From time to time I go on homemade food and food planning kicks. It seems really easy when I’m sitting at my desk at work, reading food blogs and finding recipes. Then I get home and realize how much of my time is absorbed by daily chores, two boys and a husband and leisure time (read: crochet). I’m not complaining, far from it in fact, but I do want to feed my family wholesome food and get cranky when I don’t have the time. I have an entire binder of recipes to try.
I do my best to keep the grocery budget at $100 per week for the four of us, frequently going over by anywhere from $10 to $50. And that’s shopping at two or more stores, buying as much on sale as possible. How much could I reduce that weekly budget by making my own snack food, e.g., crackers, granola bars, breakfast bars, etc.?
One of the blogs I follow is I Am Not the Babysitter. Jamie Lynne Grumet has a four-year-old son and an adopted son from Ethiopia who is six. Jamie Lynne started Fayye Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the global orphan crisis by addressing family preservation. They empower women by supporting their health, education and vocational goals.
One of the foundation’s projects is Waterlink Africa. Jamie Lynn wanted to be able to give more money to the water project so she set a goal to spend $50 a week on organic groceries. After realizing she couldn’t do it by shopping at Whole Foods (nicknamed Whole Paycheck), she started a hydroponic garden, cut meat down to once or twice a week, shopped at farmer’s markets, bought items on sale and scoured recipes and blogs for inspiration. The bottom line: she did it.
Over 1.4 billion people around the world live on less than $1.50 per day for food and drink (equivalent of $1.75 in Canada). Enter the Live Below The Line challenge which highlights the issue of global poverty. Could you live on $1.50 ($1.75 CDN) for five days? The money raised (over $10,000 so far) will be going to one of four causes: Cuso International, Raising the Village, Results Canada and Spread the Net. The challenge runs from April 29 to May 3.
I can’t do the LBL challenge but I’m willing to challenge myself not to buy any crackers, granola bars or cookies for a month. What the heck, let’s call it any boxed food that’s already prepared.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Mason’s Lego birthday party was on Saturday. The cake turned out really well!
I made a marshmallow fondant for the first time – marshmallows, water, colour and icing sugar. I had to do a lot of work by hand because I only have a small mixer and I had to make four colours plus white but it was relatively straightforward. It even tasted halfway decent. We made the “studs” with a straw. The cake was three layers, two chocolate and one vanilla.
Mason had a great time turning seven on the 7th, the only time in his life that that will happen! He ended up with Spiderman, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Chima and Batman Lego sets. He’s been obsessed with putting them together ever since. It’s the thing he does first thing in the morning and the last thing he does before he goes to bed at night.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 14
Square two is a beach and waves pattern for the April challenge on the KAS forum – Sea, Seashore and Shells. I like the colour play on square three. I have a stash of Patons Classic Wool that I’ve been meaning to dive into. I’d previously shied away from it because I find wool stretches more than acrylic so I have to be more careful with my tension. The result is squares four, five and seven. I have a lot more to get through!
Now that Mason’s birthday is over, it’s time to move on to Evan’s Power Rangers birthday. At least I have a month or so.
Square Count: 98