My brain has been pretty fried by the end of the work day, even with trying to stay caught up while on my work trip. I made meals of sorts Friday through Tuesday, but yesterday took advantage of $5.00 Faves at Papa Murphy’s. It had been a long time since we had pizza so an inexpensive treat. I shredded a couple cups worth of carrots, threw in some raisins, and tossed them in some Aldi’s poppy seed dressing. Delicious. For $5.50, all three of us ate and I have a leftover slice for lunch today. I’ll count in my grocery budget, but DH did his damage again and used $11 of my remaining $40, so now the kitty stands at $24 through months end. I may make it and I might not, but will give it my best effort.
I am pleased with myself on the carrot salad. DD2 wasn’t a fan-it reminded her of a great aunts salad. DH has young aunts, but they do tend to have rather old school salads, which surprises me. This one was Googled and found on Taste of Home web site. I used poppy seed rather than making my own mayo, sugar and vinegar version to try an ‘modernize’ it a bit. I ended up eating most of it-yum.
Don’t you love generous gardeners? I received a gift of a few cucumbers today from a coworker. She has a large garden with her grandparents south of the metro, and has said this will be a weekly occurrence-they can’t keep up with all the produce. She plans to offer up the bounty weekly-so kind. I love cucumber salads and refrigerator pickles, so will be quite happy the rest of summer. She also teased us with promises of Swiss chard and kale, though I have to learn to like kale to appreciate it, but the chard, again, yum!
Tomorrow is my day off , though I’m joining a conference call. I have several little projects on my to do list, but hope to spend a sizeable amount of time this weekend batching up recipes for quick, frugal meals and snacks next week. I know I need eggs and probably another ½ gallon of milk and some fruit. My raspberries are coming, but I’m freezing as I pick. I am not going to complain about the heat, though it is sweltering out there. By Saturday, we have coolish weather promised so might be the better of my weekend days to hold up in the kitchen. What’s going on in your kitchen this week?