I thought I ought to give you the rest of the details about our frugal-cooking carnival, coming up on April 25th. The object is to put together three days of yummy and affordable menus. Serve it to your family anytime between now and April 25th. Then share your three day experiment with all of us. Here are the three things your post on the 25th should include:
1.) A PICTURE AFTER THE SHOPPING TRIP. Plan your 3 day menu, shop, bring the food home, and take a picture of it all. Also set out any ingredients from your pantry that you’ll be using. You don’t need to be too obsessive about the tiny extras you’ll need, like spices you already have, salt, ketchup, etc. Just lay out the majority of the food and snap a picture. It’ll be fun to see what three days of food looks like at your house.
2.) YOUR MENU AND RECIPE(S). Write out your three days’ worth of menus. Also pick a recipe or two you’d like to share. If you’re a real overachiever, you can share recipes for every single meal, but one or two recipes is fine. You could also take a picture of a plate at each meal, but that’s not essential.
3.) YOUR PER-PERSON COST. Add up your expenses for all three days of food. If you had to run to the store to buy something you forgot, add that in too. Divide your three day total by the number of people you are feeding to get your per-person cost. If you’re a math fanatic, you could break it down by meal as well, but it’s NOT required. Be sure to mention which meals were best-liked by your family, and if you had leftovers. (By the way, it is perfectly fine to incorporate a meal of leftovers into your three-day plan.) Do you think you could budget like this all month? Why or why not?
Sound like a plan?
I can’t wait to see what others share. And speaking of sharing, I’d love it of you’d mention the carnival on your blog. The more ‘players’ we have the more ideas we’ll all get. Feel free to copy the button above, and link to this post. See you on the 25th!!!