a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread I had in the freezer, a slice of whole wheat bread from Panera, and Juice Plus tablets. I somehow managed to stuff it all in as Steve looked at me like a crazy person.
Once we were at the gate in Milwaukee, I busted out some breakfast.
I smeared a pb packet on the Panera bread and chowed down on my two little apples. Score for not buying overpriced airport breakfast. During our layover in Denver, I just happened to remember that there was a frozen yogurt stand right on our very concourse. What was I to do?
Double dutch chocolate frozen yogurt with heath topping. Don’t worry, I also had a banana. The banana I bought had a huge bruise, which really bummed me out. So I took it back, and they gave me another banana and let me keep the first one. I threw away the bruised part, ate the rest, and had another banana left over. Score again! Can you tell I like to save money and get a deal whenever possible? It’s the little things.
We got into Aspen right on time, and the in-laws happened to be at the airport dealing with their rental car, so we hitched a ride to the condo that we are all sharing. After dropping our stuff off, we headed out to City Market to do some grocery shopping. I love staying in a condo with a kitchen, because we can buy a bunch of food to cook here and save a buttload on going out to eat every night.
I got a bunch of fruit, mass quantities of broccoli, carrots, green pepper, and sweet potatoes that eluded photographs and went straight into the oven to be roasted, lots of snacks, and this baby:
I went to grab my usual Almond Breeze almond milk, when I spotted a lone carton of Silk PureCoconut. I actually had no idea that Silk was coming out with a coconut milk, and I decided to live on the edge and give it a try. Usually I find the coconut milk that comes in a carton to be watery and tasteless, but I have to say this is really yummy! I had a small glass straight up with a piece of chocolate cake last night and loved it. It is a little bit thicker and has a definite coconut flavor. Not overpowering, but definitely there. I probably wouldn’t use this for every day cooking, but definitely in baked goods and other sweet stuff. I can’t wait to make my oatmeal with it this morning.
Funny side note: last night my mother-in-law went to pour herself a glass of milk to go with her cake. As she was about to take a sip, I hear “Oh my gosh I am so sorry! I was about to drink your…um…coconut milk?” I told her she was welcome to it, but she declined.
Of course no grocery trip could be complete without some treats.
Steve was definitely the instigator of this. As if we really need candy with all of the treats we will be consuming this week. Oh wait, yes we do. Have you ever tried a 5th Avenue bar? Me neither, but it is described as Crunchy Peanut Butter in a Rich, Chocolatey Coating. Yes please!
Last night I fell asleep watching a movie, just as I would have had we been at home. I didn’t sleep too well with the skin-cracking dryness to the air here. We have had the humidifier running 24/7, and I still woke up with a sore throat and crusty nose. I got up at what I thought was 6:30, only to come out to the kitchen and find that it was actually 5:30. Somehow my husband set the bedroom clock ahead by an hour, so here I am, blogging by myself in the dark. It’s ok though, I have some strong coffee by my side, and it looks like it snowed a few inches last night. Once everyone else is up, we’ll hit the mountain!