I've decided to start blogging my eating adventures. Mostly because cooking has become increasingly boring lately and this will add some excitement to my life. I'm not that girl who shares what she eats because I have an eating disorder. I don't believe in dieting. I think diets, like budgets, are lame and evil. On that financial note, some may consider me cheap and wonder why I can't afford regular food, this has nothing to do with that. Really I am just trying to be more resourceful so my money can be used for more important things. I decided to put cost next to my meals. If it is something I have in the pantry it's free which I realize isn't super accurate but going forward, if I grocery shop, I'll consider those costs.
On my sister's recommendation I stole the title from Carrie Sun's blog on hospital eating .

Sunday, September 30, 2012

end of september

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal ($0)
Lunch: 1/2 calzone ($0)
Dinner: Youth group...I brought root beer that someone sent me home with a few weeks ago. ($0)

monthly total: $76.33

Saturday, September 29, 2012

saturday morning meetings

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal ($0)
Brunch: I had to go to a lame-o meeting at 9am but there were some fruit trays involved. ($0)
Lunch: After the meeting I went to lunch and got a very delicious smoothie. ($5.62)
Dinner: Heather's house. ($0)

Friday, September 28, 2012


Breakfast: Baked oatmeal ($0)
Brunch/Lunch: I got to go to a super fascinating class put on by the IRS on Exempt Organizations. They had a very diverse fruit platters and mini cupcakes.  I figured we would go out to lunch but my coworker brought us apples, a huge hunk of cheese, a cutting board and a knife. ($0)
Dinner: My friends had Avenger movie night and food...I have to admit I was still a little full from the mini cupcakes. ($0)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

new favorite

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal ($0)
Lunch: Calzone ($0)
Dinner: My friends' son turned 4 so we had a party at NM's version of Chuck e Cheese, It'z. The food was not delicious and the ice cream machine was broken but I got to play Ski Ball...and fail miserably at DDR. ($0)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

smoke alarm

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal ($0)
Lunch: My friend Chelsea came over for lunch and I made calzones, when she showed up the smoke alarm went off, I didn't know what to do. She said to turn on the fan and viola!  I am still confused because it wasn't actually smoky. ($0)
Coffee: As soon as Chelsea left my friend Sara called to see if we were still on for coffee, my other option was working so YES coffee (or chai) was on. ($8.24)
Dinner: Evidently lunch was sufficient but I did have some Ovaltine before bed. ($0)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Breakfast: Baked oatmeal. ($0)
Lunch: Some more chicken from Saturday's wedding thing, and a tortilla I found in the fridge from the back to school taco bar. ($0)
Dinner: Hard-boiled egg and apple. ($0)

Monday, September 24, 2012

and the week begins again

Breakfast: Some Greek yogurt from July and granola. ($0)
Lunch: Leftover salad selection from the wedding. ($0)
Dinner: Quesadilla with my 2 remaining homemade tortillas and some fried chicken from Saturday and tomatoes. ($0)
My $2 wedding gift was definitely a good investment.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

christian hospitatlity

Breakfast: left over dutch babies. ($0)
Lunch: Baked potatoes with chili at the Lennox house ($0)
Dinner: Breakfast burritos at youth group, I made the rest of my tortillas, they turned out a lot better than Thursday, so were quite amazing. ($0)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Slow day

Breakfast: For the first time in a long time I didn't set my alarm, then I had horchata and ducth babies. ($0)
Linner: I went a wedding reception/party thing. There was food. And I got leftovers. ($0)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Happy Hour

Breakfast: I finished the rest of that mystery meal...and then threw away the meat I hadn't used, just because I shouldn't be scared of my food. ($0)
Lunch: I went with Michael and Ellen to the grilled cheese truck. They bought my sandwich so I bought us rootbeer. ($10)
Dinner: We had this happy hour for school, people kept coming so we got to keep ordering food. Technically it was "appetizers" but if you eat enough quesadillas it counts as a real meal. ($0)

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Breakfast: I made pancakes, they weren't very good.  I didn't have egg so I used water, while making them my sister told me I could have added flax, that would have been better. Then she told me that flax doesn't substitute for eggs in every situation (ie. scrambled eggs). Have a little faith Julie. ($0)
Lunch: So you may remember the mystery meal I had on Monday, I still had more but was really dreading eating it, so I figured out how to repurpose it.  I added Bisquick, an egg (I shopped), milk and cheese and baked it all together.  It was much better than the first time which is fortunate becasue it multiplied so I'll have get to eat it at least one more time. So here's the recipe, you'll definitely want to file it away somewhere: mystery meat (boiled and chopped), frozen veggies, gallo pinto, Bisquick, 1 egg, milk, cheese.
Dinner: It was fiesta night, I made tortillas and horchata.  I used to make tortillas then I moved to America where you just go out and buy whatever you want.  I did have to buy lard, flour and rice.  Then on a personal splurge I bought eggs and milk. ($7.54)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Breakfast: 9 grain ($0)
Lunch: Mac and cheese ($0)
Dinner: I went to this networking event, did quite a bit of schmoozing and discovered the table with really amazing coconut shrimp. They were amazing. Free but I did spend quite bit of mental energy trying to figure out what to wear. ($0)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

year old rice cakes

Breakfast: 9 grain and an apple. ($0)
Lunch: I went to a meeting at 12:30, there was food but it wasn't really supposed to be a "meal."  I made it into one. Pita chips, hummus, fruits and veggies. Really if they expect me to sit through meetings taking about verbiage of bylaws that no one is ever going to read I should get a meal out of it. ($0)
Dinner: I was on campus from 12:30-9:30 so I had to pack wisely.  I found my last 2 rice cakes (bought last August) and some slightly newer peanut butter and a pear. Sadly this was less scary than last night's dinner.  ($0)

Monday, September 17, 2012

why i should grocery shop

Breakfast: Well I was going to heat up some 9grain with milk, but then I noticed the jug of horchata in the fridge so I used that as a substitute and chopped up some apple in it too. It was good, I'm excited to try out another variation tomorrow. ($0)
Lunch: Mac & cheese, bell pepper from my garden and tomatoes. ($0)
Dinner: This was a little scary.  Remember my mystery meat from the chicken salad fiasco? This now boiled mystery meat is still in my fridge I chopped it up with some strange mix of frozen veggies (that were purchased when my parents were visiting), then I decided I should add rice.  I had some rice (the TJ's cooked brown rice) but then I found another bag of rice, but it wasn't just rice, it was gallo pinto.  These 3 items went in a skillet together with worcestershire sauce and olive oil (becasue those were the first things I saw), once thawed I ate it.  Um it wasn't delicious and I made enough for tomorrow too, maybe I'll melt some cheese on top...that usually helps. ($0)

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Breakfast: 9grain. ($0)
Lunch: Mac and cheese. ($0)
Snack: Pear. ($0)
Dinner: Raquel made a Mexican feast that was ready at like 9pm but worth the wait. ($0)

Weekly Total: $22.11, that would be fine but most of it was spent eating out so this upcoming week is looking pretty sad in the grocery department.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

frozen-hard-boiled eggs

Breakfast: I started to make 9grain but then my schedule got muddled and decided I didn't have time to eat it. So instead I pulled a hard-boiled egg out of the fridge (left from my deviled eggs earlier this week). It was frozen.  Anyways it was shell, ice, then wrinkly egg.  It tasted fine, just maybe more dense than usual. A hard-boiled egg isn't an independent breakfast so I had some leftover cookies. ($0)
Lunch: Quesadilla and tomatoes. ($0)
Dinner: I went to dinner with Heather, I wasn't very hungry so I had a roasted beet salad. It was decent but really just made me want some of that amazing beet salad I made when I was home.  ($10)

Friday, September 14, 2012

apples again

Breakfast: The last of my peanut butter Puffins. ($0)
Lunch: Tortellini from Wednesday with some basil and tomatoes. ($0)
Dinner: Hot dogs and hamburgers with my adopted family. I volunteered to bring dessert and wanted something apple based so I made apple oatmeal cookies. They were great, like oatmeal raisins without the raisins (becasue who likes those anyways). I did have to buy butter and walnuts. ($7.66)

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Breakfast: 9-grain with apple sauce. ($0)
Lunch: Whatever my boss fed me, I think it was chicken based.  Whatever it was it had a lot of garlic. ($0)
Dinner: It was All American night at community group, I think this is synonymous with kindergarten favorites.  I don't complain...I happen to love hot dogs, grilled cheese, mac and cheese and root beer floats. I've been trying to get rid of all these apples I've been given so I made apple sauce in the crock pot, it was great. ($0)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

sometimes when i'm home i actually cook legitimate meals, and eat them at the proper time

Breakfast: 9 grain cereal, it's like cream of wheat but more sand-like. delicious. ($0)
Lunch: eggs on an english muffin with some pesto mayo and cheese. delicious. ($0)
Dinner: tortellini with fresh basil and tomatoes and a little marinara, i always forget about pasta. delicious. ($0)  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Breakfast: Peanut butter Puffins ($0)
Lunch: I was going to make egg salad but that needs bread or crackers so instead I made deviled eggs, becasue, let's face it, they're the same.  I used the pesto mayo that I made for Bible Study last week, I was still hungry (and wasn't sure what a serving size of deviled eggs is) so I had another Piadina. Good timing, I think I may have spotted a little mold on the flat bread. ($0)
Dinner: Nectarine in class and peanut butter Puffins when I got home...what will I do when they run out? ($0)

Monday, September 10, 2012


Breakfast: Egg with bell pepper and tomato. ($0)
Lunch: I went to a coffee shop, but I timed it poorly so I had to by a sandwich, I had a $5 voucher so I was just a little over but then a few hours later I wanted hot chocolate. ($4.45)
Dinner: Granola bar in class, peanut butter Puffins when I got home. ($0)

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Breakfast: Sleep ($0)
Lunch: Church potluck, I didn't bring anything but decided to not feel guilty, there was plenty of food ($0)
Dinner: Pizza, I couldn't just go cold turkey. ($0)

Weekly Total: $22.82

Saturday, September 8, 2012

pizza, pizza, grilled cheese

Breakfast: I was lazy, so a piece of pizza from last night. ($0)
Lunch: I met with a friend for lunch for...PIZZA.  I think I need to diversify. ($13.91)
Dinner: For dinner I really branched out.  Heather came over to watch a movie and brought smoothies.  Then when the movie was over I mentioned a food truck I had seen The Melting Table, that specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches. So we went, and it was amazing. Especially the s'mores one. But I think I made myself sick.  Maybe I shouldn't eat like a 5-year-old on their birthday. ($4)

Friday, September 7, 2012


Breakfast: Puffins, now I'll have to pull my second 1/2 gallon of milk out of the freezer. ($0)
Lunch: A granola bar from my purse. ($0)
Lunch 2: The rest of that chicken salad, it was pretty good. ($0)
Dinner: Pizza for a class meeting ($0)
Dinner 2: Pizza at my adopted family's pizza night...they let me take mine to go. ($0)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

tastes like chicken

Breakfast: I was running really late so I had a granola bar (stolen from camp last weekend) and a pear (from Heather but currently in the process of going bad). ($0)
Lunch: At Dr. Graham's again. He made soup but gave the spicy disclaimer so I was able to excuse myself and have the leftover pinwheel things from yesterday. ($0)
Dinner: Oh. my. i. am. my. mother.  Bible study was deli theme so I said I would bring pesto mayo (to use up some of my basil plant) and chicken salad because I thought I had all the ingredients I wanted to use.  Last night, in an act of organization, I actually defrosted a ziplock baggie of chicken so today I'd be ready to go.  Unfortunately when I pulled it out of the bag it didn't look like any piece of chicken I'd ever seen.  Maybe pork? The other white meat.  I still boiled it to see if it cooked like chicken, it didn't. Then I Googled "pork salad sandwiches." After some internal debate I realized I shouldn't bring mystery meat to a social function. I mean what if anyone asked what it was and my only answer was that I don't know.  Fortunately I did have some cooked chicken in the freezer that was easy to defrost and turn into salad. I was going to use Crasins, I don't have any, and used apples instead. I was going to use peanut, I don't have any, and used sunflower seeds instead.  I was going to use celery, I don't have any, and used bell pepper instead.  Then, for good measure, I added some "seasoning."  End result...rave reviews on my delicious chicken salad.  Next time...meat salad. ($0) 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

just like the restaurants

Breakfast: Peanut butter Puffins ($0)
Lunch: I had a work meeting so Dr. Graham fed me over a lovely conversation on mer-people getting beached with whales becasue of sonar. ($0)
Dinner: I decided to be classy like Della Fattoria and call this creation Piadina.  In reality I found some flat bread in the fridge from a few months back, melted some cheese on it (in the microwave), chopped up some tomatoes on it, and folded it in half. ($0)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

off the mountain top

Breakfast: Peanut Butter Puffins! I legitimized opening this box because I need to finish the non-frozen portion of my milk before it goes bad. ($0)
Lunch: Yesterday was the last day of camp and I got a few meals out of it, some I still had parts of in my fridge so I finished up a Chick-fil-a wrap, some veggies, and some veggie straws. ($0)
Dinner: I met with this girl for frozen yogurt dinner.  The fro yo place I like is having specials all week so today it was extra cheap. ($4.91) for both of us.