Meals this week
Sunday - I used this nifty triple crockpot to cook while we went to church.
In one pot #1 I put in a lean roast beef cut in cubes with some dry brown gravy mix bought in big containers at Sams.
pot #2 was sliced carrots
pot #3 -was for instant mashed potatoes- they are not my favorite but my children are fond of them. So, I just measured out the water, salt and butter and put it on low to get hot. When we got home from church, I stirred in the dry potatoes and butter, and the mashed potatoes were ready as perfect as instant potatoes can be.
We also had a big green salad with this meal.
Monday- we had takeout from Panda Express
Tuesday- I cooked rice and served the leftover Sunday roast on top with some sauteed spinach and green salad.
Wednesday- Tuesday's leftover rice was made into fried rice with lots of veggies in it, also heated up the last serving of pepper chicken from Monday and more sauteed spinach.
Thursday- shredded pork quesadillas with Mexican rice and a big green salad.
I've been to the store twice this week- got basics like milk, eggs, yogurt, bananas, chicken broth.
About that crockpot, I had some Christmas and Birthday money from my parents. I had so much fun spending it. I got a sewing thread rack and about 80 spools of thread and dressmaker shears at Joanns- all on sale. Then I got houseshoes, a new Shark iron and that nifty crockpot.
This cooker holds 2.5 quarts in each pot.
Each one has separate controls so you can cook up to 3 things at different temps.
It also cooks slower, more like older crockpots, so it may take all day to cook to something instead of just 4-5 hours like my big crock pot.
I think this feature is great for when I will be gone or busy all day.
I ordered mine from Walmart but I also so them in SamsClub when we shopped there recently.
They sell at both places for less than $40.
So far, for the first 3 weeks in January, I spent about $100 on groceries and household things.
Then, on Friday, my husband had an appointment with his knee surgeon.
Husband's 8th right knee surgery could happen sometime in the next few weeks.
Since we were in the big city day and
since the surgery and recovery will certainly keep us away from stores,
we broke this challenge and bought quite a few groceries that day.
Once again our kitchen is stocked but I did not make it all month on less than $200
that is OK.
I still accomplished the goal to pay that bill with grocery/spending money.
So, technically, I guess my pantry challenge is over but it is not.
The kitchen is full and there will be no need to shop again for weeks.
My new plan is to get some things baked up ahead like par-baked pizza crusts and some cookies to put in the freezer for those busy days after surgery when I know we will be going to frequent physical therapy sessions.
Why do people think homemakers must be bored?
There always seems to be plenty of things to keep me busy
and to keep me on my toes.