Pantry Challenge Check-in, Week 2

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This week I found myself getting into the groove of the pantry challenge. I baked more. I created a few new recipes, such as Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas as well as Pumpkin Scones (coming soon). I had some flops as well as some successes. And other than going without milk for a couple days, my family didn’t notice that we were “making do.”

I did go shopping and I’m reporting about that on LifeasMOM.

I wanted to get a few things to supplement what I’ve found lurking in the freezer, pantry, and fridge. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my menu plan at LifeasMOM as well.

What are the girls up to?

A wonderful group of ladies is accompanying me on this journey. We don’t all have the same goals for the challenge, so it will be extra fun to take a peak into their kitchens and see how they’re making things work at their houses. Be sure to bop around and see what’s cooking over here:

How are YOU doing?

If you’re doing the Pantry Challenge, tell us how it’s going. If you’re struggling, let us know. Maybe we can help you trouble-shoot. That’s what friends are for.

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  1. Overall I feel pretty good about the Pantry Challenge. I’ve saved some money at the grocery store by making a menu and taking inventory (before I would just pick up whatever I felt like and if I wasn’t sure I had miscellaneous ingredients, like mustartd, I’d throw that in the cart also). I’ve been able to keep the pantry and fridge in pretty good shape but we are struggling to follow the menu. Last week was pretty crazy between nails in a tire, business trips and husbands who didn’t want to eat what was planned (plus it was his turn to cook). Actually following the menu is my plan for the week.

  2. This is my first week in the Pantry Challenge, and it’s exactly what I needed. My pantry and freezer are teaming with the benefit of recent meat sales, and I have shelves of pasta and canned products. With a heat wave (high 90’s) anticipated for the week, I made up a menu centered around salads and hot weather foods. With the exception of cat food and Pam Spray, I do not have to go grocery shopping this week at all — and quite possibly next week as well! I posted my menus for the week on my blog “How to be a Housewife”.

  3. I think this is a really neat challenge. I went over to your other blog and signed up for the emails, so I can follow along. My dad and I are doing that. It is a bit of a challenge, but I sure do like the money we’re saving 🙂 🙂 🙂 It’s fun to get creative and we even crack a joke or two over the whole thing 🙂 🙂 Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

  4. I am currently trying to live off our pantry until the 15th of next month, so i’m going to go poke around your site and get some mroe ideas!

  5. I have plenty of meat, fish, and staples for the Challenge. I stocked up on some items that were too good to pass up with coupons and B1G1F deals at Publix. I have only spent about $100 this month so far.

  6. Denise C. says:

    This may sound odd, when you do your pantry challenge, do you have a lot of stuff on hand to make meals with? (i.e. a large stockpile in the pantry, fridge and freezer.)

  7. So far so good … but I’m starting to get anxious as I have NO sour cream and very limited amount of cheddar cheese … gasp. Not to mention, Hubby and animals are in the pantry and saying “chips?”, and then the fridge “cheese?” … just like that, a question with a look of “Seriously??” … um, they don’t quite grasp the use what you have mentality yet. Need to post my update soon 🙂

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