When you’re hungry and struggling with finances or single-parenting or illness or trying to get/keep a job, the thing you need most, perhaps, is a day of real rest. I’m going to try to make today restful — but the reality is that there is food prep for the week, if I’m going to stay on budget and keep the wheels turning.
- I’m already thinking about my menu of meals for the coming week.
- I have half a bag of dry garbanzo beans ($1 for a pound, bought last week) soaking on the stove*. Beans go on salads, into soups or omelets, and I’m going to try to make hummus this week. Never made that before, but I have a recipe.
- Boil a potful of eggs for Mr. Husband’s daily breakfast on the go.
- Bake cookies?**
- Dinner for tonight? What’s left from the week’s shopping? Prep, cook, etc.
- Bake? Since I won’t go shopping or to the bread site til Tuesday, I’m thinking about baking a loaf of bread today. I might also bake some muffins for kids’ breakfast.
- Prep a salad for Mr. Husband’s lunch tomorrow. Do this tonight so the salad stays fresh.
Our homemade cookies are stale, crumbling and not particularly appetizing right now. What to do with stale cookies? I could feed them to the chickens. Just about everything that goes past its prime ends up with the chickens. But I prefer to crumble them up and put them in the freezer. Leftover cookie crumbs are yummy over ice cream and they can also be used in a parfait or trifle. Think of them as sweet bread crumbs — on top of a baked dessert like apple cobbler, for example. They can even be added to a plain cookie dough like sugar cookies, for a swirled effect. Don’t throw them away just yet.
As for baking, not everyone bakes, but cookies are not hard to make and not too expensive. The butter, chocolate chips and nuts are the most expensive items. Homemade are better for you than store-made dough — less sugar, fewer preservatives. I usually have a can of vegetable shortening in the refrigerator and use that if butter is scarce. I think it makes a better pie crust, anyway, but that’s another discussion.
And who doesn’t like the smell of a freshly baked cookie in the house? Milk, coffee, ice cream — all better with a cookie on the side. And if you’re on a budget, even the FS budget, you can always make cookies to give as a holiday/birthday gift, to take to a potluck or a new neighbor, and to make the kids happy. Homemade cookies are warm, gooey love.
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I’m going to enjoy my day of rest, such as it is, and thus post this a little early. I’ll write tomorrow about the weekly menu and shopping list, and how today’s menu came into focus.