This has been the view from our cottage off and on since Sunday morning:
Not such a big deal if you live in Minnesota, but here it’s kinda thrilling. It’s so fun to see it coating the roads and the trees. And also to see how unpredictable it is- just 10 minutes to the west and there’s not a trace of the snow.
So picture us with a fire roaring in the wood stove making everything toasty, Brian watching football playoffs, me knitting, and the snow sporadically coming down. Yeah…days like this are good. Maybe because they are so rare. Those of you socked in for 2-3 months probably don’t view it quite the same, do you?
I didn’t have to go shopping at all last week other than grabbing a couple gallons of milk, and we’re sticking to the (unusual) dinner menu I wrote about last week in order to eat from the pantry and get our food budget back into the black. I have high hopes we’re going to make it – there’s plenty in the freezer, canning pantry and cupboards, plus, it also helps that we’re going on a family snow trip where I only have to make one meal.
Though what I really should say is that I know we will make it this month- it’s the month after a pantry challenge that I always find the hardest. If we use up everything, then I’m simply back to the “having to buy even if it’s not on sale” trap that causes the budget to skyrocket. The REAL challenge is to use what we have and not shop as much…but still shop enough that we’ll have enough for the next month without having to replenish everything. Does that make sense?
Am I alone in this? Have you done a pantry challenge and found the following month to be hard to keep in budget, too?
Tuesday-Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (I’ll use fresh mushrooms, diced peppers from my freezer, and home-canned tomatoes though), noodles, green salad
Wednesday- Soft tacos with home-canned salsa
Thursday- Frozen potstickers, brown rice, stir-fried vegetables
Friday- Snow trip
Saturday- I’m bringing bfst: eggs & cinnamon rolls!
Sunday- Creamy Pesto Pasta, salad