Wasting Food

We are absolutely terrible with food. 

A couple of days ago I threw out a large container’s worth of Taco Soup, along with another, smaller, container of pulled pork and two heads of romaine lettuce. That food could have been four to six more meals, with some additions to the lettuce. We have a bowl of cold cooked pasta in the fridge too that will probably be thrown out tomorrow, in total I’d say it was a waste of about $40. 

This might not seem like much, but our food budget is $400 a month, so that is one tenth of our food in the bin. 

What did we do instead of eat these meals, you ask? We got take-out or fast food or we went to a restaurant, ultimately spending at least $20 each time, which is $80 – $120 spent on meals that we already had in the fridge!

After giving it lots of thought, here is my solution:


By having a handy reference page we can make a meal plan based on the food we already have, and try to get ingredients that can be used for multiple meals. 

So, instead of having a bag of salad slowly wilt and turn to soup, we can have lasagne (we already have the pasta sheets) and burgers (we already have the buns) using the same 2lb, $10, serving of ground beef.

Ground beef $10 + Salad $3 + Lasagne sauce $3 = $16

Which makes it only $3.66 each, per meal!

We have some serious planning and grocery shopping to do this weekend,

Wish us luck!

Until next time,

Laura x

BuJo – 50 States Challenge

One of my resolutions this year is to start studying for when I choose to become a US citizen, right now I’m known as a Legal Permanent Resident.

One thing I’m pretty sure I should I start learning is all of the states. I need to know which were the original thirteen colonies and eventually I’ll start on the capital cities.

As you can see from the pictures below, I’m getting better, even if I did forget a few along the way!

Until next time,
Laura x
P.S. Yes, I know I spelled Mississippi wrong most recently!

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2017 Resolutions AKA The changes I’m aiming to make this year.

Happy new year to y’all!

I know I’m almost a week late, it’s been a busy week, but the sentiment was always there.

This busy week has been filled with making plans and setting schedules, organizing our time and generally have a refresh of a lot of things, which brings me to my titular subject today.

Every year I make a resolution, usually along the lines of, “I’ll lose weight this year, look out summer!” And this year is no exception! However, this year I have a set plan, as opposed to the vagueness of ‘eat less, exercise more’.
As you know, in August last year I joined Slimming World USA Online, and over the course of 4 months I lost 20 pounds. Then, over the course of Christmas, I put on 15 pounds, but I’m perfectly okay with that. If I hadn’t lost the weight in the first place, then I would be even heavier than I was in August.
So, my plan for this new year, is to refocus and carry on with SW. It’s the simplest plan I’ve ever made!

As far as other resolutions go, I used my lovely new bullet journal to make a record of them, I spent some time thinking about my life and the things I’d like to change about it.resolutions

As you can see, my aims are pretty varied, and I think that’s a good idea for when you’re making resolutions.

Don’t make your year be so focused on one thing that you pass up other opportunities to change because they don’t fit with The Plan.

One week in and I’m still on track.

  • I’m using an app to read the Bible, it has reading plans to break it down into relevant books and verses.
  • We’ve been to the park a few times and walked the path.
  • I take time every evening to write in my journal and I’m trying to get a new page done every couple of days.

From now on I’ll try to do a monthly report of how I’m doing, and that will be another incentive to keep me on track.

Wish me luck!

Until next time,
Laura x