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Monday, February 27, 2012

Menu Plan & Frugal Notes Monday 2/27...

Trying to be more organized about this, though I missed last week!

Sunday: Kedgeree (without the yogurt and milk - we had smoked trout on hand from M's fishing trips); raw veggies. Note: the kids liked the kedgeree so much that they're having leftovers for breakfast as I type!

Monday: Pasta with pesto shrimp and broccoli , though I'll skip the pasta part and just have more broccoli.

Tuesday: Homemade chicken tortilla soup, since I have some leftovers from a roast chicken a few days ago. Toppings of crispy (homemade) tortilla strips, avocado & chopped cilantro will be available.

Wednesday: Vegetarian Tamale pie; green salad

Thursday: Swiss Steak; mashed potatoes for M and the kids; sauteed green beans

Friday: Ndole (a Camaroon stew with tomatoes, tofu, peanut butter, greens, etc. - I got the recipe from The Jungle Effect); homemade cornbread

Saturday: Homemade pizza with various toppings; salad

Frugal notes: I made a lot more foods from scratch this last week, including corn tortillas. The tortillas turned out to be really easy to make, and super delicious! I also baked rye bread (from the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day). The kedgeree was a quick dinner that I threw together since we had everything on hand. I realized that I used to be really good at making yummy meals from random ingredients had on hand, and somewhere along the way I lost track of that ability. I am glad to see it resurfacing now! I am down to grocery shopping every two weeks, except for some fresh veggies and fruit.

I've got the kids on "energy patrol", and our electric/gas bill was $50 less this month than last month. With the lovely weather we're having, the kids are spending more time outside, which is good for them, and our bills. I also discovered that by combining my cell phone, home phone, and internet bills, I save 5%!

My goal for March is to pay off at least one of the smaller debts we have. We're on top of all the bills right now, and I've been trimming grocery costs. Unfortunately gas prices are back up, so I am trying really hard to combine more errands.

Weight loss: I started exercising again, making good use of the treadmill M got me for Christmas a year ago. I can run at a decent pace (4+ mph) for 10 minutes straight now, which is a definite improvement. I've lost a total of 34 pounds now, since Thanksgiving, almost halfway to my goal! I found a great way to motivate myself on the treadmill, by watching reruns of Biggest Loser on Netflix while I exercise.

Have a good week!

1 comment :

  1. 34 pounds since Thanksgiving is amazing! And wtg on the $50 savings from just energy patrol.


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