Monday, May 9, 2011

Jicama, Zumba & Being a Mama

Above is the offering by the Bountiful Baskets co-op this past Saturday. Every week, there are numerous locations in 12 states that participate in this program. It's only $15! You can upgrade your "basket" to all organic for $10 more, and they even have add-ons of fresh herbs, breads, and specialty items. With it just being me and the hubby right now, we probably only need to grab a basket every 2-3 weeks. This is a lot to go through for us, because you never know each week what you are going to get, but once I get more familiar with incorporating it into our meals, we may been to go every week! $60 a month on fresh fruits and veggies isn't bad at ALL!

Of course, in this basket is something I never had before, and never heard of! JICAMA!! It's part of the legume family, also called a Mexican turnip, and eaten as a vegetable either raw or boiled. Since I was new to this food, I looked up some recipes, and it seems it's very popular to use in salads, slaw or just cut up and eaten raw on it's own. I'm going to try this quick little 10 minute recipe I found, where you just cut it up into french fry type sticks and toss in red pepper and lime juice.

I found out about the co-op through a couponing blog I frequent called CouponTeach. The hubby and I went to a free class last week, and learned a lot. I also "adopted" the Air Force base in Spangdahlem, Germany to send all my unused and expired coupons to through the Overseas Coupon Program. They are able to use expired coupons at their base BX/Commissaries. It's a great program! What is sad to me is that we received our complex newsletter this past weekend, and they are holding a coupon class with some chick that was featured on TLC's Extreme Couponing, but she is charging people $25 a person!! A PERSON!! That's crazy!! There are so many blogs, websites, and free classes out there. I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't do their homework and pays for this knowledge. Granted, it's a great way to learn out to use coupons, and cut your household budget in half, but there's so much information out there and free stuff, it's silly to pay for something when you are trying to save money!

On another note, I'm wanting to start group exercise again. I love my Zumba, but I miss the energy and excitement of a group class. So I found evening classes in Boise and Meridian that would fit into my schedule. Problem is, I emailed both instructors, and neither have gotten back to me on how to register! It's frustrating! I know in the upcoming years when I get my personal trainer license and get certified in Zumba, I will definitely want to be sure to get back to people requesting information about my services!

Lastly, Mother's Day was quiet relaxing. The weather was cold and rainy, so we spent a lazy day around the house. My husband bought me a beautiful sundress and crocheted vest, and I received a lot of cards. My eldest son called me, and I made calls to my mom and sister. It was very low-key and very enjoyable. I'm very blessed to have two of the most handsome and precious boys.

So to wrap things up... how did you spend your Mother's Day? Are there any foods that you were new to, and found great recipes for? How about things that people pay for things that can be found absolutely free? And finally, have you ever requested information on something, only to be ignored?

Well, hope you all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by! Ciao!



  1. of course an hour and a half after i posted this, one of the Zumba instructors finally emailed me back!! LOL Monday nights baby!

  2. I know all about jicama & had it when I was a younger lady years ago! You have to do something to it to get some taste or dip it! ;-)

    So glad you are getting health under control & enjoying little Dylan too!

  3. thanks Jody!! it's definitely been difficult getting back into the swing of things with all the demands of a newborn!

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