Today was our first full day doing this challenge, and I’m super pleased to say so far so good.
We were lucky to receive a lot of breakfast type foods, foods that we would have eaten anyway. Emma had some sort of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal with milk, and Char had reduced fat Apples and Cinnamon oatmeal. I am ashamed to say that I don’t actually often eat breakfast. I usually exist on coffee but since I felt like we have a lot of perishable foods I thought I should do my part to make a dent. I had a strawberry yogurt, coffee (we are allowed coffee if we had it in the house and I will admit to stocking up beforehand) and a cinnamon bun. So of course four-year old Charlotte wanted a bun too, and since they would only go stale soon if she didn’t eat it, I allowed it. My reward? Her adorable smile and just the simple comment: “you’re nice”.
We had the morning off from any activities, so we were able to not worry about planning to-go snacks and I was saved an impassioned plea for a Happy Meal.
Lunch had us eating cheese and pickle sandwiches. Which surprised me with how yummy it actually was. Maybe I could be a vegetarian? I made and packed Emma’s school lunch earlier in the morning. Mr. Noodles mushroom soup, a minigo yogurt and 2 Chunks Ahoy cookies. I felt kind of proud – we’re actually doing ok! I should mention that I talked to Dave – he got up early to have a breakfast of cereal and yogurt (he’s usually a breakfast skipper like myself) and then took yogurt and Craisins for lunch. Turns out he was pretty hungry and will be bringing sandwiches tomorrow, lol.
Char had preschool in the afternoon so she took a package of Craisins and a water bottle. She wasn’t impressed and requested that I never send Craisins again. I finished them for her and found a new favorite snack! After school was a bit tricky – the girls had some friends over and there’s usually left-over lunch swapping that takes place but this time Emma was great and finished her own stuff, and I gave Char some left over Mr. Noodles that I had saved for just such an occasion!
Then it was time for dinner. I spent a lot of time online today trying to figure out what I could do with this cabbage. I don’t eat cabbage, I don’t like cabbage – but we have 4 heads of it and I want to use it. So I decided on Bubbles and Squeak – a British dish of leftovers that gets its name from the sounds it makes while cooking. I used the frozen cubed potatoes, some butter and the cabbage. That was it! I diced the cabbage and fried it first, then defrosted the potatoes and mashed them up with the fried cabbage. I tried to make cakes but nothing would stick together, so I just threw it into the pan and fried away. It got a bit crispy, a bit smoky and a lot smelly. I sent my friend a message proclaiming that I was a terrible mother and wife because I ruined dinner.
But as it turns out – it ACTUALLY TASTED GOOD! Dave had seconds (which I don’t think he’s ever done with my cooking. His mother’s yes, mine, no) and both girls cleaned their plates. What the HECK? We all liked potatoes and fried cabbage? Strange but true! Turns out I was an ok mom after all!
After dinner we went to Emma’s gymnastics class, and I brought a bottle of water and some craisins. The girls had Oreos. Charlotte was offered some orange slices from a friend and we allowed it because although we want everyone to participate – we aren’t doing this to punish the girls. They are both doing a great job living off the food hamper and I want to keep them exciting about what we’re doing.
I’m also excited that Dave’s work is fully supporting him and they are raising donations for the Food Bank. I love Calgarians.
So the day was challenging, but in a fun way. I haven’t really been hungry, but time management and creativity has been key for our success so far. I also had a thought today though when feeding our dog – what happens to pets when there’s a food crisis in a home? I guess the dog would live on people food for awhile? Or maybe even have to find a new home? Such a sad thought, when many animals are part of the family – I know our dog is!