week 13: the budget update

Wow. I. am. so. full. It hurts. There’s been a lot of good food–and a reminder of why meat isn’t a part of my regular diet. It makes me feel sad, stale & tired. Man…

Joe & I have been putting a dent in our CSA share, but we still have lots to get us through next week, too. It helped make for an incredible Thanksgiving. I hope you had a great holiday. Now, it’s time for me to start recovering from Food Overload 2012 & get back to homework.


Breakfast: homemade toast & apple butter or granola with milk

Sat. lunch:
barley soup
Sat. dinner: eggs & potatoes
Sun. lunch: red beans & rice with salsa & tortilla chips
Sun. dinner: butternut squash with barley & apple with a side of kale
Mon. lunch: barley soup, radishes & cornbread
Mon. dinner: barley soup, radishes & cornbread
Tues. lunch: red beans & rice with salsa & tortilla chips
Tues. dinner: butternut squash & barley with arugula-honey dressing
Wed. lunch: red beans & rice with salsa & tortilla chips
Wed. dinner: butternut squash & barley left overs
Thanksgiving: cinnamon rolls, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, whipped potatoes, homemade bread, herb-roasted turkey, Mom’s stuffing, Dad’s pumpkin pie, rice crispy treats (a family tradition)
Fri. lunch: left overs
Fri. dinner: aaand more left overs
Sat. lunch:
kale & cheddar quiche
Sat. dinner: Thanksgiving Part II with a friend, where we shared pumpkin bars & wine


CSA (a double week, so about $50-60 for ALL THIS!)
pint of pickled beets
a mondo-sized bag of kettle corn, demolished in <24 hours
braeburn apples
pie pumpkin
butternut squash
mint tea
dried fall herb blend
dried oregano
sorghum molasses (the taste of Indiana autumn–incredible)
pint of persimmon pulp
1/2 gallon of apple cider

Organic Groceries ($50)
large can of tomatoes
loose-leaf black tea
spelt flour
frozen raspberries

Organic Holiday Groceries ($60)
pound cremini mushrooms
1.5 pounds green beans
Parmesan cheese
orange juice
all-purpose flour
bell pepper
gallon of milk

Impulse Purchases ($15)
marshmallows, wine

From Garden


  • lots of compost
  • turkey carcass
  • mashed potatoes
  • stale cornbread
  • lots of wrappers from making chai (no bulk or loose-leaf black tea)

About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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2 Responses to week 13: the budget update

  1. Tammy says:

    What is IU SPEA? Pretty cool that you get molasses in your CSA.

    • meganbetz says:

      It’s Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs, where I’m doing my Master’s of Public Affairs (concentrating in sustainable development).

      And, yeah! It’s sorghum molasses. Sorghum is having a great resurgence in Indiana, being seen as a more common alternative for molasses & even spirits. It was my favorite thing we got last year (that & honey on the comb), so I was really excited to see it again!

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