Sunday, July 5, 2009

This Weeks Grocery Shopping Challenge

I generally keep 100 or so servings of meals in the freezer but it is looking pitifully bare these days. To say I’ve been preoccupied or busy is putting it mildly. In the past 30 days, I’ve been out of town for 10, gotten a book finalized for print, started this blog (from a position of total ignorance), put together a marketing plan for a new company, held 5 art classes, refinished a table and kept up with the house, garden, lawn, laundry, etc…well you know the grind.

Not only do I need to replenish the meal supply in the freezer, but within the next week, I will be hosting a cook-out Sunday and expecting overnight guests mid-week. So…here are the problems and here is the plan:

Freezer needs start-from-scratch stocking
The 50's-style cook out is a big deal
I would like to impress my mid-week guests
I’m on a diet requiring expensive live foods
My budget is alarmingly low

Shop tomorrow AM at 1 store buying items on my list - only.
Spend 1 hr in kitchen to put away groceries and start cooking.
Later, prepare, package & freeze main dishes
And...Post results, cost, time, etc.

Here’s my grocery list. Wish me luck.

PRODUCE—Cabbage, Field Greens, Tomatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Avocados, Green Peppers, Potatoes, Bananas, Apricots, Blueberries, Peaches.
Milk, Shredded Parmesan, Cream Cheese, Flour Tortillas
CANNED GOODS—Peas, Mandarin Oranges, Lemon Curd
BAKERY—Hot Dog & Hamburger Buns
MEAT—15 Lbs. Ground Beef/Turkey, Beef Roasts (2), Chickens (3), Boston Butt (2)
MISC—Potato Chips for cook-out & Ice Cream for hubby

This is continued on the "Shop & Git 'er Done Day" post.

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