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It’s a multiple-picture week. 😉

This is my produce, none of which is local, because farmer’s markets aren’t open here yet (and I did try signing up for a CSA, but the programs here are full already. Boo. I did get on a waiting list, though).

I already have zucchini, peppers, onions, and carrots in the fridge, so I didn’t need much in the way of vegetables.

This is my meat. I almost bought a package of Laura’s Lean Beef, which is supposed to be all-natural and such, but I noticed that the package said nothing about whether the cows were pastured or grass-fed, so I put it back. If I’m going to pay $5/pound for beef, I want to make sure that it’s a lot different than the $1.50/pound beef.

This is all of the refrigerated/frozen food I bought. I normally buy my eggs from my blog reader, but I’m just about out and so I bought a package to hold me over until I get some more local eggs.

And this is everything else. I got the cereal for about $1 a box and because I bought it, I got a coupon for a free gallon of milk next week. The deodorant is normally priced at $3.19, but they were on sale for $2 this week, and I had a coupon for $1 off of 2. So, I got them for $1.50 each (see, I do buy toiletries sometimes!).

I spent $55.14 at Aldi and $46.01 at Weis, for a total of $101.15.

Breakfasts this week will be yogurt, bananas, muffins, toast, and oatmeal. Lunches will be homemade yogurt, yogurt smoothies, fruit, sandwiches, and leftovers as necessary.


Sunday-We’re having some friends over after church, so we’re having our big meal at noon this week.

  • Grilled Fajitas (made with chicken, shrimp and veggies)
  • salad
  • tortilla chips and fresh salsa



  • Stromboli
  • green salad




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Condo Blues

Tuesday 13th of April 2010

I signed up for 1/2 share of a CSA this year. It was a bit of a compromise. My husband found a deal on Steaks and meat, I wasn't too thrilled about upping our red meat intake. He let me have my CSA to go with his deal. My only hope is that we can make enough room in our freezer for all of this food!


Monday 12th of April 2010

My, you must have a large menagerie of stuffed animals! :)

I heard on the news today that there's a surplus of strawberries in the stores and prices have been slashed. Are there any good strawberry recipes you could recommend?


Monday 12th of April 2010

You can't beat homemade strawberry freezer jam. Most boxes of pectin for jam making have a version printed in the instructions. It's super easy (but make sure you measure very carefully), and the taste just can't compare to anything you can buy.

Jenn Bradsher

Sunday 11th of April 2010

I recently too almost bought Laura's Lean Beef, till I noticed that the meat in the tube comes from the U.S., Canada and Mexico!!(I think I'm remembering that right. It says on the packaging) Even if it's not those exact three places, it gave me the heebi-geebies. I'm not overly zealous about things being organic and all-natural, but I'd like my meat to all come from the same country(U.S. of course!), if not the same butcher. So we're looking into buying half a cow from a local farm where the cow are grass fed and raised from calf to butchering. Right after I get a big freezer. lol I know it's not the cheapest, but it's definitely the healthiest.


Sunday 11th of April 2010

A question: your menu does not seem to reflect what you buy in some cases (for example, the perch and crabmeat this week.) Wondering if you are stocking up, saving them for next week, or...? I tend to buy only what I will use for that week's menu at places like Aldi where things are pretty much always the same price. Thanks for clarifying!


Sunday 11th of April 2010

Well, my shopping is always a little off-kilter from my menu, because my menu plan is a couple of days ahead. The food I buy goes from Thursday to Thursday, but my menu plan starts on Saturdays! lol So, the perch and the crabmeat were for the Thursday and Friday meal of last week, which you can see on last week's menu post. I hope that makes sense!


Sunday 11th of April 2010

I noticed that you are making Aussie Chicken. Is that a copy recipe of a restaurant dish? Ever since I have discovered a recipe with the same name, I have no need to go and eat it out. It tastes almost as good at home!! I often will serve it with seasoned fries, just to fake myself out even more! It is really yummy and there is the satisfaction of knowing you saved a bunch of money in the process!!

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