You know me. I'm a die-hard menu planner. But when I left the house today with only $38 in my pocket to buy groceries I was at a loss as to what to plan. So this week I'm winging it using mostly what I already have in my cupboards and freezer. About the only thing I DID plan was Taco Soup on Tuesday night because we have 21 people for dinner.
I know that I have enough to do New Mexico Pinto Beans for dinner tonight. (see Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly in my left sidebar) and Thanksgiving Memories Casserole for Wednesday night. And by then our paycheck will have cleared and I might be able to hit the store again. Wouldn't it be great if I could just stretch it till next Monday?
Breakfasts will be the basics; oatmeal, pancakes, maybe I can squeeze some muffins out of my supplies. And lunches will be leftovers, maybe hard boiled eggs and sliced veggies, lots of fruit, pickles, I'll be making some fresh batches of homemade yogurt, and homemade banana chips.
And just so you know I'm not a permanent Pollyanna, I did have a meltdown when I realized I only had $38. I cried, I panicked, I prayed and then I dealt with it. Laughter can work wonders.
Check back tomorrow to see what I DID buy with my $38. And go check out orgjunkie.com for more menu plan ideas.