$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Grocery Budget–Week Six Review

The sixth week of our $25 grocery budget challenge is finished, and I will no longer be posting my grocery hauls and menu plan here on Patty Cake’s Pantry.   This challenge has been a learning experience for all of us, and I was surprised that I didn’t feel like we were deprived during this time.  Except for my refusal to buy soft drinks, no one had any complaints.  I bought soft drinks for our family during my over budget, third week on this challenge.     Since soft drinks have no nutritional value, and they are expensive, I am attempting to relegate […]

$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Menu Plan–The Second Week Review

This concludes the second week of our $25 dollar grocery budget.  Honestly, this hasn’t really been that difficult, except when you consider that I went a little over budget.   No one is complaining, and no one is requesting food that we don’t have in the house.  In fact, I think that everyone has been fairly content with what we’ve been eating. 

The 31 day Pantry Challenge

A 31 Day Pantry Challenge for January

Patty Cake’s Pantry is welcoming 2017 with a 31 day pantry challenge.   If you’ve never heard of a pantry challenge, allow me to explain.   The goal is to eat the food you already have in your pantry, freezer, and fridge for a set period of time.  We are embarking on a 31 day challenge. 

Food Storage

What Should I Store?-Part 3, Deciding How Much Is Enough.

With Food storage, there is a fine line between enough and too much.  For this post, I had considered making a list of all of the items I would need to buy in order to make my two week menu plan along with quantities, but I realized that it wouldn’t be relevant.  Each families situation is unique.  This decision has to be your own. In my household, we try to have about a 3 month supply of food on hand at any given time.  Occasionally, we have as much as 6 months of food on hand, but this usually happens […]

Cutting out Take Out

Cutting Out Take Out

One of the biggest challenges faced by someone who is trying to build up a well stocked pantry is figuring out what to store.  One of the simplest rules to follow when storing food for future use is to remember to store what you will eat.  A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to keep track of what you ate as well as when you ate out and why.   Lets start with the list of when you ate out and the reason.  This may seem counter-productive, but statistics say that fifty percent of American meals are eaten away from […]

stored food

Eat What You Store

A few days ago, I was searching my pantry shelves for a can of garbanzo beans to add to a pot of  homemade vegetable soup, only to discover two things—my pantry has become very disorganized, and I didn’t have any garbanzo beans. Being a big fan of the “make do with what you have” philosophy, I grabbed a can of great northern beans only to discover that I had purchased it in 1999. Yes, I am talking about FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, 1999.  Needless to say, that can of beans went into the trash bin and not into my soup. It broke my […]

eating trash

The Night I Fed My Family Trash

In spite of the apparent reference to garbage, this post is not about eating garbage nor is it a commentary about how certain foods lack nutritional value and should be tossed in the garbage rather than eaten.  Seriously, if  you feel that a food has no nutritional value, save your money.  Don’t buy it.  This is the story of the night I fed my family trash, and I’m not talking about dumpster diving, either.  The really weird part of this story is that 5 out of 6 members of my family actually enjoyed their trash based food.  Before anyone sends […]