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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pantry Raid

We have no food in the house.

Except for we have a ton of food in the house.

I am in a dinner slump.  I think it's because we've been so busy, I have been making things that are quick and easy and portable.

I cleaned and organized my front closet today .  I keep extra food in there, stuff that maybe there was a good deal on, but I can't fit in my cabinets.  I have 3 shelves and they're full.  The cabinet I keep food in isn't full, but it's certainly not empty.

Yet, my family keeps asking when I'm going grocery shopping. 

I have decided.  I'm not.

I will go out and buy produce and other fresh items that we need, but other than that I am challenging my family to eat what we have.

Really, I'm challenging myself.  I'm the one who is going to be googling what I can make with tomato soup and kidney beans.  Kidney bean tomato soup for everyone!  I have a feeling that this is going to go over like a lead balloon. 

There's a reason I bought this food and I don't want to be wasteful and I'm not a doomsday prepper or an extreme coupon-er.  I just want all this stuff out of here and we can make a fresh start.

My daughter will really be the one to fight it the most.  She likes what she likes when she likes it, oh yes, sometimes she only likes things on certain days.  I think I will adopt my father-in-law's rule to get me through this.  "This is what's for dinner, if you don't like it, make yourself a peanut butter sandwich and go to bed."  I may be more lenient on the "go to bed" part.

My son will pretty much eat whatever we put in front of him.  He's really going to be helpful in the coming weeks. 

So what do you think?  Will we make it?  How long before I'm sick of my own challenge?

All this being said, we are ordering Thai food tonight.  My parents are coming over and we're all headed out to my son's band concert.  I hope the memories of the delicious food thaid (get it, tide) me over until I'm free to shop again.


Devon said...

might i suggest a few websites that help out with such problems:


and my favorite: (really hard not to spell that with a "u", FYI)

you can input what you've got on hand and then it'll come up with recipes for you. Pretty handy and saves you from Kidney Bean Tomato Soup. (though admittedly, I've got a pretty good recipe for kidney bean and tomato soup...)

Anonymous said...

Father-in-law did not send the child to bed.He knew peanut butter,bread and milk made a complete protein & he always had a peaceful dinner.