I realized at the end of last week that the first of the month fell on a Saturday. Now, if given the choice, I prefer to avoid grocery stores on Saturdays. When the beginning of the month AND a weekend collide, chaos is bound to ensue. (Plus, I didn’t feel like tripping over all the people who were after cheap candy! ) So, rather than do a big shop over the weekend (when our grocery budget reset), I chose to spend twenty bucks early Friday morning and pick up enough stuff to get through the weekend.
That plan worked fine, even though I sort of shot from the hip and bought things spontaneously. On Sunday afternoon, I decided I should start planning out my grocery list but, before I did that, I thought I’d challenge myself to see how many meals I could concoct with the meager contents of our fridge, freezer, and pantry. It’s pretty darn bare, let me tell you! Still, I adore this sort of challenge and, lo and behold, I was able to come up with several more days of meals without even having to hit the store. That meant I got to take Monday off from shopping, too! Woo hoo!
B–Cereal, Apples, Milk ( before 7:30AM Mass)
Brunch– Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Mixed Fruit
D–Fundraising Dinner for C’s Horseback Riding Organization– I cringed when I wrote a check for $40 for a pasta dinner, but it was really, really good food and it was amazing to see just how many individuals with various disabilities are served by this amazing place!
B–Blueberry Muffins, Cheese
D–Farfalle w/ Mushrooms & Crab in Cheese Sauce
B–Muffins, Eggs, Fruit
D–Baked Penne Marinara w/ Caramelized Onions & Mozz
B–Granola, Apples, Milk
D–Cheesy Beans & Rice
B–PB Toast w/ Raisins, Milk
D–Pigs in Blankets, Carrot Sticks
B–Cereal, Apples, Milk
B–Blueberry Pancakes and whatever else I can scrounge up!
D–“End of the Month” Soup, Garlic Toast
And that should do it!