The Holiday season should be a joyful time. However, I am listening to my neighbors and can see the stress on their faces. In the next few weeks I plan to share a few things about taking the stress out of the season. I have a word or two as well from our Lord. We are going through a stressful time now, worldwide. Yet, we can still be joyful and we still have a reason to praise God. We have been given a chance to be humbled and to also rise to the occasion with creativity. In the end, let the reader know that when we obey God, He always provides for us. We might need to be flexible and learn to be creative. We must always be thankful.
Now that cooler weather is here I am listening to my neighbors complain about buying their Christmas gifts and still keep within a tight budget. We gathered around like a bunch of old hens one day and I was shocked to find that they really couldn't figure out how to tighten the budget a bit.
I am no expert, I'm just experienced after so many years of marriage and having children. I shared a few of my recipes with them. They aren't for a christmas meal, but ways to cut your cost during this time. I thought, perhaps I'd share them with my readers as well.
Most everyone has a slow cooker, if not you can use a dutch oven on low heat for 'Creative Pot Roast' Hamburger is less expensive than a roast. It's simple really. All you need is 2 pounds of meat,a clove of garlic minced, an onion cut up, carrots and potatoes. I take the plain hamburger [nothing added] and make meatballs the size of a man's palm. It cooks down as the roast cooks. Add the rest of ingredients. The aroma is the same as a roast and it tastes great!
We in the US have a love for pizza. I hardly ever order out. I've learned that if you buy large mexican tortilla's it works great for pizza crust. I stack up 3 tortillas then spread salsa on top, add shredded cheese [whatever you like] and then you can add sliced veggies, or even cooked meat. Bake it at 350 for 20 minutes.
My hubby loves hot roast beef sandwiches. When I find a good price for a roast, I take the leftovers and slice them up thin. Then, I slice up an onion and put it all in a saucepan with some oil and cook it on low for ten minutes stirring frequently. Now, most restaurants serve this on hard rolls or panini bread. But, if you have left over hot dog buns, or even bread it works fine. Butter the bread slightly and toast it on a pan before adding the meat and onions.
Large crock pots are great for making new recipes. One rule of thumb at our home has always been, use up leftovers and try never to forget what's in the crisper. The other week we had bought oranges and they weren't juicy enough to enjoy. But, by cutting them up and slow cooking them with chicken and some brown sugar and mustard and onions...we had a feast!
My neighbors love to smell the air as they walk by my house. I am not Betty Crocker by any means. Never took a cooking lesson. But, I watched others, and took notes.
Our food budget used to be astromomical. We ate out too. But when the need to save money came, my husband and I prayed that God would give us wisdom. We lowered our portions and learned to adjust. Where once we'd never eat the heels of a loaf of bread, now we do. Actually, it makes great toast. We used to only eat chicken breast, now we eat drumsticks and thighs.
What we also have changed is our drinking habits. No, we never were drunkards. But soda had a huge place on our shelf. We now brew our own unsweet tea and enjoy a simple glass of water many times a day. While others have to walk to the nearest well; we should thank God for our simple pleasures.
If anyone has a recipe they would like to share feel free to leave it in the comment box. Remember one thing though...Deuteronomy 8:2-3 It was when the Israelites were led out of Egypt.
"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causeing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."