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She Provides Food For Her Household

She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
Proverbs 31:15

This is the category of which I am the most proud. I feel I have truly grown in this area a lot over the past few weeks. Not only have I reigned in my grocery shopping costs but I have also been meal planning, inviting others over, trying new recipes, and having a ball doing it!

Plus I tried canning. I really ought to post about canning in my category If I Can Do It…Anyone Can!

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Every time I cook something new I use one of two methods to find a recipe, I either look through my recipe books and magazines, or I scour the internet. Ok, so this is possibly the only two ways of finding new recipes, but it still works. So here are some of the tools I use:

I will always go back to this recipe book and still feel that it has some of the most iconic recipes. Plus the conversion charts and emergency substitutes have saved me on many occasions. That book is the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.

When it comes to websites I usually do a search for the ingredients I want to use, or the type of dish I plan to make, but I find myself landing at two websites quite often, All Recipes, and Epicurious. Both have quite an extensive list of recipes in all categories. If you don’t like the ingredients in one recipe, keep searching, you will probably find the same type of dish with different ingredients.

I use You Tube quite often for how to videos. This helps me when there is a technique that I do not know. Don’t let the strange words in your recipes scare you, often times they are just fancy ways of saying simple things.

So get out there and try something new and let me know how it goes!!!

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APPlying What We Have Learned

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Meal planning just got APPed! Well maybe not JUST, but for me this is a new development. The app is called pepperplate and it is also a website. In this app you can meal plan, add recipes, create shopping lists based on those recipes, and it all its synced on your phone, tablet and computer.

I put in one recipe as a trial to see how difficult it would be and what features it had. It was quite simple to create a new recipe. I was able to upload a photo, add a description of the dish, and add notes to the dish. I really like the notes section because I can track what I make and for whom I make it. Add recipes to your menu plan or shopping list is simply done by clicking on Add To and making your choice on the drop down menu.

This app gets 31 stars from me! (As in Proverbs 31…ok a little cheesy but I really couldn’t resist).

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Plan To Salivate

She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
Proverbs 31:14-15

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I am excited about this week’s focus, menu planning, because once you find a system that works for you menu planning can be fun! Being single I plan very simply, but simple or complicated, your menu planning time should be something you look forward to. How do you do that? Find out a system that is simple and easy to use, something that you will stick to, and you will enjoy the fruits of you labors. Or should I say the foods of your labors?

There are many tools for menu planning, many guides on how to menu plan so I won’t belabor the point. A simple google search can turn up sites like Organized Home which will help you learn how to menu plan if you do not already know how. But I do have a few tips…

Work with what you like…meaning if you are media driven then use an internet or computer based program. In the book One Bite At A Time there is a whole chapter dedicated to menu planning and in this chapter the author, Tsh Oxenreider, shares her very media based method for meal planning using google calendar, and pinterest (for recipes). Perhaps you are more pencil and paper driven, then try the old fashioned calendar sitting in front of you and clippings from magazines attached. Explore, try different methods until one fits you and stick with it.

Another trip that I use is sticking with recipes that are tried and true and only introducing new ones a little at a time. For me this means a new recipe about once a month. But I only have one mouth to feed, for you maybe it will work better to try something new once a week. Our grocery store puts out a monthly magazine that is free and filled with recipes. I always grab it and go through and tear out the recipes I want to try. Others keep pinterest boards specifically for recipes they want to try. Once I find a recipe I like I write it on a card and put it in my recipe box. My rule is that no recipe goes in the box until I have tried it.

Thats it for now, for the rest of the week I will upload some of my quick and easy recipes, and I will continue to try to find new tips and tools to help us all in this area.

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