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I am coming down with the mother of all colds, : so I am posting this weekend's assignment today.

Look through your grocery supply and choose 3 different convenience foods.(This can be anything from boxed pasta side dishes to store-bought cookies to cold breakfast cereal.) Can you make a similar version of these items? Can you use something else instead of any of these items? (Buttered noodles with herbs, homebaked cookies, oatmeal porridge are all cheaper than their store bought counterparts.)

Post your convenience food and your replacement.
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I would just count it, since you'll be using it for at least the first week of February. It's really just a tool to help you keep track of what you've spent for February, so that you can compare it to what you've spent for previous months.
Thanks for replying...I don't think I'll count it (talked to DH and he likened it to accrual and cash basis accounting) as we're sure to do other shops towards the end of months and obviously some of that food will be eaten in the following month...and anyway, if I count it, we'll never be able to compare it to January's grocery shopping...
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Huh?
I started a thread seeking advice on running a home.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=246768

This thread (frugal meal planning) is teaching me ALOT of what I need to know.......as well as my "teach me" thread. Hope that makes sense

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I started a thread seeking advice on running a home.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=246768

This thread (frugal meal planning) is teaching me ALOT of what I need to know.......as well as my "teach me" thread. Hope that makes sense
Looks like I can use that thread, fellow Nov 06 mama!
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Looks like I can use that thread, fellow Nov 06 mama!

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Did my shopping today, will start the menu plan tomorrow....
How did you make your shopping list before you planned your menues? (IOW, how did you know what you needed to buy at the grocery without planning out what you were serving?)
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How did you make your shopping list before you planned your menues? (IOW, how did you know what you needed to buy at the grocery without planning out what you were serving?)


I made my menu already, what I mean is now that I've done the shopping I'll start Using the plan and cooking those meals Sorry for the confusion!
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I am coming down with the mother of all colds, : so I am posting this weekend's assignment today.

Look through your grocery supply and choose 3 different convenience foods. (These can be anything from boxed pasta side dishes to store-bought cookies to cold breakfast cereal.) Can you make a similar version of these items? Can you use something else instead of any of these items? (Buttered noodles with herbs, homebaked cookies, oatmeal porridge are all cheaper than their store bought counterparts.)

Post your convenience food and your replacement.
Hope you are feeling better soon

We didnt have any convience foods in this weeks shop. Fruit, vinegar, veggies & greens. Oh and some milk too. My eldest two are no longer nursing...and I just am not prepared to pump 4liters for them
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Hope you are feeling better soon

We didnt have any convience foods in this weeks shop. Fruit, vinegar, veggies & greens. Oh and some milk too...
I'm taking some soup and bread over to her house this evening. (We've gotta get our guru well! )

We didn't have any convenience foods in this week's shop, either. (Gotta love sticking to the list! ) I just pulled three things out of my pantry (rice pilaf mix, cold cereal, and Costco muffins) and used those to do the assignment.
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I am coming down with the mother of all colds, : so I am posting this weekend's assignment today.

Look through your grocery supply and choose 3 different convenience foods. (These can be anything from boxed pasta side dishes to store-bought cookies to cold breakfast cereal.) Can you make a similar version of these items? Can you use something else instead of any of these items? (Buttered noodles with herbs, homebaked cookies, oatmeal porridge are all cheaper than their store bought counterparts.)

Post your convenience food and your replacement.
I hope you feel better!

I spent $59 on groceries today.: But, I was TOTALLY out of laundry detergent (that was $24.18 of the bill, so the food part was $34.82, and the laundry stuff should last over 2 months). Strictly speaking, I could have saved another $6.15, but I am feeling a little under the weather too, and am craving greens. But, I didn't buy a premixed salad, so that saved some money there!

I'm excited to see these assignments! I am starting to do exactly this! It feels good, like I'm on the right track! I am making my own bread (saving about $10 a week on that alone!), making my own salad dressing, my own cookies, etc.

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This will be challenging as we don't do convenience foods . I'm sure we have some cereal or something though, I'll have to investigate!

Hope you feel better!
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Thanks for the instructions for the salmon patties, I'll put those on next weeks menu and see how they turn out.



Another question:
Clementines! Delicious stuff, clementines. But ds and I are the only people who eat them in this house, and I don't know anyone else who wants any or I'd share. Why oh why do they only come in those boxes? It's too many for us. No matter how much we love them there are only so many clementines we can eat every day!
So any brilliant ideas on something to do with them, so we don't end up wasting them? Do they freeze well at all, if I peeled and seperated them? We're not really fans of fruity glazes here so I won't be using them on any meats or anything like that. I want to save them before they go bad.
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Do you think you could squeeze Clementines? I love them also, but have never tried squeezing them.

We have a tangerine tree in our backyard. We were overwhelmed with tangerines this year. At the end of the season, we squeezed all the tangerines left on the tree and got about 1.5 gallons of juice! With only DH and I, there was no way we were going to drink it all. But DH had the brilliant idea of making popsicles. We had only one popsicle mold, 8 at a shot, it was taking too long to freeze them. I think I have about 24 frozen in the actual mold. So we froze it in ice cube trays with toothpicks for sticks. I believe I have close to 70 of the ice cube ones. We also bought those plastic cups for bathroom dispensers -- they hold about 2 oz -- and froze more juice in those with a wooden popsicle stick. We got nearly 50 of those. And we still had 2 quarts of juice to drink for the week!!

The tangerine popsicles are absolutely delicious! Everyone I offer one to expects them to be kind of ordinary, like a store bought popsicle. But they are so much better than that.
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Whenever we did our grocery shopping DH went too and we got stuff not on the list and forgot a couple key things on the list. : However, we did not make another trip to get the items I forgot. I've just altered the menu and have been actually using up a little more stuff from the pantry then I would have orginally.

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Breakfasts: pancakes, oatmeal, grits, eggs, yogurt, toast

L: Mac-n-cheese w/ chopped veggies
D: Chili and cornbread

L: LO mac-n-cheese
D: LO chili

L: Rice and stirfried veggies
D: Gorditas, corn

L: LO gorditas
D: Tilapia and steamed veggies

L: tuna sandwiches
D: baked chicken quarters

L: chicken wraps
D: Lentil soup

L: LO soup
D: Speghetti, corn



We went shopping last night. Didn't go so well. Spend around $45. Didn't adhere to the list at all. I guess after going through our pantry, we realized that we didn't have a whole lot, so we did some restocking. But the next couple weeks should be considerably lower.

As far as convience foods, I didn't buy any granola bars last night, and will be attempting to make them this afternoon. I also passed by the bread and will be attempting to make some this weekend. And I convinced DH to skip the Swiss Miss hot cocoa packets, and made a big jar of ready-to-use mix using cocoa, sugar and powdered sugar.

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Hope your feeling better Kathinynne

For my 3 convience foods I'm making cookies for lunches next week. I've got beans soaking (save the canned ones for ER) and I was thinking about muffins to replace granola bars. Unless VaMountainMama has a quick and easy recipe you want to share??: And may I add VaMountainMama making your own hot cocoa is very smart. (Do you not use powdered milk?) If not I'd love to hear about that one also. TIA
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Unless VaMountainMama has a quick and easy recipe you want to share??:
I'd like to know too
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Me too! :

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I'm starting late, but I want to join in.... We're trying to eat whole foods and mostly organic, and it's not too cheap : I'm a little lost, so hopefully this thread will help!

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3 things I could make

-BBQ sauce (?)
-Grate my own Parmesan cheese (though I swore before it was worth the money to buy the grated!)
-Bottled spaghetti sauce - I usually just add fresh veggies to the jarred kind but I could do it all from scratch I guess if it was cheaper?

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Well I posted this but now I don't see it.

I spent $89 for the 3 of us. That is a ton compared to what most of you are spending but its less than what we normally spend.
However, I didn't have much in the pantry or freezer.

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Ok, for assignment #3, I'll make-
homemade crackers
homemade hummus
homemade chili

Can't wait to make the crackers, they're mostly for ds, but we buy them all the time.
I've made hummus before, but lately I've been buying it.
I've always wanted to make chili and never have. I LOVE Amy's brand spicy chili, so I'm going to attempt to make something similar!

This week I made our bread and tonight I made vegan 'Jungle Bars" kind of like banana bread with oats, choc. chips, coconut, and almond. Turned out so good, but I used up the rest of my maple syrup in them, which is pricey, oh well. Still cheaper then buying a similar item at the market!

My husband spent about $25 on groceries today, he stuck to the list
2 lg. containers of rice milk (has anyone ever made rice milk???)
2 packs of fresh mushrooms
2 bags of choc. chips (for homemade treats)
2lbs rice
half & half (for his coffee at home)
earth balance margarine
water

We only need a couple other things to get us through next week, mainly celery (which I love), and grapes (which ds loves)

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wife&mommy: don't feel bad! We just spent $94 on the 3 of us (well more than that but that's what we spent on food) but included in that was several organic chicken breasts that will go into the freezer (on sale!) dark chocolate bars (also on sale...we're trying to have that be the only "sweets" in the house) and fresh veggies for juicing...

*green*faery*: please share your cracker recipie...DS is addicted to all things crunchy and I'd love to make my own. tomorrow I'm planning on making my own veggie chips (carrot and sweet potato) for the first time...wish me luck as I am COMPLETELY new at this whole cooking from scratch thing!

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wife&mommy: tomorrow I'm planning on making my own veggie chips (carrot and sweet potato) for the first time...wish me luck as I am COMPLETELY new at this whole cooking from scratch thing!
How do you make veggie chips?!?! Share, Share please:
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*green*faery -- I have some recipes for nut milks. I'll check the cookbook and see if there is also a rice milk recipe in there.
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3 convenience foods I have in my pantry:

SpaghettiOs
Stove Top
Apple Jacks

Substitutions:
A concoction my kiddies call "Mommy macaroni"
Stuffing from scratch
Oatmeal? I can't very well make Apple Jacks, but think oatmeal would be a great substitution...
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