I have read more than once in the past week about ways to save money on groceries. Now, at the outset, I will say that I am thankful to not have the constraints of an actual food budget. I do, however, shop for the best price when possible - with my priorities being local meats, dairy, eggs, and produce (when in season). Meal planning is often touted as a great way to save money. I'm sure that's true, but it simply doesn't fit with my personality.
It is hard for me to follow the rules - even my own. I love buying random things and then challenging myself to create recipes. I will often freeze partial cans of tomatoes, jalapenos, evaporated milk, etc if I have a little left from a previous recipe. If I actually made a meal plan - I'd have to create a store list - something I hardly ever do and inevitably forget to bring along anyway.
I like being a fly-by-the-seat of my pants kind of girl.
Let me qualify something, though, we don't waste food. I only buy things that we use on a regular basis. I like to keep a stocked refrigerator and pantry so I can throw together a recipe that I might impulsively decide to make - another personality trait - being impulsive.
So, yesterday I had several sources of inspiration. Annika commented on my cereal post that Golden Grahams are perfect on vanilla ice cream. It just so happened I had Golden Grahams and I had vanilla ice cream in the freezer. I decided to incorporate her idea into our dessert last night and quickly whipped up a batch of this to go along with it -
|hot fudge sauce - thanks, Annika!|
I also read a post about homemade creamy tomato soup. I have a great recipe for tomato bisque, but it utilizes a can of prepared tomato soup. I like to know when I can make something myself. I had all of the simple ingredients I needed and it tasted great on a snowy night! I think it tasted even better to some skiers on their way home. :)
|creamy tomato soup - here is the recipe|
|philly cheese-steak sandwiches, perfect combination with the soup!|
Lastly, the kids have a day off from school today - snow day!! If I didn't have a stocked pantry, we wouldn't have found something for our butter to swim onto. I kid, but these waffles were quite well-received by a certain snowblower and his three snowman-making kiddos.
Obviously, these recipes are all simple and require the most basic of ingredients - but still, it was fun to be inspired and not have to run to the grocery store!
Oh, by the way - the only thing in peril from a full pantry is your waistline!