How To Determine A Quality Grocery Store

People go grocery shopping all the time. You buy new things, and before you know it, you need to purchase them again. Food is something that can’t stay put. We constantly eat, so a lot of things need to be repurchased. Grocery stores are the perfect spot to locate fresh fruit, vegetables, and other types of food.

Luckily they are very convenient and easy to locate. Chances are that a store like that is located around your neighborhood. You can quickly go out, walk a very short distance, and buy everything you need from it. Before you know it, you’re home once again preparing a good meal for the entire family.

However, not all stores have the same quality ingredients. It is advisable that you ask around for preferences before you head on to buy something. Some are too small, and people usually don’t buy a lot of stuff from them because they don’t have much to offer. On the other hand, bigger ones have a broader selection of ingredients that you can buy and use to cook meals. Click on the link to find out more http://www.cooking2thrive.com/blog/what-makes-a-grocery-store-great/.

By now, you must have a favorite grocery that you frequently visit to shop. Everyone does. In which supermarket you enter depends on your preference. But some facts determine the quality of a store. Some things attract people more to a particular grocery store than others. Here are some of the most interesting ones:

Bigger Space

Our brains are designed to function in a particular way. If we enter a store and see how big it is, it immediately intrigues us. With such a vast area, we are tempted to search it almost entirely. You would be probably thinking that there are a lot of products there that other shops don’t have. Sure, you can waste a lot more time in there than in a smaller one, but at least you get to see all the options that it offers.

And sometimes you just want to spend time looking at various products and deciding to buy something that wasn’t even on the shopping list. If you’re the type of person who likes wasting time in grocery stores, then the bigger ones are perfect for you.

A more full area means more choices and decisions. Let’s say that you’re in a different country that has a different culture and tradition. Entering a large store in a state like that only broadens your curiosity. You would want to find anything out of the ordinary or something that is not produced in your own country. Then when you head home, you can use it for cooking specialties. The selection of products is, and you wouldn’t know where to look first.

Organization and display

It’s not just about having a lot of products, it is how they are arranged and placed. A quality store needs to have an island, square and wall tables as well as orchard bins. They are the display tables where a lot of fresh ingredients are put. From fruit to vegetables, you can witness a variety of color placed on highly practical display tables.  Moreover, the tables serve as a way to organize all the other ingredients and products, as well as to give the grocery a specific look. First impressions always count.

Let’s say that you own a store. You would want customers to visit and shop all the time and as frequently as possible. Who owner wouldn’t? Therefore, the grocery must look organized to attract more people. Every quality store needs a perfect display setting that will immediately attract people’s attention. With this, you enhance your customer’s shopping experience. They will be back before you know it to shop again. For more details about the display, tables check out Lemontree products among others to find the best option. This can come in real handy if you plan to open one in the first place.

Polite and helpful employees

The employees of the store need to be at disposal at all times. Someone might not be able to find a particular ingredient, and there should always be someone from the employees to help them out. Employees should also be polite to customers because this will attract more of them. More customers are always good for business. If you’ve experienced a similar situation, then you know that you’re shopping from a quality store.

On the other hand, a lot of time employees are discontent about something, and they take it out on the customers. This can either cost them their job or the loss of a customer. Be sure to notice stuff like that. You deserve to be helped and treated with respect. After all, it’s your money, and the shop’s success depends on it.

On the other hand, if the employees are beneficial, then you will surely come back again to shop for ingredients. Also, you can recommend the store to other people. They will surely thank you for it.

The freshness of the products

Another crucial thing is that you get fresh products for the money you give to the cashiers. Some grocery stores are, and there are a lot of products placed in them. This doesn’t mean that employees shouldn’t check the expiration date as often as they can. After all, they get paid for doing that. Unfortunately, sometimes they miss something, and you can end up buying an expired product. If this happens, make sure to return the item and have it replaced with a new and fresh one. Click here for more.

The same goes for fruit and vegetables. Make sure that the items are colorful and fresh instead of brownish and incredibly soft. For example, if a banana is no longer bright yellow but brown, it tells you that the fruit has been there for a while and clearly no one has gotten rid of it. This shouldn’t happen in quality grocery stores. They should always display fresh ingredients so that people can enjoy eating them without feeling that something is wrong with them.

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Memorial Day Savings on Plus Size Clothes at Macys #MacysPlus

This post is sponsored by Savings.com

There are very limited places that I will shop for clothes – just because we’re plus size doesn’t meant that we want to dress in moo moo’s , and polyester pants – which is why I’m so excited about the sale at Macy’s this weekend!

Get 30% Off City Chic & Other Plus Size Styles at Macy’s

I found some super cute tops that I have in my cart , and I’m almost ready to complete my order. You can never go wrong with black – this peek-a-boo sweetheart top would be perfect for a night out (or maybe even for work)

Of course the other top I love is black as well, but also comes in HOT PINK – it’s a bit dressier, but completely gorgeous and would look good on any plus size body type. This lace sleeved top is definitely going to look amazing with some black capri pants!

Also ,if you are going to a wedding this summer – OMG the dresses! I am absolutely in LOVE LOVE ombré pleated satin gown. It is absolutely gorgeous and even though I don’t know of any wedding invites on the horizon, there is always a possibility right??

These are FABULOUS deals you don’t want to miss out out – hurry! Sale ends 5/27!

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Low Carb Mediterranean Cauliflower Pizza

  • Yields: 4 servings (1 12” pizza)
  • Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 25 minutes | Total: 45 minutes
  • Ingredients:
  • Pizza Dough:
  • 2 cups cooked cauliflower rice
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • Pizza Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Toppings:
  • Bell pepper, sliced
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese crumbled
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Generously spray a 12” pizza pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • To rice the cauliflower, place chopped cauliflower florets (at least ½ of a large head of cauliflower) in a food processor and pulse just until it reaches a rice-like consistency. Scoop out two cups full and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes and then allow it to cool on the counter for a 3-4 minutes.
  • (Don’t skip steps 3-4 – they are key to crust holding together) Transfer the cooled cauliflower to a fine mesh strainer and press to release any excess water.
  • Place a clean and thin dish towel over your microwave safe bowl and transfer the cauliflower rice to the center of the towel. Wrap the sides of the towel around the cauliflower and squeeze until you have gotten as much moisture out of the cauliflower as you can.
  • Place the drained cauliflower back in the bowl and add the remaining dough ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer the pizza dough to the prepared pizza pan and press to flatten into an even crust – being sure not to make the crust to thin. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Place tomato paste and water in a small bowl and stir to combine. Spread evenly onto crust.
  • Sprinkle cheeses evenly on pizza followed by toppings (except for parsley). Place pizza back in the oven just until cheese has melted.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. Slice and serve warm



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Banana Split Bites

Don’t you hate it when you get a craving for a banana split, but then you start looking at all the calories and realize you’d be using up like 2 days worth of calories???

These banana split bites will definitely help curb your sweet tooth and cravings for the high-calorie alternative. They are also super easy to make, which you know is a prerequisite for me to make anything! =)

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Ingredients:
-1 Banana
-5 Small Strawberries
-5 Pineapple Chunks
-Chocolate for Dipping
-Nuts for topping

-Toothpicks

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Process:
-Cut Banana into small slices
-I bought pre-cut pineapples, but you can cut your own pineapple chunks
-Gather 5 strawberries, find the smallest ones you can

-Start with your banana through the toothpick, followed by the pineapple, and lastly the strawberry

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-Get about 1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips and put them into a microwave safe bowl. Melt them in the microwave using 30 second intervals until completely smooth and creamy.
-Dip one side of your fruit kabob into the chocolate

-Sprinkle with your crushed nuts

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-Put into refrigerator for about 20 minutes to harden chocolate

-Serve right away, it’s really delicious to throw some whipped cream on top and indulge!

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Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

April showers bring May flowers right? Or is it April showers, bring May flowers, and May flowers bring more June showers? From what they say, this summer is going to be a WET one. One thing I have always hated is driving in the rain, and there is going to be a lot of it. So I started thinking of and researching about some tips on driving safely this summer, and I wanted to share them with you. Check them out:

This post is sponsored by Westborn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

There’s a few safety features on your car that you can use to make sure that you are doing your best to drive safe while it’s raining
Headlights
I’m always surprised to notice how many cars DON’T have their lights on when it rains. Do they realize how hard it is to see another vehicle thats moving when it’s POURING? Turn on your headlights while driving in the rain – day or night. Many states require it. You’ll see better, and other drivers can see you better too.

Defroster
To clear fogged-up windows, turn on the defroster.

Tire tread
Examine the tread on your tires. Worn tread decreases traction and increases the likelihood of skidding. Test your tread by inserting a penny between the tread upside down: If Lincoln’s head is covered, tire tread depth is good. If Lincoln’s head is uncovered, it’s too low, and the tire should be replaced. Click here for more pro tips on when you should change your tires.

Cruise control
Don’t use cruise control on a wet road, it can misinterpret loss of traction as reducing speed and try to increase acceleration which can be very dangerous.

Windshield wipers and water repellent products
It sounds obvious, but turn on the windshield wipers when it rains. You need a clear view. You can also use rain repellent products on windows to help proactively clear water from the glass. Make sure your wipers are in good condition as well – bad wipers can be worse than not having any wipers at all!

Tips to avoid hydroplaning
Maintain a controlled speed, especially on curves.
Steer and brake lightly; sudden corrections can cause you to lose traction.
Keep tires properly inflated and be sure there’s good tread depth.
If you do start to hydroplane, stay calm, ease off the gas and don’t suddenly apply the brakes or jerk the steering wheel.
Use these techniques for driving in the rain
Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times.
Eliminate distractions – cell phones, radio, people talking, etc.
Keep six car lengths between you and the car ahead.
Maintain a safe speed. A rule of thumb: Reduce your speed by 10 m.p.h. for each level you increase your windshield wiper speed.
Avoid flooded roads. Deep water can stall your engine and even cause your vehicle to float.
Drive in the middle lanes, since water is usually deeper in the outside lanes.
Drive in the tracks of the vehicles ahead of you.
Be careful around large trucks and buses. Don’t follow too closely; spray from their large tires can hit your windshield and temporarily obscure your vision. Pass with caution, but get around these large vehicles quickly and safely.
Watch for brake lights ahead.
If the visibility is poor, pull off onto the shoulder until it clears.

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