Vacation Ends, Grocery Budget Game Begins.

This weekend wrapped up the annual Yockey Florida vacation. In the midst of vacationing,I managed to help move two people and buy a car!!! Whoop whoop! 🙂


No more granny mobile for me. Very exciting!
Before I bought my new to me car, I had lunch at Grass Root Organic Restaurant. We got the pad thai (raw and vegan):

And the ginger chick-un:

Both dishes were incredible. Very flavorful. You don’t need to be vegan or even vegetarian to enjoy the food at Grass Roots Organic Restaurant.

Later Saturday evening I met up with my family at Bahama Breeze. I couldn’t believe how busy it was. We had over an hour wait :(. We found a table outside and enjoyed listening to the steel drum player. They have the best jerk shrimp appetizer:

It comes with warm cuban bread to sop up the yummy sauce with. we also got the tomato flatbread:

For dinner, I got the house salad with tropical vinegriatte and my sister split her salmon with me:

Everything was wonderful.

Sunday evening was my family’s last in Florida. So we headed out to Whisky Joe’s to celebrate. The food was great and the sunset beautiful:

For appetizers we got the calamari:

And honey bbq wings:

For dinner I got the blackened fish tacos:

I only ate one. I ave been eating a lot lately. I’m stuffed. Now dad’s back in Ohio. I”ll miss you dad. I’m already looking forward to next summer:

Now it’s back to Monday. I’m actually not dreading vacation being over and getting settled into my routine. There are a lot of changes coming my way and I have a lot to do to get everything prepared. And with getting a new car as one of these changes, I thought it would be fun for me to do a little grocery budget challenge game. For the month of August, I challenge myself to spend $50 per week at the grocery store. This includes all necessities such as toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste… etc, and cat food and supplies. Here’s what I got today:

-2 bags of butter lettuce
-one bag of spinach
-oatmeal
-coconut water
-milk
-6 cans of kitty food
-kitty treats
-laundry detergent
-rotisserie chicken
-yellow squash
-zucchini
-mushrooms
-3 bananas
-one lemon
-one lime
-cucumber
-one russet potato
-frozen mangoes
-Greek yogurt
-raspberry elegance cake (aka best dessert eva!)

For a grand total of… $50.68. Not bad, not bad!

For dinner, I sliced up that potato and sautéed it with some of the mushrooms in a little olive oil, then added some of the rotisserie chicken, and served it with a side salad of butter lettuce and tomatoes (that I already had on hand):

I just can’t let myself go back to the grocery store this week. That will be the real challenge.

Whew!!!!!

What a weekend. It started out like most lately. Setting up a beautiful wedding. And ended up doing cartwheels on the beach at sunset last night (More on that in a bit. For the wedding:


Awesome candy bar!!!!


There was also a rehearsal dinner to set up at the same time as Saturday’s wedding set up. Good thing I wore my running shoes!

It was a Mexican Fiesta theme. The wind was crazy and whipped through 15 minutes before it was supposed to start and blew everything! including tablecloths off the tables. Yikes!

Sunday’s weather was absolutely perfect for a wedding. No humidity, or wind, and not a cloud in the sky. And what a fun wedding:




Dinner tonight was a healthy curry shrimp. Much needed after the indulgent weekend. Pictures to follow. But check out my shrimp and veggie curry:

All I did was throw some frozen stir fry veggies in a pan with these ingredients:

Curry spice, coconut milk, and sweet chili sauce. Served over brown rice. Very good.

And for dessert:


Times too. Sweet tooth strikes again!

So, yes, my crazy weekend ended doing cartwheels on Clearwater Beach at sunset. It Was Glorious!



I had some great fun. And great food too:

Raw oysters.

Calamari.

She crab soup.

Fish spread.

Great weekend. Life is good!