Well, part of our 2 week “vacation” was to go about 3 hours away for my husband to try a natural treatment center for his depression/anxiety/and chronic fatigue/etc problem.   The Dr. diagnosed him with Epsteinbar virus.

Now, I am not sure what that means medically, but I learned about the dietary habbits that we’ll be doing.

No chicken, turkey, or cheese,   on top of our already
No cows milk
No Gluten/Wheat
No nothin’ diet.



So, I’ve had to completely adjust our budget to allow for meat for protien and lots of more veggies.

Good/bad news is, Hubby is going down every Friday for treatment.  3.5 hours away.   With 2 children.   Yeah.   It may not be hard for some, (KUDOS to you out there!)  but I’m exhausted. LOL. BUT They have inexpensive produce down there in SO CA.  I couldnt believe the prices on some of those things! WOOT!   Last week we did our first trial run of going down and coming back in one day… and we hit bad traffic.  Going 45minutes away took 2hours, and then we stopped for a rest for a couple hours hoping that we would miss more traffic… ha ha ha.  Shows what kind of city slickers we are!  Another what should have been 45 minutes took another 1.5 hours.    But I am so impressed with how the children behaved.   I think they have realized that crying/fussing does not change our circumstances, but attitude can.   Hmmm, need to remember that one.   “Out of the mouth of babes…”

So, I have been trying out new recipes, working with a different budget.   So you can get an idea of how excited I am about getting such good produce deals…
I would pay approx $45 for 2 bags of produce here in town…
I paid this last week, $30 for 5 bags of produce.  WOO HOO!

Anyway, Last night was LifeAsMom’s Spanish Rice  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjpdMbuLt1E),  with homemade refried beans cooked in a bit of bacon grease and garlic salt,  with green beans, and corn tortillas.

Today’s Menu
Pot roast found on special for $2.++lb + the $2.50 Managers Special coupon used = $4.43 for 3lbs
potatoes from our .99c 3# bag of potato special 1/2 a onion (big onions),  2 carrots that are no longer crispy ;), rice left over from last night, corn tortilla’s and avocado cause they are starting to go bad. 

I will use the leftover roast to make enchilada’s according to this recipe for tomorrow.

Tomorrows Menu:
Mashed Cauliflower (or how to trick your children with mashed “potatoes”.)
Fried Zucchini – http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/print/sautaed-zucchini-recipe.html
Corn Tortillas

So far we’re not breaking the budget!  😀


So, do you need breakfast ideas?


Pumpkin(or other fruit) Oatmeal Bake

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a mid sized casserole dish.
In a large bowl mix moist ingredients:
1 small can (or 1/2 a large) of pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 Tbs vanilla
4 Tbs melted butter or melted coconut oil
1 cup of milk (We used Almond milk for my dairy-free girlie)
Whisk until smooth.
Add in the following dry ingredients:
3 cups old-fashioned oats
One apple (diced)
1 Tbs cinnamon (we like a lot of the spices)
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
a pinch of allspice and a pinch of cloves
1/2 tsp REAL salt (any salt would do, we just use this kind)
2 tsp baking powder
Stir to combine.
Pour into prepared casserole dish
Top with a tiny sprinkling of brown sugar
Bake 350F for 45 minutes
Serve each portion drizzled with a generous amount of maple syrup (very important) and a bit of cream.

Some versions leave out the vanilla or the apple. Others add in dried cranberries or raisins. Quantity of eggs differs greatly from one source to another…Some have the maple syrup baked in instead of drizzled on each serving…

We’ve done it with banana and blueberries, just banana, strawberry and mango its very good.


Friday breakfast
Oatmeal done in the crockpot (we live at 0’dark thirty so I need something quick and easy)
Cook on HIGH 1-2 Hours (recipe says low but we found its better on HIGH)
3 cups of soy,almond, skim milk, or fresh goats milk
2 cups of old fashion (GF) oats (can be bought through co-op or Amazon)
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or almonds or whatever you have)
3TBSP of brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 (6oz) container of vanilla yogurt)  OR 1/3 cup of plain yogurt and 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Put all ingredients but yogurt in the crockpot, stir and turn on low (High) for 1-2 hours stir occasionaly.

Stir in yougurt.

P.S.  I added the yogurt in and we liked it that way too. 🙂