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

Moonlight Cruise 
Dec. 12, 2011 10:17 am 
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011 5:53 pm
One of our favorite things to do in the evening is to take a sunset happy hour cruise in our dinghy...this time of year though the sun is almost set by 5:30, when we are getting home from work. We have had a lot of rain this week, but the other night the skies cleared to reveal a gorgeous full moon- so we did a moonlight cruise! We typically tool around the lagoon and look at boats, but it was such a nice night that we went far out into the bay, cut the engine, and just bobbed around for a while. Simple pleasures!

On the way back in we stopped at the lagoon bar. From the water it's mostly hidden by mangrove trees, so you have to know it's there, but you can pull your dinghy right in:

 We did pretty well on the budget this week ($105), we spent $98, and this is what we ate:

Sunday was corn chowder in the slow cooker, with a tomato and cucumber salad on the side

Monday we roasted up a bunch of veggies with sausage on the side

Tuesday was another slow cooker meal, exactly the same ingredients as the day before: veggies with sausage stew and a little gravy on top

Wednesday we had pizza

Thursday we play softball, so had a quick BLT on English muffins before the game. After the game we were so hungry, but no place open and no food on the boat. BIG breakfast the next morning!

Friday we ate out at one of our favorite restaurants, Schnitzel Haus. The only thing on the menu is schnitzel

Saturday we finished off the week with a big salad: mixed greens, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, red onion, and turkey with a homemade mustard dressing.

As always, we resolve to eat more salad next week- we'll see!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

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Dec. 12, 2011 10:32 am
Amazing that you live on a sailboat. I know I find feeding my boyfriend and I to be a challenge between budgets and time constraints. I can only imagine the unique challenges in your situation! Looks like a beautiful and peaceful lifestyle though :)
Dec. 12, 2011 12:14 pm
If I was looking on google maps where do you live abouts, I was looking on Google and it seems there are many Islands that are part of the virgin islands. I was also trying to find out where they generated the power for the islands (I did find the company but they did not really give a location).
Dec. 12, 2011 7:14 pm
Merry Christmas, Barb K and Hubby! I have missed you all year but always love your blogs, Sweets! XOXOXO
Dec. 15, 2011 6:54 am
Merry Christmas to you too Cindy! To King Sparta, there are 4 islands that make up the US Virgin Islands: St Croix, St Thomas, St John, and Water Island. The British Virgin Islands include many more. Our island power is generated by burning diesel fuel-very expensive and our electric bills go up every time gas prices go up. Some people use solar- mostly private residences and boaties!
Dec. 15, 2011 5:53 pm
wow - moon light cruise, cocktails....sounds like the perfect way to spend a night. *sigh*
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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.
My cooking triumphs
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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