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Shopping, Cooking and Eating

When we shop in normal supermarkets we buy all we can.  When we shop organic, we buy all we need.

               from Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

I was asked to share what I cook for one week, my shopping list and our cost of eating.  I think it’s important to note that I plan my meals first based on what I have on hand already, then I try to repeat ingredients in more than one meal to be able to purchase the largest quantity available for the best price.


Monday – tilapia, broccoli and roasted potatoes
have: tilapia, broccoli, seasoning
need: 5 lb. bag of potatoes

Tuesday – homemade pizza
have: ap flour, yeast, oil
need: mushrooms, red bell pepper, onion, pepperoni, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese

Wednesday – breakfast for dinner (church small group pot-luck meal), took bacon and garlic and herb buttermilk biscuits
have: uncured peppered turkey bacon, buttermilk, ap flour, butter, salt, seasonings
need: wheat pastry flour (bulk bins)

Thursday – chicken quesadillas
have: flour and wheat tortillas, chicken, corn, seasoning, corn chips, hot sauce, cumin, olive oil, green leaf lettuce
need: black beans, onion, red bell pepper, jack cheese, sour cream, tomato

Friday – out to eat with family
*This is almost always shiny food from unknown and questionable sources, but we do it each Friday because we love our family and will not be jerks about food choice toward them.

Saturday – turkey chili and cornbread
have: corn meal, eggs, buttermilk, seasoning
need: 1/2 lb. ground turkey, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, onion, green bell pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato paste

Sunday – Mediterrainian chicken, salad and baked poatoes
have: chicken, butter, olive oil, seasonings
need: feta cheese, diced tomatoes, salad, cucumber, tomato, potatoes, sour cream

Breakfasts on hand:
steel cut oats, homemade English muffins, homemade multigrain bread, eggs, cereals, greek yogurt, granola, variety of fresh fruit
purchased: multigrain hot cereal, greek yogurt, grapefruit, oranges, bananas, granola (bulk bins)

Snacks on hand:
homemade cheese crackers, granola bars, cereal bars, yogurt, fresh fruit, nuts, cheeses, crackers, pita chips, peanut butter, almond butter
purchased: fruit

Lunches on hand:
sandwich meat, peanut butter, almond butter, jelly, green leaf lettuce, tomato, homemade multigrain bread, fresh fruit, pita chips
*we have a sandwich and some fruit a few days a week, but lunch is often leftovers from dinner

All the “need” items I purchased. I also bought some chocolate oatmeal that looked yummy (but was NOT), a huge bottle of water to drink there in the store and some coconut water to try just because I was curious.

Total cost to eat organic this week:  $64.96

And, on a not totally unrelated note I WANTWANTWANT this menu board from The Creative Mama for my kitchen.  I love that on the back of each card the ingredients are listed.  I’m pretty famous for forgetting just one, but usually very important thing for recipes I try to remember.


Breads and Snacks for This Week

Here are the breads and snacks that I’ll be making for my family this week.

Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers from weelicious.com

I am super excited about this site.  I just discovered it and it quickly became my favorite resource for cooking wholesome foods for my children.  I can’t wait to try my first weelicious recipe this week!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (they were stingy with their pictures, so you’ll have to click to see how gorgeous they look)

Yes, please.  I don’t care that Fall is over.  Pumpkin spice lives forever in my house.  My 4 year-old is a huge fan of “bars”.  It’s his go-to afternoon snack and a favorite grab-and-go breakfast for my husband.  I’ve been purchasing organic versions, but they are expensive.  So this week, we make our own.

English Muffins

Don’t these look amazing?  I am a huge English Muffin fan – particularly very toasted with cream cheese on one side and a jam on the other sitting next to a cup of coffee.  Since I discovered my annoying soy allergy, these have been off the list.  I haven’t found any that pass the test.  I jumped for joy when I came across this recipe on tastespotting.com (a fun site for finding recipes).

Multigrain Bread

This is a non-bread machine multigrain.  I have not had much luck lately with bread in the bread machine.  It comes out dry with a hard-as-rock crust.  This one gives me hope.  It looks moist and fluffy and is begging for some butter right from the oven, though I’ve been known to overcook some bread in my time.  We’ll be lucky if this one makes it to sandwiches.

Happy Pinning

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There’s nothing like a little time with Pinterest to bring you right up out of the dumps.  I’ve heard about it for a while, but didn’t think much of it until a friend sent me a link.  I’ve discovered a world of fun through “pinning”.  And, I’m proud to tell you, I don’t just pin em’, I actually do this stuff.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Homemade Oreos – These are really easy and taste so much like real ones, especially the next day.

Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips – I’m not sure why they didn’t just call these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies.  I don’t know why I care.  They are so good that the name really doesn’t matter.  Sweet and salty combinations are really winning me over these days.  These cookies will be your new go-tos.

Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella – This has replaced lasagna as a fancy eat-in meal.  It’s easy and delicious and impressive-looking.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup – Though this is listed here as a vegetarian dish, I’m not a vegetarian.  So, I boil some chicken to add to it. I learned a VERY handy little trick (also from Pinterest) for shredding chicken that I use for this soup.  Cook the chicken, toss it in your KitchenAid for about a minute and you’ve got instant PERFECTLY SHREDDED chicken.  Isn’t that beautiful?  Awesome trick for burritos and chicken salad, too.

I recently visited the allergist for a skin test and found that, in addition to 62 other things, I am mildly allergic to soy.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever paid much attention to just how many things have soy lecithin as an ingredient, but I’m here to tell you – it’s a LOT.  In an effort to feel my best, I’ve gone to making a lot things instead of buying them.

Ranch Dressing – Seriously, I will never buy the crap in the store again.  Hid.den Valley has got nothing on this stuff.  I made it in about 3 minutes in a huge plastic stadium cup with my hand blender.  It’s so fresh and wonderful.  I find myself pouring it on everything.  Tonight – baked potatoes.

Pizza Dough – I’ve made my own dough before, but this recipe so far is my favorite.  I go half and half with white and wheat flour and it’s really good.  Minimal effort as well, but make sure you allow time for the rising.

And, I don’t like to put just anything on my hands/face/body.  I found this little idea and was making it a short time later.

DIY Hand Soap – I imagine you can use just about any soap you like.  I used Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap with much success.  And, it seems like a special treat for Christmas because all our hand soap smells like mint.  For about $8.00 I made a whole gallon of the stuff.

I found a ton of road trip games for our trip to NYC with 2 small children that was a life saver.

Spent too many hours out of my life making this tree for our mantel. I mean, seriously, sometimes one must consider how much one’s own time is worth.  Yes, the tree is cute, but if my time is worth $30/hour (which may be a deal), I could have purchased quite a few cone-shaped mantel trees for that price.  I don’t love crafting quite enough for this one.

However, I did spend about 10 minutes making these ornaments with my children and I’ll forever remember how small they were this year when I hang them on my tree.

If you, too, are into the pinning – give me a follow and I’ll do the same.