What is pantry week? It is a week where we do no grocery shopping (save for toddler essentials, like milk & bananas) and only eat meals from foods we already have in our pantry, refrigerator & freezer. While we do have some "ready made" freezer meals, I'm actually going to have to get creative with meal planning. I am not usually a look-in-the-pantry-and-whip-something-up type of a person. In fact, I'm normally a look-in-the-pantry-and-announce-that-we-need-to-go-out-to-dinner type of person.I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to hit allrecipes.com and use the ingredient search to figure out what the heck we're eating all week!
A major part of pantry week was taking a food inventory. I took an inventory of our two freezers, the pantry and 1 food cabinet, which accounts for the vast majority of our food. I still haven't inventoried one cabinet of miscellaneous (mostly cereal & snacks) foods or our baking goods and spices, but I will.
To continue the idea from my last blog, taking a pantry inventory drove home my embarrassment of riches. Never again will I proclaim that we have "nothing to eat," just because I don't want to cook anything! WOW! We have a LOT of food in this house!!
Tonight I made homemade mac & cheese (with garlic & onion powder & diced tomatoes), but it came out a little gritty. I think I put too much flour in the roux. BUT, it made a TON of mac & cheese, so we're stuck with it!!
Mini-Goal for the week: Make the bed every day.
Also other progress-- my lovely, organized photo albums & scrapbooks where there once was a jumble of knick-knacks, books, CDs, a cowboy hat and dust bunnies.
Please note the empty shelf. It is inspired by the following, which I read in The Happiness Project when Gretchen's friend tells her:
"I keep one shelf, somewhere in my house, completely empty. I'll pack every other shelf to the top, but I keep one shelf bare."I'm keeping my empty shelf to remind me of how awesome it feels to declutter and clear out, but it was inspired by the book.
I was struck by the poetry of this resolution. An empty shelf! [. . .] An empty shelf meant possibility; space to expand; a luxurious waste of something useful for the sheer elegance of it. I had to have one. (31-32)