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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | with no stuffed animals

I’m sorry.

(those of you that always wonder if I ever buy toiletries should take note of the shampoo and conditioner on the right side of this photo. 🙂 Also, I bought two tubes of toothpaste this week. )

The weather was so nice, my kids were running around outside while I was taking the grocery picture, which means that they weren’t inside to add stuffed animals to the groceries.

{this is them running around at a local park the other day. Though this is not my yard, I thought this photo could still serve as an illustration.} 😉

Isn’t it funny how children just have this innate urge to run? It’s their default mode and it seems to be almost universal. Why walk when you can run??

Hmm…based on that one picture, our park looks very un-parklike. Just so you know, it does have a playground.

And a pond.

It’s been a park-filled week…yesterday my sister and I spend a grand portion of the day at another local park with our kids (7 combined). Gotta enjoy the beautiful weather while it’s here!

So, back to the topic at hand. I spent at $27.59 at Weis and at $45.92 at Aldi, which means my total outlay was $73.51. Very pleased with that!

What are we eating?

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

Dinners will be as follows:




  • Panini sandwiches
  • green salad




Friday (This is Lisey’s birthday celebration day, and she has chosen the menu)

  • Stuffed Shells
  • Cheese Twists
  • orange jello (the same one we had on Zoe’s birthday)
  • a chocolate cake in the shape of a Peep, naturally

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Monday 22nd of March 2010

Your comments about kids wanting to run everywhere reminded me that we nick named our son Forrest Gump when he was younger ("run Forrest, run!") lol. I also need to thank you for weaning me off the bread machine. I thought I couldn't make bread by hand but your recipes and techniques have converted me and my bread is so much better than the machine turns out.


Monday 22nd of March 2010

Kristen - You're making not-from-a-mix-chocolate-birthday-cake again this week. May I ask, what is your frosting recipe? I make the most abysmal frosting on earth...I think I MUST be making it too difficult. It's too sweet, or too runny, or too stiff. What's your secret?

My family has a history with terrible frosting experiences though: my mother once made "frosting" from raw egg whites, like a meringue but without cooking it. I guess since that experience -- eating raw egg "frosting" on a birthday cake -- I'm afraid and always do it wrong. Like attempting to make whipping cream and ending up with butter. Help!

Thanks, Vanessa


Monday 22nd of March 2010

I think some adults have an innate urge to run as well; we just don't give into it as freely as children for fear of looking silly. I think I'm going to stop worrying about looking silly. :-)

Grace P.S. I kinda miss the stuffed animals. :-)


Wednesday 24th of March 2010

Kids are almost always wearing clothes that are suitable to run in. Grownups, alas, are not.


Monday 22nd of March 2010

I always look for those Suave coupons... had two in last weeks paper so did some stocking up.


Sunday 21st of March 2010

LOL @ fried mush! it actually looks tasty though. :)

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