http://www.etsy.com/listing/82464489/hot-chocolate-on-a-snowy-day-handspun . It was great fun to do. This will make an awesome scarf. I may do it myself if it doesn't sell by the time I am finished with all my other projects! Still working on my Enterlac scarf. Hope to have that done in the next couple of weeks. Going to spin a new winter yarn, Winter Bliss, today.
I was reading a favorite blog of mine - Raising Homemakers . She had lots of good info on preparing frugal meals. During the Depression Era, the US Food Administration came up with these guidelines which still apply, or should apply, today:
The US Food Administration advised about food:
1. Buy it with thought
2. Cook it with care
3. Serve just enough
4. Save what will keep
5. Eat what will spoil
6. Home grown is best
Here are a few Depression Era recipes. These were in public pamphlets so are in the public domain.
POTATO AND CHEESE SOUP
2 cups cooked diced potatoes
2 cups water in which potatoes were cooked
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons onion juice
2 tablespoons fat
3 tablespoons flour
1½ teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
¼ cup grated cheese
Dice potatoes and cook slowly until very tender. Rub through strainer, using potato and the 2 cups of water. Melt fat, add dry ingredients and gradually add the liquids and onion juice. When ready to serve, sprinkle parsley and cheese over top.
This is a favorite of ours. I add broccoli a lot of the time, along with lots of grated cheese added to the soup to make it cheesy and delicious! All of our family love this!
RICE WITH CORN AND CHEESE IN BROWN SAUCE
½ cup rice
1 cup cheese
1 cup corn
1½ cup milk
¼ cup fat
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Melt fat until brown. Add flour and seasonings. Heat until brown. Add milk gradually. When at boiling point add other ingredients. Place in baking dish and bake 45 minutes.
Serve with fruit or a dessert and bread and butter.
We haven't tried this one, but it sounds good! This may just be dinner tonight!
Soups are always good for frugal meals. The challenge is preparing healthy meals in addition to being cost conscious. I will post some more of these recipes in later posts.
Now, I've got to get Ben going, We are going to spend the day at the park. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you can have school anywhere! And what better incentive for doing good work and having good attitudes than the knowledge that a wonderful playground is in your future! So, today we will have "parkschool", a picnic, and get some spinning and knitting in also!
Have a blessed Tuesday!