I have a vacation coming up!! And I know Jen just returned from one, so I thought this topic was timely. As I’m preparing to leave for a trip, I try to use up all the perishables in the refrigerator before leaving. Of course, then that means returning from a trip with no fresh fruits or milk or meal-making ingredients in the house. I always expect to need to head to the grocery store within a day of returning from a trip (such a dreaded chore!) but I was trying to think of a way to have some meals/food ready for the day of return so that we don’t have to go grocery shopping that same night, and so we don’t have to return from a week of eating out to consume some nasty frozen pizza. (Frozen pizza is almost always my Sunday-night meal of choice after being gone for a weekend!!)
I know I could do the following…
I could make a pan of something or pot of something that will freeze well, and then pop that in the oven when we get home. I could have a helpful friend or family member deliver me a gallon of milk and some other essentials so that the items are waiting upon our arrival (that seems really bothersome though…I don’t think I’d ask anyone to do that unless really desperate). I could buck up and just go to the grocery store the same day as returning from the trip. Or, I could just deal with not having milk for 12 hours. Technically, the world would not end. In fact, I don’t even LIKE milk.
All this blathering, and what I really want to ask is what do YOU do for yourself and your pantry to be prepared for the return from a trip? (And I’m talking about a trip of long-enough duration for the milk to spoil.) But even for a weekend away…are you one of those people who has a meal and ingredients all planned out ahead of time so that when you get home Sunday night you don’t have to make frozen pizza? Or do you make the frozen pizza?? Do you make a meal and freeze it and then cook it up upon your return from vacation?? Do you have a friend make a special delivery of the essentials before you get back? Or do you just deal with dry cereal and drag yourself to the grocer’s the next day?