February 7, 2011

Day 7 of the Challenge

Today I was a busy bee, fluttering here and there with errands, activities, and duties.  I find busy days like today to be very fulfilling—there is something so gratifying about having everything on your to-do list checked off!

Breakfast—Muffin and cereal with milk, hot tea for me

Lunch—Hubby had a leftover lamb burger and some Garden of Eatin’ tortilla chips with a banana on the side.  Daughter had leftover mac and cheese, Voskos yogurt, dried apricots, and a banana.  I had the leftover chicken sandwich, a few leftover fries, and steamed broccoli and carrots for lunch.

Supper—I made another concoction, and I’m afraid that it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.  I used some frozen turkey that we had leftover from Christmas dinner with a can of diced tomatoes and a few leftover veggies mixed with cooked whole wheat pasta.  I added a bit of freshly grated Parmesan on top and gave it a squeeze or two of lemon for a little added zip.  It wasn’t terrible, but I didn’t have a desire to go back for seconds.  I guess some experiments are going to be like that!

What did I learn from today?

Check your emergency supplies.  I have a backpack ready to go in the event that we have to evacuate from our home quickly.  When we ran out of dog food yesterday, I reminded myself about the emergency supply in a dream I had.  Am I strange in that I remind myself of stuff while I’m sleeping?  Wait, don’t answer that question.  Anyway, I looked at my backpack today to see if we had any dog food in there.  While I didn’t find much dog food, I did find a few canned goods that needed to be put into rotation and newer cans added to the backpack to replace them.  I had been in the habit of checking it more regularly, and I need to add it to my calendar so that I am reminded more frequently.

Not every meal is going to be a home run hit.  I remember when I was young that my dad who is an amazing cook would sometimes have a meal that gave us all pause.  I remember thinking, “What on earth is he doing mixing this with that?”  Now I realize that if you don’t experiment then you won’t come up with any new recipes.  You’ll be stuck in a rut and uninspired.  Yet, when you experiment there will be times that the finished product isn’t as fantastic.  Don’t lose heart.  Ask yourself what would have made it better?  In the case of the meal tonight, I think more cheese, a bit of olive oil or butter, and some fresh herbs would have made a world of difference. 

Look ahead to next year’s school supply list.  Our daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall.  I was on the school website yesterday, and I came across this school year’s supply list.  While some of the supplies might be different next year, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt anything to stockpile the supplies on this year’s list when I can get them cheap or super free.  Today I made a trip to Walgreens to pick up a prescription and use some of the register rewards I had from last week.  Because hand sanitizer is free after register reward, I picked up a couple to save for her fall semester.  I needed to roll the RR anyway, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to have them available.

How about you?  It has been one week now—how is it going for you?

1 comment:

  1. Going good Gabrielle... looking forward to making a beef roast tonight with some canned veggies and noodles from the pantry.. I can actually start seeing the back of the cabinet now! YIPEE!!!!