Tuesday, October 5, 2010

People of Wal-Mart and a New Giveaway

I woke up the other day and realized that maybe my car needed a couple more dents in the side, so I got up, got dressed and headed for Wal-Mart. Now I don’t want you to think that new shopping cart dings are the only reason I went there, I also needed some of my favorite limeade (Mama loves her Margaritas!) and they happen to sell it for $1.00. I pulled on a crisp shirt, dug my favorite lip shine out of my purse, ran my fingers through my hair and hit the trail. I used to not always care how I looked when shopping at Wal-Mart, but If you haven’t visited www.peopelofwalmart.com, I suggest you do and you just might primp a little bit too before you pass through those automatic doors. I am all too aware that some terrible things can happen to a person in life and being featured on this website is definitely one of them.

Once inside I grabbed the trolley that I was offered by the fossilized greeter in the entryway. Since I am one of those shoppers who likes the thrill and adventure of shopping without a list, I headed straight over to the grocery area before I forgot what I came for, leaving my favorite health and beauty section for last. Since I parked on the opposite end from the grocery, I had to pass between the self-check lanes and the magazine/book department and I was stopped in my tracks by a new attraction, a reading area. It seems that they have taken in part of the book section and replaced it with a pseudo Persian Rug, two pleather club chairs and a contact paper veneer end table. I guess that once upon a time an optimistic store manager had seriously overestimated the population of readers in the Castle Rock area. Books must not be big sellers around here.

Now, I’m not quite sure what the psychology of grocery store planning is, but I am sure a lot of thought goes into it. In order to foil any plans that “The Man” might have to make me spend more money than what I plan on, I try to start at the back of the store and work my way to the front just to be contrary. I really can’t figure out what the thinking is with these grocery store designers at Wal-Mart because they put their refrigerated and frozen sections acres apart. On many occasions I have chosen my ice cream and by the time I wind my way to the back of the store to the milk, I have to double back and take my thawed, sloppy ice cream carton back where I found it and replace it with a fresh one before I check out. I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone who has gotten one of my melted and refrozen ice cream treats. I’m really sorry but please keep in mind that it really is Wal-Mart’s fault.

Before I forgot something important on my list, I headed to the Minute Maid section for my limeade. Nope… they don’t sell that anymore (s**t!), but they would be more than happy to sell me cherry limeade or any number of fruit juice blends that don’t even resemble what I came for. Once I finally decided that no matter how long I stood there and stared at the shelf one wouldn’t materialize, I begrudgingly moved on. The next thing on my list was a bottle of Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade that my son fell in love with while on a trip with a friend to Lake Nowhere, Nebraska. He had come home with tales of how delicious his friend’s Uncle Kenny’s barbequed chicken was and this was what he used. Now for this boy to take note what was used to season chicken was more than monumental, so I put aside my ego and bought a bottle. “Maybe this homemade marinade stuff is overrated,” I thought as I pulled a bottle off the shelf. No, I was wrong. I don’t know what Uncle Kenny’s secret is but I don’t get it. Maybe anything is delicious when you are waterlogged, sunburned, starving and fifteen. One day he’ll appreciate the magic of pineapple juice, soy, brown sugar and mama’s love, but until then I’ll keep buying him the Lawry’s.

After about an hour I left without my limeade (and a couple of other things I forgot), but with many, many things I didn’t realize we needed until after I got there. I was even too tired by this time to hit the Health and Beauty section, but who really needs deodorant and toothpaste when you have a new pair of capris? I once again said my goodbyes to the checker and the greeter and removed the trolley that had dug its way into the side of my car and headed home to empty the hundreds of carrier bags with the sinking feeling that I’d be back before I knew it.

Now, Uncle Kenny may make better chicken than I do for now, but I really know the way to my son’s heart and that’s through his love for French toast. After making more versions than America’s Test Kitchen, I believe that I’ve developed the perfect recipe. What does this have to do with Wal-Mart you may be asking? Well, you know those fluffy soft big loaves of bread that they call French bread, it’s not very good on its own, but for this recipe it’s the best.



Vanilla Almond French Toast

3 tablespoons vegetable oil plus a little extra if need for cooking
2 large eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground gingerroot
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
8 – 1” thick slices of soft French bread from a large loaf

Preheat a large non-stick skillet and the 3 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat.
While the pan is heating mix together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, gingerroot, and vanilla and almond extracts.

Dip the bread into the egg mixture one slice of bread at a time for approximately 3 seconds on each side. Quickly shake off any excess egg mixture before placing bread into hot oil in the pan. Repeat with as many slices as will fit in the pan.
Cook for approximately 3 minutes on each side, watching carefully as not to burn it. Transfer to paper towels to drain quickly. Repeat with the remaining bread, adding more oil to the pan if needed. Bread should be golden brown and crispy.

Serve immediately with butter, warm syrup or a sprinkling of icing sugar. I also love to toast some sliced almonds and sprinkle them on top before pouring warm syrup over all. Fantastic!

Serves 4.

Since this post has been about a difficult shopping trip, I thought I'd end on an up note and talk about easy shopping. CSN has once again furnished me with a $65.00 gift code to any of their 200 plus online stores for one of my lucky followers who reside in the US or Canada. Their shopping sites offer everything from beautiful handbags and bar furniture to great cookware (my personal favorite of course)and bedding. All you have to do to win is be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment stating you'd like to be entered into my drawing. On October 26th, I'll let Random.org pick my lucky number and announce my winner. Good luck!

149 comments:

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Laurie Lufkin said...

I'm feeling two things--lucky (for me) and sorry (for you) that they had no limeade AND that you had to go to Walmart! Clearly, you needed a good strong margarita before that adventure! I would love to have that gift code!

Yenta Mary said...

You are SUCH a hoot! I love your posts -- you don't do it often enough! Haven't we all meandered through the store, stopping, reading, gawking, switching, dawdling, and bringing home a story to tell ...?

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Mmm, I'd love to have a bite of this right now.

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Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

My shiny new car is yet to get any shopping related dents, and I am dreading the inevitable day when it happens.

When that day *does* come, I am now sure that it will make me think of you, then of the People of Walmart and I'll shudder and feel a little ill, then of your French toast and I'll make some and everything will be ok again.

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Mary said...

Karen, your blog is lovely...I'm glad we each found the other today. I was reading your other blog as well, and was reminded of when I was an exchange student in Scotland...one fellow told me straight up that he did not like me because I was American (mind you, we had just met). I'm the forgiving sort and we were friends when I left 11 months later.

And by the way, please enter me in your give away :-)

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Miss you!!!

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Velva said...

I have seen the videos of Wal-Mart people. Good grief, the videos crack me up. I don't think you have anything to worry about-

As always, great post.

Lea Ann said...

Hi Karen, found your blog from the Foodista Cookbook. I live in Highlands Ranch and have been blogging for about a year and a half and also in the cookbook. Look forward to reading more and LOL about Walmart and "the people of" very entertaining. I'm going to follow and hope to win.

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Your trip to Walmart made a very entertaining read LOL

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Now I'm hungry for breakfast! Thanks for the chance!

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Aimee B said...

I'm following you on GFC.
And I'm laughing about your Wal-mart story.
We recently moved to a rural area from the Big City and Wal-mart is about the only place to shop. And EVERYONE in there looks like a featured story on the people of Wal-mart site.

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Aisling said...

I follow your blog, I enjoyed your WalMart article and have copied your French Toast recipe. It's been a successful visit so far, maybe I'll win the gift code too!

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I'd love to win.
I'd also love to come back from time to time and laugh about this shopping trip you took. Funny!

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Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I am a Public Follower of Eat Drink Wash Up via GFC
(Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster

I love CSN Stores and would love to win your most generous giveaway.

And reading your blog just now has made me VERY hungry and I also know what I will be making for brunch this coming Sunday!

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I would love to be entered into your drawing :)
That french toast looks awesome.. even better with side of bacon!

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dddiva said...

And people wonder why I think WalMart is my LEAST fave place to shop- and that was before my girls got treated like crap there and told to do less than 100% ethical things working there. :( Thank God those days are over.
I'd love to be entered, thanks.

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D.Hess said...

I'm going to follow your blog because I think you are hilarious! I "speak" in the same fashion as you and I must say, I'm sort of a Walmart hater...sorry to anyone who likes the place...I just hate most of the big box stores. I'd love to win this contest though...CSN has some unique stores that I could shop! Thanks!

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