What’s in my pantry?

In January I am participating in Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Month“. Today’s email challenge was to eat the food in your house, rather than buy more.  A good way to do this was to figure out what food we HAVE in our house. Plus, the pantry needed to be cleaned.  So I took everything OUT of the pantry (thanks Marie Kondo- putting your hands on it makes a difference), and took stock of it, and put it all back in the pantry.  Then I posted a list of what I have on the door, so we can cross it off as we eat it.  (And add to it, if we do that- hopefully we won’t this month!)

Only 2 things that were in the pantry got thrown away: a butter powder topping for popcorn (absolutely disgusting) and a spice mix for dip in a Christmas ornament that was a gift from years ago (it wasn’t air tight).

So, are you wondering what is in my pantry? Here’s the list!

Shelf 1: Random non-edible stuff, mostly containers. 1 bag of ancho chilies, 1 bag corn husks.  I can’t reach this shelf, even using our kitchen step-stool, so it’s basically moot to me!

Shelf 2: (The “Baking Shelf” : But does not include all the assorted flours and spices kept in a cabinet)

3 bags peppermint M&Ms
1 bag M&M mnis
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 large bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ bag milk chocolate chips
½ bag butterscotch chips
1/6 bag bittersweet chocolate chips
½ box semi sweet bakers chocolate
½ box unsweetened bakers chocolate
2 boxes white cake mix
Brownie Mix
Cake Flour
2 packs gelatin
Instant Dry Milk
Baking powder
Break crumbs
Panko- nearly empty
Iodized salt
Kosher salt
Container homemade Indian spice mix
Baking soda
¼ gallon white vinegar
½ bottle red wine vinegar
1/8 bottle balsamic vinegar
½ bottle apple cider vinegar
¾ bottle rice wine vinegar
1/8 bottle white wine vinegar
Canola oil
1/8 bottle corn oil
¾ bottle EVOO
Sesame seed oi
2 jars coconut oil
Spray canola oil
¼ jar molasses
½ bottle light corn syrup
½ bottle blue agave nectar
¼ bottle honey
¾ box stevia in the raw


Shelf 3: (Food in Cans and Jars, mostly)

2 Vegetarian Baked Beans
4 Tomato Soup
4 generic rotel
2 diced tomatoes
2 mini tomato sauce
1 spaghetti sauce
3 cans tuna
1 jar natural peanut butter
½ jar Jiff Creamy peanut butter
1 jar Nutella
1 can enchilada sauce
1 jar Tikka Masala
1 jar jalepenos
1 jar habanero salsa
1 can water chestnuts
1 can coconut milk
1 bottle wing sauce
¾ container raisins
½ box golden raisins
1 bag dried cranberries
1 jar beef bouillon granules
Nearly empty sunflower kernels

Shelf 4: (Breakfast  foods, mostly)

Nearly empty oatmeal
¾ bag tootie fruities
Nearly empty Frosted mini spooners
½ bag Honey Graham Toasters
Bag of tortilla chips
¼ bag of tortilla chips
½ Country gravy mix
1/8 container Hot chocolate mix
Instant iced French vanilla coffees
1 bag fruit smiles
1 ½ packs of nori
1 packet miso soup
1 pack of rice paper
1 powerade
1 Hawaiian punch single
Random box of noodles and stuff from Japan


Shelf 5: (Grains and Pastas, mostly)

¼ container couscous
¼ bag red quinoa
7/8 bag whole grain quinoa
¼ bag Calrose rice
¾ bag basmati rice
½ bag extra long grain rice
¼ bag Arborio rice
7 packages ramen noodles
1 ½ boxes large shell noodles
4 boxes macaroni and cheese
3 Caesar Suddenly Salads
Large Box Ritz Crackers
½ bag dried black beans
½ box cheese-its
½ box triscuits
Graham Crackers
½ box chocolate Graham Crackers
½ box microwave popcorn
½ container popcorn kernels
Small container home ground popcorn salt

Shelf 6: Non-food (2 recycling bins, tons of plastic bags, paper bags)


The second day of the year…

…and today is my second post. I had high hopes for the new blog when I changed from my blogger blog. And then life got in the way; or continued to get in the way. The loss of my son in 2015 wasn’t something I could just pick up and move on from. 2016 was hard. Really really hard. Writing on the internet was just not something I wanted to do at all.  I thought I wanted to write a travel blog (jessionthego.wordpress.com), and had a lot of trips coming up – but then I didn’t blog any of them.  I set up this blog to talk about all the other things; the crafting, random product reviews etc. But then I basically didn’t do those things. In 2016 I was lost and just trying to recover myself. I still need a focus for the blog, but for now it will just be writing.

So this year, I’m not going to resolve to write, because a resolution sets me up for failure, but I do enjoy it, so I’m going to try.

What has this year brought so far?

-A clean craft room.  My week off work for Christmas I removed everything from my craft room and then put it all (minus a few bags of junk) back in. Now everything has a place.

-A fun new way to craft. Well, this was actually a Black Friday gift, but I have a new Silhouette Cameo, and am having a ton of fun making projects on it. Maybe I will do some tutorials.

-A commitment to Frugalwoods “Uber Frugal January”. I was proud of our savings rate last year, and I think it would be amazing if we can do it again with a daycare payment this year.

-A giant belly.  Well, I guess last year brought that too. But I am now 28 weeks pregnant. We hope our take home baby will be joining us at the end of March.

-A commitment to exercise until the baby comes.  Starting on the first I want to exercise 5 days a week. I probably won’t blog about it, that’s boring.  But right now I’m liking https://www.doyogawithme.com


Jalie 3245

I recently went to a Lularoe party.  Have you heard of Lularoe? It’s a direct sales clothing company. They have an interesting sales model unlike most other direct sales.  All their clothes are limited edition. If the consultant doesn’t have what you want at the party, whether it be style, pattern, or size- they can’t get it.  So at the party, I really wanted a “Randy” shirt- a raglan with patterns on the sleeve and a solid color on the body.  Well, every single one she had was pattern on the body and solid sleeves.  I was disappointed. (I was also a bit pleased I didn’t spend $35 on a basic t-shirt.)

jale 3245

Then I remembered having seen the raglan pattern in the Jalie catalog: 3245.
I could make this myself!

So I ordered the pattern from Amazon and found some fabric in my stash.  This is just a wearable muslin (And the hem needs pressing…)- but I have my faux “Randy”.


I plan to make another. The next shirt I will make a bit more fitted and also the back even longer (already I added about 3 inches).  But I’m pretty pleased with this for a first try.  I probably should have just made the tunic length. I’m also not sure if it is the non-pressed hem, or something wrong with the fitting but I don’t love how the fabric lies on the front.


This is size U graded to AA, but then I took another 1/4″ off each side seam because it was way too big at the AA.  Being between sizes is confusing! But I do love how Jalie has so many sizes available on one pattern so that grading is easy and I don’t have to buy two copies of the same pattern to get my shoulders and waist sizes!