Intimate images of Ann Romney from the campaign trail as she reveals how she feeds her 30-plus family for just $4.50 a head
02:01 GMT, 26 October 2012
Ann Romney has been one part of a travelling trio during her campaign trail in Florida this week.
Campaigning for her husband on a bus tour through the swing state, which is expected to play a key roll in the upcoming presidential election, the 63-year-old was accompanied by her two grandsons, six-year-old Parker and four-year-old Miles.
The proud grandmother tweeted: 'Love having Parker and Miles with me on our bus tour. Here's a pic of us having some fun on the @RomneyBus.'
Baby love: Ann Romney greets supporters during a rally in Winter Park, Florida on Wednesday, while holding a plump infant
Story time: A bespectacled Mrs Romney reads a Dr. Seuss book to a group of young students at Inspirations Learning Center in Daytona Beach, Florida today
Grandma Romney: Seen wiping a smudge off of the face of her four-year-old grandson Miles as they ride in their tour bus toward a campaign stop in Daytona Beach
As the matriarch of a family of 30, Ms Romney also appeared on an episode of The Rachel Ray show earlier today, giving away her mass-shopping secrets.
She watched the show with both of her grandsons from their hotel suite in Florida, the boys relishing seeing their grandmother on the small screen.
On the show, she revealed that for roughly $137.50, Ann Romney says
she can feed her five sons as well as their families, a total of 30
people, for just $4.50 a head.
She credits this budget
shopping-list to Costco, where she admitted she 'always starts at'.
Touring trio: Ann Romney in her tour bus with her grandsons Parker, six, and Miles, four, as they wait to surprise a staffer with a birthday cake in Florida
Center stage: Campaigning wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on stage at a rally in St. Augustine with Miles in tow
Toying around: Grandmother and grandson discuss his toy bus as they ride in their tour bus toward a campaign stop in Florida
While filling a shopping cart up with spinach, raspberries, frozen cream puffs and the family's staple, pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, she said: 'The great thing about frozen desserts, they’re always ready to go.'
She added: 'Wholesale shops are big, you have to go with a game plan before you start.
are great deals on fresh produce… My other favorite thing, I have to
say, is I never leave without raspberries and blueberries.'
She added: 'And with frozen cream puffs, you can personalize them by adding chocolate sauce and ice-cream.'
Mrs Romney also spoke about suffering from multiple sclerosis while raising a family.
Partners in crime: Ms Romney tweeted this image from the campaign trail, writing, 'Love having Parker and Miles with me on our bus tour. Here's a pic of us having some fun on the @RomneyBus'
Down time: Ms Romney watches her appearance on the Rachel Ray Show with her grandsons from their hotel suite on the campaign trail
It's you, Gran! Ms Romney's grandsons relish watching their grandmother on the big screen
She said: 'When I was first diagnosed with MS and my husband was taking care of me, he discovered rotisserie chicken.
'Rotisserie chicken is every cooks best
friend,' she said. 'You want to buy it at the end of your shopping so
it doesn't heat up the food that's in the rest of your basket.'
The Romney's buffet-style family dinners
often consist of home-made creamed spinach, pre-cooked rotisserie
chicken, honey-mustard dipping sauce, roasted butternut squash, frozen
cream puffs with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
While also preparing
Mr Romney's favorite dish, meatloaf cakes, on the show, she said: 'Mitt
is not a picky eater. He will eat anything you put in front of him.'
Shopping secrets: For roughly $137.50, Ann Romney says she can feed her five sons as well as their families, a total of 30 people, for just $4.50 a head
All about chicken: Ms Romney told Rachel Ray viewers, 'Rotisserie chicken is every cooks best friend… Buy it at the end of your shopping so it doesn't heat up the food that's in the rest of your basket'
Shopping secrets: While filling a shopping cart up with spinach, raspberries, frozen cream puffs and the family's staple, pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, she said, 'The great thing about frozen desserts, theyre always ready to go'
This isn't the first time Mrs Romney has endorsed Costco.
In August this year, Fox News' Chris Wallace asked the Romneys about hearing that they have an 'unhealthy attraction' to Costco.
'We both love Costco,' said Mrs Romney. 'It’s got great produce,' agreed the former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate.
'She also got me one of these three-packs of shirts the other day from Costco. And they’re very nice shirts,' he added.