I know this isn’t going to shock anyone, but I tend to buy too much stuff. And I don’t discriminate. Some people think it’s just shoes that I stock up on, or clothes for my girls, or anything with sequins and ricrac, but no. I buy too much of everything. That includes food. I love to cook, and I love the idea of baking (a little more than the actual reality of it), and I love to stock up on all the ingredients to make healthy meals. So I buy a little of this for one recipe and a little of that for another. Some of the recipes don’t even get made, and the items sit in my pantry unused and unopened for months. In additiona to a jam-packed freezer and refrigerator in my kitchen, I have a full sized freezer and full-sized refrigerator in another room, and both are packed. My pantry is also crammed full of stuff. So this is my plan. I am going to try to go as long as I can without buying a single, solitary pantry item (with the exception of brown rice, because I just ran out) and only the occasional piece of meat, chicken or fish. (I just bought a huge box of boneless skinless organic chicken breasts from Horizon Foods, as well as a massive box of wild-caught salmon, and I already had plenty of meat in the freezer).That means, except for my weekly produce delivery from Front Porch Pickings, and trips to the store for dairy products, I am not doing any more grocery shopping or health food store shopping. I am going to use up almost everything that we have in this house. I know at some point, I am going to have to get creative, but I welcome the challenge. Haven’t moms done this for centuries? Made a little magic out of what they already had in the house? I am not going to let nutrition or food quality suffer, but I am going to be serving things that we’ve never had before, just to mix it up a little. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it. And since I haven’t bought groceries since Sunday, you can say that I am already on Day 3. Let’s see how long this lasts!
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