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Pantry Reset Whoops!

Friday, December 28, 2012

I completely forgot about how often we end up going out to eat with various friends/family/functions in December, so that didn't go as I'd planned. But I did make the Shepherd's Pie (using the ground lamb...evil evil evil) and the 3-bean chili (with venison sausage), as well as 2 boxes each of hamburger helper, chicken helper, and mac'n'cheese, 1 pizza and the pizza rolls.

But we're almost out of Mountain Dew (the hubby's biggest challenge) and I have our freezer restocked with meat, most of it individually packaged for portion control and faster thawing. We're still working on eating up the leftovers from the Christmas Eve dinner I made, 2 roast chickens with stuffing, homemade mashed potatoes, from-scratch gravy, and homemade pumpkin and pecan pies (Christmas Dinner was out with hubby's family, so no leftovers). I'm thinking of cooking the 2 leftover pizzas and cutting them up into small squares as part of the munchies for our New Year's Eve party.

Being sick hasn't helped much - the 3 of us have alternated being sick all month, with me and the little one both down for Christmas, and the hubby spiking a fever the day after. The little one seems all better, I'm on the mend, and hopefully hubby's meds will start helping him soon. Me being sick means grabbing take-out instead of cooking...

Oh well, I can still use things up slowly. My plan is for Mon-Fri to be fairly strick meat-veggies-fruit-dairy, with a bit of cheating with the pastas & pizzas over the weekends. I do have an acorn squash and 3 sweet potatoes that I need to figure out what to do with as well (one of my best friends, that is over a LOT with her daughter is deathly allergic to cinnamon, and also allergic to pecans and maple, so some of the "easy" ideas are off limits)
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KTNEWJOURNEY 12/31/2012 9:45AM

    That is a hard thing to do: getting the "bad" things out of the house. I like to make sweet potato chips by slicing the sweet potato super thin and then baking them with a little bit of salt! You can also do the acorn squash with butter and more savory seasonings like cumin.

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KOFFEENUT 12/28/2012 1:49PM

    Sounds like you have a plan for getting the new year started on the right foot - and having everyone in the family healthy again will certainly help! Glad you were all able to kick the "bugs" that attacked your family over the holiday. Best of luck as you tackle the challenges of 2013!

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