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 .

Friday, November 30, 2012

End of Novemeber

I'm totally cheating and writing this two weeks after the fact, but I saved my receipts (this is my personal expense report.

Now I will think back on what I ate on the 29th and 30th two weeks ago.

Thursday's dinner I had a meatball sandwich (meatballs, bbq sauce and bread on its way out from thanksgiving) I was very proud of myself for coming up with that one.  Friday night was family pizza night with my adopted family.  Breakfast and lunch were probably remnents of thanksgiving. ($0)

But alas, I did have to go grocery shopping, in anticipation of hosting a Christmas party I figured people probably wanted more than water to drink.  $24.73 on mostly tea.

 Monthly Total:$79.86

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

day 6 of cranberry sauce

Breakfast: Pancakes, using flaxseed instead of egg, and cranberry sauce (have you seen a trend). ($0)
Lunch: Thanksgiving. ($0)
Snack: I met some ladies from work and bought a hot chocolate, it wasn't very good. ($3)
Dinner: Cheese and crackers, again, and some veggies, i did consider eating cranberry sauce with my crackers. ($0)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

packed lunch

Breakfast: French toast with cranberry sauce. ($0)
Lunch: I worked from Starbucks (on a gift card) but packed a lunch. I made a sandwich: old bread, turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin cream cheese.  I also had my 2nd coconut milk yogurt. ($0)
Dinner: Cheese from tailgating and crackers from when my dad was here and got a stomach virus. ($0)

Monday, November 26, 2012


Breakfast: Rice ($0)
Lunch: For some reason I was really tired so took a nap for most of the afternoon instead of eating lunch. ($0)
Dinner: Thanksgiving in a bowl aka stuffing, cranberry sauce and butternut squash. ($0)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

ginger cookies and inner struggles

Breakfast: Oatmeal ($0)
Brunch: I made cookies as a back up dessert for the day after Thanksgiving and they weren't needed so I brought them today instead.  Once again everyone was amazed by the chewy ginger cookie.  ($0)
Lunch: Pizza with one of the families from church. ($0)
Dinner: Potato bar at youth group, I volunteered to bring green onions. ($.59)

Weekly Total: $35.23

I realize this is more than all of the month of October, I am becoming more and more like my parents with an aversion to eating out.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

bonus money

Breakfast: French toast with cranberry sauce. ($0)
Dinner: I went with Heather to Village Inn, it is ABQ's version of Baker's Square or something.  I got a grilled cheese and paid!  This blog really doesn't reflect that this money was spent out of bonus house sitting money ($22)

Friday, November 23, 2012

day after

Breakfast: Stuffing, cranberry sauce, hard boiled egg and m&m's. ($0)
Lunch: Really with a breakfast like that lunch isn't really a necessity. ($0)
Dinner:  We had a Thanksgiving dinner at church, I brought cranberry orange relish, the easiest recipe ever (whole cranberries, whole oranges, and sugar in a food processor)!  And I brought ginger cookies because there were already 10+ pies.  ($0)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Breakfast: My friends host a Thanksgiving breakfast.  The steak and eggs were quite delicious and I made a really good pumpkin coffee cake. ($0)
Dinner: I'm dog sitting again and turned down the neighbor's offer for dinner and instead ate with my roommate and her parents. Did you know that if you eat dinner with only 4 people you can make mashed potatoes with 2 potatoes.  I was anticipating one of the more awkward meals of my life but it really wasn't that bad.  I made stuffing. ($0)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Breakfast: The rest of my brown rice with cinnamon and sugar. ($0)
Lunch: I met with a lady for work and she bought be a breakfast burrito, I was was willing to pull out my own wallet to pay but she writes my pay check so understands my situation. ($0)
Dinner: I made white rice (from scratch!) and had it with more of those veggies and some shrimp.  I then threw away the rest of my veggies. ($0)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

the depths of our freezer

Breakfast: Same as yesterday...scone, pumpkin cream cheese, egg sandwich. ($0)
Lunch: Veggie quesadilla. ($0)
Dinner:  TJ's brown rice (probably been in my freezer since May), some more of those vegetables sauteed with shrimp also from the freezer not purchased by any of my current roommates.  I think it created a pretty classy meal. ($0)
Dessert: More of the brown rice with milk, cinnamon and sugar. ($0)

Monday, November 19, 2012

shopping for thanksgiving

Breakfast: Scones and pumpkin cream cheese left over from the baby shower turned into an egg sandwich. AMAZING. ($0)
Lunch:  In August I brought home and froze a lot of leftover food from a taco bar, I finally got around to defrosting the veggie portion and put some of them in a quesadilla with homemade tortillas. ($0)
Dinner: Ladies Bible study, I brought the veggie tray again. ($0)

And I went shopping for Thanksgiving.  I was a little bothered by the amount I spent but realized I was shopping for 3 Thanksgiving events, drum roll...$12.64.  I think my mom spends a little more than that.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

church food

Breakfast: Scones left from yesterday. ($0)
Lunch: The same family from last week invited me to lunch again after church.  They made amazing lamb gyros and ratatouille ($0)
Dinner: We had a toy wrapping party at church with pizza, I brought a veggie tray that I took home from the baby shower. ($0)

Weekly Total: $5.34

Saturday, November 17, 2012

weekend fun

Breakfast: Coconut milk yogurt from TJ's and then random snacks at a meeting for school ($0)
Lunch: Quesadilla ($0)
Linner: Baby shower food, I brought scones -made from a mix.  ($5.34)

Friday, November 16, 2012

lots of carbs followed by grease

Breakfast: The guy who promised me a breakfast burrito fell though so I went to the meeting then had to run home and grab the rest of my baked oatmeal before my next meeting. ($0)
Lunch: At meeting #2 I was seated in front of a bowl of cuties and a loaf of chocolate chip bread. It was lovely. ($0)
Snack: If that wasn't lunch enough I stopped by a new thrift store and they had amazing homemade cinnamon rolls for free! ($0)
Dinner: Grease.  It was another happy hour for the business club but at a not very good bar.  My stomach did not respond well. ($0)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Night off

Breakfast: Eggs on an english muffin ($0)
Lunch: Leftovers from last night's dinner ($0)
Dinner: Sometimes you go to TJ's and splurge!  I think I bought 6 things, all on a gift card.  One of those things was a garlic mushroom pizza for dinner. ($0)

On a side note we got a new fridge!  I suggested to my landlord that it would be appreciated and he gave me the OK to buy one.  No more frozen food in the fridge!  And as a bonus, a freezer that opens!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Real meat from 9 months ago

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal ($0)
Lunch: On the go with the rest of my veggies from last week's potluck. ($0)
Dinner: A REAL ONE.  In March I bought some hamburgers from Target's clearance section, they've been in the freezer ever since. I made one and half an acorn squash. ($0)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Breakfast: Baked oatmeal ($0)
Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwich. Bread=hamburger bun. Cheese=from tailgating's cheese platter. ($0)
Dinner: Ditto ($0)

Monday, November 12, 2012


Breakfast: Instant oatmeal ($0)
Lunch: Lamb gyro at a work lunch ($0)
Dinner: Soup and sandwiches at ladies Bible Study. ($0)

Side note: At class the guy who sits next to me said he went to a potluck and there were a bunch of nasty leftovers and he thought of saving them for me.  I thanked him for the thought but let him know I already had 2 free meals that day. Friday morning we have a group meeting and he said he'd bring breakfast burritos. I think I'm a little pathetic.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

veteran's day

Breakfast: String cheese and things from the snack table at church. ($0)
Lunch: Sometimes Sunday's are frustrating becasue too many people offer to feed me, people need to learn to spread the love throughout the week.  Anyways I went to a different house than normal and the food was delicious...I don't know what it was but wow. ($0)
Dinner: Veggies from buffet night and a quesadilla - I'm still making them fresh as I go and rolling them out with a jar of spaghetti sauce becasue I don't have a rolling pin, the cheese is leftover from tailgating yesterday - we shopped at Costco so I'll have cheese for a while. ($0)

Weekly Total: $11.56

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Breakfast: More biscuits and gravy. ($0)
Lunch: We planned a tailgating party before a UNM football game, fortunately a guy that knew how to grill showed up before it was time to eat. ($0)
Dinner: The rest of my beet mac and cheese and a grapefruit. ($0)

Friday, November 9, 2012

comfort food

Breakfast: Halloween candy. ($0)
Lunch: Tomato, basil soup at my boss's house.  I think this is the first time I've ever eaten tomato basil soup and it was delicious. ($0)
Dinner: It was a really long day so I made myself chocolate gravy to eat with canned biscuits.  Nowhere near as good as my grandma's but still quite good. ($0)

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Breakfast: Grapefruit, fried egg on a fresh tortilla. ($0)
Lunch: Some more of that mac and cheese. ($0)
Snack:  I made another tortilla then found string cheese (thank you Julie!) in the crisper drawer. ($0)
Dinner:  The dinner theme was buffet food.  I brought broccoli and carrot and celery sticks (I looked for those strange baby corn on the cob but couldn't find them). I also bought grapefruit and acorn squash for myself. ($7.61)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

one of a kind

Breakfast: I finished off my yogurt with Cheerios and energy bites. ($0)
Lunch:  I had a beet in the fridge and decided to chop it up in some mac and cheese.  It was very pretty and didn't taste bad. ($0)
Dinner:  Quesadilla. ($0)
Dessert:  I decided to make cookies for Bible study and have a lot of peanut butter so I made peanut butter cookies and they were a big hit. ($0)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Breakfast: Cheerios, yogurt, honey - but I did pull milk from the freezer. ($0)
Lunch: I have this recipe for these no-bake energy bites, I made some they were quite delicious but not really a legitimate lunch. ($0)
Dinner: I made tortillas.  Then turned 2 of them into quesadillas with some kind of sketchy beans defrosted from the freezer. ($0)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Back from Pittsburgh

Breakfast: Cheerios, plain yogurt and honey. ($0)
Snack: I was at a terrible meeting at school with a pack of not good peanut butter sandwich cookies in front of me, I ate too many. ($0, sitting in the meeting: $100K)
Lunch: After the meeting I realized I should have a real meal but knew I didn't have much at home so I splurged and got a breakfast burrito. ($3.95)
Dinner:  Ladies Bible Study...they feed me. ($0)