Of budgets and beef…

I was feeling in need of fast food last night, so I volunteered going out as an alternative to me making meatloaf and mashed potatoes (okay, I was feeling lazy too).

Yep. Qdoba. It reminds of a cross between Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Chipotle. When I was still living in Ohio, there was a Moe’s about 2 blocks from my apartment. I ate there a LOT.

The McDonald’s I used to work at when I was in college became a Chipotle, although I didn’t eat there as frequently. Since I’ve been in SoDak, I’ve eaten at Chipotle twice–once in St. Paul, MN, and once in Omaha.

Anyway…I got my usual, a quesadilla. Usually I get the steak quesadilla, but last night, I opted for chicken:

I’m funny when it comes to salsas…I don’t care for pico de gallo, and most salsas are too chunky for my liking. I usually get my quesadillas with just meat & cheese, and the least chunky salsa:

Salsa roja. And it’s got a little kick to it.

Tonight, I went the route of using pantry ingredients for dinner. I had ground beef thawed, but didn’t want to wait an hour for meatloaf, and I really didn’t want to go to the trouble of peeling potatoes.

So I opted to rummage around in my pantry, and asked Jay how he felt about a homemade version of cheeseburger mac or beefy mac or whatever you want to call it. My recipe as it were is here.

I don’t know if this is exactly a good thing or not, but it did remind me of the last time I bought Hamburger Helper, which was probably a good 7 or 8 years ago!

I’m planning on going back to the farmers market tomorrow, as well as the grocery store. I did some figuring and worked out a budget, in the hopes of actually growing our savings, instead of temporarily parking money there for a couple weeks at a time. We’re trying to figure out a way of affording a second child (no, I am not pregnant), and there’s the daycare cost factor, as well as all the other expenses that add up whenever you have kids.

I’m going to see if we can get by on $40/week for groceries, and I’m starting with tomorrow’s venture to the market & grocery store. I actually have $45 budgeted for tomorrow, as I only need a couple things at the market. I’ll see how things go at the grocery store.

I have a lot I want to try and accomplish this weekend. I have a pumpkin to hack up, seeds to roast, tomatoes to freeze and turn into soup, laundry to do, bread to bake…And lord knows what else I can take on!

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