Monday, July 29, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Getting back on a food budget

I wrote a post the other day about how I'm spending an unbelievable amount on groceries lately and how I need to get "back on the wagon".

Weeks ago I signed up with Jessica and actually have been signed up with her 52 weeks of no repeat dinners since the beginning.  I don't know How I found it, but I'm glad I did and it has helped get me back on track, but the problem with going off someone else's menu is you don't always like the choices or you have allergies or whatever the case may be.  This week's menu  had shrimp, I'm allergic so I kinda poo pooed the whole menu she had up this week without bothering to check the rest.  I know that's bad and I have a tendency of checking out once something fails to appeal to me (I'm sure the kid would have liked it, but I can't even handle shrimp to cook it).

Anyway.... Being the girl on a mission that I am and getting nothing but frustrated by google I went to where I should have gone in the first place...


Search Pinterest for Budget Friendly meals and HOLY COW!! There was a Ton of stuff!  I made up a board of budget friendly meals and there are meal plans and recipes and So many things (can you tell I'm excited about this?)  I'm still adding things to it and before making a grocery list this week I'm gonna pick seven recipes and go with it.   There are SO many other people in the same situation that I'm in.  We've all gotta eat, some of us have giant teenage boys to feed (and seriously, where does all that food go?) Most have more than one kid to feed.

It's not easy to stick to a food budget but with a little planning it's a LOT easier :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's really HOT!! Lets cool down with some ice cream :)

I get an insane amount of emails daily.I'm really trying better to get through these emails daily... or at least a few times a week.  I came across an email from last week and flagged it to keep it on the list of stuff I need to read.

I finally got around to reading it on Sunday night when I sat down to get through the mass of email in my inbox and make an effort to get the number of unread emails to under 1,000.  (Yeah, you read that right)

We're having an incredibly hot week, the longest heatwave since 2002.  By 9am it was already 91° outside my office (now it says 97°).  It’s too hot to cook, it’s too hot to eat.. It’s almost too hot to even be outside for any amount of time.  The Kid hasn't been to the park all week.  It’s just too hot.

So... back to this email with the recipes.  It was Their best summer and grilling recipes so I clicked through and stopped at the recipe for Cornstarch Ice Cream.

I have an ice cream maker, I use it maybe 3-4 times a year.  I can’t seem to get the hang of making ice cream.  I don't like to use full fat milk and heavy cream, it always melts too fast and it always rock hard when I take it out of my freezer. This seemed like a very different approach instead of custard ice cream (which, admittedly is wonderful, but Sooo fattening and I've been so good at eating healthy and not just losing the weight that I battled with for years but keeping it off too.)

Okay, so Cornstarch... I have that on hand and I grabbed a quart of light cream at the store, I can do this.

And so I did.



I was a little hesitant while cooking it up, it looked a little... gloopy? Gluey?

I left it to cool for a bit and then set up the ice cream maker (I have a cuisinart with the freezer bowl that I always keep handy in the freezer) and churned it for 30 minutes, put it into a covered container and sat it in the freezer overnight.

I like it, the kid liked it.  I followed the recipe exactly with the vanilla bean and all and I'd like to try it again with cherries and almond extract.  Being a base recipe, just about anything can be added to this.

Cornstarch Ice Cream

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I am a woman on a mission and I need your help!!

My mission is to get my food budget in check.

No more trips to the grocery store just because I need something, we're out of something or there's nothing for dinner.

I've really fallen off the wagon here... I was so good with keeping on my $50/week budget and I have no idea where I've steered off this path, but I need to get back on it.

I've signed up for meal planning lists, I've pinned myself all these budget friendly meals.  I have a plan.

But I need to really get back to making lists, making a weekly menu and get myself on task here.

My only saving grace right now is with the kid working as a counselor at his old summer camp he's not eating me out of house and home being home all day (at least not for the next 5 weeks, lol).

Are you on a weekly food budget?

Do you make meal plans or you just a go with it kind of person?

I need some feedback here, some tips and ideas for planning meals and lists.