Day 16, Pantry Challenge 2020

a dozen star biscuits baked on a tray

Sunday, Sunday. We did okay.

Everyone, it seems, was up and at ’em early. I was baking bread and making homemade hot dog buns before 9. My 13yo daughter was baking star biscuits.

I also started some Vegetable Bolognese in the slow cooker. Will make that into lasagna tomorrow.


A quick reheat of the breakfast gravy I made the other day, and the morning meal was pretty easy. Some kids had eggs, too. I had my usual. Bryan made his usual steel cut oats.

The better part of a sourdough boule was also consumed during the morning.

hot dog on homemade bun on plate with vegetables


I had some random hot dogs and brats in the freezer, so I cooked those up at lunch. Served on homemade hot dog buns alongside Doritos and veggies, it worked out well. 

I had a salad with leftover chicken from last night, a hard cooked egg, veggies, and blue cheese. It was beautiful, but then I forgot to take a picture.

As a treat, I pulled out some Cranberry Oat Bars from the freezer. FishBoy15 grinned from ear to ear over that.

array of homemade asian dishes


Two of the boys were gone which left us with only five. I know to some that’s a full house, but down from eight that’s a small dinner party.

This made dinner a hard slog. I really wanted to go get Chipotle. But, when I thought what that $50 would buy in groceries, I turned the other way.

I cooked up two packs of Yaki Soba from the freezer and half a bag of potstickers, and made a huge pan of Vegetable Fried Rice and a smaller pan of Cauliflower Fried Rice

Even though I was standing at the stove the entire time, I burned the potstickers. Didn’t realize how quickly the water had evaporated. I grabbed a partial bag of wontons from the freezer and cooked those instead.

We cut off the bottoms of the potstickers, but it wasn’t quite the same. The crispy bottom is supposed to be the best part!

So, that was our day. Things went mostly well and I’ve got three more loaves of bread to stash in the freezer.

How’s the Pantry Challenge going for you?

Day 15, Pantry Challenge 2020

Heading into week 3 of the Pantry Challenge, here’s how we’re trucking.

packed fridge

Today was my computer day, so I tried to hide away in my office and avoid people. I’m an introvert mom with six kids. What can I say?

All this means is that food photos are scare today. You get fridge and freezer shots instead! Continue Reading »

Day 14, Pantry Challenge 2020

cart of groceries at Ralphs

This year I’m hosting 12 different Grocery Savings Challenges. This first Pantry Challenge is a great way to save money, avoid food waste, and clear some kitchen clutter. Here we are at the end of week two and we’re still standing. Everybody yell, “Yay! I woke up, as I predicted, regretting my food choices of […]

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Pantry Challenge Savings Pack

None of us in born knowing how to cook or save money. These are things to learn and practice over the years. Check out four good things to help you learn. Keep a budget. Watch for sales. Cook at home. These are things you’ve probably heard or read about how to save money, eat well, […]

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Day 13, Pantry Challenge 2020

salad with crackers and cucumbers

Some days are winners in the Pantry Challenge, and some days just are. Here’s how Day 13 went down for us. Whew. It’s been a good day. We used up some things. Everyone ate very well. In my case, a little too well. I had some fun food stashed (BBQ potato chips and Moose Munch). […]

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Cheddar Coins – aka Homemade Cheez Its

stack of cheddar cracker coins on white plate

Like boxed cheddar crackers? You’ll love these healthier homemade cheez its. Made with sharp cheddar cheese and a little whole wheat flour your snacking time just got a whole lot better. I think I have done it. I didn’t think it would really turn out like I hoped. But, it did. Yes, yes, it did. […]

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Day 12, Pantry Challenge 2020

cart of groceries at ALDI

Here we are ending the 12th day of the Pantry Challenge, as we work on shopping the kitchen first before heading to the store. Careful readers will remember that last night I baked three loaves of Banana Bread. Bryan asked me last night if he could cut into one. I replied that I needed some […]

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Day 11, Pantry Challenge 2020

salad bowl with vegetables and pork

This month’s Grocery Savings Challenge is to “eat down the pantry”. By eating up what’s on hand before buying more, I’m stewarding my resources well and saving money. At the same time, I learn how to be a better shopper and exercise my creativity in the kitchen. Oh happy day! My niece was born last […]

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