We went to Sam's first and Sophie was angling for samples once she saw the first stand. We didn't see anything worth stopping for, but we weren't in the food section for very long. I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed by the lack of Halloween items this year. Maybe we just went too late. You would think a week before Halloween there would still be more Halloween than Christmas merchandise on the floor, but that wasn't the case. I grabbed two basic bags of candy and still have some non-candy items I picked up on clearance last year, so I'll mix it all in the bucket.
After our quick (and amazingly inexpensive) trip to Sam's, we stopped at the Container Store. B put the kibosh on my stacking laundry basket idea (he didn't like the way they felt), so now we have this huge gap to fill in the laundry room. I'm thinking perhaps a drying rack of some sort, or the ironing board, or maybe even a rack of some sort for the mops and brooms. I just don't want that room to get all dirty and gross. We did pick up a few things while at the Container Store, but mostly we picked up ideas. B is working on moving the computers to the bedroom (long story about an involved project to be a separate post at a later time) and he was being inspired by the shelving. I want to figure out a way to organize the pantry better, so I was being inspired by the various containers and shelving and drawer systems. This store is one of the more dangerous stores I patronize, so we don't go very often.
For dinner, we ate at Central Market, since we were going to do our shopping there anyhow. Sophie decided to be a turkey at dinner, and she didn't really mellow until we got in the car. I hate it when she does that, but I'm also pretty sure it's because we were all tired. She was fine once we got home. While at Central Market, we picked up two pie pumpkins and enough Granny Smith apples for a pie. I plan to freeze both the apple slices and the pumpkins after I puree them. We also picked up most of the flavors of the Nature's Path Toaster Pastries. They are SO much better than Pop Tarts. I can even eat these not toasted. Sophie loves them. We picked up a few other things, a spaghetti squash (will need to find a good recipe), some Revolution tea bags in a variety of flavors (great for tea at work since it's almost as good as loose leaf but not nearly as messy), some pomegranates (I'm so glad they're in season again!), and seedless red grapes (they're huge!). There were other things purchased, but who cares about the whole grocery list, really?
I'm pretty excited about being able to freeze the apples and pumpkin puree. I want a bigger freezer and about a week off work. I could get most of my holiday baking prep out of the way and make it so much easier when the time comes to actually do the baking. I haven't decided if I'm going to save the pumpkin seeds for planting or for roasting. I also haven't decided if I'm going to make whole pumpkin pies or if I'm going to make Pumpkin Pie Bites. Decisions, decisions!