My self challenge - waste not want not.
by, 06-12-2009 at 10:10 AM (1535 Views)
Before even starting... I'll say this. I am not a waster, I don't throw out much from the pantry. Stale crackers? Crumbs for meatloaf or meat balls. Stale cookies? Crumble topping for ice cream.
The fridge? Not as successful. There is produce that gets forgotten on occasion. There is leftovers that get forgotten and look like science experiments. I need to work on this.
Even in household goods. We have a water cooler(got if for free), love it. It is filled with tap water. Ironically, my snobby brother loves the water, it was about time we got a water cooler. Well, ya shoulda seen his face after complimenting us, and he told dh the bottle was empty and he filled it at the sink. Priceless. So we don't even filter that. I prefer filtered, room temp. Again, it is tap water..lol. Not bottled water here.
Our towels? Hmm. 4 bath towels we have are "new", they are now 8 years old, housewarming gift. The others I got used before ds15 was born. I keep thinking I need new ones, but these need the edges serged and we're good for a couple years.
I do replace facecloths more often, I prefer the thin ones, easier for the kids to ring out, and get them 12 for $5 every 3 or 4 years.
We hold on to things, likely longer than we should and if we really don't use, we sell them or donate.
But power, dh likes his computer on all the time, hates waiting for it to start. But he uses it about 20 minutes out of the day. I am guilty there too, but I turned it off yesterday afternoon, and just turned it on a few minutes ago. We have more than one tv. But they aren't left on. Lights do get forgottten, in fact I need to go check dd5 room, as her wall light(night light) is likely on, same with dd12.
My first plan is the 30 day menu plan.
The goal of this is to have a menu of 30 family tried and approved recipes to serve. I might end up with a few more, as dh wants me to include some simple things the kids can make for supper. So those are things like subs, tacos. Is a recipe needed? Not really, but if it's there they have the guidelines. And I'll have the shopping list.
This way I get less "I hate this" and less waste. I don't cater to it, but the little one dh will make a pbj sandwich for, she's very stubborn. But the sulky kids at the table drives me crazy. They eat. So we are going to try to include things that most will eat, and lots the picky ones will too. Eventually, they will.
I'll be print each onto a 4x6 card, laminate and whole punch. I'm making a box that will hold them on the side of the fridge, that will have enough recipes for the current week.
From the recipes, I'll be making 2 sets of shopping list. One will be a weekly list. On that list, the names of the recipes we're using, will be on there, and then the list of ALL ingredients, every last on. If the recipes all need it, the quantity will be adjusted.
From the 4 or 5 weekly list, I will make a GRAND Master list. This is a secondary list, that I'll bring to see if items are on sale. I won't actively be searching, but if a good price pops out on something we'll use, I'll be sure we use it or need it.
So on grocery day, I'll pull out the weekly list go through freezer, fridge and pantry check off what we have, and what remains, is what we need. I never know what to get. So I will also list the basics we need for lunches, the fruit, meats, breads that I need to get, what snacky things the man and kids require. They really don't change that much..lol
Also, it does have the flexibility to change the menu up, just need to make a new weekly list(and save it) so that it can be used. So after a few months, you may end up with a 8 week plan, just mixing it up. Plus it is adjustable for seasonal cooking. I bbq alot right now, after October, I don't anymore. So I'll pull out those recipes and replace with the more "comfort food" cold weather recipes.
I found this idea broke down on a different blog, and liked it, this is a mishmash of what I read and how I changed it to suit our family needs. I'd love to refer you to her, but I didn't bookmark, and I'd found it in my aimless browsing. I am not taking credit for it entirely.
So today,I'm racking my brain for the recipes the kids and dh like.
K.. off to take dd10 to the orthopedist for more x-rays, if it looks good, the cast comes off in 2 weeks! Turning off the puter now...