By the end of summer, our cupboard, pantry and freezer were filled with food that somehow didn’t get turned into recipes. Our solution? PANTRY PARTY/FREEZER FEST
For years, we have celebrated Labor Day at the lake with family and friends. For years, we have endeavored to use up all the odd combinations of food still left in our pantry. In preparation for this yearly event, we try not to buy new food, but use up the food we have in the refrigerator or freezer already. It makes for some interesting meals. This was a great beginning.
It was cold over Labor Day, so Hot Chocolate (left over from the cold winter months) was a popular attraction. It was nice that the older kids could make this for themselves.
Another hit at Pantry Party/Freezer Fest was the Cinnamon Logs the kids made out of three boxes of pie dough we have had in the refrigerator since the 4th of July (I think I intended to make cherry pies, but I’m not entirely sure).
Although the girls started the bake-fest, all of the kids wandered into the kitchen at some point, After rolling the pie crust, they cut the dough into strips.
They spread softened butter on each of the strips of dough.
They sprinkled the buttered strips with a mixture of sugar and fancy cinnamon.
With buttered up fingers they carefully rolled the strips into little cinnamon butter logs.
After they filled the cookie tray with cinnamon logs, I popped them into the oven.
At one point, I peeked in and saw them bubbling in a tray full of butter.
An almost full box of Bisquick turned into Waffles.
Later in the day, Luci and I scouted out the cupboard and found three (yes, three) bottles of chutney and 10 cans of corn. I refuse to tell you how much cream cheese we found. Luci helped make a dip with cream cheese, walnuts, onions, corn and curry.
No one cared about the color
And, of course, we always seem to have the makings for s’mores.
What do you mean you didn’t see anything healthy? Why, there were tomatoes in the Bloody Mary, and the chutney was full of fruit….