A Quick Update-Budget etc.

Last week got all screwed up, and we made a couple of late-week stops here and there, and right now we’re looking at $240 left in the food budget for the month. Considering that the beginning balance was $529, we’re $25 or so behind. I’ve got to see what we have on hand before I make the menu and grocery list for the week-I call that “thinking like a restaurant.”

I’m still working on how to map or graph the distances indicated by the package zip codes in the food inventory. My available time and tech skills are pretty shaky, so ideas are welcome. I’m also working on a more structured format for the blog itself, looking at a specific theme each day. We’re planning some interesting field work too, so keep an eye out for that.

Finally, thanks for stopping by and having a look. Drop me a line, even just to say “Hi,” if you have any questions about what I’m up to, or suggestions for how to do it. We’re all in this together.


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Welcome to one family's journey towards a smaller food-mile footprint on a small food budget. How do our choices affect the environment, and what influences our choices? Read on and find out what I'm learning.
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8 Responses to A Quick Update-Budget etc.

  1. Joyce says:

    Here is a recipe you might like, with locally acquired ingredients.
    WA State Fruit Hash
    Combine and cook gently:
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 C ham, cubed
    1 onion, diced
    4 cups raw potatoes, diced or shredded
    Brown all in fry pan; add S & P to taste. Add fresh thyme if you have it; if not, don’t worry.
    Add last:
    4 cups chopped apples and pears, or other firm seasonal fruit. Cover pan and cook slowly about 5 minutes. Fruit should remain slightly crisp.
    1 tbsp butter
    1 tbsp apple cider

    Let me know if you like this. It is good for b’fast with some eggs, or any meal as is.

  2. Chris Cox says:

    Hi. Saw this over on Simple Living dot net. Very interesting blog. I am a SAHD and I shop on a budget. I like your cooking and shopping tips. Just thought I’d say hello and thanks for posting.

  3. To obtain the distance between two zip codes: Go to Mapquest and click on distance.
    Enter the zip codes for the beginning and ending locations. Click enter. You can also obtain the mileage cost by entering mph.

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