I had so much fun participating in the popular pantry challenge last year, that I wanted to try it again this January. For me, the overall goal is a financial one. As I accomplished last year (barely!), I'm aiming to spend half of our usual monthly food budget. If I meet this goal, I want to bless others with the surplus again. It was so motivating to send a gift to Samaritan's Purse following the Haiti devastation last year, knowing they needed the funds far more than we do!
To help pull this off, I did another inventory to list items I specifically need to use up, which will make my menu planning even more strategic. A friend recently recommended a fun show called "Pantry Raid"* that has inspired me to be extra creative and resourceful in the kitchen! I could use your help, though--anyone have any creative ideas for using crunchy taco shells? Also, I scored two really cheap cans of evaporated milk, but I'm not sure what to do with them. Would love to hear your ideas!
Anyone else care to join me for a version of this challenge? Other ideas are limiting what you can buy (such as only dairy and produce), limiting how many trips you make to the store, etc. What a privilege to be able to even do something like this--considering some people's "pantry challenge" is that their cupboards are bare. Thank You, Lord, for Your provision!
I hope to do several monthly challenges this year, and I will plan to keep you posted on all of that. A smaller thing I'm doing this month is getting rid of 32 things before my 32nd birthday on January 24. I'm scouring our house for 32 items to donate, sell, share, etc.
*I was unable to find an active link for the show, though there's a brief description here. I've been accessing it through our gift subscription to Netflix. Speaking of Netflix, it recently occurred to me that they also offer exercise DVDs. Anyone have a fun one to recommend that's neither too long (over 3o minutes) nor too extreme (50 sets of crunches, 2 push-ups)?