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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bought, Used and Made Do One More Time

I have been using food form my food storage budget for the entire month, buying only what is necessary with little help from TheHub who is an after work recreational shopper.  Beginning this week I had a remaining food budget of 14.50. And this is what happened!

March 22
bought
zero

used 
ham (freezer
sweet potato chips (pantry)
green chili salsa (pantry)
pancake mix (pantry)
blueberries (freezer)
sf maple syrup (fridge)

eaten
breakfast: coffee, slice of ham
lunch: sweet potato chips with green salsa, mandarin
dinner: blueberry pancakes, coffee

March 23
bought
zero

used
coffee (pantry)
corned beef hash leftovers(fridge)
sauteed cabbage leftovers (fridge)
mandarin
chicken thighs (freezer)
bbq sauce (fridge)
brown rice (pantry)
squash and green bean leftovers (fridge)
balsamic vinegar (pantry)
olive oil (pantry)
herbs, salt and pepper (pantry)
cukes (fridge)
tomatoes (fridge)

eaten
breakfast coffee, mandarin
lunch leftover corned beef hash, cabbage
dinner: bbq baked chicken thighs, squash and green bean medley, brown rice, cukes and tomatoes in balsamic dressing

March 24

bought
instant potato pouch 1.00, strawberries 2.50, dip 1.99 chips 1.59, bread 1.79, rolls 2.00.  Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches (TheHub) 3.50, bagged salad 2.00, brewed tea 2.00  for a total of 20.21 including tax. We actually spent about 60 dollars at the store, but TheHub (the recreational shopper) was with me and we stocked up on several things (cleaning supplies, crackers, nuts, and super sale soft drinks) for the lake place, so I am not counting it as purchases this week since none of it was consumed or will be used until we start going to the lake regularly

used
coffee (pantry)
leftover burrito (fridge)
porterhouse steaks (freezer)
spring mix (fridge)
cucumbers (fridge)
tomatoes (fridge)
asparagus (fridge)
instant mashed potatoes (bought)
butter (fridge)
herbs, spices, salt and pepper (pantry)
olive oil (pantry)
dressing (fridge)

eaten
breakfast: coffee
lunch: burrito (Son2 ordered one from a restaurant near his work and it had guacamole on it.  Since he is allergic to avocados he brought it to me)  Woo hoo free food!
dinner: steak, potatoes, asparagus, salad, Fat Boys

March 25
bought
zero

used
bread (bought)
butter (pantry)
jelly (pantry)
ham (freezer)
eggs (fridge)
vegetable soup (freezer)
pimento cheese sandwich (1/2 left from TheHubs lunch Friday. Biggest sandwich ever!)
kefir cheese (fridge, made from homemade kefir)
mozzarella cheese (freezer)
parmesan cheese (fridge)
bolognese sauce (fridge)
jumbo pasta shells (pantry)
herbs, spices, salt and pepper (pantry)
tossed salad (leftover from Friday night)
dressing (fridge)
tea (pantry)

eaten
breakfast ham and eggs, coffee, chocolate milk (TheHub)
lunch: soup and 1/4 (each) pimento cheese sandwich
dinner: cheese stuffed pasta shells topped with bolognese sauce, tossed salad


March 26
bought
Recreational shopping (TheHub) chocolate milk 2.59, pork skins 1.99 for a total of 5.04 including tax

used
coffee (pantry)
jam (pantry)
butter (fridge)
tea (pantry)
pack Asian veggies (freezer)
ground beef (pantry)
onion (pantry)
white rice (pantry)
garlic (pantry)
herbs, spices, seasonings, salt and  pepper
oil (pantry)
brownie cookie mix (pantry)
butter (fridge)
eggs (fridge)
oatmeal (pantry)
flour (pantry)
baking soda(pantry)
sugar (pantry)
brown sugar (pantry)
vanilla (pantry)
chocolate chips (pantry)


eaten
breakfast: toast with jam
lunch: fish sandwich (Arby's) tea
dinner: Asian veggies with ground beef and rice, cookie brownie, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

March 27
bought
zero

used
coffee (pantry)
strawberries (bought)
steak (leftover, fridge)
chicken breast (freezer
bag California vegetable mix (freezer)
bag squash (freezer)
onion (pantry)
salad mix (bought)
mashed potatoes (leftover, fridge)
rolls (bought)
butter (fridge)
mayo (fridge)
oil (pantry)
vinegar (pantry)
egg (fridge)
tea (pantry)
salt, pepper, herbs, seasonings (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: coffee
lunch : leftover steak, strawberries, tea
dinner: chicken with veggies. squash casserole, leftover mashed potatoes, salad, dinner rolls

March 28
bought
zero

used
coffee (pantry)
ham (freezer)
strawberries (bought)
leftover squash casserole (fridge)

eaten
breakfast: coffee, strawberries
lunch: ham slices, squash casserole, strawberries
dinner:  book club night, out to eat

This week 20.25 was spent on food which is 10.75 over my proposed budget of 100.00 this month.  I only have to make the food I have last until Friday.  I know I will need some more milk, but should be ok with everything else.  So although I was over budget I am ok with it, but the next time I do a challenge I am going to have to exclude the recreational shopper's excursions and never let him go shopping with me__ever!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Positively Monday

I am continuing my Positively Monday post. My aim is to review each day and record the best thing/things that happened that particular day. It is a way for me to remember that even the worst day has something good in it.

Monday: I was able to volunteer at Independence Place.  We made fairy night lights for them to sell at their spring craft fair. I can't tell you how much I love being with these very special people.

Tuesday:  Nice day at home.  Got some things I had been neglecting done.

Wednesday:  I was kind of teed off all day Wednesday.  I have class every Wednesday morning but Mom asked me to clean her freezer for her that afternoon. (She had put a 6 pack of glass bottles filled with seltzer water on the top shelf of her upright freezer , thinking it was the fridge I guess, which had burst showering the entire thing with glass shards and seltzer.  She rarely uses the freezer so there is no telling how long it had been like that) Long story short, Mom takes naps every afternoon and if I waited until class was over she would be ready to sleep and it would mean I was cleaning her freezer at about 5. (You have to understand that cleaning it Wednesday was critical to her because that was an arbitrary day when she decided it needed to be done, even though she needed/wanted nothing that was in the freezer)  So I skipped class which made me a tad unhappy, then I got to her house and she had started "cleaning" before I got there instead of waiting, creating more of a mess. It took me much longer than it should have because I had to clean things twice just to clean her "clean up" before I actually could clean the freezer.  I guess the positive for the day is that the job is completed until the next incident.  Another positive is just some laughs My Beloved Sister and I had over  a bizarre question she asked me. Mom wanted to know why I was making candles in glass bottles and why I put them in her freezer?!?!?!?!

Thursday: Another day at Independence Place making Boho bags for them to sell in May. It is wonderful to have someone come up to me at the end of the day and tell me how much they love me. Like I have said before, it's a special place for very special people.

Friday:  By 6 we were headed to the lake.  Traffic was abysmal since schools were out and Spring Break was beginning.  I think every school kid in Alabama was headed for the beach.  Our normal 45 minute drive took nearly 2 hours, but it did give us a lot of time for conversation. Anyway who cared that it took so long because we were driving to the lake!

Saturday: Laura (Son2's very special friend) spent the night with us and I got to enjoy her company. It was really nice to have another female around.

Sunday: Did I mention this was a Mom free weekend. (Apologies to My Beloved Sister who had to pick up the slack )

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chocolate and More Chocolate

The way I can tell if a dessert is a hit or not is by the number of additional servings TheHub eats. A couple of nights ago we had planned leftovers (He hates leftovers unless they are reformatted) from our St Patricks  meal.  I made a veggie laden corned beef hash (way more hash than beef) and served a large tossed salad with it. Since it was a fairly uninspired meal I decided to make him a small cake for dessert.  Like me, he is a chocolate freak so it was a no brainer. The only thing I was looking for was a way to use the kefir I made earlier in the week and keep TheHub's recreational shopping to a minimum.

This was a huge hit, and by huge I mean he ate 3 slices after supper.  It is a very simple cake requiring just a bowl, a wooden spoon, measuring cups and spoons, and a loaf pan.  I call this a double hit!

In a large mixing bowl add

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 cup cocoa
2 pinches salt
Stir to blend well then add

1/2 cup kefir (buttermilk should also work)
1/2 cup mashed banana
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon milk

Beat with a mixer or wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth (add a few additional drops of milk if necessary for a smooth batter) then stir in 1/2 cup chocolate bits. I used mini chips because that is what has been hanging out opened in the pantry for the longest amount of time, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand)

Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for about 30 minutes (Use a piece of spaghetti toothpick inserted in the center of the cake to test for doneness )  Let the cake sit in the pan until it is cool enough to touch then invert it on a serving plate. Cut in slices and serve warm or at room temperature.

The resulting loaf is a dense super chocolaty cake.  I never mentioned to TheHub that it had bananas in it and after 3 slices he still hadn't realized it. He really did flip over this cake. If you can wait till Sunday and there is still some cake left I will try a bite and give you my opinion. It's simple, fast to whip up on the fly and has limited clean up,  What's not to like?

In conclusion, when you are trying to keep someone out of the grocery store so you can use up items from your food storage, just make this and let them eat cake!





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bought, Used and Made Do Again

In order to use a decent amount of my current food inventory I decided to spend only 100 dollars this month and concentrate of using my freezer and pantry as my primary grocery sources. I need to create space in my freezer for the upcoming produce season, and my pantry items just need to be rotated and used instead of sitting on the shelf and ruining.

Hmmm!  I just did not do as well as I hoped I would this week.  Not only did I spend more at the store than I wanted to, we also did take out twice this week so I did not use as much food inventory as I could have.  Bummer


March 15
bought
The damn Ides got me. I know to beware but did I heed ancient advice? Nope! Instead I went to the grocery store.  Sprouts: Asparagus 2.04, mandarins 1.98, radishes .34, cashews 5.15 (TheHub asked for more since he ate all I had in the pantry) 10.52 total including tax.
Aldi: onions, 1.89,  potatoes 1.59,  eggs.99,  corned beef 7.13, cabbage .69,  lettuce.89, bread 1.35, 6 pack seltzer water 1.59 (I thought I had corned beef in the freezer but I didn't , it was a hunk of ham, and this is why inventorying would have helped greatly) Total 17.74 including tax

used
2 pork sausage patties (freezer)
2 mandarins (fridge, still have 4 more before I open the new ones)
coffee (pantry)
almond milk creamer (bought)
mustard fridge
chicken legs (freezer)
asparagus (bought)
spring greens (bought)
tomatoes (bought)
cukes (fridge)
radishes (bought)
ginger miso dressing (fridge)
butter (fridge)
marzipan cake (leftover)
milk to put kefir grains to rest

eaten
breakfast: coffee
lunch: 2 pork sausage patties, mandarin
snack: handful of cashews
dinner: buffalo style baked chicken drumsticks, asparagus, potaotes, green salad, marzipan cake (TheHub) mandarin (me)

March 16
bought
zero

used
coffee( (pantry)
leftovers, fridge)
1 pack ground beef (freezer)
1 pack squash (freezer)
1/3 bag sweet potato fries (freezer)
1/4 bag green beans (freezer)
1 onion (pantry)
lemonade mix (pantry)
cabbage (fridge)
mayo (fridge)
canned peach (pantry)
green onions (fridge)
jalapeno (freezer)
spices salt and pepper (fridge)
vinegar (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: coffee
lunch: leftover spaghetti squash with leftover meat/veggie sauce
dinner: hamburger patty, squash green bean saute', sweet potato fries, Hotlanta slaw

March 17
bought
zero

used
coffee (pantry)
mandarin (pantry)
corned beef (bought)
cabbage (fridge)
potatoes (bought)
brownie mix (pantry at lake place)
eggs (fridge)
oil (fridge)
ice cream (lake place freezer)
tea (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: coffee
lunch mandarin
dinner corned beef cabbage potatoes (everyone else) brownie a la mode

March 18
bought
Thai take out (In the T&E budget not food budget)

used 
coffee (lake pantry)
eggs (fridge)
grits (lake pantry)
sausage patties (freezer)
cheese (lake fridge)
onion (pantry)
bread (bought)
onion (pantry)
seltzer (bought)
lemonade mix (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: eggs and grits (theHub) homemade sausage patties, coffee
lunch: toasted cheese sandwiches, lemonade, leftover brownies
dinner take out Thai, seltzer

March 19
bought
2 tomatoes1.53
Bojangles chicken meal
(T&E budget)

used
coffee (Pantry)
tea (pantry)
bread (bought)
cheese (fridge)
tomato (bought)
onion (pantry)
graham cracker pie crust (pantry)
peanut butter (pantry)
cool whip (freezer)
cream cheese (fridge)
confectioners sugar (pantry)
vanilla (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: coffee
lunch: take out chicken meal
dinner: toasted cheese sandwiches with tomato and onion, tea, peanut butter pie

March 20
bought
zero

used
coffee (pantry)
salad greens (fridge)
can kidney beans
onion (pantry)
small pack corn (freezer)
can tomatoes (pantry)
can hatch chilies (pantry)
small pack ground chuck (freezer)
tortilla chips (pantry)
cheese (fridge)
seltzer (bought)
spring greens (bought)
milk for kefir (fridge)

eaten
breakfast:coffee
lunch: blt from Sonic (volunteering and not near home) seltzer from home
dinner: Mexicanish stew, green salad, water

March 21
bought
zero
used
chicken breast (fridge)
salad greens (bought)
cucumbers (fridge)
oil (pantry)
balsamic vinegar (pantry)
herbs, salt, pepper (pantry)
leftover corned beef (fridge)
leftover potatoes (fridge)
onion (bought)
leftover cabbage (fridge)
flour (pantry)
sugar (pantry)
egg (fridge)
safflower oil (pantry)
baking soda, salt, extract (pantry)
3 bananas (freezer)
mini chocolate chips (pantry)
tomatoes (bought)
kefir (fridge)
milk for kefir (fridge)
tea (pantry)
eaten
breakfast: leftover chicken breast (and yes I know it sounds horrid, but it was there and  already cooked), coffee
lunch: spring greens salad with cucumber slices, coffee
dinner: corned beef hash, tossed salad, double chocolate cake (TheHub), tea

I spent 29.79 this week including tax. (Tax on food purchases just sucks, especially our 10 percent sales tax!)  I had only 45.97 left in my 100 budget for this month, leaving me with a grand total of 16.18 for the next 9 days.  With tax that only leaves me  right at 14.50 in real food dollars to spend. I may or may not make it, but I am going to seriously try! I have looked over the food ads and am secretly happy that the food sales this week are not great. With the exception of boneless skinless chicken thighs there is nothing I even care about stocking up on, and the chicken thighs will be on sale another week, so it's all good>

Monday, March 20, 2017

Positively Monday

As has become my habit, I am keeping up with positive things that happen each day. I am intentionally keeping the list relatively short, but please don't think these are the only positive things that happen during my days. (though my life is fairly low keyed and mostly ordinary) These are nightly reflections of the things that meant the most to me each day, (And, yes, I am simple and easily amused)
Monday: It was cold so I stayed in most of the day and binged watched Taboo.

Tuesday: Lovely day, I was able to stay home all day and knocked some things off my to do list while listening to St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

Wednesday: Found a book under my bed that I had been looking for. ("Dark Matter"; very interesting read)

Thursday: Took Mom to the Dr.  News was not as good as I hoped but not horrible either, so I am counting is as a positive.

Friday: Started the day with a Mom scare, but she recovered and insisted I go ahead to the lake. After talking it over with My Beloved Sister I did go. Got to see a gorgeous orange sky reflected in the lake at sunset and the ospreys were out and about.

Saturday: Rearranged the downstairs den at the lake place and got the old pump organ in place. (Now it needs a bunch of tlc to make it really work.  Guess I will be learning to repair reeds)

Sunday: TheHub was able to go to church with me again (He went into the office afterward to get his jump start on the week) and Billions! (I am hooked on this show)












Friday, March 17, 2017

Cabbage Was Cheap So I Bought Lots

Right before I started this use em up challenge I had bought a couple of very inexpensive cabbages and stored them in my auxiliary refrigerator. Then the Aldi ad for the week had them for 69 cents each.  Of course I bought one because, well, cheap cabbage! So as of last night I had 3 whole cabbages, with 2 of them needing to be used pretty quickly.  I knew one of them would be cooked and served with corned beef and potatoes tonight, and the one I bought this week will be fine for a while yet.  That left one needing immediate attention and my go to cabbage side dish is always cole slaw, but I wanted a slightly different taste.  Enter the following recipe for a side dish known as Hotlanta Slaw. For anyone who doesn't know, Atlanta is sometimes called Hotlanta, so I am assuming this slaw originated there (perhaps in a BBQ joint?) but I really don't know.  The only thing I am sure of is that Hotlanta slaw is a delicious amped up version of traditional slaw.

8 ish cups grated cabbage (1 medium head)
4 carrots, shredded 
1 sliced peach, drained and chopped (I used canned but fresh are better, just not in season yet)
1 cup chopped pecans (plus a few additional pecans to sprinkle on each serving)
1/2 cup sliced green onions (tops and bottoms)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup vinegar
2 Tbs poppy seeds
1 jalapeno, seeded, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 Tbs cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt

In a large non reactive bowl mix the cabbage, carrots, peach, pecans and onions and set aside.  Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl until they are all combined, then pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine evenly.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (Overnight is even better) Serve and enjoy!

This is a traditional slaw consistency, but the flavors are a bit more intense and it has a wonderful kick to it.  It is not too hot but has a nice short burst of heat that is calmed by the mayo.  It was a huge hit last night and actually became the focus of the meal.

When I make this I cut the recipe on half, because there are just 2 of us, so we will have slaw for about 3 days in a row.  I am sure I could make a smaller amount, but this just gets better as it sits and we love it so there is no foul having the larger amount made.  And now it is time for breakfast and I am thinking slaw and coffee?

Serve it in small bowls with a smattering of chopped pecans on tops.  Yum!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Buy, Use and Make Do Some More

For the month of March I am systematically trying to use my over abundant pantry and freezer inventory for our meals. I have a budget of 100 dollars for the month, which may or may not work since all of a sudden TheHub wants items that are not part of our standard meals, consequently I do not have them in the pantry. So this begins week 2 of the use it up challenge, where I list what was bought, used and eaten, with the exception of TheHub's breakfasts during the week which are the same daily. (1/2 cup cereal, milk for the cereal and 1 cup of chocolate milk, saving his coffee drinking for the office) He also eats out at lunch every day, mostly having lunch meetings which are picked up by the company.

March 8

purchased
crackers 1.49, bread 1.57, buns .85, lettuce .99, 2 english cucumbers 1.38, milk 2.99, green onions .99, cereal 1.85, chocolate milk 1.59

used
stuffed bell pepper (leftover)
brussels sprouts (leftover)
mandarin (fridge)
1 pack oven roasted turkey (freezer)
1 steamer bag mixed vegetables (freezer)
cornbread (left over)
2 slices bread (bought)
2 eggs (fridge)
1 bag turkey broth (freezer)
crackers (bought)
sf hot chocolate (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: coffee (had a class early so no time to eat)
lunch : 1/2 leftover stuffed bell pepper, brussels sprouts, mandarin
dinner: turkey slices, cornbread dressing, mixed vegetables, water
snack: sf hot chocolate and crackers

March 9
bought
zero

used
bread (bought)
ham (leftover)
crackers (pantry)
mayo (fridge)
mandarin
spatzle (pantry)
porterhouse steak (leftover)
dried mushrooms (pantry)
onion (pantry)
1/2 bag  broccoli (freezer)
herbs, salt and pepper (pantry)
sour cream (fridge)
lettuce (fridge)
1/2 red pepper (fridge)
cukes (fridge)
ginger miso dressing (fridge)
peanut butter (pantry)
fruit spread (pantry)
popcorn (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: coffee pb and fruit spread on toast
lunch: ham sandwich, mandarin
dinner: one pan meal noodles, veggies and steak, and tossed salad
snack: popcorn


March 10
bought
zero

used
bread (bought)
butter (fridge)
coffee (pantry)
fruit spread (pantry)
vegetable soup mix (pantry)
container of odd leftover frozen vegetables (freezer)
1/2 bag pirogis (freezer)
tea (pantry)
sf cocoa (pantry)
popcorn (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: buttered toast with fruit spread, coffee
lunch: none, had to go take care of Mom
dinner: vegetable soup and pirogis, tea
snack: sf cocoa, popcorn

March 11
bought
zero

used
coffee (pantry)
ham (leftover)
bread (bought)
mustard (fridge)
cheese (fridge)
pickles (fridge)
pulled pork (freezer)
partial bag tater tots (freezer)
partial bag sweet potato fries (freezer)
lettuce (bought)
cukes (fridge)
1/2 red pepper (fridge)
salad dressings (fridge)
pickles (fridge)
pickled okra (fridge)
chow chow (fridge)
buns (pantry)
sf lemonade mix (pantry)
bbq sauce (fridge)
flour (pantry)
sugar (pantry)
eggs(fridge)
kefir (fridge)
milk for making kefir (fridge)
2 meyer lemons (fridge)
bp, salt, vanilla, oil (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: coffee
lunch: ham sandwich, mandarin, water, coffee
dinner: bbq sandwiches, tossed salad, pickles, pickled okra, chow chow, sweet potato fries or tater tots, lemonade, lemon cake (TheHub)

March 12

bought
Pringles (gave Mom 2 and kept 1) 1.25
Ok technically I bought a birthday cake, Pringles and Turtles for Mom but that is in a totally different budget so I am not counting it.

used
ham (fridge)
grits (pantry)
bacon (freezer)
2/3 box elbow macaroni (pantry)
butter (fridge)
milk (fridge)
cheese (fridge)
leftover ham (fridge)
broccoli (freezer)
coffee (pantry)
sf coffee creamer(fridge)
sf lemonade mix (pantry)
chocolate bar (pantry)

eaten
breakfast: bacon and grits (TheHub) ham, mandarin (me), coffee
lunch: Birthday meal with Mom (take out and from a totally different budget)
dinner: Mac and cheese with ham, broccoli, tea
snacks: Pringles, dark chocolate bar (Yes, I invoked special Mom's birthday and Sunday lenten fast breaking rules and  had both birthday cake and a chocolate bar)


March 13
bought
zero

used
coffee
lettuce (bought)
red bell pepper (fridge)
cuke (fridge)
leftover ham (fridge)
olive oil (pantry)
vinegar ( pantry)
mayo (fridge)
mandarin (fridge)
spaghetti noodles (pantry)
mini peppers (fridge)
onion (pantry)
garlic (pantry)
carrots (fridge)
dehydrated mushrooms (pantry)
1 pack ground chuck (freezer)
jar marinara sauce (pantry)
1 small pack spaghetti squash (freezer)
parmesan cheese (fridge)
salt, pepper, herbs and spices (pantry)
marzipan cake mix (pantry)
eggs (fridge)
butter (freezer, now moved to fridge)
milk (fridge)
cocoa (pantry)
sugar (pantry)
mandarin


eaten
breakfast: coffee, mandarin
lunch: salad of lettuce, cukes, red pepper and ham. Oil and vinegar dressing
dinner: veggie dense meat sauce with spaghetti, tea, chocolate marzipan cake (TheHub) dookie cookies (TheHub and Son 2) mandarin 


March 14
bought 
almond milk coffee creamer 4.99, spring greens 3.99, chocolate milk 2.99, (Grrrr, if he could have stretched it one more day it would have only cost 1.59) tomatoes 2.00, oatmeal packets (special request not in my wheel house, but I am nice) 3.50, wine vinegar 1.85

used
coffee (pantry)
tea (leftover)
stevia (pantry)
lemonade (leftover)
ham (leftover and finally gone except the bag I froze right as it was sliced after baking)
mandarin (fridge)
pork tenderloin (freezer)
green beans (Mom's house.  She decided she didn't want them)
sweet potatoes (pantry)
mandarins
grapefruit (about to die, so juiced)
milk to make kefir (fridge)

eaten
breakfast: coffee, ham slice, mandarin
lunch: busy and forgot to eat (Daylight Savings Time screws everything up)
dinner:  roasted pork tenderloin, baked sweet potato, green beans, marzipan cake (TheHub) dookie cookies (TheHub)
snack: mandarin, pecan halves

I spent a lot more money this week than I intended to.  The special requests are killing the budget, so who knows where this will wind up. This week I spent 37.70 plus 16.33 from last week for a total of 54.03 leaving me 45.97 to spend for the remainder of the month. May or may not happen.  I guess time will tell.