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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

Budgeting Really Pays Off! 
Feb. 28, 2010 10:50 am 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2010 2:43 am

As you may know, we live on a budget of $15/day for lunch and dinner, food and drink. If we spend less than that, it goes into vacation fund...and it's time to tap into that fund! We are leaving for a week in New Orleans and a week cruise to the Yucatan. We live on our boat here in the Caribbean, but no, we aren't sailing there on this vacation!

I started this current vacation fund at the end of September when we got back from our New York City trip, and just by going under budget I have saved about $600! Of course, that's not enough for a two week vacation, but it does pay for our air fare. I also put ten percent of my income into the fund to help it grow. 

I used to live in New Orleans, and am very excited to eat some of my favorite foods...oysters, po boys, muffalettas...and on our cruise's Mexico stop I am taking a cooking class! I'm sure I'll have lots to write about when we get back.

For the budget this week, we came in right at $105, and this is what we ate:

Sunday: Burgers
Monday: Pasta and salad
Tuesday: Cassoulet
Wednesday: Stuffed Cabbage
Thursday: Tofu chimichangas
Friday: Tofu Parmesan
Saturday: Spinach salad


My hanging container garden on the boat is doing well with the exception of my tomato, which fell and exploded. Husband tried to put it back together, but I am not sure he will make it! I am very lucky to have some extremely green-thumbed neighbors who will be babysitting the plants while we are away!

Hope everyone has a great couple of weeks!
Feb. 28, 2010 11:43 am
How cool, Barbara...have a blast on your vacation!
Feb. 28, 2010 2:46 pm
Have a great vacation! Hope you enjoy all your favorite foods.
Feb. 28, 2010 3:36 pm
That's so exciting, Barbara! Hope both of you have a great time!
Feb. 28, 2010 4:24 pm
That is fantastic! Have a super time and don't try the $15 a day on vacation or you'll starve! Lol The cooking classes sound great is hubby partaking too? Enjoy, rest and see you when you get back!
Feb. 28, 2010 4:57 pm
I'm still struggling with the concept of leaving your boat in the Caribbean to go on vacation! I hope you have a great time (and come back with a few great recipes to share)!
Feb. 28, 2010 6:21 pm
I've been wondering where you have been. I was happy to see your blog. Have a good time on your vacation. I be waiting to hear how it went. Mag
Mar. 1, 2010 3:20 am
Thanks everyone! I am giving myself permission to go off budget for the next 2 weeks!
Mar. 1, 2010 7:33 am
Good for you, have a blast!!
Mar. 2, 2010 4:51 am
Thinking of you lately - have a great time on that getaway!!
Mar. 2, 2010 9:52 am
Have a great trip.Go eat at my favorite.....Commander's Palace. LOve da place. Oh and have lots of beignets for me. BTW How many days did it take to germinate tomato seeds. Took 4 days on Maui :)
Mar. 3, 2010 2:43 am
I am going to have beignets every day! My neighbors actually germinated the tomato seeds and gave us a baby plant, but I think it only took them a few days. Our first tomato just turned red!
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
My favorite things to cook
I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
My cooking tragedies
There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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