Pantry Challenge: Week Three Update

Pantry Challenge Morale hit an all-time low around here this past weekend. The fridge–with little more than two apples, a  tub of plain yogurt, and margarine inside–was looking more single-gal-about-town than mother-of-two. My husband, growing increasingly hungry and crabby about my little experiment, reported one day that he’d eaten peanut butter toast for breakfast, a…

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Pantry Challenge Update: Desperate Note from Real Dad

This is a stark depiction of the brutal living conditions that define a month-long pantry challenge. Antarctica. February 2011. Provisions running dangerously low. My Chunky Soup stash that would normally have lasted ’til winter’s end is exhausted. I struggle to find items for the already-meager lunches I take to work. No sweets or treats as…

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Pantry Challenge: Week Two Update

My husband joked today that with the way this Pantry Challenge is going, he’ll soon be eating “pine needle stew” for lunch. And actually, that Hunger Games reference is a little fitting these days. We’re doing just fine with dinners, thanks to the chest freezer and Bomb Shelter. But otherwise, the pickings are exceedingly slim….

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Pantry Challenge Recipe: Banana Oatmeal Cups

The cupboards are getting bare and we’re down to our second-string cereals (Cheerios and Wheat Chex). So it’s time for something that feels like a treat. I make these Banana Oatmeal Cups from GreenLiteBites all the time because I always have the ingredients, the kids love them, and unlike most muffins, they’re not cupcakes in…

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Pantry Challenge Update: Week One

Ten days into my Pantry Challenge, and my half-empty refrigerator is making me uneasy–especially because I know it’s only going to get emptier. This week’s revelations: Grocery shopping with $25 is depressing. Armed with a calculator, Henry went shopping with me Sunday and added up our purchases as we went along. We spent $22.25 on…

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