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Last Week’s Receipts

Howdy, y’all! I owe you a post for last week’s receipts. So, let’s keep it short and sweet:

Meadowwood Farms, 12/4/2011
– 1.5 gallons milk (1 gallon for yogurt making), 13.50

Terry’s Berries, 12/06/2011
– 1 dozen farm-fresh eggs, 4.65

Trader Joes, 12/3/2011
– Feta, 5.99
– New Zealand Sharp Cheddar, 4.45
– Kerrygold Irish Butter, 2.79
– Organic butter (for cooking), 4.79 (I’ve been doing lots of baking this month. Christmas spirit inhabits my oven!)
– Golden Round Crackers, 1.99
– Graham Crackers, 2.99
– Pretzel Slims, 2.19 (Crackers are great in Matt’s lunches.)
– McCann’s Irish Oatmeal, 3.29
– Spaghetti Squash, 1.29
– 18 Organic bananas, 5.22 (Yes. We are eating lots of bananas.)
– 2 Lemons, 0.78
– Organic Orange Juice, 4.49
– Cranberry Sauce, 3.49
– Can whipped cream, 2.99 (That’s right. Mmm hmm. Delicious.)
– Bar of Dark Chocolate, 2.29
– Chamomile Tea, 1.99
– Cream of Mushroom Soup, 1.99
– Can of Corn, 0.89
– Block of Cream Cheese, 1.79 (These three ingredients are for a plantation supper casserole. Yum!)
Subtotal : 55.69
TOTAL: $73.84

We went $23.84 over budget.


Lots of baking around these parts...like these yummy ginger snaps!

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Shopping During Thanksgiving! This week’s receipts

There are so many yummy things to eat and buy at this time of year. The holiday spirit brings out fantastic edible treasures: cranberry sauce, turkey, ham, cookies, chocolates, and once-a-year casseroles. It’s really hard to go to the grocery store and stick to the staples.

For the holidays, we do potluck meals with family in the area. For Thanksgiving this year, we’ll be bringing homemade sweet iced tea and corn bread. This year we’ll spend Thanksgiving at Matt’s aunt’s house; we’re hosting Christmas Eve dinner here; and we’ll visit my brother’s family on Christmas day. So we don’t need to buy every delicious holiday treat under the sun. So, I will exercise self control! (As much as I can!)


Meadowwood Farms, 11/20/11
• 1/2 gallon raw milk, $4.50

Trader Joes, 11/20/11
• 11 organic bananas, 2.69
• Oatmeal (McCann’s Irish), 3.29
• Three Berry Granola, 3.29

Total: $9.27

Costco, 11/20/11
• Dry Cured Bacon, $14.65

TOTAL: $28.42
We have $21.58 left to spend for this week.


We had leftover crock pot stew that lasted for several meals. We’re also been eating some rice & beans and lots of roasted root veggies. Especially potatoes with cheese on top. Apples are a staple snack food. I also baked blueberry muffins and a loaf of bread this week.

I found a shoulder and neck of lamb in the freezer that we bought awhile back from Sea Breeze farm. Tonight I slow cooked the shoulder with lentils. Delicious. I’ll make a soup from the neck & stock from the bones.

Phoebe enjoyed teething on one of the lamb bones.

This week we are also looking forward to some good ole Thanksgiving leftovers!

What have you been eating this week?

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Lots of Potatoes & this week’s receipt


Meadowwood Farm. Sunday, 11/13/11

• 1 Gallon Raw Milk, $9 (I made yogurt with half, and the other half is for drinking/baking)

Terry’s Berries. Tuesday, 11/15/11

• 4 Huge apples, 3.63
• Grapefruit, 1.17
• A dozen free range eggs, 4.75 (we need to find cheaper farm-fresh eggs)

Total: $9.55

Trader Joe’s. Tuesday, 11/15/11

• Frozen Peas, organic, 1.99
• Frozen Mango chunks, 2.69 (The frozen foods are for my teething baby)
• Beef chunks, 1.5ish lbs (for stew), 8.75
• Raw milk cheddar, 4.17
• TJ’s brand Ritz crackers, 1.99
• Can of sliced black olives, 1.19
• Vanilla (for baking), 3.99
• 7 Bananas, organic, 2.03
• Lemon, 0.39
• Unsalted Butter, organic (for baking), 4.79

Total: $31.98

Only 53 cents over budget. Not bad. (So far).


It’s potato season for me. I. Love. Potatoes. We’re getting them regularly from the CSA, and we’re mostly getting golden or red ones. I like chopping them up, tossing them with oil and salt and roasting them. Then, for breakfast the next day, I’ll fry up any leftover potatoes in bacon grease. Mmm. I’m not the only one who like the potatoes, either; Phoebe loves them. This morning she had 5 or 6 potato chucks, and probably ate about half of what I gave her. With a fork. I preloaded the fork for her, but still. Cute.

Other than that, we’ve mostly been eating leftovers, beans & rice, and clearing out the last of our whole wheat pasta. For protein, we’re slowly chipping away on the huge summer sausage I bought at Costco a week or two ago. Yum!

What have you been eating?

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Meal Plan for the Week

Here’s an add-on post to supplement last night’s spending report.

Phoebe likes eating fried potatoes. Yum! (This picture was taken at breakfast this morning.)

When it comes to “meal planning” what I typically do is write a list of potential meals for the week based on what we have in stock, then cross the meals off as the supplies is consumed. This is not a fancy list. It is not elaborate or ordered in any particular fashion. It’s just a post-it note, scribbled and slabbed on my fridge with a brief list, sides not included.

This is what the Post-It reads for this week:

Spaghetti Squash
Mexican Leftovers
Butternut Squash & Rutabaga soup
Leaky Potato Soup
Turkey/Gouda Melts

Spaghetti Squash is easy to make. I’ll bake it in the oven, scoop out the “noodles,” then serve it with marinara sauce and cheese. I may even chop up some summer sausage for the dish.

I roasted the butternut squash last week & never got around to using it. This week I’ll roast some rutabagas, add some milk and spices and purée the mix in the food processor. After warming it over the stove, it’ll be a creamy soup perfect for autumn!

I have to look up my Leaky Potato Soup recipe from last year to remind myself of all the ingredients. The main two are, of course, chopped potatoes & leeks! This is a chunky soup.

I am making a loaf of bread today, and we’ll use that for the Turkey Gouda melts. The sandwiches will most likely be open-faced and eaten alongside the soups.

In addition to the meals, we’ll be eating salads from a cabbage we shredded last week. I don’t like cole slaw, but I do like cabbage, so I created my own cabbage salad, mixing it with a vinaigrette dressing, dried cranberries and slivered raw almonds. Delicious! And very seasonal.

We have a lot of apples, so I’m thinking of making a cobbler. And last night I made delicious no-bake cookies (the oatmeal/chocolate/peanut butter kind). So there are plenty if tasty treats around these parts!

I’m reciting the menu from memory as I nurse baby Phoebe to sleep, so there may be other things on the menu, but I can’t remember them right now. 🙂 What are YOU eating this week?

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This Week’s Receipts, An Update

This is just a quick post to update our total food expenses for the week. We spent $4.50 on Sunday for a half gallon of raw milk. In addition…

Costco, 11/07/2011

Huge bag of Dried Cranberries, 7.49
Big log of Summer Sausage, 7.95 (This is mostly for Matt’s lunches, and I expect it’ll last awhile)
6 non-organic Bananas, 1.39

Subtotal: 16.83

(We also had to renew our Costco membership this month, which is a $50 fee. I don’t really consider that “grocery spending” because we buy many other things at Costco, too, but I thought I’d mention it, anyways.)

Terry’s Berries, 11/08/2011

I picked up our CSA veggies from the farm, which we already paid for. We had quite a haul this week! I took home apples, pears, potatoes, rutabagas, an onion, a leek, fennel and a spaghetti squash. In addition, I bought a few things from the farm store: an avocado, a pomegranate, some mushrooms, and some grapes. I did not get a receipt and I paid cash; the total came to about $9.

Subtotal: 9.00

Trader Joe’s, 11/08/2011

Organic Orange Juice, 4.49
6 Organic Bananas, 1.79
Kerrygold Butter, 2.79
1 Liter Canola Oil, 3.79
Baking Powder, 2.29
Bag of Chocolate Chips, 2.29
Dark Chocolate Bar, 2.29
Ginger Thins (cookies), 3.99
Gouda, 3.82
1000 Day Aged Gouda, 5.79

Subtotal: 33.33

TOTAL: $63.66
Over budget by $13.66.


I am always curious if Costco’s bananas are cheaper than Trader Joe’s, but I’m terrible at keeping track, so I bought them from both places this week. As it turns out, the prices are extremely close: Costco, 1.39; Trader Joe’s, OR 1.79. If I had bought the bananas at Trader Joes and chosen non-organic ones, my total would have come to $1.14.Also: the Trader Joes bananas look better. And I can buy per banana (and choose however many I want) whereas Costco sells them in a bag. In the future, I think I’ll stick to Trader Joes.


These days it’s hard for Matt and I to go out on dates, but what we really enjoy doing is indulging in some fancy cheese and a glass of wine every once in awhile after Phoebe is down for the night. So, while I bought cheap gouda for Matt’s lunches, I splurged on some “date night” fancy gouda, as well. Yum!

I don’t have time to do a “what we’ve been eating” section tonight, but I might write something up later this week.

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We’re Baaack! 50 Bucks A Week

I took a break from my 50 Bucks A Week series. I know. I’m sorry. But, it’s a new month & a new week, so here we go!

I made one purchase today: 1/2 gallon raw milk from Meadowwood Farms for $4.50.

Total spent this week: $4.50
Remaining Balance: $45.50


My friend, Corrie, milled a huge amount of flour for us from her bulk wheat berries, and we’ve really enjoyed experimenting with it. I make waffles a lot for breakfast. And I’ve been figuring out how to use the bread maker my friend, Liana, gave us as a housewarming gift a year ago. The waffles, I have perfected them. I can’t say the same about the bread maker yet, tho. Our last loaf was tasty but very floppy & fell apart a lot. So…I’ll keep with it until the bread making is like second nature.

We’ve also been eating roasted potatoes, cream of cauliflower soup and baked eggplant parmesan…staples we’re getting from our CSA that I prep with supplies from the pantry.

We also broke open a pound of homemade Gouda that my friend made for us. It was tasty, but very soft (think mozzarella) so we melted it over chips and ate nachos for dinner one night.

More receipts forthcoming!

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This Week’s Receipts, An Update

So far, our total expenditures for this week come to $30.59 (details here). We made some extra purchases today that I need to add to our tally, as follows:

Costco, 09/01/2011

  • Organic Raisins, 7.79

Tacoma Farmer’s Market, 09/01/2011

  • String of Chili Peppers, 7 (These are very pretty, plus I’ll use them in chilli recipes.)
  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, 2.5

TOTAL: $9.5


Money Left: $2.12

I hadn’t planned on going to the Tacoma Farmer’s Market, but ended up spending the day with a friend. Typically I buy my produce from the CSA, so it was very pleasant walking around and seeing the produce from all the vendors. There is definitely something much more fun about shopping at an open air market than under the fluorescent lights of a grocery store. Food becomes romantic and imaginative. You get ideas and inspiration for exciting foods you want to try. Hence: the string of chili peppers. Which I will use, but which I purchased primarily because they were gorgeous.

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This Week’s Receipt

For those of you who are new, I’m doing a series on my blog: The 50 Buck a Week Challenge. The point is simple, Mr. Wetzel and I are only allowed to spend $50/week on groceries. For those of you who have been following this series, you know we’ve had quite a hard time sticking to this budget. Until last week. Last week we spent  total of $41.83. This is the first time we’ve made budget since the series started. Woo hoo!


Meadowwood Farm, 08/28/2011

  • 1 gallon raw milk, $8

Trader Joes, 08/28/2011

  • 4 Bananas, 0.76 (We did not buy organic bananas this week because the non-organic ones simply looked better)
  • Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese (0.70 lb), 3.49
  • Mozzarella cheese (16 oz log), 5.49
  • Sliced Salami, Columbus brand (8 oz), 3.99
  • Canadian Bacon (6 oz), 2.29
  • White Whole Wheat flour (5 lb), 2.99
  • 1 Lara Bar, 1.29
  • 1 Bar of Dark Chocolate, 2.29

TOTAL: $22.59


Money Left: $19.41


On Saturday, Matt hosted a Bachelor Party BBQ at our house for his best friend (the wedding is next Saturday), and we have some leftovers from that. Matt’ll eat hotdog leftovers in his lunch, along with some Doritos chips. We have salami, cheese and crackers that may end up in several lunches for both of us. Last week, I made yogurt and butter from 1/2 gallon of our raw milk. From the yogurt, I strained it to make whey and sour cream. The whey is good to use in cooking, but I tried my hand at a shake today, made with 1/2 banana, 3 plums, 5 or 6 lettuce leaves and whey. Matt wasn’t fond of it, but I liked it, so I’ll probably drink these as lunches a few times this week.

We have a lot of fruit: my neighbor brought us a huge bowl of blueberries, and we have plums from another neighbor’s tree. In addition, the blackberry bushes in the park near our house are producing a ton. I really want to try my hand at a blackberry pandowdy, and I’m hoping to make blackberry/blueberry/plum jam with a friend, if we can find the time.

Grilled Pizzas on the BBQ

Grilled Pizzas on the BBQ


Tonight we ate grilled chicken salads, with leftover chicken. The chicken has been in the freezer; we bought a value pack from Costco and have been trying to make it stretch. My tentative meal plan for the week goes as follows:

  • MONDAY: Grilled Pizzas
  • TUESDAY: Chicken/Baked Potatoes/Green Beans
  • WEDNESDAY: Chili & Cornbread
  • THURSDAY: Bubble ‘n’ Squeak
  • FRIDAY: Leftovers


We’re giving Canadian Bacon a try this week. Also: we’re eating lots of eggs. And I’ll likely make each of the following once this week: pancakes, biscuits, oatmeal.

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This Week’s Receipt (+ an update for last week)

I haven’t managed to get on the computer much lately, so I have a few purchases to catch up on for last week. On Wednesday, our tally was up to $85.69.

On Friday, Matt was feeling sick to his stomach all day, so I made some unplanned “sick food” purchases at Fred Meyer. I bought Ritz crackers, lime sherbet and ginger-ale. Unfortunately, I lost the receipt, so I’m going to estimate about $10 for these purchases.

On Saturday, I bought honey from the farm, a 48 ounce jar of raw, local honey for $14.50.

So, our grand total for last week came to: $110.19.

(This is definitely not one of those “I have it all figured out so admire how awesome I am” blog posts.)

Overage: $60.19



Costco, 08/21/2011

  • Roma Tomatoes, $3.89

Meadowwood Farm, 08/21/2011

  • 1 gallon raw milk, $8

Yard-Fresh Eggs, 08/21/2011 (from our backyard chicken hook-up)

  • 1 Dozen eggs, $2

phoebe at trader joes in tacoma university place

Trader Joes, 08/23/2011

  • Mustard, 0.99
  • OR Red Pepper & Tomato soup, 2.79
  • OR Free-Range Chicken stock, 1.99
  • Pita Chips, 1.99
  • Rice Cakes, 1.49
  • Mozzarella Log, 5.49
  • Whipped Cream, 2.99
  • 2 Lara Bars, Chocolate Chip PB, 2.58 (1.29 each)
  • 6 OR Bananas, 1.14 (0.19 each)
  • Watermelon, 3.49
  • Fresh Basil, plant, 2.99

TOTAL: $27.93

GRAND TOTAL (so far): $41.83

If we can manage not to spend any more money, we’ll actually make the $50 goal this week.


On Sunday this week, I pulled all our farm veggies out of the fridge and sat down to plan out meals for the week based on what we have available. My “meal planning” was sketchy (at best). I used to have a dry erase board that I’d use for meal planning, but since we moved, I’m not sure where it is. Here’s a fun little view of the paper I used to work out my ideas:

meal plan sketch

On Sunday I made spaghetti sauce, using beets, leftover ground beef (about 1/8 lb), a squash and spices. We ate 1/3 of the sauce and I froze the rest for a later date. On Monday I modified this Fennel & Garbanzo Bean recipe, using the same basic ingredients, but in the proportions I had available (Thanks Ken & Kari! The peas from your yard were very tasty in this soup!). Tonight, Matt grilled chicken, and we grilled 4 times the amount we ate, with the intention of using the rest as leftovers (we like to get the best use out of our coals). Tonight was grilled chicken salad and watermelon. Tomorrow I’ll make homemade tortillas and we’ll eat chicken with beans and rice on the tortillas.Thursday I plan on making a Summer Zucchini Stew (minus the peppers, because we don’t have any). And Friday I’m going to try and make pizza crust for homemade pizza that night…topped with grilled chicken, a little bacon and some veggie leftovers.

On Saturday, Matt’s hosting a bachelor party for his best friend, Joey, so we’ll be barbequing burgers with a slew of guys that evening. Not coverred in our typical grocery spending.


I’m trying to make pancakes and biscuits each once a week. We eat a lot of eggs for breakfast, but they get dull eaten alone. We also sometimes eat oatmeal, cooked in raw milk, with no eggs on the side. The plan this week is to have bacon once (maybe twice) and sausages once.


I eat willy nilly for lunch: yogurt, granola & fruit; leftover pancakes; a plum; a banana with peanut butter and raisins. Matt’s been eating peanut butter crackers, a banana and some cubed cheddar. I bought us a couple larabars to have in food emergencies (ex: if Matt has to run out the door to work and I’m too busy with Phoebe to fix him lunch). Lunch is, easily, the least exciting part of our days.


I have been receiving a great response to the blog from people sharing their experiences with food budgeting, and I LOVE it. It’s so encouraging to hear tips from other people and stories of how people made it work, even when times were hard. I haven’t been able to respond to each of you (limited computer access, and all) but I hope you will stay engaged and continue sharing. I think being a good listener and being humble go hand in hand; I know I have a lot to learn about being a better steward of our food spending, and I will try to listen to other’s stories as much as you have listened to mine. Thank you for sharing your journeys.

It’s important to me not to just “spend $50/week on food” but to do so and still buy local, organic, fresh and raw items. I deeply believe that good food is an investment. It is an investment in our health, and it is also an investment in our happiness. I love food. Food is fun. Good food is better for you in the long run. I want to stay healthy and keep enjoying food while I budget appropriately and learn better responsibility with my food dollars.

To that end, I bought an extra 1/2 gallon of raw milk on Sunday, and on Monday my friend, Corrie, came over and we made yogurt out of it. Before yogurt making, I skimmed the cream off that milk and made my own raw milk butter that night (about 1/8 cup worth). I am making every grain product that goes in our mouths, except for crackers. I went blackberry picking and plum picking during the week. I’ve also been trying to salvage good apples out of our tree (most of them are bruised or rotten, which is sad). And today my neighbor stopped by with an entire pot full of blueberries that she picked. We are in the season of delicious bounty. And I am loving every bit and berry of it!

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This Week’s Receipt (+ an update for last week)

Before I can disclose our spending for this week, I need to add some purchases from the end of last week:

When we went to the farm to pick up our (already paid for) CSA share, I bought 3 apples, a yam and a sweet potato. The total came to about $5 (I didn’t get a receipt and forgot the figure). So, for last week, our total comes to:

TOTAL: $66.89

With an overage of $16.89.

I know things would be smoother if, each night,  I posted the food spending we did that day (if any), but this blog series is not about being perfect. It’s about doing better, and being open and honest, even in the face of wild imperfection. I wonder how much our perceptions of each other would change if we stopped trying to hide behind a veneer of perfection, especially when it comes to finances. None of us is perfect. We all have desires for things we can’t afford. And we all, also, have so much more wealth than we even realize.


We went over budget. Again. The goal is $50/week. And we’re not even taking into account the CSA veggies and eggs that are already paid for in advance. But, ditto what I said above. We’re not perfect. Just trying to do better & be honest. Here you have our spending for the week:

Meadowwood Farm, 08/07/2011

  • 1/2 gallon raw milk, $4

Yard-Fresh Eggs, 08/07/2011 (We found a lady with backyard chickens who has too many eggs. Score!)

  • 1 Dozen eggs, $2

Costco, 08/16/2011

  • 5 lb block of Tillamook Medium Cheddar, 13.99 (This should last all month for Matt’s cheese eating & for shredding on Mexican dishes)
  • 4 lb Cured Bacon, 14.99

Total: $28.98

Trader Joe’s, 08/17/2011

  • 12 OR Bananas, 3.48 (We’ve been eating these a LOT, and I want to try making smoothies with some of them)
  • Sweet Italian Pork Sausage, 3.25
  • OR Free Range Chicken broth, 1.99
  • 1 Liter Olive oil, 5.49
  • Romano & Parmesan cheese blend, 3.77
  • Feta, 5.99
  • Granola, 3.29
  • Graham Crackers, 2.99
  • OR Tortilla chips, 2.49
  • Guacamole 2-pack, 3.99
  • OR Orange juice, 4.49
  • Espresso beans, 9.49

Total: $50.71


That’s an overage of $25.69.

The bacon and cheese will last us for awhile. We don’t have bacon for breakfast every morning, and when we do I only cook up 2 strips of bacon for each of us.

The guacamole was a bit of an indulgence, but I’ve been craving avocados, and the price on avocados was higher than the price on guacamole. So I splurged. There are probably other purchases we could’ve done without, but that’s what we bought.

Lastly, I’ve been gleaning food from our neighborhood, going blackberry picking a few times. Blackberries are yum…they are summer turned in to a fruit. On my way home from blackberry picking yesterday, I happened upon a plum tree. Score! The fruit was a little bitter on first taste, but I’m going to let it sit out to see if it sweetens up over the course of a few days.


Matt works long days and can only eat in the car. In addition, while I’m taking care of Phoebe during the day, I often have to skip lunch. So, I try to cook up a hearty, protein-heavy breakfast every morning. We eat eggs, often suplemented by sausage or bacon. If I have time, I’ll make biscuits or pancakes. If we’re eating a fast breakfast,it’s yogurt, fruit and granola.

A typical lunch for Matt consists of a banana + peanut butter crackers + cuts of cheese. If I have leftover meat, I’ll throw some in there. If I have tortillas made, I’ll try to give him a wrap. Also, when there’s broccoli or cauliflower from the farm, I’ll cut that up for him.

For dinner, we’ll grill up chicken that we have in the freezer (a Costco pack) and intentionally make leftovers. We’ll eat it with couscous. Or in quessadillas. Or with rice. Twice this week we had nachos for dinner: chips, cheese, chicken, olives, tomatoes. We also eat a lot of beans and rice, or “Haystacks”…a Mexican dish pile-up consisting of the following: chips, taco meat, rice, kidney beans, sour cream, salsa, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, ranch. It’s delicious. We used to eat lots of salads for dinner, but we haven’t been getting much in the way of salad greens from our CSA share. I miss grilled chicken salads.

I have had requests for meal plans to be posted on the blog, but I didn’t have time this week to write up a meal plan. Just bought ingredients, froze whatever was in danger of spoiling, and we’re cooking from one day to the next. I crave a lot of protein, with the breastfeeding, and Phoebe has been ravenous these days. I suspect a growth spurt. Regardless, I’ve been losing weight slowly but surely, so we must be doing something right by way of nutrition.

I have a lot of whey set aside from straining our own sour cream from yogurt, and I’ve been hankering after some smoothies. Now that I have bananas, I’m going to try making some smoothies this week. And I’ll throw in some greens, for the first time. Fingers crossed! I hope it’s tasty, or at least not revolting!

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