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One Way To Use Up and Declutter

January 11th, 2020 at 09:14 pm

Since the girls left my plan is to start making meals around food we have on hand. It's not a ton, but one does buy extra during the holidays and when trying to please different palates. But the extra is definitely not as extensive as someone with a deep freeze might have. In a future post I may list what I have to use up.

This morning I decided to prep our

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dinner. I had everything on hand except the cauliflower which I had purchased for $1.99 a day earlier. I made just half a batch. It smelled so good. I almost suggested to my husband that we have it for lunch, only to realize he had already made his salad for lunch. So as I put it into the fridge...I dropped the entire thing. It was in a oval pyrex dish with a glass lid. Glass shattered everywhere! Luckily, no injuries, but it was a big clean up.

I guess I can say I used up some stuff and decluttered a frequently used dish. I have a round one that I will probably try to use as a replacement (I never use it and thought of letting it go just the day before), but it may be too small and have to be replaced.

It was tempting to go back to the store to buy the ingredients needed, but we usually shop on Sunday, so I will wait and make something else. We have leftover shrimp and cocktail sauce, and I could make a small batch of taco dip with items on hand. It will be an appetizer type meal of a night.

Budget is in check so far. There has not been a lot of extra spending since the new year started. I have put money towards our oldest daughter's conference she needs to attend in February, and also paid for youngest daughter's books out of current cash flow. I have redeemed shares of her ESA to cover housing portion of the semester bill due on January 20. I did sell most of it sometime back and had it in a money market, but did need to sell a little more to cover everything. Happy that both transactions were at high share prices!

Did you, or do you, have food to use up from the holidays? Are you shopping your pantry this month to make meals?

7 Responses to “One Way To Use Up and Declutter”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Oh! I hate when I do stuff like that. I remember this summer I had taken my lunch in one of my nicer glass containers. As I was walking to the office building, my lunchbag slipped out of my hand - the dish, with most of my lunch, shattered. Luckily it was all contained in a bag.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    It's been a while since I've done something like that, but I've definitely done it! I specifically remember dropping a bottle of red wine -- what a mess.

    I have a lot of food left over from Christmas in the freezer and I am working my way through it.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Oh, phooey! That is so frustrating when you do all that work and then drop the dish and break it and all the food goes everywhere. I'm sorry. I like your spin though...used up some food and decluttered ! LOL

  4. Lucky Robin Says:

    Oh, that's a shame. I love Budget Bytes recipes! I bet it was really good.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    LR, it's a really good recipe. I made it before. I bought more cauliflower and quinoa today, so will make it again this week!

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Oh, I'm sorry about the dish. I'm very attached to some of my cookware, so I feel your pain. In the category of "The Worst Thing I Ever Dropped," I have two entries: A full glass bottle of olive oil on the tile floor. Honestly, it took hours to clean up, practically a whole roll of paper towels, then several floor washes. My second entry is a dish I was taking to a potluck and had worked on all day. I set it on top of the car to put something else in the back. You can guess the rest of the story. But I like that salad recipe. And I have cauliflower and quinoa to use up. Thanks!

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    MEC, I recently knocked over my big bottle of olive oil too...glug, least a cup landed on the floor before I caught it. Messy, messy! Luckily, I handle it well emotionally. It's just stuff! Clean up, move on.

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