Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Gem at the Bottom of the Barrel

A couple years ago, I documented my attempt at a no spend month. I wasn't entirely successful, as I found myself making excuses to eat out with friends, ergo spending even more money than I would have on groceries.

Well I had a quite large, unexpected expense at the beginning of February (Prius batteries are expensive, yo!), and I decided to give the no spending month another try. Now at the beginning of the month, my cupboards were already bare, so I purchased the following:

18 eggs
1 jar of peanut butter
1 bag of fresh spinach
3 bananas
1 bag of flour
1 box of spaghetti
1 package of shredded mozzarella

I've gone out to eat twice. Once, I did not pay (ahem, #blushing), and the other was a dinner I've had planned for the last month.

And that's been it since February 1st. And I've been making it work. My meals have been less than exciting, and I haven't eaten meat in a couple weeks, but I'm okay with that. Especially because I discovered the most amazing substitute for PB&J. Now I don't have much meat, but I do have A LOT of jam, so much that I've actually gotten sick of it. So I had to make a change for lunches this week. I looked no further than my pantry and a beautiful, glistening can of sweetened condensed milk.

To meet the sandwich of your dreams, take two slices of sourdough bread.  Spread one with peanut butter and the other with a heavy helping of the SCM.  Join the slices together in holy matrimony, let the sandwich sit out for a few hours, and then devour. I'm not claiming this to be the healthiest alternative to jam, but it sure is delicious. The SCM pairs nicely with the peanut butter, but the best part is the soaked through bread. Hmmm...SCM french toast, anyone? Hello, Saturday morning breakfast!

Necessity truly is the mother of invention. Either that or just getting sick of eating jam every day. I also consider austerity a mother of creativity. Speaking of, my mom is doing fabric fast, and it seems she's been very successful with creative use of what she has. You can follow her crafting on Studio Adventures.