just a quick update-
1) It took me an hour and a half to buy A LOT of groceries on Friday evening. The grocery bill was hefty, but kev, the usual shopper, said it was reasonable for 2 weeks (esp as there were some big ticket occasional items in the mix) and between researching the weekly specials at our store and careful use of coupons, I cut our total by almost $50! Very satisfying.
2) Kev stayed home Saturday morning while C and I went to WW. He cleaned the kitchen and laid out all the equipment canned goods, dry ingredients, etc. that we were likely to need on the dining room table. Before coming home I tried to find the book in a bookstore. They supposedly had one copy, but could. not. find. it. Went to an office store and copied the needed recipes and bought page protectors to put them in (didn’t want to soil the library book). It was exciting to come home to such order and possibility.
3) We got a later start than I had hoped and C decided not to take any good, long naps nor to be content with anything less than constant holding which slowed us down substantially. By 6:30 we still weren’t done, but we were getting close. The author of the book suggests eating out on cooking day. So we checked out a new (to us) Indian lace (on the other side of town to give us enough drive time to put C to sleep (at last). Returned and finished recipes by 9:30 or so. We didn’t stay as on top of the cleaning as we worked as would have been nice (Kev finished the clean up this morning- we let it be on the sabbath.)
4) Following her meal plan has us eating more meat in the next two weeks than in any prior two in our six plus years of marriage. Once we get in the groove, we’ll work in much more veggie fare and our fave recipes. I did modify some recipes to make them more WW friendly. That said, the first one we ate (yesterday), baked jambalaya, was delicious and pretty low points and six servings of leftovers. Perfect for lunches. A great start. Tonight we eat at the university so we remain in suspense about the quality of the other recipes.
It is satisfying to have a full freezer and to know dinner is basically taken care of for 2 whole weeks. It would have been a total breeze sans baby. Perhaps next time we should hire a babysitter to hang with C while we cook (and perhaps while we go out to eat!) Maybe if I can get the grocery bill down a bit further we’ll treat ourselves to this!