Thursday Thoughts – March 12

I’m not sure about this becoming a regular feature on here, but we’ll try it out for now. Thursday is basically the last day of my week as I spend Fridays with my parents, shamelessly using their washer and dryer to save money (seriously, $4.50 a load for 2-3 loads a week adds up).

Thursday is also the day I make my meal plan and grocery list for the next week. I grew up eating the traditional American diet of processed foods, canned vegetables (when we ate them at all) and unhealthy snacks, basically anything that didn’t require fresh ingredients (besides overcooked chicken and pork chops).

In 2013, I made it my goal to learn how to cook. Two years later, I’m no gourmet cook but I have a fresh, unprocessed, healthy meal on the table most nights a week. I also do this for around $60 a week for two people. It’s easy to eat well on a budget when you check sale ads, plan your menu for the week and make a careful grocery list.

Here are five things about me to finish off the post:

1. I’m mildly lactose intolerant, which makes my love for all things cream cheese extremely sad.

2. I fail at gardening. Last year I planted some strawberries and lavender, the strawberries are long dead and the lavender is clinging to life and turning brown.

3. One of my favorite fruits of all time is the blood orange.

4. I have an obsession with note cards. While cleaning out my room a few years ago, I found at least five packs unopened.

5. My favorite neutral color is gray, half of my wardrobe consists of it.

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