Making Meals from Scratch
Making meals from scratch can be a daunting task. Many households have 2 incomes and little time to devote to cooking. Even when the mother is able to stay at home, household chores, ‘taxi’ service, and caring for your family is enough to keep you running. But the benefits are so substantial; it’s worth the effort. Your family will be eating healthier meals in addition to their being less expensive. Here are a few ideas:
Ø Prepare as many ingredients ahead of time as possible. For example, when I buy hamburger or chicken, I cook it up all at once and freeze it in meal size proportions. The initial investment of time is more, but it’s more than made up for by the time I save each day in meal preparation.
Ø Double your recipe and freeze half of it for another night. It generally does not take more time to double or even triple your meal. (In one week alone, I have made and frozen 2 meals of sloppy joes, 2 meals of stroganoff to serve over potatoes and 1 meal of Mexican Chicken Soup) On busy days, you can just pull a complete dinner out.
Ø Crock-pot meals
Ø Practice makes preparation go faster. I can whip out a batch of chicken enchiladas faster than almost any meal. It is one of my family’s favorites and I have the recipe memorized.
The Complete Tightwad Gazette
I love this book. Amy Dacyczyn is a master at finding the most frugal way to do things. In her book she tackles all areas in life that we can be more frugal. This includes ways to cut costs in the kitchen. In today’s economy I find her ideas even more applicable. I suggest checking out her book at the library. However, if you are like me, you will find you want a copy of your very own. I will refer to her ideas in my posts from time to time.
Here is a great overall review if you want more information: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/07/27/review-the-complete-tightwad-gazette/
This recipe comes from my friend Barbara Ostergaard who credits it to Suzanne Leonhardt and Sister Murry. Our family fell in love with it on our first visit to their house and my son has requested it each time since (which has been quite often lately – Thanks Barb!) She serves it over mixed greens with candied pecans, sliced fresh strawberries and feta cheese! Wow! Yum! Continue reading
Kool-aid Play dough
This is my favorite Play dough recipe. This picture is of the batch I made for school. I used grape Kool-Aid. They are studying creatures, and they made worms out of it. You can add some food coloring (paste will give a better color) if you want a more vibrant colors. The dough will smell like whatever flavor of Kool-Aid you used. This is still a salt dough and NOT meant to be eaten! Continue reading