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Full Grocery Shelves at Last

I went grocery shopping last Friday and had a wonderful surprise. The shelves were full! The store had yeast AND flour. They had toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, canned green beans, fresh produce, cheese, and even ground beef. Everything that I’ve struggled to find over the past several months was right there on the shelf where it belonged.

If it hadn’t been for my foggy glasses due to wearing my mask, it would have been like old times. Just like in the days before COVID-19 reared its ugly head, I spent way more than I planned and came home with different food than anticipated.

I was in the market for coffee and lunch meat. Of course, I needed cheese for my sandwiches. Since they had so many different kinds of cheese in stock, I decided to buy three different varieties. Cheddar and Colby Jack are staples at my house, and I’ve been fairly successful in finding them during the pandemic. It’s been so long since I saw Havarti in the store that I had to buy it, too. I’ve missed it so much.

If you’ve never tried Havarti cheese, I highly recommend it. A semi-soft cheese, it melts easily and has a great flavor. My husband even likes it, and he’s a very picky eater. It seriously dresses up a grilled cheese sandwich.

The strawberries and peaches looked and smelled so fresh that I would have regretted not bringing them home. I combined them with the bananas and plums I already had and made a delightful fruit salad. I think it was my first such salad of the summer.

I bought a couple zucchinis to go with the one a friend gave me, and I plan to make zucchini bread or chocolate zucchini cake later in the week. With any luck, I’ll have enough to make both. I fried the last zucchini I had, which I think is the best way to eat the vegetable. I eat too much when it’s fried, though. I never have any left to share.

It seems silly to get excited about the grocery having groceries, but pickin’s have been slim around here for a while now. The store is still limiting canned goods to four of each kind per person, so everyone has the opportunity to buy what they need. I don’t mind that one bit. After all, I had to buy yeast on eBay for way more than it was worth because all of my local stores were sold out.

Perhaps the grocery shelves being full is a sign that things are returning to normal. It’s a small glimmer of hope, but I’ll take it. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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