Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Vintage Pantry Cookbook

Okay, I have just set my newest little cookbook, A Vintage Pantry Cookbook, to be free, as of tomorrow morning, for five days. I thought it might be useful at this time. (Five days is the maximum free period which Amazon allows in a 90 day period.)
"Two dozen recipes you can make with foods you can keep in your pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. Or you can just take a journey back through other times. You will find simple quick breads made without milk or eggs. You will find Spanish rice and crock pot soups and chili. You will also find some original recipes for meals you have probably never heard of before now. Whether you add the recipes to your collection or simply enjoy the trip into 20th Century America, enjoy."
If anyone noticed that I was looking for crock pot soup recipes recently, you see, the soups in this book are made from canned goods. Also, they are made in very small batches. However, some of the other dishes in the book are able to serve more people or can be doubled.
Free from Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00 AM PDT through Sunday, April 5, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT.
I have set this to public in case anyone would like to share.

Monday, March 30, 2020

1-Button Rice Cooker Cookbook

I'm not recommending anyone run out and buy something right now. But do you happen to have a simple rice cooker where you just push down the switch for on, and it pops up when it's done?

If so, did you know you can make whole meals with it? Yes, with rice, but alternatively, with pasta. 

That's what my 1-Button Rice Cooker Cookbook is about, using the 1-button rice cooker to make one-pot meals with ease and with what you might have on hand. 

Having trouble finding ground beef but you can find hot dogs? (Or even Vienna sausages?). And do you have spaghetti sauce? And penne? You could make Frankly Pasta in the 1-Button Rice Cooker. Honestly, if you don't have penne but you have elbow macaroni, that would probably work too. 

Do you have rice and barbecue sauce and some chopped chicken or frozen chopped chicken (or even canned chicken in a pinch)? You could make Barbecue Rice and Chicken in the 1-Button Rice Cooker. 

How about Chicken and Rice with Veggies? Macaroni and Cheese? Or even Tuna, Rice, and Tomatoes? 

You can get this as a Kindle book by clicking on the link at the right. It's 99 cents on Kindle. 

It will be free from Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12:00 AM PDT through Saturday, April 4, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Six Tips for Thrifty Living

Plan inexpensive, healthy meals
It's so tempting to eat out. For those of us who work outside the home, we might not feel like cooking. And for those who are home all day, we might want to get out of the house. I'm not going to tell you to never eat out. But the more we eat at home, the less money we spend. The same goes for a work lunch.

If you don't know how to cook, start small. Also, there are a great variety of sandwiches or salads you could put together easily.  One of my sons buys bread and peanut butter for lunches. You can dress up a peanut butter sandwich with jam or sliced banana or raisins. It's fun to get creative. 

Buy some things second hand
There are things I will buy second hand and things I won't. I never buy shoes or underwear second hand. Some other people might buy shoes, but my feet are picky.

If I need something for a particular occasion, I usually start with a thrift shop or two first. If I'm not successful, then I try discount department stores (I've been pretty lucky with Ross Dress for Less). Then I will try regular department stores (I'm thinking J. C. Penney or Kohl's). If I'm still not successful, I look at the sales at more expensive department stores (for example, Macy's).

Fix What We Are Able to Fix Ourselves
Here, it's good to take into consideration our talents and time. Some people can do some light carpentry or car repairs, and others cannot. Some of us can sew and mend or re-make clothing, and others don't know how. Some things can simply be super-glued or duct-taped or safety pinned. There are videos online describing repairs for just about anything we can think of. If it's doable, and you can put in the time, you can usually save quite a bit of money by doing it yourself.

Spend a little to save a lot
This one might be tougher for someone who is really pinched, but it's a good principle to have in mind when you are able to pursue it. Here is one example of what I'm thinking. If you have a car and you get regular oil changes, the car will need fewer repairs and/or last ever so much longer. Incidentally, checking the oil and the antifreeze/coolant, on the other hand, should only require the expense of buying a little oil (if it needs it) or antifreeze or windshield wiper fluid. If you don't know how, find someone who will show you or you could probably find it online.

Work and do most business close to home
This is one that might not be possible for everyone. Some jobs require commuting. But if we have a job where the choice is between somewhere close or somewhere further away, personally, I would take the one that is closer in order to save on gasoline and wear and tear on the car. Not everyone can do this, but could we find some of our doctors and businesses near our home…or perhaps near our place of employment?

Grow some food
This one can be hard if you don't have a house and yard…or at least an apartment with a patio or balcony. It's also hard if you've never grown anything before. I hadn't grown food since childhood, and then only once, but this year our neighbor gave us a couple of cherry tomato plants.  It's been really nice to have those fresh tomatoes. My plan is to start small and try to grow more next year.