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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Housewife--Stretch a Buck
Cleaning out the Cupboards

A while back I decided to use up all the sample size shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, soaps, and lotions that we've collected on assorted hotel stays. I'm still using them up. Still. I can't believe how long I've made this last.

My next quest? The kitchen cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer. I want to defrost my extra freezer and the only way that's going to happen is if I start using up what's currently in it. That means some creative menu planning. Same goes for my kitchen pantry. I have so many things in there that I bought and then didn't use for whatever reason (mostly because after doing the shopping and actually living with the menu I planned, some of those recipes didn't sound as appealing as when I was making my lists!).

I am so fortunate to have abundance. I found myself complaining that I was eating, once again, a leftover meal that was really quite delicious. After three days of it at various meals, I was pretty tired of it, but then I remembered that I was fortunate to have it and should quit my whining.

We're living in a country where people who have never been poor before will be. We're living in a country that is tottering on the edge of bankruptcy. I am so lucky that my husband has a wonderful job, we have a beautiful home, and we have enough. I have abundance.

At first, when I started my inventory of what I needed to use up, I was pretty discouraged. What the heck am I going to do with this list? Here's what I came up with. I think it sounds pretty great now! Once again, it's a case of how you look at things. My glass is definitely more than half full.


French Dip Sandwiches with Au Jus
Organic Baby Carrots
Baked Potato Wedges

Braised Pork Chops with Sage
Cornbread Stuffing
Zucchini and Corn Saute

Grilled Chicken Tenders
Brown Sugar Roasted Squash
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Red Beans and Rice (thanks Heidi!)
Tossed Salad

Chili (thanks Darcie!)

Pierogies with Caramelized Onions
Steamed Green Beans
Tossed Salad

Blueberry Pancakes
Turkey Bacon
Fresh Fruit

Slow Cooked Pulled Chicken with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta
Steamed Mixed Vegetables

Clean out the Cupboards Pasta Toss
(penne, crab, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and any veggies I can find)

Pan Fried Polenta with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Tossed Salad
California Blend Veggies with Cheese

Potato Leek Soup
Fruit Salad

Snacks and Treats:

Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Homemade Granola
Banana Pudding
Banana Muffins
Pull Apart Cinnamon Rolls


  1. I am going to give that recipe for a homemade daily shower cleaner a try, I have been looking for one that is nice and simple. I too do not enjoy scrubbing the shower, especially being 9 months pregnant. I also wanted to comment on a comment you let on Crunchy Goddess' blog entry about Consumer Report's article on birthing. I really enjoyed your comment, I found it both enlightening and very comforting to hear your opinion. Your blog is very enjoyable to read, you have a great sense of humor, and I definitely understand the trials and tribulations of losing weight, I have been on that roller coaster since I was a kid. If you would like to check out my blog it is at http://chemistryofjoy.wordpress.com

  2. It all sounds good to me!!

    My glass is also more than half full, know matter what the day, or how much is in my checking account. Life is only as good as we make it. I feel exactly as you do!!


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