Monday, January 11, 2010

Meal Planning and Pantry Cleaning

Ouch!  I paid my tuition bill and bought books this weekend and now it's time to pinch pennies for a couple weeks.  I'm trying to be wise with the grocery budget so maybe I can save a little in that department.  I decided to take an inventory of our pantry and refrigerators... one of which only contains frozen food and beer... then I planned my menu and shopping around what we already had.

I'm a visual person so I hauled everything out of the pantry, half of the shelves are above my head so a chair was needed and I'm counting all that stepping up and down as my aerobics for the day, I placed everything on the counter and then sorted it into groups based on meals. Once it was all out I discovered that I must have been very concerned about a shortage of canned green beans and bbq sauce in the last six months, the pantry contained ten cans of said beans and five bottles of sauce... green bean casserole and bbq chicken will be on the menu in the next few weeks.  The only bad part of this was putting it all back but I'm certain that my rump will be firmer tomorrow from stepping on and off the chair.

Since food was on my mind I remembered that I needed to finish this layout... a lift of my talented friend Lisa Dickinson.
Paper: Sassafras, Basic Grey, unknown, and Starbucks tissue paper. 
Stamp: Studio Calico
Embellishments: Prima, Making Memories, Basic Grey, American Crafts, Hambly

I'm off to the grocery store... if you've got any good recipes that contain green beans and bbq sauce let me know!

Oooh... Mr. Brown stopped by just as I was leaving and look what he brought me!  QuicKutz and Studio Calico!  My Monday just got a heck of a lot better! Maybe the grocery store can wait for a bit....


  1. My favorite BBQ sauce recipe. You need BBQ sauce, an onion and 1 or 2 pork tenderloins, as well as bulkie rolls. Pour a liberal amount of BBQ sauce into your slow cooker. Slice an onion up into thin strips and lay on the BBQ sauce. Lay your pork tenderloin(s) on top. Pour more BBQ sauce on the pork to cover it. Set on high for first 2 hours, and then low for the next 3-4 hours. When done, shred with a fork, adding a bit of the cooked sauce into the meat to moisten. Serve on bulkie rolls. Voila! Homemade pulled pork sandwiches that don't take much prep work.

    Can't help with the green beans, I'm not a fan of them.

  2. Hey i have a overwhelming amount of black beans in my pantry - what do you think we can make with those, your BBQ sauce and green beans? ick. on second thought, let's just have some wine, ok? :)

    (And i love the page, btw. that photo is awesome!)

  3. Mmmm... barbeque green beans.

    I want to see what was IN those boxes.


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