July in January!

In an attempt to make it FEEL like July right now, I decided to have a picnic for dinner!   The catalyst for this dinner was the fact that I had brats in the freezer, and since I am still limping towards my weekly $100 grocery challenge (more on that below!) I decided to build my menu around them.  By all means, if you have access to this brand of brats (sorry Hannah and Tony, these were not cheese brats!) – they are made in Wisconsin:


So what goes good with brats?  Um, chips?


And then since I used my tomato slicer at lunch, I decided to make this for Tony:


And while I like all things tomato, including TOMATO SOUP which is my fav, I don’t like sliced tomatoes at all!   So I made mine with an English cucumber like this:


My side salad tonight:  Black Bean and Corn Salad

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can white corn, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (lime juice would have been better, but I didn’t have any!)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • cracked pepper to taste

All together, with a slice of watermelon to boot!


Okay, so anyone following along, you’ll know I didn’t do my typical grocery shopping this past weekend.  Monday, I spent $40 at the grocery store and $13 at Panera for our lunch.  Yesterday, I accessorized our dinner (the whole chicken was in my fridge already) with potatoes and chicken gravy, for a whopping spend of $3.26.   Tonight, I had to buy buns, a slice of watermelon, potato chips, fresh mozzarella, and more fruit for Hannah now that she is going to be home since finals are over, for a total of $23.00 even.   Then I spent $1.07 for my McDonald salad at lunch, bringing my grand total this week so far to $80.33.    So that leaves me with $19.67 for the next two days – totally doable!!

I am now watching the second night of American Idol – I am a total sap for it!   See you tomorrow, one more step to the weekend!


16 thoughts on “July in January!

  1. BEAUTIFUL eats!!! Its so freaking cold out, I can’t deal!!!
    I’m watching AI too!

  2. This looks like a fantastic meal, I totally want bratwurst now!

  3. strongandhealthy

    Oh I love July! Great dinner!

  4. Very nice. Love the brats and all the fixins.

  5. Oh wow, super delicious! Yum!

  6. We would be thrilled to be added on your Blog…Thanks for wanting us ;0)

  7. Awww Usinger’s brats are some of the best! I think we are spoiled up in Milwaukee with all of the different sausage makers! You seriously made my boy jealous of your dinner!

  8. Mmm picnic! Love it. WISH it were July!

  9. A picnic is a grand idea to fight the winter blues. (Inside right?)

  10. I love the Johnsonville Beer Brats!

  11. I don’t think I’ve ever had a brat in my life, but that meal looks super good! I like the idea of making it feel like July! I sure do wish the real July would get here soon though!

  12. Caprese salad!!! Yum 🙂

  13. The Brats are an incredible food item. Not only do they make a good meal, but in case of an emergency, you can use them to wedge a door open.

  14. Such a fun dinner theme!! 😀

  15. delicious looking eats! i loveee tomato mozzerella ! YUM

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