02 October 2010

What's in Your Freezer?

We have a chest style deep freeze. After a while of picking up deals when I saw them and not really remembering what I had on hand, the freezer got a little full. My friend Jenn is trying to help me save more money on groceries and her first step is always to see what you have on hand. That was hard for me because the deep freeze is in a little nook under the stairs with very little light. I always thought if I knew what was in the freezer then I could plan my meals easier. Then when I needed an item I would know it was there because I had a list. Now I just needed time to take the inventory...

Enter one Friday evening with the girls in bed, Joshua in Wichita, and me in the basement. I watched a movie but was still not tired. After looking over a pile of coupons waiting to be cut out I remembered Jenn saying that it was better to meal plan at first. So that is what I shall do.

  • 5 small bags chicken
  • whole chicken
  • split chicken breast
  • leg quarters
  • breakfast sausage
  • 3 packages hot dogs
  • 1/2 bag scallops
  • 4 1/2 bags chicken broth cubes
  • 4 bags shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 bags shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 bag shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/2 bag pierogies
  • 2 small containers tortilla soup
  • 1 large container chicken soup
  • 4 bananas
  • almond flour
  • sugar
  • 2 loaves bread
  • 2 loaves sourdough bread
  • French loaf bread
  • pita pockets
  • whip cream
  • heavy cream
  • 2 small containers strawberry jam
  • okra
  • California vegetables
  • 4 bags broccoli
  • cauliflower broccoli
  • 2 bags spinach
  • 2 bags corn
  • carrots
  • 4 bags peas
  • green peppers
  • 3 bags stir fry vegetables
  • green beans
  • 2 containers juice
  • 2 mystery containers
It looks like we are having a lot of chicken. Share your favorite chicken recipe with me, would you?

02 May 2010

May 3-7

Meal Planning is slowly getting easier. I have learned that if I serve my basics most of the week and throw in a new recipe one or two days the family eats better. So recently it looks like we have been eating the same meal plan every week. Close but not quite! We added another favorite to the rotation: roasted vegetables and chicken. So easy, this one was made by Audrey. This week will be the last that Joshua will be with us for a while so we will be able to add in a few meals he is not as fond of. Our week will be a little short as we are going to Tulsa for a visit and so I can run in the Full Moon 5K.

May 3-7 Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Cereal Muffin Tin Monday Granola bars Boxed mac-n-cheese
Tuesday Yogurt Quesadillas Carrots & peanut butter Pizza Wraps
Wednesday Pink Pancakes Turkey wraps Cottage cheese & fruit Rainy-Day BBQ Chicken
Thursday Fluffy Eggs TBD Carrot Cake cookies Tuna Hot Dish
Friday Cereal PB&J Grapes & cheese TBD (Tulsa)

01 May 2010

Need to start my meal plan, really

The pantry is slowly clearing out. I still have a number of cans of tuna and tomatoes along with quite a bit of brown rice. Joshua leaves next week for several months so I will have one less mouth to feed. That means I can cook more items that he does not like but also that we will probably be eating more leftovers. I may just need to plan to freeze a portion from every meal and stock it away for all of those times I am about at breakdown while Joshua is gone. The freezer has a lot more room for meals now. I am also planning a freezer meal prep with my mommy friends. Things should go fine while Joshua is away. We will be gone ourselves for a few weeks. Still I need to plan meals for this week and next. I am ope to ideas for what to do with the tomatoes, tuna, and rice.

25 April 2010

April 26- May 2

My menu this week has been so hard to put together. For some reason my heart was not in it this week. Regardless, here it is:

  • Breakfast - Tiny Grape Upside-Down Cakes
  • Lunch - Play date - cheese, fruit, crackers
  • Dinner - Frozen meal (mom has to work)
  • Snack - Peanut Butter bread
  • Breakfast - Oatmeal with raisins
  • Lunch - Quesadillas
  • Dinner - Dinner Out (Joshua's birthday)
  • Snack - Fruit
  • Breakfast - fruit parfait
  • Lunch - PB&J
  • Dinner - Hilltop Farms Chicken, spinach and strawberry salad
  • Snack - carrots and peanut butter
  • Breakfast - Pink Pancakes
  • Lunch - Left overs
  • Dinner - Quesadilla Casserole (Everyday with Rachel Ray)
  • Snack - yogurt and granola
  • Breakfast - cereal
  • Lunch - crudite with cream cheese/yogurt, dill dip
  • Dinner - Chicken Baked Samm (never made it last week), Brussels sprouts!?!
  • Snack - cinnamon tortilla chips
  • Breakfast - Muffins and bananas
  • Lunch - PB&J
  • Dinner - Tuna Hot Dish (we have a lot of tuna), peas
  • Snack - Zucchini muffins
  • Breakfast - Mini quiche
  • Lunch - Chicken wraps
  • Dinner - Crock Pot Lasagna, salad
  • Snack - fruit
I need:
  1. Cheese
  2. Zucchini
  3. Assorted fresh fruit (on sale only, I have a lot of canned)
  4. Cream of Mushroom soup
  5. Egg noodles
  6. Potato chips
  7. Assorted fresh veggies for crudite (anything I think the family will eat!)
  8. Bananas
I have already spent a little of my food budget this week on Joshua's birthday present so I am going to have to stretch what I have left. Think I can do this with $40? I thought so. I am going to wait until Tuesday to do my shopping at Checkers this week. They have a good deal on bananas that day and maybe I can find other produce sales as well. Making a big dent in the pantry. Not as much in the freezer. I did find another almost full flat of diced tomatoes in the garage. We may need to have goulash again before Joshua leaves. I may even need to learn how to cook it. That is if I am allowed to stay in the kitchen this time.

19 April 2010

April 19-25

My menu is not finished but it is pretty close. I spent a larger portion of the weekend working than I normally do so I am a little behind. Surfing around looking at other menu plans I came across a woman who posts a selection of meal options under each type of meal and then, I am assuming, makes a decision which one to prepare before hand. I am going to try that route as my plan seems to get shifted each week anyway. Joshua and I have tickets to see David Sedaris this week some time so we may cut one meal back and eat out. I also may change one meal to a crock pot chicken meal for the family while I am working Monday.


  • Pink pancakes
  • Cereal
  • Popovers
  • Yogurt
  • Fluffy eggs
  • Oven baked oatcakes
  • PB&J
  • Chicken roll ups
  • Quesadillas
  • Leftovers
  • Goulash
  • Chicken Baked Samm
  • Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Shake-n-Bake pork chops (help?)
  • Turkey Sliders
  • Leftovers / sandwiches
  • Fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Cottage cheese

13 April 2010

I would like some yard greens

I have not posted much about dinners recently. It is not because we have not been having them, but simply a time constraint. My resolve to keep the house cleaner coupled with the fact that I have been working outside of the home a little more have zapped my time. That and a teething baby and an active toddler do drain me most days. Saturday evening we ended up having pizza instead of Chicken in Citrus Sauce because the baby was running a fever and I had to hold her constantly. Last night I ended up staying at the office and Joshua came home with the girls. Needless to say he did not follow my meal plan but instead fed the toddler hot dogs and he ate an awful frozen meal his parents left. So tonight I cooked the chicken. It was going to go bad otherwise. I loved it. Audrey would not touch anything and Joshua said he does not like chicken with the bone in. Also, I am not to feed him mixed salad greens and expect him to eat them. He wants iceberg lettuce or spinach. I went to a cooking class tonight and left Joshua to put the baby to sleep and get the toddler to eat her chicken. I came home to find her plate untouched. When I mentioned this to Joshua he said she offered to eat pie. We did not have any pie so she went to bed with no dinner. I had even provided pears for her salad and mandarin oranges as a side. This family is picky.

11 April 2010

April 12-18

Again, it was one of those weeks. Here is the menu. I am going to spend the evening looking everything over to see what I still need. I will post a grocery list later. Joshua and I are trying to eat healthier and closer to home so I may make a trip to the local Coop first to see what is fresh.

  • Breakfast - cereal
  • Lunch - Turkey Wraps
  • Dinner - Citrus Chicken, rice, salad
  • Snack - granola bars


  • Breakfast - oatmeal/yogurt
  • Lunch - PB&J
  • Dinner - (Not so) Spicy Black Beans and Rice (Thanks Jenn!)
  • Snack - fruit & cheese


  • Breakfast - Eggs in a Basket
  • Lunch - Won ton cup surprise
  • Dinner - Tilapia, rice, salad
  • Snack - Carrots & peanut butter


  • Breakfast - Oven Baked Pancake
  • Lunch - Egg salad sandwiches
  • Dinner - Meatloaf, peas, potatoes
  • Snack - cottage cheese and fruit


  • Breakfast - cereal
  • Lunch - left overs
  • Dinner - Lasagna, broccoli w/cheese, fruit
  • Snack - Acini Di Pepe salad

Saturday (Earth Day!)

  • Breakfast - muffins
  • Lunch - Downtown for the parade
  • Dinner - left overs / sandwiches
  • Snack - bananas


  • Breakfast - cereal
  • Lunch - PB&J
  • Dinner - Mushroom soup chicken, seasonal veggies (from Farmers Market)
  • Snack - Black Bean Brownies

09 April 2010

Did I mention rice?

The week is quickly coming to a close and I noticed I have not begun to plan for our meals next week. While cleaning the kitchen I took a minute to look through the pantry and saw these items:
  • peanut butter
  • tomato sauce
  • kidney beans
  • dried lentils
  • diced tomatoes
  • rice
  • more rice
  • tuna
I could go on. Help? I will try to spend some time on Allrecipes.com tonight but I am running out of time. No ideas are bad at this point.
I am adding a linky here so that I can see what is on other menus. Be warned, I may steal your ideas!

Save us!

Dinner last night was fine. It was not great. Audrey ate some of it so that is always a good thing. Still, I do not think we will put Orange Teriyaki Chicken on regular rotation. There are sadly few items my family will eat on a regular basis and I am trying to widen that selection. Do you have any ideas for me? I do not eat beef and I am not a huge fan of pork (although I am open to tasty, easy recipes.) Please, save us from our boring chicken dinners. If I get time this evening I will put a linky up so sharing is easy.

08 April 2010

Over the mid-week hump

Several good dinners in a row. This week has been much easier to follow as there are no holidays or dinners with relatives to contend with. Cooking with Audrey has gone better this week as well.
I was trying to find photos of dinners and came up short. On looking over my menu I realized why: Monday, leftovers; Tuesday, thunderstorm; Wednesday, Nachos (see above); Thursday, in progress. The other picture is of lunch. Audrey and I had a great time making turkey wraps. Check out her blog for the recipe and photos of her helping make them. Tomorrow night's meal is one we have had recently, Tuna Hot Dish, but since we are going for the Pantry Challenge I need to clear out a few cans of tuna. 
As soon as we get a little more space in the pantry I am going to work on just keeping staples for our favorite 28 meals. As this will include perishable items I don't see this being a large quantity of stuff. If you scroll down the right-hand side of my blog you will see I have already begun this list. Items will be added after both adults in the household deem them worthy of repeating. After 28 main courses are picked out I will work to combine these with side dishes to make complete, nutritious (read: vegetables and fruit) meals. I have a feeling that most of these meals are going to be casserole, crock pot, or one dish skillet meals as I am not all that fond of cooking. I welcome feedback and recipes to help me along this journey. Hope your dinner is tasty!

06 April 2010

Gobble, gobble

So we had a major Kansas storm tonight which took out the power and my dinner plans along with it. Audrey begged for a peanut butter sandwich all evening and when the power went out she got one. I did go ahead and cook the Chicken Parm and noodles and pack them for a lunch for Joshua. On the bright side, I am making homemade turkey broth and freezing it in ice cube trays. I had a turkey I cooked last week and my in-laws cooked another one for Easter so I have a lot of bones. That means Turkey Barley Soup will have to be on the menu for next week. Maybe we will make it a nice starter instead of a full meal in hopes that Audrey will still eat something. She used to love soup but lately she will not even try it. Any other recipe ideas for left over turkey meat and broth?

Still trying

Some of my efforts to clean out the food stockpile have been thwarted by the fact that my in-laws have moved out of their Lawrence home and left me with food. They will take a few items with them when they move to the summer cabin but that will not be for another week. On the plus side I did get the cottage cheese I needed and some fresh fruit for Audrey's snacks. I may have to have another leftover night this week to make room. C'est la vie.

05 April 2010

Saturday, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Saturday we did end up having spaghetti with meat sauce. I was able to use up a can of tomato sauce from the garage, turkey meat from the freezer and some pasta we have had around for a while. Joshua does not like whole wheat pasta so instead of tossing it I decided to mix a little whole wheat in with the regular for a few meals until I use it up.

April 5-11

I am sitting at my table finishing my meal plan for the week and a beautiful spring breeze is blowing through the open window. That is a good sign. With spring comes the Downtown Farmer's Market and this year a half share of a local farm. Even though those local goods are not here yet I am excited just thinking about them. So I must make room in the freezer and pantry so I have a place to store all of the good food yet to come.
Here is the menu for this week:

  • Breakfast - cereal
  • Lunch - quesadillas
  • Dinner - Chicken Parmesan, broccoli
  • Snack - fruit & cheese
  • Breakfast - pink pancakes (left overs from last batch)
  • Lunch - mini cheese pizzas
  • Dinner - Tuna Hot Dish, peas
  • Snack - Smoothie
As an addition I volunteered to deliver meals to two families with new babies this week so I will make a turkey cheese quiche for each. I have turkey from Easter dinner and a lot of eggs. These are also easy meals to transport. My shopping list looks like this:
  • cinnamon
  • carrots
  • cheese
  • chicken thighs
  • orange
  • English muffins
  • egg noodles
  • cottage cheese
  • ranch dressing
  • pie crusts
  • tortilla chips
  • avocados
  • lime
  • puff pastry
  • feta cheese
  • salad mix
  • milk 
Even with so many items to purchase I am still using up stuff from the pantry and freezer. Most of our side dish veggies come from the freezer at this point. Can't wait for fresh, local veggies. 

03 April 2010

Better Luck Next Time

This week was packed with holiday meals and relatives visiting. Try as I might I was only able to cook Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and (hopefully) Saturday. The meal I had scheduled for Thursday (Tomato Lentil Soup) I added to the meal Friday night as we ended up having both sets of grandparents over for dinner. I did not add to the pantry but very little was used up this week. Next week should be calmer and possibly we will be able to double up on pantry staple usage to make up for slacking this week.

Recipes: Asparagus, Chicken Bake Samm

Recipe for Chicken Bake Samm:

  • chicken
  • chicken broth
  • mushrooms
  • onion
Place chicken in oven safe dish. Pour enough broth over to have half inch in the bottom of dish. Broil chicken on each side for 3-5 minutes, or until golden. Remove chicken and add mushrooms, onions and enough broth to maintain the half  inch in the bottom of the dish. Cook until done.

This is a basic recipe and easy to adapt to quantity of chicken and type (breast, thighs, boneless, etc.) We like boneless thighs in this house and they are quick to cook. I also use canned mushrooms and dried onions. That means all I have to purchase is the chicken and then I can raid the pantry for the rest of the ingredients. I recommend keeping this recipe in mind for quick, delicious meals.

Recipe for Roast Asparagus:
  • Asparagus
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Italian Dressing
  • 1 clove Minced Garlic
Line a baking sheet with foil, place asparagus on top. In a bowl mix honey, garlic and italian dressing, pour over asparagus. Bake for 15 minutes or until tender. I cook mine a little less because I like it crisp.

31 March 2010

Chicken Bake Samm

I am a day behind on my blogging and when I mentioned this to my boyfriend he had no sympathy for me. Am I addicted? According to my girlfriends the answer is yes. Regardless, it is fun. So here is dinner from yesterday:

Check back for the recipes for the chicken and asparagus...

30 March 2010

Can I get a doctor's note?

The girls and I took advantage of the beautiful Kansas weather to go for a walk with friends today. On the walk I kept thinking about how I might not have followed through with the idea to get out if I had not invited a friend to join me. How is it that having a friend to talk to makes exercise bearable? I had to load the girls, stroller, water, diapers (big girl panties), and snacks into the car and take a short drive and it was somehow worth it. At the end of the walk my friend and I even started talking about inviting/finding other mommies to walk with us on a more regular basis.

This is an activity that ranks up with cleaning the house or going grocery shopping. I do it but it is not my favorite part of the job. Can I get an exemption? Maybe the doctor can say I have a bone in my back and cannot exercise. Or as Audrey likes to say, "mom, your bone is tired?" Yes, honey, and I would rather be lazy. However, I want to be around to see my grandchildren so we pack up the car and head to the gym more day than not. And we will take advantage of nice Kansas weather and go for walks with our friends. Look for me pushing a stroller with two young girls in it up a hill near you. Honk and wave if you like, we will wave back.

29 March 2010

March 29 - April 4

So I am late getting my menu out. I have most of it put together but I have still yet to make my to-do or groceries lists. Best not to procrastinate for these reasons and just get it published.


  • Breakfast - Cereal
  • Lunch - Quiche
  • Dinner - Seder meal with relatives
  • Snack - PB&J (Audrey asked for it)
  • Breakfast - Pink Pancakes
  • Lunch -PB&J
  • Dinner - Chicken Baked Samm
  • Snack - Bunny Graham crackers and fruit
  • Breakfast - Oatmeal/Yogurt
  • Lunch - Cheese Sandwiches & fruit
  • Dinner - Meatballs, pasta, peas, coleslaw
  • Snack - granola bars
  • Breakfast - Toast Sandwiches
  • Lunch - Chicken fingers
  • Dinner - Tomato Lentil Soup, fruit salad
  • Snack - cheese & fruit
  • Breakfast - Eggs
  • Lunch - Quesadillas
  • Dinner - Turkey, broccoli, potatoes
  • Snack - Carrots & peanut butter
  • Breakfast - Oatmeal/Yogurt
  • Lunch - crudite, fruit, cheese
  • Dinner - Spaghetti with meat sauce
  • Snack - Applesauce
  • Breakfast - Smoothie
  • Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches
  • Dinner - Easter Meal (I am not cooking!)
  • Snack - Eggs, of course
Check back as I update this to reflect changes in this holiday week menu. My in-laws or parents may take over cooking duties or take us out to dinner one or more nights not already marked. Changes will be reflected in the daily posts. 

28 March 2010

Lasagna was a hit

The lasagna turned out well. No complaints. No rave reviews either. Joshua was very helpful in saying what he liked and some things that might make it taste better next time. I was happy to have used 3 jars of tomato sauce that had been in my garage on a shelf for several months. All of the other items were purchased for this meal. Except for a can of pears that took the place of our usual strawberries in the family salad. I liked the salad. Audrey liked the pears. And the birthday cake (thanks Leah and Rhonda!) Here is a picture of Audrey's plate:

27 March 2010

Change of Plan

I forgot to post last night that lasagna was moved to dinner tonight. Joshua had to be in Wichita tonight so we moved our birthday meal out to last night. After much contemplation I selected Ten as my birthday dinner and was not disappointed. If you go on a night when they have something with sweet potatoes, order it.

25 March 2010

Another day, two more items down

Another not so great day at Chez Audrey. I really should call it something else but we did buy the house because I was pregnant with her and we needed more room. It has been her house ever since. poor Maurene. Back to the point; Audrey did not nap today. When I asked for help making the salad at dinner she refused and decided instead to move all of the Tupperware to the bottom of her sister's excersaucer. I was able to make dinner but it was not great. I am, however, feeling pretty good about slowly emptying out the stockpile of items taking up space in the pantry and freezer.
When we get low enough Joshua and I have decided to start making better choices about how we spend our food budget. First, we are going to purchase a half share at Mellowfields Urban Farm here in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas. Second, we will buy what we can from The Farmer's Market and The Merc (our local Co-Op.) And last, we will purchase from companies we know to have ethical business practices. We are prepared to spend a little more and know that our dollars are speaking for us.

24 March 2010

The wagon left us at the station

There are days when everyone naps, we have no meltdowns, and the kitchen is clean. Then there are days like today. When we have those days I make pancakes. Today we used the recipe from Deceptively Delicious for Pink Pancakes. Audrey loved them. She had seconds. Daddy knew what was in them and elected to have leftover lasagna. I thought they tasted fine. We had them with butter and powdered sugar.

23 March 2010

No leftovers

Tonight I made a family favorite: Tuna Noodle Casserole (called Tuna Hotdish in Joshua's family) and there are no leftovers. Usually a recipe makes four to six servings so we always have extra. I guess the family liked it.
Audrey enjoyed her eggs for breakfast and even tried a pea at dinner. We had to substitute granola bars for cheese at snack time because daddy ate all the cheese last night. Another good day. On a  more somber note: Joshua sent me an article on middle age women and obesity. I think he is trying to be funny about my birthday. I have been going to the gym a little recently but I do not get in an hour every day. Might have to add to that so I do not become one of those overweight middle aged women.
P.S. After all my planning and two trips to the store I still forgot to pick up cream of mushroom soup for tonight's dinner.

22 March 2010

Happiness is a good meal

Week one is off to a good start. After I commented that the pizza was very good Audrey said, "Because I made it." She is two and has a wonderful sense of self worth. I have purchased (almost) everything we need for our meals this week plus diapers, dishwasher soap, and toilet paper and am just a little over my $40 plan (I used coupons, thanks Jenn!) The only remaining tasks are to clean and organize the fridge so that leftovers are easily viewable and fresh vegetables are prepped. One problem with all of the this cooking is that now I have a lot of dishes to load in the dishwasher. But I am fat and happy. Here is a picture of Audrey's meal:

21 March 2010

Tomorrow the challenge begins

I went shopping for most of the items and spent less than $20. Tomorrow I will hit Dillons and pick up the rest. I expect to stay under $40 for the week. Tonight I need to read through the recipe for Mexican Pizza and pull out the chicken to thaw for later in the week.

March 22nd - 27th

My first week. I am looking forward to it. If this goes well there may be a side effect of better organization. Already my week is better laid out then it normally is. I still need to clean the refrigerator and pull a few items out of the freezer but it looks promising. I found all of  my recipes this week at Allrecipes.com.
  • Breakfast - Yogurt (Audrey) and Oatmeal (me)
  • Lunch - Quiche (we are having a playdate)
  • Dinner - Mexican Pizza/salad/grapes
  • Snacks - cereal bars
  • Breakfast - French Toast
  • Lunch - cottage cheese and fruit
  • Dinner -Slow Cooker Turkey Breast/stuffing/sweet potatoes/mandarin oranges
  • Snacks - cheese and crackers
  • Breakfast - Yogurt (Audrey) and Oatmeal (me)
  • Lunch - cheese sandwiches
  • Dinner - Lasagna/salad/bread/pears
  • Snacks - granola bars
  • Breakfast - Pancakes
  • Lunch - Mac -n- Cheese
  • Dinner - off (my birthday)
  • Snacks - hummus and tortillas
  • Breakfast - cereal
  • Lunch -PB&J
  • Dinner - Oven Fried Chicken/candied carrots/peas/grapes
  • Snacks - bananas
The weekly planner I am using has a place for notes and this is where I have listed what tasks I need to complete for the meals this week. This includes items like thaw chicken and turkey and shred cabbage. There is also the usual grocery list.  Here is what I need to purchase this week:
  • baby carrots
  • tomato
  • egg noodles
  • potato chips
  • apples
  • sweet potatoes
  • lettuce
  • onion soup mix
  • cheese
  • lemon
  • grapes
Wish me luck! I am open to ideas and encouragement so please leave me comments.I forgot to add that I am participating in a linkup with this meal plan. Check out Super Jenn to see the challenge.

    20 March 2010

    Almost ready

    I started working on my weekly planner last night while watching a show with Joshua. With a weekly meal planner in front of me and the Internet at my fingertips I was able to make short work of the task. There are still a few more things to be worked out but I should have mt plan ready to publish tomorrow. If I put it out there for my friends and family to see then maybe I will stick to it better. I left one day open for dinner with family or leftovers and it may not end up being the day I have it listed. Wish me luck and help hold me accountable.

    18 March 2010

    New challenge to begin Monday

    We are still out of town and I will need a few days to take inventory. Mainly of the freezer as it is a chest style; deep, dark, and full. I know we have a small turkey breast in there. In the pantry are several cans of tuna and beans, and some dried beans. Also a flat each of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. This should be fun. Joshua has asked me to stock items for him to take to lunch so I will need to make room for those items in the pantry. This is a great time to begin this challenge. We are also attempting to put a little money in savings while still paying off a little debt. As soon as I can get some ideas and see what I need to purchase I will create a budget for each week and see if we can stick to it. I love Super Jenn for her weekly meal plans and will make something very similar.

    17 March 2010

    A challenge

    So I gave up my own blog in order to create one for Audrey. While surfing around for ideas I found a mom who had a pantry challenge to reduce her food budget. I need a pantry and freezer challenge to clean out the stockpile of items I have found on sale. I believe I can do this in 2 months. The reason for the extended time is that I have a large freezer, a picky family, and I am not a very good cook. This last item is a real sticking point. In order to help me I am going to use a website called Allrecipes.com (thanks Sarah!) If there are any other sites like this I could use to search for individual items, please let know in the comments.