So I know this is kind of random but we’re blogging “the journey” here and well, this is reality. I knew my budget for groceries would need to expand when doubling the number residents in the house hold. What I didn’t know was what those extra dollars would be spent on. Here’s a little glimpse into Bekah’s newly revised Shopping Cart:
- Ramen – I thought my days of buying Ramen were in the past, but hey if it’s one of your daughter’s favorite comfort foods, it makes a very easy quick DIY “meal” (if you can call it that) on nights when we’re going 16 different directions. I guess I did eat it as an after school snack almost everyday in high school.
- Hamburger Buns – When I lived by myself if I bought a package of hamburger buns, I would have to freeze some right away or they’d get moldy before I could use them all. Now I buy about 3 packages a week. (Elisa likes these to make sandwiches on instead of bread. So one for breakfast and 2 for lunch equal at least 3 a day. Game days we add an extra one or two.) At least making her lunches is easy… 2 hamburger bun sandwiches, an apple and/or grapes, and grape or cherry tomatoes.
- Apple Juice – After going through nearly 2 gallons in the first week Elisa was here, I’ve learned to only put out a certain amount in the fridge each week even if I have more in the cabinet. If it’s in the fridge it will be gone. What can we say, the girl likes her juice.
- Lasagna noodles – Yesterday Aldi actually had lasagna noodles as a special buy item and I bought 3 boxes. This is Elisa’s favorite food… which oddly enough I had never even made until right before she came. I think we could have lasagna every day and Elisa would be happy. She even snapchatted about it last night … on the 3 day of leftovers… with the caption “how to get me happy”.
- Cocoa Puffs – I think these are disgusting but they’re the one cereal Elisa has found she likes. If anyone wants any Rice Krispies, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruit Loops, etc. etc. etc. we could probably hook you up with some nearly full boxes each with about one bowls worth out of them. 🙂
The food aspect of instantly parenting a teenager was one of the things I was most worried about going into this process while at the same time most excited about. I love cooking and I love it even more when I get to cook for other people. Yet, our food is very different than Faroese cuizine. Thankfully, Elisa isn’t too picky when it comes to food. Leave out the peanut butter and keep the vegetables raw not cooked. Rice is always a win, and if all else fails… she just goes and makes herself some spaghetti noodles with ketchup! 😳