Tag Archives: shopping around the world

Shopping Around The World



Our friend Bacon the pig hosts this hop once a month and what’s so fun about it is we wind up sharing a lot of recipes with each other AND part of the fun of that is listing the prices we pay for all the ingredients.   Since Bacon has followers and Hoppers all over the world, we get to see if what WE pay for things is any worse than anywhere else……most of the time it isn’t…….food is expensive EVERYWHERE!    The best part my Mom says though is the recipes.   So here we go – this month’s “THEME” is:


My Mom is in love with avocados and always has been.  I know not everyone likes them but they are a healthy choice and this is extra nommy with the apricot preserves in there!    This recipe makes FOUR sandwiches which may or may not feed four people depending on how hungry everyone is…….might just feed ONE (haha).


Toasted Avocado/cheese

Ingredients:    (Prices from our local Harris Teeter grocery store)


Two ripe avocados, peeled and sliced (Price:  $1.79 for two)

1/3 cup Apricot preserves (Price:  $1.69 for 18. oz. jar)

French Bread (the best but really can be ANY bread)  (Price:  $2.59 for French bread)

Havarti cheese slices (Price:  package of 10 slices $2.99)



Spread four slices of bread with preserves and layer with cheese and sliced avocado.   Sprinkle with salt.    Add piece of bread to the top and butter outside of both slices.  Pop on a griddle (or in a frying pan) for 2-3 minutes on each side until the cheese is all nice and melty!

Easy Peasy………………and if you’re a nut for avocados, a very tasty way to “GET YOUR AVOCADO ON” !!

Happy Eating and Thanks to Bacon for hosting the SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD fun!   If you click his badge at the beginning of this post, you will be magically transported to his blog……….

Hugs, Teddy

p.s.  for those of you who are looking for the Tuesday Teaser – it’s in a separate blog today – keep your eyes open!



That’s right – if you “cruise” you “lose” because


We are guest hosting the “Shopping” post this month and have given you SEVERAL REMINDERS but you can’t have too many – right?   Right!    So remember, share your recipe for your favorite (or one of your favorites anyway) DESSERT.    Something yummy – gooey – high calorie – terribly sinful – WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT…………

Not only do we want the recipe (and maybe a photo of your masterpiece??) but we want to know what you PAID at your grocery store for the ingredients.    None of our business?  Maybe not but we like to see what everyone ELSE is paying for the same stuff WE buy in our neck of the woods.   Sometimes it’s rather ASTOUNDING the difference in costs!!

SO – link your post for “SHOPPING” up with Bacon’s blog – he’s in charge of things when it comes to shopping…………………click the badge above to visit him.    His parents have finally returned from their EPIC journey to (wait for it………………….) Australia for vacation!     Oh and it was fun being your guest hosts the past two months………Thanks Bacon for letting us help out!


Yeah we like fried food too but dessert is a close second!

Hugs, Angel Sammy and Teddy too

Bacon’s Shopping Around The World!


Huh?  Doesn’t Bacon Do “Shopping” ??

The answer is YES he normally does but he and his Mom are up to their eyebrows (do pigs have eyebrows???) for the next couple of months and WE are going to take care of “Shopping Around The World” for them for August and September!

This is your “EARLY” notice that this month’s “Shopping” post will be on August 31st – that’s right – the end of the month of August AND for this month we’re going to do:

Favorite Snacks!

Yep – we all sit in front of the tube and watch movies or just some mindless TV from time to time right?   Microwave some popcorn or SOMETHING to nibble on………….but do you ever make something kind of different?   Plate full of delish cheeses or some kind of chips and dip combo or maybe some yummy spreadable on toast?   Oh sure you do!   Well, share your favorite snack recipe with us this month.   GIVE IT UP – share and share alike.    All you have to do is tell us what your favorite snackable is, how do you make it, what do the items that go into the recipe cost and show us a photo of your final masterpiece.   Then LINK to our pal Bacon’s PIGLOVE blog and that’s that!   Easy Peasy!    It’s fun to see what stuff costs in different places in the world……AND we get some cool recipes out of reading everyone’s posts too…………….FUN…………………….

I’ll remind you a week before but put it on your calendar NOW while you’re thinking about it……………..favorite snack for this month’s Shopping Around The World post.

Let’s SNACK!   

Love, Teddy


Shopping Around The World


NO!  This is NOT the Teaser post – – – it’s coming – – – soon!

It’s Shopping Around The World with Bacon

It’s that time of the month…………..where we share recipes for something YUMMY and talk about how much it cost to MAKE the recipe so we can compare prices!   We also get some pretty fantabulous new recipes to try out from all over the world so it’s tons of fun.

This month’s “project” was to find something yummy that our humans make for these hot summer days……something maybe to take the edge off the heat or some “light” eating maybe.   Well my Mom says nothing speaks “light” eating like a cool salad and one of her most favorites is an ENDIVE SALAD.

Endive Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
Serves 2 to 3 as an appetizer

1/2 cup walnuts (or pecans)    (Price for 2-1/4 oz. package $3.99)
2 tablespoons olive oil (we have on hand ALWAYS)
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar  (Price for 12 oz. bottle $2.99)
salt, freshly ground pepper to taste  (we have on hand ALWAYS)
2 [or 3] largish heads Belgian endive   (Price for ONE endive seventy-five cents)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese  (Price for 4 oz. package $3.99)

There are a billion recipes out there for all kinds of combinations – you can add apples, or pears, or pomegranates or all manner of fruit……………..but the one above is my Mom’s favorite.

After you arrange your endive on the plate, sprinkle the blue cheese (or gorgonzola if you prefer) on top, add chopped nuts, then combine the oliver oil, balsamic and pepper together and drizzle over top.  EASY PEASY but yummy.

That’s Mom’s favorite summer meal………….she makes quite a LARGE portion for herself but so what – it’s SUMMER!   HAVE FUN right?


My favorite Summer Salad is eating grass but sometimes that’s hard to find outside in our yard……………we have a huge yard but our grass is sad.   We’re working on it though – then I can have an endless all you can eat salad for myself!

We linked up to our SHOPPING host using his blog badge above – to visit Bacon, pop on over by clicking the badge!

Love, Teddy