so one thing I did no expect to fall in love with so quickly, was cooking. I have never really been much of a cook [ask my husband]. I do recall making one really awesome meal [chicken fried steak with homemade gravy] as we were iced into our condo those first few months of married life, but besides that, I got nothing. Stephen always said, “when we have kids, you will cook”. and he was right! I have fallen in love. One of my favorite guilty pleasures is lying down on the couch during afternoon nap time & watching my beloved Pioneer Woman on Food Network. She had an episode about “stocking up” and right before “school” started and I was being the phycho organizer woman that I am [thanks mom], I decided to get her list out and stock up! The pic shows the before + after. and yall, since I stocked up, I have only had to go to the grocery store for less than 10 things each week to make up to 3 meals! That’s pretty good. It was a little expensive getting it together, but now it saves me time!
Here’s the link: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/01/stocking-up/
I also have made searching Pinterest for new recipes a new favorite past time. Mostly I steal them from my sister, Rachel, or Pioneer Woman, or my friend Jenna at Eat Live Run, but still. they are all in one pretty place on my Pinterest board. easy to find.
My new favorite thing is that I got these cute wire baskets from Home Goods and every time I come home from the store, I put all the ingredients for my meals in them for the week. That way, I remember why I bought what I bought and what recipe it’s for. and for next week, I try to find recipes that can utilize the left over fresh ingredients.
so what about you? where do you find your best recipes? what tips do you have for your pantry?