I keep thinking that I’m actually going to get less busy and manage to post here more often, but then the week runs away with me. Again. I also imagined that with both our teens sons now having licenses and cars, my driving load would be less. And it is– except for the 7x a week driver’s ed that our 16 year old daughter has been doing for three weeks. But that’s done today, so maybe, maybe I’ll get to stay home more soon.
But then starts another 6 months of driving with a student driver. She’s #8 to take driver’s ed, so we’re starting to feel like campaign-hardened veterans in the driver’s ed department– harder to scare, and a bit better at predicting the typical things that kids have trouble with. This is also our 4th new driver in 2 years, so I’m starting to feel sorry that our preteen daughters once again get to sit in the car and again hear my play-by-play direction of new drivers. Heck, even I’m getting tired of the sound of my voice pointing out possible hazards. On the bright side, they’ll probably be excellent drivers by the time it’s their turn to learn.
Another thing that’s been taking some time lately is really fun. I’m pulling together final plans for a Created for Care mini-retreat in McCall, Idaho in October. Twenty ladies have signed up to attend, which is a nice number for the house that we rented, and I’m just praying the weekend will be a delight and a blessing to everyone. We’ll be watching some really good DVD’s from the ‘big’ Created for Care event that I’ve attended for several years, plus have time for sharing and fellowship and encouragement. And chocolate.
So. On to the great grocery adventure. I went to the store twice this week, for essentials like potatoes, onions, dish soap, milk, yogurt, eggs and a watermelon. OK, the watermelon wasn’t an essential, but the affordable watermelon season is getting near its end. Better enjoy before the prices go up. I also grabbed some peanuts for munchies for my college-student girl who’s working so hard, and probably not eating great with all the studying and early rising.
As of Thursday I was up to $290 which I call a great success for the month. I don’t really even feel like the cupboards are bare. I have been a bit more repetitive with food this week, but I attribute that to being busy as much as to the $300 budget.
Julianna made her first apple pie this past week, using the press-in pie crust recipe from Family Feasts for $75 a Week. It was yummy and she was very proud of herself. I canned some apple pie filling which will be really yummy this winter, and I also began canning grape juice. Lots more grapes on the vines but I don’t know when I will get to them.
Here’s what we ate:
- Breakfast-Buckwheat cereal that had been languishing in the pantry forever, canned plums from last year
- Lunch- Fried rice, sliced tomatoes, cookies
- Dinner- Injera, West African peanut chicken, made with almond butter instead of peanut butter, cucumber salad
- Breakfast- cereal
- Lunch- At mom’s (we brought Amish cole slaw)
- Dinner- Ethiopian New Year party (we brought injera and dinich wat)
- Breakfast- Eggs and toast
- Lunch- Tomato melts
- Dinner- Hot dogs and cheesy potato casserole
- Breakfast-Hash brown combo
- Lunch-Pizza rolls, pizza
- Dinner-Pizza, apple fritters
- Lunch-Ramen and Stirfry veggies, dinich wat
- Dinner-Hamburgers and rice, watermelon
- Breakfast-Eggs and leftover apple fritters
- Lunch-rice, quesadillas
- Dinner- empanadas from Tango’s (after being gone ALL day)
- Breakfast- Scrambled Eggs, muffins (from the freezer), plums, apples and grape juice
- Lunch- chicken veggie wraps, made with rice paper, spring roll style
- Dinner- Chicken and rice soup (made with bone broth)
How did your week go? I’d love to hear some of your budgeting successes. Did you make a meal that your family particularly enjoyed?
Recipes I’ve pinned that I’d like to try: