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Grocery Geek: Pantry Challenge One-Third Done

produce box January

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here.This month, we’re eating down […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 11: Pizza Night

raspberry baked oatmeal

This is Day 11 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. I’m dancing that fine line with my family. I’ve mentioned the pantry challenge. I’ve bought necessities like milk and coffee. I’ve also put off buying […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 10: Soup Night

soup night

This is Day 10 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Tonight was soup night. The older boys and hubs are watching a movie that I kinda want to go watch, so this will be a […]

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8 Ways to Avoid Eating Out

homemade egg rolls

One of the challenges during a Pantry Challenge is the siren song of take-out and restaurant meals. It’s easy; it’s  convenient, and there’s no mess to clean up. That last one can break me. If it’s been a long day and the kitchen is finally clean after feeding my kids breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, etc, […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 9: Late/Early/Late/Early

tuna sandwich

This is Day 9 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Today was a day that was slow getting started. I stayed up late dealing with server issues and was up early dealing with server issues. […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 8: Simple Meals

smores in toaster oven

This is Day 8 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Today was a mellow day. Two of my boys were gone most of the day for science class, so that meant getting everybody up and […]

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How to Make Beef Stock

Beef stock

Don’t throw away scraps. Make homemade stock! As I mentioned the other day, soups are a great way to make good use of leftovers and other little tidbits in your larder. (I love that word, larder. I suppose we could have called this the Larder Challenge. But, then folks would think I was really loopy. Huh.) […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 7: Pantry Clean-Up

Snacky lunch

This is Day 7 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Today I cleaned out the pantry. I forget how consuming a pantry challenge is, of my mind and my time. I feel like I got […]

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Pantry Challenge Link-Up #1

As you know, I’m “eating down the pantry” this month to save money and be a better steward of what we have. Every day I’m blogging how we’re eating and cooking as a family. And I do mean “we.” My four oldest children are responsible to be chief cook one night a week. You can […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 6: Ice Cream for Breakfast & A Shopping Trip

grocery #1

This is Day 6 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. I even had ice cream for breakfast. This challenge is proving to keep me on my toes. In order to keep my family calm and […]

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