Today is day 30 of the July Food Stamp Challenge and my family is good and ready to be done with this month long social experiment. Because despite cramming our refrigerator full of delicious food, they are dead sure that I am sacrificing their diet in the name of The Non-Consumer Advocate.
Dinner last night was simple — grilled chicken with rice and a big salad made with the last of the salad greens from my sister’s farm. My husband both prepared dinner and cleaned up from it, as I was milking my swollen eye for all it was worth. (Seriously, what else can I get out of with this eye thingy?!)
I think I’m going to try my hand at homemade yogurt today, using the uber-cool Salton yogurt maker that I discovered in my father’s basement.
I am disappointed in myself that I didn’t get to do all the things I had wanted to do, such as volunteering at The Oregon Food Bank and going to a local farmer’s market. However, it’s not like these places disappear in a puff of smoke at the stroke of midnight on August first. July is a busy month, as the kids are underfoot (does this term still apply when one’s kids are taller than oneself?!) and I do still have a job and we spent a week hosting a British soccer coach.
On today’s agenda is:
- Get my older son to work and back.
- Make yogurt from scratch.
- Take a fire hose to my messy house.
- Start planning the details of our family vacation, which starts on August 8th.
And yes, I’ll prepare some kind of frugal yet impressive dinner such as burritos with homemade tortillas. (These are seriously delicious!) So I guess I gotta go start the dried pinto beans in the slow cooker and take a couple of Ibuprofen to see if I can make a dent in my eye inflammation.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”