Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I’m feeling a little better. Illness always affects me much more than others. A one day virus often has me off my feet for a week or more. Over the last few days I’ve slept, coughed, gone to the bathroom, and slept more. A couple of the coughing spells were quite scary and lengthy. I sure don’t want to go through that again.
Well anyway, I must be feeling better today because I started feeling like my stomach could tolerate a little more than just water. I looked in the freezer for a pre-made meal and there wasn’t any there. I had to take time to bake some bread so I could at least eat a sandwich.
I rarely turn on the oven for just one item. I use the wisdom of my Grandma Mama who always said why heat the oven several times when once will do?
I baked bread, cornbread muffins, biscuits, and my Grandma Mama’s favorite mix and match cake. That is an egg less, milk less, yeast less, recipe from the depression that uses backing soda and vinegar for a light fluffy cake. Mix and match meaning you can change the flavor when you want. I used chocolate because thats what I had handy.
The cake looked and smelled so good I ate a piece for lunch along with my last jar of beans and a cornbread muffin. I’ll need to do some canning soon.
I like making my own bread for several reasons. But, I can’t possibly eat a whole loaf of bread before it would go bad if left on a counter so I slice it and put into the freezer. Its easy to thaw a couple of slices for a sandwich when needed. The same with the biscuits, cornbread muffins, and cake. I put those in the freezer too and thaw only what I need for a meal.
Those items will stay good in the freezer for two or three months.
Grandma Mama would cook meats, vegetables, breads, and deserts all in one marathon of cooking. With many mouths to feed she did this at least twice a week. Ok, I’ve done all I can for today. Going back to bed for more rest. I’ll read the comments later.