You can start the week with great intentions. And then life will throw you a loop.
This week our family's cupboard challenge was completely derailed by a little thing called Mom Being Sick.
With Mom Being Sick, you don't have the energy for tiffs over toys, let alone expending the energy for a home-cooked meal. With Mom Being Sick, it's hard to keep your head up, let alone safely balance a knife on the cutting board. With Mom Being Sick, about the only thing that's boiling is a temper at times. All of this has, in retrospect, led me to two conclusions.
1) Menu planning might just mean making a freezer meal or two to keep in the rotation.
2) Sometime's it's OK to just open the blue box of mac and cheese.
It doesn't mean we didn't have our successes. My dear husband made homemade marinara sauce for the very first time - without a recipe - and nailed it. (Why he didn't just take some of the sauce in the freezer, I don't know.) We made stirfries and a favorite chicken dish we hadn't made for months. And I can't argue with grilled steak cooked outside on a cold January day (yes my husband has issues).
Sometimes, with Mom Being Sick, you just go with the flow. And that's OK with me.
How are you sticking (or not sticking) to your pantry challenge? Are you making progress? Trying new recipes? Frustrated with your efforts?