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Pick Yourself Up ...

July 30th, 2007 at 11:17 am

Anyone else remember that childhood jingle?

Pick yourself up
Dust yourself off
Start all over again
Woot woot!

Well, that's what I decided to do.
After my budget-busting trip to the grocery store yesterday (I bought a frozen pizza and a pack of Fig Newmans, neither of which was on my list nor on sale), I came up with a challenge for myself to get myself back on track.

DH is out of town on business for the next 9 days, and during that time I am not going to buy any more groceries (nor get any takeout nor go out to eat, of course). I will eat all my meals using what I already have on hand (plus from my garden). I was inspired to do this by seeing several other SA members do the same thing at times. Also, with the move only 2 months away, it is time to start seriously reducing the amount of food in the pantry and freezer. [I will be thrilled if we move NO food at all except for perhaps some spices, and maybe any leftovers staples like rice & beans.]

I think this is going to be fun! I like a challenge, and I'll enjoy coming up with some creative dishes. It's not like I'm going to be deprived at all, because when the fresh things run out I have plenty of frozen or shelf things to fall back on, plus the first batch of microgreens from my garden will be ready for picking very soon (I did some thinning yesterday evening and enjoyed a nice little salad from that).

6 Responses to “Pick Yourself Up ...”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Good plan.

    Micro greens? What greens do you have?

  2. fern Says:

    You go, girl!

  3. librarylady Says:

    Good luck!
    It's funny how we have to wait until the men are out of town to do these things. Hmmmmmm..............

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Good luck!!

  5. annab Says:

    that's a great idea! Garden-fresh dinners sound very tasty!

  6. scfr Says:

    Thanks everyone!

    Joan.of.the.Arch: It's a micro greens salad mix from Territorial Seed Company, and I'll confess I don't know what most of these are: Arugula, Bull's Blood beet, Winter Red kale, Pink Petiole Mix mustard, Cherry Belle radish, and Salad Burnett. I chose this mix because of the VERY short number of days to harvest (2-3 weeks) ... I'm gardening for my $20 challenge and I wanted to squeeze in some additional planting & harvesting before I move in September.

    librarylady, very astute observation! I doubt if I would have done this if my DH was in town. I would have felt too bad to saying: "Gee honey, I blew the grocery budget, so now YOU are going to help me eat pantry leftovers!"

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