Our November

We started November off with some family portraits.  The kids had a blast out there with our friend and photographer Molly.   Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie and Pinterest

If you all follow my Eight Dollars a Day board on Pinterest then you know I pin new meal ideas often.  On there I have things from Paleo to Vegan and now Gluten Free.  We have tried so many different eating styles in the past few years to see what works best for us.  What we have learned is that Paleo can be done on a budget but unless you are eating primarily vegetables and proper servings of meat you will find yourself gaining instead of losing weight.  Vegan tastes like hungry… and lentils are never an acceptable substitution for meat in a Shepherd’s Pie.  And Gluten Free is easier when we are not constantly trying to find acceptable substitutions for the breads and sweets.

That all being said, we did find a great and totally family friendly Shepherd’s Pie recipe.  Even Mr. Picky ate a big serving and I didn’t have to coax him to eat the vegetables in it.  I followed it almost exactly except for the Tablespoon of minced garlic I added in after the onions.  And her directions do not seem to specify when to add the brown sugar so I just put it in with the rest of the spices.  I did use a steak rub and the zucchini which she lists as optional.  But to me they made the meal.  We used that homemade chicken broth that I talked about a couple days ago.

Stay tuned to find out if the kids like the Straw-Blueberry Chia Pudding for breakfast tomorrow.

What kind of eating styles have you tried? What did you like about each one?

Rotisserie Chicken

Usually a Rotisserie Chicken is just too expensive for us to use for a dinner so we don’t often give them a second glance in the store.  This week though we found that our store puts some in the refrigerated section and sell them for a dollar less.  So for $3.98 we got a whole chicken which is about $2 cheaper than I could get a whole fryer chicken for.

Because it is already cold I think up great things to use it for.  Of course it will not become dinner that night but that doesn’t mean I can’t cut it up and use the breast slices for topping a salad or just on the side of some veggies and rice for the kids.  And the rest of it can get diced up and used for chicken salad.  Plus I can use the rest of the carcass for making chicken broth.  So I can get 4 lunches for the 3 kids and a whole gallon of chicken broth for only $3.98.  To me that is quite a bargain.  It is little things like this that make room in our budget for buying better quality or specialty items.