"He who knows what sweets and virtues are
in the ground, the waters, the plants, the
heavens, and how to come at these
enchantments, is the rich and royal man."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What the World Eats in a Week:

A Dollar A Day! $1/person/day

A Dollar A Day!  $1/person/day
We were blown away by all the Coke and other multi-national labels in the hungry planet video clip above that seemed to permeate the tables and kitchens all over the world! It would appear us Earthlings can't live without our sugar water (or make that high fructose corn syrup water). Our backdrop is the only Pepsi you'll see in this month's photos. Aleli has nicknamed this old half of a tin sign, " Food Shortage".

Wednesday, August 6

National Night Out!

Thanks to a lotto ticket from Grandma and a Night Out celebration with our local police department we were able to have some free meals on Tuesday. The morning started out with oatmeal, eggs, and dry cereal snacking. We have been pricing some gallons of milk and have not yet milked the cow, hence the dry cereal snacking.

Lunch consisted of some smiley top ramen , frozen grapes, and egg salad sandwiches from an easy recipe. Boil eggs for 10 mins and then chill in refrigerator. Add some mayo & pepper to the chilled egg and spread on some toast. Bebe "JuJuBee" pulled the top off and ate it tartine style. Takes after his dad!

Also, a way to make ramen NOT disgusting if you have a couple more dimes to invest in it is to omit the seasoning packet, cook it in the pot with the water and some chopped bok choy, a splash of tamari sauce, a little sesame oil, some chicken or tofu if you're vegetarian and a little fresh ginger or garlic. It almost tastes like food even! Every college student should know that before leaving home.

Today we received a package from Grandma Frankie who lives in Oregon. There were four envelopes with puzzle pieces for the kids to work on a puzzle together.... each had a part of the whole picture. She also sent a winning California lotto ticket that was redeemable for a few tickets.( Actually, with a closer look at the ticket we realized it was a $12 winner.) We were asked to redeem the ticket and get one more for grandma, one for James, and one for Aleli. She was in the mood to play games through the mail.... very fun. At the gas station James stood in line behind a guy contemplating the purchase of a $4 pack of cigarettes. This gave him some time to think about purchasing his one ticket as instructed by grandma. Also, we were not obligated to use the winnings towards more tickets according to the California Lottery. Getting more tickets was hard to swallow while thinking about the 4 boxes of cereal we had back at "the ranch" with no milk. He could not leave the station without milk! There was a lotto dispensing machine (18 and older please) in the station. We got grandma her portion in tickets, and got a few for Aleli and James as grandma wanted. With $4 left James decided to get a gallon of milk at $3.99. The funny thing was that some of the lotto tickets available were promoting Real California Milk from happy cows. If you have ever driven up interstate 99 (way past Bakersfield) and seen the massive cows on cows on more cows on cow....em, stuff you would have to wonder how happy these animals really are. Leaving the gas station with a penny in change (what better to scratch the tickets with) James caught a glimpse of the current price for a gallon of gas = $3.99. That was the same price we paid for the gallon of milk. It made for an interesting conversation with one of the boys on the walk home. We had a laugh at home when James recounted the whole experience.

That evening we headed out doors for a free movie in the park sponsored by our local police department. On the menu, FREE IN -n- OUT BURGER! Today we give thanks to the COW. Enjoy the photos:

Green Bingo, 888, and one cow ticket for grandma. Milk, penny, and other tickets aquired happily for family.

Gallon of GAS, Gallon of MILK: = $3.99

Here we have two wonderful community members who were selling ice cream to support some local non profits. They were also promoting the Shoes That Fit organization. http://www.shoesthatfit.org/ Unfortunately the $2 frozen snicker bar was off the budget. We plan to purchase a back pack and pair of shoes for a child in need after our experiment since we'll be saving some dough on food this month.

I Spy A&W Root Beer!

(Oh yes, and by the way, it turns out we are total liars. We said going into this that our great big pepsi sign in the background was the only soda, etc you were likely to see this month....... well, it turns out, that if you're hungry enough and people are just handing it out for free........ you just might drink it. Strange, but true.)

JuJuBee thinking: "wait this stuff is FREE" what?????

JuJuBee: "I have to tell someone about this"

"Hello....... Wimpy"?

"Get over here ASAP, Free burgers, I repeat Free burgers"!

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