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>Well… this week ended up being a big spending week and a not very real food eating week. Wednesday was the first hurdle. Angel and I went and ran some errands (including picking up my beef CSA order) and ended up going out for lunch. We went to a new chain restaurant which has only been open a month here. Joe and I had went a few weeks back for dinner with friends and it was very good. But when Angel and I went it was disappointing. The food wasn’t good and the service was very slow. So I don’t think we will be visiting there again any time soon. Cost for lunch was $19.27. And then Joe wanted to take me out for a Valentine’s Day meal. He had been wanting to go to a Mexican restaurant that he heard from people at work was very good. We ended up deciding to go on Saturday afternoon and taking the kids (doesn’t everyone take the kids for a romantic meal?) but when we got to the restaurant it was closed. We ended up going to an Asian bistro place. It was super good but was a little expensive at $52.05. And then on Sunday after church we went for burgers. $21.54 for the burgers but I have to say they were delicious.

I picked up my beautiful beef CSA (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture) on Wednesday. We get 10 pounds of grass fed beef for $50. This month it was a little over 10 pounds (thanks Wendi!) and we brought home 5 pounds of ground beef, a rump roast, 2 beef chuck steaks, 2 sirloin tip steaks and a package of liver. Usually my CSA is delivered to me (or I pick it up at the Farmer’s Market during market season) but this month I was able to go directly to the ranch for pick up. The ranch is beautiful. It sits at the base of the foothills and is the most amazing area. Those are some lucky cows!

Also on Wednesday, I got 4 dozen free range eggs. I just started getting these a few weeks ago to add to the eggs my chickens lay. I’m getting 4 dozen every other week. In addition to the 4 or 5 eggs a day my chickens lay we finally have plenty of eggs. It’s funny, before everyone was going nuts wanting to eat eggs all the time. Now that I’ve found a regular source for eggs they aren’t wanted as much. How weird is that? 4 dozen eggs= $10

On Thursday, I strayed from my planned menu and decided eating some of the beef that we had sounded delicious. I was going to make meatballs but one of the kids asked for hamburgers. My daughter picked up hamburger buns (I would have made my own but it was too late in the day) and a head of lettuce for $4.48.

I only needed a few things from the store this week but they seemed to be expensive things. You ever have weeks like that?
Here’s what I bought:

  • 3 gallons whole milk
  • 2 pounds butter
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 pounds Tillamook cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream
  • .92 pounds Brussel sprouts
  • .17 pounds ginger root
  • .62 pounds coffee
  • 1 head Napa cabbage

Total: $50.41

We also got some free food this week. Joe’s work was throwing out an unopened 5 pound bag of carrots that had partly froze. I put those to good use. They also sent home opened bags of broccoli, snap peas and more carrots- those became chicken food.

$207.75 for the week with a huge portion ($92.86) from dining out. Added to last weeks total of $116.74 my new total for the month is $324.49 which is more than I was planning to be at this point. I still have some big purchases coming up for the month- my cow share still need to be paid and I want to put in an Azure Standard order with a local group I recently found. I was hoping to end up around $450 for the month. I suspect I’ll be over that. Stop back next week to see how it looks.

Did you have a romantic Valentine’s Day meal?

This post is a contribution to GCC Shopping Round Up hosted by Gayle at Grocery Cart Challenge.

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