Hello blog buddies,
2015 has already been such a busy year! It’s amazing how little the weather affects life here in Colorado. When there is snow, the people will play! When it’s warm and the sun is shining, which is almost every day, Coloradans are outside and enjoying the outdoors. I love being surrounded by people and places that are always hustling and bustling.
This is going to be a big year in regards to travel. We were already saving up for a trip to London but now two friends have announced their wedding dates and we have an opportunity to visit family in Florida on the “cheap.” That’s a lot of travel in one year for us (and a lot of $$$$ too)! I’ve had an itch for awhile to travel internationally, but with everything else that is going, we are really going to have to pinch our pennies to make that happen.
Queue Salt-N-Pepa: “Puh-pinch ’em real good!”
Doing my best to prepare, I have been budgeting and saying no to things I want to do on the regular. I know I need to nitpick and prioritize if I want to make every single one of my travel goals this year. I plan to make more meals at home and eat the leftovers for lunch for as long as they last. I will have to get creative with pantry ingredients too – like our very own series of Chopped! This Cheesy Polenta dish is definitely on the cheap and tastes like a million bucks!
The polenta was super easy to make, just use a whisk and add plenty of liquid to make it smooth. The Spinach adds a nice garlicky, spicy kick while adding some nutrients too. And the runny egg on top really adds some richness to bring it all together. Plus the egg adds some protein to help make this meal last longer.
When in doubt, put an egg on it!
I have always been good at budgeting, but this tight of a budget will be a challenge for me. No useless shopping, no overspending when I go out for coffee, no nothing…
It’s London (and two weddings and maybe Florida too) or bust!
Wish me luck!
P.S. Sorry about the quality of the photo. It’s off of my Instagram feed. My laptop is still fighting with my camera. I’ve put them both in a time-out so here’s hoping that changes something.