Please chill the heck out and make a list. Break it down into manageable pieces, and until you really figure it out, stay the heck at home.
Step number fun, put on some relaxing music. I recommend that instrumental hip hop station you found on Spotify. Then get to work writing. Write out EVERYTHING that you think you can make with your current ingredients. You have a lot of stuff, and it’s more important to avoid the potential crowds of the weekend than to run right out and add more food to your still-pretty-full fridge and pantry. Make your list. Get creative. Remember, you actually like this kind of challenge.
The gallon of milk has an expiration date of 3/30/2020, so how about holding off on shopping until next month. It’s just four days away. All it really takes is a bit more will power, and making a conscious decision about where to put your focus. So do something fun with those kids, clean some things, and come back here tomorrow. Wait until the milk expires, and also see if you can wait a little more after that too.
Let’s start with the fun baking projects that you already have all the ingredients for:
- REESE’S Chewy Chocolate Cookies! Just follow the recipe on the bag of peanut butter chips and all will be well.
- Apple pie. Actually write down your recipe this time, please.
- More bread! Make the 5 minutes a day bread because it’s always pretty great. Then try out some new naan recipes, both with yeast and with just baking powder and baking soda.
- Freeze some chocolate chip cookie dough, but make it with the mix of dark and milk ghirardelli chips of course.
- Pumpkin muffins– but with your own fancy cinnamon, dried ginger, and nutmeg instead of prefab pumpkin spice.
- Make a German oven pancake: Preheat oven to 450, then mix 4 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, and 1/2 tsp . Put a pie pan with 2TBS of butter in the oven after it’s preheated, then when the butter is melted pour in the batter. Bake for 15 minutes until well puffed, then devour with raspberry jam or syrup. A quarter of this pancake is a serving in my house.
- TRY MAKING CHEESECAKE RECIPE ALREADY. This one is based on a recipe by Dorie Greenspan, who you love dearly. Drop off a slice at a friends house when you go out grocery shopping, making sure to ding dong ditch.
Drink plenty of water. Keep taking your vitamins. Check in on your parents. Make more lists tomorrow. Try to be kind and be present.