It's a busy spiraling world out there... and yes... although I strive to make everyone else's life easier I can get caught in that whirling mess of beezee just the same.
This is why I found myself at the end of my work week in town, adding up the amount I had spent eating out and feeling like I should invest in hiring myself. Message here: Invest in Myself.
Ben and I work in town Tues, Weds, Thursdays and Saturdays... the other days we commit to being home which is 45 minutes away from town. So when we're in town working, we jam pack our days full and often don't have energy to think creatively about food... and going out is awfully nice sometimes. The need for food foresight didn't really kick in until I calculated that in three days I had spent $58 on going out (just myself!). This is nearly the precise amount that it takes to hire me weekly to cook up a weeks (7 days!) worth of food. My flyer's slogan reads "in three or four hours time Leah Rose can cook up a weeks worth of food, ready-to-go and to your specifications."
So, I called myself out and stepped it up. Ben and I bought $50 of groceries that Thursday and here's what followed:
Friday I made: two sweet potato pies, cranberry crumb bars for a potluck on Saturday, a huge pot of split pea soup, baked tilapia with tamari and mustard and a pile of steamed greens. (Probably 2ish hours of work, with a bit more room for baking time since I've got the ol' wood cookstove to dance with).
Saturday we had big bowls of oatmeal that I had soaked the night before so they'd get us through to a grand wedding potluck in the afternoon. When we got home late I had some split pea soup.
Sunday I cooked up: A millet/chickpea bake with some leftover golden milk sludge (I think my Golden Milk proportions were off), leftover fish sammie for lunch with some extra chicken & rice soup I made up for a new client and turkey meatballs with spinach and tomato sauce. (Another hour or two here, with breaks to pet the cat and read more cookbooks).
Monday we had a friend for dinner and had the meatballs, millet/chickpea bake and some sweet potato pie, still good from Friday.
Tuesday in town I had the millet/chickpea bake for an early dinner and it was filling enough to get me through.
Wednesday I was home, which isn't the norm, so I snacked around the house and made an apple cake (linked to the recipe because its soo damn good). That night... when I went to pick up Ben from town, BEN suggested we get pizza and there's really no way to resist that. So we split the largest one at Max's and I spent $15. A treat!
Thursday I made a quiche before leaving to get to town and pretty much ate it all day and had a gathering that evening with a potluck (insert apple cake here).
Friday we roasted one of our homegrown chickens and potatoes. Keepin' it mighty simple.
At this point I should probably have a cost vs labor analysis or something official, but really I've forgotten about the money I spent because I've better invested in my own well-being and that is worth more than that green paper.