Choose Your Own Challenge Link Up {October Recap}

it's link up day!  the theme for october was food.

my first goal was to limit my food spending, as in eat out of the pantry and not grocery shop beyond that first initial trip.  success!  i ate a lot of soup, my friends.  why is canned soup so easy to accumulate?  but it was tasty and fun to figure out how to make meals interesting with what i had left.  and now i have more room in the cabinets, and didn't waste any money on thrown out food.  i posted about my saving money on groceries process here and here.

second was too eat out/order in less.  i give this a pass.  it was definitely less than previous months, but still not where i'd like it to be.  you want to know why?  mcdonalds monopoly.  damnit mcdonalds.  this month should be much better!

and third was to make a fall drink.  fail.  total fail.  i forgot to even try.  i had vodka and orange juice on hand and i didn't want to buy anything else.  megan made a drink using loopy vodka (tastes like fruit loops, exactly) but that's not very fall-like either.  i did drink cider beer a lot, but i didn't make that obviously.  whomp whomp.

so let's hear it!  how did you do in october?

general guidelines:
1) if you want, follow your hosts not entirely perfect, life according to steph, and keeping up with ashley and cody.  (i like twitter, that way i can follow you back and tweet you encouragement throughout the challenge.)
2) link up your post about your results below for the month - we want to hear all about what you did, how you fared, what resources you used, what you'd recommend to others, etc.
3) please link to your actual post about your results.  links not having to do with the challenge will be deleted.
4) feel free to use this button, created by the lovely sarah at venus trapped in mars.

Not Entirely Perfect

these next two months, november and december, are pretty crazy for everyone, regardless of what holidays you celebrate or where you live.  so we decided to keep the themes simple - let's not add anything else to our plates.

the theme for november is organize, which i talked about on saturday.  what will you be getting organized this month?  i'll be working on the things stored up in my mom's attic - yikes!

the theme for december?  simplify.  just take something off your to do list - make one less kind of cookie, use only lights on the tree, say no to 1 holiday party, make only 1 side dish to bring to dinner.  just make the month a little easier on yourself and take time to appreciate the little things.


  1. I like the Simplify goal! I think I have already done it, though. It's the simple things that make me happy! Things we take for granted.
    Kudos to you for your successes this past month and Goddess speed on organizing!
    Love, SMD's Momma

  2. I think you should make a fall drink in November to accompany you on your organizing at your Mom's.

  3. Now that I know December is simplify I need to change my November ones a bit!

  4. You did great! My goals were similar to yours! I feel a lot better having not ate out as much and cooked more. Still not where I want to be but we'll both get there :)

  5. soup is probably my favorite food ever. I need to try that out! such a good idea. i also like to buy sweet potatoes and pop htem in the microwave for lunch- so delicious!

  6. I didn't come up with food goals, but fall themed cocktails is a really fun idea! We bought all the ingredients for a couple different cider based things (for a party) and then ended up forgetting all about them in lieu of plain ol' beer. I guess there's plenty of leftovers...

    Cleaning out the pantry can actually be really fun. I like coming up with a meal based on totally random ingredients (not that I do it that often)!

  7. I always feel so proud when I'm able to come up with a meal that uses left-over ingredients from other stuff. I looked this week for apple cider at the store to make warm apple cider and bourbon but could not find the good cider :( That is my favorite fall/winter liquor drink. I did not do good with my food goals. I'm blaming it on going out and being lazy :)

  8. It's such a great time of year for soup! Cleaning out the pantry is the best, I'm a little late but I might do that as next month's organizing!

  9. I say it's still Fall so a Fall drink is still possible. I totally forgot to set food limits but I guess my whole staying within my food budget counts! ;)

  10. mm soup. I eat (drink?) a lot of soup in the colder months. i need to use stuff in the pantry / freezer before we go shopping again, such an obvious idea, silly me.

  11. I am excited for the theme simplify and it is perfect for December. December always seems to get crazy and exhausting way to fast.

    1. So fast! Things are constantly popping up, it's good to just take some time to slow down and enjoy the season.

  12. For the past two months I've said I'm joining in and then I forget. I desperately need to this month though. I desperately need organization!

  13. eating out and ordering in is the worst. I need to pencil in this challenge for next month!!

  14. I never get tired of soups! They are great to have around for back up meals too!

  15. So getting into this challenge....can't believe I only just found out about it! Not to worry, because I have been "organising" my house for the last 2 weeks so it looks like I'm actually doing it without knowing clever I am!