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Pantry Challenge Day 13: Grinding Meat?!

costco

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 is Day 13 of […]

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Meal Planning: Pantry Challenge Week 3

Meal planning during a Pantry Challenge is essential to its success. We are a third of the way into the Pantry Challenge. I confess, I’m getting a little weary. However, yesterday’s Grocery Geek tally tells me we’re on a good track. If all things hold steady, we could end up saving a few hundred dollars […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 12: The Night I Didn’t Want to Cook

Cheese Taquitos

This is Day 12 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 didn’t want to cook tonight, but I did. Last night I mentioned that I thought we might go out to dinner tonight. That was […]

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Grocery Geek: Pantry Challenge One-Third Done

produce box January

This month, we’re eating down the pantry, trying to use up what we have, rotate stock, and maybe save some coin. I think we’re doing pretty well so far, especially considering that some months I’ve spent most of our grocery budget by this time in the month. Just as a reminder: I’m feeding eight people. […]

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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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