Brunch Shenanigans

FOOD

Lots of good eats this week!

My smoothies this week were the lazy kind I pick up at Tropical Smoothie Cafe on the way to work.

I actually made a real meal one morning though, and it was tasty. Tempeh and potato has with onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Topped with tons of hot sauce!

Also an oldie, but goodie! Whole wheat toast with sunflower seed bread and sliced bananas.

Homemade soy yogurt snack.

BBQ tofu and cornbread!

Noodles with pasta and a simple coconut curry sauce.

And of course some tofu green curry on a lunch date with my boyfriend.

Soup for days (and days and days and…days). I made what is still my favorite soup ever. A double batch in the Ninja IQ yielded 26 cups! SO tasty!

I finally checked out Mesob’s Ethiopian in Virginia Beach. WOW. So good and I literally can’t wait to go back. I had the vegetarian plater (though everything is vegan), with Shiro Wot, cabbage and carrots, green beans and carrots, and the house salad with injera bread. I really wanted the Mesir Wot (I LOVE that dish), but they were upfront that it’d take 20 minutes to make that and I just didn’t have time. I have all the ingredients at home, so I should probably try my hand at making it.

Also had a Moe’s salad one day, and then out with my guy – first at one of our favorite wine bars and then dinner at One Fish Two Fish where I had a yummy rosemary gin martini and a delicious off menu vegan dish of spiralized veggies in a spicy tomato sauce.

Yesterday was a big family brunch event. Literally my boyfriend and I, all our kids, and my son’s girlfriend. It was a 2 hr wait, but that was fine. We went to The Bee and the Biscuit and the kids played Uno and we all sat around fire pits (all those over 21 had drinks – which was 5 and that was a HELL of a bar bill, but worth it). Then we went in and had yummy food.

Same wrap I got last time: black bean, potato, spinach, roasted corn, tomatoes. And a side of fruit

FITNESS

Went for 2 runs and then also checked out a new class called Regymen. It’s essentially the Y’s version of Orange Theory. I wore a heart rate monitor and cycled between 3 “stations”. One is treadmills, one is skiers and rowers, and one weights and bikes. There are display monitors around the room so you know what your heart rate is and in what zone you are. It also displays calories burned. In the end I torched 604 calories. Loved the workout. There was perhaps a period where I could’ve thrown up, but that’s ok. Worth it, and I’ll totally go back. Who doesn’t like a workout that makes you wanna cry?

Also did 2 yoga classes. One at the gym, one streaming at home.

LIFE

Pretty typical week. Work, school, family during the week, and fun (and school and cleaning and grocery shopping) on the weekend! I’ve meditated every day, usually in the morning, but if I’m too rushed (or didn’t wake up in my house), I do it later in the day.

On the work front, I hit my 15 year anniversary at my job. I got to pick from a catalog of gifts and got a 4 person tent. Will come in handy when R and I try our hand at camping in a few months! We had that one class at REI and there are a few more there and with a local hikers group I want to do first.

I stopped at a local wine spot while waiting for R to finish up at a school thing.

Not normally a white drinker, but I do love French wine and this was really tasty.

Yeah, I’m short. Feet didn’t touch the ground!

Brunch shenanigans! I LOVE what they do with the outside space to make the wait worth it. Tables, fire pits, a bar, blankets, and a room of games.

Smoke in their eyes made for a goofy shot- but all were warm

After brunch I went home for a bit, then over to my guys house for the night. We watched basketball and a show and had a pretty chill night. After the brunch fun, it was nice to just curl up on the sofa and chill.

And of course the fluffs.

About to get swallowed up by that bush

New morning coffee routine! These two hang out every morning

MY YEAR OF LESS

Ugh. I seriously have sucked paying attention. Which sucks, because I was doing SO well until the holidays. I do have a plan to get back on track – which is basically to reduce going out and only shop when I have a plan.

Boredom Be Gone!

FOOD

I honestly have very little to say here! It’s been a week of fend for yourself kind of meals, including leftovers. That means soups, sammiches, beans and rice, and pasta dishes.

Had a 10am meeting in Norfolk, so stopped at Yorgos for one of my fav bfasts!

Gf shells, peas, chickpeas tossed in Earth Balance and pepper

I did make tempeh and cauliflower buffalo bites in the foodie tho, using the air crisp function! Served with the last of the vegan ranch I made last week.

FITNESS

A couple runs and some bedroom yoga.

Started getting sick on Friday, so the weekend was not an overly active one.

LIFE

Vacation is over! Both work and school started back up, and I for one am not sad about that. No more boredom! I was getting very stir crazy. Went back to work last Wednesday, and classes started on Friday. Well, technically it was today, but the materials were available on Friday, so that meant I started then too.

I didn’t do a 530 wake up most days when I was on vacation. I was usually up by 6 most days, and 7-730 on the days I wasn’t feeling well. Figure sleep is more important for healing than anything.

Wednesday I went to Back Bay Farmhouse Brewery with my girlfriend LC. Was awesome to catch up, and the beers were pretty yummy. Much better than the ciders – only other time I was there was with my guy, and neither of us liked the ciders. Glad to know their beer is better. It’s a really cute place too. One of the beers I had was figs grown on their property that was then soaked in barley wine and then brewed into beer. Fun!

I was a little early, so was working until LC got there.

Friday night was supposed to be a fun night out with my guy and staying there. I tried, I really did. But I couldn’t be in denial anymore when I realized I actually felt like hell. Sore throat, body aches, ear ache, and fever. So – I went home and pouted.

Saturday one of my girlfriends was supposed to come over, but I had to cancel. Both me and R were sick.

Sunday I was actually feeling pretty well. Woke with a minor sore throat, but my appetite started coming back. So, it was off to Richmond with my boyfriend. One of my really awesome friends NS (from Nairobi) has gone vegan for 2019! Something I want to send him I can either order and pay insane shipping fees, or go to Richmond and buy it. Plus, we really love Richmond, so that was an easy choice.

We stopped first in Cary Town for spices and coffee, then to the store for NS’s surprise (he reads this, so I can’t tell you what it is….yet!). We then went to Buskey’s, which never ever is a bad idea. Had a totally amazing time (as always) and then went home. Stopped at Subway on the way, and I stayed at his place for the night. Good times.

FYI, Tart Cherry, Earl Grey Lemon Ginger, Blue Hedgehog, Heritage Blend, and (not shown but they had in the back so we got it anyway) jalapeño lime and grape expectations are all amazing.

On the Luna front, she’s assimilating quite nicely. She and Kuma actually get along great. They tend to sleep near each other and play often. Luna chases Kuma just as much as Kumabear chases Luna. It’s really fun and sweet and they’re both just so silly.

Ah yes. Can’t leave paper towels where kitties can get to them…
My bed. Kuma next to me, Luna on the pillow. At one point I woke and Luna had her paw on
On A’s bed as she studied

After R took a bath with a lavender bath bomb and lavender bubble bath….Luna apparently liked it so much (after the water evaporated) that she rolled around in it!

I LOVE my spice rack. Custom built from upcycled wine barrels. Excited that my boyfriend is making one too! Not from wine barrels, but I can’t wait to see it. It’ll be beautiful. And everyone who loves to cook should have a bitchin spice rack!

I was out of popcorn. Don’t judge.

My boyfriend bought R a camp chair she wanted. Let’s just say she’s not waiting until camping
season to use it…

At Starbucks doing some reading before classes started. And documenting in my Commonplace Book

MY YEAR OF LESS

Happy for the start of the year. Decided this week to cook from food I already had in the house. I always have a TON – beans, rice, veggies, and fruits are always in supply. I picked up a few fresh veggies and fruits, but otherwise have been making meals with what I have on hand.

I bought the gift for NS, a replacement spiralizer for me, and yesterday out in Richmond. Also some pet supplies for Luna.

Fiesta Time!

FOOD

Okay, it’s only been a few days, but one of those consisted of about 6 hours of cooking and I think I should get some type of award for that.

And the fact that I can write such a long sentence with very little punctuation and it’s still grammatically correct, but that’s a whole different story.

But, we shall go in order…

I had oatmeal Friday morning. No smoothie though (was out of a few ingredients).

I also started pre-cooking for the Saturday party by making my spicy green sauce and homemade seitan for the arroz non pollo.

Friday night a stop at one of our fav wine bars and then dinner out with my love having a strange lemon pasta thing that was odd, but tasty.

Saturday morning he, his young one, and I went to brunch. Portobello bagel with hummus, fruit, and a tropical mimosa followed.

Saturday we had a Latin dinner party! I made black bean and sweet potato tamales, 2 empanadas (one corn, one a TVP-based “beef” taco), cheezy arepas, slaw, and the arroz non pollo (a rice, veggie, tomato, and seitan dish). My guy made the plantains, which were killer.

Sunday naturally started off with a cleansing smoothie after the feasts of the night before. Lunch was leftovers. For dinner we went to cinema cafe. I had popcorn and fruit punch….

This morning I threw a batch of Spanish rice into the rice cooker while getting ready for work (ran out of the arroz non pollo). Threw a couple empanadas on it for my work lunch. Breakfast was a banana and coffee.

Dinner was mac no cheese!

FITNESS

Weather was odd, so I did get a run in, but also did some spinning on my bike in the garage. Never got to the gym…

LIFE

Probably one of the coolest things was having the downstairs powder room finished! They did an amazing job.

With school being done until Jan 7th, I’ve been reading for fun. Always my paranormal fun stuff, but also been reading a lot of nonfiction. Currently loving Where Good Ideas Come From and re-reading The Lean Startup and Blue Ocean Strategy.

Also upped my meditation game in the mornings, which has been nice.

Friday night I spent at my guy’s house. Saturday we went to breakfast, toured a local island we like, and then hit up a tienda before he took me home so I could get cooking for the masses!

Saturday was the Latin Fiesta dinner party! All told, there were 13 of us. A combination of my friends, my kids and their friends, my boyfriend, and his son. The living room was a major video game battle zone while the “adults” hung out in the dining room drinking and talking.

Extra props to my friend MM who brought and made these yummy peppermint drinks! Whipped vodka, peppermint vodka, coconut cream, and grenadine. YUM.

Oh, and MM and his wife RM brought Kuma the BEST gift. It’s a bucket of popcorn with 3 popcorn balls that come out. She loves it. She pulls out the popcorn balls and drops them at my feet one by one. I throw them, then the bucket (which she whips back and forth to “kill” while bringing it back). Then I stuff the popcorn balls back into the bucket, and we do this until she tires out. It’s so much fun.

M gave snuggles AND snacks. Kuma is in love…

Sunday ended up being super chill. I admittedly got freakishly bored, but persevered. The evening ended with going to see Mortal Engines with my youngest, my middle, and his girlfriend. Oldest couldn’t come because she started her new job as an ED Tech! In less than a year she finishes nursing school – so excited for her to move into a clinical role.

Today Kuma didn’t want to get up (neither did I really), but eventually she did, and then it was a Monday at the office.

Tonight has been cooking, cleaning, blogging, and reading!

MY YEAR OF LESS

Seriously no updates. I’m feeling pretty self-conscious about that honestly. But that’s the point of blogging – to have a written account and accountability, and I have literally failed since November. Due to holiday’s, I’m not sure it was entirely avoidable, but I’m absolutely positive I could’ve done better. And I will….

Thankful for Everything Except the Ankle Injury

FOOD

Let’s get the non-Thanksgiving pics out of the way first!

On Wednesday, I had ramen and my very first bubble tea with my guy! Mine was coconut milk with Oreos.

Wednesday night was one of my fav chili recipes – Chili Con “Carne”. It’s from one of my older cookbooks – Vegan Lunch Box from 2008. I don’t dust it off very often, but I can’t seem to part with it either when I do my book donation purges every few years. This particular recipe is practically worth the price of admission, so I keep it around.

Today I had lunch with my guy and his youngest – a BAS (no Romaine, thank you!). Dinner was leftovers.

So what did we do for Thanksgiving? Other than have a really nice evening, there was ten tons of food too.

Breakfast was toast with sunflower seed butter. And a mimosa!

Will prep now – this was an Omni gathering. I only cooked vegan eats, though my guy made 3 dishes (1 vegan, 2 not) and my son’s girlfriend brought 3 dishes (2 vegan, 1 not).

On Wednesday I baked ten tons of cookies. Choc chip that actually weren’t that good (won’t use that recipe again) and my normal oatmeal raisin cookies that do rock.

On Thursday, the marathon began! But first – snacks. No meals other than the “big feast”, so snacks are put out for everyone to munch on, and get put up about 2 hrs before meal time.

Son 2 made me realize I forgot the dessert hummus this year!

Started with a pumpkin pie (which we still haven’t eaten!). Then green bean casserole, butternut squash au “gratin”, 2 tofurkey’s (one in a crock pot, one baked), sweet corn bread, sweet carrots, two gravies (one that came with the tofurkey’s and a homemade mushroom one) and stuffing with wild rice.

My guy made the mashers (vegan) and also made corn pudding and brought smoked turkey.

My son’s girlfriend made two types of croissant dishes – the dessert one was vegan – and a big batch of sangria!

And because I’m really paranoid about dishes coming out at the same time, I employ the sticky note method! R mocked me for it a little, but hey – it worked. Everything came out at the same time!

There were 9 of us in all. Me and my three kids, my guy and his two, my son’s girlfriend, and his best friend – who’ve I called Son 2 for years. And we had MORE than enough food.

And by the end of the night, my heart and belly were very full! And how could it not be? I was surrounded by many of the people I love most in the world, so yeah – it was a perfect day.

FITNESS

So, inspired by the run that didn’t suck on Monday, I wanted to run on Wednesday too. BUT, it was too cold for me (31 degrees), so this happened…

And I typically hate dreadmills, but I really wanted to run, so here I found myself. I was 19 minutes in, and my right calf cramped so badly I actually had to stop. That sucked. But I hopped on a recumbent bike for 20 so I still got a workout in. The upright spin bike put too much pressure on my calf, but was fine on the recumbent. Guess that’s one benefit of going to the gym…

Yesterday before cooking I did a walk/run – only about 20 minutes because I didn’t want to press my luck. Was fine though.

Today I went for a hike! REI has their #OptOutside campaign again this year, and I do like the idea and there just so happened to be a meetup group going to First Landing State Park for a 3 mile trail hike that sounded perfect. So, I signed R and I up, and my guy had thought to go too – though that fell through. And frankly, at 7am, R didn’t want to go anymore either (freakishly cold, and she hadn’t had a great night’s sleep), so decided to go anyway! There were 6 of us (though 21 originally committed), and while it was wicked cold, after a half mile or so, was warmed up enough to really enjoy it. Everyone was chatty, so the time really flew.

After, I met up with my guy and his son for lunch, and then went home. I took off my shoes and sat by the fire before going over to my desk to get studying. My ankle started to feel a little sore, and after 20-30 minutes, was agonizing. Now, I did trip during my hike over a root – didn’t fall, but it was less than graceful. But I felt fine all the rest of the hike and after, so I can’t be sure that was it, but I have no other explanation.

So RICE it is! Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevate. It’s largely feeling better, just can’t rotate it without pain. For awhile there, it wasn’t weight bearing at all. Ugh – finally get my running mojo back and I get this. ARGH.

LIFE

Can’t complain! (Other than the ankle drama).

Wednesday was some work and errand running. Including finishing grocery shopping. Behold – my list…

My accent chair arrived, and I’m fairly pleased. Kids love it. It’s not a long term chair, but definitely wanted something in the study other than the desk and the book shelves. It’s a place to read, etc. Need to pick up a side table, hopefully this weekend.

Thursday was Thanksgiving, and a really wonderful day. My oldest works night, and was working, but came home, slept until 2, and then got up to spend the day with everyone before going back to work. My guy came over fairly early (his boys started their day with the other side of the family and then came over by my place). We took a run to Starbucks to get java and see M, who had to work. We spent the rest of the afternoon cooking together, which was a lot of fun, while the kids all watched the Lego movie. Watching them watch it and laugh and sing was really fun. Good thing I have a HUGE sofa – all of them sprawled out on it.

Then it was dinner and everyone in food comas. Let’s just say that things were much more tame after the eating ended. Then it was cleaning and dishes for me while everyone just relaxed and slowly dispersed.

Kids in food comas

And today was up early, hike, lunch, and school work. One of the contractors came to assess my half bath, and I should have that estimate tomorrow. The guy my coworker hooked me up with was a no-reply and no-show, so that sucks. Still have two tho, so hopefully those will balance out.

All told, awesome couple days!

And Kuma!

They were both cold!

Kuma snuggling the cooler my guy brought over on thanksgiving…

MY YEAR OF LESS

Not a lot of updates on here. I picked up things needed for the big feast of family. Got A’s Christmas gift, and had lunch out twice.

Crissie’s Mojo Reclamation Project!

FOOD

Been a fairly typical week or so of eats. Not as many smoothies – as the weather gets colder, I tend to lose my feel for them. Though if I feel I haven’t eaten balanced in a day, I’ll have one anyway.

BUT – I’m always down for soups and salads for any meal – including breakfast.

Slow cooker corn chowder! Ate this for days
Part of a Whole Foods soup and salad breakfast. This is their carrot ginger soup

My guy and I had Chinese takeout on my back porch
And he made tofu/potato tacos!

We went out to lunch, and I had the spicy eggplant – which was delicious

Tofu stir fry

Lentil snobby joe’s in the slow cooker

FITNESS

I’ll be honest, I had a couple runs and a couple weight lifting videos, but it felt more like I was going through the motions that really loving the workouts. They’re feeling stale and when that happens, I’m more likely to not workout, and that’s just not cool. Probably doesn’t help that my home gym has been largely covered in wood dust for a few months, though honestly, that’s just an excuse.

So what’s an uninspired girl to do to rediscover her mojo? Well, for me – I read. It can be blogs or magazine articles for inspiration (I mean, when someone with physical disabilities still gets off their ass to run, there is literally NO excuse for me to stay on the sofa when I’m fully abled). And I can say I just have no time – that I’m either working, studying, taking care of my family, and trying to have a social life. But again – that’s just excuses to justify being lazy.

But what I did dust off was an old book I read years ago that really inspired me in the first place. And it’s not a hippie self-help you-can-do-it kinda book (though there is nothing wrong with it). It’s a snarky, hilarious, and still manages to be inspiring book. So – here’s hoping it helps with my running mojo.

LIFE

Life trucks on as usual, and it’s mostly been awesome, though I’m in a bit of a funk at the moment. Something I was really hoping to have happen didn’t, and while it’s not entirely unexpected, it’s still a downer. So, time to dust off and figure what to d next I suppose.

Halloween came and went, and that’s my very favorite holiday. My neighborhood does a good job of making it fun, and seeing all the kids was adorable.

Got to spend some time with my guy, but never enough. That’s okay though, we manage and I’m grateful for all the time I DO get.

Last weekend and this coming weekend are all about finishing the floors! I’ll be so stoked to have them done, and they’re looking really, really gorgeous.

School is fine. Only one class this term (though it’s 6 credits vs the two 4 credit classes I’ve been taking). The workload is high, but not unmanageable, which is good.

This is a book written by one of my Darden MBA professors. Using it as a reference in a doctoral paper I wrote!
My guy’s son and I are wicked procrastinators, so couldn’t help sending him these

Kuma is as cute and odd as ever. I took her to run errands the other day, and we stopped at the vet so I could get a copy of her shot records – girl is in need of a spa day and the place I used to take her closed. It took us a half hour to get out of there because all the staff kept passing her around. What can I say – she’s a charmer!

On an early morning Kumaventure to get breakfast before floor fun started!
There was a spot of sunlight, but when it moved…she didn’t

On November 2nd, Starbucks was giving away their free reusable cup, and I was there early enough to get one! And I got another one too…oops. Impulse buy. Bad Crissie.

And of course yesterday meant voting! While it didn’t go all the way I wanted it to (hello Beto and Gillum and Abrams), all was not hopeless. Having so many women in congress is historic, and I hope that will bring something great to the legislative process. And Walker is out in my home state, and I am not sad to see his toxic ass go.

The evening ended with a working happy hour, so that’s never a bad thing 🙂

So on the whole “becoming a morning person” thing, I clearly fell off THAT wagon! But, I’m back on it and it’s going pretty well. In my Morning Sidekick Journal (that I’ve ignored for a while now), there was a recommendation for a book called the Miracle Morning. I have Kindle Unlimited for Amazon, and it was on there – including the audio book, so there was no reason to not get it. I started listening to it weeks ago, but stopped. Mainly it was about an accident that almost killed him and his perseverance, blah blah blah. BUT – the other day I put it back on, and once it got into the science of why mornings are amazing, it started to peak my interest. I’m still not done with it, but it certainly inspired me enough to give it another go. One thing I did was move my phone/apple watch docking station to my dresser and not on my bed. So, I have to get up to turn it off, and since I’m up – well. I’m up! Don’t get TOO excited – it’s only been 2 days – but I’m appreciating the tips, tricks, and guidance of the book, so hopefully this can become a good habit.

MY YEAR OF LESS

Okay, pretty much fell off this too! While I haven’t gone on some crazy shopping spree or anything, I haven’t really been tracking either. I know I’ve gone out to eat/drink more than the monthly $200 allotment, for example. I haven’t tabulated my October spend yet, though between a weekend away and birthday fun, I know it’ll not be what I was hoping for. I’m sure all is not lost (I did stick to most of the plan), but certainly need to be more accountable to my goals. Guess I have a lot of mojo to reclaim, huh? That’s cool though. I know I can.

Ocean’s Weekend

FOOD

Some fairly typical eats!

Took my young one to Brixx after a Dr appt. Love they have vegan pizza!

Lunch date with my guy. Veggie fajitas!

Totally amazing chili with my favorite sweet cornbread. I’m always hunting for new chili recipes used this recipe – added 1 cup of soy curls, skipped the refried beans (I was out), and cooked in my Instant Pot on high pressure for 12 minutes. Seriously amazing.

Went to dinner with my friend NL before she went back home to PA. We shared a mezze platter and I grabbed this beet salad.

This is actually my daughter A making homemade cider

My guy and his youngest came over for dinner on Saturday. Made creamy mushroom pasta, maple roasted sweet potatoes, balsamic & garlic roasted brussel sprouts, and 3 loaves of homemade French bread.

Baked oatmeal with chai spices

Roasted butternut squash and apple soup

Meatless Loaf, mashers, and Tamari mushrooms

FITNESS

A couple runs, but then just really gentle yoga because I think I pulled something in my calf as it was sore for days. Feels much better now though, so think I’m good to run again!

LIFE

The past week has been fairly busy, but good. Lot’s of time spent on school work, but that’s not new. We had a group project, which is often a pain in the butt, and since I really took control from the beginning, I was fielding calls and messages from my 9 classmates trying to get this project done. It was more complicated than it needed to be, but we got it done and I’m quite proud of it.

I went out to dinner last Wednesday with a girlfriend and had a great time. Did get to see my guy a bit too, so that’s always fun.

While I was out, R tripped while she was stretching her wrist and got hurt. I Aced it when I got home after doing an examination – no deformations, etc. It still hurt 2 days later though, so off to her Dr we went. X-ray shows no break, but if it still hurts by Wednesday – we go to ortho, as not all breaks can be seen, especially of the wrist. So far – my guess is we’ll end up at Ortho…

Friday i went out with SMS – who I probably haven’t really seen in 6 years! We went to a local wine bar and then to grab dinner. Was awesome to catch up. I’ve missed her.

Saturday my guy and his son came over for dinner and we watched Ocean’s 11. I rented Ocean’s 8 to watch the next day and wanted a warm up movie! It was a fun time, as always. A & M both had Halloween parties to go to so we didn’t see them the rest of the night.

Sunday was low key. I was up early and watched Ocean’s 8. So – I love the Ocean’s movies. Though 12 kinda sucked. But anyway – I know 8 got tanked in reviews, so I waited until Redbox. I don’t mind splurging the $1.87, even if it sucked. I actually liked it. No Oscar movie to be sure, but still fun. Good homages to the original, and a totally killer cast. Fun twists, just like the originals. Well, as I’m in the last 5 minutes, A wanders in and wants to see it. I suggest watching Ocean’s 11 first. So she does. And as she’s about to watch Ocean’s 8, R walks in. The two of them watch it while I make dinner and watched it with them. Even more fun the second time! After it was over – and both girls loved it – R watched Ocean’s 11. She liked 8 more. Anyway – definitely an Ocean’s weekend.

Today was a really early morning coffee date, work, and some school stuff (not enough).

The weather has definitely cooled off, so we’ve been using the fireplace! Of which Kuma is a BIG fan…she’s also incredibly lazy. But cute, so that’s ok.

Ignoring me and pretending it’s not time to get up

Giving me major stank eye when I gave her crap for still being in bed when I got out of the shower

MY YEAR OF LESS

A quiet week overall. Trying to make up for the bday weekend splurge! Shopping was a minimum, even in the grocery category – only spent $26 on groceries this last week. I have SO much food in the house, I should really cook more of what I have – so that’s what I did. All my meal plans were based on what I have on hand, though some fresh produce is always necessary.

Fortunately, this has always been my motto. If I haven’t used it in 6 mo, likely don’t need it