Thursday, August 6, 2009

I'm Ready for a Challenge!

During my home reorganization project I have encountered many challenges, mostly involving the questions of "Why do we have this?" "Where am I going to put this?" "Why do we have a bajillion cable cords?" "Do you really need this Michael" (ie: every receipt since 2006, river rocks and shells that he has collected, a coffee can from New Orleans which we can buy at our local Kroger or every school notebook he ever had!), but I now have a bigger challenge. A new mission of a sort you might say. The challenge of "How to use up all the food in my pantry?"

Ridiculous for two people right?

Here is the laundry list of items I have to work with....

  • 7 partial boxes of pasta
  • 8 packages of rice
  • 2 jars of molasses
  • 3 boxes of breadcrumbs
  • 4 boxes of soup mix (corn chowder, french onion, mushroom onion, and vegetable)
  • 2 cans of peaches
  • 1 can of blueberry pie filling
  • 1 can of Eaglebrand milk
  • 1 can of enchilada sauce
  • 2 boxes of pancake mix
  • 3 cans of tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 jar of artichokes
  • 1 can of mixed berries
  • 1 box of dates
  • 1 box of oats
  • 1 box of lemon wafers
  • 1 box of crackers
  • 1 can of peas (which I really think has followed us through at least 2 moves...not big pea fans)
  • 2 jars of salsa
  • 1 can of beef gravy
  • 1 can of chicken stock

Maybe it's just a pet peeve of mine but I really have no need for "backup supplies" in the pantry. It's just forgotten about honestly. It simply sits there and takes up space that I desperately need. So for the next week or so I am challenging myself to use every last thing in that pantry without having to purchase too much else at the grocery store (fresh ingredients and meat of course will be needed).

After this little mission, I do see an immediate future need for a carb detox to take place since we do have 15 partial boxes of grains to get through!!! Ugh. Wish me good luck! Any suggestions of combinations/recipes will be gratefully accepted!

DISCLAIMER: ***This little challenge may or may not have somewhat to do with the fact that tax free weekend is this weekend in TN and I am wanting to go shopping even though I am technically without a job. The husband must be persuaded immediately!***


  1. Good luck!! I always mean to do this, but then I get lazy or don't want to eat what I already have!

  2. Chili, homemade spaghetti sauce, french onion burgers or turkey burgers, pasta salad with the artichokes and a few fresh veggies, peach and blueberry bread or pie. (I just made one in my food blog...) Oatmeal cookies with dates...

  3. I'm the same way about my pantry, I hate having too much extra stuff. I always end up with a million half-full boxes of pasta because I always forget what I have in my house when I'm at the store. Good luck with the cleaning!

  4. Good luck! That seems like alot of random food stuffs.

  5. Eek! You are on your own, but I'm very curious to hear what sort of recipes you might come up with!

  6. the cable/internet cords drive me NUTS!

  7. Oh my goodness sweetness, good luck with it!!!

    I'm so ready for a change and I did make a significant change (check out my private blog)..

    Have a sweet weekend:0


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