That brakes down to: $48.13 (Trader Joe’s) + $7.09 (Target) + $6.26 (Fresh Market)
Can we just take a minute to soak in the awesomeness of this week’s grand total? Because I was seriously beaming when we checked out at Trader Joe’s.
In all fairness, we only bought food for part of the week since we are heading out of town. BUT, I don’t think it would have been too much more for the rest of the week based on our menu plan. I kind of forgot that we didn’t need a plan for the entire week, so crossed off the ones that were pulling from the freezer so we would have something to eat when we got back.
I can honestly say that this is going to be a game changer. Once I had the themes together, it literally took 15 minutes to plug in food for the entire week. Compared to a hefty 1-2 hours of planning without the themes, and I’m a total convert.
Also? I’m totally excited to plan next week’s menu.
Biggest splurge this week: Ice cream and hot fudge sauce for The Hubster. He had a hankering for some ice cream.
Proudest moment: Being way under budget this week. I don’t care if it’s because we are leaving town. I was UNDER dammit.
Goal for next week:
To stay under budget even with cooking at home all week. And to continue using the themes for each night.
I just want to say a heart felt thank you to everyone that took the time to write me or to leave a comment about what menu planning route I should take. You are all so brilliant, resourceful, and just plain generous.
The consensus was for menu planning by theme (A.K.A Option 1), with a bit of just sit your ass down and do it (A.K.A. Option 3) thrown in for good measure.
And you know what? You’re absolutely right.
Something that makes my life easier, reduces the stress in our house greatly, and helps all of us feel better day in and day out is always worth the time necessary to do it.
I also need to remind myself that I don’t have to use every. single. nap. for work. Taking care of myself should be a top priority as well. And this, friends, is taking care of myself. And The Babe. And The Hubster.
It seems like this week has been filled to the brim with fruit. Strawberries, cherries, grapes, nectarines, bananas, more cherries… You name it, we’ve been eating it.
The Babe has been in heaven. She could subsist on fruit if we let her. Bananas don’t last for too long in our house. Fruit snacks have to be hidden unless I can deal with whining and grunting (hint: I can’t.). And raisins? Fuhgeddaboudit.
They say it’s supposed to be as hydrating as coconut water with a nice hint of mapley sweetness. I was game to try it.
The verdict? Perfect for smoothies.
If you don’t have maple water, coconut water or plain old tap water will work just fine.
You could also use milk (almond, coconut, cow), though I’ve been playing around with using water instead. Sometimes I find that the almond milk dulls the flavor of the fruits a bit.
In the end, the combination of cherries and strawberries with the subtle sweetness of the maple water and a bit of lime juice to balance it all out was a winner. One that I’ll be making again and again this summer.