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October 24th, 2022 at 04:08 am
I took advantage of being on my second round of prednisone in a month and it has coincided with one heck of a meat sale at Fred Meyer this sale's flyer cycle. They had chuck roast on for $3.97/lb, a price I thought was long behind us, but was secretly hoping we'd see again. DH went and got some on Saturday and I spent a few hours cutting up seven large roasts and this moring I canned them. We used the double decker canner and got 13 quarts. I would have needed another roast to get a full canner at 14 jars.
When using the double decker canner, it takes around 2 hours and 40 minutes to can and up to 3 hours if you are starting with meat that you pulled out of the fridge and not stuff that has been sitting out while you cut it all up the same day. No more than 90 minutes set out, but that does take a lot of the chill off.
Once I had the canner full, I sent DH to the other Fred Meyer and he was able to get 12 roasts there. 8 for canning and 1 for dinner tomorrow and 3 for the freezer. He also got us 2 value packs of sirloin steaks for the same price per pound and some nice grapes. I don't know if I will go back for anymore on Tuesday, but I'd like a total of 8 in the freezer, because that is how long it took this sale to come around again and we like to have chuck roast once a week.
I'll have to check how much money is left in the grocery envelope, but I think I have enough for 5 more roasts and I don't have to buy anything else between now and Friday, which is payday and refills the grocery envelope. My mother got 12 for her freezer, but she got smaller ones that she could cut in half and then repackage and freeze.
After that was done, it's the first day it's been comfortable to go outside in a couple of weeks, first because of the Chilliwack fires giving us the worst smoke I can remember, it was like walking through fog, and then it rained for a few days and washed it out of the air. Everything started drying out around four p.m. yesterday and was nice today. So at 4:00 p.m. today we went out and worked for 2 hours.
My son and I were able to get the green beans picked, about 3 meals' worth and there won't be much more than that. Then we harvested the the basil. I still can't believe the basil was still going. We had one night at 37, but most are in low 40's and with the beds two feet off the ground it makes a difference. I got one of those fancy biodegradable grocery bags full of basil and then pulled the plants. I'll be dehydrating overnight and tomorrow and maybe even some more. It's a lot of basil, but should be enough for the year.
After that we picked all of the tomatoes off the plants, colored ones and green ones, cut up the plants to take to the green dump and then pulled out the base and roots. They were still flowering, and there were still green branches and leaves, but there was a lot of dead branches and mildew all over many of the branches and there was no time for anything to grow. No blossom end rot.
I picked the last of the cayennes, which was the last of the peppers. Several of the plants are still alive and some even have flowers, but they have seen better days. Between what I harvested and dried a week ago and this week, I will have enough to make my own cayenne powder for the year. Maybe two years, so I might not have to grow it next year and can save that space for a different type of pepper plant. My pepper production has sucked two years running. I blame it on no bunny poop. I still need to contact that rabbit rescue about getting some.
I've still got cucumbers and zucchini growing. I don't know what the heck is going on there. By all rights they should be dead. They've slowed their growth down, but they are still going. I've got several zucchini and two cucumbers that should be big enough to eat by the end of the week.
Once I finish with the basil, I am going to harvest and dry sage and then do some oregano. No thyme, this year. The thyme hasn't recovered very well yet from not getting watered like it should have this summer. It is coming back though. I can pick a sprig here or there as needed, but no big harvest. I will also dehydrate all of the tarragon, parsley, and oregano, then pull the plants.
They are still pretty small and I will just plant new ones in the spring. Normally I would either transplant them or leave them, but the are in the way of where I want to plant garlic and I am not sure a transplant would take before the first frost or the first hard frost hits. It usually hits on Halloween or the first week of November.
While I was doing that DH was going over the second half of the potato plot for a second time. Between the two sides we found several more potatoes. Around 40 pounds more. Total potato harvest this year was 143 pounds and 9 ounces, not counting the 2 potatoes tossed for some kind of bug damage. We saw no slug damage and no mouse damage this year, but we didn't use mulch, either. Just kept mounding up soil.
I brought in all of the sweet onions from the garage. I will spend time tomorrow peeling and chopping onions for the freezer in a couple of days and either tomorrow evening or the next day cutting up more roasts to can.
My focus after that will be waiting on a good chicken thigh sale. Right now .99/lb is still doable. It is easy enough to skin and debone chicken thighs. Then I throw the bones and the skins and herbs in the Instant Pot with some salt and pepper to make bone broth with lots of gelatin. Once the broth has set overnight, I'll scrape off the fat and use it to cook with. Eggs taste really good cooked in it and herbs don't matter if they get trapped in the fat. I like using it in stir-fried rice, too.
Anyway, I am completely out of canned chicken, so need to get a lot of that done. I'd like to get 14 quarts and 21 pints on the shelf for starters. The pints are good for making chicken salad and the quarts are good for making chicken pasta alfredo for tv dinner freezer meals. The double decker canner will take 21 pints if I steal the rack for the single level canner. Then I will wait for the next sale and try to get 28 quarts done.
Somewhere along the way I need to can carrots, parsnips, celery, and potatoes. I'll need to save out the potatoes I want to keep as next year's seed potatoes and properly store them, and those will be ones with several eyes and about the size of an egg. Then I will pick out all the large easy to peel ones for canning. The rest will be eaten over the next several months. I have burlap sacks coming to store them in and we will keep them in the coolest part of the house not in the basement in the cold season, the back entry way.
DS will be helping with all the peeling and cutting up. We will soak the potatoes overnight to remove some of the starch and then process the next day. So, so much to do, but we've got time and my pantry shelves will be full again. I'll be on prednisone through the 2nd, but we have to go down to Seattle on the 31st for medical things for both kids and won't come back until the evening of the 2nd, so basically just until the 30th, really, because we'll want to come home to empty counters so I'll need to be washing, labelling and putting away full jars on the morning or afternoon of the 31st, not canning on the 31st. So I have six days, which I have to work around a couple of appointments. I think I can do that.
I'll prioritize the meat and the carrots. I'm not sure what I'll do with all the green tomatoes. I know I will lay out the big and medium sized ones to ripen, but there were a lot of smaller ones, too. Maybe I will see if my chiropractor wants them. I have no idea if the little ones will ripen at all, but he might like fried green ones, which we don't.
Anyway that what I've been up to and what I'll be up to, assuming my hands actually work tomorrow.
October 15th, 2022 at 01:26 am
Sometimes putting the budget spending up is a proud moment and other times it makes me feel naked and this is the second, but I need to get the accountability back and show just how much we have been spending on the credit card. I haven't actually made the payment on that yet, because Citi is being wonky. I can sign in. I can even make it to the next page, but when I click on make a payment it just turns in to an endless circle.
I waited ten minutes. I logged out and tried again. I logged out and waited an hour and tried again. I logged out and waited two hours and tried again. Still nothing. I'll try again tonight or tomorrow, but the amount of the payment will be listed below. Hopefully they will have their act together. We don't have a Citi branch closer than a 90 mile drive away, so it's not like I can just pop in and pay it, either. It's not due until the 3rd, but I just like to do things when I have the money to do things.
Remember that I run a zero based budget. Every dollar, every cent has a name. So every paycheck is spent in full. I have a cushion in checking of $900 in case something goes horribly wrong and since I bank with a credit union they will automatically transfer money from my savings account (I keep $2000 of the EF in there) if for some reason that were not enough for a fee of $1. You have to love credit unions.
I've never had either thing happen since 2010 and that was because I transferred the wrong amount of money to my online savings account when I meant to pay a credit card with the same name as that bank, and couldn't get it back in time to cover an automatic payment, and didn't realize it until I got the notice that they'd transferred money from the savings that was with my checking. Back then they didn't even charge the $1 fee, though. Now if you don't have the money to cover it at all, they give you 10 days to get the money in the acount and charge a $13 fee. Still better than what a bank will do. I've never had that happen at all.
Anyway, here's the spending for this pay cycle.
$500.00 October Utilities
$200.00 Medical Fund
$310.00 Chiropactor Monthly Family Plan
$167.00 Car Insurance Fund
$_50.00 DH Spending Money
$_50.00 My Spending Money
$_30.00 DD's Allowance
$_90.00 DS's Allowance
3584.02 Total Money Out
DD has a smaller allowance because she is disabled and seldom does chores. It is more of a pity allowance so she had more money to spend. DS earns his with a lot of caregiving for DD and doing chores and helping me with my limitations due to RA, fibromyalgia, and degenerative disc disease.
October 14th, 2022 at 12:30 am
We've got the potatos all dug up. We did it over two weekends. I haven't weighed them yet, but visually it looks like we got more than last year. We are letting them sit for two weeks for the skins to harden before we start weighing them by variety. I can tell at a glance that the red La Soda did very well this year, both the seed potatoes that we bought and the ones that we saved our own seed from. So did the Canela Russets, which are a variety of Russets that have a much lighter skin than most Russets, but taste just like Russets, only they were a lot smaller than they should have been, but they really made a lot. They should have been 4 or 5 inches long, but we got them about 3 inches long. We also got a lot of Kennebecs from our seed potatoes and a ton of our own Gold Rush potatos.
By and large the seed potatoes we saved did better than then one we bought from the nursery, except the red La Soda. The ones we planted from the nursery were bigger than ours to begin with, though. We saved smaller ones, so even chitted, the ones from the nursery were bigger pieces than the small whole ones we planted. That makes a difference. But ours still did well, a lot better than last year.
Anyway, the grocery store potatos that we planted that sprouted on us, also did very well, which I find very interesting, because the Russets weren't even organic, so had probably been sprayed with sprout inhibitor, but they sure had sprouted a lot when Mom gave me the half bag to throw away and DH and I decided to make another row and plant them. We also did 3 rows of organic yellow potatoes that we had let sprout to plant as well, because shipping the potatoes was so expensive and most yellow potatoes cost more than any other kind from the nurseries.
I'll have to note it all down in my garden notebook and compare it all to last year when I have the final numbers, but with a cursory glance that seems to be how it has come out. We had good luck last year with the grocery store potatoes, too, whether organic or not, and planted a lot more of those than nursery seed potatoes.
I will again save out seed potatoes, but will only purchase two varieties this year instead of 5 or 6. I want to get more of the Magic Molly French Fingerlings and the German Butterballs. I was successful enough with the other varieties to save some of those out, but only enough of the Butterballs to have 4 or 5 meals with them. I only got 3 pounds of them to plant last year to try, so next year I'd like to get 25 pounds of them. The Magic Mollys we could have about 10 meals from or have one meal from and save the rest to plant, but I would really rather eat them and get 25 pounds of them to plant. I only got 5 pounds of those and so got more of them and they were bigger than the Butterballs because we didn't dig them early like you can.
If I can find both of them in 25 pound increments and not just 50. I really have to watch for when they become available to order. Last year I didn't start checking until January and a lot of the 25 pound selections had already sold out. They don't ship them until planting time, but people were ordering really early so I am starting now to check weekly. I don't need 50 pounds of each. The shipping on that is way too much. We will only eat one meal of each to make sure we like those varieties and I will hold back on making more until we know about whether we can order more in case we do have to save all of those for seed potatoes.
The rest of the yellow potatos I planted were the Gold Rush seed potatoes I saved from last year. Those did pretty well, too. There was a lot of production for the amount I planted, which was not as much as I wanted to, but still another row than last year. I'll double what I save out for next year. Eventually I will have enough of each variety I want to plant to never have to buy seed potatoes at all from the nursery.
All that's left to do there is to put down lime and rototill it into the soil. I'm thinking about putting down some peat and rototilling that in as well. There is still a lot of clay in the soil despite how much we have amended it back there. I'm not even sure we'd use a whole bag this year, maybe half and see how that goes. We'd also rototill that in and some more compost. Then we'll go out to the bay and harvest enough seaweed to put down on top of it and cover it with black plastic and the seaweed will compost down over the rest of the fall, all winter, and into the early spring and feed the soil.
When you can't buy manure anymore and still want to keep your garden organic, you go with what you have, and seaweed is a great fertilizer. Just make sure you have a license for gathering sea plants. It's usually the same one as for gathering shell fish and generally is separate and less expensive than a full on fishing license.
My tomatoes are still going so I am letting them. I am going to thin out the vines, though, and trim off any flowers left. The nights are still 48 to 50 and the leaves have not died at all and the days are in the mid to low 70's, so no reason to pull them out. I do want to plant garlic where the tomatoes and peppers are, but I generally wait until the first nice day after the first frost to plant them.
In a typical year the first frost is Halloween, but it's not feeling like a typical year. It's feeling like an Indian summer year, which we get about once every 5 years or so. Then the first frost goes into mid to late November. It's been as late as December 2nd before on a year that had no snow and barely even froze. I plant in November anyway when that happens. The garlic still grows fine.
I do need to get my sage and thyme out of the containers they are in and into one of the garden beds. They have both burst their plastic containers because they are so big. I didn't have room for them in the beds this year, but now I will get them in place so I do.
I still have one very determined cucumber plant alive, but if it gets much colder at night it's going to die. It's got a few small plants on it. I am thinking of tenting its trellis in some clear plastic, at least until they get big enough to eat.
The zucchini plants have some small zucchini on them, but again, I am not sure if they will get big enough to eat. Maybe I will tent their hoops, too. I need to harvest the peppers, too. Only the cayenne has peppers left. I am thinking about bringing the jalapeño plant inside for the winter and leaving it under a grow light. It did not have ideal conditions this year and got overshadowed by it's neighbor plants. I like doing pico de gallo year round, but the jalapeños in winter are always so dinky. I know japapños are still a cheap pepper, but I like them big. I want to do one last harvest of basil before pulling the plants. They will die the minute it hits 45 at night. We have maybe another week before that happens.
I'm going to grow some cilantro (for the pico), parsley and basil in my Aerogarden this fall and through the winter. Then I don't have to buy bunches, I can just snip what I need, and if it grows too big I can dehydrate the rest. I always feel like I am wasting some with the bunches, because they go from fresh to suddenly slimy when I go to use up.
I am thinking of getting the biggest Aerogarden, so I can grow some cherry tomatoes and some lettuce, too. I have enough room. Or if I get the biggest one, I can grow a jalapeño plant, a cherry tomato plant, and bell pepper plant in that, too, along with some lettuces in the front. That would be nice, because it has the built in lights on a timer, so I only have to put in the water and the fertilizer when it tells me too. And they have a big reservoir outside the Aerogarden itself that you can buy and hook into it , so you don't have to fill the smaller one in the machine itself, so you aren't watering as often if you want to buy that.
I haven't spent my allowance in a long time, so right now I have $500 in the envelop, and it will be $550 with tomorrow's payday. The one I want, along with the grow pods I want, plus tax, will cost $869.01. There's no shipping over $500. If I want to get the extra reservoir, it would cost an additional $38.84, so a grand total of $907.85. Which means I need to come up with $357.85 to buy it. That means if I save my next 5 allowances I'll have $250, which brings it to 107.85, so I can use part of my Christmas money from DH of $200.
We usually order our Christmas presents in November, though, so technically I wouldn't have to use any of December's allowances at all, doing that. I could just use the Christmas money as usual and add it to the allowance I would have saved by November 25th, which is when I'd be able to order. I have $10.53 left in the gardening envelope, so that will make up the shortfall of $7.85, so that will work out. If MIL gives us our Christmas money early so we can order stuff so it will be here by Christmas, I could use that as well.
That's usually somewhere around $200 each for me and DH and $100 or $150 for the kids. Not sure about this year, though. Her stocks probably got hit as hard as ours were, but she still has to take out $15,000 a year and she doesn't need that to live on between social security (she was able to claim FIL's) and she got FIL's pension since he was still employed when he died. That's a little over $3000 a month and she has no debt. She doesn't even spend all of that.
Or I could just use the money in the beef envelope for next year's steer and buy it now. That's $407 and I wouldn't need all of it. Then I can start saving for it again. We still have several months before we are ready to get a beef. I'm planning for late July or August, so I have enough time to replace the money. Or I could just replace the beef money with my Christmas money and still count the new Aerogarden as my Christmas present from DH and MIL. Maybe that would be the better choice. Then I could order now and I'd get it going much sooner.
I had been saving up my allowance for a new computer. Not that there is anything wrong with this computer, but I just feel like there should be a replacement fund for when it goes belly up. I'd like a nicer one than I could afford last time. I am used to nicer ones. But I can start saving up for that again. I'd rather be able to grow some vegetables and herbs indoors and not have to go to the store just for greens or the fresh herbs I use the most or pay for bell peppers, which are ridiculous these days, especially in winter.
DD needs a new computer soon. Hers is ancient. I'm really surprised it is still going. It's a desktop and it is about ten years old and she's so close to maxing out the memory, despite doing all the things to compress and get rid of unneeded junk files. I've got money for that set aside and we are waiting for the Black Friday sales online or Cyber Monday or whatever.
She just wants a new desktop and she knows which one she wants. And we will take the hard drive out of the old one and put it into the new one so she doesn't have to transfer everything the hard way after running all the utility fixits in case that helps. I'm giving in and trying that. It has a free 60 day trial as part of my family Norton licenses and will work across all of our computers. If we like it, we'll probably keep it. I want to see if it makes any difference first. 60 days is a good trial period.
Tomorrow is payday. I am going to try to get back in the habit of posting my payday reports for accountability. I haven't wanted to and I still don't want to. They won't be pretty for a while with so much going to the credit card, but we'll get there, one payday at a time.
I have a beautiful pot roast in Instant Pot 1 and am about to put Yellow potatoes in Instant Pot 2. Not mine, these are still from the store, since ours have to have the skin harden for two weeks for proper long-term storage. They will also be easier to peel. But what I am making are new potatoes from this season and not the old ones from the potato sheds that were grown last year. So they taste great. When I get through what I have left, ours will be ready.
Well, I'm off to peruse the grocery ads. Hopefully there will be some good sales. I'd love some boneless skinless chicken or some pot roast so I can can some up. I am out of canned chicken and I don't have enough beef to make me happy. I'd also like to can some carrots. There are not enough on my shelves to get through until next year's harvest. I saw they were putting out ten pound bags of organic ones when I shopped two weeks ago, but I was running out of grocery money and wanted to have enough if I needed it for the second week.
They also had 25 bags of regular juicing carrots, but it is hard for me to can 25 pounds of carrots in one go and I prefer organic since carrots pull up everything that is in the soil. Farmers plant carrots to clear contaminants from the soil. They don't sell those ones, but even the ones planted regular can still pull up stuff they don't know is in the fields. Parsnips are good at that, too.
We will can about half of the potatoes we harvested, except the reds and store russets. They don't can as well. Yellows can the best. I will try canning a batch of the canela russets and see. Our green bean harvest wasn't great this year because we planted so late. I do have a full shelf, but I wanted two. So I will probably stock up on canned ones for the store so I can have a full shelve of those. I have about 24 cans of those and it fills 1/4 of the shelf, so I'd need 72. If I buy two cases every time I visit Winco, that should do it. We didn't plant corn this year, but we don't eat as much of that. We have 12 cans of that and I think another 12 cans would be sufficient for a years supply for us.
Okay, now I'm really off.
October 7th, 2022 at 12:36 pm
My son checked on the internet provider for me a few days ago and they had a good deal come up if we put it on paperless autopay. It used to be they wanted it to come directly out of the bank account for that and I didn't want the cable company to have that, because it's like pulling teeth to get utilities and the like out of your bank account once they are in. But now they will let you do it on a credit card. They probably have for a while, but it doesn't say that until you get to the set up payment page. So we did that. We'll just add it in to the autopays line item on the budget.
Anyway, that dropped our montly internet bill from $122.23 to $86.43. That's a savings of $35.80 a month, or $429.60 a year. Not bad. Not a short time rate, either, a regular one. And our speed went up from 250 mbs to 350 mbs. I already notice a difference during peak times and am no longer getting those middle of the night drop offs when I am up with insomnia.
We also got mom to agree to drop her other internet service and just use ours instead since we got the new pod extenders so we have full internet range of the house now. It's silly for her to be paying for it separately. So that will lower her bills, too.
October 4th, 2022 at 10:44 am
We are starting hardcore meal planning and meal prepping to get back into saving money on food, eating better, including a lot more vegetables and a lot less carbs, almost everything from scratch, and slaying the takeout demon and waster of money and tempter of credit card spending. I spent $301 on groceries yesterday and today from a $500 two week grocery budget. My goal is to have $100 left at the end of the 2 week pay period to put in the beef fund. I have 11 days to go. I think we can do it, but we will see. And if we don't eat out, we'll probably save another $500 or more.
I started cooking with what we had on hand and eased into it so that I could be at the spot we are today. Last week I took all of my ripe tomatoes and started cooking them down so I would have a decent amount of sauce to start with and then cooked up a bunch of hamburger and a bunch of garden zucchini and mixed it all up together and doled it all out into meal prop containers with a side of wild rice (no rice for me). It provided 3 lunches for 4 people for 3 days. I froze the rest of the very delicious tomato sauce for future use.
The day after that I did a massive grocery shop and then today I picked up a dozen things that the other store didn't have. Most of today I spent chopping up things and preparing other things. I cut up 8 bell peppers into slices and dices and 5 onions (mine that I grew, 1 purple, 4 Walla Walla sweets) into slices and dices, 6 things of broccoli, 3 pounds of potatoes, most of a batch of green onions, cut up 1 pound of cheese into cubes for snacking, and shred the other half of the brick, and cooked up 2 pounds of breakfast sausage and some of the diced onion and bell peppers, while the potatoes were roasting in the pan.
I assembled and cooked one breakfast casserole with potatoes, eggs, a little milk, cheese, green and yellow bell peppers, sweet onions, and ground breakfast sausage. And I have the other one most of the way ready. It so far has potatoes, sausage, green onions, and cheese in the dish, and in the morning I will saute spinach, add the eggs and milk and cook that one. The second one will be for my daughter as she can't handle the peppers and regular onions. We will freeze half of it as she can't get through it fast enough. I won't be eating either of these because of the potatoes, but saved out some sausage and will just make myself an omelet for breakfast with that, bell pepper, green onions, and cheese.
After breakfast, I will be cooking up a whole lot of polish sausage and kielbasa some for this week and some to go in the freezer for next week or the week after that, not sure yet. Not really sure if we want to do sausage and peppers for lunches 2 weeks in a row. But I'd rather cook it all up in one long session now. Then I'll do enough peppers for this week's lunches. I'll have to buy more peppers tomorrow, but I'll probably just slice and freeze. There is a good sale that ends tomorrow, but I didn't have room in my fridge to buy more than the eight I bought until I started making meals and putting things in the freezer or reducing the size of the veggies by slicing and dicing. If the guys want something to go with the sausage and peppers that is more carby they can have whatever leftovers we will have like mashed potatoes from tonight's dinner or root veggies, or mixed veggies from the freezer, or rice. Whatever.
While doing that I will have some hamburger thawing to mix with the mild Italian sausage that is already thawed in the fridge so I can get some meatballs made up. If we have any ground chicken, turkey, or lamb left, I'll throw that in, too. I want to make enough to have three meals worth of meatballs. We'll have gluten free penne and meatballs with zucchini for dinner tomorrow night. I'll want something easy I can just dump in the Instant Pot.
I'll thaw out some other sausage I have that is not from the hog we just got that needs to be used up, along with some hamburger and make up a couple of meatloaves for the freezer and while I am at it I will use the two mild Italian sausages that are from the hog we bought and are thawed out to make meatballs for the freezer.
For dinner tomorrow we will have baked chicken with roasted root vegetables of a large parsnip, a very large sweet potato, two turnips and two yellow potatoes, and purple green beans from my garden.
For Wednesday we will have pork chops, fried potatoes, and more purple green beans.
Thursday will be beef stir-fry with broccoli, onions, carrots, celery, bok choy, water chestnuts, purple green beans, and bamboo shoots if I still have a can. It will be served with white rice.
Friday we will have Butter and Basil Chicken with sheet pan vegetables (they had these at Costco, I don't remember exactly what was in them, but they looked yummy and were mostly low carb), and baked potatoes.
Saturday will be Coho salmon, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. I might get some corn on the cob, too, when I pick up more bell peppers. We haven't had any this summer. Too long recovering from the reoccuring stomach virus.
Sunday will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, and purple green beans.
I've also got to do some more peeling and cutting up tomorrow. I need to get cucumbers and carrots peeled, cucumbers, carrots and radishes sliced, and carrots and celery cut into sticks. I need to make up some French onion dip with plain yogurt for my daughter and make up some green godess dressing with plain yogurt for my son. I have to finish chopping up the bottom portion of the green onions.
So we have salad fixings, coleslaw fixings, veggie sticks, and pico de gallo fixings on hand to eat at will, as well as fruit for snack cravings for those who want more carbs than me. My son has plain tortilla chips left. Sometimes I will throw pico in my eggs. My coleslaw is not made with sugar, just 1 tbsp of honey in the entire simple dressing, and no vinegar, to keep the carb count low.
Once I get through what I've got planned so far, then I need to inventory the house freezer and see where to go from there, while I am still feeling like I can. I'd like to get some more meals put together to kill the "I don't wanna cook" attitidude or even the "I can't keep food down and can't get near food" issue that happened so much this summer. Even if it is just having all the ingredients ready in the freezer to be thrown together it will help so much. And if I can't throw it together at least the guys will be able to. I still think it was the medicine I quit taking, but I can't be sure, as I still don't feel right. It still might be related to my heart. I will be so glad when I get the results back from the 2 week heart monitor test.
I am planning out some freezer meals to do depending on when certain sales hit, but I missed the boneless skinless chicken sale because I was sick when it hit, so cilantro lime chicken and parsley chicken are off the table until the next one unless I want to thaw, skin, and debone the chicken I already have and refreeze it, which I don't. So no premaking them, but I can make them for dinner with no premaking if I feel like it. It'll just have to be a good day where I am on top of things. It'll probably be 5 to 6 weeks before that sale hits again. The chuck roast sale went up .47/lb, from the normal cycle. I think it is going to stay there. It was the same week I was too sick to leave the house, just at a different store. I was going to buy 8 so I could can, but such is life.
Here's a list of the groceries I bought:
1 large Zoi Greek yogurt
1 large bag mixed vegetable blend
2 steamer bags riced cauliflower
1 lb brick extra sharp white cheddar
2 lb brick medium cheddar
32 ounce Daisy sour cream
1 gallon organic milk
1 half gallon lactose free organic milk
4 dozen organic pasture-raised eggs
2 beef chuck roasts
2 bags cole slaw mix
1 bag spinach
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch Italian parsley
2 large cucumbers
2 large green zucchini
1 bunch green onions
1 bunch radishes
5.65 lb of yellow potatoes
4 very large sweet potatoes (3 types)
2 apple juice
3 lb strawberries
2 bok choy
1 savoy cabbage
1 thumb ginger root
2 red, 2 green, 2 yellow, 2 orange bell peppers
1 Elephant garlic
2 lb bag organic carrots
1 box yellow kiwis
3 lb bag baby potatoes
Cosmic crisp apples
Beechers flagship cheese
18 month cave aged gouda
4 oz can sliced black olives
4 cans pumpkin puree
1 Redmond pink Himalayan salt shaker
2 12 packs polish sausage
3 8 packs kielbasa
Pink fine ground Himalayan salt to refill salt shaker
1 bag sheet pan vegetables
1 package beef snack sticks
So hopefully only a few little filler items from here.