Food Website Link Love

I’ve got to spread some link love, here…

DH had some surgury done this month, making it a tight month for the grocery budget.  I’ve been learning some new tricks from Erin at $5 Dinners.  She feeds her family of four (DH, and two boys 4 and 2) for under $5 a night.  Crazy!  It’s made me a lot more aware of how much I’m spending per meal.  She has the cool tip of writing the price she paid for items, on their boxes – not a new idea for us WW’ers who write the Points “price” of food on the box.  When I did that with WW, it made it a whole lot easier to learn values, and I look forward to becoming more aware of costs as well.

I’ve also been spending some time over at A Year of Slow Cooking. It’s a blog written by Stephanie, who in 2008 made the resolution to slow cook for a year and blog about it.  One distinct catch – her youngest is celiac, so everything is gluten free, and has notes to make milk-free as well.  It has reinspired me to cook better and more often for my family with my slow cooker.  It is such a lovely thought to be driving home from work and have a hot lovely meal waiting!  Although her challenge is over, she’s got some great information about slow cooking that I haven’t bumped into elsewhere.

One last link, to the heavyweight of my online recipes: All Recipes.  I absolutely love that they allow ratings and comments on the recipes.  I have yet to cook a 4- or 5-star recipe that my family didn’t like.  I also like the free online recipe box, it makes it easy to dig up old favorites instead of printing or re-searching.  If I’m hungry for something, this is my first line of searching.  I’ll read the reviews for tips to figure if/how to tweak the recipe, and so far it’s been great!

Good luck in the kitchen!


Crazy Week!

I haven’t posted in a while – it’s been a crazy week!  We’ve got a customer at work that isn’t satisfied that our product performs, so I’ve been seeing some lo-o-o-ng days trying to hopefully get them happy.  It’s frustrating because they’re basically not following the user manual that comes with the product and then aren’t happy with the performance.  Sigh!

I was able to squeeze a run in on Tuesday, just putzin’ along trying to build some base.  My last run previous to that was another 6 days before that… yikes, I need to move more! I’ve been intending to switch to morning runs, but I’ve been too short on sleep to convince myself to get out of bed earlier when the alarm goes off.  I’ve been using the Nike+ running system and signing up for challenges has been motivating!tball

My eating has been off track, too, with all the stress that’s been at work… so I haven’t been logging.  I know better, too, that being accountable isn’t as painful as I think it is, and it gives me a chance to balance a bad day or two with the rest of the week… whether it’s better food choices or moving more.

On a higher note… my day at work last Saturday turned into a comp day today, so I got the privilege of playing t-ball outside with my toddler today, helping him dunk animal crackers in milk, and getting lots of hugs.  What a sweetheart!  We tried to get a haircut, but he couldn’t sit still long enough to get the first snip in.  E is 18 months old, and all boy. :)  The evening finished up playing with the neighbor’s kids (5 yrs and 18 mos) in the sprinkler.  Summer is here, yay!