Here’s one thing quarter-lifers are not: responsible moms who keep fridges and pantries stocked full of all the goodies their families like to eat. Would it be nice to come home to always full boxes of cereal, milk in the fridge, and dinner on the stove? Sure, maybe. But lives are busy, pantries are small, and fresh vegetables are expensive if you leave them to rot.
But a near-empty fridge leads to great resourcefulness, as I believe we’ve insinuated in every post since starting this blog. I can’t really help you if all you’ve got is a jar of mustard and a sixpack of beers (oh, wait: I can! Go get some chicken thighs, marinate them, and bake them. Or read this guide to see how your pantry could potentially become stocked). But if you’ve merely forgotten to run to the market every day for the last week but you still own a package of pasta, a dried-out slice of bread, some anchovies and olive oil…then you can cook something out of virtually nothing instead of groaning, picking up the phone, and ordering in.