Notes at the start of the week: The meal plan this week demands very few purchases from the store. In fact, if we decided to skip the weekly pizza, I could stay away from the store altogether, but I don’t mind going, as small trips make it easy to motivate myself to either walk or bike. Some of the ingredients will involve a trip to the winter farmer’s market, so that’s another easy bike ride motivator :)
Notes at the end of the week: Not much to add at the end of the week.
- Breakfast: I had the last slice of crustless pumpkin pie before weightlifting. Afterwards I had bacon, eggs, and toast. The kids had the last of the pumpkin bread and then fruit.
- Lunch: I cleaned out some sausage and cheese that we’d had leftover from a party a couple weeks back. I then had leftover grassfed sirloin, some (tiny) carrots harvested from a forgotten section of the garden, and an apple. Alpha had Ida Red applesauce with granola. Beta and Gamma both had sausage and cheese with ranch sandwiches.
- Dinner: Made skillet baked ziti, or “cheesy pasta” as we call it here.
- Breakfast: I had bacon, eggs, and toast. Alpha had yoghurt with strawberry jam, granola, and honey. Beta requested crepes. Gamma had an apple, followed by various snacky things.
- Lunch: Only had enough bread for one sandwich. Gamma doesn’t care for crepes, so I made him grilled cheese, followed by warming up crepes for the rest of us to have as lunch.
- Snack: Made popcorn
- Dinner: Made quesadillas and lentil-rice burritos with filling I found in the chest freezer from several months ago.
- Breakfast: I had eggs and toast. Alpha and Gamma both had apples. Beta had a leftover crepe.
- Lunch: I had leftover burritos, then snacked (too much) on some granola. Kids all had grilled cheese followed by some snacky things.
- Snack: Don’t remember
- Dinner: Made salmon turnovers. Served with snap peas we froze back in summer.
- Breakfast: I had eggs and toast. Alpha had yoghurt. Beta had a leftover crepe. Gamma had an apple.
- Lunch: I had a mix of things: leftover burrito, mashed winter squash, and applesauce. Alpha had applesauce with granola, Beta had a sausage and cheese sandwich. Gamma had snacky things.
- Dinner: Made grilled cheese for the kids and then sent them downstairs so we could have an at-home “date night”. Grilled pork steaks, made blue mashed potatoes (not impressed by the blue potatoes). Made an apple-pumpkin galette for dessert, which was quite good.
- Breakfast: I had bacon, eggs, and toast. Alpha had applesauce with granola. Beta requested crepes again, so I had to make a fresh batch. Gamma had graham crackers.
- Lunch: I had leftover pork steak with mashed squash and then a piece of the galette. Alpha had pork with mashed potatoes, Beta and Gamma had grilled cheese. All 3 followed lunch with grahams, ritz, and goldfish.
- Dinner: Pizza night!
- Breakfast: I knew I was biking to the farmer’s market in a snowstorm and would expend a LOT of energy between that and shoveling afterwards, so I added a piece of pumpkin bread to my usual bacon, eggs, and toast breakfast. Kids had pumpkin bread so that Alchemist could sleep in while I was out.
- Lunch: I had an apple, then two leftover crepes, then some leftover pizza. Kids had fruit and leftover pizza.
- Dinner: Made calzone for a change of pace from pizza. One was pepperoni and cheese, the other was pepperoni, mushrooms, and cheese. The pepperoni is from our local butcher and the mushrooms were one of the things I went to the farmer’s market in a snowstorm for. Turned out really good!
- Breakfast: Kids had pumpkin bread. I had some too, but then made a leek and mushroom omelette to share with the Alchemist. Really good! Leeks are growing on me. Alongside a new appreciation for frying/bell peppers, they’re one of the few new pieces of produce the CSA did win me over on.
- Lunch: Served some quick bites to eat after the rest of the family got back from church so that the kids and I could head right back out and enjoy some rare November sledding before the Packers game at 3:30.
- Dinner: Leftover calzone
Notes at the start of the week: We have a jam-packed fridge full of fruit and veggies to play with. I haven’t been very good about eating/serving veggies, but this week will involve some experiments. Roasting broccoli, figuring out whether I do (or do not) cauliflower. Trying beets and brussels sprouts. We’ll see how successful I am at the end of the week. I’m specifically separating out my notes, unlike before, because I have found in past weeks that I’ll write many notes at the beginning of the week, only to find myself adding/editing at the end. I thought instead it would be interesting to leave my start of the week notes unedited, that way we can see how the initial plan gets changed versus reality of mood, sickness, etc.
I inventoried our meat stash and I think we have a realistic 8-10 week supply of meat remaining. Our previous pork purchase is a special promo that runs in January with a delivery out in March, so we’d have about a two month gap of returning to retail cuts of local meat. While this isn’t the ‘purest’ meat it’s the best we can afford in current budget constraints. The pigs are grain-fed but raised humanely with adequate space. There’s enough demand for local meats that I can acquire it economically at supermarkets, but instead I’m almost 100% decided I will fill the gap by ordering a 1/2 pig from a forage/pasture-based pork farmer that’s double the price, but I want to see if the quality is worth it, as ultimately I do want to have our dollars voting for pasture-based animal agriculture. This is assuming her lead time is still short. It was short the last time I spoke with her. I’ll have to get down to market either during the week or on Saturday to set it up and by a few other things from her.
Notes at the end of the week: With our overall cash reserves so low, I ended up deciding NOT to order the 1/2 pig right now. I’ll just wait for the promo we used last year, filling the gap if needed with retail cuts and ground meat. I had fun this week experimenting with apple varieties, but the only true win appears to be Ida Red sourced from our usual orchard. They’re like a late-season McIntosh for fresh-eating, though slightly sweeter. They make a delicious sweet-tart applesauce with a nice complex flavor and a brilliant pink color if you cook with the peels on and then mill out (the only sane way to make it IMO).
I also enjoyed biking over to the Milwaukee County Winter Farmer’s Market (Mitchell Park Domes, Saturdays 9-12:30). This is my first time over there, having just heard about it a few weeks ago. Saturday was only the second week it’s been open and it was packed. The parking lot there is rather large, but it was full, and I overheard numerous people saying they needed to walk multiple blocks. Of course, I was on my bike, so I got free VIP parking ;) Inside the space isn’t super large, so it was a little crowded but not terrible to move around in. Initially I hadn’t planned on buying anything (and only brought the one pannier) but when I saw vendors with eggs that weren’t sold out (rare at the summer markets) I bought a couple dozen. I also bought a handful of apple and potato varieties I’d not tried before. It will be interesting to see how the market evolves through the winter. Saturday mornings are a great time for me to get a bike ride in, and so far the market could be a good source of certain ingredients.
- Breakfast: I had bacon, eggs, and an apple. Kids had pumpkin bread followed by their choice of fruit (apples and also dried strawberries today).
- Lunch: I was hungry quite early, so snacked on some granola, dried apples, and a few spoonfuls of the first egg-based ice cream I’ve ever made as a ‘taste-test’. This was while I roasted some winter squash (a Delicata-esque variety), then roasted some broccoli. Alpha had leftover ham. Beta had a sausage and cheese sandwich.
- Snacks: I didn’t snack. The kids had some goldfish and grahams.
- Dinner: Grilled hot dogs and brats. Served them with oven potato fries and a platter of carrot and kohlrabi slices.
- Breakfast: I went off the deep end calorie-wise. Had apple pie, pumpkin bread, and still my usual full breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast. Kids had pumpkin bread with fruit.
- Lunch: I (not surprisingly) wasn’t hungry. Alpha finished off the last of the ham. Beta had her usual sandwich. Gamma really has had no interest in sandwiches lately, so I stopped forcing him to eat one and just let him snack on fruit and other things in place of a “lunch”.
- Snacks: Fruit, granola, grahams, goldfish, ritz and cheese.
- Dinner: Served leftover hot dogs and brats with fruit.
- Breakfast: I have just been having HUGE calorie cravings. Not sure why – maybe the cold weather? Had two slices of pumpkin bread before trying to workout. Muscles were sore, though, so I didn’t do my full routine. Afterward had my bacon, eggs, and toast. Kids each had a piece of pumpkin bread, then some asked for fruit or grahams.
- Lunch: Don’t remember
- Snacks: Don’t remember
- Dinner: Made a casserole with acorn squash, onion, and apple, topped with sliced leftover brats. At this point, I think we’re ready to give up on acorn squash. They’re just so bland.
- Breakfast: When I first woke up I had a couple slices of fresh bread with butter. Beta really wanted crepes, so I made a batch and shared that with her. The other two mainly had fruit and snacky things.
- Lunch: I had an apple and then a little of the leftover acorn squash casserole. Alpha was in an anti-sandwich mood and we compromised on granola. Beta had her usual sausage sandwich. Gamma asked for a peanut butter toast sandwich and then (per usual) only ate a little.
- Dinner: Wanted to do a “date night” for the Alchemist and I. So I made an early dinner of macaroni for the kids and sent them downstairs to the electronic babysitter. For our “date” I grilled a grass-fed sirloin steak, made mashed potatoes, broke into our stash of frozen snap peas for the first time since we froze them, and then made baked pears with a rum caramel sauce. The caramel sauce was a bit of a flop but everything else turned out well.
I have been bad keeping this up. Don’t remember what we ate except that we had our usual homemade pizza night for dinner.
- Breakfast: I had an apple, some freshly made Ida Red applesauce (new favorite variety!!!) and a piece of crustless pumpkin pie. Kids had pumpkin bread and fruit.
- Lunch: Had another apple. Tried cooking brussels sprouts a few different ways and hate them every single way. Tasting them I also realized how close to cabbage they are. Cooked cabbage makes me violently ill and sure enough as the day went on I became increasingly nauseous, eventually going to bed early with fever-like chills. I had a small bowl of leftover squash and sausage casserole while the sprout experiments were cooking.
- Snacks: I tried eating a couple different things to settle my stomach, like toast and ritz.
- Dinner: Made pizza again.
- Breakfast: The kids never eat the leftover crepes when reheated, so I killed off the last two, filled with more of the Ida Red applesauce. Also ate another slice of pumpkin pie. Kids had pumpkin bread.
- Lunch: The Packers game was on, so we let the kids snack throughout the day as they asked instead of serving a standard meal. I was quite hungry after a bike ride, though, so I made bacon and toast, sharing a large omelette with the Alchemist.
- Snacks: fruit, goldfish, ritz, cheese, grahams.
- Dinner: Made grilled cheese for the kids. The Alchemist and I had leftover steak with a variety of small sides that were filling up the fridge, like mashed potatoes, carrots, etc. Had some heavy cream that wasn’t enough to make another pie with, so instead I whipped it with the immersion blender to serve with pie for dessert.
With the new month, we did our normal Costco stocking up. We’ve still got two more CSA deliveries giving us veggies, so I haven’t felt the burning desire to get over to the one farmer’s market still open, but with the nice weather this week I wanted to try biking over. I was a bit disappointed that no one seems to have any unusual potato or squash varieties, though I did buy a small Hubbard to experiment with, as I’ve never cooked with one before. We also bought the last local pears I could find, and two varieties of apple we’ve never tried before – Wolf River for baking, Arkansas Black for fresh eating. Beta was pleasantly surprised that one vendor still had watermelons, which quite surprised me, though the farmer said they were on their last bin from the harvest.
On the weekend I also made what will be our last trip to the orchard. I got a few more Honeycrisps but also got a bushel of Ida Red. Turns out I really like this variety! I haven’t cooked with it yet (it’s supposed to be quite good for sauce and pies) but it’s also an excellent fresh-eating apple, somewhat reminiscent of a McIntosh.
- Breakfast: I had a slice of crustless pumpkin pie while doing weightlifting. Afterwards had eggs with toast. Beta requested crepes so I made a half batch. Alpha and Gamma both had apples and grahams.
- Lunch: I had leftover pork and roasted carrots, then a slice of pumpkin bread. Alpha and Beta had sausage and cheese sandwiches, Gamma had a peanut butter sandwich with sausage and cheese on the side.
- Snacks: Don’t remember
- Dinner: We had leftover one-pot beef and mushroom stroganoff.
- Breakfast: I had the last piece of pie, eggs with toast, and an apple. Kids had pumpkin bread.
- Lunch: I had cole slaw (cabbage, carrot, apple) and then applesauce with granola. Kids had sandwiches.
- Snack: I had some pumpkin bread after we got back from biking to the farmer’s market. Kids had goldfish while biking.
- Dinner: Roasted a shank ham. Delicious. Served it with mashed potatoes and sauteed broccoli.
- Breakfast: Had a piece of toast early while weightlifting, then a leftover crepe with apple butter and yoghurt with granola. Beta had the other leftover crepe, all 3 had the last bits of pumpkin bread, and then some fruit. Alpha and I sampled the new batch of yoghurt, and a new granola recipe.
- Lunch: I had an apple, a pear, and a piece of toast with summer sausage, cheese, and homemade Dijon mustard on top. Alpha wanted applesauce with granola, Beta had a sausage and cheese sandwich, and Gamma had a peanut butter sandwich with sausage and cheese on the side.
- Snacks: My eating got a little out of control, several pieces of pumpkin bread, some beer, and a couple sleeves of Ritz crackers.
- Dinner: Served leftover ham and mashed potatoes. Compensated (partly) for my bingeing in the afternoon by eating very little for dinner myself.
- Breakfast: I had eggs with toast and then a bowl of applesauce and granola. Kids had pumpkin bread with fruit (more watermelon, plus later on some apples and pears).
- Lunch/snacks: We made spontaneous plans for the Alchemist to take a 1/2 day and surprise the kids by coming home early. We then headed out to the free day at the public museum that Kohl’s sponsors. I overate when we got home and skipped dinner.
- Dinner: Neither Alchemist nor I were terribly hungry, so I let the kids request a dinner – made scratch macaroni and cheese.
- Breakfast: Kids had pumpkin bread early. I had an apple. Invited my parents and a visiting aunt over to a mid-morning breakfast after they went to church. Served crepes with the following options: butter, powdered sugar, homemade yoghurt, homemade apple butter, and homemade strawberry jam.
- Lunch: Alpha and I both had some ham. I also had a toasted sausage and cheese sandwich with Dijon. Beta had a sausage and cheese with ranch sandwich, Gamma had his usual peanut butter with sausage and cheese on the side.
- Snack: Kids had fruit.
- Dinner: Pizza night!
- Breakfast: I had bacon, eggs, toast, and an apple. Can’t remember what the kids ate.
- Lunch: Wasn’t feeling the greatest mid-day so I had a small portion of the roasted kabocha squash (home-grown) that I pureed for using in pumpkin recipes.
- Snack: I didn’t snack.
- Dinner: Leftover pizza.
- Breakfast: Had oatmeal, toast, and an apple.
- Lunch: We had a family party with lots of food on offer. We contributed pumpkin bread.
- Dinner: I made grilled cheese for myself and the kids. The Alchemist wanted pasta, so I made a batch that will serve her for several lunches this week.
I’ve written a lot recently about our laying in supplies during October and won’t repeat myself. I stayed under our $700 budget, though I was hoping to a bit further under to start saving for our next big purchase (pig).
The biggest feature of this month financially was a massive repair bill for the car. Large expenses like this will probably be indicative of the next few years as we balance increasing savings with needs (deferred maintenance and repairs) and wants (travel and some technology upgrades) that we’ve put off for so, so long out of necessity. It’s not what I would call frugal fatigue. We’re in a transition period between frugality out of necessity (and minor spending stupidity) to frugality by choice, and we’re navigating the waters of spending for now versus spending for the short and long terms.
After the repair bill, I still wanted the debt payoff win I’d been looking forward to for this month (knowing it was a triple pay period), so I somewhat recklessly drew down our cash reserves to throw some $ at loans. I’m a little uneasy after the fact, but the payment had already cleared before I realized I’d made a stupid mental math error. Oh well, we’ll be fine, just cutting things a bit closer to the edge than I prefer :) Note: that payment won’t clear until November, so it will show up in next month’s report.
- Cars ($2,279): This was almost entirely a repair bill for long-deferred maintenance on our sole car. The suspension was almost completely rebuilt and, at 155K miles, we didn’t know if the timing belt had ever been replaced by the original owner, so we replaced that to be sure. I’d like to keep this van running for another 3-5+ years, around which time we’ll have enough cash saved to buy a replacement, or to go back to being a 2 car family.
- House Bills ($1,635): This includes an Amazon Prime renewal that I need to hound family for reimbursement on, since we share it with other members. Our utilities were also higher this month as I forgot to pay last month’s bill, forgetting this is one of the few bills that doesn’t have an auto-pay option. This includes $192 of principal payoff. Tax and property insurance is $265.
- Health and Wellness ($1,007): The out of the ordinary expense here was a dental maintenance visit for the kids ($630), which came out of the HSA. The old HSA account is mostly depleted. The new one is being kept off-budget, since it will (hopefully) be primarily an investment account except in years with very bad medical expenses.
- Food Related ($622): Nothing much to comment on.
- Debt ($564): This includes $470 of principal payoff.
- Kids ($183): Main expense here was paying for this school year’s religious ed classes, partially discounted by the Alchemist being a teacher in the program.
Spending Adjusted for Savings: $5,581
FI “burn rate”* = $4,945.86
The goal is for November to be a quiet spending month. In a lot of ways, it needs to be, since I pulled our cash reserves down so low and our paycheck deduction savings (HSA and 401(k)) are quite aggressive. Transition periods are exciting but also nerve-wracking on occasion. We’re very close to some major reductions in fixed expenses.
*All non-debt livings expenses.
Last week of October. More living off the pantry. Baking as a nice creative outlet. I know we’re going to run out of certain foods, but I’m making the decision to halt any further stocking up so we can start saving up for our next bulk meat purchase. As I noted in my “State of the Larder”, I have enough data to plan 2016 rather well assuming the planned $700/month budget ends up being sufficient cashflow. Right now I’d rather risk running out of local foods and falling back on the supermarket system rather than overbuying and having things spoil, or financially overextending ourselves.
I’m calorie counting right now. I want to change my body composition to approach 15% bodyfat, which will probably net some weight loss (maybe 10-20 more pounds?), but my main goal in calorie tracking is to avoid overeating, so my calorie limit is still fairly high (2500-3000 calories).
- Breakfast: I had a piece of pumpkin bread, then eggs with toast; Kids each had a piece of pumpkin bread.
- Lunch: I had leftover pork steak, butternut soup, and toast; Alpha had fruit; Beta and Gamma had sandwiches
- Snack: carrots, fruit, granola
- Dinner: Made quesadillas for Beta and Gamma, and tacos for the rest. Went off the beaten path by using surplus leeks, a can of tomatoes and some poblanos I roasted on the grill the night before as modifications to the recipe.
- Breakfast: I had oatmeal with honey and dried cherries; Kids had pumpkin bread and fruit
- Lunch: We all had grilled cheese sandwiches. I also had some almonds.
- Snack: fruit, grahams, granola.
- Dinner: Went to a party for our niece. Had excellent grilled chicken thighs and drumsticks, I brought purple cauliflower and romanesco from our CSA box to share. My sister turned it into a nice dish, steamed with sunflower seeds and raisins.
- Breakfast: Everyone had pumpkin bread and some apples; I also had a bowl of oatmeal with honey and dried cherries.
- Lunch: We all had grilled cheese sandwiches except Gamma, who wanted peanut butter. I also had some apple crisp.
- Snacks: Kids had apples and grahams.
- Dinner: made a fresh batch of tortillas, then used up the last of the taco filling from Monday making tacos and quesdaillas. Some folks also tried the crustless pumpkin pie I made, which was pretty good.
- Breakfast: I had a piece of toast and a sliver of pie when first waking up, then slogged through a pile of dishes to wash. Later I had oatmeal.
- Lunch: Made quesadillas with the leftover tortillas for the kids. Alpha and Beta were hungry enough to also have grilled cheese, which I had as well.
- Snacks: granola, yoghurt, applesauce, fruit, grahams
- Dinner: Roasted a bone-in pork loin. Turned out okay, a little dry. Served it with mashed potatoes and carrots I roasted alongside the meat so the drippings would flavor them, which I liked, but no one else did.
- Breakfast: I was feeling quite hungry during my weight-lifting session, so I calorie binged on some apple crisp. Alpha and Beta requested crepes, their first hot breakfast request in forever, which I joined them in having. Gamma just wanted his usual apple and grahams.
- Lunch: I had leftover pork, potatoes, and carrots.
- Dinner: Pizza night!
Went on kind of a food and drink bender for Halloween. Ugh.
- Breakfast: I had two pieces of toast, needing something bland after yesterday’s excesses. Alpha had applesauce with granola, Beta had peanut butter toast, Gamma had an apple. Later in the morning I also had some applesauce with granola.
- Lunch: I had leftover pork roast, carrots, and mashed potatoes. Alpha had grilled cheese, Beta and Gamma had the last slices of homemade pizza.
- Snacks: fruit, goldfish, grahams, ritz w/cheese and summer sausage.
- Dinner: One-pot beef stroganoff.
Lacking a good data point for 1) how much we eat of staple foods through winter and 2) how things store I’ll likely not be making any more large food acquisitions excepting meat. I could score more local apples in quantity, but I’ll limit myself to what we’ll use for fresh eating and baking in November, December, and maybe January. I could also easily acquire more squash and root veggies among other late fall/winter crops, but we’ve got a lot already in the house and I’d rather take the risk of avoiding waste, even if we end up needing to fall back on the non-local food system during winter.
To give an idea of the food I’ve amassed going into the lean times, I’ve broken it down below. Some things we already know we’ll want more of (dry cherries particularly) next year but others I don’t have a good idea about.
I think I’ve struck a good balance between scoring good deals on prime, in season produce, and not over-extending financially or oversupplying leading to waste. A verdict update at Beltane (May 1st) will show how we did, but I’m sure I’ll have remarks in the ongoing budget locavore series.
- Honey (local) – 1.5 gallons
- Wheat (hard red winter) berries (bought via a co-op from Montana) – approx 280 pounds
- Oats (rolled) (bought via a co-op from Iowa) – approx 290 pounds
- Apples (all sourced locally)
- Apple butter – 10 pints
- Apple chips – 18 gallon bags
- Applesauce – 34 quarts
- Cherries (sourced semi-locally ~60 miles away)
- Dried – 5 pints
- Frozen – 1.5 gallons
- Pears (all sourced locally, we’ve kept most for fresh-eating)
- Preserves – 4 half-pints
- Strawberries (all sourced locally)
- Jam – 3 pints
- Dried – 3 quarts
- Green beans (all garden) – 3 quarts dry
- Peppers (mild) – 1/2 gallon dry diced
- Potatoes (some garden, the remainder local) – approx 80 pounds
- Snap Peas (some garden, remainder local) – 3.5 gallons frozen
- Tomatoes (approx half garden, half sourced locally) – 32 quarts of canned crushed/sauce base, 25 quarts of dry for rehydrating into sauce or using in sun-dried pesto sauces.
- Winter Squash (some garden, the remainder local) – 63 assorted (mix of medium varieties like acorn, buttercup, butternut, and a few others)
- Zucchini (all garden) – 10 quarts of dry chips, 52 cups of frozen shredded
Another week of living off the pantry though I ended up deciding to bike to Costco on Sunday to get a couple things we were running very low on, instead of waiting until next month to restock. Had a bummer when I discovered one of the pumpkins we’d bought was severely rotten already. There must have been a flaw or bruise I’d missed when I purchased it. I’ve never seen a winter squash rot that fast.
I enjoy grilling this time of year even more than in the summer. There’s something about a combination charcoal and wood fire, fall colors, and the crisp air you only get this time of year that just works.
This day was basically shot because of getting our car to the mechanic, then the Alchemist needing to be somewhere right after work. Even worse, we were out of bread. Basically all meals until dinner were snacky things like homemade granola, commercial snacks like goldfish, grahams, or ritz, and fruit.
- Dinner: made kids grilled cheese sandwiches and whipped up a pot of pasta with tomato sauce for the Alchemist and I.
- Breakfast: Another chauffeuring day, so breakfast was fruit and snacky things.
- Lunch: Kids had sandwiches. I had a bit of roasted buttercup squash, eggs with toast, and then an apple.
- Snack: None of the kids finished their lunches, so no snack. I had a late lunch so didn’t need one.
- Dinner: Made my pan-fried pumpkin pancakes with the buttercup squash I roasted.
- Breakfast: Beta had peanut butter toast, the other two had fruit. I had leftover pancakes from last night.
- Lunch: Kids had sandwiches. I wasn’t very hungry after the heavy pancakes at breakfast, so I just had some fruit and a piece of toast with apple butter on it.
- Snacks: Can’t remember
- Dinner: Made a curried butternut squash soup recipe which I liked and no one else did. I’ll make smaller batches for lunches next time.
- Breakfast: I had eggs with toast; Alpha had yoghurt with apple butter, honey, and granola then a pear; Beta had peanut butter toast; Gamma had an apple.
- Lunch: Kids had sandwiches, I had leftover butternut soup with a few crackers.
- Snacks: grahams, granola, fruit
- Dinner: Made what was intended to be pulled pork, but ran out of time to get it to 195F so we ate it as a delicious smoked roast instead. Served it with a large pot of mashed potatoes and an apple pie.
- Breakfast: I had eggs with toast, then a small amount of applesauce with granola; Alpha had a pear, apple, and grahams; Beta had peanut butter toast and a pear; Gamma had an apple and grahams.
- Lunch: I had the forgotten remnants of a acorn squash apple casserole I made for the family party way back last Sunday, some more butternut soup with some toast, and a bit of leftover pork; Alpha had pork and potatoes; Beta and Gamma both had peanut butter toast sandwiches.
- Snacks: granola, grahams, fruit, cheese.
- Dinner: Pizza night!
- Breakfast: I had eggs with toast; Alpha and Gamma both mostly had fruit; Beta had peanut butter toast.
- Lunch: I had leftover soup; Alchemist had leftover mashed potatoes; Alpha had leftover pork; Beta and Gamma had peanut butter toast
- Snacks: Fruit, granola, grahams.
- Dinner: Leftover pizza.
- Breakfast: I had oatmeal with dried cherries; Alpha had yoghurt with apple butter, granola, and honey; Beta had peanut butter toast; Gamma had an apple.
- Lunch: I had a big post bike ride lunch of granola with applesauce, leftover soup, and a piece of toast; Alchemist had leftover mashed potatoes; kids had sandwiches
- Snacks: Fruit
- Dinner: grilled some pork steaks, made mashed potatoes, and sauteed some broccoli.