12 November 2018

It's Time for a Pantry Challenge

November may seem like a strange time for a pantry challenge, but I think it's the perfect time.

For most of us, we need to make room in the pantry, fridge and freezer for the Christmas and New Year grocery shopping. I need to make sure there's room for the yearly stockpile shopping, as well as the extra Christmas goodies.

I've already started the stockpile shopping, trying to get a head start, and I have a few non-perishable Christmas goodies stashed in my wardrobe. I still need to make room though.

The meal plan for November is done and on the fridge, so I'll do my best to stick to it. If there's something we don't have, I'll hunt around for a substitute.

This week is baking and cooking week - or the planning thereof - if you're following the Own Your Christmas Countdown.

 I still need to make the puddings. This is something I always did with Mum, but she's no longer able to help with this family tradition, so Hannah has taken my place and I've become the teacher of the cake and pudding making for the family.

The baking list is long, it always is at this time of year:
Christmas cakes - large
Christmas cakes - small
Christmas puddings - two
Fruit mince pies
Christmas Snickerdoodles
Cranberry Hootycreeks
Lemon Cheesecake - two
With all the baking and cooking to be done, we need room in the pantry for the ingredients and the fridge and freezer for the finished products.

And that's why I've given myself a pantry challenge.

Are you going to join me? Do you need room for all the Christmas food? Have you thought about the money you'll save by using up what you have (I have - it's going straight to the holiday fund for our trip next year!)? Have you started your Christmas baking? Have you finished your Christmas baking?


  1. I love a good pantry challenge! Count me in!!

    1. Yay Rebecca! Yesterday I went through the kitchen pantry and made a note of what was there. This is pretty much my baking pantry, with one shelf for everyday condiments. While I was in there I topped up the canisters, and wiped over shelves (again, I seem to be doing this all the time). Made a note to make some brownies, choc chip cookies and muffins, and apricot slice to use up the abundance of choc chips and dried apricots. Hopefully that will sooth everyone's sweet tooth (teeth?) and clear some space for fresh groceries :)

  2. Please count me in also; however, I could do with some ideas on "meal planning, cooking & stockpiling for one" as I'm single & no longer need to cater for my "Army of 8" children as they no longer live at home. Any & all thoughts would be greatly appreciated;
    Thanking You in advance,


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