Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 2 - Progress so far.....this could get tough.....

Destin started Day 1 off by throwing his stew meat into the crock pot before running out the door to catch his ride to school at 7:10am. 

(If you're new to the blog.....you can read how this started here:  http://leah-imjustsayin.blogspot.com/2012/02/it-all-started.html )

And I'm not a huge fan of beef stew, but it simmered all day and smelled pretty tasty.  He came in from school ready to dive into it....and that he did.  He got busy right away cutting his carrots....


He even got adventurous and decided to use red potatoes and leave the peeling on, and sprinkled in some cayenne pepper!

Dinner is served.....over a couple slices of bread...it's a southern thang!!!
But don't let that big ole' pot of stew fool you....that was only Day 1....

But before we move on, I thought you might enjoy some things I have overheard.....

“Mom….do you think I could trade you some regular potatoes for some red potatoes that you have?” “Do you think red potatoes would work?” “Now….how big do I cut these pieces of potatoes?”

“How much Cayenne Pepper do you think I could put in here?”

With arms wrapped lovingly around me…..”You think I could have a piece of that garlic toast?”

While putting his leftover stew into a container for the fridge, “Hey, uh….mom…..I don’t think I’m gonna be burning out on this stew….I’ll be running out of it!!” (and that would be after he ate four slices of bread and two large helpings of stew, and a rationed honey bun)

“Mom….since I didn’t get to eat any of the pop-tarts before my “week” started….do you think I could buy a package from you?” (And he did…for 30cents)

“Man…..does making a meal make THIS much of a mess??” And he ALWAYS has to unload/reload dishwasher, but this time, he had dirtied cutting board, knife, colander, crock pot, bowl, another pot……a wee bit more of a mess.

Now here we are...nearing the end of Day 2, and I regret to inform you that the big pot of stew you saw earlier?  Ummm.....that would be gone.  He has eaten four large bowls since he got home from school today, and now there is just a tiny bit at the bottom of the storage container.   

Perhaps $40 for the week wasn't enough for a boy who has grown 12 inches in one year, is only 12 years old and is now 5' 8" and wears a men's size 13 shoe.....

No.  I'm not kidding or exaggerating.  I think I know why my money isn't going as far as it used to!! 

Suffice it to say he is now thawing out his package of chicken legs and planning for the next couple of days.  So much for that pot of stew!!! 

More to come....

I'm just sayin'. 


  1. What a great lesson! Keep us posted.

    Visiting from Owlhaven.

    1. Hello Jennifer!!

      Welcome! So glad to have some visitors over here!:) This has truly been such a neat thing to try and while I am having to adjust it a bit since I am not a homeschooling mom, and he is gone all day... I think he is learning some really valuable lessons. I will be interested to see how the other kids do when it's their turn! They're all anxious!

      Will be updating soon!!

  2. I love it! I can't wait to try this over the summer with my 13 year old - who is no where near growing a mustache like your son!

    1. Jennifer! That is so funny! Believe me....he was quite the talk of 5th grade as an 11 year old with a mustache. It's so funny...and I just don't know what happened to him in the past year!!

  3. This is so cool! I can see Chad doing this, maybe Courtney, but not Chason. Chason would (and has) survived on a box of cereal, or 3 boxes, in a week while he stayed home while the rest of us went on vacation! I need to try this for myself!
    Mary Ann!

    1. Well, Destin is a big eater now, and cereal would never satisfy him :-)

      Great to hear from you!! Hope all is well!

  4. I'm visiting from Owlhaven and enjoying your son's adventure. I cannot wait to read about the rest of the week!

    1. Welcome! So glad you're visiting!!! I need some exposure! :-) I am getting ready to update so stay tuned...and we will soon be doing the other kids!

    2. I am visiting from Owlhaven. Love the posts. I have been reading them to my husband. I think we are going to try this with our oldest. Can't wait to read about the others.

    3. Jenny...

      So nice that you are visiting!! Welcome! I hope you'll become a permanent reader :)

      I have updated yesterday's dinner.

  5. Looks yummy!
    I am enjoying your story and Mary's children's too. :)

    1. Thank you Becca!! I hope you'll become a regular reader:)

  6. I just wanted you to know that Mary insprired me too. I love that you are giving this a go! I did my original post. I posted and update on dd13 too. Here is my link. I can't wait to do this with the next victim ..... um , child dd16!
    Good luck.Melissa