Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pantry Challenge-Week 2

Another week come and gone, and the challenge is going great.

This weeks grocery bill was a little less than $25.00 

I have to tell you that I did end up taking a few things out of my buggy before I got to the checkout counter this week because I would have gone over and I was not going to do that.

Just to let you know the few things I bought:

Milk,  juice, apples, bananas, pears, canned pumpkin (only because it was a good sale price and I hated to pass it up)

Now to share with you what our menu consisted of this week for dinner:


Sunday night…Chicken with rice, sweet peas and whole grain bread (Beth’s night to cook)

Monday night…Homemade vegetable soup made with venison and served with cheese and fresh fruit

Tuesday night…Pulled barbque sandwiches made from a roast I had in the freezer along with seasoned potatoes done with diced potatoes tossed with olive oil and lots of seasonings

Wednesday night (church night)…Homemade granola served with blueberries I had frozen from this summer (granola recipe at bottom)

Thursday night…Scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, cheese grits and fruit smoothies that we made later that night for a  snack

Friday night…Out to dinner

Saturday night…Soup and sandwiches


For breakfast this week, we have had oatmeal, cereal, eggs, toast with homemade jelly and juice that we juiced ourselves from apples, carrots, broccoli, and kale


My pantry is still stocked very well and I don’t see any problem making a good variety of meals next week.  My freezers are still full and the things I canned are still abundant, so we are good to go.

I am keeping a running list of what I am getting low on or am out of so I will be ready in February when I go back to the store.

That’s last weeks run down and now we are off on the third week of the challenge.

Wish me luck!!!


I want to also share my granola recipe that we have used over and over and that we love…

Nonfat Granola

3/4 cup brown sugar (I use sucanaut)

1/3 cup concentrated apple juice from frozen concentrate

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk

1/3 cup honey

5 cups quick cooking oats

2 Tbl cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)

Mix sugar, juice, dry milk, and honey in saucepan and heat over medium heat only until sugar dissolves.  Combine dry ingredients and fruit in mixing bowl.  Pour sugar mixture slowly over dry mixture and blend well.  Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10-20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.




From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a great job you are doing with this pantry challenge. Can't wait for next weeks.

NanaDiana said...

Amy! I am so proud of you for sticking to are doing a great job and I feel that you will be blessed for it. I think there is always a reward in obedience in the little things, as well as the big ones.

I'm not sure if you got a chance to pop over to my Tutorial (hahaha) today but if you want your smile for the day-do pop over.

I used to make granola all the time when our kids were little and I haven't made it in years. Kinda inspires me to try it again. I don't know what sucanaut(?) is....

Love to you sweet Amy! xxoo Diana

Pine Tree Home said...

Amazing. I just spent $120 at the food store.

Melanie said...

Wow Amy! $25.00!!! That's incredible!

I was just thinking that I need to cook up some of my foods in my freezer and pantry. Thanks for the inspiration. You make it look and sound easy!:)

Thank you so much for the beautiful comment about my dad. I miss him so much but am faitful in knowing that I will see him again someday.

Have a wonderful week, my friend!

Debbie said...

I'm going to have to google sucanaut now. That recipe is a MUST TRY for me. We love granola, but we don't like the fat and sugar that goes along with it. Thanks so much for this!

I am enjoying watching your pantry challenge!

cityfarmer said...

my grocery bills are high ... but I'm a spoiled brat.
We don't eat out ... therefore I want what I want at home ...
spoiled, I know!!

woot woot
good for you!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Wow, good for you! I also love your kitchen below!
Guess what?
You won Mary's gift certificate!!!!
I'm going to post it in a minute :)

Kolein said...

You are my Pantry Hero!!!!

Did I read that correctly? You had granola for dinner? Cool!