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2009 January 13 » Philoxenos

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DK Eyewitness DVD

13th January 2009

DK Eyewitness DVD

If you or anyone in your family, child or adult, are interested in science, please please please go to the library and request any of the DVDs in this series: DK Eyewitness DVD. We are currently watching the one titled Butterflies and Moths and Precious, age 5, is captivated. It’s really, really good. And she and I both know now that moths create a cocoon and a butterfly creates a chrysallis. Who knew?

This a worthwhile 35 minutes. I’ve just requested the ones on Mammals, Fish, and Oceans (that’s three separate movies.)

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13th January 2009

Using what I have

By now you’ve probably picked up that I’m kinda frugal. I like it. And Handsome really likes it.

One area that I am generally pretty frugal is in the kitchen. It’s taken a lot of learning and I still have things to learn, but I do pretty well and we eat well, too. I was recently inspired by Want What You Have to see how long I  can go without doing some major grocery shopping. She actually has set some very strict rules for herself and when she did this in the spring she went seven weeks without buying anything other than a few items, which are listed in her post.

As I started to look in my freezer and pantry I realised that I could probably go at least a month without buying anything other than milk, eggs and fresh produce. Because of this I asked Handsome to reduce my grocery budget by $100 for January, which he did.

In about a week I will have to start getting creative in order to not restock certain items. For example, I’m going to try my hand at making my own yogurt. When I eventually run out of bread (which won’t be a while because I went to the bread outlet a week ago) I will make it in my breadmaker.

But just off the top of my head I know I have two whole chickens (bought on sale last week at Vons when they were 77 cents a pound), at least three pounds of ground beef, probably three to four pounds of chicken breasts, some chuck steak that I’ll stew, a bag of shrimp, as well as at least six frozen dishes that I made before the New Year plus two meatloaves. Each of the whole chickens is worth three meals to us, so I have enough meat/meals for over 20 meals, probably more.

I don’t cook much out of a box, so I mostly just have raw ingredients and because I buy in bulk I have quite a surplus built up. It will take some creativity and thinking outside the lines. Maybe a bit more work towards the end as I make more and more substitutes. We may not have our normal pizza on Friday night or else we top it with something other than pineapple.

How long do you think you could eat out of your refrigerator, pantry, freezer?

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