Day 273–Starting Week 40–Budget and Menu

Here we are, the first week in October and my garden already has its first casualty. I checked the raised beds yesterday afternoon and the kale was GONE!! All that remained of an entire bed of kale was a couple of little stubs. Grrrr. Bunnies. Apparently the coyote spray didn’t survive the torrential rains we have had over the past week. I haven’t decided whether to replant or just let it go, but at least the swiss chard, chinese cabbage and collards are still going strong. Until the bunnies sniff them out. If nothing else, we are certainly improving the overall health of our small mammal population.

This week’s menu is looking good and I’m excited about having our substantial fall vegetables in the mix. Like last week, we have quite a few vegetarian nights this week, but I don’t think we’ll miss the meat. At least, we haven’t so far! Our budget is rocking this week at $70.03. WHAAAAAT???? I’m not sure how that happened, but we are carrying over one meal (stir fry steak and peppers) and some yellow squash muffins that we froze last week. Still, I think we’re doing pretty well! And most of our meals are healthy, with the exception of the sweet potato pound cake, which is one of our all-time favorite desserts in the WORLD. Will post the recipe this week!


  • The Produce Box (spaghetti squash, apples, kale, yellow squash and zucchini, field tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, green cabbage): $23.00
  • Mae Farm (pork tenderloin, bacon pieces, ground beef): $18.00
  • Homestead Farm (eggs): $4.00
  • Mitchell’s pantry (our sticky fig jam): $3.00
  • Trader Joes (frozen fruit, beans, pie crust, cheese, onions, yogurt): $22.03

Here is what $70.03 is feeding us this week:


  • Wednesday–beef and sweet pepper stir fry with rice (carryover)
  • Thursday–Spaghetti squash with sautéed tomato sauce, green salad
  • Friday–Baked and loaded sweet potatoes, salad
  • Saturday–Pork tenderloin with sticky fig jam, sautéed kale, sautéed squash and onions
  • Sunday–Chili, yellow squash muffins (carryover), sweet potato pound cake
  • Monday–leftover chili over pasta
  • Tuesday–Tomato tart, sautéed cabbage and apples

Have a happy and healthy week!

Leave a comment


  1. Looks like you have got it all figured out my friend 😀
    Love reading this!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. You have reeeeally healthy bunnies. How’d the bread go?

  3. I have the same bunny issues and am putting up chicken wire next weekend.


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