Thursday, May 2, 2013

Day 1 and 2

If you've seen my or Curt's status yesterday you will know what's going on...  And if you didn't that's ok, I'm gonna explain it a bit...  ;)

Curt read a book called More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger.  I'm only 4 chapters in, and wow.

Before Curt started reading this book, I've wanted to go through the house and simplify.  We have too much stuff.  :) The kids have enough clothes and we can get rid of some, they have enough toys, we can get rid of some, I have more than enough clothes, I need to get rid of some, I have more than enough kitchen tools, I can get rid of some, let's face it, we have enough.  We have a house, each child has a bed, and clothes to wear, we have 2 bathrooms that have 2 showers and 2 toilets.  We are rich compared to some...

So as he is reading this book, he is telling me about it and posting lines from the book on his FaceBook page.  I couldn't wait for him to finish it so I could read it, then the kids had surgery and I couldn't wrap my brain around anything except get through the day!  :) So now I'm finally reading it!  :D

Curt was telling me about this food "challenge" that Jeff and his wife had done.  They thought they had enough food to last them a month, to actually see the cupboards bare.  They wanted to go a whole month without buying any food (except for some essentials). So guess what Curt and I decided to do? In order to save some money to pay some more on adoption and hospital bills, we prayed and decided to do this!

I know I have some canned stuff that needs to be eaten, and I know that I have stuff in the freezer as well. Let's see if a family of 8 can get by with a whole month and not buy anything.  Except maybe some milk and eggs.

I know I have enough stuff to make bread and oats for a while, I just need to do it.  ;)

Yesterday was the first day of this and here is what we had:

Breakfast: Pumpkin oatmeal with raisins
Lunch: Pb and J in tortilla with side of raw carrots
Supper: Got brought to us from friend, a pork chop casserole that was FANTASTIC!!!!  :D
Snack: Graham crackers

Today the 2nd:

Breakfast: Blueberry oatmeal
Lunch: Veggie Romaine Lettuce leafs with half an orange and a few pretzels
Supper: Leftover Enchilada Casserole over rice
Snack: Popcorn

Pumpkin Oatmeal

As much oats as you need, I don't measure anymore bc I just dump, I know how much my kids eat. ;)
Pumpkin (canned)
Milk (or water)

Dump your oats, pumpkin, cinnamon, milk or water, and raisins in pot and cook until desired doneness. ;) I did drizzle some honey on top in the kids bowls.  ;)

Blueberry Oatmeal

As much oats as you need
Can of blueberry pie filling
Can of evaporated milk
More milk or water

Dump everything in pot and cook until done!  I did take 2 bananas and split it between the 6 kids.

I don't know why I had blueberry pie filling b/c I don't normally buy it with the corn syrup in it.  I still have one more can to use!  I also have a TON of evaporated milk and sweetened condense milk.  Curt did laugh at me about how much we have, but I know I bought them when they were about .25 a can at Aldis...  Can't pass that price up and I knew I would use them...  but I haven't used them as fast as I thought... 

Will post again tomorrow with the menu!  :)

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