Joshua finally found a use for all the baby food jars. Seed starters. Squash and zucchini and cucumbers. Except he forgot to label the jars and can’t remember which is which.
Oh, well. The girls and I planted these this weekend. In the rain. He tried to recover from the stomach bug (yeah, that’s still lingering around) and went to a community theater board retreat.
I went to the grocery store with all four (again, in the rain) because I’m evidently an eternal optimist who really believes each time will be better than the last. Four doughnuts, $75, and one inappropriate response to the lady who thought I was pregnant later, I decided to stop letting my menu plan control my life.
Speaking of menu planning, I’m trying to get an even tighter grasp on our even tighter grocery budget by planning for two weeks worth of meals at a time. Any tips? I’ve found endless planners on Pinterest, but I have yet to really be able to make this work for me. Primarily because I actually like to grocery shop, hence the eternal optimism.
But I like to cook and I like to plan and so menus work well for us. I also like to coupon and watch sales cycles and I’m coming around to price matching, and since the grocery store is the ONLY retail therapy I get these days, I’m try to work it to my advantage.
I found this today the moment I clicked into Pinterest for the first time in a couple weeks. I love it when everything I’m looking for is in one place.
Source: moneysavingmom.com via Chris on Pinterest
Source: moretobe.com via Chris on Pinterest
The planning served us well last week when we were busy helping with the annual spring musical at my old school. For me, right now, the best part of theater is that it’s a family affair. I helped direct, Joshua set up lights, and the big girls danced in the show.
It was also Gus’s first birthday last week. Unfortunately for him, we spent it in dress rehearsal. But that was probably best. It’s been a difficult milestone for me to wrap my mind around.
He’s happy. He’s beautiful. He’s a precious gift, a realization that is all the more foremost in my mind as of late.
Many of us are sharing heavy hearts right now, and right now, I am only finding comfort in the precious words of the Lord. I will never understand His ways, but I will choose to trust His hand.
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What a great way to recycle all those baby food jars! The girls will love seeing the veggies grow!
One thing that has helped me with menu planning is to have a few freezer meals on hand that I can throw in the crockpot. I usually take some time after I buy groceries to prepare and freeze these meals. Some of our favorites are beef stroganoff (it only takes 15 minutes to prepare the noodles to go with it), chili (add the toppings!) , Mexican chicken (good on its own or in a wrap as leftovers), taco soup, and potato soup. I store them in gallon-sized freezer bags and label them, and then I post what I have on a whiteboard outside my freezer.