How often do you purge your pantry?
Well.... I obviously don't complete this task often enough. In order to put the items away that we purchased on vacation, I needed to first clean out the cupboards to make room. I was AMAZED at the amount of stuff that was outdated - and a embarrassed at the same time. I realized while sorting through everything, it's not about how often you purge, it's about how often you use what you have.
The first 7 months of 2014 were more than busy here at the Engle house and I didn't stick to many of my cooking goals, or many of my other ones for that matter. Now that I am 4 weeks into my sabbatical, I realized how disconnected I was from my family (& friends) and didn't realize it. Being on vacation for the first 2 weeks of sabbatical really allowed me to "detox" from technology and realize how important time is and being in the moment with what really matters.
I have kicked off this week with a more organized plan for each day - and planning dinner each night. This week is easy with the fair ... yes I am sure we will be there every night!! It felt really good to make dinner last night and eat as a family at home - all 5 of us.
So ... do you have some purging to do?? Instead of planning meals around what you want to make, plan them around what's in your pantry, something I often forget to checkout before planning the weekly dinner menu. Not anymore, the pantry and the freezer will be looked at before planning weekly meals.