We're doing okay. I think we're going to end up spending a little more than I wanted to, but we're still doing fine. I might shrink next month's food budget as well and see if I can do it that month, too.
I've been using up the ricotta in my fridge for homemade macaroni and cheese, so we had one meal for dinner the other night and there are 3 more in the freezer waiting for me. I need to make another batch to use up the rest of the ricotta next week. But this is also good because there's a bunch of pregnant mommies in my moms group, so I'll have something else ready to go for 'em if we decide to share that particular meal.
Just made banana bread today, made cookie bars yesterday, plan to make granola bars in a day or two, and there's something else I've got waiting in the wings... Oh, homemade goldfish crackers
! My 3yo is so excited about these, except I've only got a dog bone and moon cookie cutter. But he'll definitely be fine with those. I just hope the recipe turns out as good as I hope.
I'm also gearing up for our garden. Saw a tip somewhere about using old (plastic) milk jugs as little planters. I'm all over that, and now my kitchen is littered with rinsed juice and milk gallon jugs. Need to find a home for them until I have enough to make it worth dh pulling out a power tool and decapitating and drilling them. Still working on figuring out drip irrigation though... Since we're so into our garden and making it better, we've been putting aside money every month for more supplies and seeds and such - pretty much all we started with is a sad old raised bed the former owners half-assed.
Besides, if I'm going to grow something, it's going to be useful, not frou-frou pretty. Our only nods to frou-frou are leftover rose bushes that we totally ignore besides pruning and french marigolds to help with some pests. I'm such a spoilsport.