This morning for breakfast we enjoyed veggie pancakes from the vita-mix. Basically, I take the buttermilk pancake recipe (doubled, of course) and throw in a couple of carrots and a handful of spinach. And the kids devour them. And ask for more. And, yes, they know about the veggies.

We’re out of maple syrup…

(Side note: I’m a syrup snob – it has to be real maple syrup – I just can’t stand the thought of feeding my kids the high fructose corn syrup-laden pancake syrups)

…so I made a blackberry syrup in the vita-mix:

3 cups frozen blackberries

3/4 c. sugar

1 tsp lemon juice

Run on high for 3-4 minutes…yummy!

Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup

Was it a hit? You decide…

Ethan with Blackberry SyrupJudah with Blackberry Syrup

The rest of today will consist of leftover soup from Thursday (day3) for lunch, and whatever Brent cooks up for dinner for the kids… I’m going to a baby shower, and there is sure to be food there 🙂


I am a procrastinator by nature, so although I wanted to start this blog on day 1, I didn’t. So now, I’m playing catch-up…

Tuesday, September 1
Breakfast was homemade granola with homemade yogurt, eaten in the van out of cups, on the run, while mama ran errands. They loved it.

Lunch consisted of tortillas soup made from the leftover meat/onions/peppers from fajitas the night before. The fajitas were quite likely the last expensive meal we’ll have for a while. The leftovers made a great soup when combined with water, a can of organic tomato paste, a handful of corn and a dash of taco seasoning. There was enough yummy caramelized stuff on the meat mixture to make a delicious broth. A sprinkling of crunched up tortilla chips and a bit of shredded cheese finished off the meal. Yummy!

Dinner was rice with stir-fried chicken and broccoli. To be more precise, 2 cups brown rice (yield 6 cups), 3 chicken breasts and 1 lb frozen organic broccoli. There were enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

Wednesday, September 2
I can’t remember what we ate for breakfast, but I know I didn’t buy anything. This is why I shouldn’t procrastinate.

Lunch was leftovers from dinner the night before.

I failed to plan for dinner. We were out running around looking at houses (changes are a-coming), and we were headed to our Wednesday night church meeting. So I ran into Tom Thumb and spent the first of my budget, $9.80:
1 Rotisserie Chicken – $4.99
1 lb Potato Salad – $4.81 (this was a splurge for Brent – there was blue cheese in the potato salad!)
2 loaves of French Bread – FREE!!! Yes, you read that right, FREE! Tom Thumb has this policy that if their french bread is not HOT at 5pm, it’s free. It took a couple of employees to figure out how to credit me for the free bread, but in the end, I got it FREE! I love FREE stuff! *grin* We ate 1 loaf for dinner, and saved the rest for…

Thursday, September 3
Breakfast! French Toast with FREE french bread, and eggs, milk and cinnamon that were on hand. Yummy! The kids snacked on the leftovers mid-morning, and I threw some potatoes, carrots, onions and parsley together with the leftover rotisserie chicken (and broth from the bones) to make soup for an early dinner. Oh, and biscuits made from scratch were polished off too 🙂

In case you missed it, that’s *4* meals from $9.80. That averages out to $2.45/meal. I can handle that 🙂

I did spend $24.00 on raw milk yesterday that will last the next 2 weeks.

Total Spent: $33.80
Remaining: $326.20