The fifth week of my challenge has come and gone, and we did much better this week than last, but we continue to have difficulty with adhering to our menu plan. Sue Chef pointed out that it has been a month, and we have still not had pulled pork sliders or Linguine with Clam Sauce. She’s right, but fortunately, the ingredients for those two dishes […]
After last week’s disaster, and the previous two weeks of being over budget, I knew that I needed a better plan, so I headed out for my shopping trip with a list in hand that I intended to follow. This week I skipped the produce sale at Vallarta, and shopped only within a few miles of my home. I was determined to stick to within […]
In spite of seriously overspending on my grocery budget this week, the rest of the week went well. We still didn’t make everything on our menu plan, but we ate enough of them that Sue Chef has agreed to leave the menu board alone. That’s definitely good news.
I have been trying to find ways to be more frugal. I have also been trying to get a tighter hold on our budget to help pay off some debt. In my pursuit of becoming more fiscally responsible, I have been studying the blogs of others who are saving money on their grocery budget. After all, groceries are one of the areas where I feel […]
The first week of our Pantry Challenge has come to a close. We haven’t run out of anything, and we haven’t felt deprived. In fact, if I hadn’t told the family that we were doing a Pantry Challenge for the month of January, I don’t think anyone would have realized at this point.
I previously posted about my father’s egg salad sandwich, and egg salad is an excellent filling for finger sandwiches. Finger sandwiches are a great thing to serve at a Mother’s Day tea. I really think that a tea party is the perfect Mother’s Day lunch. You don’t even need to serve tea. You can have juice, cocoa, or lemonade. Finger sandwiches and sweets are more […]
Potatoes are another often unappreciated food. Everyone recognizes mashed potatoes as an amazing comfort food, but because they are a carbohydrate rich vegetable, people think they are unhealthy. Dieters eschew them. The poor potato has been the unfortunate victim of bad press and has gotten a reputation as being bad for you. This isn’t the case, but don’t take my word for it. Head […]
Holidays don’t necessarily mean that you have to ignore your grocery budget. In fact, holiday treats can often be pulled together from things that you already have on hand as long as you have a well stocked pantry and plan ahead. Candy for the trick-or-treaters still has to be budgeted, but fun food for the family is already in the bag. Lets take a look […]
Today’s recipe is about making use of some inexpensive and very basic pantry staples–rice and lentils. If you aren’t familiar with lentils, allow me to introduce you to this amazing little pulse. Lentils are really quite amazing. They are those cute, little, brown, lens shaped things they sell in bags or bins in the grocery store. Lentils are one of the first domesticated crops. […]
The failed batch of Sum Gum kept taunting me from inside the refrigerator. It had already been two days, and I shuddered each time I saw it lurking on the second shelf. I had to do something with it before it spoiled, but I wasn’t sure exactly what. It was time for me to gather my resources and do a leftover makeover. The purpose of […]