If you are prepared to dismantle your ham radio, grab your antenna and head for the dense woods, this is not the spot for you. If you are reading this from your quarter million dollar survival retreat in Costa Rica, surf on, this is not the spot for you. If you practice hand-to-hand combat with you partner on a daily basis in preparation for a home invasion and not as foreplay, this is not the spot for you.

If, however, you are a member of the French Toast club, those who run for milk, eggs and bread with each school closing weather report, or if you balance your checkbook with tissues to cry into close at hand, or perhaps, you are tired of having to shell out money for things you would be ashamed to tell your grandparents that you don’t know how to do for youself…you are home.

During a hungry time in my home, I chose to change the way we lived to accomodate our meager resources. What follows are some of the things I learned along the way.

Oh! there were many mistakes that served to teach and entertain…such as why you don’t let an adolescent rooster out for the day in your flannel, granny nightie… or why the first time you cut your own hair you should schedule a professional cut for that very afternoon.

Please, feel free to add your perspective or question my methods. Goodness knows I do! If we face economic hardship as a learning experience and not as a cross to bare, then perhaps we will find some cheer along the way.

Later we will learn to make a great cup of coffee for less, but for now, grab your regular joe and let’s begin our adventure.

Published on January 25, 2009 at 4:10 am  Comments (6)  

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  1. A scrounging fledgling writer and a novice on the food blog front, I stumbled onto your site and found it charming and practical. I have bookmarked it and will surely venture back for Waiting-for-Payday recipes and other entertaining reads. Thanks for sharing!

  2. i am a single mom,homeschooling and work at home.. times are tight!!!i am so glad i found you.. yes tea and cookies and your blog and life is good!

  3. Welcome, kindred spirit. The same is true with my family.
    I’m so glad you dropped by.
    (Neighbor Nancy passes a glass of strawberry lemonade)
    Please feel free to comment, leave tips, or even ship me an e-mail with things you think I should write about. What’s missing? What could use more development? What are you interested in? Do you have recipes or tips to share?
    I can be reached at kitewrite@gmail.com
    Feel free to send me a line.

  4. My grandparents lessons of living on less really ring true for today’s world( They grew up during the Depression. I live closer to their life style then my parents do. I can food, Conserve, garden, and try to live on a shoe string budget,and craft.It’s great to see other families making the same choices.

  5. We call them “dog dish dinners.” They are my husbands favorite. My son on the other hand, strongly disapproves of foods that touch.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Your “about” is as entertaining as anything I could hope to read!

    We’re off the beaten path here (no ham radio, no phone but we do have this satellite internet!) but sounds like similar concerns, issues, and goals.

    Casseroles – that’s my secret to feeding the family on a budget. I have fun seeing how creative we can get by coming up with some sort of dish made with whatever fixings I can scrape up, tossed in with rice or pasta or left over bread… Casseroles save the day!

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