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New Food Prep for New Home

Saturday, July 09, 2016

My new home is about 1/3 of the size of my old home. We have four kids out of the house now with three remaining. We went small while we are transitioning. So far we have been very blessed, finding a home and my husband found a job right away. We can actually build on the home in a few years, so I will expand at that point. My son's services have begun and now I am focused on getting my daughters specialists together. She has some physical concerns. Everyone overall seems really happy and my mother and stepfather have overall been amazing. They even found us a slightly used sleeper couch today for $20, how exciting is that. Very lucky!! They have helped us out so much. I really can't wait to get on our feet just so I can treat them.

There are a few problem areas I am seeing with my healthy lifestyle journey. The first is not getting enough sleep. I tend to be a night snacker, especially when I am exhausted. My mother has been helping me get sleep but now that I am getting ready to move out, she won't be around as much. I need to put together snacks and meals that won't break the budget but that will also be much healthier than the junk I normally turn to. I also need to grab a night time journal to write in before I grab any food after nine at night. I need to take the time to think about what I am doing. It almost seems like a pattern now, and it needs to break.

Yesterday, when I was asked about my go-to meals, I had a really rough time with snacks, dinners and lunches. I love to cook and bake. It isn't for lack of meal choices, it is more about the budget and pleasing my husband and kids. It made me realize how many food obstacles I truly have. I am going to focus on how I want my new small kitchen to look. What kind of foods I want in there, and how they will make everyone a little happy. Of course cost is huge.

Breakfasts will just stay the same.

Grocery List (2 week)

Kids-Juice 100% ($8)
Milk- Lactose Free and Skim/2% ($8)
Eggs ($7)
Multi-grain bread ($4)
nut butter ($7)
Berries ($10)
Bananas ($3)
Apples ($3)
Salad ($4)
Ranch Dressing for B and R ($3)
Bacon for Kids and R ($6)
Banilla Yogurt ($3)
Granola ($3)
Peanut Butter ($10)
Jelly ($6)
White Bread ($8) Jake eats this every day.
Sour Dough Bread ($4.00)
Ham ($6.00)
Cheese ($6.00)
Pepperoni for Bubba ($8.00)
Grapes ($3)
Egg fixings--onions, peppers, cheese, ham ($2)
Bran Muffins ($4)
Kombucha Tea ($10)
Coffee/Sugar Free Creamer ($12)
Waffles/Syrup ($8)

Total One: 156
Lunches:

Mason Jar Salads (me)

Dinners:

Spaghetti ($3)
Italian Sausage (4)
Meatballs ($6)
Sauce ($5)
Shrimp ($16)
Honey ($3)
Brown Rice ($5)
Crockpot Lasagna ($20)
Taco Night ($15)
Crockpot Chicken ($16)
Carrots ($3)
Salad above
Pork Chops/Shake n Bake ($10)
Pizza Night every other Fridays w/ Salad ($30)
Chicken Fingers, Fish Sticks and Corndogs for kids dinners and lunches ($27)
Annies Mac and Cheese (B) ($6)
Raviolis (A and B) ($6)


Total Two: 175

Total Overall without Mason Jars-$331 2 week Budget 150.50 weekly-this is with eating leftovers and does not inlcude taxes or the supplies below. Diapers and Wipes and Meds I subscribe to monthly and that is a budget of about $80.

I figure I may be off a bit here but at least I can cross reference it when after a month. I also need a few snacks in here for kids and juice boxes for when we go out.

This does not include toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, wipes and cleaning supplies. We will need a new broom and mop when we move in and shower curtain and rugs.

The only other list I need to put together now is our camping list. We were going to go for a week but I think in the end it will look more life three to four days. My husband can't get off his new job for more than a day or two. We have no idea how our little guy will do, he does love the outdoors though.
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