Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Back on the Wagon!

I sort of fell off the wagon a bit. Obviously, I haven't posted in a while, but we also cut loose a little bit recently. But that's okay. There's no use in beating yourself up over something like that. You learn, regroup, and move forward. Life is about moving forward. :-)

So... Today we went grocery shopping. We have a trip coming up this weekend, but we still went shopping to stock up. My hope is that I can make a bunch of food for us to take with so we don't end up eating out or buying a ton of convenience foods. If nothing else, we can always freeze what I make and eat it next week.

Our total for this week, thus far, is $39.12.
This is what we bought:

1 box (12 packets) Yamamoto instant green tea*
1.42 lbs broccoli rabe
1.75 lbs broccoli crowns
3 cans pinto beans (15.5 oz each)
3 cans coconut milk (13.5 each)
1 jar thai chili mayonaise (12 oz)*
1 can chick peas (1 lb 13 oz)
1 container white mushrooms (10 oz)
1 bag whole frozen tilapia (3 lbs)
0.23 lb fiddlehead fern greens*
2.24 lbs large purple eggplants
1 bag masa harina (4.4 lbs)
1.95 lbs zucchini

*splurge purchases... but sometimes it's the small splurges like these that help keep us from eating out or buying junk food.

Doesn't sound like much but it's for one week of food. Not bad to be honest and it will definitely feed us. We have a bunch of stuff in our cabinets, freezer, and fridge that we need to use up too. There were some really good prices on meats at the market, but we really would prefer to wait on buying red meats and poultry until we are sure we don't have some sitting in the freezer. We also didn't dig through all the sales flyers that the various grocery stores around here have. Right now, we don't have much time. I figured that I have a general idea of what I want to cook (mainly sauted veggies and curries), so we might as well get ingredients that can be used in several ways and just be done with it. At least that will cut the temptation to buy convenience items or go out to a restaurant or fast food joint... which would be a sad waste of money.

This weekend we are going to Maryland to attend the Faery Festival and to see people we haven't seen in years. It will be interesting. We are checking on hotel costs and availability and will see if I can get an extra discount on the side. The first weekend of the month, my hubby and I (with baby in tow) helped my sister vend at Rakkasah Caravan, and my husband is planning to help her vend at another event that is taking place the last weekend of May. We also have our son's birthday coming up on thursday and the family celebration of his birthday next weekend. Mind you that my mother's birthday was also the same weekend as Rakkasah Caravan (she was helping us vend but my hubby and I got her a cake and gift, which we gave to her after we all returned) and mother's day was last weekend and her Cinco de Mayo family dinner!

May is and has been a busy month!

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