Menu Plan: Time to Eat from the Pantry

Well, the time has come for the Happy House to relocate. We received word last month that we were being transferred so in a few weeks all of our things will be loaded on a truck and moved south. One thing that will not be going on the truck is food.

Whether or not you can ship food depends on which moving company the military hires to pack your goods. In the past our movers have never moved any open food containers, occasionally they will move canned goods, but you never know. We are going to try and eat from the pantry and freezer over the next couple of weeks. Any food left over will be given to friends in the area and hopefully they will be able to make use of the cranberry sauce and evaporated milk. 🙂

Menu Plan


Maple Oat Cinnamon Swirl Bread

served with fruit

Whole wheat pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk

Eggs, bacon, whole wheat toast

served with orange juice

Whole Wheat Waffles

Cereal/ Oatmeal

Our Lunch List

  • Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled cheese
  • Leftovers
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Sweet Potato


Spaghetti Pie (made w/ venison)

served with salad, mixed vegetables


Whole Wheat Pizza

Nacho Bake
served with corn bread

Steak Stir-Fry

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.


  1. There is a yummy breakfast recipe using evaporated milk on this blog –

    If you don’t use it, you can always pass it along to your friends when you gift them the cans! Good luck with the move! As an Army brat, I can relate!

  2. I think that is the hardest part of PCSing is trying to use up all the food and not knowing if the moving company will allow you to move the canned goods or not. Good luck with the move and eating from the pantry! 🙂

  3. Best of luck. I hate moving!!!

  4. Our movers wouldn’t ship anything but canned goods, but I have a friend who’s mover shipped all their spices- I was jealous! lol
    Just PCSed from the south where are ya headed?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I agree, I had one mover that moved everything including opening boxes of cereal, but it was an in-town move so I think that made a difference. I had one mover that wouldn’t even do canned goods! You never know! We are moving to Florida. 🙂

      • Cool whereabouts in Florida? I live in central Florida. Its so hot here right now. Be prepared for no winter during Christmas!! HAHA

  5. Not being involved in with military life, I just find it different that you can not move groceries! My first thought was oh no and then well where ya moving to?
    I know you are good at cleaning the pantry out. Hopefully you will be settled by Christmas..

  6. You have to drive your personal vehicle, don’t you? Can’t you take food with you in it??

    Good luck!

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I can, but I also need to take 7 kids, suitcases, stroller, pack-n-play, and all the toiletries and cleaning products they won’t pack. Doesn’t leave a lot of room for food. 🙂

  7. I need to do this, too. I have “stock up” so much that we are overflowing, although I just donated to a food drive last week and expect several more this fall season. Maybe I’ll hold on to some for that and keep stocking up.

  8. Your menu looks great! My family would love to eat with yours 🙂 I wish you the best in your move!

  9. Florida, that’s great! Don’t you have family there?
    Best of luck!

  10. Bless you during this transition!

  11. We are in that same situation. We found out two weeks ago that hubby is being relocated. We only had 6 weeks’ notice this time. So, we’re eating from the pantry and small stockpile we had also.

    The only good thing about this move is hubby is leaving his car behind and will fly back to get it, so we are leaving all of our home-canned goods with a friend and he will get them when he gets his car.

    Florida is awesome! I grew up in the panhandle and still try to get back each year to visit my family!

  12. Oh wow, how exciting and nerve wrecking all at the same time. Good luck with everything. Moving is so much work but you are probably a PRO by now 🙂

  13. How exciting that you get to go back to Florida!

    When we moved last we didn’t know how long our stuff would be in storage so we didn’t take any food except for the VERY shelf stable stuff. We gifted as much food as we could to friends (anything fridge/freezer/or open) and then put everything else in a common area in our condo building and it was gone when we checked the next morning.

    Good luck with the move!

  14. One thing about moving is I always take my spices and condiments – they are SO expensive to replace! Good luck! (And the spaghetti pie looks delicious. It will be great to have leftovers)

  15. WOW~! Where are you moving? I was just hopping over to see ify ou were still in DC as we just moved here this summer. 🙁 I guess you’re not any more!

  16. Good luck with the moving, it can be so stressful! I am eating out of my pantry as well, before things go bad!

  17. I wish u and urs the best of luck w/ ur move!

  18. got excited there for a moment hoping you guys might be coming to SC – but I know you are happy about moving back to Floriday – good luck with your move! I have always heard horror stories of packing! One family had their kitchen trash can packed and shipped – yuck!

  19. We’ve moved about 5 times in 3 years. And no it’s not fun.

  20. Good luck with your move 🙂 How wonderful to be closer to family. My in laws live 10 minutes from us and my parents are moving in with us on Wednesday. Having family close by is a HUGE blessing!! Enjoy!

  21. As you know, many hands make light work. Having said that, moving is still hard. Growing up we moved 13 times in 16 years — and my family wasn’t even in the military! It’s stressful. I’m certain you will bear it with grace and good humor. Best wishes to you all.

  22. You can ship spices. Just put them in individual plastic ziploc bags, bubble wrap them, and mail them. I shipped all my spices from an overseas base to a stateside base. and yes they did open the box at customs to test them to make sure they weren’t drugs..but hey,they all arrived in one piece and thankfully once we finally got out of TLF and got into our house I didn’t have to go through replacing ALL of spices!

  23. Oi. I know this too well. I’ve found that it not even depends on what company, but even which mover in your crew. We had one “packer” in the bathroom who packed ALL our soaps, shampoos, everything whether it was opened or not, but lo and behold, the mover in the kitchen wouldn’t take anything!! I considered myself lucky that he took my dishes! 🙂

  24. Cranberry chicken is delicious to use the sauce with. So is cranberry roast. The chicken is just sauteed onion and celery in butter, salt and pepper. Add your can of cranberry sauce and 1 cup hickory and brown sugar BBQ sauce. Pour over your raw breasts in pan and cover with foil. Bake for 1 1/2 hours (one and one-half). Super yummy and makes a great sandwich if you have leftovers. Also tasty on a baked potato loaded with butter. I could go on…

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