Day 23: Roasted in a very hot oven

This afternoon I had the fun of going out to our garden ‘annex’ and picking all sorts of vegetables. Since we only planted that little patch at the start of July, and I wasn’t certain we’d get much, anything we get there feels like a bonus. But I today I got enough corn for dinner, plus decent amounts of beets, carrots, kohlrabi, and beans.

beets, carrots, and kohlrabi, with apple crisp in the background

beets, carrots, and kohlrabi, with apple crisp in the background

Tonight’s corn was the first out of that corn patch, and there’s enough that hopefully we’ll get 3 or 4 more meals. Speaking of meals, I’m glad there’s only one more week left to this 30 Days, because I’m getting bored with writing what we’ve eaten for every meal!

Today’s Meals
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and toast
Lunch: Leftover beans and rice, plus grapes
Dinner: Garden veggies (beets, kohlrabi, carrots, and beans) roasted in a very hot oven in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, plus corn on the cob, cottage cheese, and apple crisp.

Today I spent $9.50 at the grocery store, leaving me with just over $22 to last for the rest of this week. It’ll be a piece of cake. I think. I bought a dozen eggs, two boxes of cereal (1 free, 1/$1.50 with coupon), 10 lbs of sugar, and a tub of margarine.

Someone asked how I thought it would be at the end of the month– would I spend tons? I’m not sure I will. I’d really like to see if we could shave maybe a hundred or two hundred off our average budget on a regular basis. Instead of my usual $900 a month, maybe I could habitually do with $700?

Granted, the garden was a huge help this month. I spent almost nothing on fruits and veggies all month. I bought onions and garlic and that’s it. So that is certainly not reflective of most months. And certainly we have eaten some of our stores and I will need to restock some things. But we must have had huge quantities of food in the house to begin with, because we just aren’t hurting that bad right now. I think I’ll aim to spend $700 in October, and see how it goes.

One thing I am definitely going to do on a regular basis is to shop with cash. That trick alone has helped me be so much more self-disciplined in my shopping.

One other funny thing happened today. I gave one of my 10 year old boys the assignment of making the crumb topping for the apple crisp we had for dinner. Being a 10 year old boy, he was trying to get the task done as quickly as possible, and accidentally added a teaspoon of cumin to the topping, instead of what I’d said, a teaspoon of cinnamon. Although there was a slightly different smell to the crisp this evening, I am happy to report that cumin, cinnamon, and apples actually go together just fine, and dessert was not ruined.


  1. Yummy! That sounds like a delicious dinner of roasted veggies! Looks like you’re up late like me…Thanks for sharing! ~Heather
    P.S. Loved your “If you give your daughter a cart…” post below. Too cute.

  2. Wow, I wish I could do a garden! The only place we get sun is on the deck and I don’t know that I could get enough produce to make it worthwhile for my family of 8.

  3. Cash is my secret to shopping!

  4. Mmmm. Cash – hmmmm what’s that LOL! Maybe I should try that too!!

    I’m getting bored of writing my menu too but I like yours and others it gives me ideas to vary our meals.


  5. Yummy, there is nothing more deliciously beautiful than colorful fresh veggies from the garden.

  6. Good thing it was cumin and not something like crushed red pepper or cayanne pepper.

  7. Your veggies look wonderful. We’re trying to “use up” some of our stock of food. And it really does cut down on the grocery bill.


  8. first time visitor, and really enjoying looking at your last month. What a wonderful challenge…..we are a family of 7 who manages on a $500 grocery budget. It’s been fun in blog land to share/swap secrets on the less is more philosophy. 🙂

  9. Wow, I am impressed with how well you are doing this month. I am also doing $200 and I have a much smaller family. I also like hearing about all the things you are making and getting from your garden.

    I am also pondering what I want to do for next month, probably not $200 again but I would like to do something. Thanks for initiating this.