My musings…

B: bacon, eggs, black beans and tortillas
L: homemade pizza, salad and strawberries
D: shrimp and rice Ecuadorian style
S: bananas, oranges

B: oatmeal muffins, strawberries
L: mushroom chicken over spaghetti, broccoli
S: bananas, oranges

B: quiche
L: salad, soup from freezer
S: orange, apple, roasted seaweed

Dinner: ham, green beans and potatoes (soup style) with peanut butter bread


Wasn’t able to post yesterday because I didn’t take the train. I picked up our CSA on Thursday. We ended up with collards, spinach, kohlrabi, carrots, Swiss chard, and pea shoots. I also picked up 2 green peppers.

Friday boys:
Sister in law fed the boys

Friday me:
B: oatmeal with a banana, peanut butter and cinnamon
L: taco salad
S: blueberries, veggies
D: I thought we were going to have dinner before a post-work event, but nope, so I had a bowl of cereal and a banana when I got home.

B: waffles from the freezer, eggs and bacon
L: chicken and veggie soup
D: mushroom chicken spaghetti

Yeah, chicken twice in one day and possibly the last chicken from the freezer. H was going to cook one night and thought two pounds of chicken are necessary to feed us (one is fine) but he already had it thawed before I realized and then he didn’t end up cooking so it needed to be used.

Today I went shopping. I picked up all of the milk we should need this week to avoid a mid-sized week trip. But fruit is also super cheap this week ($0.29/lb for bananas, $1.69 for 3 lb apples, $1.99 for 3 lb oranges) so maybe a trip for fruit for next week will be worthwhile. We ended up with more strawberries, boys did a great job eating then last week, so I think it is okay even though they’re on the expensive side.


Still over the $20 limit I thought I’d aim for…oh well.

I also spent 3ish hours prepping food today.


2 loaves stir and pour wheat bread
24 pumpkin wheat mini muffins
1 swiss chard, mushroom and feta quiche
21 cinnamon raisin oatmeal cups
4 salads (chickpeas, cucumbers, carrots, kohlrabi, green peppers, pea shoots and spinach)

I think we’re ready for the week ahead!

Pantry Challenge Day 7

Had to stop at the store yesterday – 1 gallon of milk and 1 bunch of bananas ran $5.xx. It would have been cheaper at Aldi, but I also would have had to run a few extra miles which I didn’t feel like doing after work yesterday and might have cancelled out the savings anyway.

Today’s plan:
B: mini muffins, eggs, black beans, strawberries and blueberries
L: chicken, bean and cheese quesadillas, carrots and hummus
D: spaghetti
S: mandarins and bananas

B: oatmeal with banana, peanut butter and cinnamon, coffee
L, D and snacks: provided at work (all day meeting)

Pantry Challenge Day 6

Okay here we are on Day 6. Refrigerator is looking a little bare, but I suppose that’s the point. Also I pick up the CSA share tomorrow…we haven’t had a pick up since Dec 17 because of the holidays, so I’m hoping it’s a big one. 🙂

Well, the woke up super early this morning so…
First breakfast
S2: pancake with Kelly
S3: tortilla with egg and black beans
Second breakfast: banana mini muffin
Third breakfast (if they still ate it at SIL’s): pancakes, cottage cheese, strawberries
Lunch: chili with rice
Snacks: cheese sticks, mandarins, bananas

B: eggs with mushrooms, spinach and feta
L: lunch bunch (someone else is cooking)
S: blackberries, apple, carrots and cucumber

Dinner: salsa chicken in the crockpot which I’ll probably make into quesadillas

Pantry Challenge Day 5

One thing I neglected to mention on my Saturday post is how stinkin’ hard it was for me to avoid purchasing some things at the grocery store…seriously. chicken breasts were in sale for $1.49/lb. I don’t think I saw that price at all last year. But we have chicken breasts in the freezer that need to be used. And they’ll likely be on sale again at the beginning of February. And hams were $5 off, too! But I had just cooked an entire ham for Christmas and the bone and some scraps are in the freezer waiting to be made into soup. But still. So hard to resist and not throw them in the cart.

Also, I haven’t made a weekly or monthly food plan and here’s why: the boys don’t always want dinner, sometimes my sister in law feeds them and sometimes they just aren’t hungry so then whatever was made for dinner that night (since I almost always have it in the crockpot or have at least thawed something) becomes dinner for the next night. I have a list (in my head) of things I can make with what’s in the freezer and pantry so there are a few meals that can be made at any time.  Also, I have a CSA share that I pick up on Thursdays, so what’s coming in that is always a bit of a surprise. I know there will be lots of greens (hello quiches and soups), but beyond that, who knows?

Day 5 plan:
First breakfast: mini muffins and milk
B & L: sister in law is making
D: chili and rice
S: mandarins

B: eggs with sauteed spinach and mushrooms, coffee
L: taco salad
D: chili
S: blackberries, mandarins, carrots and cucumber

Pantry Challenge Day 4

Today is the first day back to work since  December 23. You better bet it was hard to get out of bed this morning. Doesn’t help that the temperatures are finally seasonal…I definitely appreciated those warm December days. Anyway I took a few minutes yesterday and made taco salads for lunch


1/4 c salsa
1/4 c black beans
1/4 c quinoa
1/2 ish c ground turkey with taco seasonings
Sprinkle cheese
Fill jar with greens

I only made 4 because 1 day a week we have a “lunch bunch” – a group of people get together 1x/week. You cook once every six weeks or so and eat what other people cook the other 5 weeks. It’s nice to have that plus to eat with colleagues instead of at my desk.

The boys and H normally get leftovers for lunch and they don’t seem to mind.

My meals today:
Breakfast: cereal and protein shake
Lunch: taco salad
Dinner: chili (from freezer)
Snacks: mandarins, cottage cheese and strawberries, carrots and cucumbers

B: pancakes, cottage cheese and strawberries
L: Mac and cheese, chicken and green beans
D: chili
S: mandarins, bananas, pretzels

Okay so yesterday the boys requested French fries so H took them for fries but he used a gift card to pay so I don’t count that. I had a bowl of soup and PB&J for lunch. Then we were out and about and I hadn’t started anything for dinner and the boys asked for Pollo Campero, so we picked up a dozen pieces and ate those with the leftover coleslaw. Another $20+…

Today was much better.
Breakfast: bacon, eggs, black beans and tortillas
Lunch: still eating Christmas leftovers, though I think today was the last
Dinner: chicken, stuffing (using ends of bread I had in the freezer) and green beans