*I can hardly believe January is almost half over already! I've been participating in my own version of the popular pantry challenge, and am finally getting around to posting about it. For me, the overall goal is a financial one. I'm aiming to spend half (or less) of our usual monthly food budget. (Of course, this will translate into buying less, but I'm not limiting the amount of trips to the grocery store in January.) If I meet my goal, I want to bless someone else with the surplus, and I also want to tighten the reins on our food budget for the rest of the year (and maybe beyond). If I can make half the amount work for one month, I don't know why I can't live within a reduced amount all the time. I feel pretty motivated, and will plan to check back at the end of the month with further thoughts.
*It might seem silly to start thinking about next Christmas already, but I like to be on the lookout all year long for goodies for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. If you're interested in participating next year, I thought this post was very inspirational: this family filled 45 boxes for just $45!! OCC is a very cool program, and they have a new option where you can track the destination of your shoebox. We just found out ours went to Honduras. How exciting!
*I've been wanting to share a link to a fun boutique that my friend Amanda is participating in. If you're looking for cute and sturdy reusable bags, or a variety of accessories, you should check out this site!
*Crockpot dishes are becoming a mainstay for our Sunday dinners. We don't get home from church until 12:15 or later, and it's wonderful to have our meal ready to serve. I'm running out of ideas, though! I just perused the recipes on this site, but am looking for some additional inspiration. We're tricky, because I don't eat any red meat or pork, and Eric is allergic to tomatoes and citrus fruits. If you have a crockpot recipe you think will fit the bill, I'd be most grateful to hear from you!
*Lastly, if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you may remember that I did some part-time work at a local college last year. Well, they've called me to pinch-hit again, and I'll be helping them out with some big projects for the next 6 weeks. Thus, I may be a little more scarce around here . . .
Thanks for reading, and stay warm. It's in the 20s here, which sadly feels warm after having temps in the NEGATIVE 20s!