Mr. MPB’s September Challenge

How is it already September 1?  I’ve never before in my life wished for August to end, but this year has been different.  I wonder, can a simple flip of the calendar really make a big difference to one’s state of mind?  I don’t know, but I sure am hopeful!

Anyways, I thought I’d share another slightly funny thing about how August fizzled out for us.

Those who know us, know that Mr. MPB loves to cook and could probably be a chef if his current career ever falls through.  (I sure won the jackpot with him – I’d live off Kraft Dinner if I had to fend for myself).

This week was a bad week for us in the food department. Our week looked like this:

  • Monday we got home late from camping and had no food in our house.  We made pasta for Little MPB and ordered pizza for the adults after Little MPB was in bed.
  • Tuesday Little MPB had left-over pasta and we ordered Indian food (we just found an amazing take-out place but it is way to spice for Little MPB).
  • Wednesday I finally went grocery shopping because the food situation had become pretty desperate.  While shopping I decided I really wanted barbeque ribs for dinner.  So, Mr. MPB started slow cooking the ribs at about 3pm (a benefit of working from home).  We had the BBQ set to approximately 200f for a few hours – they were looking great!  Mr. MPB decided to give them a bit more time, and he went back about an hour later and the BBQ temperature had raised to 750f and the ribs were literally on fire!!  Needless to say, we put out the fire, then scrambled to put dinner together for Little MPB and ordered pizza again for the adults way later then we would have prefered.
  • Thursday was no better.  We all had left over pizza.

We normally eat-out or order take-out no more then 1/week.  Needless to say, neither of us are loving the amount of pizza we’ve eaten this week! It’s amazing how quickly we start to feel sluggish and generally yucky when we eat poorly.

So, Mr. MPB has decided he is going to cook supper every single day in September.  The basic rules are:

  • eating out for supper is not allowed (unless required because I’m on the road with work which I’m expecting 3 or 4 times this month),
  • re-purposed left-overs are allowed.

Mr. MPB seems fully committed to this little self-imposed challenge.

I on the other hand, have not volunteered to help him with the cooking.  Instead, I’ve promised that I’ll eat his home cooked meals every single night and that I’ll take photos of said meals!

If we both hold up our ends of the deal, I’ll share the photos (good and bad) and recipe ideas.

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34 Comments on “Mr. MPB’s September Challenge

  1. Oh my goodness….that escalated quickly, didn’t it??? Our BBQ is unpredictable too…so I have never mastered slow cooking on it. Have you ever tried a smoker? They make AMAZE-BALLS ribs, and it’s super easy.

    Mr. Big does has never liked to cook in the 8 years I’ve known him – but early this year he seasoned a dish for me while I was doing something else and it turned out amazing. Since then, he’s seasoned multiple dishes – each turning out perfectly (it’s like he’s a seasoning ninja or something, but don’t tell him I said that he’s already strutting around like a peacock over his latest stew). He’s become much more interested in cooking and has tried a couple new recipes that have all been keepers. I’m excited to see what Mr. MPB comes up with and try some of it!

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    • It escalated so quickly!! We definitely didn’t expect that to happen as it’s never happened before. Oh well, live and learn, I guess.
      We haven’t tired a smoker. Maybe that should be Mr. MPB’s birthday gift (I’ve been struggling to come up with a good idea)?? Any suggestions on what brand to buy?
      I love that your Mr. has a knack for seasoning the food! That’s a great skill to have! 🙂 I have a knack for completely forgetting to season things, so Mr. MPB does almost all the food seasoning in our house too.


      • We have the smokehouse big chief front load from Canadian Tire and it has been wonderful – easy and delicious. My only complaint is that you can’t use it in the really cold winter outside…it should be in a garage in the winter. Other wise it’s a win…I’ve heard good things about the Masterchef smokers too although I’ve never used one.


  2. Lol… I do all the major cooking at home, we never eat out (maybe once-twice a month)… I am so bored of my own food…
    My husband cooks well too, its been ages since he made us something.. I should remind him soon…. 🙂

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    • Something tells me your cooking is amazing!!! 🙂
      My dishes are pretty simple – tacos, burgers, greek salads or kale salads, pasta. Mr. MPB is the adventurous one – thankfully. 🙂


  3. Awesome challenge! I’m nervous about getting meals made in September because I’ll be back to school full time and Avery will be starting care part time (so I’m anticipating major clinginess when I’m trying to make dinner). Maybe in October I’ll take on this challenge for myself 😉


    • Maybe you can make a few on the weekend to be organized during the week? (I say this and laugh because I so don’t have the time/motivation to be that organized).
      Also, you might be surprised with the daycare transition – I know we were. The biggest thing we found after the first week of adjusting was that Little MPB was exhausted at the end of the day and just slept so well! I so hope the transition goes well. 🙂


  4. Oh no!!! There is nothing worse than spending that long on an amazing meal… smelling the delicious smells, and then having something happen!!! I can’t believe in that short amount of time, the grill just got up that high!! What kind of a grill is it?

    And I completely agree on feeling bad when you eat bad. I was just telling B about this the other day, and since moving we have had a lot of pizza too… but finally getting back to being able to cook in our own house again! I like the challenge. I would like to try it as well… but I already know I will fail. Mostly because we got some good coupons for moving. And they have an expiration date. 🙂 So I will have to find a way to modify this challenge.


    • We were also shocked at the temperature increase in about an hour. Completely unexpected! It’s a natural gas barbeque.
      I’d fail at the challenge too if we had good coupons waiting to be used. 🙂 Maybe you can try something like only eating out on weekends or after really long days at work?


    • Weeks like this are also so unusual for us, but the benefit of these types of weeks (at least for us) as they are a good kick in the butt to get back to eating well. I hope you are able to get back on track too. 🙂

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  5. Having just begun to more carefully monitor calories, you’ll probably both lose 5 lbs even if you don’t need to! I’ve realized it’s restaurant prep that makes most of us a bit unhealthy:). Here’s to enjoying those homecooked meals!

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    • I completely agree! I’ve learned form years of travel with work to always order salads with the dressing on the side in an attempt to keep my eating out calories under control. Unfortunately, late night pizza delivery doesn’t come with a calorie wise option. So, here’s to hoping our month of home cooked meals goes well. I wont complain if I lose some weight this month. 🙂

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  6. Omg that picture is amazing!!! Hahahahaha!!! How in the world did the temp get so high?? Thankfully B does majority of the cooking in our house, and I do the cleaning after. He’s more creative than me with food, and I have a higher standard of clean than he does lol. Good luck with dinner this month!

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