As this year began, my pantry, fridge and freezer were overflowing with food.
Gifts, leftovers, holiday stuff,
special things I only buy at Christmas,
stuff I bought while my brain was on autopilot...
it was just a lot.
What started off as an effort to just eat through it all turned into a little game I was playing in my head...how long could I go before I bought groceries? Two weeks in, I verbalized it to Robb. Three weeks in, the kids are annoyed, but are clear on the goal...No groceries until we eat what we have. Of course, we have broken down a couple of times for bread, eggs, milk, fresh fruit and dog food. But pantry stuff, canned goods, meat, snack foods...we are holding steady. I think Friday or Saturday is as long as I can hold out. We have actually emptied the jar of olives. The jar with one marachino cherry. The 1/8th of a bag of frozen lima beans. We had gotten so lazy with food over the holiday...I think we had it down to bacon and chocolate. It has been good to be a little more humble about what we eat. To be thankful for the lowly casserole.