I have a huge pantry in this new house, and as you can see, it appears fairly well stocked at this time.
But, I am going shopping anyway.
That sounds totally UNfrugal of me, but the reason is one that is necessary at this point. While there are some very good things in that pantry, there are a lot of not-so-good things in that pantry (just ask my friend, Ashley, who unpacked those boxes and arranged things for me!).
I need a fresh start.
I am jumping back into whole foods with both feet and I can’t just make do with what is on hand. The main reason I need this change is that my health is not good right now. My blood sugar is out of whack (I have hypoglycemia and the move didn’t find me eating right), my hormones are out of whack, and my iron is out of whack (anemia is something I battle fairly regularly).
After asking for help on my facebook page about getting things back under control, one reader led me to 100 Days of Real Food. I grabbed her free meal plans from her facebook page and pulled in a few resources including a nice selection of buffalo meat from my own freezer!
I’m also grabbing ingredients for homemade cinnamon strudel coffee creamer from Deliciously Organic. I haven’t been able to stomach coffee for a long time and now that the nausea is starting to wane, I’m looking forward to a cup, but wanted to make my creamer as healthy as possible. This recipe makes 2 cups and lasts 2 weeks…sounds about right.
By the way, if you do snag 100 Days meal plans, I’m taking Meal Plan 1 this week and changing some things to be more frugal and suit my family’s tastes (yes, they ARE eating all of this WITH me since none of us have been eating right).
I’m also enjoying looking through Modern Alternative Mama’s e-cookbooks for ideas for upcoming menus (by the way, TODAY ONLY the first 40 copies of Wholesome Comfort are 40% off with code VDAYCOMFORT and now through Wednesday (2/15), you can get 25% off any book with code VDAYSALE).
Honestly, I am really excited about all of this. Lately, life has been happening TO me and making this change is something I can do to reclaim some semblance of normalcy. I am so ready for this!
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And don’t miss Tonya from My Homey Haven’s book study of The Hidden Art of Homemaking! I’m digging out my copy as we settle in. Check it out here: