As I'm cleaning up supper, I write down what we ate, with whom, and where the recipe came from in this notebook. I mark Sunday meals in red, because they're such a different process from weekday suppers. Of course some nights I forget and the whole process is very casual, but it's unbelievably helpful:
1. Gives me ideas when I'm trying to plan menus 2. Reminds me of recipes I've forgotten and which cookbooks they're in 3. A food diary like this shows our eating patterns, likes and dislikes - fascinating to me! 4. Reminds me of good times with friends and family - always a lift.
For example: a week in November 2008
Sunday: leftover colcannon made into potato filling (More with Less), peas, cranberry applesauce, pumpkin pie (recipe box)
Monday: Tennessee Corn Pone (Recipes from the Old Mill), collards, leftover Mennonite Bliss (jello salad from More with Less)
Tuesday: Spaghettini con Sugo di Tonno (recipe box), green salad, pumpkin pie
Wednesday: Turkey Barley Soup (Simply in Season), biscuits (More with Less), cranberry applesauce
Thursday: Roasted Vegetables (Simply in Season), green salad, Wacky Cake (recipe box)
Friday: Chili con Carne (First pack of Harley's beef!!), cornbread (More with Less), applesauce
Saturday: Turkey Barley Soup, biscuits
To switch from November to SPRING, look what's on my piano! My dad also brought me a gorgeous bunch of daffodils, and the windows are open today. Hallelujah!
I am a wife and mother of two. I am a stay-at-home mom, part time cookbook editor, a Mennonite, and a city dweller. I like to make things (see the blog categories below). This blog is a record of what I make and the ways I try to be thrifty. Welcome!
"Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance...thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste...if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare."