Today I am linking up at Raising Homemakers.
For quite awhile I have been reading about different bloggers doing Pantry Challenges. On a whim I decided to join in with Fitzgerald Family Farms and Jessica at Good Cheap Eats to see if I can lower our food bill this month and use up what we have here at the house.
This is what I want to accomplish this month:
1. Only spend $200 (or less) on groceries for the rest of this month. As I stocked up last Saturday I think this will be doable. I hope...we'll see. I have four growing kiddos here and a hubby who loves fresh fruit. I will also need to buy bread and milk. My brother-in-law brought lots of bread at Christmas and I froze what we didn't use. This will be very handy. Hopefully this will save us quite a bit we can put toward the goat-getting fund!
2. Use up what is in my deep-freeze. I know there is a lot in there, but I need to get to it. I will be working my way down to the bottom hopefully. We all work so hard in the garden each summer and I need to be using what we worked for.
3. Try some new breads in my breadmaker. I have this great breadmaker and I just don't think about using it on regular basis. I'm hoping fresh bread spread with honey butter will be a good snack for the kiddos.
4. Cook a real hot breakfast Monday through Friday. Breakfast is my nemesis. Mostly it is because I tend to be lazy about it and three of the four kiddos are old enough to fix their own. And I don't like to clean up the kitchen first thing in the morning. But, it is something that needs to be done.
5. Use up our leftovers.
I am not going to report everyday on what I am doing, but I'll update on Tuesdays.
Yesterday I made homemade oatmeal with cinnamon-sugar for sugar, pizza rolls and fruit salad for lunch, and collard greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread for supper. We had lots of peas left over so I froze them for later this month. The kids ate fruit and brownies for snacks. We drink water or milk throughout the day, although I made grape juice for breakfast.
Tonight we are having pork roast, seasoned potatoes, green beans, and left-over cornbread.
So, is anyone else doing something similiar this month? And any tips for breakfast? I need all the help I can get!