Hello February! A month of cold dark nights, icy sidewalks in the morning, and countless Wisconsinites daydreaming about Spring. Need proof, February is Garden Expo month in the frozen tundra. We need hope of warmer and less icy days.
First things first though; we need to empty our pantries and freezers of the fare we squirreled away last Summer and Fall. For many living the frugal path January is "Pantry Challenge" month, as shown here on my friend and fellow blogger's Yarnstead page. The idea appealed to me last month, but the reality of life ceased any efforts of focused chipping away at the food stocked on our shelves and in our freezer. Unexpected travel for a funeral, getting 2017 tax papers in order for the CPA, -- you know the drill.
But here I am on the doorstep to the shortest month of the year, February with it's 28 days. I can do 28 days. My goal, each day to use at least one item that has been sitting on a shelf or in the freezer for more than 1 month. Our home does not need to function as though we were Overstock.com -- it's time to use it up, give it away, or toss it on the compost heap (yes, I compost all winter long). Out with the old to make room for the new, arriving in a few short weeks.
February 1st -- using the Rhubarb compote I froze last Spring. Gathered from our home garden it is a quick and easy way to capture the smell of early summer to enjoy on a cold February morning. Sound tempting, here is my simple recipe. Perfect topping for oatmeal!
Be well, and thank you for following me on the frugal path through life.