I went waaaaay over budget at the grocery store today. Hey, it happens to everybody, right?

I used to budget $50 for breakfasts, lunches and 4-5 dinners at home a week. Since I started buying organic and/or all-natural meats after watching Food Inc. I’ve upped it to $60-65 since organic meats are pretty pricey.

With two packages of Smart Chicken thrown into the mix, I came in at $71.76 this week. Eeks! At least the menus I have planned are worth it (or at least, I hope they are! ;) )

Here’s my loot:

The Produce:


  • Basil
  • Bananas
  • Salad
  • 4 Apples
  • Green onions
  • Shallots
  • Baby potatoes (WAIT ‘TIL YOU SEE THE SIZE OF THESE BABIES!!!!!!)
  • Lime
  • Avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus

Refrigerator Items:


  • Eggland’s Best Eggs
  • Extra-firm organic tofu
  • 3 Mango Chobani (to die for) 1 Pineapple Chobani
  • Coffee-mate (I know it’s loaded with chemicals, but I love it)
  • Skim Milk
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Prosciutto
  • 2 packages Smart Chicken (1 tenders, 1 breasts)
  • Frozen Naan

Pantry Items:


  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Ginger Cat Cookies
  • Bow Tie pasta
  • Honey Nut O’s
  • Masala Simmer Sauce
  • French cut green beans
  • Quartered artichoke hearts

Total: $71.76. It hurt, a little, but I got some pantry staple items (cereal, cookies, eggs, creamer) that will last for more than one week. It should all even out in the end!


Let’s talk about these ginger cat cookies real quick. I have a large place in my heart for ginger and molasses cookies. I know they’re not the same, but they remind me of Christmas with family, for some reason, which makes me happy.


Since these are low-fat, they’re a little dry. But definitely satisfying – and MUCH better for you than a sleeve of Thin Mints. :) Not that I would know anything about eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mints or anything…


In other news, care to take a guess at what the HECK this noise is?

It scared the bejeebers out of me when I got up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water!!!

Talk soon!