eat IN november. {anybody wanna buy me a starbucks?}

what is this you say?  girl, you sooo crazy?  or maybe this is no different that what you normally do.  well here's the deal.  this month is 'eat IN november.'  which is what is says it is...keep it simple, stupid - that's my motto.

it's really not my motto, but it's a good motto to the way.  so here's the deal, this month brad and i are eating in.  all meals will be cooked at home, there will be no eating out.  which may not seem like a big deal to you, but here's what we do...we go in phases...we will eat out all the time or not at all. lately, it's been a lot.  sometimes when you get home at seven, cooking is the last thing you want to do - so you do what's easy, and go out.

we just decided to have "eat IN november" and save the money we would on eating out.  really we just like challenges and things that might kill us.  that's a joke...i love to cook and am ready for the challenge. as i wipe the tears from my eyes.

i can't wait to see what i can come up with...or what brad comes up this month, i might be posting more about food than normal.
1.  because i might be hungry because dinner was gross.
2.  because a picture might be as close as i get to chic-fil-a.
3.  because if i can't go to cheesecake factory, i might have to blog about her greatness.
4.  you get the point.
5.  please tell me you do.
6.  i'm hungry.

and just in case you are wondering, yes all our dinners will look like the above entree.  why do you ask?  who DOOOOOO you take me for?

and we are going light on bread and carbs at night.  heaven help me and you.  i might be a nightmare.  and not a happy blogger, light on carbs i said!
are you crying with me?  
are you drooling over this bread?  
why do i do this to myself?
please make this bread and eat it for me?
and tell me it was GROSS.

think this counts as healthy dessert?  i think so.
i'll tell brad, "ohhhh honey, i made this low fat.  it really is good for you.  and dr. oz says a little dark chocolate is good for you!" think he will believe me?  he should, after all i am his bride, he should believe me.  

Source: via jessica on Pinterest

honestly, there will be more of this than the pie.  buuuuuuuuut maybe the pie might have to make an appearance.  because i mean, if i am not eating out, no carbs...girls gotta have a little chocolate.

you can take the girl out of the chocolate but not the chocolate out of the girl.  oh, that's not how that goes is it?  oops.
Source: via Lynne on Pinterest

no eating out means no pumpkin spice lattes or salted caramel mochas the entire month of november.
what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
i died a little when i wrote those two sentences above.

and on december first...i am making this.  oh yes i am.  because i will be that talented in the kitchen and we will deserve it.  only it will be filled with coffee and bread.  
and i will love every bite.

"eat IN november" ----- wanna join us?


Sam said...

I'll be trying to do the same, just because I try to eat more real food and less crap! Haha. I eat out too much sometimes, and not enough actual food. I've managed to mostly cut back bread and pasta, it's my weakness too. I still eat it, but just less. It helps not to have it in the house lol.

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Briana@SweetCGrace said...

Oh, my gosh! You're cracking me up!

Anonymous said...

i'd like to say i think your're nuts for challenging yourself to not eat out all month but now i think about it, i hardly ever/never eat i'm thinking i'm the nutty one.

and that i need a piece of that pink ruffle cake.

Anonymous said...

Those little bread bun bites...look DIVINE!!....and that gorgeous cake...I have no words to describe it.

My boyfriend and I don't eat out that maybe, maybe 4 times a really saves alot of money by cooking at home. Healthier too.

I know the feeling of coming home from work and the last thing in the world you want to do is cook.

Good luck, with your "eat in month"'s a great idea! and I can't wait to read about it soon!

Anonymous said...

I certainly do not want to join you, but good luck!!! Be strong!!! lol
This post made me laugh. Thanks!!

jessica dukes said...

hhahaha - jamie, i loved your comment! i dont want to join me either! ;-)

thanks for all the sweet comments gals.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

You are TOO fun! :) We hardly eat out as it is... Not because we don't want to mind you... SO no. I don't want to join you either! haha. This is definitely a worthy goal though! Go get em girlie! :)

jessica dukes said...

y'all are starting to make me feel crazy! stop. it. oh, i can do this and i will...and i'll be chef or really HUNGRY come december!

Anonymous said...

Okay, okay, you got me. You have totally inspired me to join you guys on "eat IN November". You'd be surprised at how much $$ can be saved by eating in. Bring on the challenge! :)

ps. Thanks for following. I am now YOUR neswest follower.

jessica dukes said...

noelani! we can do it!!! thanks for the follow...hip hip hooray!

kinze said...

just read your about you and loved your pinterest pics ... so i'm hooked!

Samantha said...

this is a great idea! i would probably save so much money if I didn't eat out as much!

Hilary said...

what a brave soul you are! i love to eat out...but we try to limit it to saturdays...or in emergency cases only. what a great way to save money, though! i hope you enjoy every last morsel of whatever treats you eat that first day of December. ps...i'm following you back!--Daydream Believer. what a beautiful writer you are. :)

jessica dukes said...

oh hilary thank you for the writing comment, i think i write like i talk and maybe there isn't much talent there, but i do love it. thank you for the follow back!

Amy said...

We did this a while back. Google is going to be your best friend (Pinterest too, but Google is golden for this...really). I found recipes for so much of the yummy'ness from Chick Fil A (I have a nugget recipe that's right on if you want it), Chipotle, Olive Garden, Maggiano's, Cheesecake Factory, Applebee's, etc. Etc. ETC. And we survived! Good luck!
PS--Lisa did my blog design yours!

jessica dukes said...

amy - did you chic fil a recipe have powdered sugar in it??? really the LASt thing i need is the secret to chic fil a! haha

Amy said...

Haha. No, no powdered sugar! Thank GOD! I really want the secret to the CFA sauce. That's my weakness...slathering the chx up with that just makes my day! Now I want some...

Amy said...

Oh and for Starbucks, I used to brew coffee and then whisk in some hot chocolate mix. It wasn't too shabby.

Janet said...

We eat out way too much too. I'd eat in a lot more if stuff looked as good as these pictures!

jessica dukes said...

ha, me too!

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