Packing Up for a Month

It’s the weekend before we leave Monday morning for our month-long trip. Fiona is excited to see her sister Rachelle. That’s a photo there of the two of them last August when Rachelle came to Rice Lake, Wisconsin to visit.

What do you take with you when you know you’ll be gone a month? And you’re on a budget and know you don’t want to eat out too ┬ámuch so you have to bring food stuffs along. Easy! We’ve done this so often it really doesn’t take us long at all.

Joel and I did some shopping for on-the-road snacks and drinks yesterday. Things like:

  • Water, iced tea, apple juice boxes for Fiona, lemonade mix, hot cocoa mix for Fiona
  • Chips, pretzels, pita crackers, fruit & grain bars
  • Black olives (Sue loves those), three-bean salad, baked beans
  • Chocolate – milk chocolate and M&Ms for Fiona, lots of dark chocolate for the adults

We still have to get the giant jar of green olives and Sue has to make bread rolls for making vegetable sandwiches for the road. Isn’t this exciting?

Theobroma Chocolatier in Albuquerque

Every time we go to the local grocery store we pass this place called “Theobroma Chocolatier”. Being chocolate lovers, we just had to go in one day.

Amazing! Lots of different varieties of chocolate-based gifts. Dark chocolate is Joel and I’s favorite and Fiona loves milk chocolate. They have chocolate with spice. A very interesting new one we got to try has thyme and olive oil. Chuck let us try a few different things.

Once we got home I wondered what ‘theobroma’ was. So I looked it up. According to Merriam Webster online it’s “a genus of tropical American trees (family Sterculiaceae) which includes the cacao (T. cacao)“>