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Our Masquerade Ball was a Spooky Hit!

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Mr. BFS and I hosted a Halloween Masquerade Ball and Potluck last Saturday.  It was a fun success!  Here are all of the photos you asked for when I mentioned this last week! Masquerade Ball Costumes Our Halloween parties are always costume-requested but not required.  We want everyone to have a great time.  Here were the costumes this year: Potluck Food A party is only as good as the guests and food, right?  Well, we weren’t going hungry: Overall, people started showing up at 5:30pm and the party wrapped up around 2:30am.  I consider that a total success.  🙂 What are you up to this Halloween?

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Back Into Battle

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 early this year to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We were aiming to spend $500 or less every month.  Yeah, that sounds really high for 2 people (because we could probably live on $250 or less if we just kept it very basic), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. But we kept choosing to lose the good fight and stopped tracking from mid-June through mid-September except through our budget.  I didn’t post here because I had no actual record – no sheet on our fridge.  We just saw totals on Discover. That all changed when we finished paying off the $11,000 of dental bills that hit within a 35 day period about 2 months ago.  We’re back on the tracking wagon. Food Expenditures from September 13, 2013 – October 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we try to keep a running tally on a sheet of paper stuck to our refrigerator. Between the two of us (and by double checking ourselves by … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 5 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because we could probably live on $250 or less if we just kept it very basic), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. But we keep choosing to lose the good fight it seems.  I almost didn’t bother writing this month up. Food Expenditures from May 13, 2013 – June 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we try to keep a running tally on a sheet of paper stuck to our refrigerator. Between the two of us (and by double checking ourselves by logging in to our credit cards), we write down every food expense throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it usually works great to keep our eyes on the prize.  We sort of put this to the side for the 2 months before this update and kept semi-track this month.  I had some … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 4 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because it is), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is.  But we have gone crazy the last 2 months apparently… Food Expenditures from April 13, 2013 – May 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we WERE keeping a running tally on a sheet of paper stuck to our refrigerator. Between the two of us (and by double checking ourselves by logging in to our credit cards), we would write down every food expense diligently throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it usually works great to keep our eyes on the prize.  But we stopped writing everything down for the last 2 months (well, we tried this past month for a few days and then blew it off) and our food bills show it. Here’s how we did: Eating Out – $437.97 Groceries – $294.70 … Read more

Simple Scalloped Potatoes – Easy and Super Cheap!

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As you may have been able to tell from all of my food posts and recipes, I like easy dishes the best.  So when my younger sister was nice enough to show me how to make scalloped potatoes in less than 15 minutes for our little dinner for two, I was all over it! Ambi’s Scalloped Potatoes Large potato – less than $1 Milk (1-2 cups max) – less than 50 cents Flour (two handfuls) – less than 50 cents Olive oil (drizzle) – less than 50 cents Salt to taste – negligible Pepper to taste – negligible Garlic to taste – negligible Total Cost = About $2.00 1.  Slice the potato thinly so they will cook quickly. 2.  Spread out potatoes in a frying pan (we used our 12 inch nonstick sauté pan).  Fill the very bottom of the pan with milk while the heat is on high.  Drizzle the top of the potato slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.    Turn the heat to medium when you see the first bubbles after a little more than a minute or two (milk heats fast).   3.  After about 5 minutes you will notice most of the milk has boiled down.  … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 3 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because it is), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. 🙂 Food Expenditures from March 13, 2013 – April 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we WERE keeping a running tally on a sheet of paper stuck to our refrigerator. Between the two of us (and by double checking ourselves by logging in to our credit cards), we would write down every food expense diligently throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it usually works great to keep our eyes on the prize. Let’s see how we did this past month… Oh, I don’t have a picture.  Because we never started our sheet, which is probably why we lost our dang minds!  Yep, we completely blew off tracking and ended up spending $640! Eating Out – $425.95 Groceries – $214.38 That comes to $640.33 total. We spent … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 2 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because it is), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. 🙂 Food Expenditures from February 13, 2013 – March 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we keep a running tally on a sheet of paper stuck to our refrigerator. Between the two of us (and by double checking ourselves by logging in to our credit cards), we write down every food expense diligently throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it works great to keep our eyes on the prize. Let’s see how we did… We ate out a lot more, but we hit the target overall.  Yay! Eating Out – $312.70 Groceries – $170.43 That comes to $483.13 total. We continued eating out for some of the nights we board gamed at Steak and Shake and Jason’s Deli, but we ate at home beforehand … Read more