I rarely used to eat breakfast. I love coffee in the morning, but I feel like 5:30am, when I get up for work, is just too early to eat. Now I go to bed at night looking forward to my morning oatmeal. I know that if I don’t eat it, there is no way I am any match for the 36 tenth graders waiting for me. I have told my students on several occasions that it is important for them to eat good breakfasts because if they are hungry it will be difficult to think about other things. It is nice to know I am not lying.
I start thinking about what we might have for dinner shortly after I have lunch. After school I am exhausted and I can only think of getting home to prepare our next meal. It is not uncommon for Christopher or I to call the other after classes get out to see what time we each will get home and what is on the menu. Now there is a new sense of urgency. We have both had evenings where we rush home and make whatever is fastest because we need to eat immediately.
The food we are eating is good, but we haven’t had quite the variety we were hoping we would. I still love beans and rice, but my taste buds want a change. We have not yet had a day of cost desperation where we have had to have ramen noodles, but when I hesitantly mentioned that it actually sounded good to me, I was surprise when Christopher agreed.
I may try to make a soup this weekend. It just depends how much it will cost. The other day I started looking through some of the many cookbooks we have for a simple inexpensive soup and I may have salivated a bit on the page. Looking at the recipes made me want to cook everything. The thought of the food I want consumes my mind.
In happier news, I found went on a mission for less expensive salad dressing today and succeeded. The Dollar Store had a bottle of Balsamic Vinaigrette for $0.50. This made it possible to have salad with a full serving of dressing and have some money left over for desert.
Dreaming of bland oatmeal only eight hours away,
Breakfast: Oatmeal – $0.05 (less than a cup cooked), 1Tbsp margarine-$0.03 (Kerri only),8 fluid oz Tang – $0.07 (Christopher only)
Lunch: Chana Masala – $0.25, Rice – $0.07
Dinner: Salad – $0.23 (1/4 carrot – $0.03, cherry tomatoes from garden – $0.04, 1/4 heart of romaine – $0.12,tbsp garbanzo beans-$0.04), 2 tbsp dressing – $0.06 (Kerri had one), Polenta – $0.09, Marinara Sauce – $0 .13
Dessert: 1tbsp Peanut butter-$0.05 (Christopher only), 1 peanut butter cookie – $0.06 (Kerri only)
Christopher Total: $1.00
Kerri Total: $0.94
Donation Total: $602
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