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A Fine Line

I was washing the dishes the other night and had a thought--where do you draw the line between catering to picky children and doing nice things for them?  read more »

2008/06/11 Winner of a meatball

Tonight I made meatballs that all the kids loved. My meat was partially frozen still so I made them in the food processor, which made the texture of the meatballs much like sausage or chicken nugget and not at all like hamburgers. For 2 pounds of 15% ground beef, I put 1/4 cup of chopped onion (because it was leftover in the fridge) and 2 eggs in the food processor bowl. I pulsed it a few times, added about 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats, pulsed a few more times, then added most of the meat, pulsed it, then added the rest of the meat, pulsing until it was blended.  read more »

Frugal Foods

Rainbow

Jenn at Frugal Upstate is doing a Frugal Foods series and this week she's doing eggs! We eat a ton of eggs around here with a backyard flock of chickens, and back in January I posted my recipe for Potato Crust Quiche.

I love how both Jenn and I have pictures of different colored eggs.

Hollow Tree 2008

I've started filling my Hollow Tree early this year. Strawberries have been 75 cents a pound and I've hulled 20 lbs already this week. Six pounds went into our tummies, six pounds went into jam, about 5 pounds went in the freezer for making smoothies, and I sliced about 3 pounds and put them in the dehydrator to add to my granola. I think I'll head back to the store this afternoon and pick up another 8 pounds for the freezer. I can't pass up a deal like this!

Good Granola Made Simpler

Granola is one of those things at the store that costs much more than I am willing to pay. It is usually chock full of fat and sugar, as well, and is more like a dessert than a breakfast cereal. The naturally frugal solution is to make your own at home. Oatmeal, after all, is super cheap when you buy it in bulk. My problem with most granola recipes, though, is that they also call for exotic, expensive ingredients, and require baking for a long time at a low temperature and need to be stirred every five minutes. I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but opening my oven every five minutes for an hour is not my idea of fun.  read more »


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