This week we are on a grocery store fast, which means that we are only eating out of our own pantry and freezer, until it's all gone. We make exceptions for a few things like milk and diet coke (of course!). We had a Fourth of July bbq last week so we had a lot of things like hotdogs, various types of starch- and mayonaise- based cold salads, all sitting in the fridge uneaten. We have gotten really creative: one night we had bowtie pasta tossed with frozen peas and sliced hotdogs, sprinkled with Italian seasoning. Tonight I am cooking up Lentil Soup, with tomato and pearl barely. Ryan definitely will not be eating that since he hates soups, but I will really enjoy it especially since its been so rainy all day. We've done this a few times on a smaller scale before, but this is the longest we've gone with no major grocery shopping (ran out of "new food" last Thursday, so its been almost a week of creative mealing). I have to admit we have not broken our eating-out habit, however. A true grocery store fast would mean staying in every night (or day in our case since Logan's bedtime keeps us from going out at night--we only venture out to breakfast or lunch). We took Logan to the Aquarium on Sunday (which he loved) and ate at Hooters at Channelside before. Today we went to Dade City on Ryan's day off and ate at It's a Matter of Taste. Not major expenditures but definitely not "necessities."
Logan is the one member of the household who is not subject to the fast. He is enjoying organic, homemade delights such as greenbeans, dumpling squash, sweet potatoes and apples. I went to Cheyenne's Country Thangs (an organic market in Lutz) this past Saturday and picked up a bunch of produce for him, and then spent his naptime that day steaming, pureeing and freezing. I spoon each type of babyfood into an ice cube tray and cover in seram wrap, and freeze a few hours, transfer to gallon plastic bags, and then pop a few yummy cubes out at each meal.