Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary
This is the Frugal Frau, finally! I am not mythical as you may have thought. Let me introduce myself. I have a full time job, 3 children and a wonderful husband. I am firmly attached to my rose colored spectacles and try never to see or live in reality since it is a real downer. I had my own sewing and alteration business for years; drapery, slipcovers, costumes and anything else anyone asked me to make. Unfortunately, I needed dependable income and hours so I now run the office for a Dentist. Since I love people, I actually greatly enjoy talking with all the folks who come through our doors and even offering what the Dentist calls my unofficial counseling service. However, after spending the first 11 years of my kid’s lives as a full time stay at home Mom, I feel very challenged to try to be all things to all people still. When I was home, it was my job to spend as little as possible to care for us, and I did so by making virtually everything we ate. I made our breads, desserts, canned fruits, veggies, soups, sewed clothes and costumes and curtains, turned boxes into cars and castles, made playdough, cut hair, went on many day trips and generally enjoyed myself greatly. I am now kind of limping along as are many of my peers, but I sometimes think it is harder to have been at home and then had to go back to work. Now, It is my feeling that the whole idea of being the Mom, the caregiver etc is to win the “game”. To me, feeding, clothing, and caring for my family is my number one priority and when I can do it well, but frugally, I WIN! I will chime in on this blog with occasional ideas that have worked for me, I must warn you though, I LOVE bon mots, old sayings etc. and may have to share some of them. My favorite is: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or DO WITHOUT.
Leftover baked potatoes and leftover roast beef= roast beef hash.
For every 1 cup of diced beef, saute half an onion in olive oil/butter until nearly soft, add 2 cups diced,cooked potatoes(I leave peel on for nutrition) and saute until starting to brown. Salt and pepper to taste, add 1/4 cup leftover gravy or beef broth stir frequently to moisten and serve when hot.