This month, we’re shopping our kitchen in order to use up what we have so we can save money and clear kitchen clutter.
Here we go with Day 1 of the Pantry Challenge. I’ll confess, I did not do any of the prep I might normally do.
We had two Christmases, and the last just ended this morning. It was fantastic to spend time with my in-laws at their home last weekend and then to host my son and his fiancee this past week.
The parties ended today, so now we get back to business. After a holiday or vacation, it helps me to restart with my regular weekly routine.
In this case, Saturday means business desk work while Sunday is a home reset, including meal planning and prepping. So, I’ll dive a little deeper into the PC tomorrow, getting my freezer inventory squared away.
Here’s what I did get done today:
What We Ate
Lunch – We had loads of leftovers from 2nd Christmas and NYE, including but not limited to Cheesy Corn & Chile Tamales, Small Batch English Pickle Recipe, sushi rice, veggie dippers, Cranberry Sauce, Chicken Salad, and Indian take-out.
We all basically foraged and made our own meals out of different things. I made a wrap with cranberry sauce and chicken salad that was quite delicious. One of my sons made a chicken salad sandwich with English pickle and said it was quite good.
Dinner – After a full day at my computer, I rarely want to cook, so I pulled out a Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Mash from the freezer. I had made a double batch earlier in December with such a day in mind. It’s such yummy comfort food!
Dessert – I didn’t do a ton of Christmas baking this year, but we had a batch of Kate’s Oatmeal Bars that I had made yesterday with cranberry sauce. Unfortunately, the recipe doesn’t really work with oil and GF baking mix. I know it works GF, but the GF mix didn’t like being mixed with oil instead of butter. The bars are good but very crumbly.
What I Prepped
I know I need to bake more sourdough tomorrow, so I fed my Sourdough Starter with that in mind. It was in big need of beefing up. I’ll bake a few loaves of bread tomorrow.
I also submitted a Walmart pick-up order for specific needs that make the week go so much better. Bryan needs more Freezer Burritos for work (his regular meal 50 weeks out of the year), and my son who eats GF needs more bread. I cashed out $50 at Ibotta for a Walmart card, so that’s zero out of pocket.
Doing a Walmart Grocery Pickup also helps me stay out of the store and saves me money.
What did YOU do for Day 1?