Nancy McWhorter – For The Record

I usually pace myself a day at a time throughout the week running necessary errands and grocery shopping one day at a time.  Since I am a night person, mornings are NOT my forte.  I prefer grocery shopping evenings at Brookshire and nighttime at Walmart but on separate days.  Those times the stores are not as crowded making it easier for me to motivate and less tiring.

Recently I decided I would do all my grocery shopping and many errands in one day, freeing me to have more full days at home the remainder of the week.  That particular day the temperature started out at 93○ and it became hotter as the day wore on.  I carried on and endured the rising temperatures.  When it was all over, I was exhausted and still had to unload the car and put things away…a tiring chore.

Here is a plan that I wish our Minden grocery stores would integrate.  My son, Dwight Stewart and his wife, Brenda, live in Helotes, Texas located in the San Antonio area.  They both work and have a busy lifestyle.  He and Brenda do their grocery shopping at a San Antonio’s Super HEB Grocery Store.  HEB is a chain of grocery stores located only in the state of Texas.  This particular super store supplies other things besides just groceries and has sampling of various foods throughout the store.

In a recent phone call, Dwight told me about a service that the San Antonio Super HEB is now offering.  He and Brenda decided to try it.  This is how it works.  Dwight submitted their grocery list to this HEB store online.  Then the store called him when the order was ready to be picked-up; all they had to do was drive up to the assigned loading area.  There the person that filled the order met them and went over each item with them to be sure everything ordered was correct.  Then he assisted them loading the groceries into the car.  There was a minimum fee for the service but Brenda & Dwight both thought it was well worth it because of the hassle free convenience and timed saved.

Perhaps this service is available to your Texas area.  You probably want to check.

Here is the KEEPER recipe I plan to bake this week:

PINEAPPLE SUNSHINE CAKE

1 (15.25 oz.) yellow cake mix

4 eggs

½ cup cooking oil

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, do not drain

ICING:

1 (8 oz.) container of whipped topping, thawed

1 (3.4 oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, do not drain

Preheat oven to 350ᴏ.  Spray a 13 X 9 inch pan with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil and 1 can crushed pineapple with juice; mix well.  Pour into the greased baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.  In a medium size bowl, fold together the whipped topping, the box of vanilla pudding mix and 1 can crushed pineapple with the juice.  Spread this over the top of the cooled cake.

AFTERTHOUGHT: That exasperating, fatiguing hot day (cold in the winter) convinced me to return to my usual, habitual routines.  Sometimes when grocery shopping, I do enjoy walking about the grocery stores to learn about any new and different products available.