So you may be wondering…how’s the food adventure going?
So far, it’s going swimmingly! We’ve been making small, simple meals at home every day/night!
I never did make it back here on Sunday night to post the menu, so I’ll give you an update on that now.
Sunday: loaded baked potatoes
Monday: baked buffalo chicken salad
Tuesday: baked chicken parmesan
Wednesday: Pasta/Rebbeca had a veggie panini from Kean, paid for by free University money!
And the plan for…
Friday: Dinner w/ missional community
Saturday: picnic lunch for a day hike and a possible dinner out to celebrate Oktoberfest at the end of the hike.
Sunday: Hot & Spicy shrimp lettuce wraps
Monday: Grilled Salmon, cous cous, and mixed veggies
I’m enjoying the plan. And I’m enjoying the challenge. Funny thing happens though when you stop spending money at restaurants: you spend a lot more at the grocery store.
Already we’re beginning to see how difficult this will be. Take for example our plan for Saturday; it includes the possibility for eating out. The thing is, we’re spending all day out hiking with friends. We’ve planned to bring a picnic lunch to eat during our hike. These friends indicated the possibility/interest in participating in a little Oktoberfest celebration that’s happening at the mountain where we’re hiking. It’s a bit difficult, if not impossible, to go and live in community with our friends and then say, “Sorry, we can’t be a part of that because we’re not eating out!” In fact, I think it would be a shame to miss out on an opportunity to interact/share life with strangers who will undoubtedly be there celebrating as well. So we’ll go. And we’ll celebrate. And we’ll spend money on beers and probably buy an appetizer or something to share. BUT, we will keep track of what we spend and what we spend it on AND, we will recognize that when we do things that seem to “violate” this challenge we will make sure that it includes an opportunity to be purposeful and missional in the world that we might not otherwise have.