Monday, December 26, 2011

Pantry Challenge and a giveaway!

Well, its the last week of December.  Is your refrigerator full of leftovers? Your budget on empty? It seems that no matter how well we plan, things come up and December seems to be the month that busts our budgets. January is the month for setting goals and getting back on track! This week leading up to January and the new year I'll be doing a pantry challenge (trying to cook with what I have and buying as little as possible this week). Keep reading for the challenge that will start next week and the giveaway!
With my fridge full of not only Christmas leftovers, but a weeks worth of leftovers from wonderful meals that some awesome friends have been delivering this week we may not have to cook all week!

Our Menu for the week (I've filled in some of the meals, and I'll update the rest throughout the week)

Breakfast- Pie/Christmas desert (this is a tradition in our house, the morning after the big holiday we feast on leftover desert!)
Lunch- Christmas Leftovers/sandwiches
Dinner-Christmas Leftovers

Breakfast- We still have plenty of left over Christmas goodies/breakfast!
Lunch- Yep, still left overs!

Breakfast- Umm, I think we over did the goodies!  We're still working on them!
Dinner- Sausages, vegetables (found in the freezer, I'll steam them), bread

Breakfast- Baked Oatmeal
Dinner-Pasta and meatballs and salad



Breakfast- Pancakes
Dinner- Family Movie Night! Homemade Pizza with whatever toppings we have around, salad.  I'll make homemade microwave carmel corn tonight too!

Last year I was given the book Family Feasts for $75 a Week and really enjoyed it. I learned some great new tips for keeping my budget down and some wonderful new recipes as well. So...
For the challenge I'm going to try to stick as close to $75 a week as I can for our family of 9 in the month of January. I'll blog about my weekly shopping and my menu plan to keep myself accountable ;)

I'm wondering if anyone wants to join me in this challenge? Would you be interested in doing a link up if I put one up?

Now for the giveaway- I get to give away a copy of the Family Feasts for $75 a Week!  Mary Ostyn is going to give a copy of her book to one of you!
-Be a follower of this blog by google friend connect. (1 entry, leave 1 comment)
-Facebook about this challenge and giveaway (1 entry, leave 1 comment)
-Tweet this challenge and giveaway (1 entry, leave 1 comment)
-Blog about this challenge and giveaway (3 entries, leave 3 comments)

I'll draw the winner on Saturday morning.

I'm linking to Menu Plan Monday.


  1. Hey, I'm doing a pantry challenge too! I'm trying to avoid grocery shopping and avoid food waste (although I could do much better on the latter!).

    Here's my most recent post:

    I'd love to participate in a linkup!

  2. We've pretty much always "shopped from our pantry", only buying in bulk when things are on sale and meal planning with what we have. Once a month Azure Standard delivers the goods to my door and we supplement with produce from farmer's market, Sunflower or Costco if garden's not producing much. What little food waste we have now goes to our chickens so I don't have to feel bad about that b/c it's coming back in as eggs for the next meal :)

    I guess I can't enter the drawing since I'm not a twit, booker, or blogger so I guess I'll just have to check out the book from the library!

  3. I would love to be entered into the giveaway for this book! It looks very interesting!

    I could also participate in the pantry challenge, although I do my shopping once a month and then just supplement with perishable items. But overall, I will try to average out to $75 a week for my grocery shopping (which is not far from my regular budget anyway...). :-)
    And I could do a linkup too, once I figure out how!

  4. I now follow via google friend connect.

    Debbie: rebbiedeed(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. I'm a new follower too. This book sounds great, I'd love a copy! We recently decided it's time to save for a house, so we're trying to slash our food expenses.

  6. I'm an official follower now. Sounds like a great giveaway!