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Eating through Our Pantry Again


Well, I turned around and we are halfway through March. How in the world did that happen?!?

Next weekend, not this coming one, Gymnast arrives for a week long visit.

Then we leave at the end of that visit for a week long trip (Spring Break) to Texas to visit my parents. Holy cow, this year is flying by.

Oh, and sprinkled in 2-3 times per week is volleyball practice or games. We are going to be half way through April before I can catch my breathe. Anyone else going through this?

As a result of this craziness, not to mention the financial setbacks of a hospital stay and a car wreck, I have officially decided, just yesterday, that I will not buy any more groceries until we return from Texas. We are going to eat through our pantry again.

I did a grocery run the last week of February and spent around $200 (too lazy to look up the total right now.) But haven’t spent any other grocery money of our normal $600 budget.

I’d rather leave the cupboards bear anyways since we will be gone for over a week, and what better way to do it. We’ll save some money, eat through the stuff that is no one’s favorite (yes, we still have Chicken Noodle Soup) and I’ll have a clear conscious to splurge on groceries upon our return. It’s a win, win, win!

I know it’s Spring Break other places now. Most of my Texas friends are posting their getaways this week. Anyone in the BAD community doing something fun for their break?

We are looking forward to visiting Texas again. I will be working the entire trip. And we are going to take my car (crossing fingers that it is fixed by then) to save money vs renting a car like we did for Thanksgiving. I’m excited because it means the twins can help drive on this super long roadtrip!

It will be a low key trip. And we will cook a lot to stock my parents deep freezer for them. And the countdown in on. Now I’m off to make a 3 week meal plan, clearing out our pantry, freezer and refrigerator. Wish me luck (especially when the kids hear about my plan!)



Summer Groceries – KISS Style


It is HOT outside.  I mean we’ve approached 90 degrees on a couple of days already.  Needless to say, we are very grateful for our wonderful apartment pool which we are enjoying as often as we can.  And one other thing that comes with HOT is that we start eating differently, craving different foods then we do during the cooler months.  I’m sure there are studies on this, but my statements are only from years of observing my family.

So we are once again re-vamping our grocery lists.  For the last few months, the kids have each chosen a theme for their night and we ate accordingly.  But with summer two things are different, one we don’t want as heavy or filling of meals and two there are a lot of nights when there are just a couple of us eating (work, camps, friends all take us away and feed us.)

We are going to focus on fruits and veggies that can be grabbed quickly on the run, put our “bigger” meal earlier in the day and each person has a water bottle to keep full and cold to keep them hydrated.  I’m calling this our KISS style of groceries: Keep It Simple Stupid.  So here’s what our weekly grocery looks like:

  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • 8 bananas
  • Blueberries
  • 2 Cantaloupe
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 head of Broccoli
  • 1 mixed bag of Salad (twins have to be forced to eat salad)
  • 10 lb Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Corn chips
  • Salsa
  • 12 pack of Activia yogurt
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 1/2 bacon (as needed)
  • 2 lbs of sandwich meat
  • 1 large pack of medium sized tortillas
  • 2 loaves of bread (used for sandwiches or toast)
  • Bisquick (as needed for pancakes or biscuits)
  • Peanut Butter (as needed – I buy the GIANT size at Sams so it tends to last a while)
  • Popcorn kernels (as needed)
  • 10lb bag of frozen chicken breasts
  • 3 lbs of ground turkey meat
  • 1 family size pack of boneless pork chops
  • 1 other meat (roast, shrimp, fish, etc.)
  • Large bag of rice (as needed)

Items below delivered weekly based on order preferences and what we have used the week before

  • 1 1/2 gallon of Skim Milk
  • 1 gallon of Chocolate Milk
  • Blocks of cheddar and colby jack cheese as needed
  • 6+ gallons of water

I freeze a bunch of the berries for smoothies and then the others disappear in handfuls.

So we will make a couple of BIG meals during the week when we are all home and have some time together, but mostly the kids will do grab and go based on what their bodies are telling them they need.  I cook one meal a day (big or little) and the kids will eat when they are home.  Their favorites for summer time are:

  • Red beans and rice (it just takes a little to fill them up and it’s very flavorful)
  • Fried rice (some add chicken which I always have some on hand, some add shrimp, some no meat)
  • Breakfast for dinner (eggs, bacon, rice or grits, homemade biscuits)
  • Taco meat for either salad toppings or in tortillas/sometimes cheese quesadillas
  • Crockpot “meat” meal – heavy on the meat and a couple of sides (as I’m writing this I have a roast in the crockpot with carrots and have cantaloupe and rice to go with it.)

The kids are all hoping to have some cookouts at the pool and invite friends this summer, and I think that will be a great idea.  I have a bunch of bison burgers in the freezer with buns that a client gave us, but I’m sure as it goes closer we will have to add some additional items.

I still maintain that Sundays are sandwiches and subs days to save me from spending the day in the kitchen, but otherwise during the summer it’s pretty much what is on hand and what whomever is cooking has a mind to cook.  Little Gymnast’s favorite meal to cook these days is chicken fried steak…he’s doing a pretty good job with it, a couple of burns…but oh, the mess afterwards!

We are still on track with spending $100-150 per week on groceries, just the nature of the food changes a bit.