This Week's Grocery Order + Meal Ideas

I thought I'd be able to drag my next grocery trip out a couple of weeks, but my daughter must be going through a growth spurt or something right now because she's eating a lot more snacks/meals right now. Plus, with all of us being at home 24/7 we tend to hang out in the kitchen and graze all day. I placed an online pickup with Wal-Mart and picked it up this morning. Here's what I got:

  • 2 packs tofu
  • loaf of gluten free bread
  • grapes
  • bananas
  • box of whole wheat spaghetti
  • tortilla chips
  • salsa
  • tomatoes
  • canned kidney beans
  • canned chili beans
  • canned black beans
  • canned refried beans
  • bag of dried red beans
  • bag of dried black-eyed peas
  • bag of white rice
  • kiwis
  • lettuce
  • sugar snap peas
  • avocados
  • two bags of gala apples
  • 2 bags frozen sweet potatoes
  • oreos
  • 4 frozen cheese pizzas
  • siete almond flour tortillas
  • lemons
  • limes
  • red bell peppers
  • green bell peppers
  • cantaloupe
  • frozen peas
  • frozen corn
  • parchment paper
  • spring mix
  • frozen riced cauliflower
  • 2 frozen cauliflower pizza crusts
  • pack of lime sparkling water
  • 2 packs smoked salmon
  • gallon of almond milk
  • flamin' hot doritos
  • 3lb bag of potatoes
  • pasta sauce
  • 2 packs of seaweed
  • 2 packs beyond beef crumbles
  • lucky charms
  • string cheese
  • dog food
  • bubble bath
  • 2 boxes annie's mac n' cheese
total: $174

I spent a lot, but I was so surprised to see dried beans, rice, frozen pizza, and canned food back on the app that I grabbed a few extra things to have on hand. I also made a Whole Foods delivery order that arrived on Friday morning and here's what that had in it:

  • bag frozen corn (my daughter eats frozen corn straight from the bag so I keep it on hand πŸ˜†)
  • smoked salmon
  • gluten free bagels
  • soy sauce
  • frozen black bean burgers
  • coffee
  • canned black beans
  • 2% milk
  • bag of mixed nuts
  • bag of cashews
  • bag of plain potato chips
  • limes
  • sweet potatoes
  • bananas
  • romaine
  • garlic
  • turkey bacon
  • eggs
  • avocado
  • canned tuna
  • tortilla chips
  • bag of onions
  • grape tomatoes
  • 2 bags baby carrots
  • oat milk + rice crisp dark chocolate bar
  • frozen gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough
  • bag of broccoli
  • annie's cheese pizza bagels
total: $143.17 // which brings my grocery total to $317.17 (that includes the delivery tip and $17.63 in tax for both orders - our food tax is 7.25% here and 9.25% on all other items)

I went back and forth on if I should post prices since I wasn't sure if it seemed tone deaf with everything that's going on. Usually my rule is if I can't decide if I should or not, then don't do it. But I'm keeping this as a record since I want to see how long groceries last, if I can do better to keep my costs down, what worked and what didn't. I also wanted to stock up a bit because they are starting to reopen businesses in my state this week and I'm worried about it.

I'm trying my best to keep prices low because things are so uncertain at the moment - it has been hard. Me being newly gluten free has complicated things a bit as I'm buying more convenience items because I'm stressed and food is comforting right now. 

Here are all the meals I can make with what I bought:

  1. burritos // using tortillas, dried or canned beans, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa
  2. nachos // using tortilla chips, beyond meat crumbles, beans, veggies
  3. salads // add baked tofu or beans for more protein
  4. black bean burgers + fries // using the bag of potatoes to make fries
  5. sweet potato hash with fried eggs // I use the frozen cubed sweet potatoes if I don't have fresh
  6. tuna salad sandwiches
  7. chickpea salad sandwiches // I have tahini and capers in the fridge already
  8. lemon + tomato roasted potatoes
  9. instant pot beans + rice
  10. sweet potato bowl // using what ingredients I have on hand as you don't need all of them
  11. pizza
  12. cauliflower + walnut taco filling // for burritos or nachos
  13. BLTs + chips // using the turkey bacon or making my own version with tofu
  14. stir fry // frozen veggies, tofu, soy sauce/sugar
  15. breakfast potatoes // I'd also put these in tortillas like a burrito
  16. bagel + egg sandwiches // add turkey bacon
  17. spaghetti + marinara
  18. seaweed wraps // using the nori sheets - fill with rice/salmon/tofu/veggies
  19. veggie chili
  20. baked potatoes // sweet or russet - top w/leftover veggie chili
  21. veggie stew // I have broth concentrate and spices already
  22. egg sandiwches
  23. mac n' cheese // for my daughter
  24. smoothies // also for my daughter
  25. potato soup
  26. toast with avocado, tomato, salmon
  27. black beans + rice
  28. carrot soup
  29. black bean soup

I went to my favorite recipe sites and looked through to see what would work with what I bought. There are a lot of options here so it's good to have this so I can reference back to it when I'm not sure what to make. I usually do a weekly meal plan, but lately we have just been going by what we are in the mood for when dinner time rolls around.

For snacks, there are all sorts of options. When I get home I immediately wash and cut up the fruits and veggies. That way they are ready for recipes or my daughter can just grab whatever she wants out of the fridge and it's ready to eat. There's also oreos, cereal, chips, nuts, hardboiled eggs, and string cheese. 

It's freezing and dreary here today so I am headed to the kitchen to watch some reality tv while I meal prep. That usually cheers me up πŸ˜†

take care everyone 

What I Ate | gluten + dairy free

frothy almond milk + coffee

Here is a day of food from earlier this week. I'm currently gluten and dairy free because I was diagnosed with Hashimotos (my immune system is attacking my thyroid) awhile back. I was also vegetarian for twenty years, but have added tuna to my diet recently to see if it helps with my symptoms any. It's the only animal product I can eat without feeling sick. I tried smoked salmon the other day and the texture made me gag. There's no way I can go back to beef, chicken, etc. I'm looking for ways to up my protein and see if this is doable. It has been really tough! 

I started my morning with coffee and almond milk foam. I got this milk heater / frother (affiliate link) and it is amazing! It works really well with almond milk, so the foam would be even better with regular milk or half and half.

I had my first meal at noon so I guess this is considered lunch. I've been waking up at 8:30am, taking my thyroid meds, and then have to wait an hour to eat or drink anything but water. I usually workout while my daughter does her morning school meeting. Then I have coffee - finally - around 10am and get so wrapped up with homeschool that I haven't been eating until 11/12.

On this day I had roasted sweet potatoes (trader joe's chili spice mix + cumin), beans, avocado, and hot sauce. I had this for dinner the night before and woke up wanting to make it again. It was really good!

Another cup of coffee. My daughter had a lot of school work to do which meant I needed coffee to help with second grade math 😜 I learned how to this a lot differently than she is being taught, so I'm having to catch up on some new ways to do things.

I made us some of these cookies for an afternoon break. They are small, but very good! I also had a banana.

I've been having an apple with almond butter everyday. That almond butter is the best!

We went outside to play and ended up out there for three hours riding bikes, playing, walking the dogs, picking flowers, etc. I had to include this photo. We were playing badminton and Ginger grabbed the birdie and took off with it. It was hilarious watching her run around the yard like this πŸ˜‚ She was zooming all over the place trying to get away from us so we wouldn't take it away from her.

For dinner, I made red curry noodle soup based off this Instagram video recipe. It was okay. The first bowl was really good, but the second was super salty. I guess from the rice noodles soaking up all the broth? I don't know.. it was weird!

I got around ~45 grams of protein on this day. I'm trying to do better so I'm going to track food again for awhile. I've been using the Fooducate app to track for a couple of days which I really like because they layout is by time rather than breakfast / lunch / dinner / snacks.

Here is my day so far today - it also keeps me on track with water! I thought I was drinking way more than recommended buuuut.. not the case πŸ˜… Since I'm rarely eating meat and have now quit dairy, I went to my absolute favorite vegan nutrition source, Bonzai Aphrodite, and read up on supplements.

She's not blogging anymore, but her posts are still all there and they are such a great source for information. Very thoughtful, well researched posts that explain things in an easy to understand way. So with what I researched, I'm now taking Vitamin D, B-12, and the DHA/EPA Omega 3 drops she recommends in her post. I also take a multivitamin here and there along with an iron supplement occasionally.

Hopefully I'm on the right track to getting rid of these symptoms - brain fog and fatigue are the big ones for me - and starting to feel better again!

take care everyone 

My Favorite Artists on Instagram

mute0n / jw butts
@mute0n // When I first moved to Chattanooga, I would walk around downtown a lot and kept seeing all this awesome street art everywhere! I eventually found out who created it and instantly loved all everything I saw, especially this series he did on found photos and paintings. I was able to get a print of his and it's one of my favorite pieces of art in my house :] He sells a lot of originals through his Instagram so check those out if you're looking for some fantastic art for your home.


@mwanhala // I love her work so much! The colors and line work are just incredible. It's so different than anything I've seen before. She occasionally sells originals for an amazing price so keep an eye out if you enjoy her work too!


@eradura // Look at this gorgeous hand embroidery! I really love the desert color palette and imagery she uses.

memorial stitches

@memorialstitches // Look at the detail in this hand embroidery! Seriously.. just beautiful! I love everything she makes, but especially the ones with women/hair. And her bats are wonderful too :]


@artbyangie.jpg // I just love her work because it feels so dang cozy! I've always been a fan of miniatures and dollhouses, so I especially the love the little scenes of rooms hiding inside of random items. So sweet :] Here is her etsy shop where she sells all sorts of art and stickers.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some new artists to follow! ♡


practicing hand lettering in procreate
listening to | Ariel Pink - Baby /// Human Tetris - Things I Don't Need /// Motorama - Heavy Wave ///  Boy Harsher - Pain /// Silvio Rodriguez - OjalΓ‘ /// Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes /// Lebanon Hanover - Sadness Is Rebellion /// Solid Space - Tenth Planet /// Ginuwine - In Those Jeans /// The Whispers - Rock Steady /// Faith No More - We Care Alot

wishing | The weather would warm up a little bit more! We got spoiled with a week of incredible weather, so I got into the habit of eating meals on the back porch. I need that back plzzz.

eating | I've been working on making Pad Thai that tastes like this one that I still dream about from a place we ate at in St. Petersburg, Florida when we visited a few years back πŸ˜† I've almost got it down! But I ran out of tamarind today and it will be a few days before I grocery shop again. I started with the pad thai recipe from the Just Egg website (just the sauce part) and have been experimenting with ingredients and ratios each time I make it.

I add more sugar πŸ˜…, lots of sriracha, and a few drops of fish sauce instead of the soy. It's getting there, but I feel that it's missing something and I don't know what that something is! I'll figure it out and be happy eating the test dishes in the meantime. :]

thinking about | How beautiful this tree outside the kitchen window is. All the color and sunshine is making me happy :] Also thinking about how incredible this house looks. Love that floor and all the dark jewel green accents everywhere! 

crushing on | I've been loving these Instagram accounts lately: Damfino (love her style and cosplays) // Jas @ Just Seconds (amazing rollerskater!) // The CCL World (love her digital planning time lapses) // Go Clean Co (cleaning tips!) // byclairee (really pretty paper planning) // Tips for Artists (drawing tips and tricks) // Trey Tylor (celeb photos/stories you probably haven't seen or heard before)

watching | I haven't been watching any movies and the only tv shows are old reruns of Parks & Rec and Kitchen Nightmares while I am cooking or cleaning the kitchen 😜 

Hope you all are well 

Recent Workouts

leslie sansone walk at home calorie burn

I reached a point where I told myself that I have to start moving again. There were a few things that got me in gear:

  1. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos at the beginning of March. I've felt bad for a long time and finally having a diagnosis was a relief because that meant I could make a plan and work towards feeling better. I'm going to write more about this soon. The biggest changes I've made have been completely cutting out gluten and dairy. I've been 100% without both for a week now. 
  2. Visiting a relative in a nursing home earlier this year and seeing how important keeping up strength and staying in motion is. 
  3. Just a general feeling of unhappiness and anxiety and knowing that exercise always helps put me in a better mood. I think the blah feeling is related to Hashimotos a bit as well - definitely the low energy I've had. But a lot those feelings were from not moving much during the day and scrolling through my phone way too much. That's hard to admit. But I'd check one app, go to the next, then go back to the first since it constantly updates and I wanted to see what was new, then obsessively searching for coronavirus news, and repeat. It was too much! 

I told myself that I was going to ease into it with walking. I decided that I'd do a Leslie Sansone video in the garage while my daughter had her morning school meeting on Zoom in the kitchen. It was kind of hard to get myself going, but I did it. And then again the next day, and the next. I built my endurance back up and have felt so much better! I feel myself getting stronger and my mood improving which is such a nice change.

Here's what my recent workouts have looked like:

4/10 Friday | Burn Body Fat 2 Mile Walk // This is my favorite walking workout! I just find it to be the perfect amount of time and I like all the moves - it just flows well. I use 5lb dumbbells for the first half of the video then no weights for the last half.

4/11 Saturday | rest day

4/12 Sunday | 3 Mile Walk // I didn't enjoy this workout as much as the others. I like Leslie best when she's on her own in videos for some reason.

4/13 Monday | Burn Body Fat 3 Mile Walk // Love this one! I felt really great this day and wanted something longer and a little more challenging. I used 5lb dumbbells for the first half and then nothing for the last.

4/14 Tuesday | rest day

4/15 Wednesday | Walk Fast 20 Minute Workout // I felt blah this day and wasn't feeling a workout, so I searched for a 20 minute one. I promised myself to do it for five minutes and if I still wasn't feeling it, I would turn it off. I finished the entire thing and was happy I did it. This was a good video to do when you're not in the mood to workout, but just need to move for a little bit!

I'm wanting to add more strength training in soon, but I'm really happy with walking for now! It may seem like it wouldn't be challenging yet it really is. I definitely recommend these workouts if you're looking for a something to do indoors!

Link Roundup | workouts, recipes, free classes + more

almond milk latte - k brew knoxville

I have been saving a lot of links lately to things that looked neat and fun or were helpful, so I wanted to share them here. It has been really great to see so many people and businesses work to share their tutorials, videos, and services for free or at a discount right now. If there are any you are loving, please share in the comments! Hope you all are doing well ♡

// free classes //

» Nikon is offering free online photography courses for the month of April.

» Milk Street Cooking School has made all of its online cooking lessons free through the month of April.

» Coursera is offering all sorts of free classes right now. Some of them even offer a certificate when you're finished which is awesome.

» Here is a list of 12 free online cooking classes going on right now.

// workouts //

» Kara Duval Pilates is hosting free classes on Instagram Live.

» Megan with MC FIT is also doing live workouts, but also has them saved in her feed. I've done her workouts before and they're fantastic!

» One of my all time favorites, Keaira LaShae, is also doing live workouts on her Instagram page!

» Here is a great list of free fitness classes - there are a ton to choose from!

» If you're looking for something low impact, try one of these walk at home videos from Leslie Sansone. I've been doing these all week and they're great!

» My favorite rollerskater is teaching virtual classes twice a week! I haven't cleared out enough space in the garage yet to be able to take a class, but I hope to soon!

// cooking + recipes //

» Mama Eats Plants is blogging again! Her blog is my favorite and I'm so happy she is posting again. I make this minestrone soup recipe of hers all the time - highly recommend!

» Cookmind will generate recipes based on what you already have on hand.

» A chef from a local Thai restaurant shared how to make drunken noodles. I thought it was sweet of her to share so people can make it at home :]

» These enchilada stuffed sweet potatoes look really good! I've been keeping a lot of sweet potatoes on hand because they keep so well in the fridge.

» Yotam Ottolenghi is an incredible chef and has been cooking and sharing recipes on his Instagram. I love his recipes because they are so simple but so full of flavor - it's amazing!

// misc. //

» If you're having trouble finding toilet paper, cleaners, soap, rice, etc. then check out The Supply Finder. It constantly checks Amazon, Target, and Wal-Mart and shows you what's in stock and the link to purchase.

» I haven't even watched Tiger King, but all the memes have been amazing. This one is definitely my favorite hahaha That song is catchy! πŸ˜‚

» Soundscape is a really neat website where you can build your own music/beats. It has some really nice, relaxing sounds and imagery too.

» Here's a quick video on how to make a no sew face mask out of a tank top/t-shirt and hair ties.

» If you also follow Things I Bought and Liked then you probably already saw where she shared the cleaning account Go Clean Co. and omg.. I have been loving her cleaning videos and tips! The laundry stripping is both helpful and horrifying 😳

» This site lets you choose two youtube videos and it creates a mash up for you. I spent waaay too much time playing around with this!

» Here is an insanely huge list of companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

» And here is a site dedicated to sharing free resources and financial relief options to freelance artists.

volcano and squeaky dinosaur dog toy
If you have a dog that needs something to do and/or you need them to be occupied for almost an hour (!!!), then you must get this toy! You hide the six little squeaky dinosaurs in the volcano and then your dog will have an absolute blast trying to get them out. If I need to buy some extra time, I'll sprinkle some treats in there as well and they go crazy!

I was hesitant on buying this because of the price tag, but it is well worth it. It's a good size too so it will work for any size pup. I bought this from Chewy and they also had a couple more hide and seek plush toys to choose from.

This Week's Meal Plan & Planning Freebies

hey hand lettering on procreate
my new hobby is drawing on procreate.
I used to decorate my planner, but since there's nothing to plan at the moment, I do this :)

Re: puppy issues // I had a couple of people message me and say that they had been in the same place when their dogs were puppies. But that they start to grow out of it around a year old or so and to hang in there because it does get much better. That made me feel a lot more hopeful!

I also asked that the puppy duties split more evenly, which has been a tremendous help. It made me feel like I could enjoy her more because I wasn't doing all the heavy lifting. I'm just being a grump about all the added responsibility and constant hovering that means I can't distract myself in the ways I want/need to. Everything has me so anxious lately! I also totally realize and acknowledge that I was acting like a turd person earlier about the pup πŸ‘Ž


Onto this week's meal plan. I went out on Friday to a nearby Wal-Mart market and it was completely different than last time I'd went. There was a one way traffic flow created using a maze of carts which sent my anxiety through the roof! Someone a couple of places in front of me sneezed, but there was nowhere to go in the narrow path that had been made with the carts. They aren't lining people up 6ft apart outside any of the stores I've been to here and there's no limit to how many people are in the store at once. 

Once inside, no one was following the 6ft rule and it was pretty busy. I was so frazzled that I ended up supermarket sweeping it and grabbing a ton of random food in record time. Everything was well stocked except for toilet paper, disinfectant cleaners, bread, and frozen pizza.

I've been grocery shopping every two weeks, but I think next time I am going to shop to last an entire month if I can. Here's my plan with what we have on hand:

Monday » crunchy tacos // everyone can make their own and add whatever toppings they like. I'll set out pico, salsa, cheese, tomatoes, and hot sauce. My daughter will probably eat a plain taco shell and then a bowl of cereal πŸ˜†

Tuesday » nachos // I'll set out all the toppings and everyone can add whatever they want. I add the siete cashew queso, beyond beef crumbles, rice, and then hot sauce on mine. Comfort food.

Wednesday » frozen pizza

Thursday » vegan red lentil stew

Friday » chickpea salad sandwiches for me and spaghetti for everyone else

Saturday » beans and rice

Sunday » make your own burritos with the leftover beans and rice

My grocery trip set up goes like this: before I leave, I put one of those big storage totes on the porch and set a container of disinfectant wipes in it. When I get home, I grab the tub and bring it over to the car. I disinfect each item the best I can and place it into the bin once it's good to go. Then I carry the bin into the house and put things away. It takes time, but I try not to rush it and realize that this is just how things are right now.

I just reread that and realized I called that thing a tote, tub, and bin all in the same paragraph πŸ˜‚ I have no idea what their official name is.

Here are some recent meals I've made:


Nachos featuring string cheese πŸ˜‚ I have a couple of blocks of cheese in the fridge, but didn't feel like shredding it at that moment.

aloo matar from vegan richa

I made this aloo matar from Vegan Richa and it was really good. I also made the keema madras with red lentils and it was incredible! It took a long time to come together, but I'll definitely make it again.

vegan caesar salad with roasted chickpea croutons from mama eats plants

I have made this before and was craving it earlier today so I made it for lunch. It's the vegan caesar salad with roasted chickpea croutons from Mama Eats Plants. Super good! My daughter did not like it but tried it at least πŸ‘


Something quick I wanted to share » I've been adding a lot of stuff to my free digital planning files folder, but I also have some printables in there if paper planning is more your thing. Just wanted to share if anyone is interested :]

I hope you all are doing okay ♡ 

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