So Much Planning

So all of last week’s 100 Days to Christmas tasks were about planning; budgeting, gift lists, and the like. Which is great, except I’ve had all that planned for months! Granted, it’s pretty simple, keeping to a budget, when all of your gifts are homemade, and your list of people to buy for is less then 15.  My budget is a pretty roomy $150 total, with (ideally) $30 for supplies for each set of gifts. Right now I’m super under budget, but I also have only bought supplies for one gift, the rings. All together, for the ring blanks, caviar beads, and embellishments I think I spent just over $15.  Probably Definitely could have gotten cheaper stuff if i’d gone to an actual store, but i like the variety I get shopping online.

I’m also supposed to get out all of my Fall/Halloween decorations and put them up, but i have none of those. And it’s much too early n the season to get a pumpkin. The heat would rot it before next week!

Today we’re supposed to make something with apples. Know what Amber doesn’t have? Fricking apples. I am appleless. I was kind of expecting something more along the lines of organizing things and cleaning, rather then all this planning, when it’s so early in the season you don’t have all the information you need to plan these things. Especially if you have any fall birthdays. Making a gift list is swell, at the right time. Not when half your family was born in fall and they end up receiving your brilliantly planned gift from someone else  for their birthday and you’re back to square one.





Shopping With Fall In Mind

Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today was our middle-of-the-month shopping trip. Already the store is decorated with pumpkins and gourds, and Genevieve got me to put squash on the menu two weeks from now, despite the 90 degree weather and lack of autumniness! Gev snacked on a doughnut covered in orange frosting and leave shaped sprinkles as we sped past aisles of Christmas themed foods, while thinking desperately ‘can’t catch me, Christmas thoughts!’. It’s kind of insane how fast they churn out Christmas stuff after Labor Day. Let us enjoy Fall, don’t just skip an entire season! Usually the middle-of-the-month trip a pretty sparse trip, but I found a couple things I’m really excited about! First was some cheap bacon for the Bacon Pea Risotto I’m making for dinner Friday. Oh, balls, I forgot white wine. Urg… I’ll google around for some alternatives, but risotto may have to wait until next Friday… Anyways. I also got three packages of bone in chicken thighs (4 per package) for less then $2 each! Usually chicken thighs this big can be anywhere upwards of $6, so I snatched up the last of them! And I also grabbed the mandatory pound of ground beef, for Hamburger Helper (hey, just because I’m a food blog doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the ease of a boxed dinner!), or spaghetti or whatever, and a nice fat pork loin. Oven Roasted Pork Loin is the first dish I make every Fall. Something about meat cooking slowly all day smelling like nutmeg and comfiness just screams Fall to me. Frozen veggies were also pretty cheap today, which was good, since fresh veggies aren’t quite in season here. Everything else I got was just the usual suspects- cereal, milk (regular and coconut), bread, bottled water, etc. A pretty boring trip with some hidden treasures. The big hitter shopping trips are at the beginning of each month, when I can stock up on spices, specific things like stock, and flour and oil and what I call ‘carriers’- rice, pasta, and potatoes. Still not sure what to do about my white wine situation… Anyone have any ideas for me?