More snow! I swear, I want to scream at Winter, Mother Nature, the climate change, jet stream, Arctic air, whatever. When I got up this morning & checked the weather, we were supposed to get about 2 inches over the course of today.
Now it’s up to 3 inches, and I really wouldn’t be surprised to see it change again and our revised total be upped to 4 or 5 inches.
That just seems to be the case this year. And lest anyone think I’m crazy, KELO (one of the news stations out of Sioux Falls) has a listing of some of the snowfall totals so far this year. Since Brookings is between Watertown & Sioux Falls, I would venture to guess that our snowfall total is closer to what Watertown’s received rather than being below average like Sioux Falls apparently is. Therefore, anyone who wants to tell me to suck it up this winter or laugh at my occasionally crushing Seasonal Affective Disorder can kiss my chalk-white ass.
Along the lines of more things that are making me cranky, grocery prices are going up again. There goes my $40/week budget…Unless I’m super careful. It’s ridiculous, I tell ya. I know it’s just a perfect storm of everything, but still. For those of us po’ folks, it hurts. Big time. What sucks is that Jay & I are in that no-man’s land that gets slammed the hardest…We’re nowhere near the poverty line (thank God), but we make just enough to not qualify for any assistance. Not that I would probably apply for any–I’m too proud, and there are people who are lot worse off than we are. And I know a big part of it too, is budgeting, and just having to learn to make do with less. Plus, I didn’t really need to drop $18 at Hardee’s last night. I very easily could’ve & should’ve made us eat leftovers last night, as was my original intent. But what I’m really sick of is the fact that I get bitten on the behind every time I do decide that we need a little treat. As such, I spent almost double this week’s normal budgetary allotment:
Milk’s up to $3.60/gallon. My dad’s jaw about hit the floor when I told him that, since he pays about a dollar less out in Ohio. Butter was actually on the cheaper side–$2.99/lb. Recently I’ve seen it as high as $3.59/lb. Yikes. And yeah, I suppose we could buy cheaper yogurt, but honestly, we’re spoiled on Greek yogurt, and I really don’t think I could go back to eating regular yogurt any more.
I had more ground beef on the list, but opted not to buy it when I realized both that I already had what I need for tomorrow night’s Cincinnati chili, as well as the fact that I don’t have anything else requiring ground beef on the menu for this week. I had to laugh when I read the above-linked story on grocery prices, claiming that chicken is the affordable protein these days. That package of Smart Chicken cost less than some of the store-brand packages. And I had to dig for it, because most of the packages were in the $6-7 range.
Carbon footprint aside, the produce was at least cheap. That cost about $3 (I overheard someone at work claiming fresh produce is so expensive–Not if you get it on sale & you buy in-season). I’ll be making some tomato soup & grilled cheese Monday night.
I probably could’ve trimmed a few things from my pantry re-stock. The caramel sauce was not a necessity, although I’m still planning on trying my hand at the Caramel Crumb Biscuits tomorrow, and it’ll cost me a LOT less to make a batch at home than it would to go buy the same number of biscuits from Hardee’s.
I also didn’t have to buy Wheat Montana Flour, and could’ve just gotten some for about $2 cheaper.
However, I’ve had much better luck since I started using this than I have with regular all-purpose flour. And while it may not be organic, the folks over in Montana know their stuff when it comes to wheat. So I pay the extra for it.
I also probably didn’t need the cracked wheat, but I have a recipe for cracked wheat bread that I’ve been wanting to try baking for awhile, and I like changing up my homemade breads on occasion. Plain old whole wheat gets a little boring after awhile. Plus, a little extra fiber never hurt anyone.
I also could’ve probably waited on buying more cocoa, but I made these brownies Monday night, and they were gone as of Thursday night. These were almost like boxed-mix brownies, but obviously better, since they were homemade. I’ve had good luck with the recipes I’ve tried from the King Arthur Flour website, but the Nestle recipe blew them all away. And I almost never have good luck in making fudgy brownies.
I also have to make cinnamon rolls tomorrow night–They’re for a fundraiser for the bambino’s daycare. I was just going to buy frozen ones & let them rise overnight, but frankly, I didn’t have the extra money, and it’ll be a lot cheaper to make them by hand. Plus, I’d be willing to bet they’ll taste better.