I started the new year off knowing that I wanted to get back to how we use to always be. I use to watch every dime that we spent, made do with what was on hand, and saved as much as possible. I announced to my husband the end of last year that we were going to "make do". That meant that I would have to use my creativity in the kitchen. That is actually something I really enjoy doing. We have been snowed/iced in since Monday so I have been "shopping" in my freezer and pantry. Last night, I wanted to make soup and cornbread. I had leftovers in the refrigerator and things in the pantry so I got creative. Here are the things I combined to make a soup that was a hit with my family:
Rice: Bought with a coupon and at clearance price (free)
Black-eyed Peas: Cooked and given to me by my mother (free)
Southwest Seasoning Packet: Bought with a coupon at clearance price (25¢)
Tomato Sauce: Bought on sale (50¢)
Chopped Pepperoni: Bought with a coupon and on sale. I did not use entire package. (50¢)
TOTAL COST: $1.25 and there was enough to feed 8 people
I am not certain what to call it, but "Make Do Soup". It was really tasty and along with the cornbread that I made, it filled us up on a cold night.
We have not eaten out one time this year. My goal is to go the entire month of January without eating out. I want us to try and only eat out on special occasions. Hopefully, we can make do.