Week 3 Meal Plan

Okay, so I managed to not buy any more groceries for Week 2, except for some sausages and shrimp, so that’s why you didn’t get a new meal plan.  I also didn’t make everything from Week 1, so perhaps, I’ll work it into week 3.  One thing I’ve learned is that I can stay full on 4 eggs, scrambled until at least noon (I eat breakfast ~730).  This is majorly impressive for me because I’m usually hungry by 10:30!

 

Monday:
Eggs
Taco Soup using leftover pulled pork from a potluck last week
Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp w/ Roasted Asparagus (or veggies, if asparagus is too expensive – I have plenty of brussels sprouts leftover) (Note to purchase extra virgin olive oil for Paleo Lime Mayo)

Tuesday:
Eggs
Eating out for the first time for a going-away event
Damn Fine Chicken with fruit and veggies

Wednesday:
Eggs
Damn Fine Chicken
Taco Soup

Thursday (Britton comes home! Yay!!):
Eggs
Damn Fine Chicken
Chinese Five Spice Stir Fry

Friday:
Eggs
Taco Soup
Steak and Roasted Veggies (plus, hubby will have a baked potato, I’m sure)

Saturday:
Eggs
Chicken and Artichoke Sausage with Veggies and fruit
Artichoke Meatloaf (check cost of artichoke hearts before adding) – will likely serve 4 meals though

Sunday:
Eggs
Baked steak with Italian Roasted Cauliflower
Burgers and salad

 

Week 1 Costs

I know Alaska is stupidly expensive, but I thought I’d share what I bought.  Things on my menu that I still need to pick up include bacon (maybe), Aidelle’s Sausages, a whole chicken and coconut aminos.  I found aminos, as a soy sauce substitute, but it was made from soybeans?  I’m confused.

4.19 Fish Sauce (Will be able to use for many meals)
5.39 Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother – not on  my list, but I’ve been reading about all it’s benefits
1.69 Tomatoes crushed
1.69 Tomatoes diced
2.26 Cashews 0.17lb
8.33 Macadamia Nuts 0.49lb
4.99 Ground Pork (1 lb)
5.76 Chicken Thighs (99 cents/lb)
2.28 Spinach
4.50 Frozen blueberries
4.76 Broccoli (2.08lbs)
6.69 Cauliflower (2.92 lbs)
1.59 Mushrooms (.41 lbs)
1.88 Celery (1.58 lbs)
1.29 Frozen Spinach
3.99 Brussels Sprouts
4.99 Peppers (24 oz)
4.99 Turkey slices
0.22 Jalepenos
3.54 Sweet Potatoes (2)
1.25 Zucchini (1.49/lb)
4.50 Avocados (1.50 each)
0.69 Lime
1.89 Baby Carrots
2.58 Bell Peppers
1.08 Tomatoes on the vine
3.00 Pineapple
3.91 Cantaloupe
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Total for the week: $98.40

Hopefully I have a ton of left overs.  Items this list doesn’t include is the $10 for the 5 dozen eggs or other basics already in the kitchen.

 

 

Whole 30 Plan: Week 1 Plan

As some of you may know, I’m taking the Whole 30 challenge.  I’m doing it while B is gone for 2 weeks to get a start on it.

Since I’m eating by myself, and I don’t like being married to the kitchen, I can eat the same thing more than once, only cooking once.  Here’s my plan for week one:

Tuesday:
Blueberry and Egg Tortilla
Minestrone Soup
Easy Peasy Chicken Thighs and Roasted Veggies

Wednesday:
Blueberry and Egg Tortilla
Minestrone Soup
Easy Peasy Chicken Thighs and Roasted Veggies

Thursday:
Egg Muffins (Possibly Jule’s Fuel or Everyday Paleo or just my own concoction)
Turkey BLTA roll-ups
Crockpot Roasted Chicken (or my own concoction of spices) and Sweet Potato Fries

Friday:
Egg Muffins
Leftover roasted chicken and fries
Paleo Taco Soup (using leftover chicken instead of ground meat)

Saturday:
Egg Muffins
Leftover taco soup
Chicken Stirfry and Fried Cauli-rice

Did you know…

I always have ideas of things to write, but never manage to write them down?  I’ve been following more and more blogs lately though, so maybe I’ll have some motivation to write.  

10 recents things:

1. We bought a house!

2. We’re looking for a puppy.

3. I bought a new fitbit flex.  The one I bought in December quit working and I no longer had the receipt, so fitbit wouldn’t do anything for me. I look forward to knowing how many steps I take each day again, especially with the prospect of walking a dog.  

4. I have a love/hate relationship with my summer class.  It’s interesting, but the people in it frustrate me.

5. I still need to bring my bike home from the apartment.  We forgot to load it in the u-haul when we moved.

6. I haven’t actually cooked a from scratch meal in my new house yet.  I’ll hopefully remedy this soon.  (Okay, I take that back, we had burritos last week).  

7.  I’m counting down the days until October 15, 2015, but I won’t tell you why :) 

8.  I have at least 11 pregnant friends and I’m super excited for all of them.  Some are on their first, but I think almost half are on their second!  It’s so exciting.

9. I’ve been thinking about another tattoo.  I’m slightly concerned though, because I know many school districts won’t hire with visible ink, and that’s kind of what I want. 

10.  I want to play my sax more, but it’s hard without something to work for or a group to play with.  I don’t feel like I fit into the community band well.  

Throwback Thursday

8th GradeI think I’ll try to include a story with each throwback Thursday I publish, so here it goes.  8th grade was an interesting year.  One memory that I still feel slightly guilty over is some of the pictures I took at the Valentine’s Dance never made to their respectful owners.  In WAK, “Welcoming all kids,” (the leadership class for selected 8th graders), sponsored the 7th/8th grade Valentine’s dance.  The library had just bought new digital cameras which took pictures on floppy disks.  I thought it would be cool to do a photobooth, so we set up a backdrop and got a fancy stage light to provide colored lighting and away I went.  As the night went on, printing got backed up, and I started to forget who ordered which pictures.  For the next several weeks, I still had people asking when they would be getting their pictures.

 

 

 

ABC’s

Today I ran across one of the blogs I follow and she did an A-Z questions.  I love survey things, so here it goes!

Age: 24

Bedsize: King! And it still feels too small and too big some days.

Chores that you hate: putting laundry away.

Dogs: none yet.

Essential start to your day: coffee! Some days I’ll turn on the Keurig before putting on my glasses

Favorite Color:  purple

Gold or Silver:  silver

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Instruments you play: flute, saxophone, and I’ve played percussion

Job title: Academic Program Assistant

Kids: none yet.

Live: Alaska

Mother’s Name: Kristy

Nicknames: Mer, Merfy, Merfylou, Merk, Pusquades, Sister, Sisterlou.

Overnight hospital stays: None that I can recall.

Pet peeves: Crappy drivers, smokers who don’t wait until their 20+ feet from building entrances to smoke, inconsiderate cell phone talkers

Quote from a movie or tv show:

Leonard: Can I go back and prevent you from explaining that to me? 
Sheldon: Same paradox. If you were to travel back in time and, say, knock me unconscious, you would not then have the conversation that irritated you, motivating you to go back and knock me unconscious. 
Leonard: What if I knock you unconscious now? 
Sheldon: It won’t change the past. 
Leonard: But it’d make the present so much nicer.”

Right or Lefty: Righty

Siblings: 3 older (half) brothers, 3 younger (2 whole, 1 half) brothers

Time you wake up: somewhere between 6a-7a, depending on how much I want to accomplish that morning.

Underwear: please wear it.

Vegetable you hate: cooked peas

What makes you run late: Britton

X-Rays You’ve Had: hip, wrist, lungs

Yummy food you make: Alex and Megan’s mac and cheese!

Zoo Animal: Giraffe

Daring Myself

I’m daring myself to spend less money on the things I probably do not need.  I have nearly $70,000 in student loan debt that I want paid off by the time I am thirty.  $69403.03 is the exact amount.  Three are 2,125 days until my 30th birthday.  That is approximately $32.49 a day for the next 2125 days, not including interest.  $909.74 per 30 days.   $10,916.92 per year. 

But, that also means less coffees purchased from the coffee stand.  At about $5 a drink, and a at least a drink a week, I’m putting another $260 towards paying off my education.  It’s also eating out less.  Britton and I really enjoy the convenience of being able to pick something we each want to eat for dinner at a restaurant.  We’re not really good on compromising yet.  He pays for most of the meals these days, but I work really hard to put together a menu that is satiable to each of our preferences.  

But none the less, I am daring myself to make do with what I have.  To use the supplies that already exist in my life.  To use the “trash” of one man to be my treasure.  

I’m lucky to have a man in my life that supports me like he does and we know together that I will succeed in this goal in getting my debt paid off sooner, rather than later.  There is an extra $1000/month that could be going towards buying a house or raising a mini me.