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Mom down! Mom down!

This weekend a cold took me down like a lion fells a gazelle.  It snuck up from behind, bit me in the ass and laid me flat.  Like that poor wounded animal I kept trying to get up and escape my fate.  In my case it was to attend to my family and home, trying to carry on as usual, but I ended up splayed out and whimpering shortly after each attempt.

Before I succumbed completely, I did manage to whip up a quick broth-based soup with noodles and veggies.  The broth I made last week never made it into the freezer, so it was easy to just dump in some chopped carrots, celery and kale and a handful of tiny pasta.  Man, did that taste good.  And it made me feel better, too.

It's difficult to get a clear photo of a steaming hot soup!  Hubby blew on it while I snapped the pic, but it's still a little blurry.
It’s difficult to get a clear photo of a steaming hot soup! Hubby blew on it while I snapped the pic – I’m sure that’s how the pros do it – but it’s still a little blurry.

Sunday, after a nap, I had another fit of mom-guilt insanity Continue reading Mom down! Mom down!

$200/month grocery challenge – Part V

This is the fifth installment of a 5-part series.  Missed the first four parts?  Go here, here, here, and here

My family and I recently completed a 4-week experiment in which we aimed to drastically reduce our spending on groceries and continue to eat well, perhaps even better than before.  Did we make it?  Yes and no, but we sure did eat well.  If you’re curious, here are our weekly meal plans for the month.

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Reflections 17 things I learned while doing this experiment: Continue reading $200/month grocery challenge – Part V

$200/month grocery challenge – Part IV

This is the fourth installment of a 5-part series.  Missed the first three parts?  Go here, here, and here

My family and I recently completed a 4-week long experiment in which we aimed to drastically reduce our spending on groceries and continue to eat well, perhaps even better than before.  If you’re curious, here are our weekly meal plans for the month.

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While we came in more or less under our $200 budget for eating in (depending on how you account for my seasonal produce projects), eating out was another matter.  We blew that budget, which was roughly $200-300.  Continue reading $200/month grocery challenge – Part IV

$200/month grocery challenge – Part III

This is the third installment of a 5-part series.  Missed the first two parts?  Go here and here

My family and I recently completed a 4-week long experiment in which we aimed to drastically reduce our spending on groceries and continue to eat well, perhaps even better than before.  If you’re curious, here are our weekly meal plans for the month.

Seasonal produce: A dilemma
Did we make it?  Yes and no.  Yesterday I explained the way in which we succeeded.   Today I’ll expand on how and why we didn’t.

Abundance brought on our failure.
Abundance fueled our failure

Continue reading $200/month grocery challenge – Part III

$200/month grocery challenge – Part II

This is the second installment of a 5-part series.  Missed the first part?  Go here

My family and I recently completed a 4-week long experiment in which we aimed to drastically reduce our spending on groceries and continue to eat well, perhaps even better than before.

The outcome
Did we succeed?  Continue reading $200/month grocery challenge – Part II