Fall Back Foods (& Link Up)

Back when I was expecting Meg, there were many days months when I didn’t feel like cooking. I had wiped out our freezer meals. Menu planning was fruitless. If I thought of a meal for more than a little while, by the time it was ready to eat I couldn’t stomach it.

Unless we had fish. Fish always sounded good. At first I held out. We were in our last year of law school and fish isn’t exactly the most thrifty option.

Grilled salmon and onions with rice. Ladies, a grill is one of the best presents you could ever get a man! 

But some nights I just couldn’t bring myself to cook, so Joshua sweetly picked up something for dinner.

And then I had a frugal aha moment: fish may be more expensive than beans and rice, but (if you buy it on sale/at Aldi) it’s still cheaper than fast food*! And ever so much yummier and healthier! So fish became my fall back food.

Now that I’ve had my baby, fall back foods are still my friend. Somedays we’re crazy busy. Somedays we’re not feeling great. Somedays “life” just happens.

Having a few meals that you can fall back on in a pinch makes life so much easier. It doesn’t have to be fish. Just something really easy to prepare that your family loves.

*For our family of (then) four, it cost about $10 to buy a cheap fast food meal. The grilled salmon pictured costs about $7.50 (1 lb wild-caught salmon at Aldi, $4.50; brown rice, 50¢; 2 onions, 50¢; seasonings & lime zest, 50¢; a simple salad, $1.50)

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Thrifty Thursday # 30

Oops! I thought I had published this hours ago. Apparently this really isn’t my week. Lol!

There’s nothing quite like the stomach flu to put a complete stop to productivity (and make me completely neglect my mile long to-do-list!)

Thankfully only Rose and I got it, and we’re all back to normal now, but the post I had planned is gonna have to wait. For now, here are a few of our favorites from last week.

Learn how to make granola with maple and flour (I’ve never made it that way before!) at Life Less Hurried.

Jacqueline from Deep Roots at Home shares a totally easy way to freeze tomatoes!

processing tomatoes to freeze

I love these fantastic ideas for using jars all around the house from Creative Christian Mama!

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Well, I am about three hours late getting the Thrifty Thursday link up. So sorry!

I had a headache threatening all yesterday afternoon and evening, but didn’t make it to bed until nearly midnight. I was afraid that I might be too tired to fall asleep, so I decided to take half a Unisom (sleeping pill).

It worked.

I had no difficulty at all falling asleep.

But, I was planning to get up nice and early to help Joshua get ready for work and blog. I even told him I could cut his hair in the morning.

Well, at 6:30 I was still in bed. Joshua gently asked if I could still cut his hair.

I mumbled something and stumbled downstairs. After spending five minutes shakily trimming the back of his neck, we both decided me trimming the rest of his hair was not a very brilliant idea.

I made it back to bed (which was fairly impressive) and soon was sound asleep again. My sweet munchkins must have been up for a while playing quietly, but I didn’t regain consciousness until nearly 9:00.

So, what’s the moral of all this? If you want to get up early, don’t take a Unisom at midnight.

It’s not even a thrifty moral, but will have to do. Thanks so much for linking up with Jenn and me once again!

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Thrifty Thursday #27

Thank you so much for linking up for Thrifty Thursday last week, we learn so much from all of you! Jenn from The Purposeful Mom, and I co-host this link-up. We are gearing up to cover some frugal topics starting next week!

Some favorites from last week:

If you want a seriously delicious and good for you afternoon pick-up smoothie, try this Fruit Drink: Power Nutrition in a Cup, from Jenni at Mom Essentials. It can be made with several combinations of veggies and fruits, saving you money by letting you use what you already have at home.

Jacqueline from Deep Roots at Home shows us how to make elderberry cough syrup and tincture from her elderberry bush! We order elderberry syrup but it would be much more cost-effective to make it yourself.

elderberry syrup
Brown Thumb Mama shares a scrumptious looking recipe for making Homemade Fruit Rollups!
Need to find a simple organizational system for your children’s papers and art projects? Check out Barb’s system at A Life in Balance!
New Inbox System for my family
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And now, Jenn and I would love to have you join us for our weekly Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop! Posts about living frugally, thrifty tips and tricks, money-saving DIY projects and gardening, frugal recipes, and encouraging posts on financial stewardship are all welcome. Link up to either of our blogs–your post will be displayed in both places.We’d be very grateful if you’d share only thrifty-themed posts. (Read full guidelines here.)









 

Thrifty Thursday #26

Thanks for joining Jenn, from the Purposeful Mom, and me for our 26th Thrifty Thursday!

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Bitter cucumbers? Meghan, from First Comes Love, shares a very simple, unique way to get the bitter flavor out. (Kinda made me wish I had bitter cucumbers sitting around. Let me know if it works for you!)

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