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/ And continues some more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823540 I made the pumpkin pies this evening. I used a low carb recipe from George Stella, but I made two of them with sugar instead of splenda. They have a "praline" crust - finely chopped pecans, splenda (or sugar), cinnamon, and butter. Like a graham cracker crust, but with pecans and splenda instead of graham crackers. Did you know that splenda does not burn like sugar does? Or at least not as readily? The splenda pie turned out great, but the praline crust on the sugar pies burned. Too burned to... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:43:09 EST And continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822873 I woke up early this morning and lay in bed panicking about not having enough food to eat. I found a site that tells you how much you need of each thing to serve different numbers of people. According to them, I have enough turkey, but not enough sweet potatoes or green beans. Which are the two things I was thinking I might be low on. So I got another pound or so of green beans, and another three pound bag of sweet potatoes, and a couple more apples for the apple salad, and some more grapes. ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:55:08 EST The countdown continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822179 I got all of the shopping done yesterday. I hope! Everything on my list, anyway. I spent about $71 on food, plus things like kitchen towels and hot pads and a new turkey roaster. That's what I actually spent, not what will actually be used for Thanksgiving dinner. It includes, for example, a four pound bag of sugar and a five pound equivalent bag of splenda. It also includes lots of pecans to make the crusts for the pies. It doesn't include the things I already had, like eggs and flour and b... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:24:08 EST Countdown to Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821696 Ok, now there are 14 confirmed people for dinner (one of whom I'm not at all sure is coming), and five maybes. I had been figuring on about 14 people when I started put this together, but, like Topsy, it just growed. <BR> <BR> I called a friend today and she said I can borrow her two card tables and eight chairs. That's a big relief. Don't know where I'll put them, though. <BR> <BR> Got almost all of my Thanksgiving shopping done this morning. Just have to get the turkey and the broccoli.... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:08:05 EST Thanksgiving Planning Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819666 So at the moment I have somewhere between ten and eighteen people coming for Thanksgiving dinner. Well, between nine and seventeen people coming, plus me. <BR> <BR> Two people haven't responded. They're international students and I don't know whether they assume that if they don't say no it means that they are coming. Or if they assume that if they don't say they are coming it means that they aren't. I'll send them another email. <BR> <BR> One of the international folks from the library a... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:46:52 EST A brilliant idea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818842 Well, I think so, anyway. I have an extra freezer in the garage that's empty at the moment. If I turn it on low I should be able to use it as a fridge for Thanksgiving! I should be able to either move things from the fridge in the house out there and leave the fridge for Thanksgiving dinner, or else leave stuff in the fridge and put the Thanksgiving stuff out there. Things like the pies that will be made a head of time, and the turkey while it's thawing and brining, and the Broccoli Slaw if I... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:53:48 EST Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries and Pecans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818833 Thought I'd share this recipe with you. It's from the book "Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less," by Jessica Fisher, author of the blog "Good Cheap Eats." There were LOTS of recipes that sounded good and either were or could easily be made low carb. I definitely recommend the book. She says that she got the recipe (which she adjusted, of course) from three blogs -Small Notebook, Smitten Kitchen, and the Kitchn. <BR> <BR> Actually, I adjusted her recipe, t... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:45:54 EST This Year's Thanksgiving Menu - Can I Do it For $60? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818819 My menu this year will be similar to last year's. It will be for somewhere between nine and sixteen people. (Two haven't responded to my invitations, I told the group that matches folks with international students I could take three more, and then one of the guests asked about bus service and I told her that there is no bus service here but that if she could find a friend to bring her the friend would be welcome. And I'll pass that along to the third guest from the library, too. So how many p... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:19:18 EST Last Year's Thanksgiving Dinner - serves 12 for under $50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818212 Haven't been keeping track of my food spending, but haven't been doing too terribly. Have thrown out too much food because I didn't get it cooked and/or didn't get it put in the freezer. That's much worse in my book than spending too much at the store! I'm back on track now, and will be keeping track of what I spend for the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving dinner will be for at least eleven this year. That gets expensive! Last year I had twelve and kept it under $50. I'm going to t... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:32:05 EST October Food Stamp Challenge Roundup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808833 Well, I didn't do well the end of the month. Ate out of my pantry, fridge and freezer (food that I didn't buy with the food stamp challenge money), probably bought more food that I didn't need, and ate out a few extra times. As I said before, it wasn't so much that I was eating off budget, as that I was eating off plan. Either way, I didn't stick with my budget. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:08:44 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Day 23 (Thursda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803645 I know, I said yesterday that I quit. But I changed my mind. I decided that I might as well go ahead and finish out the month, even if I do go over. And I have. I'm at about $122, and my budget for the month is $120. But so be it. That doesn't mean I should give up. And I've got lots of food left. I'll probably get a 10 pound bag of chicken legs from Walmart ($6.90, or 69 cents a pound) but because I want to make chicken broth, not because I need the chicken as protein. That's one difference ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:56:28 EST The end of the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803021 I quit. I didn't go through the end of the month. Not because I wasn't willing to eat cheaply, but because I wasn't willing to eat properly and all of my Food Stamp Challenge food was good, healthy food. I've been eating way off plan since late Saturday. I want to say that it's because I'm sick, but that's bogus. I started the September challenge sick and it worked out just fine. Nope, I just don't want to eat on my healthy, low carb plan. <BR> <BR> And I got to thinking about how this prob... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:54:33 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Days 16 and 17 (Thursday and Friday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800232 Went to Aldi Friday for fresh veggies, which were on sale. Would have gotten some tomatoes, but they were out. The cabbage was a big head. I don't know if you've shopped there, but everything is priced by the "package." A head of cabbage, for example, is $1.49. Sometimes it's a great big head of cabbage and sometimes it's a scrawny little head. Same price either way. Of course, some things are priced that way at other stores, too. Cauliflower, for example, or iceberg lettuce or packs of romai... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:04:43 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Day 15 (Wednesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798955 Same ol' same ol'. Cauliflower and egg salad for lunch. Squash leaf and egg soup for supper. Didn't get anything out in time to thaw for supper, which is reason for eggs twice. Got out a package of chicken livers, though, and they're in the fridge to thaw. Should be ready to eat tomorrow. Oh, I should record how much I "paid" for them. 1.8 pounds at $1.59 a pound (I'll have to check that price the next time I'm at Walmart) is $2.86, bringing my total to $78.35. Leaving $41.65 for the second h... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:36:49 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Day 14 (Tuesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798336 Back on track today. Hurray! <BR> <BR> Lunch was a salad of tuna, lettuce, carrot, mayo, and flaxmeal. Supper was a scramble of eggs, zucchini, onion, and broccoli cooked in coconut oil, plus a cup of tea with cream and splenda. <BR> <BR> Don't remember who it was (Veg?) who said that if you add just a pinch of baking soda when you make a pot of tea a single teabag is enough for a quart of tea. Whoever it was was right! It really works. I make a pot (about 4 mugs) at a time with a single t... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:50:26 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Days 12-13 (Sunday and Monday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797644 Not good days food-wise. Ate pastries and breads at church, bought rice crispy treats at a church bake sale, and at garlic bread and chocolate cheesecake while volunteering at a homeless shelter. Not a good couple of days! <BR> <BR> From a budget standpoint, I'm counting the $5 I donated for the church brunch and the $2 for the rice crispy treats as part of this month's budget. I didn't pay anything for the garlic bread or the cheesecake because they were provided. I also "bought" a pound of... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:13:05 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Day 11 (Saturday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796516 Lunch was a salad of cauliflower and eggs and mayo and mustard and flax meal. Supper was eggs again, scrambled with zucchini and onion in coconut oil. I just didn't feel like cooking anything and the eggs and zucchini are easy and good. Besides which, I have limited other protein except for tuna. I don't want to have to buy a whole back of some sort of meat when I only need one or two servings. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:25:52 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - One Third Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796009 Well, I guess it's not officially one third over until 8 am tomorrow, but I'm calling it today. So here's what I've spent and what I have left. <BR> <BR> Heavy whipping cream - a part carton from pre-Challenge - about half a pint left <BR> 10 dozen + 4 eggs - about 9-1/2 dozen <BR> 8 chicken thighs - 4 left, minus skin <BR> 1 jar cinnamon - all left - using leftover from September <BR> 56 oz jar coconut oil - most left <BR> 1 jar mustard - all left - using up pre-Challenge mustard <BR> 1 jar... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:01:55 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Day 10 (Friday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796006 The day started with an 8 o'clock meeting at Panera, where I couldn't find anything that wasn't bready. I had two cups of tea (one teabag) with splenda and cream. Way too many carbs, but it could have been lots worse. I'm not counting the cost in my budget because I don't usually eat breakfast and it didn't change what I ate the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a salad of lettuce, tuna, egg, mayo, and flaxmeal. <BR> <BR> Supper was chicken, broccoli, carrot and onion cooked in coconut ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:46:16 EST Food Pantry Handout - Chicken Livers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795547 It's sure getting harder and harder to find any specials worth talking about! However, chicken livers are usually cheap at Walmart, so that's what I'm talking about in this week's Weekly Specials for the food pantry. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Aldi has pears for $1.69 for two pounds, or 85 cents a pound. Red grapes are $1.78 for two pounds, or 89 cents a pound. *Pumpkins are $2.49 each. Don’t forget that you can use the big jack o’ lantern pumpkins for cooking, too, and remember to save the se... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 23:28:32 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Day 9 (Thursday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795470 I "bought" half a pint of heavy whipping cream from my fridge today. It was an opened pint carton from before I started the September challenge. The expiration date is 10/20 so I figured I'd use it this month, after the challenge was over. I wasn't expecting to do it another month. I think the cost of cream today is $1.99 a pint, so I'm charging myself $1.00 for the half pint. Total to date - $67.49. <BR> <BR> B/L - Squash Leaf Soup (see last post) <BR> D - pork chop, zucchini and carrots co... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:38:51 EST Squash Leaf Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795246 Went out to pick some kale (I'm surprised there's any to pick, since the leaves were eaten down to the veins a few weeks ago. Apparently it's been cold enough to kill of the cabbage moth caterpillars and the kale has grown back very nicely) but I saw the great big squash leaves and decided to pick some of them, instead. <BR> <BR> I picked three big leaves, washed them, cut off the stems and cut out the biggest veins, then rolled them up individually like cigars and cut them first lengthwise... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:23:45 EST October Food Stamp Challenge Day 8 - Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794821 Went to Kroger to get some broccoli, and ended up getting two big heads of cauliflower ($2.99 each) and two nice heads of lettuce (99 cents each), too. Brought my total spending for the month to $66.49. At least it's Week 2 now! <BR> <BR> B/L - salad of cauliflower, eggs, mayo, mustard and flax seed <BR> D - pork chop, carrots and broccoli cooked in coconut oil <BR> S - tea with splenda and coconut milk (probably) <BR> <BR> Someone asked whether I preferred the taste of coconut oil in tea i... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:37:42 EST October Food Stamp Challenge Day 7 - Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794816 I'm still doing mostly Intermittent Fasting and higher fat/lower protein. Spending remains at $57.18 at the end of Week 1. <BR> <BR> B/L - soup of chicken broth, eggs and chicken fat <BR> D - scramble of eggs, zucchini and onion in coconut oil <BR> S - tea with splenda and coconut oil Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:28:39 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 6 (Monday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793960 Ate out again yesterday. We play bridge at a restaurant and eat lunch first. Last month I didn't eat there because of the challenge, but that doesn't really seem fair to the restaurant. So I ate there yesterday. I'm charging my budget $5 again, because that's what I said I'd do, but I'm going to change that. I picked that because I usually don't eat much the rest of the day when I eat out (portions are usually so big!), but what with this IF and keto, I find that I'm still eating a regular me... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:08:28 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Spending to Date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792957 I went to the store yesterday and spent over a third of my budget. I have to keep telling myself that that is reasonable, since I bought food for at least the first fourth of the month, and in a lot of cases more than the first fourth. I should have spent a third or more. It just seems like my money is going down so fast when I'd spent that much and it was only the 4th. <BR> <BR> 10 dozen eggs @ $1.49 = $14.90 <BR> 2 lbs carrots - $1.49 <BR> 1 bunch celery - $1.49 <BR> 3 lbs onions - $1.4... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:28:59 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Days 2-5 (Thursday - Sunday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792954 I haven't been posting my meals, but they've been pretty much the same as they were the past couple of weeks. I'm pretty much doing IF and eating only within a short window each time. It started as between 9:30 and 5:30, and has gradually morphed into between about 11:30 and 5:00. It's very odd (though they say it's what happens) but I don't miss breakfast and I don't think about food outside of the window. Strange. I started eating three meals in the eight hour window, but now eat two meals ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:22:07 EST October Food Stamp Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792948 I could have sworn I posted that I was going to do another food stamp challenge this month, and how I was going to work it. Apparently not, though. Or at least, if I did post it, it got lost somewhere between my computer and SP. Which is definitely not an unknown occurrence. Anyway, I'm doing it again this month, not from social consciousness type stuff, but because I ate quite well last month and saved a bunch of money, so why not do it again? I won't be doing it quite as strictly this month... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:10:19 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 1 - Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790705 October 1 - <BR> <BR> B - skipped, as I didn't have time <BR> L - salad of cauliflower, eggs, mayo and flaxmeal <BR> D - saute of chicken, broccoli, carrot, and onion in butter Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:30:18 EST September Food Stamp Challenge Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790700 Today is the last day of this challenge! At least it is for me, since I started it on the 2nd instead of the 1st. <BR> <BR> I spent $4.00 today. I didn't need to, but I had that much left over and Kroger had Chicken of the Sea tuna for 50 cents a can, instead of 99 cents. And at Aldi their store brand is 69 cents a can. I obviously didn't need the tuna this month (especially not 8 cans!) and I still have 3 cans left over from my September budget, but it was too good a price to miss. <BR> ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:19:31 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 29 (Tuesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789954 Yikes! I have a kitten who wants to help with my typing. <BR> <BR> B - MIM with coconut oil <BR> L - soup of chicken bone broth, and odds and ends from the crisper - the core and some leaves of cauliflower, the core and old leaves of lettuce, and I think some outer leaves of cabbage. <BR> S - Squash Leaves with Peanuts over rice - demo and tasting at the food pantry <BR> D - pork chop, leftover coleslaw, zucchini and red bell pepper cooked in coconut oil <BR> <BR> And I'd best quit before ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:39:33 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 28 (Monday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789321 B - MIM with coconut oil <BR> L - salad of cauliflower, eggs, mayo and mustard <BR> D - pork chop; broccoli and carrots cooked in coconut oil; leftover coleslaw from the picnic <BR> <BR> Instead of doing a summary to date as I did at one, two and three weeks, I'll wait for the end of the month. Just two more days! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:32:02 EST Italian Style Green Beans and Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788635 Here's what I actually demo'd at the food pantry. It was popular; everyone said they liked it. It's not quite what was in the column I wrote, because it's hard to hand out samples of whole chicken leg quarters. I think I'd rather have it this way than with the leg quarters, though maybe with another half pound or so of chicken. <BR> <BR> ITALIAN STYLE GREEN BEANS AND CHICKEN <BR> (based on http://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-green<BR>-bean-chicken/) <BR> <BR> 2 T olive oil <BR> 1 lb skinl... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:41:30 EST Food Pantry Column - Chicken and Green Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788630 Here's this week's column for the food pantry. They took it off the blog and are handing it out at the pantry, so they want it kept to the front and back of one page - with lots of white space. Very watered down. But they did get taken at the food pantry (I was doing a demo/tasting and telling everyone about it) so maybe more people are seeing it. Maybe. Anyway, here it is. <BR> <BR> WEEKLY SPECIALS WITH MARY ANNE <BR> <BR> Aldi has *avocados for 69 cents each. *Cantaloupe are $1.49 each. *... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:35:50 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Days 25, 26, 27 (Friday - Sunday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788624 Just more of the same. I spent $6.90 on a ten-pound bag of chicken leg quarters and $1.25 for a pint of sour cream. They were to take to a picnic potluck today. I cut the leg quarters into three pieces (drum, thigh and a piece of back) and baked them, and took the drums and a few of the thighs to the picnic. The rest were for me. I made half of the monster head of cabbage I bought a few weeks ago into coleslaw, and used some of the sour cream in the dressing. Unfortunately, I took highway 45 ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:29:40 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 24 (Thursday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786930 Spent $4.34 on food for bridge today. A can of nuts ($2.19) and half a pound of cheese ($2.25). Almost all of it was eaten during bridge, so I could charge it to entertainment/social, but I said I'd charge it to the challenge. Should still be ok. <BR> <BR> B - MIM with coconut oil <BR> L - salad of cauliflower, mayo and eggs <BR> D - salad of cauliflower, mayo and eggs <BR> S - nuts and cheese <BR> S - tea <BR> <BR> I took a good look at my nutrition stats and found that I've been eat... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:41:34 EST Squash Leaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786373 Yes, squash leaves. <BR> <BR> The other day, for some reason, I wondered whether you could eat squash leaves. Turns out you can. I found a few recipes online, so I went out and picked a few leaves. I sauteed them with onion and garlic powder (no garlic available) and red pepper flakes in coconut oil, then added a touch of lemon juice. It wasn't great, but it was definitely OK and practically free. The prickles on the leaves somehow disappear or turn soft or something. Anyway, there were no p... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:43:31 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 23 (Wednesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786366 B - MIM with coconut oil, tea with sweetener <BR> L - scramble of eggs, zucchini and onion in coconut oil <BR> D - pork chop; cabbage and onion fried in coconut oil <BR> <BR> Another spur of the moment invitation to have bridge at my house tomorrow, so I'll have to get some snacks. Fortunately I have room in the budget. <BR> <BR> I checked the recipe for the coleslaw I'll be taking to the picnic on Sunday, and I have everything I need except half a cup of sour cream. Which means buying a p... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:30:50 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 22 (Tuesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785684 Only eight more days to go! I want to splurge on something when this challenge is over, but don't know what. I should pick one thing I really want and have that instead of having lots of things I don't particularly want but haven't had been able to have this month. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about what I'll do next month. I don't plan to do another month of food stamp challenge, but on the other hand it hasn't been hard and I've eaten well and plentifully so there's really not much reason... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:32:05 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Update through Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785425 Haven't posted since Thursday. Not much to say. Meals have been pretty much the same. MIM with coconut oil for breakfast, salad or eggs with zucchini for lunch, salad or eggs with zucchini or pork chop and veggies for supper. No more spending. Well, Sunday I threw a couple of dollars in the basket at church when I ate from the breakfast stuff there. I guess I should count that since I did eat - and way too much and of the wrong things. Monday I played bridge at a restaurant and tipped the wai... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:32:30 EST Weekly Specials, Menus and Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783142 The food pantry decided they didn't want my contributions to the blog anymore. Instead they want a two page (one page front and back) recap of the sales plus some recipes. My feelings were a bit hurt, since the blog thing I did was my idea and my baby. Oh well. No one was reading it online anyway, and they'll print out the two-page version and put it out in the pantry, where apparently some people do read it. Anyway, here's this week's entry. <BR> <BR> THE WEEKLY SPECIALS WITH MARY ANNE <BR>... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:48:40 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Days 17 and 18 (Thursday and Friday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783139 Thursday - <BR> <BR> I spent $6.61 for grapes and nuts for bridge. I intended the food just for bridge and didn't plan to include it in my food stamp budget. Most of the food was left when the guests left, and I ended up eating it all. Bad both for my health and also for my budget. Since I ate most of it myself, I'm going to include after all. Rats. I could have bought 10 pounds of chicken leg quarters for that. I may rue having spent it by the end of month. <BR> <BR> B - MIM with coconut ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:44:44 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 16 (Wednesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781831 We all know that low carbers eat more veggies than most people who eat a "healthy" diet. I wondered how many (much?) veggies I've eaten since I started this challenge. After all, I'm keeping my spending to the average food stamp benefit actually received in Indiana, so it must be light on veggies, right? Nope. Since I started on 9/2, I've averaged 434 grams, or 15.3 ounces. Might durn close to a pound of veggies every day. Well, that does include some watermelon, but mostly veggies. If I back... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:31:17 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 15 (Tuesday) and Halfway Through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781190 B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil; tea <BR> L - soup - chicken broth, eggs, zucchini, red bell pepper, coconut oil <BR> S - tea with coconut oil and splenda <BR> D - pork chop; cucumber with mayo; broccoli, carrots and butter <BR> <BR> The FSC is half over. I started on the 2nd so it's not half over until today. I've spent $88.84 of my $120.00 budget so far, or 75%. I guess that's reasonable, since I have the food for this next week. <BR> <BR> Here's what I bought and what I have left: <BR> ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:03:00 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Days 13 and 14 (Sunday and Monday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780585 Sunday - <BR> B - eggs scrambled in coconut oil <BR> L - church picnic - free <BR> S - tea/cream/splenda at restaurant - $3.50 <BR> D - none, wasn't hungry <BR> <BR> The tea was a social event and I have mixed feelings about whether it really should be included in the budget. But I said I would include it, so I am. <BR> <BR> Monday - <BR> B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - salad - cauliflower, eggs, mayo, mustard <BR> D - pork chop; salad of cucumber, tomato, mayo <BR> S - tea with sweet... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:57:36 EST The neurobiology of generational poverty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779816 We had a speaker at Sunday School this morning who talked about poverty from an unusual perspective. It amounted to the neurobiology of poverty. I wish you could have heard her. I'll try to repeat what she said but probably won't do a very good job of it. Caveat - as she put it, she was talking about the middle of the bell curve. What she said doesn't apply to everyone. And she was talking about generational poverty, which includes living in the "bad" part of town. <BR> <BR> People living i... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:24:42 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 12 (Saturday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779297 B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - soup - chicken broth, eggs, zucchini, red bell pepper <BR> S - walnuts, delacata squash (free - party type thing) <BR> D - salad - cabbage, onion, mayo, eggs <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:31:43 EST Farmers Market and musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779055 Went to the Farmers Market this morning. I planned to get two zucchini for $1.00 each. What I actually got was a huge zucchini for 75 cents and two good sized cukes for 40 cents each. <BR> <BR> I thought about getting a cucumber, but then gave serious consideration to whether I could get "more" if I spent that dollar on something else - carrots, maybe, or lettuce. I'm sure I never had that conversation with myself before about a cucumber! I decided that I could get more (not sure more what ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:19:33 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 11 (Friday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778806 B - eggs scrambled in coconut oil <BR> L - soup - onions sauted in butter, chicken broth, cauliflower, purslane <BR> S - salad - tuna, lettuce, mayo, carrot, cucumber <BR> <BR> One thing about this challenge - I'm definitely eating on plan! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:26:18 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Days 9 and 10 (Wednesday and Thursday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778105 Wednesday - <BR> <BR> B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - chicken broth, eggs, broccoli, red bell pepper, zucchini <BR> S - tea with sweetener <BR> D - pork chop, cauliflower, tomato/cucumber/mayo salad <BR> S - watermelon <BR> <BR> Got a tomato and a cucumber from a friend's garden. Sort of cheated re cinnamon - "bought" a jar from my pantry instead of waiting to go to the store. Close enough. <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> Thursday - <BR> B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - chic... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:39:14 EST