Apparently, wildlife wasn’t particularly happy about my foraging today. I should have known that it was going to be rough when I had a ten minute standoff with an angry squirrel as I tried to make my way to the lemon tree (no, it wasn’t my most manly moment. All I can say is that I’m happy that there wasn’t anyone around with a video because there is no doubt it would have ended up on YouTube to my immense shame. In my defense, however, I grew up watching Monty Python, so I tend to fear cute, agitated animals).
Then while walking toward the river, a baby snake scared the crap out of me (I know how this cat feels) when I almost stepped on it:
This is part of a continuing challenge to eat well while spending an average of only $1 a day on food. You can find the beginning and the rules of this challenge here
Then when I did find a new patch of blackberries, the bees were already busy collecting pollen and didn’t seem all that happy so have me around searching for ripe blackberries making me run for cover 2 times. Then even the blackberry plants got into the action by making sure I left with war wound scratches on my arms and wrists for the blackberries I did claim. I think I will do something to appease Mother Nature before my next foraging trip…
Even with wildlife against me, the foraging was successful with 2 containers of blackberries and 8 lemons:
In addition to foraging, I made a grocery store run to use some of the Rolaids ($1.49 each when 8 mix and match purchased using
$4.00 off 2 any Rolaids from the 6/6 RedPlum Sunday coupon insert
making it a $1 moneymaker when you buy 2) coupons I had. I ended up getting 30 boxes of Rolaids (which will be donated) that allowed me to buy the following:
3 lbs of long rice
1 large bag of frozen veggies
1 large bag of frozen spinach
2 lbs of Vidalia sweet onions
which cost me a total of $1.33:
I still have coupons to make a couple more trips (I stopped because I didn’t want to run the grocery store out of Rolaids so that there were plenty of others could also take advantage of the deal). There is also a great money making deal at CVS (and other drugstores) this week which I will definitely have to do as it will be quite helpful with the limited budget.
This is what I had during the day:
Blackberry Banana Smoothie
After the nature ordeal, I was going to fully enjoy my hard earned finds with my new favorite way to get new energy after my morning walk:
7 ice cubes
1/2 cup blackberries
1 small banana
Whole Wheat Cinnamon French Toast w/ Blackberry & Banana Topping
Several people had mentioned that I had the ingredients for French Toast, so in the late morning I made some whole wheat cinnamon French Toast (egg, milk, cinnamon, vanilla flavoring) topped with blackberry and banana mixed together:
Clara’s Great Depression Poorman’s Meal
Potato Veggie Chowder
Thanks to DeeAnn, I decided to try making a Potato Veggie Chowder soup for dinner. Here are the directions she gave me:
Stuff you need:
Cutting board and knife
Potatoes (1 or 2 per soup meal you want to make)
Frozen Veggies (about half as much corn as potato)
Chicken bouillon cubes
Pepper (and maybe salt)
How to make it:
1. Cut up the potato (the same way you do for diced potatoes, or use leftover fried potatoes)
2. Add the potato chunks to the pot.
3. Throw in a handful of 1/2 an onion and shake on pepper until it you have as much pepper as you would want on your hash browns.
4. Put water into the measuring cup and then pour it over the potatoes until there’s as much water as you put milk in your morning cereal. Refill the measuring cup if you need to.
5. Check the measuring cup to see how much water you used. Add 1 bouillon cube per cup of water.
6. Add milk to the pot until the potatoes are completely covered.
7. Bring the soup to a boil, then turn down the heat to Med-Low and put a cover on it. Check the soup in three minutes. The mixture should bubble a little if you look at it for a few seconds, but not boil like crazy.
8. Cook for about 7-15 minutes, stirring every 3-5 minutes, until the potatoes are almost done.
9. Throw in the frozen veggies and stir. Cook another 3-10 minutes, until the veggies are done.
10. Taste the soup. Add salt and pepper if tastes boring.
And this is what it looked like:
It was quite good – enough so that there wasn’t anything left over as I had originally planned and that is always a great sign when your cooking is as challenged as mine is 🙂
Money Spent $35.98
Money left to spend: $25.02 ($1.33 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of everything bought: $900.85