I always like a bit of a challenge so I decided to do a $100 a week grocery challenge. That’s for 4 adults. Usually, my grocery bill averages $700 for the 4 of us so that’s a $300 difference. So that means using lots of pantry and freezer items. We’re in a good place to do that as both are filled although the freezer is only about half full that’s ok. I think if you didn’t have a well-stocked pantry $100 a week for 4 adults might be hard.
My plan is to keep a list of what I’m using and where I’ll replenish it like Costco or Winco.
So far I’ve spent $30 at Winco and .48 at Bel-air. The Winco shop was almost all veggies and salad stuff plus milk and a half and half.
The meals this week have been:
Smokey Lentil Soup with cheese quesadillas. The lentil soup is a favorite from NYT.
Sheet pan nachos. This is a new way( for me) to make nachos that I took off of Mavis Butterfield’s blog. She makes her nachos this way in the oven. It’s a great way to do it and very easy and clean up is a breeze.
An Ina Garten recipe for Bouef Bourguignon. I made it in the crockpot and that was a winner too.
Tonight is a big salad and grilled chicken /tofu. We use to call this the Kitchen Favorite because back in the 70’s the original vegetarian restaurant in Auburn was called “The Kitchen’. Of course, it didn’t have chicken but basically, it was salad, grilled tofu, and avocado slices. They made the best blue cheese dressing which I’ve never been quite able to duplicate but Trader Joe’s blue cheese dressing is close.
Tomorrow will be homemade pizza. I have everything I need.
Saturday, I’m planning tofu burgers with all the fixings and fries.
Sunday will end the week out or begin the week depending on how I look at it. Maybe a spaghetti night.
There’s lots going on in the gardens and the yard. Flowers are blooming and all three lilac trees are in full bloom. This has been a really good year for flowering trees. Out Cherry trees maintained their blossoms for weeks which was unusual. Now the lilacs are in full swing and very full. The white roses are just starting to bud and a few have flowers. The Cecil Brunner looks to be ready to explode with pink blossoms.
Today I plan on applying the redwood stain to the new fencing. I’m going to use a small roller so I think it will go quickly but I’m not sure how much/far the gallon will go. It certainly wasn’t cheap at $58 a gallon. The garden shed is nearing completion and I have bought the same house paint to paint that. I’m still not thrilled with the way it’s positioned but done is done. We still need to get some roofing to finish the shingles. We had some left over when we had the roof re -done so we just need to get 2-3 more bundles.
The weather is stellar right now with this afternoon being @ 80 degrees. I plan on BBQ some chicken and tofu.
I need to write up my monthly menu and check the freezer. I know I’ve used up quite a bit and when we were in New Brighton my daughter also used up lots of frozen things so that’s good and I can write a list of what needs to be replaced.
After my doctor visit yesterday, which went fine, I stopped at Trader Joe’s in Roseville. I bought some bread things,bagels,pita bread, sandwich bread, some veggies, some frozen things too. TJ’s is great for snacks like sesame sticks so I got a nice variety.
The doctor visit was fine. He said to lower my Dex( from 16 to 12 mg) so it’s maybe not so intense. That’ll be nice. He also said we’ll just wait and see about Round 6. I think if the Dex is more tolerable he’ll go for round 6. I guess we’ll see. All my numbers were still great and my ratio even went down to 1.3 since Lambda went up slightly. So I’m pleased and plus I feel pretty good overall. I do feel pretty lucky that the cancer is being wiped out by Velcade. Unfortunately, there are always rogue cells left behind and that’s why relapse is inevitable. But that’s not now and I refuse to think about something in the future I have no control over.
We both felt really awful yesterday. It seemed like an allergy type thing as we know it’s not Covid. ( no fever, no cough,) But still kinda headachey, and low energy. Sometimes I’ve had days like this out of the blue, but not on the same day as B. He just took it easy all day. I pushed thru and did most of the kitchen zone. I thought maybe it was a reaction to the air quality since we had been out walking but I’m not sure. When were out we always have masks on and we use sanitizer. Plus, everywhere we went people were 99% masked. So kinda a question mark.
We both feel better this morning but I still feel slightly off. I had plans to get my labs this morning but rescheduled for tomorrow. If this is allergy thing, my counts will show lower so I thought better to wait a day. I don’t see my doctor till the very end of the month so I have time to get my labs and results before hand. I don’t like the surprise of waiting. It reminds me of when I was first diagnosed and all the tests and waiting and then the dreaded phone calls. Now I’d rather know before hand and adjust my headspace.
I did make a lovely smoky lentil soup( William Sonoma recipe)( you can get from their website.) for dinner but that’s it. Usually I’ll make grilled cheese or have some homemade bread but that didn’t happen. I put together my monthly meal plan. I write it out but I don’t follow the days exactly. So we had the lentil soup Sunday not the frittata. I just use the template as a guide. Then I check off what we have eaten.
You can see I still have a few squares to fill in. I plan on looking at some cookbooks today. I also try to do one or two new recipes a month.
We are in cooler temperatures today and the air looks good. I keep thinking that maybe walking in the park with the air quality unhealthy affected us. On the other hand we’ve been doing it now since the fires started and haven’t been affected so who knows. It’s a mystery.
I was laughing maniacally( joke) when I read Trump was on Dexamethasone. How funny!! As anyone who has been on Dex,off and on for years, you know it masks aches and pains and other ills because it is such a high dose steroid. The problem is what goes up must come down and when he’s off it, then the problems could resurface especially his coughing. Oh well, he deserves it and more. Honestly, driving around in his armoured car infecting others or at least the possibility, is pure evil. Just for a photo op.
The week has B’s video appt with the nurse practitioner and labs. If the air stays nice we might do that drive up to Tahoe to see the lake. Maybe pack a picnic.
It’s Monday and it’s SUNNY! Gee, a few days have gone by and not much has happened. Just my day to life. BTW, my sister did start her chemo last week. 3x weekly. That’s definitely tough. I hope it goes well for her. I’m still planning to fly to Conn sometime maybe May or June.
I’m needing to find some new blogs to read, any suggestions? Some of the ones I used to read are just boring me ( not you Spo!!), or I’m not interested in seeing them post pictures of themselves constantly. So, It’s been kinda bleak. I do learn so much from other bloggers and enjoy the insight into their lives. Especially minimalist ones. I do like some of the big name bloggers but mostly I enjoy people who have normal everyday things going on.
So I went to Goodwill yesterday looking for a vase for the Farmgirl Flowers and found a lovely milk glass one thats called Hobnail Milk glass.
Then I like it so much I went back for a small bud vase as I want to dry the eucalyptus.
I don’t know if this has a name or not. I got this for .60 ,not bad!! Now I’m really liking the white of the milk glass so I’ll look for some more to put plants in.
I’m off to shop at Grocery Outlet and then Staples for printer ink.
Dinner is unknown at this point. I guess I’d better work on a menu. Probably tofu something.
I love the sound of one hand clapping and I love one empty shelf or drawer.
I’m not sure where I first read that on a minimalist’s blog but it totally captivated me. Now in every dresser, there is at least one empty drawer and in 2 of my bookcases, there is one empty shelf.
It feels good to have that room on those 2 shelves. It lets the space breathe. The one larger bookcase in our front room does not have an empty shelf, but 3 shelves hold my fiesta ware and 3 shelves hold our Easton press books, and 1 shelf holds my cookbooks and 1 shelf hold photo albums. I may have to re- look at that bookcase and redo the Fiesta ware.
Today is a quiet day with just some puttering around and menu planning for the week.
So far I have:
Sunday was Sunday supper (or something to roast, or bake for leftovers during the week) I did a lovely whole organic chicken.
Monday is pasta night so I might do a mac and cheese or just a simple pasta with butter and parmesan.
Tuesday is taco Tuesday and I’ll use some of the left over chicken and do soft chicken tacos.
Wednesday is Whatever Wednesday so ???
Thursday is crockpot Thursday and I have an organic pot roast to cook. I’ll throw in some potatoes and onions.
Friday is Friday night pizza. so some sort of pizza.
Saturday has been Sammie Saturday but now with the cooler weather, I think I’ll make it soup night.
BTW, didn’t see the weird park guy today, but I did carry my pepper spray. Also, B is gone this week up to the North Coast, so I’ll be walking alone. So if I see the guy I’ll turn around and walk the other way and then the same when I get near him on the other side. The park path is a .5 mile circular path.
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