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playing chef, my cheap toy kitchen

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

Here is M when she was almost two. I was pining for one of those fancy toy kitchens (which she ended up getting for Christmas a few months after this photo, which is at right…)   The first “stove-top” was our laundry basket turned upside down, and I used a Sharpie to draw four “burners” on it.¬† She LOVED it. We had a cheap set of small pots and pans… She played with it a lot. With that success, we went ahead and spent the money on the fancy kitchen,...

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fun with spices: reading, sensory…

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

One of the best money-saving tips I have found  is to buy herbs in bulk. A bottle of organic bay leaves costs pennies, versus $4-5 dollars from a bottle in the spice aisle. We have a mix of bottles, but had some without labels. I got my label maker out, and M had fun printing the names, and sticking the labels on. This is a great activity for early readers, and was fun and actually helped organize! this is a non-threatening way to work with food for children who are extremely picky or have...

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I hate menu planning (sorry) but “the list” is working for me…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Blog Posts | 12 comments

It seems like every website that talks about getting family dinner on the table talks about menu planning, and with good reason. It is hard. For me it is the part I least enjoy of the process of getting food on the table. I have tried to make myself do it in nice organized ways, I have tried print-outs, read books, and it doesn’t work for me. I read a book that even had menu planning based on ethnic cuisine. Mondays is tex-mex, Tuesdays Italian… Here are my main obstacles for the...

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Hillbilly Housewife-cooking on a budget

Posted by on Sep 11, 2010 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Cooking on a budget ideas…

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making muffins last

Posted by on Aug 2, 2010 in Blog Posts |

From a comment on Sneaky Chef or leftovers:Restless Native wrote: Here’s the basic recipe I use for most muffins. It’s infinitely variable–you can use nearly anything that strikes your fancy: Pumpkin is our house favorite, but orange/pineapple or carrot/pineapple/white raisin are well-received, too. I also sometimes omit the sugar and add cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. These are really good split and toasted for breakfast. I have another muffin trick you might ...

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