Saturday, December 15, 2007

Some frugality, some not so

We've been doing some frugal things and some not so frugal.

My partner needed a good keychain for her keys from work. She wanted a carabiner type thing. We were going to buy one till I remembered that a small maglite flashlight I had gotten as a gift from a place I worked at. It had a keychain just like that with it. So, no money spent.

We did go to a play. This is the first time we've done something like this in the five years we've lived her. We could never afford to do anything like this. We bought tickets for "A Christmas Carol". We enjoyed ourselves immensely and felt it was well worth it. Maybe not frugal, but we got a great deal out of spending that money.


Monday, December 03, 2007

Frugal Cooking

I take a lot of my inspiration from Katie at my favorite blog, Frugal Veggie Mama. I had some leftover stew with pinto beans, corn, some brown rice and diced tomatoes. I read through some of her old posts and came across two I used. One had Ruthies cornbread recipe and one mentioned a sort of cornbread chili pie.

So I took my beans and corn, added in some tomato paste, water, some fresh mushrooms, chili powder and cumin and some onion/garlic powder. Made the cornbread and put it in a pan, making sides to it. Here's how it turned out:

The other day I made sourdough bread from my 1834 Oregon Trail starter. Turned out great, with a good sourdough taste. This morning I made Fronch toast with it, a recipe from Vegan with a Vengance. Very filling. Here's what a slice of the sourdough looked like:

For lunch at work today I have black bean soup with homemade corn chips. Love this soup!