Look for yet another blog coming soon. I will keep this blog to update on family and I am also starting a new "food blog". I love to cook and I love to eat, so I thought having a food blog would be a good fit. It will also be a good place to participate in Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Mondays. Plus, well, I just always run our printer out of ink printing recipes to try or keep and end up losing them and printing again, etc. This way it is a good record of what we liked so I can make it again. Having my menu plan out for the bloggy world to see will be a good way to make sure I actually stick to my plan as much as possible.
If you want to really save money on groceries, I highly recommend making and using a menu plan. It is really, really worth your time. I plan breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I try to not buy more at the store that I will use for just that week. I love the challenge of seeing how little I can spend on food and still feed my family nutritious meals. I do occasionally reserve the right to stock up on things where I can combine coupons with sales and get stuff really cheap. However, it usually affects the next week's grocery expenditure as I try to plan around my newly acquired goodies.
Now, I'm not a total health nut either, even though I do love nutrition. I still will feed my children sugar cereal and fruit snacks. Some weeks are better than others. It all about balance and doing your best. I don't throw in the towel because we ate sugar cereal two days in a row. :) It is shocking though, to realize just how much sugar is in those boxes of cereal. It is much better to buy a regular cereal and let your children sprinkle on some sugar (which mine love to do). Check out your box of sugar cereal. If it has, say, 12 grams of sugar, that is equivalent to about 12 teaspoons of sugar! No child would sprinkle on 12 teaspoons of sugar on their cereal!
So, perhaps this will be an endeavor of better nutrition for us too. It is much easier to serve healthier food if you plan ahead with a little prep. So, be on the lookout soon for my new food blog. Name suggestions would be welcomed. :)
Edit: Amy pointed out in my comments that 1 teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 grams of sugar, in other words they are not equal as I stated above. I was told they were by a nutritionist, but I either misunderstood her or she didn't do her homework that chapter because Amy is right! Thanks Amy! Still gross, but at least I won't feel sooooo bad when my kids eat sugar cereal, just not all the time!