Living a Healthier Life in Farmington – Bountiful Baskets

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“Mom are you pregnant?” asks my 10-year-old daughter.
“Yes, I’m five months along. NOT!”

I have known for a long time that we have needed to increase our vegetable and fruit intake for our overall health. So when my daughter makes a comment like that, it gives me a great kick in the pants to start taking some action!

Bountiful Baskets is a way that I can do that and I know that it will help other families in Farmington too.

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Look at the delicious variety! Kiwis, pomegranates, lemons, pineapple, cantaloupe, and oranges.

Here is what people are saying about Bountiful Baskets:

  • I flippin’ love it! I’m hooked! We can with it; I’ve canned carrots. I’ve made mango raspberry jam. Papaya bread is amazing! If you don’t know what to do with an item, just Google it. That is how I came to make papaya bread. Also, I eat fruits and vegetables that I normally don’t eat. -Debra Lisenbee
  • Honestly, I buy a Bountiful Basket because it is cheaper than what you can get at the grocery store. The quality is better too. I bought 40 pounds of Honey Crisp apples for $34 and they were $3.99 at the grocery store. -Angie
  • It’s affordable produce and there is an organic option. It also forces you to try new things. We tried fennel and it’s really good in some butter, cheese, and bacon. -Chara
  • We buy a Bountiful Basket because of the quality of the fruits and vegetables and because of the variety. -Heather
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A community effort. Volunteers at Heights Middle School.

Bountiful Baskets – How it works:

  • It is a co-op. The produce comes from local farmers. It is not leftover or damaged produce from large chain grocery stores.
  • You order your basket online every other Monday. Ordering starts on Monday at noon and ends until sellout or Tuesday at 10 pm. Here is the link: www.bountifulbaskets.org.
  • Pick up times for the produce: Friday at 6 or 6:20 @ Heights Middle School; 3700 College Blvd.
  • Participants must volunteer once a quarter. It’s fun to volunteer! You help distribute the produce into the baskets and meet community members.
  • This is a completely volunteer operation – which is awesome! No one is paid, not even the site coordinators. They do it for the love of community and for healthy and affordable produce.  A shout out to my sister, Melissa, and her good friend, Crystal, who brought Bountiful Baskets to Farmington. They paved the way for Kirtland and Aztec to have it too.
  • Next date to purchase: Monday, November 2nd.

If you need help ordering, click on the link for the Bountiful Baskets New Mexico Facebook page. Someone will gladly help you.

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Conclusion

If you are looking for a way to eat more healthy for you and your family but also in an affordable manner, Bountiful Baskets is the solution. Here is to happy, healthy eating in Farmington!

 

 

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I Found Delilah in Farmington!!!

I used to laugh, cry, and rock out with Delilah.

Then I moved to Farmington and I couldn’t find her. She was one of the many things that I had really missed!

The my husband found her a few months ago!!! At last, I could listen to sappy love stories, classic love songs by Rod Steward, Phil Collins, Kelly Clarkson, and all the ones that you know the words to by heart. The Phil Collins song below was the first song that came on when I streamed the Delilah show this morning. Such a great one!

Deliah is the radio personality behind the Delilah show. She is the self-proclaimed “queen of sap” and I and millions of others love her for that!

Her radio show is on at 7 p.m. on 107.9 in Farmington.

You can listen to her in the car when you are driving your son home from Scouts (like I do) or stream her radio show from home.

Happy listening!

Question: Who is your favorite radio personality? Please leave a comment on the Living in Farmington, NM Facebook page or in the comment section above. Thanks!

 

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3 Favorite Doors in Farmington

Besides God and family, it’s the little things that make me happy. I’m pretty easy to please. For instance, there are three doors in Farmington that bring a smile to my face.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

They have one of the most beautiful churches and doors in all of Farmington. It is right next to the E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center.

A work of art.

Dunkin’ Donuts

The bright pink door handle with a hole in the middle is so fun to open. It says, “Open me. You have come to the right place. Yummy doughnut treats await!”

This superhero needs a doughnut break.
This superhero needs a doughnut.

E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center

Their doors are enormous and yet they are a children’s place. My son always wants to open the door himself. It is like he is entering a gigantic gateway to fun!

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Question: What are your favorite doors in Farmington? I’ll take snapshots and post them on the Living in Farmington, NM Facebook page. Thanks for reading!

 

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Foodie Friday – Boston Cream Pie in Farmington

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Our dessert before dinner last night:)

“This cake, like um, melts in you mouth when you take a bite.” -Quote from my 10-year-old daughter

I guess I can end this post with that endorsement!

I have eaten a lot of bad cake in my life – at birthday parties, at any kind of party, at funerals, for dessert in people’s homes and those bakery cakes that look so tempting and delicious. So I know what a bad cake tastes like.

The Boston Cream Pie at Safeway is a GOOD cake (never mind the confusing title).

Here is what it is NOT:

  • Dry
  • Dense
  • Fancy
  • Sugar overkill

Here is what it IS:

  • Tender
  • Light, melt-in-your-mouth quality
  • Not dry!
  • Delicious fudgy chocolate frosting that’s not too bitter for the kids
  • Unassuming and plain in decoration

This cake is not earth-shattering delicious, but it is a GOOD cake. It still has the power to impress. It’s perfect to serve at your book club, take to a dinner party, or have for dessert in Farmington.

I hope you buy this cake and try it!

  • Price: $10.99 (It’s on sale this week for $5.99.)
  • Safeway 3540 East Main Street or 730 West Main Street

Question: Where do you like to buy your cake in Farmington? Please leave a comment up above or on the Living in Farmington, NM Facebook page. Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Have You Tried The #5?

Breakfast burrito from Blake's Lotaburger
The #5 in all its delicousness without the hashbrowns.

We, New Mexicans, have a love affair with our breakfast burritos. The #5 at Blake’s Lotaburger is one of the best. It takes breakfast burritos to a whole new level of deliciousness.

I didn’t even know this burrito existed until last week. Now, it is the breakfast that I dream about having every morning.

I even asked my neighbor about it who has lived here twenty plus years. We are both big fans of Blake’s. He didn’t even know about it. We both have never thought about ordering anything other than the #1 or #2.

What makes this breakfast burrito different is that it has a layer of the creamiest refried beans along with the standard fillings – 2 eggs, cheese, bacon or sausage, and green or red chile sauce. Who would have thought? It is so good. I hope you try it.

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If you go:

  • For the best flavor, I order mine without the hashbrowns; otherwise, it mostly tastes like potatoes.
  • The green chile sauce in it is HOT. If you are new and haven’t developed a high heat tolerance (don’t worry, you will), you can order it without or in a seperate container.
  • Cost: $4.29 + tax.
  • The #3 is the same burrito without meat. It costs $3.79.
  • You can order breakfast until 11 a.m.

Question:

Where do you buy your favorite breakfast burrito?

 

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A Sweet Cheap Treat in Farmington

Orange Creamsicles.
Orange Creamsicles.

Eating cold treats on hot, summer days is part of what summer is all about. I’m excited to tell you about these sweet, cheap treats.

Summer tends to be my craziest time of year! All summer, I play mommy chauffeur as I drive my kids to the pool, summer classes through the city and college, playdates with cousins and friends, and the list goes on.

Frequently on the drive home from these activities, we like to stop and buy ice cream at 7-2-11. There is always a month long sale on one of their ice cream varieties. This month’s sale is for orange creamsicles – 4 for $1.00. Yep, you read that right. 4 for $1.00!

Advertisment for creamsicles.

We find that eating ice cream together is a great way to relax after an activity and to enjoy a cold treat.

If you go to 7-2-11:

  1. You need to buy 4 to get the deal. If you only have 1 child, you might have to eat the other three:)
  2. You still have until the end of June to buy these! But, there is always a special on an ice cream treat.

My kids eating ice cream.

 

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