Friday, January 01, 2010

One of My 2010 Goals

I have so many goals for 2010: financial, personal, spiritual. You name it, I have a goal for it. I already talked about our goal for January, the Eat From the Pantry Challenge. Now, I have some goals for my reading. I really love to read, I just haven't done it much lately. Seems something else always gets in my way. As a motivator to get back to one of my first loves, I am joining up with a few reading challenges.

The first is the What's in a name? challenge. The second is 100 + reading challenge, where I will work at reading 100 books in 2010. Doable?? I am going to try. I'm not sure what books I am going to read first. I will be sure to post as soon as I do.

Check in the rest of the week as I list more goals and challenges I will face this coming year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Basic Herbs to Keep on Hand

Thanks to my parents I got the most wonderful spice rack this year for Christmas. I think I have any spice I will ever need and I was stoked when I went to make Lynn's taco sauce and found all of my spices quick and easy in my new rack. Yesterday, I posted the necessities for a stocked basic pantry. Today, I am going to list for you some basic herbs to keep on hand:

Basic Herbs

  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion powder or flakes
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Pepper (coarse ground and/or whole)
  • Sage
  • Salt (iodized and sea salt)
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
I have heard it's best to only keep herbs for a year, but on the other hand my mom has had some herbs in her pantry from when I was little. Anyone know what is best?? Also, what are your herbs in your spice rack you can't live without??

photo from spice place

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Well Stocked Pantry

I was going through one of my Mom's old calendars and came across a check list for a well stocked pantry. I thought I would share that list with you before I go make sure my pantry is well stocked.

Basic Pantry
  • Baking mix or pancake mix
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Brownie mix
  • Canned beef broth or consomme
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned chicken broth
  • Canned corn
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned soups
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Condensed milk
  • Hot cereals
  • Cornstarch
  • Crackers
  • Dry cereals
  • Evaporated milk
  • Flour (all-purpose and self rising)
  • Jelly
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Olives
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Pickles
  • Popcorn
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Rice and rice mixes
  • Salad dressing
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Sugar (granulated, confectioners', and brown)
  • Syrup
  • Tea bags
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil
  • White vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Yeast
Wow, after looking through the list, I'm only lacking a few items from having the perfect basic pantry necessities. Some of my ingredients are in the fridge or freezer (spaghetti sauce), but I think I'm doing pretty good on keeping a stocked basic pantry.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Eat From the Pantry

We have so much to be thankful for this past year and we are looking forward to many more blessings in 2010. One thing, however, that we weren't blessed with this past year: a teaching job for me. With the hiring freeze and a sure shot job that didn't pan out, we have been living on one income. Although it has been "do-able" it's just gotten a lot harder lately and we are having to cut back, A LOT. I'm sure our story isn't much unlike many families out there.

In an attempt to save money, stick to a budget and start out on the right foot this coming year, we are joining up with FishMama and Money Saving Mom as we embark on a month of eating from the pantry. I have never done anything like this, and to be quite honest, it seems like an exciting challenge to me. For one whole month, we are going to use what we have stored up in our pantry and freezer for our meals.

In order to do this, I have a lot of work ahead of me. I need to take inventory and do some meal planning (which is something I'm going to start to do more of...sure is a life saver to know what we are going to eat when, and saves those wasteful eating out nights)

We will have a few rules and regulations in our house:
  • We will still eat out on our bible study nights, Monday's with young adults and Tuesday's with the High School kiddos. (This will come out of our Entertainment budget)
  • We will still have dinner at the Porter's on Thursday nights.
  • We will have $15 a week to get eggs, milk, know, those sort of things.
Like I said, I'm excited and am totally up for the challenge. If you have any help or suggestions for a newly married bride (I know its been a year and a half, but I'm still getting used to this whole married thing, I'M A I'm still newly married) feel free to help. I would also love suggestions on how to make this living on one income thing work, too!!

Be sure to link up, if you would like to join. You could also check out the facebook page and connect with others.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Gosh, its been SO long since I have posted, guess life got in the way as always. Hopefully I'll have more posts in the New Year. To kick it off, I am starting to post my menu plans, in hopes this will cut down, once again, on our frivolous eating out.

Cinnamon Rolls - Yummy Gooseberry patch recipe
Turkey and Green Chile freezer burritos

Santa Fe Turkey Stew

Tuesday - Kraut Bierock (recipe to come)
Wednesday - Mexican Pizzas
Thursday - Dinner at the Porter's
Friday - New Years Dinner with family
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Football Dinner

For more menu ideas head over to OrgJunkie.

Happy New Year, Everyone!