Today marks the 26th day of this challenge. We’re eating out on the 30th day to celebrate. Argue away, we’re done with this sucker upon waking up Saturday morning.
To celebrate? Denver Biscuit Company with friends. Can I tell you how excited we are? I mean, we found Denver Biscuit Company right before we started this and have been thinking about it ever since. So very excited. Maybe abnormally excited.
That and Duffeyroll. We had a close encounter the past two mornings with Duffeyroll. It took the sound of my cereal hitting the bowl to shatter the dream for Denny that we’d give up the ghost a few days early and get coffee and Sammies(the actual name of their smaller sandwiches, by the way), and delicious Duffeyrolls.
Not to mention my cravings for Pumpkin Spice Lattes getting in the way. That’s something I need to tuck away in my little heart for a few days. I think Denny dies a little bit each time I mention getting coffee and then we have coffee at home, or work, which really damages Denny.
This is the true test time. We’re so close to the end that it’s a “well, we made it 26 days, we’re not keeping up with the blog, who cares?” Especially when we have cash on hand. Cash makes it so much easier to not pay attention. The financial data doesn’t show up on your bank account, staring you in the face, wagging its ugly little finger in shame at you as it adds on extra zeros and commas.
Also adding to the difficulty is the staggering failure that is the cookbook bought two weeks ago. Those dutch oven meals? They’re totally lacking in flavor. A large part of their failure is garlic. It lacks garlic. So I’ve been dosing them up with a healthy 5-7 cloves instead of their skimpy 2 cloves called for. Obviously we’re not talking organic, fresh from the ground, farmer’s market garlic. If that were the case, I’d actually follow the directions instead of loading up on weak-sauce garlic.
Once we get comfortable with this cookbook, I think we can modify the recipes enough to make them the taste sensations that we enjoy. The whole dutch oven thing is so new that we’re scared to change a bit. Sauces would help a lot, and we’ve learned to take the recipes out earlier than called for or else the meats end up totally dry. But Denny was pretty darned excited about one pot meals, so I think we should try to make this work. Not to mention, I love using that dutch oven. I made a kick-ass cheesy potato soup in it on Sunday with odds and ends from the veggie drawer and it was ha-mazing! Just like Mom’s.
Can we make it until the bitter end? Stay tuned to find out. Maybe we’ll write another blog post before it’s all over.