Our Vegetable Delivery Is Back! So Excited to Be Planning Dinners Ahead of Time Now!

Every year we set up an organic vegetable delivery box, and I think I have written about it before. Well, the box is back now that it is the spring/summer season. It is a CSA program box that we get, and the produce is just so delicious!

I love to get enough veggies and fruits for a week, and then sit down and plan out what to cook.

Here is my list of produce that I got this week and what is left:

orange carrots – only 2 left now

red beets

purple kale

lettuce – 1/2 left now

garlic scapes – we like to grill them, will probably cook it tomorrow

mint

sunflower sprouts – not sure what to do with those

strawberries

radishes – we pickle those almost every time

curly leaf parsley – will most likely use this is salads, eggs dishes and soup

endive frisee – I am not a big fan of endive, will probably end up eating it myself

scallions – those are beasts, they are so gigantic

sugar snap peas – I almost forgot I got these babies, they are so fresh, ca’t forget to use them!

We also got some parmesan cheese, and here is the picture of all of this goodness

CSA vegetable delivery

 

Look at this quality. I find you just can’t get that from the stores. This box is direct from the farmers, and the quality never disappoints. So happy we have signed up this year again, and it is actually such a great deal moneywise – I find for the quality that we get, this is an incredible and very affordable deal. I think the produce costs cheaper than in stores, and there is no compromise in terms of the quality.

Do you receive a farmer box for vegetable/fruit delivery, or do you buy from grocery stores? Maybe you purchase your produce directly, or online, or do you plant and grow your own produce? Let me know in comments!

 

Meal planning and budgeting – results of December and 2015

budgeting for December and January, meal planning

So, here we have results of December so far – I have a lot of receipts to process, and I think I have already lost a lot, so my attempts of budgeting and following through with my budget are not working out all that well. Here are some of the reasons for it:

  • My husband does a lot of shopping on his own now as he is coming back from work. When he does it, he doesn’t bring back receipts EVER. I don’t know why, he stashes them away, loses them, and can never find them. It is always the same scenario – can I have the receipt? – I don’t have it. So, therefore, it is really difficult for me to follow through with the shopping he does. If I were to disregard all those shopping trips, I would be missing a lot of expenses, but at the same time there is no way for me to follow through those trips as I do not have access to credit card accounts as they are all online, and his accounts I just don’t follow. So, this has been a battle uphill, with no resolution in sight, and no way of getting this done properly as I am not able to get in my husband’s head and make him remember the receipts in any way.
  • Sometimes it is my own fault that I misplace receipts. When I get home from shopping we have so many tasks we need to take care of at that very moment when you have a little baby in the house, and you have to feed everyone else, and get some work done at the same time. All of the deadlines for projects that I have been having these past few weeks have been more so on my mind than logging in my receipts and purchases. I will try to do my best to be more organized but this has also been difficult, and I have only myself to blame. So, December has not been followed through as yet fully, but I will try to attempt again to log in what I can anyway here, and go from there.

Here are some receipts from December that I have found: $61.52 spent on food (Fred Meyer), $92 on Klesick Farms organic baskets we got in December. We went to Costco, and spent $56.45 on cleaning supplies there, and $388.84 on food. More food receipts, some mixed (we’ll assume we ate those pencils we bought).The total of these is $627.12 for food, and $56.45 on cleaning supplies. So, taking into account what I already had accounted for from my previous post, I am over budget by $476.19 on food so far, but under on cleaning budget at $215.31 right now. So, total for December I have spent $260.88 more than I have planned, and that is not even all of the receipts, holy cow! We did have various celebrations and large meals in December, hopefully, it will not be as bad in the next month.

Here is what I still have in my pantry, fridge and freezer from those trips – frozen cod, some cheese of various sorts, some frozen shrimp.

Here is what we have done so far in January in terms of shopping trips and deliveries of food:

Our dairy purchases for the month of January are here: $55.04

Our organic vegetable/fruit boxes so far this January = $68 for two boxes Jan 5 and 12.

My budget this month, or what’s left of it so far – $195.77 for food, and $268.12 on cleaning supplies

We ate out last Friday so far only I think, we went to Red Lobster, and it was epic, as always. The rest of the time we have been able to eat exclusively at home to keep the costs down. We went to a restaurant for lunch yesterday – had great burgers and fries, we liked them!

We haven’t really shopped that much. We went to QFC for some supplies, and to Costco just a few days ago, that’s it.

Here is what produce I have on hand for now:

Apples – 5 for snacks

Bosc pears – 2 – to make some dessert

Oranges – probably about 8

Mandarins – probably about 1/2 a bag

Bananas – 2 bunches

Kiwi – 3

Yellow potatoes

Red onions

2 spaghetti squash

1 watermelon

yellow bell pepper – 1

mushrooms – 1 box, to make into mushroom risotto

Romaine lettuce – for Caesar

tomatoes – 1

green cabbage – will make cole slaw, possibly borscht

English cucumber – to eat fresh, and pickle

zucchini

assorted pears/apples

Vermouth

Pita bread

Eggo waffles

mushrooms

Tiramisu

blueberries

blackberries

chicken drumsticks

Nutri-grain snacks

Pretzel rolls

Dino chicken nuggets

Ritz crackers

Croissants

Pinto beans

Wheat thins

red onions

chicken patties

rice rollers

chips

sweet potatoes

peanut butter

tortilla bread

 

Budgeting for December so far

I am trying to write everything down this month – what we eat, what we spend, what we do. I have been successful posting some of the meals, but not all, I will try to work on it!

Here is the breakdown of what we have spent so far this month – $116.31, $31.70, $45.68, $56.24

Here is what my budget looks like now – budgeted $800 for food, $300 for cleaning

Left for food – $550.07; left for cleaning supplies – $300. So far doing well with the budget!

Here is what I have from the last shopping trip still on hand –

salad mix

mushrooms

grapes

raw turmeric

persimmon – 2

celery root

turnips

pine nuts

yogurts

parmesan

sour cream

yogurt snack pack

some smoked salmon

4 packs of cream cheese

dijon mustard

butter

canned prunes

3 pears

some green apples

This coming week, on Tuesday I am expecting a new veggie delivery from Klesick Farms, hopefully will not disappoint. Here is what is going to be included in the box –

5 Cameo apples – for snacks

3 Concord pears – for snacks

1.5 lbs satsumas – for snacks

6 Russet potatoes – 2 meals of potatoes

1 5oz packet of spinach – 1 spinach meal

1 pack of green onions

1 green cabbage – 2 meals of sides

0.4 lbs of tomatoes – for salads

0.4 lbs of Bell peppers – for salads

Here is what I think I will be cooking this coming week, now this will be subject to change as I may consider some new recipes to try as well. We are mostly eating pork all the time now, which is great because it is just so delicious!

Saturday – celery root, turnip and apple slaw, mushroom side, salad with lettuce and veggies, start bread starter, bake chocolate cake with sour cream

Sunday –

Monday – bake cheesecake with cream cheese (need recipe)

Tuesday – baked potatoes, spinach side

Wednesday – mashed potatoes, salad

Thursday – cabbage slaw

Friday – hot cabbage slaw

Saturday –

Sunday –

Meal planning week of Nov 7-14

organic delivery in November

Confession: my brain can’t hold my meal planning any more, I have to write it down.

The positive: you get to read what we eat! Yey! Continue reading

Meal planning and budgeting – week in review

I was going to go to bed tonight, and then I didn’t. I have been working so hard today on this blog!!!!! And I am continuing!

This week in terms of meals didn’t quite go the way I planned, but I have been able to use a lot of my vegetables, which is great. On Saturday we went to an Everett Sausage Fest. We ate there – I had salmon, my husband had sausage, and our kids had pizza. We also enjoyed an elephant ear, and some candied nuts – what a treat. They have a great huge chestnut tree there in the vicinity, and that tree had so many chestnuts on the floor around it, and in such a windy day chestnuts kept falling off the tree, but we ended up not picking any up, unfortunately.

Then we went to our new Costco in Lynnwood that just opened – we were hoping to snag some free samples, but they had maybe 1-2 samples in the whole store, which is much less than we are used to, and crowds of people – everyone must have been looking for those samples! We spent a fortune there, but we needed it, so now I have some budget nicks to report – my budget is dwindling, and I still have 3 more weeks of October to go!

Here is what we have left now in the budget – $454.79 for food for the rest of the month. Also, 292.61 left in terms of cleaning supplies. I think at the end of the month we will switch to eating soap and laundry detergent according to my Math, right?

Here is what I still have left in my pantry to work with now –

Italian salami, pork tenderloin, bacon, lamb leg, chicken patties, limes, Parmesan, snacks, bread, coffee, coconut shrimp. I also have some move veggies and fruits left – sweet potatoes, red onions, apples, pears, cherry tomatoes, carrots, sweet and hot peppers, Asian pears, tomatillos, Italian basil

My menu for Wednesday – gnocchi and pork tenderloin roast with brown sage and butter

My menu for Thursday – lamb leg with pasta and new veggies from my new delivery

Will I have enough money to last me till the end of the month? Probably not, but I will be trying hard eating what I have – frozen food and pantry, as much as I can!