Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mini Eat-From-The-Pantry Challenge

What a crazy, busy weekend it's been. I feel like my four days off flew by with barely a chance to catch a breath -- even with being stuck at home all day yesterday!

The grocery store ads weren't great this week, so I decided it wasn't worth making an extra trip out in the snow and cold. Instead, we're going to try eating what we've already got and adding our extra $50 to the principal on our car loan! Thankfully, due to the Holidays, what we've already got to eat includes delicious Honey Baked Ham, Hickory Farms and all kinds of other random goodies. It will still be a little bit of a challenge though, as I will be working M-Th this week. I am pretty good at just getting by with whatever we've got, but I feel bad about leaving my husband in that predicament. I'll write out a short menu plan for him, so he won't have to "think" about what to feed everyone.

For breakfast/lunch/dinner, we'll be eating...

Monday - biscuits and jelly / ham sandwiches and oranges / tuna noodles and apples

Tuesday - cinnamon sugar whole wheat toast and blueberries/ ham sandwiches and steamed veggies / confetti chicken casserole

Other breakfasts this week will ikely be baby's favorite. Lunches will likely be ham sandwiches all week long. For dinner, I'm planning on really easy things like spaghetti and orange juice chicken. One thing that is kind of a bummer is that I only have about a half gallon of milk and one egg. I'll have to ration those items, so that will mean no baking or breakfast for dinner! Bummer! If all else fails, well, I've got about 5 Mrs. Smith's pies and 10 tubs of Cool Whip. We may be in a sugar coma by Friday, but surely we won't starve!

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  1. Can you stop by a store to get eggs and milk on a day your working? At least those items??? I kow you can go without shopping but these are true staples for a family with children. Good Luck with all your other plans they sound great!!

  2. Do you have a crockpot? Could you start some meals in the crockpot in the morning? What about making bread and having soups for dinner?

    I have powdered eggs and powdered milk on hand, which helps with baking.

  3. I've gone on "eat from the pantry" spurts as well. It is alwasy amazing to me how many options are really sitting there, and yet we think there is nothing to eat in the house!

    Best of luck!

  4. Hi Lisette, I love your style! I too am using what I have in the freezer and pantry. As a matter of fact, I have a challenge going on at my blog- "Eathing From My Freezer/Pantry Challenge". I am also taking a cut in my grocery bill and saving the money. What an excellent idea to pay of the principle on a loan! You are a clever one.
    Come over and join my challenge. I think you could share some great tips with us!



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