This post was written by Mrs. HB.
Well you knew this day would come and since its summer and everyone is so busy doing outdoor stuff (as it should be), I am backing off a little and going to start writing monthly updates. I can’t believe that it has been 4 and 1/2 months that we have been on this journey! Can you? Time flies for sure and faster and faster as I get older! So from this point forward I will only be writing a monthly update on the first Monday of each month.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about why I am how I am. That can go pretty deep and I think I will stay away from trying to analyze myself on a public forum. However, I am quite intrigued that I do some of the things I do and was wondering if other people do them as well.
For instance, take evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. I am not a baker, although I make a mean cheesecake. My only connection to these two items is that my Mom told us as kids stories of her DRINKING sweetened condensed milk as a treat and in hard times they may only had evaporated milk to drink. Don’t know why. Maybe the cows ran out of milk during a drought or something.
However since I have been buying my own groceries, I have ALWAYS had a can or two of both types of canned milk on hand ready to be used. It would be fine if I used them on a regular bases but I don’t. In fact when I have the occasional need to use one of them the expiration date is almost always expired. Yet I go to the grocery store and purchase another can or two. Just to leave them on the shelf for the next discovery of expiration.
So thinking of my budget I am asking myself why? Its the same thing with cheese and crackers. Or a better example is Pick a Peppa sauce and cream cheese. You know for when that occasional guest drops by unannounced and you need to have something to offer them to eat. But it just doesn’t happen here like in the south or maybe the times, but I still have it on hand . It seems when I clean out the frig I always end up throwing out 3/4 a bottle of Pick A Peppa sauce. Though to its credit does have a long self life. but the cream cheese is a goner or the kids have eaten it on something and therefor negates the reason I had it in the first place.
So I say pause and think Why? Habits probably…. cultural? Maybe but it also makes me question why I am not baking more and why aren’t friends just popping by like OLD times? Let’s ponder on this one for a while.
Totally off subject……of my deep reflection I did very well on my budget this week. Only spent $48 at grocery and no Costco for me. I did have to provide buns and beans for a baseball pot luck. I found the beans on sale at FM for 3 for $5 and one was on the dented clearance bin! Yay. HB hubby bought the buns … for course form Costco. But I didn’t go!
I was also able to make and freeze bean and sausage and a meat spaghetti . Two nights each for later stressful evenings. I have to say this has become a nice unintended habit for me. When I have time and the ingredients, I will make meals for sometime in the future.
Lets face it as much as I LOVE my day cooking with Ms Mavis that isn’t reality. We have to make it happen when we can. So that’s what I have started to do. I will still plan other meals too but this is like an insurance policy just in case I can’t cook on that special day. With baseball and 4H season this has become more the norm. Weekends are meant for family so I do what I can do when I can do it. But have that plan and still shop once a week.
Well expect this week. HB daughter had extensive oral surgery. I knew if I shopped too early HB boy and Hubby would dive in so I waited and went on a special day and bought all her soft liquid foods. I know I should puree everything….. but I didn’t. Good thing I have that slushy fund. 😉 FYI she did very well and is recovering nicely.
Random thought….. I love nature but am learning to hate deer!!!!! They keeping eating my apple tree. Help!
Until first Monday of June,
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