The first month had to be food, didn’t it? Food is my weakness. If you read Jen Hatmaker’s book, 7, you will be introduced to her experiment against excess. She took 7 foods and only ate those 7 foods for the whole month. This intrigued me. I thought, what 7 foods would I eat? Pizza. Pizza. Pizza. Wait! I just turned into my 4 year old daughter. She excels at this experiment better than I can! I started to contemplate only eating 7 certain meals throughout the month for breakfast and lunch and then eat dinners based around items we had in the home that needed to get eaten before they expired- which were a lot of items! This sounded like a plan I could handle until the first week was done *sigh* Food is my weakness. The goals that were set for me for the month of January were at the front of my brain each morning as I got ready for the day. Read 2 books, draw 4 pages in my sketchbook, exercise 5 days a week. Anxiety started to build. Ok, tone this one down a notch. Focus on making meals that got rid of items in the home, focus on not buying a bunch of extra things that would end up sitting in the closet for months. Ok, that plan I could handle. *charge on*
Coffee went away for the month. Coffee is part of my “thing”, or more so coffee shops, is part of my “thing”. After all, the blog has coffee as part of its name. Coffee was not something I could choke down for the longest time. Tea was my love. Over the course of the last few years, I went from Pumpkin Spice Latte queen, to Cafe Miel, to flavored coffee with a “dash” of coconut vanilla creamer. The warmth is what draws a moan out of my mouth as I take my first sip each morning. Tea can do that too. A cabinet full of tea needed to be reintroduced to me. Coffee went away. It made me sad each morning for the first week. After that, I looked forward to my cup of tea with honey. Welcome back first love! Today is February 2nd. It was my first opportunity to have a coffee at the Target Starbucks. Guess what? I went with the Mint Citrus tea. Sorry, coffee, you have some competition!
The kids didn’t notice anything different during the month of January. Except that we made them try a few different recipes as we tried to get rid of canned pumpkin, tomato soup and cream of mushroom soup. We had a couple of successes and a couple of flops!
Did I have any monumental take aways from this challenge of getting rid of excess food? I didn’t buy things just because they were on sale. I am certain our checking account saw a slight drop in food costs. I think I will start each weekend with reviewing what we have in our closet and cabinets prior to deciding on a weekly menu.
A few of my favorite quotes Jen had in her first chapter on Food:
“You always have to be doing something, don’t you” p. 28. This resinated with me. I am always trying something out and challenging myself.
“Tell me about the world before. What was it like?” “We didn’t even know what was precious.” “We threw away things that people would kill for today.” – The Book of Eli p.22
“I am hungry” p. 43
Here are the following recipes that were a hit in our home!
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins (not healthy but oh so yummy- we made these 2 times!)
2.5 cups flour
0.5 cup oats
4 t pumpkin spice
2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
1.5 cups pumpkin purée
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
0.5 cup apple sauce
1 t vanilla
Set oven to 350 degrees
Makes 18 muffins
Bake 25-30 minutes
Combine flour, oats, spice, baking soda and powder, salt. Set aside.
In another bowl whisk purée, sugars, oil, apple sauce, eggs and vanilla.
Stir together dry and wet ingredients.
Pour into muffin tins (sprayed or paper)
0.5 cup brown sugar, 2 T melted butter, 2 T oats, 2 T flour. Mix and place small amounts on each muffin before putting in
Creamy Ranch Pork Chops and Rice from Campbell’s (to use Cream of Mushroom soup)
Beef and Broccoli (to get rid of tomato soup)
The Best Chili You Will Ever Taste (to get rid of diced tomatoes, tomato paste 4 cans of kidney beans *yes, we had that many*)
Couscous salad got rid of some couscous, slivered almonds and craisins