Day 36–Starting Week 6–Budget and Menu

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Our farmer's markets are busy, thanks to the warmer weather!

This was a fairly good week, albeit a busy one! The boneless mini ham from Chinquapin was by far and away the best ham we have ever eaten. Oh. My. Goodness. We made it through the week following our menu and definitely appreciated some lighter dishes in the mix. I’m sure the scale will appreciate it as well.

We’re really starting to see a change in the seasons through our food. The apples available at the farmer’s market are not so beautiful and crisp as they were a month ago. Made an apple cake with them, so it wasn’t such a big deal, but they are clearly on their way out. We’re starting to see salad greens and that is a happy thing! It helps that we haven’t had a winter this year–not one flake of snow in our part of North Carolina. Well, yet, anyway. There is still time. Winter can be pretty fickle around here. The unseasonably warmer temperatures are definitely reflected in the early bounty at the farmer’s markets around town, so we’re not complaining.

Our budget this week ran high–mostly our Super Bowl dinner, which featured homemade crab cakes. Crab isn’t readily available here for another two months, so crab was $$$, but we decided to splurge and represent the Ravens at our Super Bowl dinner.Also, I lost my grocery list and had to “wing it” which is never good for the budget. Here’s the weekly rundown:

  • Farmhand Foods (skirt steak from meatbox): $15.00
  • Earps Seafood (NC catfish): $8.00
  • Whole Foods (lump crab meat): $25.00
  • Heaven on Earth Organics (broccoli, green peppers, red cabbage, tomatoes, mustard greens): $18.00
  • Farmer’s Market–various (apple butter, NC pecans): $10.00
  • Lowe’s Foods (pie crust, lemons, organic breakfast burritos, Coors Light): $16.96
  • Trader Joes (frozen fruit, organic sugar, parmesan cheese, avocado, Ezekiel bread, organic celery, half and half): $42.60

So, our total is a whopping $135.56. I think I just surpassed the savings we had last week, so will try to rein it in for next week!

Here is our menu for week 6. We are looking forward to trying the fish tacos, which I love, but have never made at home!

  • Sunday–marinated, grilled skirt steak, crab cakes, mustard green, homemade pralines
  • Monday–Fish tacos w/cabbage slaw, kale
  • Tuesday–Pasta w/roasted vegetables and leftover steak
  • Wednesday–leftovers
  • Thursday–Cheese quiche, greens
  • Friday–leftover quiche, cabbage slaw
  • Saturday–out for my birthday!

Here’s to week 6 and Super Bowl Sunday. Now, fire up that grill 🙂

 

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6 Comments

  1. Karen Ponder

     /  February 5, 2012

    Where do you buy the ham?

    Reply
    • Our ham came from Farmhand Foods in Durham (you can order and pick up at the Glenwood Wine Store in Glenwood South). The ham came from AD Jones of Jones Farm in Chinquapin. Really, it was the best tasting ham we have ever had. And the small size was perfect for us! Will definitely do again!

      Reply
  2. Hi I just had to say I love your blog and what your are trying to achieve, I live in Scotland and the pricing of your food is very reasonable. When we buy local and free-range here it usually costs so much more. Good luck and I hope you keep shopping local. :O))

    Reply
    • Thank you so much! In the US, I think we are so used to mass quantities of cheaply produced food that spending more for high quality food that sustains the whole community is a big behavior shift. It’s really appalling how our food system works and the unbelievable amount of junk food we buy. Buying local is absolutely worth it and hopefully if we can do it, anyone here can! Thank you so much for reading!

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  3. Loretta Mainquist

     /  February 14, 2012

    What an awesome blog! I will be checking in often to get ideas for our own life. I have been looking through it…….impressive!

    Reply

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