Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011 - 50 lbs of "Home"

On Friday we received a 50 lb box from my parents in the US.  I had requested some "groceries" and they bought them at BJ's (a wholesale warehouse where everything comes in bulk), so everything was huge!  We got:
  • 2 1/2 lb box of Cheerios (a few years ago we could find them here, but they were not plain cheerios and were very sweet)
  • 4 boxes of various size ziplock bags
  • 2 large jars of Welch's Concord Grape Jelly (have never seen grape jelly outside of the US)
  • 2 large jars (that's 5 lbs!) of JIF peanut butter (of course we can get PB, and sometimes even Skippy PB, but never JIF...and I wanted it to go with the grape jelly!)
  • 24 boxes of Kraft Mac 'n Cheese (sometimes we can get it here, but it is almost $5 a box)
  • 4 different kinds of Gerber baby snacks
  • 3 bags of mini-marshmallows (there is a type of marshmallow here, but they're disgusting)
  • 5 lb bag of Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chips
  • 1 enormous bag of Chex Mix (like almost 3 lbs)
  • 4 lb box of Goldfish
Additionally, they threw in a few extra treats:
  • 10 sleeves of Oreo cookies (we can get them here sometimes, but they are not produced in the US and have a funny taste)
  • 2 bags of Swedish Fish
  • 2 bags of Halloween candy corn
  • 2 bags of Dark Chocolate Flipz (that's chocolate covered pretzels)
  • Halloween presents for the kids: a new Dora DVD and stickers; a Halloween onesie and teething book
It was a joy to open this box with Grace; she kept saying, "This is for me!" and wanted the Cheerios and marshmallows right away.  I planned to take a picture of everything unpacked, but then we just started eating and I never got around to it.  The Cheerios, PB & J, mac 'n cheese, and marshmallows have been opened and the Flipz are long gone!  Noah picked up and fed himself Cheerios for the first time on Saturday.  

Now you have an idea of the crazy things that expats miss from the US.  And, just to clarify that we do not have the world's worst diet, we do get and eat a lot of healthy food here (fruit, veggies, brown rice, etc.) so it is really just the junk from home that we especially miss (and by "we", I mean ME).  The two healthy foods that we can't get here and greatly miss are edamame and portobello mushrooms.  If someone can find a way to ship us some of those, we'll have it made!


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