February 12, 2011

Day 12—Party, Party, Party!

Today was a party day.  We had two children’s birthday parties this morning and early afternoon. The first was at a local nature center and the second was at a bowling alley.  This evening we had a Valentine’s Potluck at church. 

If you are wondering about all of the potluck breakfasts, luncheons and suppers that we attend at church, the joke among Methodists is that we don’t have a church function unless food is involved!  What’s crazy is how true it is!  We’re blessed with some amazing cooks in our congregation, and it is so nice to have a meal of real food made by people you adore.

Breakfast—Scrambled eggs and toast

Lunch—Hubby had a hot ham and cheese sandwich with some leftover mashed potatoes on the side.  Daughter and I ate at the second party and had cheese pizza and ice cream.

Supper—We ate at the church potluck.  Unfortunately, we forgot our camera to take a picture of the spread for you all.  Maybe it is just as well—I wouldn’t want to make anyone jealous.  ;)  I made a gallon of unsweetened tea, a gallon plus a quart of sweetened tea, 4 boxes of macaroni and cheese, and a large cobbler.

What did I learn today?

When I thought about what to bring for the potluck, I tried to think about what our daughter and the other children would want to eat.  Many times, she wants to run straight to the dessert table and only picks at the “real food”.  Casseroles and non-descript foods are a little trickier with children.  Adults have a sense of recognition of those recipes that children do not.  We know what green bean casserole or broccoli casserole tastes like and know that it varies slightly based on the recipe.  Children, or at least most of the children with whom I’ve come in contact, don’t want to experiment too much at a potluck.  I decided that the mac and cheese would be something familiar to them and something they might enjoy.  Many of the kids had it on their plates and seemed to like it.  I had 4 boxes left in the pantry, and it was the perfect amount to bring. 

What else did I learn?  My friend Radeana is a rocking good cook.  She made the most interesting pot roast that I’ve ever eaten, and by interesting, I mean that it actually had flavor instead of being humdrum.  Her recipe is to put a roast in a slow cooker then take a jar of pepperocinis (liquid and all) and pour on top.  Cook in the Crockpot until the roast is tender.  It was scrumptious!

How about you all?  How is the challenge going for you?  We are very close to half way through.

1 comment:

  1. Hard to believe we’re almost half way through the month. I was a bit concerned about how this was going to go, but in many ways it’s easier than I thought it would be. I feel good about getting more of our stockpile properly rotated as well as putting more thought into incorporating things on hand into our weekly menu.
    I broke down and made a trip to the grocery for milk, bread, a green pepper and lettuce, spending $7.02. Because I usually shop around what is on sale and match sales and coupons, it was rather strange to go to the store and buy just a few necessities and have only one coupon. I also made a trip to Walgreen’s for Cranberry Juice adding an additional $7.06 spent, (plus $4 back in register rewards) for a grand total of $14.08 out of pocket so far this month on grocery items. I’m confident that I’ll be able to stay below the $25 I allocated for the challenge.
    I’m beginning to think about how I will shop differently in March, i.e., what packaged foods need to be eliminated from our pantry altogether for healthier meals AND the possibility of incorporating another “February Challenge” in another 6 months.