Monday, October 17, 2011

Grocery Shopping

Two weeks ago, I went to 4 different grocery stores.  I probably could have gone to 2 more stores but something about 6 grocery stores in 5 days seemed a bit ridiculous.  At one store, I did some pantry stocking but not with menu planning in mind.  However, when I put the meat away, I realized that I have the habit of stockpiling food and then not using it before it goes bad.  So this past week, I didn't go to the grocery store.  This would have been fine if I had done a slightly better shopping or make more  interesting things from chicken.  The only thing I could have gone to the store for was milk.

I found it much harder thank I expected to NOT have the option of going to the store when what I planned for dinner sounded yucky. My husband always knows when it is the end of the week because I have to go the grocery store for things I forgot or didn't purchase because I wanted them to be fresh for the weekend.  So this experiment was either about better list creation or about using things in the pantry.  I'm not really sure but either way I'll have an empty freezer and a depleted pantry.  Both will be good things.   

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Thing week of October 3

Okay, I'm cheating a little but since it was the reason I decided to make this blog I think it should count. 

I made this coconut cake .  I was really looking forward to eating a coconut cake that wasn't German chocolate cake.  I had been sitting on the recipe for several weeks, bought all the ingredients, and really wanted some cake.  But for some reason I couldn't get off my lazy butt and do something.  That's when I said, I need to do something rather than whine about what I'm NOT doing.  Thus, it is an experiment of sorts. Later that week I made the stupid cake.  And it came out only okay.  Not great, not awesome, not omg the best cake I've ever eaten.  But okay.  It wasn't the coconut explosion I was hoping for, but it did lead to me figuring out some why to make the idea of  deployment of my husband a little more manageable.  Now I have something to focus on that isn't just my kids and how lonely it is at night especially during the "witching hour".

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Goals of This Blog

Or why the world should read this. 

So, this will probably be another deployment/mommy blog mainly because those are the two things that are going on in my life. 

Here is the goal of this blog:

Try new things or things I've always talked about doing.  I'm keeping it pretty simple because it really is an experiment of sorts. 
   Examples of this are: 
                              paying cash for everything or at least in the places I tend to impulse buy: grocery, clothing, and the marts.
                              One new recipe a month
                              One new place a month: park, attraction, restaurant

I decided to start this blog because my husband is deployed for the next year in Kosovo.   And while Kosovo isn't a scary place like Iraq or Afghanistan, he is still going be gone for a year.  I'll be lonely, so trying new things and blogging about it will hopefully make the time pass by a little quicker.  I hope that this doesn't become one of my many attempts to write that I just forget about after a few days.  I'm really excited about this experiment and hope to continue it for the year.