Tuesday, April 30, 2013

45 days of no shopping: week 4

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This week we were given some much needed things from some awesome friends. s gave us a bunch of zucchini leftover from her restaurant, 2 sweet potatoes, and a few bananas. We were also given crackers, chips, and other snack foods from a friend who was moving. And strawberries from another friend. I did cave and buy butter, oil, and a few things I needed to make a friend a caring meal. I turned 2 gallons of milk into cheese and 1 more into yogurt. Fridge and freezer still pretty full. But having to be pretty creative with my husbands packed lunches.

B-freezer breakfast burritos 
L- pb and j with homemade bread
D-freezer meal: enchilada 
Snacks frozen blueberries, homemade popsicles 

B-yogurt, raisins, strawberries
L-breakfast burrito 
D-leftover enchilada 
Snacks- popsicles, crackers, tortilla, apples

B-freezer burritos
D-freezer meal: chicken broccoli Alfredo, mashed potato
Snacks- banana bread, 

B- oatmeal, strawberries (thanks to a friend) milk and raisins 
L- slow cooker seasoned bean and tomato soup 
D- freezer meal: enchilada casserole 
Snacks- home canned peaches, crackers and hummus (thanks to S), and popcorn 

B- homemade freezer waffles, homemade yogurt and strawberries
L- homemade chili and cornbread
D- spaghetti and hotdogs (at S's house)
Snacks- eggs, crackers, strawberries, baby carrots

B- cereal and milk
L- homemade pioneer cheese on tortilla with strawberries
D- arroz con chili
Snacks- eggs, cereal, froze, applesauce

B- homemade doughnuts
L- chili and corn bread
D- rice with zucchini (from S)
Snacks- eggs, crackers and cheese, carrots 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

45 days of no shopping week 3

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Almost at the half way point and my freezer is somehow still super full.

B- at Audie's- waffles, bacon and juice
L- w/collage guy, fat apple- sandwiches
D- packed with us- chicken sausage, cheese and tortillas
Snacks- rice cakes, peas and corn, pineapple 

B-mops breakfast- quiche ham and mush (I brought), yogurt apple bread, oranges, and hot chocolate 
L-coconut shrimp from a friend, rise with seaweed. 
D-monapua from S, rice and seaweed, and peas and corn
Snacks- oranges, almonds 

B- cereal and milk
L- freezer meal: chicken enchilada
D- rice, seaweed, peas and corn, chicken sausage 
Snack- oranges, tortilla toasted, went to a party in the evening with appetizers

B- egg bake, eggs, cheese, potato from S's garden, ham from Easter breakfast
L-alchemy pasta, salad, and bread thanks to S. 
D- pancakes, grilled cheese

B- egg bake
L-pb&j and milk
D-freezer meal lasagna (before 4)
D- juiced- chard, cilantro, spinach, apple and grape juice (after 4)
Snack- nuts dried fruit, toast, cereal, oranges

Note: we are fasting from 4pm 4/19- 4pm 4/20 So the food I list during this time was just for our toddler. 

B-cereal with milk (for liana), juiced: Pom, yogurt, chard, cilantro, grape, cranberry, and spinach
L-cheese sandwich, egg, orange (for liana), juiced (same as lunch on 4/19)
L- leftover lasagna (after 4)
D- spaghetti with cheese and butter, ribeye, peas and corn, milk, no bake peanut butter cookie
Snack: Popsicle, oranges, crackers, cheese, toast and butter. 

B- leftover egg bake
L-leftovers from yesterday's dinner
D-freezer meal enchilada, milk and peanut butter no bake cookie
Snack- egg, nuts, orange, fruit, popcorn, homemade Popsicle

Happy barefoot saving!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

45 days of no shopping: week 2

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The no shopping fast continues with week 2. To add some excitement into the mix, we went away this past weekend. Luckily we caked lunches ahead of time and were staying with family.

B- potatoes and eggs (from S's garden and another friends chickens)
L- grilled cheese and milk
D- friends house, ribs, beans, and slaw
Snack- rice cakes, pineapple

B- cereal and milk
L- beans and rice
D- freezer meal: meatloaf
Snacks- pear, popcorn

B- breakfast burrito
L- leftover meatloaf
D- freezer meal: lasagna 
Snack- frozen applesauce, eggs, cheese.

B-cereal with homemade yogurt and honey
L- leftover meatloaf 
D-Mac and cheese freezer meal, with peas and corn, dessert: blonde brownies and milk
Smack: apple, homemade bread with honey and butter, egg, Annie's bunny crackers, raisins, pistachios

B-waffles, yogurt, honey and banana
L-Leftover mac & cheese, Milk
D-rice, seaweed, and soy sauce, broccoli. Blondie
Snacks-Apple, Yogurt and honey, Rice cake

B-frozen meal - breakfast burritos
L-at aunt Candy's- chicken wraps and burritos
D-@ Candy's- chicken, asparagus, salad and peppers, ice cream
Snacks- rice cakes, oranges, cheese, blondes and pop 

B-homemade yogurt and cereal
L-Cocos with grandparents- eggs, muffin, sausage, fruit
D-@ aunt Audie's- prime rib, spinach, Mac and cheese, brownies 
Snacks-Costco samples, pupus at aunt Audie's (carrots, crackers, oranges, celery, chips

Week 2 finished. We ended up going to Costco and not buying a single thing of food! i was SO tempted! We did end up buying some ice cream for dessert at my aunts house, it was the least  we could do. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

45 days of no shopping: week 1

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my husband said we spend too much money on groceries. I smelt a challenge. So we are going to try make it 45 days without grocery shopping. This not only will save us tons of money but will also force me to be more creative with the stuff we already have. Which is a lot. I spent the last week of march to take a quick inventory of our pantry, cabinets, freezer and fridge.  I have about 12 lbs of dried beans alone. So yeah, we shouldn't starve or anything. I have tons of freezer meals and meals in a jar from when I was preparing for baby. And lots of home canned goodies. Also we shop at Costco, so I have 25 lb bags of flour, sugar, salt etc.
I thought if we are going to do this I should at least keep track of what we are eating. And I decided to share it invade it inspires you to do the same. If nothing else it will be a great way to clean out the freezer and pantry. Or if your moving, to prepare you for the move. 
So here we go:

Week 1

Breakfast: oatmeal, milk and raisins
Lunch: leftovers from an amazing Easter dinner at a friends house
Dinner: freezer meal Mac and cheese
Snacks: crackers, rice cakes, oranges and fruit salad

B- mops breakfast of yogurt, bean brownies and quiche and persimmon bread that I brought.
L- ox tail soup leftover from Easter and chips
D- went to a friends house for dinner ( she will be brought up a lot, I'll call her S). We ate rice, chicken and chard.
Note: She ended up giving us tons of chard and potatoes from her garden
Snacks: crackers, rice cakes, apple, milk and fruit salad

B- ham, eggs, waffles and milk
L- tuna cheddar melt and pickles
D- steak from freezer, Swiss chard and freezer meal: enchilada casserole. With milk and German chocolate cake
Snack: chips and salsa, crackers, nuts, oranges and frozen fruit
Note: it was my husbands birthday so we ate good! And I made 20 extra waffles for the freezer. Also our church gave us all the extra ham, eggs, and milk from Easter breakfast. Score!

B- oatmeal, milk and raisins
L- bean rice and cheese burritos, juice, fish soup (leftover from Easter)
D- enchilada casserole and Swiss chard
Snacks: pineapple, pear, hard boiled eggs, apple sauce and fruit snacks

B- cereal and milk
L- tortilla, cheese, persimmon bread, sandwich from S
D- fundraiser: spaghetti, salad, roll, cookie $30 for the family
Snacks: crackers, fruit snacks, pineapple, pears, sunflower seeds, pop corn

B- cereal and milk
L- tuna sandwich on homemade bread, cheese sandwich on homemade bread, cookie left over from fundraiser, walnuts, and dried fruit.
D- freezer meal, she'll pasta with beef, beet greens from S's garden, BBQ beans with pork, milk
Snacks: crackers, pineapple, walnuts, and dried fruit

B-Cereal and milk
L- grilled cheese and chocolate chip muffins
D- dinner at a friends: ribs, slaw, and beans

Well we made it a week thus far with no problem. The key is to get invited over for dinner!