fresh. that's how we're eating these days because it's just too hot to cook. period. we've had temps over 100 and heat index in the 110's+ for several days it looks like it's not changing anytime soon. lawman worked outside yesterday and his superior required he take breaks every 10 minutes. yes, it's that hot. madison is lifeguarding this summer; she's got zero energy when she gets home after 6 hours of guarding. fortunately they take breaks regularly and she's a water drinker and a sunscreen user.
due to the dog days of summer, i've lost my mojo in the kitchen. it's hard to find inspiration when it's too hot to cook or eat yet the others in the house expect to find something available in the fridge or the pantry. i was diligent yesterday about creating a menu and a shopping list. it's been weeks since i've made a true menu plan and i can honestly say that i'm looking forward to this week because i did one! i'm going to utilize the grill, microwave and stovetop.
here's what's on the plan, and in no particular order:
- mac & cheese with ham, sugar snap peas
- spicy italians (homemade but made like subway), hot spinach dip with tortilla chips
- taco salad
- fried rice with egg rolls (ok, i lied - - these are frozen so i'll have to use the oven)
- italian beef in tortillas, fruit
- pork rice bowls with asparagus
- BLT's with avocado, green salad, fruit
- grilled chicken with santa fe salad
- caesar salad with grilled chicken
- homemade pizza (which i think we will try on the grill)
- other things i've made/prepped today so they're at the ready ~ homemade limeade, fresh salsa (hence the reason for the photo of the cilantro & lime), no bake cookie bars, sliced strawberries and grapes.
yesterday as i was preparing my grocery list i tallied up my food expenses for may and june. holy cow! anyone else seen a spike in the $ spent on food? granted, we had 2 graduation parties in may that added to the increase plus 2 june birthdays and 2 x we hosted friends. i also realize that having the girls home and not at school adds to the expense however, i will say that both have been diligent about packing a lunch/snack when needed according to their work schedule. both may and june were near the $600 mark and i typically try to maintain a $450 grocery budget. i've seen the new prices on the shelf labels at the grocery store so i know i'm not the only one spending more to feed the family. i'm going to have to be diligent this month to get this back under control. i think i'll go back through and re-visit my monthly food expenditure since the beginning of the year to see if the trend began before summer. are you seeing the same trend in your grocery bill?