Monday, September 19, 2016

Ikea Groceries

First day of my current pantry challenge! Yay! I will probably spend this first week using most of my $100 on things for the month, with the hope that I won't make multiple trips to stores over the next 4 weeks.

I had a lunch date planned at Ikea with a friend today, so I decided to grab a couple of things in their little market. My pickiest eater LOVES Ikea meatballs, and since we used ours up on a family dinner yesterday, I decided to grab a new bag. I also grabbed some of their frozen cinnamon rolls to have for breakfast once or twice during this challenge. I anticipate running out of milk, so we'll need breakfast options other than cereal sometimes. The little jar of wholegrain mustard wasn't needed, but it was calling my name. Whole grain and deli mustard have become cravings to me ever since I was pregnant with my third little one last year. But for $1.49, I figured it was ok. :)

Also pictured are free food I collected today. An egg from my chicken and some grapes from my grapevine. Yay for my miniscule backyard homestead!

Today's total: $14.67
Budget left: $85.33

My menu plan for the week:
(Healthier items are my meals)

B- Cereal, protein shake
L- Ikea Restaurant with friends
Snack- Fruit snacks, larabar
D- Mac-n-cheese/leftovers/smoothie bowl

B- Cereal, protein shake
L- Leftovers, Israeli chopped salad
Snack- Cheese, grapes, and watermelon
D- Fried breakfast ravioli

B- Oatmeal, protein shake
L- Chicken nuggets, smoothie bowl
Snack- Apple slices and carrot sticks
D- Popcorn shrimp

B- Zucchini muffins
L- Frozen pizza, veggie-topped flatbread
Snack- Popcorn
D- Spaghetti

B- Cereal, protein shake
L- Leftovers
Snack- Fruit leathers, pistachios
D- At a wedding reception

B- Pancakes
L- Grilled cheese sandwiches
Snack- Zucchini muffins
D- Lemon Pesto Chicken

B- Cereal, fruit
L- Nachos, burrito bowl
Snack- Granola bars
D- French toast and bacon

I have a lot of really random things in my freezer right now, so I'm planning on using up quite a bit of it these next few weeks. I also have some freezer meals I've been slowly stashing away over the last two months, so those should come in handy as well. 

Ideally, I will post recipes with the yummy things I'm eating and making. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Spending freeze

I'm not sure how many times I've said "I'm back!" but i'm sure it's too many. So I won't say it this time. I'll just say that I had my 4th baby in June and wow, life has been CRAZY. An amazing kind of crazy, but also exhausting and sometimes overwhelming.
And expensive. Haha! Wow, you forget about diapers. And the cost of eating out and convenience foods because you're too tired to cook.
Well, our budget has taken a serious hit so i'm here starting a spending freeze.
Time for a pantry challenge! Starting tomorrow it's $100 for the next 4 weeks and just trying to make do with what i've got. I'm nervous for sure because our garden has been less than productive this year, but I'm hoping that blogging with keep me accountable.
Wish me luck!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Two Ingredient Sweet and Sticky Sausage

I cook a lot of Kielbasa around here. It's probably one of my top 5 favorite meats. I fondly remember my mom making Jambalaya and only picking out the kielbasa to eat, leaving the rest behind. So good. I also like to try out different ways to prepare it to keep things interesting, and give me an excuse to eat it more often.

This recipe is CRAZY easy, and you can use regular Smoked Sausage instead of Kielbasa if you like. I've done both and they are equally yummy.

Two Ingredient Sweet and Sticky Sausage

1 Package Kielbasa, or Smoked Sausage
1 cup Pure Maple Syrup

(Costco always has one of the best prices for Maple Syrup around!)

Start by cutting up your sausage into 1 inch-ish slices.

Add your sausage to a large skillet on the stove, then pour the maple syrup over the top.

Turn the heat up to high. After the syrup starts  boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. I usually turn each sausage over half-way through.

Remove from pan and serve! So easy, right?! You can also put the ingredients into your slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours. These would be awesome as an appetizer, but I love serving them for dinner the most. Mm-mm!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Meal Plan Apr 17th-23rd

Something important to remember about meal planning is to stay flexible. My plan changes 90% of the time based on last minute meetings, sicknesses, running out of something, McDonald's Monopoly is going on, or i'm just too dang tired to go downstairs and cook something one. more. time. 


Lunch: Snacks
DinnerPregnancy Cravings: Pasta, French Fries with Malt Vinegar, and Carrot Sticks


Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Leftover Pasta
Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner


Lunch: Pizza
Dinner: Maybe going out to eat after my son's very first T-Ball practice!


Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Cheesy Potato Soup with Artisan Bread


Lunch: Out to eat with out-of-town family
DinnerSmoked Sausage with Mashed Potatoes


LunchPB&J's with Apple Slices
Dinner: Lasagna


Lunch: Maybe Del Taco? :D
Dinner: Snacks while prepping for a Group Date Night
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