Woo-Hoo! Here it is. The actual menu list! Here are 11 meals that we have recently eaten by combining our random sale items & the items we have stockpiled. Our (semi-picky, but not too bad) family of 6 enjoyed them all. :)
(If you missed post #3 in this series, it lists our "random sale items" for a couple of weeks. It'll explain why we used which fresh ingredients we used.)
1) We had Mediterranean Night with grilled chicken thighs marinated in oregano, garlic & lemon juice. I made a Lebanese cabbage salad using the cabbage & lemon juice. We threw it all together with pita, hummus & tabouleh. The girls begged to eat that way more often. We felt full, but healthy. (Next time, we'll have some couscous from my stockpile.)
2) We cooked a whole chicken in the pressure cooker with the carrots, onions & lemons. I cooked some rice from my stockpile. This process also made a ton of delicious chicken stock that I froze into small portions for later u…
Well, it's official. I'm finally gonna take the plunge.
I want to make my own bread.
Molly O posted some stuff on her blog that gave me the structure, encouragement & exact method that I needed. (That's her & her sweet family in the photo.)
I usually get really pumped up about starting a new project & then get frustrated and give up. Molly broke it down so well & told us why she does each particular thing.
It's (understandably) a royal pain to track down each stinkin' ingredient individually & drag 'em all out to then begin the entire process. Her post is a God-send (...and a good read with lots of pictures!). Here's the link to that post on Mocha Drop Mama. Mmmm...I can smell the fresh-baking bread now. AND the cold, hard cash this is going to save me!
Each Tuesday night, I park myself at the kitchen table with the following:
• The new batch of sales flyers that just came in the mail • A hard copy of my price-tracking spreadsheet • A red pen • A glass of wine
I scour each ad individually.
If I see a price I think is a good deal, I consult the spreadsheet.
If it’s not the lowest price for that particular item, I return to the flyer & continue searching.
If it is that item’s lowest price, I write that week’s cycle number on the spreadsheet near that column & circle it. For example, the upcoming week will be my 42nd week of price-tracking, so I will write a “42” in red by the Cycle column. I also write the store that’s offering that price. It helps me track cycles & is crucial when price-matching.
Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Remember, that the whole point of that sales flyer is to convince me to shop at their store. They really can pile on the ***stars***, exclamation points!!!!!,bright colors & LARGE PRINT!!!!! ...even w…