Grocery Shopping List or No Grocery Shopping List


Grocery shopping can be a chore a some people, while others like me absolutely enjoy it. Do you have a grocery shopping list? Before you go to the grocery store do you write a shopping list for everything that you are going to buy? Or do you just go into the store and let your mood determine what you buy?

I was having a conversation with some coworkers of mine the other day and they mentioned that they don’t normally use a grocery shopping list. So I asked, What if you forget something? Do you go back out or just forget it and go with what you already bought from the store?

Personally I have to use a shopping list, so I can not only stay organized but also stay within my budget. This way I won’t buy what I don’t need and I won’t spent more than what I have budgeted for. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes this really hard to do. I’ll walk in the store, see other items on sale, get a taste for something different or even add more items to the menu. One one of the things that will entice me to bypass my shopping list is, hunger.

Have you ever heard the saying ‘Do not go grocery shopping while you are hungry?’ What do you think of that? Do you find yourself buying more when you’re hungry? We’ll test that out and come back with another blog post.


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Good Day Everyone! We decided to take a look at a few different things on the blog. We’ve had a few people contact us about adding recipes to the blog, which is something we will be adding very shortly. What else would you like to see us add to the blog?

In the past we have held Kitchen Tip Thursdays on social media, twitter chats, and a weekly newsletter. What’s next for us?

Feel free to submit your information here, via email southernrootskitchen (at) gmail (dot) com, or via this quick questionnaire. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Types of Vinegars and Ways to Use Them

Happy Thursday Everyone!! We hope you enjoyed your holiday. It’s almost time for the weekend. Today in the kitchen we are going to talk about vinegar. We will explore different types of vinegar and ways to use them into your everyday meals.

Vinegar can be used to create a marinade, a sauce, a vinaigrette, or just add a burst of flavor to a dish. Store vinegar in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and they should last six to eight months.

Red Wine Vinegar is made from fermented red wine, has a bold flavor. Can used for braises, dressings, a simple vinaigrette and marinades.

White Wine Vinegar is mostly used to make creamy dressings, adds flavor to reductions and sauces like hollandaise and Bearnaise.

Champagne Vinegar is made from the same grapes as champagne, pinot noir, and chardonnay. Less acidic than red or white wine; can have a sweet, delicate flavor to it.

Sherry Vinegar is mostly used in Spanish cooking. It’s sweet and tart with a complex flavor. Often used with red meats, and to flavor soups and sauces.

Rice Vinegar is very popular is Asian cuisine. Lightly acidic and has a sweet taste.

Apple Cider Vinegar is mostly commonly used in BBQ sauces and marinades. It can also be used as a rinse for your hair.

Distilled White Vinegar has a very high acidic level. Commonly used for pickling vegetables.

Balsamic Vinegar is popular in Italian cuisine and made from white grape juice in a wooden cask. Usually ferments for a minimum of 12 years. Used a lot in dressings and vinaigrettes.

What vinegars do you like to use when cooking?


Taste Test Tuesday: Cinnamon Muffin Melts

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Fluffy cinnamon-covered muffins or donuts. We don’t think it matters what you call them. Today they are our feature item for Taste Test Tuesday.

Cinnamon Muffin Melts are an excellent treat for any time of the day. Need a quick breakfast treat to complement a pot of coffee or tea? These work really well. Moist, tasty, and just the right amount of sweetness makes this treat a staple in our pantry. All you do is add butter and water to the mix, bake, and enjoy. Easy right?

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Be sure to check out these great treats and much more on our site Tastefully Simple We even have other recipes for you to try with these Cinnamon Muffin Melts.

Thanks a bunch!


CP and Me: The Chronic Pain

I post a lot about my life with Cerebral Palsy on my personal IG page. This is one of the pictures that I posted about chronic pain. So after this picture was posted I received multiple messages asking me if I really was 1 of 2, because they never ‘heard’ me complain about chronic pain or I didn’t ‘look’ like I was hurting when they were around me.  Continue reading