Sunday, December 11, 2011
X-Treme Food Stamp Challenge--Baking frenzy
But first: breakfast! I opened up a jar of potatoes my mom had grown and canned last year, mashed them up, mixed in a chopped up tomato, onion, and green pepper from my garden, seasoned it with some basil (from Freecycle), oregano (from my mom), garlic powder, and a little sea salt. Then I cooked it all up in a little bit of olive oil, hash brown style, and topped with a little feta cheese when it was nice and light brown on both sides. Of course, the kids wanted it with ketchup, but I thought it was great as it was, with a Diet Coke to drink.
After breakfast, I started on the day's mission: filling the freezer with ready-to-eat goodies for when my 12 year old of the huge appetite arrives Friday. I made peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, and spinach bagels (not that I really think the spinach bagels will really last that long, but it was part of my baking frenzy nonetheless).
For dinner, I had some shipwreck that had been frozen as an individual meal and the kids had zesty mac-n-cheese. We snacked throughout the day on the cookies (and milk) and pretzels I made, as well as homemade pear fruit leathers I pulled out of the freezer. The kids also ate a small jar of homemade applesauce and enough dried pears that I was a tad worried they'd be having some digestive issues. I had some tortilla chips and apple-tomato salsa. I found myself giggling with a little glee when cracking open the applesauce, salsa, fruit leathers, and dried pears, because I thought it was really cool that we were enjoying the fruits (haha) of my labor a month or two ago now that snow is on the ground!