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Meal Planning for the Week

August 7th, 2019 at 11:06 am

I forgot to post this on Monday. We are working on eating veggies from the garden and using up some of our beef, lamb, and pork from last year. I want to buy half a hog this year and at the least a hamburger share of beef. Usually when someone has a dairy cow that is no longer productive they will offer it as hamburger only for $200 a share and that yields a lot of ground beef. Since the cows are pretty old, using them for other cuts would not be tender at all, but it does offer up burger at a great price.

Day One:
Pesto (basil from the garden) grilled chicken, baked potatoes, fresh green beans

Day Two:
Rib steaks, baked sweet potatoes, leftover green beans

Day Three:
Grilled pork ribs, grilled patty pan squash (from the garden, grilled onions, broccoli (from the garden)

Day Four:
Meatloaf, baked potatoes, leftover veggies

Day Five:
Rigatoni with Meatballs, broccoli (from the garden)

Day Six:
BBQ chicken thighs, fried potatoes, baked zucchini

Day Seven:
Beef bottom round roast, potatoes and carrots, leftover veggies

Reworking the Budget

August 5th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

I have just finished making the budget for August and reworking some things. I decided to up the grocery budget to $500 every two weeks since we are heading towards Paleo eating. I don't know if we will go 100%, but I am going to try gluten free baking. All of the flours are more expensive than normal flours.

Aside from that, prices are starting to rise in the stores. Some places are having food shortages, a result of the flooding in the middle states. It mostly seems to be peas, green beans, and corn. Also, dairy has gone up, probably due to all the slaughtered dairy cows not being around to make enough butter and cheese.

I am using Melanie Lynn's gluten free flour recipe. It has no carageenen, guar gum, or xanthum gum in it.
She spent years developing her flour mix and recipes and they look just like the real thing. It's a completely different way of dealing with fat and flour than normal baking. She didn't want to have gritty, tasteless food or rely on iffy ingredients. I have been happily reading her website for the past week and am looking forward to trying some of her recipes. I've followed her for years on youtube.

Also, I doubled the amount of the gas budget. If DH is going out fishing/crabbing/prawning he does need to contribute to the boat for the gas. Once fishing season is over I will revert to our normal gas budget.

So that means that I will only be paying Mom $1600 a month instead of $1800. Even at that amount we will still be out of debt next year. We do plan to put any Christmas bonus and our tax return on the debt, too. Last year's Christmas bonus was around $800 after taxes and he only was a direct employee for 6 months. This year he will have worked 12 months and he will have been working at a higher wage during those 12 months. The bonus is based on a percentage of your salary and hours worked. So I think we will see double that, probably more. It would be nice to throw an extra $1800 at it. But no counting chickens just yet.

The Garden Harvest so Far (Garden Photos)

August 5th, 2019 at 11:04 am

The garden is really starting to go now and I have cut way back on my produce shopping. Mostly I just have to buy fruit and lettuce. If you'd like to see my most recent garden video from the other day, I will leave a link to my channel at the end.

I've been harvesting a lot of cucumbers and will be making half sour pickles today. I also have a lot of zucchini and some patty pan squash to get through. The herbs are going crazy so I am working on those as well. I got my first bean blossoms and the first color on a tomato as it starts to turn red. Those are exciting things in the gardening world.

So far this is what I have harvested:

5 lbs of lettuce
1 lb of spinach
1 lb of blood vein sorrel
1.5 lbs of kale
5 bunches of green onions
7.5 lbs of spring onions
4 candy sweet onions
1 purple onion
10 heads of broccoli
2 dozen zucchini
30 lbs of kohlrabi
2 buckets of parsly
4 buckets of basil
1 bucket of spearmint
1 bucket of peppermint
1 bucket of cilantro
2 big handfuls to thyme
3 buckets of oregano

First green bean blossom.


First tomato to start turning red.


Corn


Candy sweet onions.


Basil


Cucumber


Patty Pan squash.


Most recent garden update on my youtube channel:

Text is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEhNOJlRmjw and Link is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEhNOJlRmjw

Interest for July to the EF

August 5th, 2019 at 10:49 am

$3883.91 Balance Forward
+___4.94 Interest Added
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$3883.91 New Balance

Thinking

August 3rd, 2019 at 07:02 pm

After my Murphy of a week, I am glad to get a little good news. MIL has decided that she is going to up the amount spent on birthdays from now on, which means anyone who has had a birthday this year already, gets to be brought up to the new amount to make up the difference. Well, she has decided to give $100 per grandkid and $200 per me, DH, and SIL. So she gave me a hand mixer worth $70 on my birthday, so I get a check for another $130 and DS gets one for another $50.

So I am thinking I will take that $130 and open up a spousal Roth IRA since there don't seem to be any minimums for starting up an account. And then I get $50 every two weeks as my spending money and I seldom use much of it. I might get myself a corn dog now and then or a burger, but that's about it. I maybe spend $25 a month and that is being generous. I've gone whole months without spending anything. So I figure I will put in $50 every 4 weeks. It has always bugged me that I don't have any retirement of my own.

It isn't a lot. I would be putting in only $480 this year, but that's still something. I could probably scrape up an extra $20 and make it $500. Oh, and I could put all of my youtube money in there. Which isn't a lot, but I will probably earn another $200 this year. Next year I could put all $400 in. I had been putting it in the EF. So this year will be $700. Wish I could make it $1000, but not with us paying off Mom.

Emergency Fund Update

August 2nd, 2019 at 03:03 pm

I don't take money out of the Emergency Fund often, and I certainly don't like to, but sometimes life hands you some serious Murphy and that is what the EF is for. It's been a rough week, but everyone is still alive, so I'll leave it at that.

$4625.77 Balance Forward
-_746.80 Amount Withdrawn
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$3878.97 New Balance