No Shopping … Day 6

March 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

So far, so good!  I’ve successfully managed to withhold myself from the grocery’s grip (with the exception of my Miracle Whip breakdown.)  It’s not as hard as you’d think, as long as you’re willing to eat a LOT of turkey and egg salad.

As it turns out, though – we are currently running low on bread.  Do I go to the grocery and buy more or do I bake some with the single loaf of frozen white bread dough presently in my freezer?  The side of me that loves convenience is leaning toward that $0.69 loaf of grocery store white bread.  But I really should use what I already have.  So … into the fridge to thaw goes the frozen bread dough.

I have resisted!!

Eat What You Have Challenge – Day 4

March 23, 2008 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I’m going to have to give in and go to the grocery store tonight.  It’s not what you think, though.  Okay, its sort of what you think.  While I did say I would be going to the grocery store for staples only (and have so far stuck to that), I’m not sure I can consider Miracle Whip a staple.  Because its not.  Not at all.  However, for as long as I can remember, it’s been a tradition in my family to come home from church on Sunday and eat egg salad sandwiches.  Why?  Not sure.  Just is.  However, it is next to impossible to make egg salad without mayo.  And yes, I realize I could just make my own mayonnaise, but I’m just not to that point yet (and I like the taste of Miracle Whip better, sadly).  So tonight, it’s off to the local H-E-B for a jar of Miracle Whip.

So if you’re keeping score – Lorena 4, HEB – 1.  Oops.

Eat What You Have Challenge … Day 1

March 19, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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So, last night was the first night of my simple, but kind of scary “Eat What You Have” challenge.  For those of you who don’t know, I work full-time as a restaurant server (and don’t get me started on that!).  This means that I have very few days off and even fewer nights off.  So I need to plan my meals to allow for LOTS of leftovers. 

 Last night I finally got the turkey breast I’ve been thawing in the fridge to thaw enough to pop it in the oven for 4 hours.  We then had some low-carb mashed potatoes (don’t ask), pan gravy, and canned green beans to top off the meal.  Was it gourmet?  Nope.  Was it tasty?  Sure.  And cheap.  As in free.  As in I already had all the ingredients to make it work.  And best of all, it left leftovers that will be around for a while!

Day 1 – Lorena 1, Grocery Store 0

Grocery Shopping Tip Of The Week …

March 18, 2008 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

And now, its time for another grocery shopping “Tip of the Week”.  This week, our tip is:

EAT WHAT YOU HAVE

How often have you found yourself staring aimlessly into the refridgerator with these words about to come out of your mouth … “We don’t have anything to eat!!”  I bet its more often than most people would admit.  However, using what you already have around the house can be a great way to not only use up older ingredients and save money by not buying new ones – it can force you to be creative with what you do have.

For example, we haven’t gone grocery shopping (for anything other than staples) in about 3 weeks.  However, a quick review of my freezer reveals the following ingredients: broccoli, ground turkey, a whole turkey breast, fish filets, steak, leftover ham (yes, from Christmas, but I can still make soup!), frozen bread dough,  lima beans, pizza crusts, and the list goes on.  And that’s just the FREEZER!  So … do I have “NOTHING” to eat?  I don’t think so.  I don’t have any “instant” foods, but I certainly won’t starve. 

 So, I have a resolution, and a challenge … I am resolving to not buy any more non-staple groceries until we have used up what is already in the freezer, pantry, and refridgerator.  I challenge you to do the same, or at least try to double your time in-between grocery trips by using up what you already have and being creative.  And then post about it – write up your creative recipes, your family’s responses, your emotional attachment to the grocery store … whatever … and send me a link – I’d love to hear from you!

Mom’s Quick -n- Easy Chili

March 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Okay, I admit it – I don’t have any photos of this dish.  Reason?  I don’t have the new computer set up with camera stuff yet.  And the old one has to go back today, so no photo uploading for me.

 This recipe is my mother’s favorite chili recipe.  I just got her to write it down – and there are really no measurements, or, for that matter, instructions.  But it is quick, easy, and relatively cheap.  Rob really liked it and its one of my favorite comfort foods.  Enjoy!

COST: $5.35
Ground Turkey – $1.99
Kidney Beans – $1.18
Tomatoes – $0.59
Tomato Sauce – $0.59
Spices – $0.50
Onion – $0.50

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb Ground Meat (I used turkey)
1/2 an onion (I left out and substituted onion powder)
2 cans Dark Red Kidney Beans, partially drained
1 can diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
salt to taste
pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste

DIRECTIONS:
In large, lightly salted skillet, brown ground beef and onions. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and kidney beans. Stir to mix thoroughly. Add spices to taste and simmer over medium-low heat (I set my range at 2.5 on this recipe). Allow to cook until recipe reaches desired thickness – approximately 45 minutes. If you need more time, you can add water and continue simmering.

Enjoy with crackers!

And We’re BACK!

March 5, 2008 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Well, folks, welcome to my new and improved blog.  I moved to WordPress.  I had to – my computer just doesn’t seem to like Blogger anymore.  Every time I’d do an update, I’d freeze up my computer.  Not good.

 All that being said, I’ve had some semi-bad news in the last week.  I got laid off from my day job – the one that offers benefits.  So … I’m going full time at the restaurant and getting even more frugal with my grocery budget.  I guess it had to happen sometime.

Please stick with me – my blogging should be getting more frequent and more useful in these next couple of weeks.  Hopefully between this new format and having more time on my hands, I’ll be able to make this blog a success!

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