So, it’s been more than a week since I last gave the general rundown of our progress. Our progress has been somewhat backward this week (or two), so I guess I have been shy about writing. We decided to buy the sofa. More on that from Shane later. Suffice it to say, it cost us a rather large chunk o’ change. It was, however, considerably less than we thought we would spend on a sofa, so ~ Score!
On the homefront: It has been roughly nine million degrees out here lately, so no one feels like cooking, and no one feels like eating. Nevertheless, there are dinners to make and lunches to pack. I did so well my first week or so with the cash-only spending, but then, this week, it sort of fell apart. I got my cash on Saturday, as planned. Shane deposited his check on Friday, and he got enough for my weekly $100 (that’s groceries + whatever else comes up), as well as cash for the sofa, which we had decided to buy. Now, my $100 usually goes to grocery and household expenses, but, somehow, I got all mixed up and use some of it for something else (a gift, I think, and maybe a PTA membership…I can’t remember). So, then I had much less than usual to work with. It also happened that this was a Costco week. I needed some of the bigger staple items, and that took a big chunk out of the budget. So, by Monday, I was down to $27. I thought I could stretch that through the week (because I am insane, apparently), but it just didn’t work. After we bought the sofa, we split up the leftover money between the two of us, and…well. mine is gone. I don’t even know where it went. However, there is some good news (besides the fact that we can finally all sit on our sofa and watch a movie together): I just counted all of the coins in our jar, saved from the past couple of weeks, and..*drumroll*…we have $12.30 in our little coin jar. Not bad! If we save up 5 or 6 bucks per week, we’ll have…um…more money in there at some later time. (I am so good at math!) Fine…I’ll use a calculator. If we manage to put $5 in the jar each week, by this time next year, we will have saved about $260. That’s not too shabby, in my opinion.
Today will be about trying to get myself back on track (it is a constant struggle for me to stay on track). I have many raspberries in the fridge, waiting to become jam, tons of flour that needs to be turned into bread, scones, etc., and a few things to clean and organize. I made a huge pot of refried beans, and a huge pot of rice a few days ago, so I can probably put off grocery shopping one more day. Before I begin, however, I will sit and enjoy a cool and refreshing homemade (and probably vastly more nutritious than the kind I used to buy) iced mocha. I use cold-brewed iced coffee and dark chocolate almond milk. Pour it all over a tall glass of ice, stir, and enjoy. Not only is it delicious, but it is high in calcium, and I didn’t use any gas or waste yet another disposable plastic cup. And, yes, that does make it especially satisfying for me.
Oh! Before I go, I will leave you with a recipe:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup organic sugar/evaporated cane juice
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, depending on your preference)
3 cups cheerios (or try chex, corn flakes, rice crispies, broken pretzels…)
Grease an 8-inch square pan with coconut oil or butter. In a medium saucepan, bring honey and sugar just to a boil. Turn off heat. Stir in peanut butter until smooth and combined. Stir in cereal, coating well. Using lightly oiled or buttered hands (or spoon), press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour. Cut into bars or squares. Yummy!
Got the recipe here http://www.cheerios.com/recipes/honey-peanut-squares/b70cfd8a-9589-4a7a-9991-ba90100ed8be#.Uin1N2Q9CYJ, and didn’t change it much. Kids love them, and they are easy to pack in lunchboxes. Cheaper than packaged bars, and no nasty disposable packaging. You can probably add in other ingredients, too (dried fruit, chopped nuts, ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, etc. I am going to try this method to make granola bars, using oats instead of at least some of the cereal), and I am sure you can sub something (soy or sunflower butter, perhaps) for the peanut butter, if you have allergies.