Hey guys! I bet ya’ll thought I forgot all about this challenge, but I didn’t!! 🙂 I’ve just been busy, busy, busy! But I’ll get to that in a minute. Let me pick up where I left off… on Day 2.
Thursday, February 2. The kids scrambled eggs and fruit for breakfast. For lunch, they made tortilla pizzas (warning: very old post!!). For supper my oldest son brought home some take-out pizza for the family since I was neck-deep in baking.
You see, this weekend I had a wedding order for 500+ servings of cake and it took hours and hours and HOURS of baking to do all of the cake. Take-out was such a blessing!
Friday, February 3. We had cereal for breakfast and then the kids had leftover pizza for lunch. My friend Susan drove up to help me with the gigantic cake so I took her out to lunch for some adult time (yay!!) before we got busy working on the cake.
Side note: I was so nervous about this cake, I wasn’t thinking clear pretty much the whole weekend and didn’t take a SINGLE picture of us together or working or anything. Ugh. I’m kicking myself as usual!! But we worked and worked and worked some more – I’m so grateful Susan was here to help, then we took a break for supper and worked some more.
I did think ahead enough to cook some ground beef in the Instant Pot and we had spaghetti & garlic bread for supper.
OH, but I did have to shop that day for the garlic bread (while we were in town having lunch). My husband asked that I pick up some 2 liter drinks for them to drink on over the weekend since I couldn’t make tea or Koolaid and we barely had room for milk in the frig with all the cakes. And fruit – I bought bananas and apples. And I think that’s all. Sadly, I can’t find the receipt at the moment, but I think that was everything.
Grocery money spent: $26.65
Saturday, February 4. I got up Saturday and made a huge stack of Buttermilk Pancakes, plus bacon and sausage. Then Susan and I worked on cakes some more. We didn’t have a whole lot to do, so it was a pretty laid back morning.
Well, as laid back as one can be when getting ready to drive TONS of cake almost 50 miles on bumpy Mississippi roads and highways. Okay – I wasn’t laid back at all – I was a nervous wreck. So much so that I couldn’t bring myself to eat again until after the cakes were delivered.
This is what the back of my Excursion looked like when we pulled out of the driveway:
So, we made the drive, we nervously set up the cake, then we went to eat out to celebrate this:
The cake is not finished at this point – there were lots of flowers to be added but I didn’t get to hang around and see them. I published a picture of the finished cake here.
I’m not sure what my kids ate for lunch, but my 19 year old son was home to take care of them and make sure they ate!
But Richy, Susan and I ate out at a fantastic restaurant… I’m not sure if it was a really late lunch or a really early supper, but it was good. Then on the way home we stopped to buy fried chicken tenders for the kids and they added some sides at home to round out their meal.
I should note here that first, we normally don’t eat out this much and second, our “eat out” budget is separate for our grocery budget, so I’m not stressing about us eating out some during this month. My big goal is to seriously cut our grocery budget and stay within our “eat out” budget.
We did have one grocery spend for the day though – Richy needed a tool at Walmart for a project he’s working on so when he ran in, he grabbed a couple of gallons of milk. (again, we had run out and not re-stocked on purpose because the refrigerators were full of CAKE)
Grocery money spent: $7.40
Sunday, February 5. On Sundays we don’t all get up or leave together for church (my husband and son are in the band so they go early with a couple of the other kids; I come later with more kids), so I’m not sure what everybody had, but it was something quick probably like cereal, a granola bar, an apple, etc. For lunch we all ate leftovers… spaghetti from Friday night, seafood from Saturday afternoon and chicken taquitos from the freezer.
In the meantime, I made a huge pot of chili for our Super Bowl party tonight. I invited my siblings and their families and told them I’d have chili and cornbread and they could bring anything else they wanted. My son had to run into town to get gas in his car so my husband asked him to pick up some hot dogs for the little kids tonight, bread, and he got me some Diet Dr. Pepper (aka my morning coffee).
Grocery money spent: $15.33
And that’s it… so far for the month we’ve spent $49.38.