Pantry Challenge – Week 4

We went to Ruby’s Pantry in Isanti this past Saturday. We came home with 2 laundry baskets worth of groceries. It was out of this that we made Monday dinner for my parents who are in town from Missouri.

Monday Dinner: Chicken breasts, garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus (I need to remember to visit the patch more often I lost 2 stalks to seed already.)

Tuesday Dinner: On the fly: kids had after school and 2 hours of ballet. So we grabbed chips and cheese. Then once we were home again I think the kids grabbed sandwiches or doughnuts.

Wednesday Dinner: leftovers. There is a stink in my kitchen that I cannot figure out. I pulled everything out of the fridge and had everyone pick what they wanted to eat. I made a soup out of leftover broth, homemade tomato sauce, and rice. Super yummy. Hubby had leftover sloppy joes.

I had to run to the store because girl child’s class was having a summer birthday celebration and she needed to bring something. I grabbed her Laffy Taffy and at the husband’s request picked up lunch meat and cheese for sandwiches. While browsing the deli section I came to a realization. My children have never had bologna. Why? Because my husband does not like it. Saving grocery money was my priority so I purchased Oscar Meyer brand bologna, cotto salami, white turkey, and chopped ham. Yup, I feed my kids junk sometimes, simply because it is cheaper per ounce. My family will eat just as much or more of the slightly better and more expensive brands or types.

Thursday Dinner: Not sure what they ate. I worked late and ran to junior master gardeners, then rearranged chicks all evening. I had an freeze pop before bed.

Friday Dinner: DQ ice cream (end of school year tradition) and pizza

Saturday morning girl child and I went to Matthew 25 put on by Spirit River. Not as much good stuff as I would have liked. A lot of fruit that had to be processed immediately. I always hope for tons of tomatoes and other vegetables. Instead of yogurt there were brats.

Saturday Dinner: Brats + zucchini fritters

Sunday Dinner: Sorry, don’t really recall. We built a fire and slept outside in the tent. Gorgeous evening.

Monday Dinner: Salad

Sunday and Monday I processed through quite a bit of fruit. Made a small batch of strawberry jam, blackberry jam, froze some strawberries and cherries. Made raspberry and strawberry lemonade ice cubes, and mango ice cubes. Cut up melon, zucchini. Made lemon and orange juice. Banana and zucchini muffins. Raspberry/lemon cupcakes. Super summer stockpile!

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