|My Buddy making muffins one day - he's doing a great job!|
In any case, we had a WONDERFUL TIME and it was so nice to see my cousin and her family.
We are sticking with our $20/wk grocery budget for the month of July. We had planned to go down to first $15 per week with $5 going toward our CSA share for next year and then calculated that it would actually be $12 per week with $8 to the CSA (the price is going up next year). With grocery prices the way they are, I'm not quite comfortable doing that yet so we're sticking with the $20/wk for now and will take the remaining $80 budgeted for this month toward our CSA instead. With $40 from last month we have $120 toward our CSA. Maybe after we've been at $20 for a while I can figure out how to get it even lower - since we have next year covered it's the following year we'll need to cover.
In our CSA last weekend we got kale, rhubarb, garlic scapes, strawberries, peas, lettuce, dill, cilantro, and broccoli. I don't have enough of anything to blanch and freeze yet (unless we don't eat the broccoli before it starts to go limp) so I'm waiting to start that. Last year we had an overabundance of beets and peas so we'll see what we get this year. We'll probably have to buy a few things at the Farmer's Market to make it all work out - darn those kids that grow and eat more food! :) - but we'll make it work!
So we started the month with $80 for groceries for the month and spent $18.12 at one store and $26.22 at the other, so we have $35.66 for the rest of the month, or approximately $11 per week. Why did I spend so much this week? Well, my in-laws are coming up for the 4th and that means feeding teenagers for 2 days! I'm hoping that we have some food leftover, but I'm not very optimistic. :) I also bought chicken for $0.79/lb so I stocked up on enough for at least 4 meals (or two while my in-laws are here!). So we have chicken in the freezer again, a few staples and a ton of fruit! Hopefully that will hold everyone. I'll post a photo this weekend when I get a chance to upload all the photos from my camera for this last week (yep - I finally bought a new battery).
We were also "paid" with 5 quart jars of canned venison by one of the church members at my cousin's church this weekend. We love venison and were very grateful for this gift! Thank you Mr W! We really appreciate it!
Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday, June 30:
Breakfast; Waffles with Oranges
Lunch: At my Cousin's (Fish and Chips and Fruit - yum!)
Snack: Leftover chips
Dinner: PB&J Sandwiches, Plums
Monday, July 1:
Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter and Bananas
Lunch: Leftovers from the freezer
Snack: Cheese sticks
Dinner: Venison, Noodles, Strawberry-Raspberry-Apple Salad
Tuesday, July 2:
Breakfast: Cereal and Milk
Snack: Cheese Sticks
Dinner: Salad with Chicken, Strawberries and Blueberries
Wednesday, July 3:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almonds and Craisins
Lunch: Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter, Carrot Sticks
Snack: Cheese sticks
Dinner: Pot Luck at Church: Bring Sliced Watermelon
Thursday, July 4:
Breakfast: Pancakes with Strawberries
Late Lunch/Early Dinner: BBQ Chicken Legs in the Crockpot, Chips, Pasta Salad, Homemade Coleslaw, Sliced Watermelon and Cantaloupe, Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles
Late Dinner: Ate a Friends for a 4th of July Party: Bring Popcorn Balls with 4th of July Sprinkles
Friday, July 5:
Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins with Strawberries and Bananas
Lunch: Pulled Pork, Homemade Rolls, Leftover Pasta Salad and Coleslaw, Sliced Fruit
Snack: Leftover Popcorn Balls
Dinner: Oriental Chicken Wraps, Sliced Cantaloupe and Pineapple
Saturday, July 6:
Breakfast: Buttermilk Crumble Coffeecake, Sliced Fruit
Lunch: Salad with Salmon and Strawberries
Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks
What are you eating this week?