Day 246–Starting Week 36–Budget and Menu


Pumpkins in the front, watermelon in the back. Seems so wrong!

After all my whining about not wanting summer to leave, I am in that special limbo you feel when you see pumpkins at the farmer’s market and it is still in the mid-90s outside. Our menu this week slowly makes the transition from summer to fall and hopefully the temperatures will follow!

On a lovely, positive note, the beginning of school has meant that our tomatoes are now growing without pilfering and we have, for the first time all summer, actually been able to harvest about a dozen RED tomatoes. We still find the occasion tomato with racoon gnaw marks on them, but we have been thrilled to find we can actually harvest food from our yard now that the child poachers in my neighborhood are in juvenile detention school.

Remember that monster pumpkin plant that volunteered to grow in our front yard? I have an update for you later this week!

Our budget is just over our goal of $100.00 at $103.24. I’ve added organic breakfast burritos to our shopping list because they are a super easy, high protein breakfast and Ellie adores them, even if they are on the pricey side. Not sure we can keep that in our budget every week, so I may be looking for a homemade alternative that is less expensive. Let me know if you have any suggestions!


  • The Produce Box (apples, cabbage, grapes, corn, green peppers, field tomatoes): $23.00
  • Trader Joes (frozen fruit, yogurt, taco seasoning, soy milk, shampoo, lemon): $34.04
  • Mae Farm (bone-in pork chops, ground beef): $20.00
  • Lowes Foods (Amy’s organic breakfast burritos): $16.20
  • Farmer’s market (figs, goat cheese): $10.00


  • Wednesday–Melina’s pasta with fresh tomato basil sauce
  • Thursday–Taco stuffed bell peppers with quinoa
  • Friday–Leftover buffet
  • Saturday–Field peas and homemade cornbread
  • Sunday–Mae Farm pan seared pork chops, sautéed cabbage and apples, field peas
  • Monday–Fig, goat cheese and caramelized onion pizza
  • Tuesday–Melina’s pasta with leftover vegetables or roasted tomato sauce

Have a delicious and healthy week! And go Broncos 🙂

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  1. The weather this week sucks, right? Clouds, rain, and 94,000% humidity. Plus it’s a million degrees. I’m really excited to know about monster pumpkin!
    Also… for the breakfast burritoes… I made flour tortillas from scratch this past weekend and it was waaaaay easy and probably the most fun I’ve had in the kitchen in awhile. My kids were pretty into it. We made quesadillas with ours, but I’ve been planning a fridge stash for snacks, breakfast (helloooo huevos rancheros!), etc. I used this recipe with mostly wheat flour:

    • So cool! I’ve never made tortillas before! Will have to try that out this weekend. And yes, this weather is the pits. If I could get away w/wearing a baseball cap to work I would totally do it. Blech. Next week is supposed to be cooler though!

  2. I would be excited too if pumpkins look so good (and beautifully carved ;))
    Your week sounds delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Yes. Pumpkins up front is a strange sight. Your menu for the week sounds good.


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