Delivery Service – Produce Brought to My Door

I’ve been doing research on delivery services in my area of Maine, without any luck. There didn’t seem to be any. In particular, I’m looking for produce at a reasonable price.

I didn’t just want to order from any old place. I was looking for certain things.

  • That the source would deliver to my door, or at least my work address being that it is in the city.
  • That the food would be organic.
  • That the price would reasonable.

What do I mean by reasonable? Consider that I spent about $100.00 on mostly organic, healthy foods – mainly fruits and vegetables – that would last two weeks only last month. Ouch! That bill hurt. I know there has to be a better way. A way to eat healthy on a budget. My food budget is generally between $30.00 and $40.00 per week. Any more than that and I don’t have the money I need for other important things.

Why did I need to get that food? Sadly, I’ve been sick four times already this year. The shortest sickness lasted just over a week; the longest almost three. Also, I’m having gut issues. I know I need to get back to eating healthy.

So, I did a two-week, mainly fruits and veggies, cleanse. It helped me to feel better, and my gut hasn’t been having as many issues. But there is still work to do.

Previously I’ve done a whole30/Paleo lifestyle that netted some good weightloss results. I also felt so much better eating that way. I had an income change that prevented me from continuing for a number of months and, while I’m still eating about 60% healthy each week, I’m not really back to where I need to be nutritionally. Yet.

Things I know about me: My body does not process dairy well. My body will not function properly if I am eating grains. I don’t want to be dependent on sugar. It does not help with my weight issues. One of my biggest problems is when I feel like I am missing out on old favorites, and that’s when I tend to slip back into old habits.  So I need to allow for the occasional “treat”. Dinner from my favorite restaurant. Cake at the grandkids birthday party. You know what I mean.

I’m switching things up a bit. You see, I find I’m eating less and less meat. I do eat meat, but I feel like doing so less often these days. I don’t want meat substitutes; not the heavily processed stuff, vegan or otherwise. I really do want mainly fruits and vegetables. And organic tastes far better.

A few weeks back I signed up on some sites to be notified of when they start delivering to Maine, and last week I heard back from one of them!

Misfits Market is now delivering in Maine. They will deliver organic, non-GMO produce to my house, and allow me to choose the delivery day. I cannot even express how happy this makes me. There is a mix of fruits and vegetables in each shipment, according to what is in season.

At first I thought, because it’s just me I prepare food for, I should by the Mischief Box. It’s the smaller of the two, with 10 – 12 lbs of produce for $23.75 + shipping. Or, if you decide to get a subscription it would cost $19.00 + tax per box per week or biweekly. This serves 1-2 people for a week.

But then I looked at the information for the Madness Box, and it sounded like a better deal. I want my boxes delivered bi-weekly, figuring that many weeks there will be greens and some fruits that can be frozen, as well as fruits I can turn into sauces. And that items such as potatoes will store longer if done right. The Madness Box will weigh in at approximately 18-20 pounds, and technically serve 4-5 people for a week. These boxes are $42.50 + tax each but, if you want to get a subscription they will only be $34.00 + tax each.

I bought a bi-weekly subscription of the Madness Box for $38.50 per box, including tax, meaning I am spending $19.25 per week on fruits and vegetables. That gives me about another pound of produce for only a quarter, and leaves money in my budget each week to get other things I might need.

Knowing what I know about organic food costs in the stores and at the farmer’s market in my area, this is does not seem like a bad deal. I will be reporting back after each of my first two deliveries, so come back to see if I am happy with what I receive.

The great thing about Misfits Market is that I can cancel any time 🙂 This is huge for me, as I don’t want to be locked into anything if I decide I’m not pleased.

Note 1: It’s called Misfits Market for a reason. It is a source of “ugly” produce. Let me just say that I don’t care if the produce is perfect. If I can get “ugly” produce at a good price, I am all over that. Produce is produce. It’s all good!

Note 2: Get 25% off your first order, and give me 25% off a future order. It’s a win-win! The links in this article will take you to my page with your discount. (This is the discount they are giving right now. Misfit’s Market can change the promotion at any time.)

Do you order from Misfits Market? What area are you in, and what are your experiences with the company? Let us know in the comments below?

If you decide to order, please report back later with your impressions of your first few boxes. My daughter wants to know if it is a good variety of food, and if the items change from week-to-week. She and my sister are waiting for my thoughts on the boxes so I’ll be reporting my impressions to them, as well as right here!

~ Shannon

Frugal Recipes Happenings Spring 2019

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Tuesday was such a nice day. I had so much fun at the Discovery Museum with my grandchildren, my son-in-law Devan, and my daughter Skye and her boyfriend Ryan. My only wish would have been that the kids mother could have been there, rather than at work.

Little Man had a grand time checking things out during our couple of hour visit. He climbed really high, saw what a beaver home looked like, played with magnets and so much more. The joy on his face, as well as the concentration at times, melted my heart. ❤

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Little Miss also enjoyed the afternoon out. She is only eight months old, but she had so much fun touching things. She’s quite tactile.

The only thing she really didn’t like was the feel of the tree. Other than that, she liked touching different types of leaves and feeling the other textures.

She never cried once, and was just as happy as could be. ❤

 

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Earlier this month I learned I had won a $25 gift card for Amazon from my employer for posting in our closed Facebook group.

Perfect timing! On the first I’m going to be doing a detox, and the gift card bought me two bags of protein powder for that purpose. Organic pea powder to go in my juices/smoothies.

I’m doing the Total Wellness Summit this week, and then next month changing things up. My body needs a detox, and I need to fix some gut issues. Plus I’ve got to get back on track with my weight and fitness goals. Who’s with me!?

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The last two weeks each saw a day that was simply gorgeous, so I have started to get the longer walks in again. I don’t get to do that in the winter because it’s so hard to breath on the coldest days, and it is not really safe to walk in a lot of areas.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been doing more sitting than normal though, with all the virtual summits and conferences I’ve been taking notes on. It will all pay off in the long run, though.

I’ve added deep breathing a few times a day, I’m walking a bit more and planning to walk even longer distances within another month,I am doing more yoga, and upping the leg, arm, and core exercises. I’ll be tweaking how I go about doing everything, but I am getting there.

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As for nutrition? I’m eating lighter fare more often than not right now, I’m going to do the detox, then 90% of what I eat will be Whole30/Paleo.

It has to be that way if I want this weight gone, and I do!

I hope you’ve been following along on the blog. The newest items are lighter and very nutritious.

I also wanted to remind you about some other types of recipes that will help you to eat and drink lighter this spring.

Not sure if there is an interest here on the blog to follow along with the weightloss and fitness goals. I’m keeping a journal of all I learn and do, if anyone is interested. Just let me know by commenting on this post or emailing me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com and I can start a new category or page. I know the struggle people are going through to get healthy.

Happy Spring!

~ Shannon

Happy November & December! <3

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to check in with everyone, to see how you are doing and to let you know that I am taking a couple of months off from blogging and many of my other writing activities.

In November, I’ll be publishing my last fiction story of the year. I’ll also spend the next couple of months finishing up things from the 2018 to-do lists (a lot is behind-the-scenes blog stuff that I’ve been putting off), and spending time with family and friends. I may even be able to attend the Christmas Eve party my family throws, as I seem to have that night off from The Inn (so rare!).

And I’ll be planning. New material for the coming year! New goals and things to try. Fresh recipes and maybe some tricks to help you in the kitchen. I might even provide some downloadables for you.

I want each of you to enjoy the holiday season, and I’ll be back next year! And spend some time relaxing and taking care of you.

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Yule! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Warmest Wishes & Brightest Blessings,

Shannon

Vegetable-Banana Smoothie

Another leftovers type of smoothie for you to try. A lot of times I just use whatever I have on hand. Add more milk if it isn’t smooth enough. Smoothie recipes pack quite the nutritional punch at snack time, or with your breakfast.

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (may need more)

1 egg

small handful of greens – kale, chard, or spinach

a few pieces of broccoli

10 baby carrots

3 chunks watermelon

1 small banana

  • Place everything into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add a little more almond milk if needed.
  • Blend again.
  • Pour into a tall glass.
  • Add a straw.
  • Enjoy!

Tips

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with homemade Paleo granola cereal at breakfast.

Happy Days!

Shannon

 

Tropical Vanilla Smoothie

I love throwing whatever I have into the blender to see what happens. This is one of the food combinations I came up for a recent smoothie. Smoothie recipes are especially tasty, and certainly more healthy, when using organic foods. Feel free to use bits of leftover fruits and vegetables in this smoothie, as I have done with the kiwi.

Ingredients

1/2 to 1 cup of coconut water

1 egg

small handful of a spinach or lettuce

1 small banana

3/4 of a peeled kiwi

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Place all but the coconut water into a blender.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of coconut water.
  3. Blend until smooth, adding more coconut water if desired.
  4. Pour into tall glasses.
  5. Add a straw.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips

  • Try adding a few slices of cucumber.
  • Look for produce in-season to save money.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a breakfast of Paleo pancakes and sausage.

Happy Days!

Shannon

 

 

Frugal Recipes Happenings ~ Spring 2018

Yesterday was the first day of spring, but you wouldn’t know it with all the snow and cold. I took out the trash this morning and there was no hint of spring in the air or on the ground. Brrrr.

But I know it will be here soon enough. The warmer days. The buds on the trees. The tulips starting to pop up from the ground. Soon.

With the onset of spring, I always start bringing back lighter food choices. I don’t want the heartier meals of fall and as winter much. I’d rather eat more salads and drink more healthy smoothies. All of this, of course, packs one heck of a nutritional punch each day. Are you noticing you are having different cravings? Are smoothies even affordable? If you make them yourself they are far more affordable that buying one when out and about. Be prepared: Bring one with you.

I’ve been reworking some of the older posts that used to populate this blog, making them healthier – testing them out – and I’ve started to put some of them back. I’ve also posted a couple of new ones. And I’m planning to experiment with a few new recipes. If they turn out well, I’ll be sharing them here on the blog.

I don’t have a lot planned for spring. Once the weather turns nice, I’ll be out and about more: Walking, taking pictures. I may picnic in the park once or twice this season. Maybe ask a few people to join me one time, and use the other to work on writing related things.

It’s also almost time to switch to iced mint tea when writing at Aroma Joe’s. I love my tea iced. I’m working on a new story series while there, about stalkers. I’ve published a few other stories this winter. If you care to check them out, I’m sharing them below.

Something my daughter did for her husband, both Harry Potter fans, was to create for him a Harry Potter themed birthday party. It took her days to prepare for it. She invited a couple of his friends. He and Little Man enjoyed it, as did his friends. My daughter, being pregnant with her second child, tired herself right out with it all, but she said it was worth it. She’d spent three days cooking for it, as well as working at her job.

If you haven’t seen these yet, this is what I’ve put on the blog recently:

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2017.Fruity Cocoa Goodness (Smoothie)

Quick Tip: Using Leftovers to Make Smoothies

I Bought Me Presents!

Quick Tip: Keep a Few Homemade Single Serve Meals on Hand

Invest n Containers for Meal Prep

Quick Tip: Plan Meals AFTER You Shop

I also wrote a short piece on the USDA Thrifty Food Plan for January 2018. Want to know how your family stacks up? Find out what you have to spend to be considered a thrifty shopper.

I know that sometimes, even though we want to eat healthy, we simply do not have the money to do so. I try to keep the recipes here on the blog affordable & healthy, but at times we need recipes for the ingredients and foods we can afford on an even tighter budget. I’ve got your back! These frugal recipe cookbooks are on sale at this time.

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Fabulously Frugal Fruits: Recipes and Uses ($1.99)

Very Frugal Vegetables: Recipes and Uses ($1.99)

Beverages on a Budget ($1.99)

Main Meal Magic ($1.99)

As Always, Frugal Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen + Frugal Recipes for the Health Conscious costs nothing. Enjoy! And Check out Keeping the Single Mom Home: The Kitchen for $1.99.

Enjoy the recipes, books, and articles in this newsletter. Again, I’m so happy to be writing Frugal Recipes Happenings back here on the site.

Here are the fiction books I indicated I’d share. If you like reading fiction, but don’t have a lot of time on your hands like so many these days, these are short stories that can be read quickly.

The Old Shack in the Woods ($1.99)

My Mother ($1.99)

Find out about my other books + over on the fiction blog!

Enjoy spring!

Shannon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruity Cocoa Goodness (Smoothie)

Once in a while I have a chocolate craving. I find smoothies are a great way to take care of this. Making them thick and adding ice is also a nice treat. Doing so almost makes a smoothie seem like a milkshake.

I use organic ingredients when I can. They really do have superior flavor.

Ingredients

1/2 to 3/4 cup of coconut water

ice

1 small handful of spinach or Romaine lettuce

1 egg

1 small banana

6 medium size strawberries

3/4 of a kiwi

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of raw honey

  1. Put some ice into the blender along with everything except the coconut water.
  2. Blend until combined, adding a little coconut water at a time until the smoothie is the consistency you want.
  3. Pour into glasses, add a straw, and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Try using different lettuces and berries.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

 

USDA Thrifty Food Plan, January 2018

Not everyone has a large budget for food. Even those of us needing to eat healthy have to keep costs down. Doing so is not always easy.

A few years back I came across the USDA Thrifty Food Plan, and wanted to share it with you. There are weeks when I’m lucky if I have $10.00 to spend on food. Those weeks find me depleting my pantry stocks. Then there are weeks when I can spend $40.00 plus and extra $10.00 or $20.00 to replenish the pantry somewhat. These are my lucky weeks.

More often than not, I spend around $35.00.

This is what the USDA says the food plan costs were for January 2018 for 1 female my age:

Weekly                                                                Monthly

$38.00           Thrifty Plan                                 $164.70

$48.10            Low-Cost Plan                            $208.50

$59.10            Moderate-Cost Plan                  $256.00

$75.70            Liberal Plan                                 $328.00

I dream of having enough money for the liberal plan every week/month, lol. I am definitely closer to the Thrifty Plan. You can see where your family would be here. (It goes by age.) Where are you?

I try to get a fruit for each day, plus plenty of vegetables and enough protein for each day, with my money. Some weeks are easier than others to pull this off. Generally, I get the most affordable meats and produce I can find. Unfortunately, I’m not always able to get organic foods, but I think I’m doing good when I come out of the store with no (or close to no) processed foods. It varies from week-to-week what I can pull off for meals.

Shannon