We decided to be financially responsible and go with the second option. (Next time, we'll just rationalize away that money)
By Saturday night, pickings were slim in our freezer. A stray thing of sausage, all kinds of frozen fruit for smoothies (by no yogurt, and barely enough milk), and some muffins I don't remember my mom making (hoping they were from around my grandmother's birthday in November, and not my grandfather's birthday in July). The pantry was pretty much bare except for a giant bag of potatos we'd bought on a whim the week before.
Strangely, the fridge had all kinds of weird things.
So we got creative, and while our taco-meat-without-salsa-or-taco-seasoning was really just ground beef with a LOT of sriracha and cheese, our potato meal turned out MUCH better.
1. Have your husband cook up sausage meat (removed from casing)
2. Microwave cleaned potatoes (that have been stabbed with a fork 5-10 times) for 5 minutes. Flip onto other side and microwave for another 4-5 minutes.
3. Scoop potato away from skin (leaving the skins as intact as possible).
4. Mix potato "guts" with sour cream, butter, and various spices (we went with our "Garlic spread mix" which is garlic, salt, and likely MSG, since everything I love has to have something I'm allergic to in it). Mix in cooked sausage
6. Bake for about 5 minutes at 350. Or 400. Until the cheese is melted is pretty much the best way to judge it!
A smart person would serve this with a side of salad, or at least veggie sticks. But a smart person would have also made accomodations for birthdays BEFORE they happened.
But a smart person wouldn't have had the fun of creating new recipes!