Meal Planning: A Pantry Challenge

WARNING: THIS POST IS ABOUT MONEY, FOOD, AND A PANTRY CHALLENGE. Oh yeah, and there’s a meal plan, too. The Money Part About a week ago I loaded updated Quicken software on my computer. The old version was from 2002, so it was due for an upgrade, especially considering that the computer it came preloaded […]

Eat from The Pantry Every Day for the Rest of Your Life: A Guest Post

Today’s guest post is provided by Cheryl @ Moms In Need of Mercy. I appreciate Cheryl’s simple approach to meal planning and “eating from the pantry.” I, along with many of you, took the “Eat from the Pantry Challenge.” And then I called it quits. For my family, the challenge offered a fun and creative […]

Pantry Challenge: How We Did

This week marks the end of our “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge. On Friday, I’ll get back to filling the freezer. Here are some of the things I learned this month: Money Matters – I spent $365 out of my budgeted $400 for January. In months past I’ve been spending $600 or more, so this […]

Tortilla Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pantry Inspiration)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I’ve actually been quite surprised at some of the fun meals and snacks that have come from the pantry, fridge, and freezer. There has been some fails, like the absolutely gross tamale pie that I invented or the buttermilk scones that I made without buttermilk. But, there have been some truly yummy lunches and dinners […]

Pantry Challenge Updates: How are You Doing?

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Today marks the end of the third week for some who are “eating from the pantry.” To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how this would go for the FishFam. I knew Crystal could pull it off because she’s way smarter than me. But, I had my doubts about myself. My kids eat a lot; […]

Stockpiling and Shopping In Your Own Kitchen

It’s so fun for me to read how other moms manage their households and to hear what they do to make ends meet. Today, Connie shares some of her tricks to “eat from the pantry” all year long. Being a stay at home mom with seven children means I have to be frugal in every […]

Keys to a Successful Pancake Breakfast — or Dinner

As we “eat-from-the-pantry” this month, I anticipate some creative cooking and menu planning. However, one regular feature on our menu that also makes good use of pantry staples is one that my kids will gladly embrace: Pancakes! My husband is usually the pancake chef around here, creating all sorts of cool designs. Whether you serve […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Squeaking In Under Budget

This past week I’ve been trying to build the bulk of our meals from the pantry. My goals for this “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge have included spending $400 (or less) on groceries in the month of January and focusing on what we have. This is at least $200 less than I normally spend. Considering […]