Groceries, Our Menu and Shingles (not the kind on the roof!)

It's been a really long couple of weeks.  Our freezer is almost cleaned out for defrosting so we've been eating a LOT of soup - so much that we're getting tired of it, in fact (which I never thought would happen).  A good problem to have, I guess.

I also have postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles, and I've had it for about 3 years now.  This last week I broke out in full blown shingles again (second time in three years) and this time in new places on my torso.  Needless to say, I've been miserable and had to miss several events because I just couldn't stand to be out and about.  I'm only 40 so this is discouraging to say the least.   Fortunately, I have some new strategies for managing going forward but it means we're going to have to make some big and hard changes around here.  Can you pray for us please?  It's going to be another emotional year here, I'm afraid.

On to better things....

The weather has been perfect after weeks of rain and we've finally settled into a good routine for fall.  I have my teaching assignments for spring semester and they'll fit perfectly with our current schedule and give me some time to physically recover from everything this fall.  I'm so grateful!
John ran to the store on Saturday and spent $42.01 on the following:

Soda Crackers 4 boxes @ $1 ea = $4
1 loaf wheat bread $1.99
Frozen cooked Shrimp 2lbs $5.99  (store coupon)
Pork Loin Short Ribs 3.64lbs @ $1.99/lb = $7.24 (store sale)
2lbs Mixed Salad Greens $3.99 (store sale)
4.73lbs + 5.46lbs Local Apples @ $0.99/lb = $10.09
2.02lbs yellow bananas @ $0.67/lb = $1.35
2.19lbs Red Seedless Grapes @ $1.49/lb = $3.26
2.22lbs Green Seedless Grapes @ $1.49/lb = $3.31
1 loaf French Bread $0.79

Total Spent $42.01
Total Saved (according to store receipt) $7.99 (16%)
(Note: In Minnesota we don't have tax on most food.)

We also received 6 green peppers, a butternut squash and 2 dozen yellow pears from our CSA this week.    I picked several tomatoes, 3 butternut squash and 3 acorn squash from our yard this week too.

So, here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, October 4, 2015:
    Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter
    Lunch: Fried Potatoes, Tossed Salad with Apples and Walnuts
    Snack: Popcorn
    Dinner: Baked White Fish, Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple-Grape-Pear Salad

Monday, October 5, 2015:
     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast, and Sliced Apples
     Lunch: Leftover Fish and Squash
     Snack: Apple or Pear
     Dinner: Chili in Homemade Bread Bowl, Applesauce

Tuesday, October 6, 2015:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts and Craisins
    Lunch: Leftover Chili and Soda Crackers
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Baked Potatoes topped with Leftover Chili and Cheddar Cheese, Grapes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015:
    Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast, and Bananas
    Lunch: PB&J, Grapes, Yogurt
    Snack: Apple or Pear
    Dinner: Short Ribs, Zucchini-Potato Skillet, Apple-Grape-Pear Salad

Thursday, October 8, 2015:
     Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal with Walnuts
     Lunch: Leftover Ribs and Zucchini-Potato Skillet
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Applesauce Chicken, Rice, Grapes

Friday, October 9, 2015:
     Breakfast; Waffles from the Freezer, Bananas
     Lunch: Leftover Chicken and Rice
     Snack: Apple or Pear
     Dinner: Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips, Sliced Apples and Grapes

Saturday, October 10, 2015:
    Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Grapes
    Lunch: Salad with Tuna
    Snack: Popcorn
    Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks
    At home Date-Night Dessert: Apple Crisp

What are you eating this week?


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