This week has an abbreviated menu, as I’m taking DD to visit the grandparents, and DH is off to his annual men’s weekend, so we won’t be having meals at home Thurs.-Sat.
L/O = indicates leftover from previous meal
Sunday: (Apple picking at local orchard)
Brunch: Scrambled eggs, organic chicken sausage, biscuits with L/O gravy, cantaloupe, coffee/juice ($4.76 total for meal)
Snacks: Apples, peanut butter crackers, raisins, milk/juice
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, L/O biscuits and gravy, grapes, yogurt
Lunch: L/O pizza, L/O Spinach and matzoh pie
Snacks: Apple, peanut butter, cheese crackers, milk
Ham and cheese quiche
Leftovers/clean out the fridge night
Road trip – packing Bento box dinner/snacks for drive down to Massachusetts
Total spent on groceries (food only): $433.44
Shaw’s – $75.15
Thompson’s Orchard (apple picking) – $11.29
Little Ridge Farm (pork order) – $347.00
Because we were going to be away for part of the week, I wanted to make sure that we didn’t buy a lot of produce or milk that would go bad before it got used up, or leave a ton of leftovers in the fridge. As a result, my shopping list was pretty short this week – one red pepper, some chicken sausage, popcorn, tortillas, butter, strawberry yogurt and milk — we always need milk.
Since we had friends who called last-minute to say they were driving up from Massachusetts and wanted to meet us in Freeport on Saturday, I went online and looked at the Shaw’s supermarket circular that morning to see if there was anything on sale that i wanted to stock up on so we could combine the two errands. (We usually shop at the Hannaford store in Auburn after church on Sundays.) So I ended up adding organic grapes, cranberry sauce, crushed and whole tomatoes, bread crumbs and pasta sauce to the list. I also added a bunch of items from the circular that we buy fairly often to my price book just to start building up a database. Since the three of us went shopping together after we had hung out with our friends for a couple hours, I was worried we’d end up buying a lot of stuff not on our list. But other than a bag of potato chips, we were able to stay on track (thank goodness for the free cookies from the bakery!).
No eggs yet from our chickens, but DH says it should be any day now (I’m pretty sure he’s just guessing). Our pork order (with the exception of the smoked meats) came in on Monday, so I need to rearrange the basement freezer and update my inventory list. I hope we have enough room for the beef when it comes in later this month!
I also need to start planning the menu and making things for our annual post-Thanksgiving Day party pretty soon – we invite all our friends to come the Saturday after the Thanksgiving weekend. I was able to reserve a turkey last week from the farmer who raises our pork and beef. I was a bit surprised that there were still birds available at this late date (in fact, she asked if I wanted one or two).