Last week I made Split Pea and Cauliflower soup from the Forks Over Knives blog. That was a wonderful and easy soup. The garam masala really made it exceptional. I also recommend the Tuna, White Bean and Arugula salad from last week.
Monday – Kitchari, requested by DD who loved this dish at Annapurna in Santa Fe. This restaurant is reason enough to move to Santa Fe! Kitchari is basmati rice, dal, veggies and greens.
Kitchari, turmeric makes is that beautiful yellow color
Tuesday - Fajitas with black beans
Wednesday - Dinner out! The temperature may go over 30 degrees F so we will leave our den.
Thursday – Tarascan Pinto Bean Soup from last week. I didn’t end up cooking that night because of our water main break.
Friday – Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
For more menu inspirations, see orgjunkie.com!
Hope you are enjoying a nice Valentine’s Day. The sun came out, our water is back on, and I have Split Pea Cauliflower soup on the stove from this week’s meal plan.
Have you perused any of the great Dave Ramsey Valentine’s Pick Up lines? My favorite came from the comments section: “How would you like to be a line item in my budget?” If I weren’t already happily married….
We got our federal tax refund back and used it to bump up our emergency fund, as well as topping up some other categories like car repair and summer kid activities. This last batch of crazy winter weather has me more motivated than ever to keep saving for retirement somewhere warmer!
Do you have any special Valentine plans?
Today began with a doorbell ring at 6:50 AM.
Starting the Morning with our friends at the DPW
New water main break – two or three of them actually. One right next door. The frost line is down so far this year it is reaching pipes that normally would not be affected. Note to self: don’t plan to put any seedlings in the ground in May.
Our neighbors have a big hole, and no water yet for any of us.
One thing that makes ‘Murphy’ come around is extreme weather. I speak from experience this week, and it is only Tuesday!
Yesterday we had a flat tire that was so beat up that it required a completely new tire. The roads around here are crumbling with huge craters from the extreme cold. We have no idea what caused such a big puncture. Cost: $200.00. Paid for out of our ‘Auto Repair’ fund. Now, you might recall we are saving for new tires and brakes for one car. Murphy’s Law … the car with the puncture is NOT the same car that needs new tires this Spring! Grrr.
Today our neighborhood water main broke, again from the prolonged extreme cold. We haven’t seen 30 degrees F in months. The water main is the pipe that brings fresh water to your home. The water gets shut off while they dig up the street. There are so many water main breaks in our village that they are working 24 hours a day to keep up. We were preparing to foot the bill for a hotel stay tonight, but they were able to get it repaired in time. Got lucky on that one.
Emergency fund = Murphy repellant. As Dave Ramsey says ‘An emergency fund turns a crisis into an inconvenience.’
I am hoping for a boring day tomorrow!
It has been a while since I have posted. Lately it has been easy to save money because the winter has been so fierce we eat in every night and barely ever get to a store for fun! I’ve been passing the time watching Forks Over Knives on Netflix and pinning recipes on Pinterest. Forks Over Knives is a movie that looks at the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
I was a vegetarian for many years, and I am always interested in plant-based meals. My daughter seems to naturally prefer them anyway. I have some new recipes to try this week!
Sunday – White Bean Tuna Salad with arugula. New recipe; for my daughter I will leave out tuna.
Monday – Fried rice
Tuesday – Split Pea and Cauliflower Soup – I can tell by the ingredients this will be a hit for us.
Wednesday – I am making a recipe for a Meal Train delivery… Pioneer Woman’s meatball subs.
Thursday – Tarascan Bean Soup – This is a pinto bean soup I used to make years ago.
Friday – Pizza! Happy Valentine’s Day.
For more meal planning inspiration, visit orgjunkie.com.
This week I happily have all of my ingredients already in the pantry or freezer. We are about to begin “Polar Vortex, Part 2″ (a few days of temperatures below 0 F). I hope to not have to grocery shop until the end of the week when I turn my attention to Superbowl snacks!
Black bean soup – Dinner at home
Mon - Dr McDougall Back Bean Soup (Veg), Biscuits and Honey
Tues – Turkey burgers, fries, and broccoli
Wed – Spaghetti (sauce already made in freezer, joy!), home-made garlic bread
Thurs – Eggs, hash brown potatoes, turkey sausage, fruit
Fri – Pizza night, and ice skating (hopefully!)
For more menu inspirations, check out orgjunkie!
While the temperature is an icy cold 6 degrees Fahrenheit outside, in my budget it is already summer! Our budget accounts for recurring expenses (such insurance, utilities, etc.), upcoming expenses that need to be funded, and also larger goals such as retirement.
In upcoming expenses for 2014, we are starting to fund a variety of needs between now and summer. They include:
- A new hot water heater – Ours is pushing the limits of its expected lifespan at the age of 13. We will be prepared to replace it in summer when I am off work.
- Tires and brakes on one car. We began funding this in 2013 by setting aside money each week.
- Summer kid activities – Registration for summer camps and activities usually begins in February or March, so this category needs attention right away. We have $200 set aside from 2013.
- Vacation – We have been using my checks from part-time work to fund our vacation category and have a good amount saved, but not enough. Read more here about our decision to make saving for vacation a family affair.
Those are the big items for the next 6 months. Every Saturday night we have a final look at our expenses from the past week and any unspent money is allocated towards these budget goals. Setting aside $10-20.00 a week does add up, and keeps us from falling back into the arms of Citibank!