Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Lunch!

Yep, I still make the occasional Bento.  The kids are 9, and still need some magic in their lives, or at least creepy pizza fingers!
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Recipe for a week of meals for 4 for $100.

As a woman who has had to stretch a paycheck or two on occasion, I have been thinking of sharing a menu for a family who has little to spend on the weekly grocery bill. I used a budget of $100 for the whole family of four for the week.  I tried to make somewhat balanced meals with fruits, veggies, dairy, and meats everyday. Many of the items on the shopping list can be purchased more cheaply, and you can always find ingredients for more.  I used an average price you would find at a California store in 2015 for most of the ingredients.
This menu is assuming you are starting from scratch as if there was no pantry.  If you have some staples like spices and flour, you are really far ahead of the game. Use this as a loose guide and improvise and improve as needed.  Please send comments and any corrections you see that need to be made.

Shopping List:

24 Eggs  $6.00
1.25 lb ground turkey  $3.50
1 lb ground beef $3.50
1 lb of chicken breast  $4.00
2 cups fresh spinach (about 16 oz)  $2.50
1 bag panko crispy bread crumbs  $2.50
1 red onion $0.75
1 bulb garlic  $0.50
Salt  $1.00
2 pears $1.00
Black Pepper  $1.50
ketchup  $1.75
Pack of Burger Buns  $2.00
10 lb Sack of Potatoes  $4.00
Bag of Rice  $2.00
Box of cherry or grape tomatoes  $3.00
4 Apples  $2.00
8 Bananas $1.75
2 cans of soup  $3.00
Spray oil (like Pam) $2.25
1.5 - 2 Gallons of Milk  $5.00
1 lb Butter unsalted $3.50
Old Fashioned Oatmeal canister  $3.00
Brown Sugar  $2.00
White Vinegar  $1.00
2 Tuna Cans  $4.00
Sliced cheap wheat bread  $1.50
Mayo $2.00
Box of Corn Flakes  $2.00
Cheddar Cheese Bar  $3.00
Broccoli Crowns  $1.50
Bag of whole Carrots  $1.00
1/2 lb of sliced turkey $3.50
3 lb chicken thighs $4.00
5 lb Bag of flour $2.50
1 lb bacon or turkey bacon $3.00
Ranch dressing  $2.50
Romaine Lettuce $2.00
Yogurt Cups 2 for a dollar $2.00
Baking powder $1.50
Splurge - 2 liter of soda or bag of chips $1.00

Day 1


2 Apples sliced for all to shareOatmealBrown SugarMilk


Egg Salad Sandwiches (4 eggs)Home made potato chipsCarrot sticks


Meatloaf Cupcakes with Home Made Mashed Potatoes instead of packaged potatoes (use soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce).Home Made Mashed potatoes are: about 1-2 pounds of potatoes, 1/4-1/2 cup of milk, 2-3 TBSP of butter and salt as desired.  Boil potatoes for about 20 minutes or until soft.  Drain water and mash up potatoes with other ingredients.Meatloaf recipe makes 6 servings (2 cupcakes a person) - eat 8 cupcakes at dinner and reserve 4 for a brown bag lunch.

Day 2


Toad in the hole (4 eggs cooked over easy in a piece of toast with the center cut out.)


Meatloaf cupcakesHome made potato chips - preheat oven to 450 degrees F, slice 3-4 potatoes very thin. Boil the potato slices in water for 3-5 minutes. Drain the water and sprinkle with salt and pepper (add chopped garlic if desired). Spray oil a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or so until chips are golden brown. (eat half, save half for tomorrow).


Rice and soy sauce1/2 lb Chicken with sauteed spinach and garlic 

After Dinner Snack (dessert) 


1-3/4 cups of flour

4 tsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 Cup milk

1 egg

4 tsp unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Spray a 24 cup mini-muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray (I use a silicone pan with spray)3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.4. In a small bowl combine egg, milk, and butter. Pour over the flour mixture and stir, just until blended (do not overmix).5. Spoon the batter into the cups, only filling the cups until they are just to the top, not over the sides.6. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Day 3


Corn Flakes (with brown sugar if desired) & Milk


Wheat Bread and Tuna Sandwiches (2 cans of tuna, mayo, 1 hard boiled egg)Carrot sticks with Ranch


Leftover Muffins


Baked potatoes with butter, broccoli and cheese topping.Romaine lettuce salad with a few tomatoes, a little shredded cheddar, and thin sliced carrots.Bananas sauteed in butter for dessert

Day 4


OatmealBrown SugarMilk


Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Wheat bread, buttered, cheddar, and tomatoes)1 can of soup2 Apples sliced for all to share


Any leftover muffins


1/4 lb Burgers made with garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce served on buns with lettuce.Homemade french fries with KetchupCarmelized 1/2 Red Onion.  Try simplifying a gourmet recipe like this: by using what you have on hand, spray oil, white vinegar

Day 5


Jiffy Corn Muffins (need 1 egg +1/2 Cup milk)Yogurt cups


Cherry tomatoesSliced turkey and mayo or ranch with lettuce sandwiches on hamburger buns or sliced bread.2 pears sliced and shared


Splurge items like soda or chips or if you did not have that extra dollar, try a simple rice pudding with rice, milk and brown sugar.


Chicken Adobo - Recipe here - maybe make half if the chicken thighs are not cheap.  Borrow a bay leaf from a friend or skip it.rice 

Day 6


Corn Flakes with sliced bananas & Milk


Rice and Soy Sauce, leftover chicken adobo


Biscuits - Here's a recipe


Quiche - Pie crust + 1/2 lb bacon, 5 eggs, milk, any spinach, broccoli, tomato and onion that is left over

Day 7


Spinach, tomato, and egg scramble (Spray oil into the pan, saute spinach and tomato until spinach is wilted.  Scramble up 4-5 eggs, a little milk, salt, pepper into the pan.  Cook until fluffy.)Toast with butter


Bacon and Cheddar slices of whatever cheese is left on last of the hamburger buns, biscuits, or sliced bread - with mayo or ranch dressing. 1 can of soup


If you have enough butter left you can make shortbread cookies

If not, and you are hungry, have some oatmeal with brown sugar and milk.


Carrots cooked in brown sugar and butter1/2 lb Chicken, sliced, dipped in a little milk and 1 egg, and coated with a mixture of panko crumbs, salt, and pepper.  Spray a lot of oil into a pan and cook or spray a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F, 10-12 minutes on each side or until cooked through.Mashed potatoes or baked potatoes with butter.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pinning my Food

Oh my gosh it has been forever since I posted.  I have moved on in my digital life, but I come back to family of food for recipes and memories.  Lately I have been collecting food ideas on Pinterest,
That platform is a fabulous idea generator for food and much more.

One great idea I found was for this 4th of July.
Mine was layered a little differently:
It's all about the sugar content,

I used Pina Colada Mixer on the bottom, Cranberry Cocktail in the middle, and Gatorade Cool Blue on the top.  For adult drinks I mixed the Pina Colada with Rum shaken with ice in a bar shaker first and then layered the rest, and the red and white layers flipped due to the changed sugar content.

Here's the original post from the Like Mother Like Daughter Blog:

It was a hit!

I am trying this recipe tonight.

Thanks to all who share their tricks and treats.
Feel free to pin from the Family of Food Blog.
Happy Pinning!

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