This morning found me in the kitchen (big surprise) making things I had been planning to get at the store. Bagels, Loaf bread (well I was still going to make that), Hamburger buns, and English muffins are on the roster today and some are in progress. If I can keep my motivation going, I will mix up freezer biscuits (freeze now, bake later )and make Chex Mix. Tonight's dinner is venison stew and biscuits. I have some buttermilk that needs using up and that's why the biscuits. I also have some cooked red potatoes I need to use up, so hence the venison stew.
I thought I would share the "grocery list" for this coming month to give you an idea of how minimal our needs are. Having a pantry on hand comes in handy for challenges such as these. So here's my list.
2- 50 lb bags of Chicken Feed- Feed = eggs.
2- 25 lb bags Dog food
1- 12 lb bag cat food
1- cat litter
4- 32 load laundry soap
1- 20 bar pack of bath soap (Sams)
2- Dish washing liquid
1- 80 oz container of powdered coffee creamer- (we all have our weaknesses)
1- 5 lb pkg of turkey lunch meat- This comes to $1.45 lb at Sams. I can't get turkey breast that cheap. Plus I had already promised Rubic I would buy some.
4-Gallons Whole milk- I mix this half and half with water since my kids are grown. It reduces the fat and calorie content without having to buy Skim (Yuck). Taste like 2%. Plus I get 8 gallons for the price of 4. I use it full strength when making yogurt.
1- 5 lb pkg of 93% lean ground turkey- This will serve multiple functions not only for dinners, but I will use this for my breakfast sausage.
5- 48 oz jars of unsweetened applesauce- Einstein eats this stuff by the bowl full and I am happy to have him eat something relatively healthy. It is amazing how much you learn by taking a microscope to your grocery purchases. Canned peaches are at least half water/syrup. By purchasing unsweetened applesauce I am getting much more for the money. Even a side by side comparison without factoring in the water/syrup issue I come out ahead. Cans of peaches at Aldi are .89 cents for a just under 15 oz size. I get that same amount in applesauce for $.58.
2-4 lb bags Navel Oranges- This will get me something I can stick in Dh lunches.
7 lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast- This is on sale this week at Aldi.
So that's it. That is my list for the month. A challenge to be sure. I'm a little nervous, but up to the challenge. Good thing I like my kitchen cause I will be in there a lot.
Fast forward a few hours and...