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Folks know we are weird

June 1st, 2009 at 09:40 am

Saturday was the Cub scout crossover, the fellow in charge of burgers and buns brought traditional white buns for all...and a pack of whole wheat for us!

Unasked, he knew we were the 'health nuts' and he decided to do something about it! I was amazed and greatful!

Then the lady who made some sort of bean/veggie salad (I dunno what to call those) made it a point to tell me she used fresh veggies. I didn't have the heart to tell her I am the worst health food eater and don't eat tomatoes unless cooked and hot. But I really appreciated the attempt!

yesterday was ELs birthday party, we had the usual burgers and dogs, and several new guests were introduced to whole wheat burger and dog buns..I used to buy both, but finally decided to make my life easier, I would stick with what we ate, and have never had an adult guest not eat them. I think most folk would be surprised to learn how good whole wheat is.

I also had lots of fruit, which always disapears, and whole wheat ritz..though I doubt they are any healthier than regular, I find I like the taste of them better. Again all was eaten. Maybe if more folk bought, shared, and displayed healthy foods, those white, sugar starch foods would lose some appeal. For now folk think junk food and good times go together, yet at my house, so far as all the comments I am hearing go, good times were had without the junk, or rather without as much. Burgers are after all junk...but no chips, and whole wheat all around.

Or not we did have oreos as a cake Smile. (husband doesn't like cake, so we stuck candles in the oreos for him)

lack of microwave has officially wasted money

May 11th, 2009 at 07:45 am

I just had to toss some leftover Chili. It was too small a portion to use any of my pots (I don't have a baby pot) so instead of heating it up to eat, it got ignored for a week.

Now while berating myself for not using it up, I came up with several creative uses.

1. Chili sandwich(in the oven)
2. Eat it cold for EL (if she eats off the floor I bet she would eat it cold)
3. pout with noodles or rice to make larger portion
4. use the big pot and keep a closer eye on it

But the truth of the matter is, I prefer a microwave.

So just how important is a microwave?

May 4th, 2009 at 10:43 am

One would think that being a non TV dinner family we could manage without one easily.

One would be wrong. The other night when nuking some vegetables my microwave went 'BZZT' so I took the stuff out unplugged it and cooked the veggies on the stove (how archaic)

But doable, I managed.

The next day I managed to learn how to use the timer on my stove instead of the microwave for making cookies, (ok actually I went with the time honored, 'take em out when they smell good' method, but I tried to remember to use the stove timer)

I steamed some brocolii on the stove, cut up leftover food and made succotash instead of heating up the mini portions, and essentially managed to cook all weekend without a microwave.

Now I am ready to have one, please?

Not that I can't manage, it's just that microwaves are so much quicker!

I imagine if I go without for a month I will be used to it, since my husband uses one at work for his lunch and I can use the stove. But I don't think we will go that long, I expect one to be installed within the week.

fried double yolk eggs

April 4th, 2009 at 11:56 am

Lately we have been buying a brand of eggs that is often double yolked. For the most part we don't care.

Last night however I tried to make fried eggs. Out of 6 eggs, 9 yolks broke. Not that I am very skillfull, usually out of 8 yolks 2 or 3 break.

Now for the math..3/8 compared to 9/11 (one was a single yolk egg).

Which is the better average?

Not that busted yolks are the end of the world, the kids don't seem to mind.

Granola recipe

March 31st, 2009 at 01:07 pm

This is from a friend, so I am not the originator(though I doubt she will mind as I think she found it in tightwade gazette? but I could be wrong)

here you go (my notes in parentheses):
1) Heat the oven to 350.
2) Spray 2 (9x13) pans with Pam. (I used oil)
3) In a large bowl, mix the following dry ingredients:

10 C whole oats (NOT quick -but quick works just soft IMO)
dash of salt
freshly grated nutmeg(enough)
cinnamon(enough - maybe 1 t?)

I also include almonds and walnuts. You can add in whatever's around and what your family enjoys. For example, I don't add chocolate chips because we eat this for breakfast.

4) In a pot on the stove over medium-high heat, heat the following:

2/3 C honey (or other sweatner)
2/3 C oil (NOT olive oil - I use regular canola oil)
1 1/2 C brown sugar

5) Stir together to combine then heat over medium heat until just beginning to boil. Don't stir this too much while it's heating. Then, stir really well and add to the dry ingredients.

IMPORTANT: STIR WELL. Really well. This might take more than 5 seconds. Embarrassment) You want to make sure that the oatmeal is no longer dry or your final product will be less than wonderful.

5) Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 - 12 minutes or until it's a nice golden brown color.

6) Put the granola back in the original bowl and add raisins (enough)

IMPORTANT: STIR WELL. As it cools, this stuff gets sticky! You want to stir it enough during the first 30 minutes after baking so that it cools evenly and not in huge clumps. If you don't do this step, you'll regret it later! Embarrassment) (Yep, one big clump in the bowl right now, but still good when you chip it off)

This is actually a double batch, so I halved it for playing.

Granola

March 30th, 2009 at 01:59 pm

I made two batches, one with whole oats the way it says to, and one with quick oats, cause that's what I had.

I like the quick ones better, the end result was softer, and since I am used to soft chewy granola bars, I think I vote soft.

I tried with honey and with half molasses, I like the half molasses better too.

And contrary to the recipe, I used craisins. (dried cranberries)

Friend of mine said she tried with some sort of brown rice syrup, sounded odd, but I bet it was interesting.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to make it more of a bar less of a crumbly mess so we gan eat it on the go more.

Maple snickerdoodles (mini maple cakes, or maple sugar cookies)

March 20th, 2009 at 11:19 am

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

cream 1/2 cup butter
slowly mix in 2/3 cup maple sugar
beat in 2 eggs

mix together:
2and2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon

combine wet and dry

roll into balls roll in raw sugar (I use regular) flatten with bottom of sugared glass

bake on stone 8 minutes

You can roll them in cinnamon and sugar if you want, tends to make it a kindof spicy cookie. Not to sweet,but very good IMO.

Get him something he needs, DON't Save it..

October 24th, 2008 at 09:47 am

Err, excuse me, but A. My kids don't Need anything, I can provide for them just fine. And B. He needs a financial education far more than yet another trinket!

I really can not stand the mentality that asking a child to save is tantamount to torture. Really, you have got to be kidding me. I don't even require 50%! (not that I see anything wrong with 50%)

For every dollar that comes in about 20% is savings, 10%ish is charity, and for the older two some is dues for scouts, the rest is theirs to spend. With the possible exception of two short term loans I made for a dollar or two for J, and to replace an item for G (he broke it, he paid to replace it) I do not see any reason why they need anything!

Other than a financial education, can they honestly not see how important it is? Especially in light of the hassle credit has gotten so many into which is all over the news today.

Sure I understand if you give the gift of money you want a person to enjoy it, not sock it away and ignore it, but if you wanted them to play with it, you should have asked mom or dad for an idea of a toy.....

While I don't have quite as many ideas as relatives wanting to buy I have a few, first and foremost his favorite gift would be an afternoon cooking with you. Yes I typed that right, he would LOVE to cook with someone, preferably someone who lets him make a bigger mess than mommy.

If you can't give him two hours of your time, then how about you not complain when those of us in charge of his education use that money as another learning experience?

recipe granola biscuit and cheating

October 21st, 2008 at 09:19 am

I made 'pretty biscuits' last night, my kids devoured them and my FIL loved them.

I kinda used the one from [http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/recipes/41586-anyone-have-good-biscuit-base-recipe.html?highlight=cookies]the forums[/url]

but I used whole wheat non self rising flour.

regardless they didn't rise, but they sure did melt in the mouth.

granola was from http://threebeansalad.savingadvice.com/

and I am cold, so I baked lunch rather than nuking it.... still no heat on but kitchen is warmer.

Dentist

September 29th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Well we got back from the dentist with two sets of healthy teeth. (only JC and GMC go yet)

and the bank account is $250 smaller.

I am so not looking forward to April when UE joins the dental crowd.

On the way we were listening to "The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe". We had just finished listening to the part where Edmund gets to eat the magic Turkish delight. I have always wondered just what Turkish delight was, ever since I read the story in childhood.

After the dentist we went out to eat, an old tradition from when I was a kid, the reward for the visit. The restaurant down the block was "Aladdins" or something like that.

Dinner was excellent, I have no idea what it was called, some beef thing, chicken thing, and lamb, plus some chili like soup, all with strange names, but all was good.

Then for desert Baklava, I never liked it, but I know my husband did so we got a variety of 4 kinds. (I never knew there were multiple kinds) Since there was a variety I figured I would try some.

I think I may have found something worthy of the praise Turkish delight gets in the book! It was heavenly! Fingers they called it, sweet but not sickeningly so, a tiny bit of crunch, but mostly melting in the mouth. I absolutely loved it!

PS I went to wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Delight

So who's bright idea was that anyway?

August 7th, 2008 at 10:31 am

Yesterday my husband needed to go to the store, and he asked one kid to go with him. Well both wanted to so off they all went. (UE at 2yrs is too young to be more than a PIA at the store and of course El 2 months stays with me for a good long while) The house was amazingly quiet, I never thought 'only' two kids would seem empty, but it was.

When they finally got back there was treats that apparently Daddy let the kids pick.

A French 'baguette' and peaches, plus two extra flavors of yogurt. Plus cheese sticks.

I just found an old copy of our budget from 2006, not that long ago, but oh so different. then I had 400 for grocerys and gas combined, there were no fresh peaches or fancy breads allowed. Now, I think gas alone is over 400 and groceries?

I try not to think about it, sure we watch for sales, but we also eat a TON of fresh fruit, veggies, and whole wheat 'stuff'. none of which are really cheap. It is nice t be able to afford to let the kids try dragon fruit, or frozen raspberries.

If I ever did want to cut down, I would just make the kids stay home! If they were asking for junk food I would say no, but..mangoes? berries? yogurt? (healthy version, not hte sugar stuff) How can I say no to trying new healthy things?

A no spend day

July 22nd, 2008 at 09:25 am

All that paypal-ing the other day was the first I spent in eons..generally I get to escape because I carry the baby, my husband spends.

But if we include his spending...well at first glance I would assume 2 or 3 spending days per week...

This month on the other hand is terrible. we had out of town company, so we went grocery shopping an extra time or two.

already spent:

Sunday-treated company to taco bell
Monday - grocery shopping to restock milk (and chocolate)

Projected spending:

Tuesday - grocery's to restock on veggies (we don't like the veggies at the other store.)
Wednesday - ??
Thursday - Fill up on milk and such for the weekend company (new ones)

Though this company is my mom, so she will prolly do the treating for any eating out we do. Not that she has to, just she tends to.

It doesn't look so bad now that I write it...4 days of spending. I wonder if I am right and an average week really is just 2 days. I should prolly keep track.

The chicken was GOOD!

December 18th, 2007 at 08:56 am

Last night we had my mother and father in law over to celebrate Christmas..I made BBQ chicken, and it was good! I actually liked it, I usually complain that the chicken is too dry...and I usually ruin some part of it anyway. Though no one else complains the way I do when I cook! Thankfully they have manners.

This time I loved the chicken, not to dry, not to overpowering BBQ either. The only trouble, out of 8 pieces of chicken, the one I served my mother in law was still pink in the middle! ACK. The rest were done, this s why I hate cooking bone in chicken unless it is a roast...the pieces are never uniform in size so you either dry out the little ones or don't cook the big ones, or just plain ruin them all!

Fortunalty it was just the one piece.

Free pizza

November 29th, 2007 at 08:15 am

I think it was Mom-from-Missouri who alerted me to the right time to sign up for Pizza huts 'book it' program. Thanks!

So tonight is the last night we can use our tickets earned in October..just in time to earn them for November. We really aught to be more on the ball with our freebies!

Anyway I am all for free food, I just find myself looking at these library rewards and pizza thinking, why can't free food be healthier? Even if we could afford to eat out more often, we wouldn't do it, not that I like to cook, believe me, I hate cooking! I am not particularly good at it either, I like to bake not cook.

But we would still eat at home, because we use whole wheat flour, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and lots of veggies...hard things to find when eating out.

The only places that have whole wheat are hoity toity and come with plenty of tofu and sprouts..nothing wrong with tofu or sprouts, just that I am boring, I want plain boring sandwiches..with whole wheat bread...

Don't get the idea we are health nuts, you all know I love chocolate! and I still put Mayo on my turkey sandwich (and not a tiny amount either) not to mention a fondness for ice cream, red meat and peanut butter and well real butter!

I just hope to balance all that yummy stuff with vegetables (drowned in butter) and whole wheat bread (slathered with mayo) for my burger, not to mention brown rice or whole wheat pasta for my spaghetti or oriental food, ooh and whole wheat tortillas for my tacos!

Oh well...I guess I will just have to get rich enough for a personal chef rather than eating out....Might have a cheaper option as UE grows, he LOVES cooking!