Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shopping List for Writers' Menu Days 11-17

Oops, not sure why this didn't show up first thing this morning. Sorry for the inconvenience.

How are your idea notebooks coming along? I love my new notebook which holds quotes from Picture Book Month, ideas during Picture Book Idea Month, and drawings for Sketch-A-Day Month. It's filling up fast. How about yours?

On to the 2014 Writers' Menu

View the calendar or full menu
Late to the party? Start here. You can still have your writing time and eat, too.

Assuming you're following the full menu, I've compiled a shopping list for days 11-17. You'll need to get these items by Tuesday at the latest. Double check the kitchen staples listed on How Not To Starve During PiBoIdMo, if you need to.

If you haven't prepped the Unstuffed Shells for Day 12, you'll find the recipe here.

Again, the numbers in brackets following the grocery item tell you which day the ingredient will be needed. Use the numbers if you make several small trips during the week, or if you've deviated from the Writers' Menu selections.

Places where I use convenience foods:
Day 14, I use frozen veggies and canned peaches on the side.
Day 15, I buy coleslaw at the deli. Mine never tastes as good as my mom's homemade. And I use canned baked beans because the crock pot is already occupied for the day.
Day 17, I opt for canned tomato soup. I haven't had the time to try the recipes on my Pinboard, but you can if you are feeling adventurous.
Day 20, I use Tyson frozen chicken fingers, but I love the freezable recipe from America's Test Kitchen.
On Day 21 I have chosen to use a bottled stir fry sauce. Leave your favorite sauce recipe in the comments. I'd love to hear about it.

Places where I cook from scratch:
I prefer cooking raw vegetables instead of frozen. Substitute frozen vegetables as sides on the appropriate days, if you like.
Day 24 calls for the pancake recipe handed down from my grandmother. It's easier than you think. Make a note to buy mix if you opt out.
Day 28 calls for homemade French bread pizza. I'll never go back to frozen.

Directions and links for the second week of November will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for following along!


  1. My favorite sauce is Spinelli's pasta sauce, not for stir fry, but it's the freshest tasting I can get without making my own.

    1. Hmm. It looks like I'll have to order that online, unless I want to drive to Colorado (which I do, but that's another story.) Nice literary name, though :)


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