Last Saturday I used two of the bags of cookie mix and made cookies for the family (much to their delight!) They were sugar cookies and I found some sprinkles to use on them. (Sprinkles will be an issue for another month - but they need to go too!)
Also we had the frozen tamales for dinner - which were a hit - and I tried a cheesy rice casserole (I liked it but the men didn't - so I now have several small containers of it in my freezer) Now you know how I get so much in my freezer! The recipe will go into my "potluck recipe" file. I think it will work with a crowd - just not MY crowd :-) Along with a big green salad (and some mixed veggies for my non-salad eater) it was a good meal.
A cold moved into the house overnight... so soup was now on the agenda. The end of a bag of potatoes became Cheesy Potato Soup.... my earlier research had prompted me to consider using the evaporated milk in fudge..... but I saw evaporated milk in one of the potato soup recipes... so I used it up there.
While I was making soup on Sunday, I also used the last bag of frozen tomatoes from the garden and made a marinara sauce. Of course, it ended up in the freezer so I am not sure if it counts as using up. I think it does - because the marinara will disappear much more quickly than frozen raw tomatoes will! I'll keep an eye on it and make sure it goes soon. I also used frozen chopped peppers and celery in it!
I also cooked up the Italian sausage but it was way too greasy for me. I blotted it and sliced it thin and returned it to the freezer to think on a bit. I think I will use it in bits on pizza or perhaps in spaghetti sauce or chili. I've been looking for a sale on English muffins to make individual pizzas for the freezer.. that might be a good place for some of the sausage. Or in an egg casserole. I will have to use it sparingly though.
On Monday night, I made Chicken Barley Vegetable Soup from a recipe I found at http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,2348,155182-226206,00.html
The spice mix in it was pretty good. I did increase the liquid and decrease the amount of cabbage (1-1/4 head!) to make it work for us. It used about 3/4c of the barley.. but not all of the leftover box. There is probably another 1/2c left and I will probably save that for next month. We like the soup but will need a couple of weeks break before we do the same thing again :-)
Wednesday night was the ground lamb. My brother was kind enough to send instructions to me and coach me through it :-) I did them right because they tasted pretty much the way I remember from when I was a child. But now I know why the mint jelly was my strongest memory about it - because what I liked BEST about lamb patties - was MINT JELLY! They turned out fine - BUT since they are not a favorite for my husband or me - and they were actively disliked by my sons... they will not be a repeat (except for the 2 leftover patties) We are SUCH NON-meat eaters! 4 adults managed to put away TWO lamb patties.... LOL!! I think the leftover two will be dinner for my husband and me tonight or tomorrow. And they did not end up being a help toward frugality because NOW I have the better part of a jar of mint jelly in my refrigerator! BUT the good news is that I DIDN'T MESS THEM UP :-)
I've been working on the Kalamata olives as snacks & another can of water chestnuts in my daily salads. But they aren't gone yet so I can't count them!
I also googled roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes and will focus on doing something with those next week. Need to focus on the refrigerator items next week!
|So...... what's left?|
jar roasted red peppers
bag sundried tomatoes
2 cans water chestnuts
2 cans pumpkin
1/2 c barley
2 bags of cookie mix
3/4 jar wheat germ
3 open bottles lemon juice (3?)
the end of a container of bacon bits
jar sliced hot banana peppers
1/2 jar Hoisin sauce
1/2 jar Kalamata olives
ADDED: open jar mint jelly
1 box Schwan salmon fillets
1 bag cranberries
frozen orange juice (not to drink)
large container marinara sauce
small container sliced cooked Italian sausage
2 bags cookie mix
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 bag wild rice
1 can beets
1 pound ground lamb
1 bag tamales
1 bag raw frozen tomatoes
1 package Italian sausage