Tuesday, June 29, 2010

cooking and grocery shopping

Yesterday I went shopping without a list. I usually try to make a plan of meals for the week, and then make a list of the foods I will need. This time, I became uncomfortable in the house by myself, so I left before making a list. I went to Aldi, and bought stuff I knew we needed and what I know Alex likes to eat. I bought frozen chicken fingers-two different kinds, and cheap frozen hamburgers. Although I have not had to cook every meal for every day, I felt like a needed a break from "almost all from scratch" meals.

Last night was dirty rice mix from a box. It was tasty, but definitely super salty.

I made a list of all the food in the house. Well, I didn't actually inventory everything, I just did it from memory. I then took the list of foods (from the recent grocery trip, and what we already had) and made a list of meals possible from the food in the house.

I have found in the past month that we don't always stick to the plan. I have food on a certain day, and then I will change my mind and make something else. Or sometimes we go over to someone else's house for dinner, and so I don't make what I had originally intended. So this time I am just going to use my list of meals. I will have to think ahead because some of the meat is in the freezer, but defrosting something fairly quickly isn't the end of the world.

Aldi helps me from overspending. That's the danger of going shopping without a list. I just wanted a break. I know that this time it was OK, but I shouldn't make a habit of it.

A friend's mother said the other day that she didn't make a plan, she just bought what she knew her family would eat, and then she knew they would eat. That's how I shopped this time.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

weekend routine

Weekend mornings are pretty routine: get up, get all of Alex's food ready for his lunch and dinner, then get dressed while Alex makes breakfast. He usually gets leftovers for dinner. I ride with him to work, and then drive the car back to the house. I usually finish my coffee, read my Bible, and fight the temptation to eat whatever sweets are in the house.

This morning I came back and ate an apple-because apples are delicious, and they are healthier than the chocolate chip pan cookies I made. My second cup of coffee is calling my name.

This afternoon I am throwing a wedding shower for my best friend. She's getting married in August, and I am very excited for her. She threw a shower for me a while back, and it was incredible.

Since the church is throwing a separate shower for Bethany, I am throwing her one for family and friends. I am hoping and praying it all goes well. I've never done anything quite like this before, but baking mini blueberry muffins brought joy to my soul. We're playing off the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" saying. I think the idea is cute-I only hope it works well with a co-ed group of people.

What does the host wear to the wedding shower? I still haven't decided. I am not going to be the main attraction, but I should still look nice. Probably not that big of a deal, but I have still to make up my mind.

My second cup of coffee is still too hot, but I am looking forward to it. This morning is a two-cup coffee king of morning. Not bad, just sleepy. Gotta wake up before the drive to church this morning.

Continuing to strive for excellence in household management and planning.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A New Creation

Purpose of this blog: to record my life as a married woman and a child of God.

I have not moved far from my previous residence, but enough to have a fresh start. At this point, I have been married for just over a month. I am learning about cleaning, cooking, couponing and communication. Alliteration is also one of my favorites.

This is where I will be posting thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and daily musings. Feel free to come and go as you wish.

Comments are welcome but not needed. I will continue for as long as my last name is what it is-and that will be "till death do us part."