It looked like stockup time for the pantry and the freezer,so we got rollin'. First stop, oil change for new van, then down to a specialty grocery store in our old neighborhood. Great selection of quality cheeses, coffees, and cooking/baking supplies. Hit the bank for more ammunition, then over to Walgreens. This stop was actually for my youngest son. His workplace is going "smoke-free" so he is going to try and quit(again)! His mom volunteered to pay for the chemical aid for his program to the tune of $60. I'm OK with that, as long as he quits!
We then decided to head for Birds'-a country store 40 miles north of us, famed for their meat counter and deals. On Sat. this place is always packed, mostly rural types stocking up big time. You take a number for the meat counter and hope it goes fast. There was probably 20 people in front of us(remember now this place is in the middle of nowhere!)with no one buying less the $60 worth of meats! Everyone waiting is pretty amiable about it, and you end up having a conversation or two Mayberry RFD style. I got a whole boneless rib (16lb),boneless pork ribs,boston butt, and thick cut bacon. When I got home,I cut and trimmed the beef into steaks, and 1 boneless prime rib roast. I then vacuum packed it all for freezing. Alot of work, but worth it(I think!). You folks in the big cities must have a different way of dealing with supply procurement. I'd be interested to hear about it!