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May Update

Hello Everyone! And anyone who is still reading this…..

It is May! Halfway through May, actually. I have been gone for a long time, and I will continue to be gone because HOLY CRUD I’m busy!

My first semester is finished! I had 2 midterms and 3 final exams, along with countless essays, but I have succeeded in passing (and beyond) everything! I’ve started my second semester already, and am already a little bit behind (yay, progress!) so I’ll have to keep this brief.

I don’t even know the last time that I posted, but Ally and I went to the dentist back in April for a check up, and she has super awesome teeth! I, on the other hand, have subpar teeth and have already had a cavity filled ($115) and have an appointment that is up and coming for another two cavities to be filled in one go ($230). Yay for poor hygeine! Seriously, kids, brush AND floss. God, I suck at flossing. Why would I include the cost for these fillings? Why, because I am SUPER without benefits, and this is the actual cost out of pocket for me because I was brushing my back teeth poorly. I suppose.

I have received financial aid for going to school and such, and therefore have budgeted for the entire year. WITHOUT extraordinary expenses, I will have $66.24 left in January of 2014. *crosses fingers for no extraordinary expenses*

Edie (our dog) has just recently been to the vet to have some bloodwork done ($45) that will okay her for heartworm, tick, and flea medication ($190) for this summer, that the vet’s office has been kind enough to call me and let me know that I can come pick up and pay for it at my earliest convenience.

In better (although not cheaper $$$) news, both girls are starting soccer soon (which involves the purchasing of bus tickets for the days that Phil takes the car to work with him), we are planning the kids’ birthday parties for this summer, planning on attending the annual fair that we always go to, and have reservations for a campsite for our family camping trip this summer!

I found out recently that my common-step-sister-in-law is newly pregnant. Yay! Also, *jealous*. True story.

Immediately, Ally is at school, Kira is napping, and I am making flour tortillas so that we can have tacos for dinner. Seriously. If you want to try them, here’s the recipe that I found on the interwebs:

Other than my wrist hurting from using the rolling pin so much, they seem super tasty and easily roll-able. Wooooo!

I DO still think of you guys!

With love,



P.S. What happened to the Dashboard? Everything has changed!


The Groceries – Week One

Hullo September!

Our grocery budget for the month is $240.

Week one is the “big” shop, so it takes up a good portion of the budget. This has worked really well for us so far, so we’ve decided to stick with this plan for September.

If I get approved for financial assistance to ‘go to’ school then we will be able to increase our grocery budget a little and there’s a chance this feature will disappear.

In fact, there’s a chance I’ll be pretty scarce. The rare coffeepoweredmom sightings…. ooooooh. I’m not done yet though. I’ll still be moaning and giggling away at everything. Plus, I’ve got to run the occassional photo challenge (is this foreshadowing?).

Week One Groceries

  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 3 lb carrots
  • celery
  • bananas
  • 2 bags of mini boxed raisins (school is starting soon!)
  • 2 sticks of deodorant
  • 2 boxes of crackers
  • 6 bags of pasta
  • 2 packages of hot dogs
  • bag of oranges
  • one box of poptarts for a selfish mama after her kidlets go to bed
  • 2 bags of goldfish crackers
  • 3 bags of sliced lunch meat
  • 1.5 kilograms of grapes
  • 520 grams of broccoli
  • 6 boxes of cereal
  • toilet paper
  • 3 lb apples
  • 2kg bag of frozen corn
  • 1 bag of 1% milk
  • 1 bag of 2% milk
  • 18 eggs
  • 3 frozen pizzas (to prevent take out temptation)
  • one box of chicken nuggets
  • 2 bricks of cheese
  • salami
  • one jumbo box of ‘fruit and nut’ granola bars
  • 2 family packs of pork chops

TOTAL: $167.48

This leaves $72.52 for the rest of September. A daunting task for sure, but a lot of the foods (the lunch meats and granola bars, for example) are going to last more than one week. Week Two and Week Four should cost under $20 each for 4 bags of milk. That leaves a whopping $32.52 for Week Three which will be 4 bags of milk, apples and a couple of small things that we’ve run out of.

Cross your fingers!

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The Grocery Bill – Week Two

Remember the big-small-medium-small algorithm for this month’s grocery shops? That makes Week Two a ‘small’ shop.

Week Two Groceries

  • 1 bag of 2% milk
  • 1 bag of 1% milk
  • bottle of lemon juice
  • bottled water for Wonderland

TOTAL: $12.80

That leaves $108.46 for the remainder of August. That should include a medium shop and another small shop. I’m going to approximate $80 for Week Three and $25 for Week Four.

Chicken Noodle Soup

No picture again. I forgot. Sorry guys.

After you have eaten delicious roast chicken, and then picked chicken off and made homemade chicken salad – perhaps even for wraps – you will be left with a chicken carcass and some jellied chicken drippings. Dump everything into a pot and fill it with water. Place a lid on said pot and boil on 7 for 4 hours. Or more. You will need to top up the water every hour or so. This is good.

After you have boiled the living snot out of your carcass you will need to place a strainer in a large bowl, then empty the contents of the pot into the strainer. Once the pot is empty you may lift the strainer out of the bowl and return the broth from the bowl back into the pot. Cover the broth and leave the pot on the burner to simmer. For fun. Walk away from your chicken carcass for 30 minutes or more to allow it to cool down.

Once your carcass has cooled down, pick all of the good pieces of chicken off the bones. This will be really easy because boiling your carcass loosens everything. Discard bones, cartilage and fat. If necessary, tear meat into smaller pieces for soup. Add good meat to the broth and turn the burner back up to 7.

Finely chop: two onions, four stalks of celery, carrots, potatoes, anything that you enjoy in chicken noodle soup. Cover and allow to boil independently for 20 minutes or so. Add 2 cups of raw pasta to boiling soup and set timer for however long you cook your pasta for. I added small shells and boiled them for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and enjoy.


The Grocery Bill – Week One

Welcome to August! Home of the Big-little-medium-little shop algorithm! The plan this month is to have four weeks of grocery shopping, in which the first week is a big grocery shop (approximately half of the monthly budget), the second week is a small shop to pick up milk and apples, the third week is a medium shop which refreshes items such as cheese and vegetables, and the fourth shop is another small shop that simply picks up milk and apples. The theory behind this is that we can purchase enough items for two weeks worth of food at one time, with the exception of milk since I cannot fit 8 bags of milk in my fridge in one go.

Week One Groceries

  • green onions
  • 3 bags of chips
  • 4 cans of mixed beans
  • 3 avocados
  • celery
  • bananas
  • 6 bags of pasta
  • 12 bagels
  • aluminum foil
  • 7 boxes of cereal
  • 1.32 kgs of tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • ranch sauce
  • 860 grams of green peppers
  • 1.75 kgs of apples
  • one bag of rice
  • mayonnaise
  • cream cheese
  • 2 bags of 1% milk
  • 2 bags of 2% milk
  • 3 bricks of cheese
  • one box of baby spinach
  • 10 tortillas

TOTAL: $118.74

This leaves $121.26 for the remainder of August 2012.

Chicken Salad Wraps

Sorry. No picture.

To make a homemade chicken salad you simply pick the leftover chicken off the carcass from the whole chicken you roasted last night. You are trying for one cup of chicken. If you get two cups, simply double the recipe.

One cup of chicken. Add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, one stalk of chopped celery and 1/4 cups of chopped green onions. Mix. Voila!

To make tasty wraps simply lay a wrap flat, place fresh baby spinach along the center line, top with approximately 3/4 cup of chicken salad. Wrap and eat.

Trés simple!


The Grocery Bill – Week Five

I’m behind. But not dead. And if I ever quit blogging forever then I would write a farewell post….so I’ve just been busy and lazy.

Week Five Groceries

  • 2 bags of 1% milk
  • 2 bags of 2% milk
  • 18 eggs
  • 2.07 kgs of oranges

TOTAL: $27.10

The grocery budget this week (for the remainder of July) was $24.38, which means I went over budget $2.72 this month. That was a little disappointing a couple of weeks ago, but to be honest, I don’t really care. Less than three dollars is not a big deal for me. I’m lenient, what can I say.

For the month of August we will have a large shop on Week One, then a supplementary milk and apples shop for Week Two, a medium to large shop for Week Three, and a final supplementary milk and apples shop for Week Four. I think that this will allow us to stick to our budget more closely without feeling terribly restricted and hungry.

Sloppy Joes

A couple of weeks ago we had Manwich brand sloppy joes and they were mildly tasty, unfortunately my sloppy joe cravings had not disappeared with that one can of man but Phil pointed out that we could probably make it. Better.

Ka-chow! He was right!

This was really easy and tasty, and I will never be buying Manwich again. Sorry dudes.

First, brown one pound of ground beef. After the meat is fully cooked, add one chopped onion, two stalks of chopped celery and one chopped green pepper. Cook that all around for two or three minutes and then add half of a can of tomato sauce. I then added 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce and 1 tbsp of soy sauce. Sprinkle with garlic powder and chili powder and simmer until ‘sauce’ becomes chunky.

Serve on hamburger buns. Sloppily. Nom.

Stay tuned for more posts. I’m tryinnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg!!!!