Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Just When I Think We Are All Out

You know, I still find it amazing that when I THINK I’m out of groceries what that really means is that I need to ramp up the creativity. I’m still working off the $50-ish of groceries I bought last week and we are 3 days past my shopping day. And it’s not that I don’t have the money to grocery shop, because it’s all budgeted out and sitting in my checking account, it’s that I just don’t wanna.

I kind of like the feeling of being creative. Some of my best meals have been when my cupboards “seem” bare and I’ve had to put some effort into our meal.

Tonight…Crockpot Lentil and Barley stew and fresh bread

Tomorrows Breakfast….Cinnamon Rolls made with THIS overnight recipe


And then I think I’ve exhausted myself and will have to hit the store.

Or maybe I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.


Anonymous said...

Funny that you are making overnight cinnamon rolls...I just looked at that very recipe last night but alas, had no milk so couldn't do it. Please tell how it turned out and how everyone like it. ~Julie

Cindy said...

Have you tried and it's Ingredient Search? You can type in what you have, what you don't have, and it will spit out some recipes! I made one of the best casseroles I'd ever made with that! :)

Emily said...

Take a picture of YOUR cinnamon rolls for us. :)

and I agree w/ the 'hunt' to find a menu out of zilch. I think homemade bread is the best example of this. It only takes a few ingredients and if you buy your flour in gigantic bags like's ALWAYS around.

Em~who's missing her best friend tonight.

MOMMY said...

Your post, and a stocked freezer, have inspired me to try and not shop next week (only for the essentials). I posted about it on my blog and tried to add a link to you but me, being the dunce that I am on the computer couldn't get the link to work!

Let's see if a link to mine works!

Emily said...

JUST this morning I was thinking about you. Do you know why?

We were out of toilet paper. ('s not THAT)

I wondered what you do for that w/ a family of six. I simply can't keep up on tp and Jim and I refuse to buy the dollar store kind.

So, do you just ration it? Or count it in the $50 a week?


MaryLu said...

Oh, keep going!! I'm sure you can make something out of Italian salad dressing, a can of tuna and a lemon.

Mandi said...

Necessity is truly the mother of invention! I can often squeak in a few extra days beyond what I thought and my family usually likes those meals the best because I have run out of most of the veggies by then so I just don't add them. ( :
Oh and for Emily and the TP question - I once read that a good way to ration TP was to press each roll flat so that it takes on more of a lemon shape and then tell your family that when they are grabbing the TP they should pull until they have made it wobble around 3x's. I hope that makes sense - they explained it so much better than that when I read it. I think I red it in a book titled 'Miserly Moms'.

Monkey Momma said...

I realize this is a really old post, but I had to comment:

It reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer takes a car for a test drive and drives with the car salesman until they run out of gas. LOL!