Monday 20 February 2023

Homemaking Mondays: Waffles and Breadcrumbs


I hope you are enjoying your day. 
My family has a tradition of pancakes on Sunday mornings.
This week I decided I'd try something new.
I did make the usual pancakes but then took
some batter and added cocoa to it for the waffles.
I know there are tons of waffle recipes...but hey 
pancake batter works great as well.
I didn't have whipping cream so I beat up some cream cheese
added a bit of milk and icing sugar to it and yum! 
I splurged this week and bought strawberries and blackberries.
Sometimes it's nice to spend money on these little treats.
Then drizzled some maple syrup over top 
and wow it was delicious! 

I'm like most people, I want to be wise with my money
and to make wise choices at the store. 
Food is getting more expensive all the time 
and so thinking about how to save money is important.
For me I think of how to use things up or make things stretch.
I think it's important to be prudent, but also to remember
that splurging here or there is important as well.
To do this I find ways to counteract the extra expenses.
One way is to make simple ingredients at home so that they don't 
need to be bought at the store.
One easy one is breadcrumbs.
We all have those ends of bread that no one is ever going to eat.
I save them, chop them up, bake them, and then crush them.
They can now be made into breading for meat. 
Or instead of crushing them they can be used as croutons, or 
made into stuffing.
Making your own dairy products like yogurt, kefir, sour cream, or buttermilk 
is also helpful as those items cost quite a bit more then homemade.

I know it's not for everyone and shopping sales can contribute 
the same benefit as homemade.
For me it's about being thoughtful of things.
Not shopping mindlessly but purposefully.
If you want to make something for your family that cost more
what can you do to save that same amount in other ways.
There is a balance.
Sometimes the balance comes in you spending more of your time
to save in finances.
Your time is worth it! 
Some may feel it makes you a slave to your kitchen.
To me it's a joy to be able to spend my time
making sure that everyone eats well
and for a cost we can manage.
For me the kitchen seems to be the heart of the home
in that it is a place we all gather.
Where we eat and share time with each other.
It is a wonderful place to be.
Is your kitchen a happy place to be? 
If not, I encourage you to create 
an inviting atmosphere there.
Either by decorating it in a more pleasant way,
making it more accessible to get something to eat,
or have more delicious smells coming from it.
Having your family welcome to join in with kitchen activities
is also a wonderful way to make it inviting.
If you are going to spend lots of time there,
it needs to be a pleasant place to be.

Thank you for dropping by! 

Love and Prayers,


Margie said...

Your tower of cocoa waffles, strawberries, blackberries, banana, and cream look scrumptious!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I agree Jennifer! Making do, saving things, reusing, repurposing, shopping sales, and eating homemade - always so much better for you! And it is always good to splurge for the family every once in a while, just a lovely treat! Your waffle berry tower looks so good! My husband and I enjoy eating avocados, and so we enjoy them when they are on sale. When you are feeding a large family, it is so much more cost effective to make your food at home! So you are doing an amazing thing for your family. The kitchen is the heart of our home too! It makes me happy to feed my family with delicious homemade and homegrown food. Blessings to you dear friend, enjoy the weekend!