We’re going into our final days of trying to spend only $150 on groceries this month while I eat our way through the pantry and freezer. As of today I have about $10 left. We have company coming in town this weekend, so I’m going to have to spend a little extra on food for them, but otherwise I think we’ll be able to make it the rest of this week! I have a dozen and a half eggs (really good ones from the farmers’ market two days ago, picture below), we have lots of produce from our CSA, and still plenty of beans and some pasta left in the pantry. Plus 2/3 or so lbs of organic pork sausage in the freezer.
Aug. 18 $10 3 dozen eggs (from local, pastured hens)
Aug. 20 $25 3 loaves of bread, organic yogurt (on sale), organic cheese (on sale), local, pastured pork hot dogs (a very impulsive purchase– I was feeling really sick and was grocery shopping at 4:30 pm and it just happened), 4 Larabars (on sale for $0.60 each)– this grocery trip, the hot dogs and larabars particularly, might not have been the best idea. This trip left me with $16 or 17 left for the next 11 days………. Not sure if we’ll be able to make it!!!!
Aug. 25 $10 2 dozen eggs and a pound of lamb’s liver from a vendor at the farmer’s market
Total spent: $45 (Remaining: $8 and lots of quarters, so maybe $10 total)
August 18, Monday– Breakfast Soaked porridge for me and Will, plus an egg each. Lunch was mung beans and rice. Dinner, salmon cakes with kimchi tartar sauce.
August 19, Tuesday– Breakfast: Eggs and porridge. Lunch: mung beans and rice with curry. Dinner: John worked late and ate sandwiches on the road, and Will and I ate mung bean curry
August 20, Wednesday– Breakfast: (Soaked) buckwheat dutch baby pancake with blueberries Dinner: Roasted potatoes with pesto, hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard. Will had mung bean curry, blueberries (thawed from the freezer), and potatoes.
August 21, Thursday– Breakfast: I made some little kale-dill cakes for Will and me. The kale had been sitting in the fridge for almost two weeks, and I decided that we would eat it today, by gum. But I don’t think Will is ready to chew sautéed kale yet, so I cooked it and then pureed it in the blender along with some dill and two eggs. I added some bread crumbs (that I made from stale sourdough bread a few weeks ago), and then cooked them up like little pancakes. Will loved them, and I ate several myself. Lunch: Soaked buckwheat crepes with cheese, more kale cakes for Will.
Dinner at friends’ houses both Friday and Saturday nights. Random things for breakfast and lunch.
August 24, Sunday Made a big pot of black eyed peas with rice and ham.
August 25, Monday Dinner: CSA heirloom tomato sliced and topped with pesto from the last of our basil for the week. And some lamb’s liver I bought at the farmer’s market yesterday– dredged in flour and seared in the pan for a couple of minutes on each side. Will ate black eyed peas, lots of liver, little dollops of pesto, and chunks of beets I roasted last night.
Also, Will and I went to play in the fountains at the park today, and I packed a picnic lunch. Trying to soak up as much sunshine as possible over the next few weeks….