We started November off with some family portraits. The kids had a blast out there with our friend and photographer Molly. Continue reading
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.
My oldest is Gluten Free. We have been sticking to our budget and staying Gluten Free for him. It is more than a financial challenge… it is difficult for those of us, namely me, who love bread, pasta, and soy sauce. To add an extra layer to the challenge he is a picky eater and can’t have cow’s milk.
First things first, I chose not to “substitute” gluten free items in for their gluten laden brothers. If he can’t eat gluten then there is no bread. I am not going to spend $6 a loaf or extra hours every couple of days just to fail epically at baking a decent and delicious bread that he would actually eat. And I am definitely not spending a small fortune on all of the “flours” that are required to make even a nasty tasting loaf of Gluten Free bread… let alone what is required to make a loaf that tastes just like it’s gluten filled counterparts. There is just not room in the budget for those things and I am unapologetic.
Another thing, I am cutting out refined sugar even more than I have in the past years. No juice. No sweets. No desserts. Fruits are our only source of easy sugar right now. Luckily peaches have been on sale for only $0.20 a pound.
That being said I have come up with nutritious and delicious meals for the whole family… and the complaints are… plentiful from his end but minimal from the rest of us. I miss bread. The girls miss bread. Nobody is sleeping well. And all of us are a little grouchy. But I do notice that I no longer crave coffee, let alone my 1/4 cup of sugar in my coffee. I am drinking more water and so are all 3 kids. My Husband Extraordinaire is my rock and support through this.