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Free Bread

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The other day I was at the Mission Mart and there was a whole pallet of bread products in the corner by the front door. It is donated by all the Paneras and Great-Harvest bread places in town; since there is a homeless shelter next to the Mission Mart that is financed by sales from this resale shop, it is logical for food to get sent here. I asked the manager how much the bread was, and she said "Oh, it's free! Take all you want!" So, 5 kids, one income, 2 house payments, and daughter's band trip and Christmas to pay for, I was all over that! I filled the back of my van with 8 dozen bagels, 3 bags of dinner rolls, and about 6 loaves of bread. It is amazing, good bread, too. Last night we had a loaf of rye with our chicken vegetable soup, and the night before we had French bread with our crab gumbo. It's probably not the most Spark-friendly fare, but this past week I chose feeding the family affordably over "quality fuel".

This morning one of my biking friends posted a recipe on fb for an overnight kale salad. It called for champagne vinegar, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds, among a whole list of other stuff that I simply can't afford to buy. Really? I have to eat like that in order to lose weight? I simply can't afford to! I also dropped the Jingle Bell 5K idea today for lack of the $35 to sign up. I want to do all this stuff, I just can't afford to do it in the same way that most people do it.

Sorry, but maybe I'm feeling a little discouraged today. :(

Well, after church today, my daughter and I are heading to Comlara Park, where there is an off-road bike trail. It is beautiful weather outside! But too windy for a road ride, so we're going to ride in the woods today. If I can get through this trig homework then I'll be in business.
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  • CMBELISLE
    Free is free - sometimes you do what you have to do. I'd rather have a full belly from free food than an empty belly.

    Our economy sucks and I don't see it getting better any time in the near future. We will all be doing the best we can to make sure there is food on the table. Hang in there!
    1483 days ago
  • ON2VICTORY
    HUGS... check your goodies... sent you a note....
    1484 days ago
  • CONFUSEDBIRD
    35 mph winds at the jingle bell, I have a feeling opting out was a GREAT idea lol Especially since it's in the middle of nowhere and u would be sucking wind. Last time I did it like 2 yrs ago it was miserably windy as well. That is great about the bread! Bread is so filling and can really go a long way.
    1485 days ago
  • LYNNA1968
    I'm with you! I substitute where I can but to pay is insanity. The situation so many are in is sad. Its so nice to see companies donating instead of overcharging. Stay strong!
    1485 days ago
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    1485 days ago
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