Have you ever had one of those mornings where even making toast seems like too much work? I swear if I don't start getting more than 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night, I'm going to go to become a Mombie zombie. But life went on and toast was avoided and eggs were made and cucumbers sliced and life was brought back into this tired lady's veins.
The grocery ads came out today and I will sit down with them and see what meals I can plan around them. I don't need to buy meat unless they have some tremendous sale or the have steelhead trout at a reasonable price because we love that. Mostly, I just want to see what fresh produce is on sale and if there are any sauces that might trigger some dinner ideas. I am so bored of the usual meals. I want something more exotic and flavorful without being so spicy that my daughter can't eat it.
I can't exactly make February a no eating out challenge since my son has his surgery in Seattle and then has a follow up appointment a week later, but that will just be DS and DH. DS can't eat before surgery and will probably only want a milkshake afterward, if he doesn't sleep the whole way home from the after effects of anesthesia. My husband will need lunch and maybe dinner on that day. On the follow up day they can eat before they go, but they will need at least one meal on the trip. I know they can pack food, but it is a hassle they would prefer to avoid and we don't currently have a cooler. But it won't be out of our pocket, because MIL pays for all travel expenses related to medical visits to Seattle for us. She even pays for the hotel if we have to stay down there, so that takes a big burden from us since we have to go down there so often for our daughter.
Every other day of February I want to do no eating out. We have to tighten our belts if we are going to get that bathroom rebuilt the way we want it to be, which also means no more willy-nilly Amazon purchases. They all have to be perfectly planned and budgeted for. Speaking of Amazon purchases, my new set of pans came and I love them. We seasoned them and they are working so nicely. The instructions were garbage, so we followed the advice of someone in the reviews and it worked a treat. I am so glad I returned the other pan and bought these. They weren't expensive, but I think I will be very happy with them. So far I have only cooked veggies and eggs in them. I'll get back to you after I have made meat in them.
Anyway, time to go look at the ads and then make up a meal plan. Remember when I used to do those? I knew my motivation was around here somewhere.