I begin things all year long, not just in January. But so many things start up in January and things are much calmer than November and December - so it's a good time to start new things.
Eat From The Pantry Challenge hosted by Money Saving Mom and Life As Mom. We just went to the grocery store and Costco the other day. Hubs mentioned that we should try to watch our pennies for a couple months and I mentioned this challenge. He said, "DO IT!" So I am - LOL! I am blessed with a hubs that doesn't mind what we have for dinner (or breakfast or lunch) just as long as I come up with something!
I had originally thought about doing the challenge for a week. I think that we have plenty of food in the pantry and freezer that we can go the whole month of January! So here is my plan:
~ Only buy dairy products and produce as needed in January (and stretch them further).
~ Plan meals using what we have and make substitutions in recipes if necessary.
~ Try to avoid eating out with the following exceptions: Dad will visit and we'll eat out a few times; We will take BIL out for his birthday.
That's it! I'll try to post weekly about how it's going. I don't have all my meals planned out, but I know there are lots of options. I might not be able to try many new recipes this month as they might require ingredients I don't have. I do believe this won't even affect my ability to do Chocolate Fridays (I already have a couple things ready to go for January anyway)!
If you decide to join the challenge - head over to Money Saving Mom and link up your post! You don't even have to do the challenge for the whole month.
I'm starting a couple of other things too. Why not, right?! I am going to try to keep up with Fresh Year, Fresh Start at Run the Earth, Watch the Sky. This week I'll be working on getting up early again to have my quiet time with the Lord first thing in the morning.
And I have joined Ten in 2010 at Recipe Girl to focus on getting healthy during the first 10 weeks of 2010. I've posted about that on my other blog: Stop Eating All The Chocolates. If you're interested in weight loss struggles, healthy recipes, or just trying to counteract chocolate calories - LOL - you can check it out.
I think that's all I'm beginning - this week anyway! :) Lord willing, my Dad will be here to visit this week so I'll be busy. I hope all of you have a fantastic week!
I'm linking this up to Your Life, Your Blog at Real Life - stop there to link up your favorite post for last week and read some other good posts!
What new things are you beginning?