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 are safely stored in the freezer and in the pantry. She also pointed out that the Menu Board really is a Suggestions Board. This is true.
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 one dollar of my $25.00 budget. I checked what I had in the house that I needed to use up, planned our dinner menu, and left the house armed with a detailed list.
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 that I can try to save the most money. I thought I was doing well with allowing only one dollar per person per meal, but I found someone who made me feel like a complete […]
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 than adequate. This egg salad is one of my favorite versions. It came about one day when I was making lunch and was decided to make things a little fancier by adding chopped celery leaves, […]
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 over to Prevention to read about potatoes and four other foods that are very nutritious in spite of what you may have been told. Potatoes are an excellent frugal food. I can often find a […]
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 at some of the great Halloween recipes/ideas that can be pulled together from things you may already have in your well stocked pantry. I’ve gathered these ideas from around the web. Click on the photos […]
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. In fact, archeological evidence suggests that humans have been eating lentils since the aceramic neolithic period. (Aceramic = before pottery, which makes me wonder how they cooked their lentils. I’ve searched the internet without success, […]
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 publishing my leftover makeovers is to help inspire ways to transform the odds and ends left in the refrigerator into something new. This week, we will look at how I transformed some less than desirable […]