BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mason Jar Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358493 I've been making mason jar salads lately. Not quite the way I've read about them, but they work for me. <BR> <BR> I cut up a bunch of veggies and mix them all up in a big bowl, then divide it into individual jars. I use veggies that I can either use as salad or can put in soup. See, the thing is that I live alone, and it's practically impossible to get a variety of veggies for one person. I don't include things like lettuce or tomato; they get added later, if I want them. <BR> <BR> For ex... Sat, 6 May 2017 15:06:48 EST First week of May grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356802 My first week's shopping is done. It should last more than a week, actually, but I may get something from this coming week's ads, if there's anything really good. Here's what I got: <BR> <BR> Swenson's - <BR> pork rinds - $1.99 <BR> 3 dozen eggs @ $.75 per dozen (sale) - $2.25 <BR> 7 Roma tomatoes @ $.69 per pound (sale) - $.79 <BR> <BR> Winco - <BR> 1 lb frozen broccoli - $1.22 <BR> 2 10-oz boxes frozen spinach - $1.90 <BR> 17 oz bottle sriracha - $3.11 <BR> 3 quarts heavy whipping cream @... Tue, 2 May 2017 20:00:48 EST May Grocery Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356121 My food budget for May is $150. That's just for me and only includes food, not toiletries, paper products, etc. I'd like it to include anything food-related I get for my garden, too, but it doesn't have to. <BR> <BR> I have a bunch of food, mostly meat, in Mom's freezer, and I'm trying to use up the oldest stuff out there. I figure I average about three-quarters of a pound to a pound of meat a day (counting one egg or one ounce of cheese as an ounce of meat), so if I buy about 25 pounds of ... Mon, 1 May 2017 12:02:18 EST Post-Easter Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354752 I remembered a couple of days ago that I had made 16 hard-boiled eggs to take to some friends to decorate for Easter, and then it didn't happen. I still had all those eggs, and they needed to be used. I couldn't find any recipes using hard-boiled eggs that looked good, so I made one up. It turned out pretty, good, too. <BR> <BR> I started with a recipe for Broccoli, Spinach and Chicken Casserole, which is just a bag of frozen chopped broccoli, a box of frozen chopped spinach, four cups of c... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:18:52 EST Kindness Blog - January 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304136 This blog is really hard to do! It's hard to see or do much in the way of kindnesses when you don't leave the house. <BR> <BR> Did you hear about the guy yesterday who jumped in the water to save a woman who had been washed off the shore by a monster wave? I don't remember the whole story, but he got her safely to shore, while it took something like 45 minutes to find and bring in her companion. The first woman survived. The second woman didn't. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:58:41 EST Kindness Blog - January 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303068 I didn't leave the house except to shovel snow, so didn't see anything. The neighbor across the street and I chatted as we shoveled, though. It does make it more fun if you have someone else out shoveling, too. <BR> <BR> I saw a big kindness in December. I was at Winco, and the person in line in front of me had forgotten the PIN for her debit card. She didn't have any checks and they don't take credit cards. She was going to put all of her food back in the basket, then go home and get some m... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:06:16 EST Kindness Blog - January 19 and 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302495 Nothing big. <BR> <BR> I was out shoveling snow on Thursday and the neighbor across the street came out to make sure I was ok. I had been piling snow on the half of the driveway that I don't use, and decided to try to move it off the driveway. He thought I was trying to get the garbage out. Turns out he's the one who put my garbage out last week. He put the bin back, too, which I don't think I said last week. It's nice to have someone check up on me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was walking the ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:37:09 EST Kindness Blog - January 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301026 I called my senators today. First time I've ever called an elected official. I had it all written out, so no problem. Right? Wrong. When the staff person answered the phone I started hyperventilating and was practically crying. Don't know why. I didn't even have anything big or important to say. I was still shaking more than an hour later! Fortunately, the staffer was really nice and made me feel much more comfortable. <BR> <BR> What did I do today? Did some grocery shopping for Mom. Took R... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:59:40 EST Kindness Blog - January 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301025 I called my senators today. First time I've ever called an elected official. I had it all written out, so no problem. Right? Wrong. When the staff person answered the phone I started hyperventilating and was practically crying. Don't know why. I didn't even have anything big or important to say. I was still shaking more than an hour later! Fortunately, the staffer was really nice and made me feel much more comfortable. <BR> <BR> What did I do today? Did some grocery shopping for Mom. Took R... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:59:40 EST Kindness Blog - January 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300855 There's a really big kindness that I want to talk about, because it affects so many of us. And that's SparkPeople letting us low carbers have a place to meet here, even though our way of eating is not the way of eating that they advocate. Thank you, SparkPeople! I know we try your patience at times. <BR> <BR> Don't think I did any particular kindnesses yesterday except smiling at people and being friendly. Though if anyone did those particular kindnesses every day the world would be a much b... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:56:25 EST Kindness Blog - January 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299626 I took Russell (my dog) over to Mom's house this morning. I had offered to stop at the store for her but realized that it was too cold to leave him in the car, and he was so excited to go! So we went to her house, Mom and I played some Dice, and Russell chewed on a rope chew toy that she got for her dog who's not at all interested in it. She keeps it around for Russell. Mom's 91 years old, lives alone, and doesn't like to drive, especially not if the roads aren't perfectly clear and dry. Noth... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:20:50 EST Kindness Blog - January 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298972 Didn't leave the house today except to take Russell for a walk and to take out the composting. (The crust on the snow is so hard and thick that it held me up!) Not much opportunity to see or do good deeds/kindnesses when you don't leave the house. But, here goes... <BR> <BR> It is definitely a kindness to clear the sidewalks so Russell and I can go for walks! <BR> <BR> And are you familiar with Project Gutenberg? They take books and magazines whose copyright has ended (public domain books) ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:17:25 EST Kindness Blog - January 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298227 Didn't think I'd have anything to report, so was going to dredge up something from the past. I'll save that for another day. But then when I took Russell out for a walk, I saw some lines in the snow. It took me a while to figure it out, but then I realized that someone had taken out my garbage! The garbage can is in front of the side of the garage that I don't use, and it's snowed in. Fortunately, I don't generate much trash, and as cold as it is it's not going to get smelly and ugly, so I di... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:18:05 EST Kindness Blog - January 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298221 Not a lot going on. Not shoveling snow, so none of that to report. I kind of miss chatting with the neighbors. <BR> <BR> Folks were really nice/kind at various business type establishments. A woman at the library went to great lengths to help me find a book that would qualify for a reading program. The butcher at a store is going to try to get me a box of chicken necks and backs for my dog, even though they're in the midst of changing suppliers. There something else, too, that I don't rememb... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:10:31 EST Kindness Blog - January 12, Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297478 Feeling much better today, and was able to see yesterday in a better light. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I called an acquaintance and asked her how to get involved in something I am thinking of becoming interested in. I was uncomfortable calling her, because I don't really know her and I didn't know how involved she is. She sounded so happy to have me call her and so glad to share information with me. Her response gave me the courage to go forward with it. Thank you, Cathy! <BR> <BR> I had ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:13:51 EST Kindness Blog - January 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297030 Thanks for your comments on this morning's post. I really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I was feeling petty tonight. In fact, I decided I'd better not respond to anyone else's blog because the responses I was mentally composing ended up being snide instead of nice. So my kindness for today was staying away! I'll post tomorrow, instead. <BR> <BR> I needed a pick-me-up and evidence that the world isn't as petty as it seemed, so I tried to find someplace online that listed Random... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:59:37 EST Kindness Blog - Kinda Bummed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296662 I started doing the daily Kindness Blog postings in response to something Naypooie said. We were bemoaning one of the recent shootings or attacks or something along those lines, and she said that every time we hear of something evil happening, we should do something kind. I like that idea. <BR> <BR> Then, on New Year's Eve, I was trying to think of a bunch of "kind" things that had happened last year. You know, the good deeds kind of thing. And I was drawing a blank. I know they happen a lot... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:21:58 EST Kindness Blog - January 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296413 Judy caught a dog who was running loose. We didn't want her out running loose, especially not in this weather. I called the owner who came and got the dog. <BR> <BR> My hairdresser, Sherry, rearranged her schedule to so Mom and I could get our hair shampooed and cut. We both needed it <BR> <BR> Sherry said that a nearby neighbor plowed out the roads in the mobile home park she lives in. She wouldn't be able to get out otherwise. <BR> <BR> There was flooding in a nearby county. Neighbors ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:42:00 EST Kindness Blog - January 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296412 Adolf spent a long time breaking up the ice in my gutter. <BR> <BR> I gave an ESL lesson and took Ndenjehu to the doctor and Mom out to dinner. <BR> <BR> Not much to report on the kindness front. There was probably more going on yesterday, but I don't remember. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:35:57 EST Kindness Blog - January 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295009 I'm having a bit of trouble writing about one good deed I saw today. I'm having trouble because I know the guy meant well, and he really worked hard, and he made things worse instead of better. Oh well. These things happen. <BR> <BR> I've talked about the snow and ice situation around here. There is deep slush on our street, and the gutters have been filled to the top with solid ice for several days. There's no where for the water to go as the snow and ice melt. And very, very few storm drai... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:07:42 EST Kindness Blog - January 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294303 Back and forth helping on the snow front today. I helped Adolf shovel his sidewalk this morning. This afternoon he came over to try to open up the gutters in the street so the runoff wouldn't back up in my driveway, saw that the gutters on the house were dripping, and got his ladder to clean out the leaves and gunk. <BR> <BR> I haven't left the house except to shovel snow since Tuesday afternoon. I've seen lots of instances of neighbor helping neighbor. The paper has had articles about peop... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 01:28:31 EST Kindness Blog - January 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293545 While I was out shoveling (again!), the neighbor across the street came over with his roof rake (a thing with an expandable handle for scraping snow off the roof) and cleared off my roof. I'd been concerned about all the snow up there but didn't know what to do about it. <BR> <BR> Seems like I haven't had much in the way of opportunities to be kind to others, except friendly chitchat with the neighbors. <BR> <BR> One of these days I'll be able to get out of the house! I hope. I'm getting ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:55:41 EST Kindness Blog - January 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292824 Still snowed in. And still more snow related kindness. <BR> <BR> The neighbors to the north of me (who haven't been out when I've been out shoveling) had a snow blower. They own a doggy hotel with big play areas and got it to clear them out. Mom sent the son home with the snow blower to clear their sidewalks, and while he was there, he cleared the street in front of my house and finished clearing the sidewalk. I had a path shoveled through but he went most of the width of the sidewalk. Very ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:32:14 EST Kindness Blog - January 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292273 Snowed in today, so haven't seen many people. A couple of neighbors and I were shoveling snow again at the same time, and Mike said that he tried to bring my mail to me yesterday (our mailboxes are next to each other) but couldn't make his way through the drift to my porch, and figured I wouldn't be able to open the door even if he could make. He was right - I wouldn't have been able to! But it was a very nice thought. <BR> <BR> My kindness was just more friendly chitchat as we shoveled. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 23:33:03 EST Kindness Blog - January 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291505 Don't have much to report today. I stayed home all day, and only went out to clear the sidewalk and driveway. Roughly a foot of snow, and winds of 28 mph, gusting to 39. Lots of drifts. <BR> <BR> Just basic kindness today - friendliness. Three neighbors and I were shoveling at the same time, and all called out greetings to each other. Adolf was finishing up when I started the second time and said he'd come over to help me, but needed to warm up first. I had intentionally done just half of th... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 22:09:39 EST The Kindness Blog - January 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291118 I forgot to post yesterday, but I did make a point of noticing. <BR> <BR> I was at the hospital yesterday, in the snow, and the shuttle stopped behind us just as we got out of the car. It's run by volunteers, and was purchased with funds raised by volunteers. I wasn't expecting the shuttle, and told the driver as we approached the entrance that I had forgotten to notice where the car was. He told me roughly where it was and also said that sometimes they go up and down the rows until they fin... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:31:02 EST The Kindness Blog - January 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289468 In a refugee family I know, the 22 year old son submerges his needs into those of his family. There are 9 people in the family (lots more, actually, but 9 live in the one house), and he is the only one working. Dad is deaf, Mom had her spleen removed and is having problems and also had a huge flare up of malaria, Grandma is 69 and semi-crippled with arthritis, and the other five are just kids. Not only is S the only one working, he also takes care of all the business in the family - paying bi... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:38:42 EST The Kindness Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288602 As we were talking about the past year on my team's daily thread, a few people bemoaned the evil or otherwise terrible things that have happened. One member, Naypooie, suggested that we each do a simple act of kindness every time we hear of someone doing something evil in the world. A great idea! And it has inspired me to start a Kindness Blog. <BR> <BR> Last night as I was sort of reviewing the Old Year, I tried to come up with lots of examples of kindness and niceness to offset the evil a... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:38:11 EST Roast the turkey CARCASS before making stock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276331 I've never done this. Have you? And any reason why it wouldn't work for chicken bones, too? <BR> <BR> <link>www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/11/<BR>brown-turkey-stock-recipe.html </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:22:31 EST Thanksgiving Dinner for 12 for under $50 - with lots of leftovers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268026 Three years ago I did a post for a local food pantry's blog about how to have an affordable - and abundant - Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving dinner for 12 for under $50. And enough leftovers for two more meals for 4 people each. I thought I'd share the link. The prices will be a bit different, of course. I haven't re-priced things, but I'm guessing it would come in at under $60 this year and where I'm living now. Not bad. <BR> <BR> The link to the original article, with the Thanksgiving d... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:13:58 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243799 I'm going to go ahead and wrap this up as of yesterday. That's 29 days (I started on August 31). The reason for wrapping it up now is that I took Mom for a drive today and we ate out, and I'm taking a friend to dinner tonight, and having supper at Mom's tomorrow. That's three out of four of the rest of the meals that I'll be eating away from home, which makes the days not really applicable to the challenge. So 29 days it is. <BR> <BR> First, a reminder that this wasn't a "real" Food Stamp Ch... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:41:18 EST BEEF ZUCCHINI PIE - recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243408 BEEF ZUCCHINI PIE <BR> (adapted from fooddownunder.com) <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 1/2 c chopped onion (75 grams) <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1 t dried basil, oregano, savory OR marjoram, crushed <BR> 3/4 t salt <BR> 1/8 t pepper <BR> 1-1/2 lb zucchini, coarsely shredded <BR> 2 slightly beaten eggs <BR> 1 c cottage cheese <BR> 2 oz cheddar cheese <BR> 1 t Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1/2 t salt <BR> 2 T mustard <BR> <BR> Brown ground beef in a large skillet, adding the onion and garl... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:30:12 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243403 Breakfast - 1 egg with 1 tablespoon mayo <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1/2 cup chicken, 2 eggs, 1/4 c cottage cheese, 1 ounce sunflower seeds, 1/3 pound tomato and 1/2 cucumber <BR> <BR> Supper - BEEF ZUCCHINI PIE, 1 orange bell pepper, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.45 <BR> <BR> Day's protein - 101 grams Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:19:36 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242859 Only three more days of this challenge! <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1 cup chicken, 4 tablespoons mayo, a squirt of mustard, and 8 oz tomato <BR> <BR> Supper - ZUCCHINI BEEF PIE <BR> <BR> I was going to have a salad with supper, but the Zucchini Beef Pie was all I needed/wanted. <BR> <BR> Oh, and I had a fourth of a cup of cottage cheese last night because the Alleve I took before bed was bothering my tummy. <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food, including ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:50:37 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242341 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - gnawings on chicken bones - I'm guessing I got between one and two cups of meat <BR> <BR> Snack - 1 cup homemade bone broth <BR> <BR> Supper - 1/2 pound (raw weight) ground beef, 1/3 zucchini (300 grams), 1/2 (50 grams) red bell pepper, 1/2 tomato (200 grams) tomato, 50 grams onion - all cooked up together in the drippings from the hamburger <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.45 <BR> <BR> Today's protein - 82 grams <BR> <BR> A few comments ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:19:02 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242081 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1 c chicken, 1 egg, 5 T mayo, a squirt of mustard, and 262 gr tomato <BR> <BR> Supper - 1/2 pound (raw weight) hamburger and some leftover veggies (51 gr onion, 1/4 (26 gr) red bell pepper, 1/4 (50 gr) tomato, 1/8 (100 gr) zucchini, sauteed in 1 T coconut oil) all fried up in the drippings from the hamburger <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.61 (still using the hamburger at $1.18 per pound, and Farmers Market veggies) <BR> <BR> Pr... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:04:00 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - Summary to date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241372 Total cost of this week's food - $23.67 <BR> <BR> Average daily cost of this week's food - $3.38 <BR> <BR> Total cost of this month's food to date - $77.51 <BR> <BR> Average daily cost of food this month to date - $3.10 <BR> <BR> Friday's protein binge sure messed up my numbers for the week and month! The excess cost for day (over my target average of $3.00 per day) added 78 cents to the average daily cost and 22 cents to the average daily cost. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I'm still pretty pleased... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:29:36 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241367 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 150 gr zucchini, 25 gr red bell pepper, 50 gr onion, 50 gr tomato, all sauteed in a tablespoon of coconut oil, then scrambled into 3 eggs plus some leftover scrambled eggs and sausage from yesterday <BR> <BR> Supper - skin from 10 pounds of chicken, and 125 gr of broccoli and 75 gr of carrots with 2 T chicken drippings <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $3.18 <BR> <BR> Today's protein - 88 grams Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:18:57 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241229 Another protein binge day. I wonder if I'm not getting enough protein on a regular basis and so I feel this need to binge on protein periodically? Or on something else that I get - or think I'll get - from the meat? Don't know. At least I'm not binging on - or even interested in - carby stuff. <BR> <BR> Part of it, I know, is that I didn't feel like cooking yesterday, so didn't bother to fix veggies. And no veggies meant that I needed to fill in with more meat. Also didn't have inexpensive v... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:00:29 EST Food Stamp Challenge - September 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240374 Breakfast - a big mug of tea with 1 ounce cream and a couple of squirts of liquid splenda (it was a cold and dismal morning!) <BR> <BR> Lunch - taco salad (minus the chips) at a restaurant before playing bridge <BR> <BR> Supper - 5 eggs poached in 73 grams of heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of butter <BR> <BR> I've decided to count $1.50 of the cost of lunch towards my food budget and the rest as part of my social budget. $1.50 is my target maximum cost per meal. <BR> <BR> Total co... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:18:16 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239876 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 5 eggs scrambled in 1 tablespoon coconut oil <BR> <BR> Supper - leftover pot roast <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.10 <BR> <BR> Total protein for the day - 68 grams <BR> <BR> Not a great day for nutrition, but I just wasn't hungry. Well, not for what was available, anyway. It's chilly and drizzly and I would have liked some soup, but am out of broth. Nothing else sounded good and I didn't feel like cooking anything anyway. <BR> <BR> An ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:27:19 EST TACO SEASONING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239327 TACO SEASONING <BR> (adapted from allrecipes.com) <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup chili powder <BR> 1 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> 1 teaspoon onion powder <BR> 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes <BR> 1 teaspoon dried oregano <BR> 2 teaspoons paprika <BR> 2 tablespoons ground cumin <BR> 4 teaspoons salt <BR> 4 teaspoons black pepper <BR> <BR> Mix it all up, then store it in an airtight container in a cool dark place. I usually store my herbs and spices in the freezer. It's supposed to make them last long... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:49:49 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239323 Breakfast - 4 eggs scrambled in 2 T drippings (yes, I ate breakfast today!) <BR> <BR> Lunch - 2 cups broth (from cooking the pork the other day), the last 4 ounces (raw weight) of the pork, 1/2 cup (raw) chard (from my garden), 100 grams tomatoes (from my garden), 100 grams zucchini, 3 eggs <BR> <BR> Supper - PEPPER STUFF #6, with an ounce of cheddar and a four ounce tomato cut up into it <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.37 <BR> <BR> Total grams of protein - 91 <BR> <BR> I use... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:43:46 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238778 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 4 eggs scrambled in 2 tablespoons drippings with leftovers from last night (hamburger, onion, zucchini, tomato) <BR> <BR> Supper - 12 oz (raw weight) leftover boneless country style pork ribs, 150 grams broccoli, 2 tablespoons drippings, 100 grams fresh tomato, 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.63 <BR> <BR> Total protein for the day - 85 grams (I had to add some extra pork to get it up this high) Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:46:48 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238228 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - EASIER CHEESY EGGPLANT, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 T mayo <BR> <BR> Supper - 8 oz hamburger, 50 gr onion, 200 gr tomato, 200 gr zucchini, 1 oz cheddar, less about 1/5 of the above because it was too much <BR> <BR> Snack (at bridge) - 4 oz cheddar cheese, about 4 pecans, 1 or 2 cashews <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food, excluding the snacks at bridge - $2.11. <BR> <BR> Total protein today, including the snacks - 100 grams. <BR> <BR> I forgot that ther... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:49:26 EST EASIER CHEESY EGGPLANT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237943 Easier than what, you ask? Than cooking it the way the original recipe said to. The original recipe called for scooping the eggplant out of the shells, cooking the rest of it up, stuffing the mixture back into the shells, putting the stuffed shells into a baking dish and adding water (I guess to steam them), then adding strips of cheese to the tops when when done. Too much work for me. I convert most stuffed vegetable dishes to just gloppy mixtures by cutting up the vegetable "shells" and add... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:32:30 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - Summary to date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237622 Eighteen days (I started on August 31), total costs of $53.84, average daily cost of $2.99. And that includes Mom's supper the other day. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:51:38 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237546 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 200 grams zucchini and 50 grams onion sauteed in 2 tablespoons beef drippings, then scrambled into 4 eggs <BR> <BR> Supper - a pound (raw weight) of boneless country style pork ribs, 100 grams broccoli, 1 tablespoon butter, half a tomato, half a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar <BR> <BR> Total cost for the day - $2.75 <BR> <BR> Total grams of protein - 90 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:56:23 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237453 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE <BR> <BR> Supper - 1 pound (raw weight) boneless country style pork ribs, 100 grams broccoli, 1 tablespoon butter, half a tomato (about 3 ounces), half a teaspoon balsamic vinegar <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $3.23 <BR> <BR> I realized last night that I was really low on protein, and have been lately. I started with just 8 ounces raw weight of the ribs, but added another 8 ounces to get my protein u... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:26:08 EST Oops! Way low on protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237452 I checked my macronutrients last night, especially protein, and I've been way low. Don't know exactly - or even approximately! - what I need, but I'm sure I haven't been getting it. I've done Food Stamp Challenges several times, and I don't think I've ever been this low on protein. So I thought about it overnight and decided that there are two main reasons for the low protein. <BR> <BR> First, I've been focusing on getting summer veggie casseroles in the freezer, and most of the recipes cal... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:22:04 EST