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 30 of the Pantry Challenge!
We’re almost at the end of the challenge. I’ll confess. I’m more than ready!
Today I realized that with the pantry fairly bare and some breathing room in the freezer, it’s time to do a little spiffing. I ordered a few organizational bins and such for both spaces and am looking forward to a little Kitchen Refresh later this week.
This month’s challenge has also hammered home the fact that my kitchen no longer feels like “my” domain. With the kids having meal plans of their own things have gotten a little harried.
I’m not sure the path going forward — I realize it’s a mixed blessing to have five healthy kids who all know how to cook — but I think it’s up to me to make some new kitchen guidelines. There’s just way too much activity going on in there! What used to be my haven has become something else.
I know this is a season and I will miss this in ten years. I just need to figure out a way to manage it all with a little more grace and patience.
In other news, meals were a bit hodge-podge today, in part due to all the kitchen traffic.
What We Ate
Breakfast – Last night I made Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole with the leftover baguettes from Bryan’s birthday breakfast. I used almond meal instead of the flour in the recipe and liked the extra texture it gave it. If I’d had sliced almonds I would have topped it with that. Next time!
There was enough to put extras in the freezer, but I was only able to freeze the bread as we were already running low on milk and eggs.
Lunch – There were leftover enchiladas as well as leftover pizza, hard cooked eggs, and rye bread from the freezer for lunch. Veggies left from my prep on Friday, too.
One of the boys made pirozhki for the first time and it seems to have made a large batch so many of the kids had those.
Dinner – I confess, I almost lost it with all the kitchen traffic tonight, so I took the win and just didn’t yell as I calmly (sorta) exited the room and let everyone fend for himself for dinner. Bryan was fine with that as I’d made him a new batch of burritos yesterday. He was glad I wasn’t freaking out. lol
The kids pulled together different things since they were meal prepping anyway. No one will go hungry here, even if we do run out of eggs and milk.
Apparently, next year’s pantry challenge will need to be run a little differently. Not sure how, but we will figure it out!
How did Day 30 go for you?