My husband has gone to a basketball game with our oldest son and his wife. My youngest son is on the 2nd night of the Christmas Madrigal concert. I have a little sloppy joe mixture leftover so I am going to make a homemade pizza and top it with the remaining sloppy joe mixture. Instead of mozzarella cheese I am going to use colby-jack cheese which goes better with the sloppy joe flavor.
This afternoon I was in my basement going through my pantry and making sure it is organized. I do this about every two weeks and it doesn't take long. I had my pantry inventory list in hand and I now need to spend an evening going through the inventory list to make sure I am using up items before they have expired. So far I haven't encountered any problems, but I noticed I have several 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce that are due to expire in February.
Also I have a lot of cookbooks and at times I feel like I can get in a rut of serving the same things over and over again for dinner. Truth be told, my family likes the same things over and over; but I want to try something new.
I own several Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and I plan on spending some time over the next week, in the evenings, going through these cookbooks and matching up recipes with items in my pantry. I hope my family is ready for this as I am ready to try some new recipes. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks as they are recipes for real people and don't require a lot of "interesting" ingredients. These also make a great gift.