Pursuing What Sets My Soul on Fire (Jesus)

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Grocery Geek: First Two Weeks of 2018

I won’t be driving to our “big town” (Kerrville) near as much these days (since I will be doing AA in Rocksprings) so we will definitely be shopping for 2 weeks at a time.  I can get some groceries in Rocksprings (where I will be leading AA and the kids go to school), but the selection is very limited and food is much more expensive.  So I don’t want to do big shopping there.

Robert shot an axis deer the other night and he will be processing it tomorrow so we should have a good 30-40 pounds of meat from that!  I’m so thankful because meat is the most expensive part of buying groceries.

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Of course we won’t ONLY want axis meat so I will buy a few different types of meat here and there.

We emptied a lot of our food before we went out of town so we hardly had any meat left.  Some frozen chicken breast, some fish (including some wild caught mahi-mahi that someone caught and gave us, a little salmon, and a white fish of some sort), a pound of ground beef, and a pound of bacon.  It’s actually all frozen except the bacon.

We hardly had any produce.  I think just some apples, potatoes, and onions.  Anything else that we had went bad.

We do have a pantry mostly full (that I plan to reorganize soon!), so we have plenty of canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, rotel, canned beans (black, garbanzo, and pinto), lots of whole wheat flour, dried pinto beans, white and brown rice, oats (rolled, quick, and steel cut), cake mixes, cereal, oatmeal, snacks (we got a ton for our trip and had a lot left over), protein powder, honey, peanut butter, ingredients for homemade granola, oils (coconut, avocado, olive, and canola), mixed nuts, bagels, bread, tortilla chips, and on and on.  We have lots of frozen veggies and fruit.

So most of what I bought yesterday was fresh food.  I also had to buy some household products and we include that in our budget.  Another thing that we had to buy was freezer paper and freezer bags for freezing the deer meat.

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Cold foods:

  • 2 dozen eggs
  • 1 bag of boiled and peeled eggs (Levi loves these)
  • 1 carton of egg whites
  • 1 (large) package of drumsticks (these were 99 cents per pound!)
  • 1 tub of Julio’s salsa (our fave)
  • 1 lb of lunch meat
  • 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • 1 package of sliced medium cheddar
  • 2 links of sausage
  • 2 ham steaks
  • 2 lbs of butter
  • 32 oz plain Greek yogurt (for making ranch dip and homemade yogurt)
  • 2 gallons of milk (one for drinking and one for making homemade yogurt)

Pantry Items:

  • 1/2 caff coffee
  • Decaf coffee
  • Nature’s seasons (we use this in everything)
  • Seasoned salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Ranch packets
  • Duke’s mayo (my fave)
  • 4 boxes of whole wheat mac n cheese
  • Frosted Mini Wheats (Karis needs fiber!)
  • Brianna’s Dressing (my fave)
  • Coconut sugar (for making homemade yogurt)
  • 2, 12 packs of caffeine free diet coke (HEB brand)

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More Pantry Items (and some household items):

  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Tortilla chips
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Tortillas (half corn/half wheat)
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • Paper plates
  • Generic disinfectant wipes

Household items:

  • Dishwasher tabs
  • Melatonin
  • Quart size freezer bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Freezer paper

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Produce:

  • Bag of spinach
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Celery
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Avocados
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet tomatoes
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli florets
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Baby carrots
  • Rainbow baby carrots
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe

I spent $178!  Which I think is pretty amazing for 2 weeks’ worth. I might have to spend another $25 or so for little things here and there but that’s about it.  I really love HEB.

We also got the kids new tennis shoes and socks yesterday, Karis got some long sleeve shirts and a pair of jeans, and they spent some of their Christmas money (the boys got BB guns and Karis bought a pair of boots).

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I had grand plans to get a lot done in the house today and it hasn’t happened.  But I’m okay with just taking it easy after a long day yesterday.  Tonight we are spending time with our neighbors playing games and eating soup!  I’m looking forward to it.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

Grocery Geek, May 7th

I took pictures of our groceries a week ago and forgot to post about them!  So here I am!

I decided to buy groceries for 2 weeks.  My budget for 2 weeks is $250.  I spent $185.  I’m pretty proud of myself!  I was hoping to spend less because I’m trying to save up to buy science for Karis for next year (she is so excited about doing Chemistry and Physics but the lab kit is expensive!!).

  • Sea salt and cracked pepper crackers (which turned out to not be so good)
  • Small packages of Whales
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Simply salted popcorn
  • Lime and salt popcorn
  • HEB cheddar crackers
  • 2 bags of whole cane sugar (for my homemade yogurt)

  • 2lbs ground beef
  • Bacon
  • Hot dogs
  • Cottage cheese

  • 2.2lbs of Ruta Maya coffee (it’s the BEST)
  • 2, 12oz bags of decaf coffee

  • 2 packages sliced cheese (muenster and provolone)
  • 2 packages hummus snack packs
  • 1 bag string cheese
  • 2 packages block cheese
  • 2 summer sausages
  • 2lbs butter
  • 1 package salami
  • 2 packages HEB deli meat
  • Coke Zero

  • HEB brand individual packages of chips
  • 2 loaves whole wheat bread
  • 1 package whole wheat hot dog buns
  • 4 broccoli crowns
  • Green leaf and red leaf lettuce

  • Bananas
  • Celery
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Zucchini
  • Avocados
  • Baby carrots
  • Yellow onions
  • Glade candles

  • 2 gallons whole milk
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Frozen chicken breast
  • Whole chicken

It has been a week since I bought groceries and we still have lots of food.  We will be good for another week at least.  It helps that we also eat in the dining hall here at camp.

I realize that I was going to have a “no spend month” but it hasn’t worked out completely.  But.  I haven’t spent money other than gas and groceries.  Since I’m using cash I can’t buy things online.  So far I have saved $160 (maybe more) just by not buying things online.  I have been known to buy lots of little things that add up quickly.

I’m super proud of myself!  I have more growth ahead in the area of money, but I am on my way!

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Today we had choir, then lunch, games, and an Easter egg hunt at First Baptist in Rocksprings.  It was a great time!

I had to buy groceries at our local small grocery store called Lowe’s Market this week because I won’t have time tomorrow when I’m in Kerrville (I get out of counseling just in time to leave to pick up the kids from the end of our 8 mile dirt road).

Groceries are a little more expensive at Lowe’s so I had to limit what I bought because my grocery budget is really small this check.

  • Potatoes (10lbs)
  • Broccoli crowns (3)
  • Cabbage (1)
  • Bananas
  • Salad
  • Baby carrots
  • Zucchini (2)
  • Yellow squash (2)
  • Onions (2)
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Lime juice
  • Flour tortillas (2)
  • Shredded cheese (1lb)
  • Block cheese (8oz)
  • Half and half
  • Greek yogurt (5)
  • Biscuits
  • Mini pizzas
  • Corn dogs
  • Country pork ribs
  • 1lb ground beef
  • Coffee
  • Hamburger buns
  • Caffeine free Diet Pepsi (the didn’t have Coke Zero)
  • Whole wheat bread

All of this was $94.  The only things I will have to buy the next 2 weeks will be more sodas, and maybe more bread.  We are eating in the dining hall a lot and we still have quite a bit of food here.

Grocery Geek Part 2

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I received my Walmart.com and Boxed.com orders.  Not everything I ordered is pictured here because Walmart sends things all separately.  I forgot to take a picture of what I received yesterday!

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  • Old Elpaso taco kits (3)
  • Krave jerky
  • Veggie straws
  • Pretzels
  • Mixed nuts
  • Pesto
  • Zbars
  • Mayo
  • Brown sugar
  • Jif To Go
  • Kelloggs assortment pack

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  • Tostitos
  • Eight o’clock coffee
  • Gogo squeeze
  • Zulka sugar
  • Pledge wipes
  • Lysol toilet bowl cleaner
  • Melatonin (for kids and me)
  • Cover girl powder
  • Eye liner

Not pictured:

  • 8 cans of green beans (yes, we love canned green beans in this house)
  • Powdered sugar
  • 2 Nature’s seasoning containers

I also bought these at HEB:

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  • 2 sausage links
  • Carnitas
  • 2, 12 packs of La Croix
  • 2lbs Decaf San Antonio blend coffee
  • Decaf tea
  • HEB herbal teas (one bedtime and one mint)
  • Hibiscus mint tea
  • 2 packs of HEB water drinks made with stevia

I bought all of that tea, decaf coffee, and La Croix because I am weaning off caffeine (for another post).  The meat is because I am making Carnitas for a friend and the sausage links (one sale) because I have some cabbage that needs to be used or it will go bad, and one of our faves is cabbage and sausage!

Now we are really set for the month!

Grocery Geek Part 1

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It has been a long day.  It started out nice and peaceful, then the rest of the day happened.  Drove 1 1/2 hours to town, lunch with mom and kids (which was nice), Lego Batman movie, drove home, put away groceries.  All without Robert (because he is working this weekend).  I’m worn out!  Luckily I will be able to sleep in tomorrow, so I’m enjoying some peace and quiet right now before I go to bed.

On another note, I definitely spent way more than I usually do for groceries tonight!  I think it was because I had the kids with me.  I usually shop by myself so I’m not used to having to deal with them… fighting, messing around, being in people’s way, asking for everything, etc.  I felt anxious through the whole store.

I also spent some of our income tax refund on Walmart.com and Boxed.com stocking up again.

So between today’s shopping trip and my online grocery shopping I won’t have to buy much in the month of March.  Mostly produce and dairy products!

Here’s my haul from today:

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  • 3 dozen eggs
  • 3 pounds butter
  • Chobani yogurt tubes
  • Fage Greek yogurt (as a starter for homemade yogurt)
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • Mild white fish (can’t remember the kind)
  • Whole chicken
  • Beef chuck roast
  • Bag of frozen chicken breast
  • 2 packages carnitas
  • 12 oz bacon

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  • 2 gallons of milk (one for yogurt)
  • 2 packages dino nuggets
  • 3 packages deli meat
  • 1 package hot dogs

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  • Half and half
  • Egg whites
  • Sour cream
  • Cottage cheese
  • Provolone sliced cheese
  • Mild cheddar shredded cheese
  • Gouda block
  • Monterey jack block
  • Street taco tortillas
  • String cheese

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  • Coleslaw
  • Caulibits
  • Spring mix
  • Whole wheat hot dog buns
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers

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  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Lots of carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Jalapeños
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini

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  • La Croix
  • HEB sparkling water
  • Coke Zero
  • Little Debbie spring snacks
  • Glade candles
  • Swiffer wet and dry
  • Swiffer wet pads

Tomorrow I will be doing a lot of prep for the week with what I bought today.

I plan to also write about doing a pantry month for the month of March as soon as I receive my Walmart.com and Boxed.com orders!

Goodnight!

Grocery Geek, Part 3…

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This is going a little far now.  I may have a grocery shopping problem.  Robert told me today that we have officially run out of room for more food.  So I guess we need to use up what we have.  Whoops.

But.  In the past I would have used credit.  The most recent stuff was bought with the budget we decided on together.  So I don’t feel too bad.  If food it the worst thing I spend money on, then we’re good.  I mean, I used to spend a fortune on alcohol!  Now that money goes to food, gas, and counseling :-).

Here is what I got today:

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  • 4 boxes of Valentines for the boys
  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 1lb shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1lb shredded mozzarella
  • 2 packages pork carnitas
  • 1lb mild Italian sausage
  • 12oz bacon
  • 2 packages snack pack hummus
  • Clorox wipes (plus a free multi surface cleaner)
  • 3 summer sausages
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • 3 Glade candles (buy 2 get 1 free)
  • Austin sandwich crackers and cookies
  • 2, 12packs HEB coke zero
  • 2 boxes of really unhealthy cereal as a treat (Reese’s Puffs and Trix)… buy 2 get $2 off

I still have a small Boxed.com order coming in (Tuesday).  This order will include extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, white cheddar Cheez-its, Nutri-grain bars, and Frito Lay party mix.  We are officially stocked with more food than we will eat anytime soon :-).

Grocery Geek, Part 2… Walmart.com Orders

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I ordered from Walmart.com last weekend and they sent it out in 5 packages!  So annoying.

So the pictures here are from each box that we got…

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  • 12 pack beef and 12 pack chicken ramen (for backpacking)
  • 6 cans Hunt tomato sauce
  • Box of 75 quart size freezer bags

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  • 14 oz garlic powder
  • 24 oz taco seasoning
  • Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup
  • 4 cans corn
  • 4lbs pinto beans

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This was from 2 boxes.

  • 2 bags Tostito’s with lime
  • 4 cans black beans
  • 4 cans pinto beans
  • 5lbs brown rice
  • 2lbs brown sugar
  • 20oz chili powder
  • 4 Lysol sponges
  • Baking powder

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  • Secret Outlast invisible solid (2)
  • 2 bags of King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour
  • 6 pack of Rotel
  • 3 cans Hunts tomato paste
  • 1 Cholula hot sauce

We’re pretty much as stocked up as our pantry/cabinets will allow us to be, so we’re good for a while.  I have one more order for Boxed.com going out tomorrow, then we’re set.