Today I read this post from “Yes and Yes,” about putting your money where your happy is, or investing in the things that lift you up, and scrimping on things that you could live without.
Food is one thing I don’t pinch pennies over. And for good reason, it makes me happy.
This kid knows what’s up. Ha.
Some of the comments talked about saving or splurging on healthy foods, and I agree that this is important to me too, but in terms of groceries, while I still feel like I spend too much (I’ve gotten way better!), and I won’t live off ramen or processed foods just to save a few bucks, but there are ways to eat healthy wholesome foods most of the time and not go crazy. Trader Joe’s, for example, has many kinds of organic produce for cheaper than I can find
pesticide flavored regular fruits and veggies at my local grocery stores.
DIning out for Sushi is a whole other story. But luckily we have an excellent all-you-can eat Sushi/Japanese place nearby. $22.99 per person. No joke. And the food is quality and delicious.
Anywho, aside from food (I do think about other things! Sometimes….), it got me thinking about spending money on things that make me happy.
They say experiences make you happy, and I certainly spend enough money on concerts (music in any form makes me happy. Bob Marley is an instant mood lifter), but I would like to travel (out of state. out of the country.) more.
And I could definitely use an entire new wardrobe. For serious.
Like really though.
Maybe it’s vain but I do feel better when I’m put together. Lately I’ve kind of given up, and the fact that I hate shopping doesn’t help. But I’m going to make the sacrifice to revamp my lacking and shrinking wardrobe (I keep getting rid of things I don’t wear, and it’s quickly dwindling down to nothing Womp, womp).
My shoe situation is dire right now. Not even exaggerating.
Okay, it’s Wednesday, back to the food. Just buying groceries isn’t enough of course, because with my budget, they don’t cook themselves. So in an effort to mix up my meals this week, I tried some new recipes. I’m officially sick of egg scrambles, which was inevitable, but here’s what I’ve been eating lately. So it was time to change it up.
I made cupcakes three times in one week. I’m officially sick of them, and I really didn’t have more than a few bites. Just sick of looking at them.
Okay, when they’re as cute as the Easter cupcakes, I’m pretty okay with them.
Italian sweets from Easter. These I could definitely get down with. Probably because I didn’t make them. Also I enjoy trying and taking a bite of every cookie on the tray. Just like I steal the chunks out of the ice cream.
There were some healthier sweets this week. I got sick of protein shakes and had to take a break for a while, but they’re back. Mixed berry banana post-workout smoothie right here. Blend it up.
I used my clean banana pancake recipe in my waffle maker. Success. They came out dense, which I actually really liked. No wimpy waffles here. I’ll be whipping these up again.
Of course the star quality Roasted Chicken. Big hit. Cooked up to perfection.
After I bought all the ingredients at 3 different store, spent too much money, and had to go back to the store after I got the wrong ingredient for Easter dessert to bring to Eric’s parents for Easter, he told me his mom suggested I bring an appetizer. His aunt was bringing dessert (those tasty Italian cookies). Womp, womp. But I wasn’t giving up my adorable cupcakes, and brought these adorable baby quiche that I whipped up from ingredients I had on hand including sundried tomatoes, caramelized red onions, and baby swiss. Big hit. Eric’s Dad approved.
I was able to arrange a get together with a couple of my cousins I don’t see often enough. My cousin Alicia made a delicious dinner with EVOO, fresh tomatoes, asparagus, and shrimp! Yum! It was a bit spicy from some red pepper flakes. Even better. Interesting note: I’m not really a fan of pasta. I stopped eating it a while back because of carbs, but now I don’t even care for it. Most of the pasta was left on the plate, but I doubled up on the shrimp. I could never give up meat. (Is shrimp meat? Yes. Give to me. Eat it up.)
Reunited and it feels so good. Excuse the sideways shot. They’re delicious any which way you snap it.
I’ve only had quinoa one other time before I bought this bag at TJ’s. What kind of blogger am I? Verdict. Eh. I prefer brown rice. Or overnight oats. Or pancakes. Ohh….pancakes.
Quiche! The minis were so good I made a big guy to slice up for the week. The sundried tomatoes are key and add a smokey flavor to the dish. I also added spinach to this one.
My spin on Tara’s Red Curry chicken. I’ve been meaning to try this for a while and it’s been a nice addition to mix things up.
And then my fridge exploded. Jk. But kinda. It’s not all mine!
Added some shredded roasted chicken and sweet potato to the quiche. Great work meal.
Taco Tuesday! If you follow me on instragram, you’ve seen these beauties. Pork tacos. The only thing that could make these better than the Trader Joe’s guac does is the Trader Joe’s low carb tortillas. Low carb or not, those things are delicious. Get in my belly.
Baked chicken breast stuffed with spinach, greek yogurt, and parma, topped with TJ’s marinara and mozz. With a side of sauteed squash and zuchinni. Italian heaven is caramelized zuchinni.
And finally, I’ve found a lighter version of hot chocolate. Starbucks (usually not a fan, but I was waiting to pick up the BF from think that enwork, and there’s an Sbucks in the lobby of his building) Americano with sugar free mocha and a splash of half and half. Tastes like a dark hot chocolate. Drink it up!
Alrighty, I think that’s plenty of food for the week. I definitely enjoyed the variety, and I think that’s the key to my happiness in general. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Or is it nutmeg. Hmmm, what is that?
Nutmeg! Bonus points if you got the reference. Happy Humpday!
What’s the best thing you ate this week?
Do you eat the same things all the time or switch things up often?
What do you make sure to spend money on that makes you truly happy?