Well, here we are nearly half way through the month of January so I figured I should let you know how my January “slow month” challenge is going. Here is what I’ve spent thus far:
Last Sunday I bought the following at Braum’s (regional dairy store):
- 1/2 gallon milk
- package of three bell peppers
- 3 bananas
- 1 avocado
- 1 tomato
- bag of tortilla chips
- 1 can of cherry pie filling
- organic apple cider vinegar (I had it on my co-op list and it was on sale at the store)
- 1/2 dozen organic eggs
- homemade egg rolls with fried rice
- curried vegetables over brown rice
- Creamy Artichoke Pasta
- Vegetable Soup with Parmesan Dumplings
- gumbo and potato salad
- green chili/sour cream enchiladas
- red beans and rice (the beans were in the freezer)
Oh, I forgot to mention one other expenditure. I had my monthly hair appointment last Tuesday. Call me shallow but keeping those gray hairs colored is a priority for me.
So far this hasn’t been difficult at all which just goes to show how much stuff we already had on hand and that I’m not much of a shopper. Oops. I just remembered one other thing I bought. When I was purchasing a couple of things for Chris’ birthday, I bought a Mother Earth News magazine. I used to buy lots of magazines of all types and had at least a couple of subscriptions at any given time. I have pretty much broken that habit with the exception of Countryside and Mother Earth News. I always find a lot of useful articles within each of these magazines and in fact, keep them for future reference. The current issue I bought has articles about eating well for less, pressure canning (something I plan to attempt this summer), seed companies and homemade cleaning recipes. All of these are topics I’m interested in and what I’ve read so far has been helpful.
I have one loaf of homemade bread left in the freezer so I’ll need to do some baking this week. I think instead of making the usual five loaves, I’ll use part of the dough for hot dog buns since I have a package of all-beef, nitrate-free hot dogs in the freezer. While I’m making a mess in the kitchen that day, I should also make a bunch of pizza crusts to freeze and maybe some garlic breadsticks or focaccia. I’d also like to have muffins in the freezer and cookie dough. Perhaps I should just set aside a whole day in the kitchen and consolidate all that cleanup in just one day. We’ll see how this week goes. I know I’ve got at least four activities this week.