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 .

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I've been really slacking on writing, but don't worry I haven't spent money.  Meals this week consisted of such lovely things as quinoa beet salad enchiladas and beans from my boss's housekeeper and I found some plain yogurt that went well with cheerios and honey.

Today I went to Pittsburgh.  My really classy airline snack was bell peppers and a painfully large apple (also from my boss's housekeeper).  ($0)
I had a non-existent layover but my second flight was a little delayed so I was able to run to Starbucks and use a gift card to get a chai and pastry, if only I knew I had a layover and maybe my seatmate who was on his way back from a "spiritual retreat" would have bought me something.  ($0)
Now Nancy will feed me for the rest of the week real food.

Monthly Total: $21.08! And mostly on potlucks.  This is great for my averages but is really becasue my family was here and bought me food.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

church x 3

Breakfast: I just held out for snack time at church, I brought these little sausage mini-muffins, finally something everyone eats! ($4.70)
Lunch: Another pot-luck but I "lucked" out of having to bring anything. ($0)
Dinner:  Youth group. ($0)

Weekly total: $10.56, which isn't bad considering I brought things to 3 potlucks.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Breakfast: I dog sat last night and they have milk so I got cold cereal! ($0)
Lunch: Soup buffet at church, I was skeptical but evidently I've matured to the point of being able to eat soup. I brought a huge bag of rolls for ($1.99)!
Dinner: Another church event, just an open house but there was quite a bit of food. ($0)

Friday, October 26, 2012

bad free food

Breakfast: Instant oatmeal with candied walnuts. (I'm going out of town so I'm trying to hold off on defrosting my gallon of frozen milk) ($0)
Lunch: Meatballs and veggies at my boss's house. ($0)
Dinner 1: I went to this awards thing at Embassy Suites, appetizers were served but they weren't very good, and the event in general was really awkward...have you ever played 2 lies and a truth with 100+ people?  ($0)
Dinner 2: We're having a church conference this weekend and tonight was the kick off spaghetti dinner. ($0)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

too long of a day

Breakfast: Instant oatmeal at 6:30AM. ($0)
Lunch: Cafeteria food. ($0)
Dinner: Community group, I made a redo of Friday night's quinoa salad. ($0)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

food to go

Breakfast: eggs and english muffin ($0)
Lunch: I was on homeschool at Chick-fil-a duty and bought myself chicken nuggets with the rest of my gift card from Kelly Bishop and ($3)
Dinner: My boss's housekeeper sent me home with a bunch of food, including fresh beans to eat with cheese and tortilla (and an apple and pear that I'm saving for later). ($0)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

gracious God

Breakfast: Do you ever reflect on how gracious our God is?  I'm easy to please so this morning what set off my genuine praise was having just enough milk for a whole bowl of cereal. ($0)
Lunch:  Turkey meatballs and bbq sauce. ($0)
Dinner: Apple. ($0)

Monday, October 22, 2012

back on track

Breakfast:  Eggs on an english muffin. ($0)
Snack: Pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks...it was really a wondeful fall day.  ($.87...the rest was finishing off a groupon from Julie)
Lunch:  Quesadilla with some apple inside and the rest of the apple on he outside. ($0)
Dinner: I go to a ladies Bible Study that provides dinner, last night was some extremely hot chili and cookies to numb the pain. ($0)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

What happened?

I didn't blog regularly this week and frankly now I can't remember what I ate. 
I did bring corn bread to something once ($1), then the next morning I ate some stale cornbread with milk and honey ($0).
I also bought apples and beets for a salad I made one night to take to Morgan's. ($3.35)
Friday night we had this happy hour for my department/club at school there was all sorts of delicious food including this amazing bread pudding that was to share but I think I ate 80%, it was much better than my sad cornbread breakfast.  School events are free. ($0)
Other meals consisted of a lot of quesadillas.  One day to mix things up my quesadilla was regular cheese and honey almond cream cheese. ($0)

So my weekly total was $4.35

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The little things in life

Breakfast: I had some instant oatmeal from my sister and it's not normal Quaker or TJ's but some fancier brand that she bought on clearance on Target. It tastes fine but the most awesome thing about it is the packaging has a measuring line on it! So you empty out the oats and then fill the pouch with water instead of needing a measuring cup. I mean really that is the most ingenious thing I've ever heard of. ($0)
Lunch: Bean and cheese quesadilla. ($0)
Dinner: I was on campus and brought some of these little sausage mini muffins I made for a girls night this weekend and the remaining half of the orange bell pepper Morgan brought for the salad last night. ($0)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Welcome back!

I stopped writing becasue my family came to visit and I ate regular food. Who really wants to read about that? Not me. Plus when I have family around I have better things to do than write this blog.  When they left I dog sat for the weekend and ate all their food. So since I've written last I spent $4.50 on a bagel and hot chocolate I bought on the train back from Arizona and $1.67 on some buscuits I needed to make these mini muffin things for a game night last weekend.  ($6.17)

Now I have tons of leftovers from my family's visit and I've been too busy to put it all away so I have a box of groceries in my bedroom.

Breakfast: Aussie Bites. ($0)
Lunch: Eggs with mushrooms and bell pepper. ($0)
Dinner: Not only am I back but so is Morgan! This is great news, not just for food reasons but becasue she is great.  She came over for dinner and we fell back into our experimental routine (for better or for worse).  The Menu:
1) A really great salad, I had fancy lettuce and tomatoes, she brought an orange bell pepper and feta.
2) Guacamole and chips.  She had some avocados on the way out and I had lime and chips. We had way more guac then chips (what a problem to have!) so we could eat as much as we wanted.
3) Butternut squash. I had some my mom had cooked last week.
4) Now Morgan got a new food donation that she wanted to try out as the main dish. Trader Joe's Chicken-less Cutlets.  We had no idea what it was but we opened the package and found this:
Yes, it looks like a brain so we added the sauce pack.

 So much more appetizing, right?

So what is chickenless chicken?  A very odd man-made concoction of powders that you've never heard of died off-grey and turned into the consistency of chicken.  There is no way it is better for you than just eating chicken. And, as Morgan said, it's not like people eat chicken for the consistency.  Case in point...BOYCOTT CHICKENLESS CHICKEN!!!  The inside was beans and corn but neither of us finished this portion of the meal, mostly becasue mentally we weren't really OK with it. ($0)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Breakfast: I've been going to water aerobics and this morning they left me particularly starving.  I finished up some granola (like 1/4 cup bought in May) with milk, then made 2 eggs. The eggs would have been much more exciting if I had bread to sop up the yolk but I don't.  Hum...at the time this seemed like a huge breakfast. ($0)
Lunch: There have been some corn tortillas in the fridge for a while. I used them to make quesadillas with some gallo pinto I had in the freezer. ($0)
Snack: I'm out of Ovaltine so I wanted to see if cold milk and hot coco mix is a good substitute. It isn't. ($0)
Dinner: Apple and peanut butter. ($0)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Breakfast: Scrambled egg with mushrooms and tomatoes. ($0)
Lunch:  I always forget about pasta which is odd, becasue it's easy and cheap and not terrible.  With a stroke of genius I made a "pasta dish" that frankly, I think anyone would eat.  I had some leftover calzone filler (spinach, mushroom and tomato sauce), to beef it up I added fresh tomatoes and basil, I mixed this up with some bow tie pasta then put it all in a pie dish with some cheese on top and baked it.  Really it was good, I ate it all. ($0)
Dinner: Granola bar. ($0)

Monday, October 1, 2012

finishing up

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal, now it's gone. ($0)
Lunch: 1/2 calzone, also now gone. ($0)
Dinner: We started a women's Bible study at church, I can't actually say for the study but am able to make it to the eating portion. ($0)