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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Use It Up, Week 1 Summery

Rules of the Game

I am only counting items I am using from the freezer (f) or pantry (p) since I plan on replenishing produce, eggs and milk.  I am counting bread even though I will buy it as needed because it is one of my pantry items. I will only count staples if I run out and have to replenish it (ex. flour)
As for the meals? If they are not listed it  simply means I did not use a single pantry or freezer item for that meal.  Ditto for snacks ( I made this rule because I just purchased and ate a Moon Pie and didn't want to record it, because if I didn't write it down it didn't happen, right? )



Monday

Breakfast: coffee, toast, apple juice
Lunch: apple, peanut butter, crackers
Dinner: Chicken stew
Snack: leftover kefir dip, Triscuit
used 1 slice bread (p), 1/2 c. apple juice (p), peanut butter (p), 4 saltines (p), 2 chicken breasts (f), 1 pack chicken broth (f), 1 jar pasta rossa (p), about 8 Triscuits (p)
zero  food purchases

Tuesday
Breakfastcoffee, toasted leftover hamburger bun. apple juice
Snacks: pumpkin muffins
used 1very smushed hamburger bun (p), 1 c. apple juice (p), 1 can pumpkin (p), 1/2 cup chocolate chips (p)
zero food purchases

Wednesday
Breakfast: coffee, pumpkin muffin, 1/2 c. apple juice (just to use it, didn't really want it)
Dinner Cottage-ish pie
Snacks: Triscuit, herbed kefir cheese
used 3/4 lb. ground beef (f),  1/2 bag peas and carrots (f), 1/4 cup powdered milk (p), Triscuit (p)
zero food purchases

Thursday
Breakfast: coffee, cereal, strawberries.
Lunch: broccoli salad, leftover cottage pie
Dinner: Ground beef, sautéed onions, mushrooms, and garlic in  red pepper sauce over pasta with a side of brussels sprouts
used: 3/4 c. cheerios (p), 6 large strawberries (f), 1/4 bag broccoli (f), 1 lb. ground beef (f),  rotini pasta (p),  bag of brussels sprouts (f)
zero food purchases

Friday
Dinner: Chili topped baked sweet potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread
used: chili (f), 1 can chili beans (p,) Aldi's cheese and chili cornbread mix. It was sweet! Ugh! (p), 1 envelope Martha White cornbread mix added to the other to kill the sweetness. Lesson learned, never buy anything but Martha White (p)
food purchases:  potatoes, onions, ice cream, hamburger buns, milk, 4 lb. sugar (stock up item for Christmas, lowest price I have seen this year), chocolate milk

Saturday
used: not a blooming thing.  I forgot to defrost the ground chuck for hamburgers for dinner w/ overnight guests
food purchases:  ground chuck, chips, caramel cake (impulse buy, but totally worth it)

Sunday
Breakfast: pumpkin muffin (I am so tired of eating these) coffee, bacon (me) bacon sandwich (TheHub)
Dinner: Conecuh sausage, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts
used: 6 slices bacon (f),  don't judge: the dog ate nearly 1 1/2 slices of the bacon (floor score!) 2 slices toast, 1 lb. Conecuh sausage (f), 1 bag brussels sprouts (f) 1/3 cup powdered milk (p)
food purchases: technically I bought 2 2 liter drinks, but I took them to someone dear to me who is having a hard time keeping anything down right now (Ginger ale and Sprite) While I was at the store a Moon Pie leapt into my hand and may or may not have been eaten between dropping of the drinks and the return trip to my house.)


I need to do some serious damage to my freezer stores this week. I have not even made a dent in the space there.  Maybe I should have a really large dinner party just to get rid of more food in a shorter amount of time. Now who wants to come for dinner this week?

19 comments:

  1. In himself's absence I am whittling down the cupboards and the freezer. And when he returns he will rapidly fill the gaps. Sigh.
    Moon pie? Not something I know.

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    1. Moon Pies are a Southern cookie that is 2 graham cookies with marshmallow centers and a chocolate , banana, or vanilla waxy coating. I eat one about every 6 months then remind myself I don't like them, but not until I have eaten the entire thing

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    2. Major syntax error above but I am on my iPad and it froze before I could ediit so I just gave up

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  2. You are well stocked because you ate very well last week and still have a lot left. We're not quite like that around here, but of course, we're not into cooking around here either. Good to know that Martha White cornbread mix is not sweet. I like cornbread either way, but my sister and mother can't stand it if its sweet.

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    1. We are unsweetened cornbread eaters always.

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  3. We seem to have stuffed freezer but not much meat interestingly. Inexpensive options need to be sourced to get me through my own self challenge.

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  4. We seem to have stuffed freezer but not much meat interestingly. Inexpensive options need to be sourced to get me through my own self challenge.

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    1. I am overwhelmed at how much I have frozen, particularly meats and chicken.

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  5. Not judging on the bacon or the moon pie as I have done the same :) i think you are doing well. If we were closer we would come for a dinner party.

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  6. Since I am much better, I will be there for dinner...lol. And, I will be glad to eat down your supply of pumpkin muffins. No judgment on the bacon or Moon Pie. I don't think I have ever gotten home with a Moon Pie. I love crisp bacon, but eat it rarely so eat much at one time. If I dropped bacon on the floor, there is nothing here to eat it, so I would rinse it under the faucet, heat it again and eat it.
    pparsimony

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    1. OOps, missed the invite in time to get there. Just don't waste those pumpkin muffins. I love moon Pies, but only one store sells them one at a time. I eat one about every six months. They are so messy!

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  7. You impress me with your eating/organization skills!!!
    We were doing so good eating down our stuff and then not so much. I bought a few things for the freezer and then we made a few things from the cabinets and it went in the freezer. What's a girl to do but eat more!!!!

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    1. My biggest issue is remembering to thaw stuff to cook, especially since I love doing impulse cooking and really don't like to be held to a plan.

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  8. Moon pies are like childhood nirvana....... I am impressed you know the word syntax, or is that also a cookie?

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  9. Sounds like you are doing well with using up what's on hand!

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