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Month: December 2013

Eight Strategies to “Budget” Your Willpower

Eight Strategies to “Budget” Your Willpower

    In a previous post I discussed an article that suggests we can deplete or increase our willpower.   The following information will make more sense if you’ve read that post. After 20 plus years in the fitness industry I have seen that any […]

What you Need to Know About Willpower Before You Start a Diet

What you Need to Know About Willpower Before You Start a Diet

  You hear people say, “I just have no will power.”  Is will power something some people have more or less of than others?  Is it something that you can strengthen?  Everyone knows it is best not to go grocery shopping when you are hungry, […]

A Meal for Eight for $1

A Meal for Eight for $1

Homemade noodles
Homemade noodles

This is my mom’s homemade noodle recipe.  She grew up during the Great Depression and learned how to really stretch resources.  Take the leftover chicken or turkey carcass and put it in a stock pot, crock pot or pan big enough that you can cover the bones with water.  Bring to a boil and the simmer for a couple of hours.  Remove the bones, let them cool a bit and then remove any additional meat from the bones and add it back to the stock. This is the stock that you will be using for the noodles.  I am estimating it will make about 6 cups of stock for a chicken, more for a turkey but honestly, I never measure the water and it always turns out great.

Homemade Noodles

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 201 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 31 g

Protein 10 g

8


Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups flour (white or whole wheat pastry)
  • 6 cups chicken broth

Instructions

Mix flour and salt.

Add milk and beaten eggs.

Stir together to form a dough.

Roll very thin on floured surface.

Cut into thin strips.

Drop in boiling broth and boil about 10 minutes.

This was my first attempt to make the noodles with whole wheat pastry flour and they turned out great.  They are certainly wonderful made with white flour and you could use some of each.  In the old days, these noodles were dried first and I’ve done that before, but in these days of being careful with raw eggs,  I feel better just cooking them right away.  The noodles (or the broth for that matter) could be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.  You do not need a noodle cutter to make these, but it does make it easier.  You could just cut them with a knife.  After cutting, pull the noodles apart.  I have found the noodle cutter at a kitchen store marketed as a herb mincer.  I bet the cost of the ingredients for these noodles is less than $1.  I consider the broth to be free since most people throw away the bones anyway.

If you want to take your broth to the next level, nutritionally speaking, you could make bone broth.  Find instructions here.  I just finished making my first batch of bone broth today.

I may sound simple or even bland but with a good stock this is a very filling, satisfying comfort food.  You can’t beat the value!

Is a Menu Planning Service Worth it?  I Didn’t Save Money But Did Gain Value.

Is a Menu Planning Service Worth it? I Didn’t Save Money But Did Gain Value.

Ever feel like you have a pantry full of staples and a refrigerator full of food and yet “there is nothing to eat”?  If you have teenagers, no doubt you’ve heard that multiple times, usually accompanied by standing in front of the refrigerator holding the […]

Straw Bale Garden Lessons

Straw Bale Garden Lessons

I am intrigued by the idea of straw bale gardening.  It sounds simple and easy.  The idea is to plant into straw bales (not hay bales) and you have a weed free, instant planting bed.  You can (theoretically) even tent the straw bale early in […]

Porch Swing Repurpose

Porch Swing Repurpose

porch swing repurposeThough I may want to be in denial, winter is coming!  It’s time, no past time, to bring in the patio furniture.  I must confess that the garage is beyond full.  I just made room yesterday to squeeze in the garbage can (as required by city code) and putting the one car into the two car garage is like threading a needle.  I really like being an organized person so this bugs me.  The small patio table is actually going to have to stay out this year and I was determined to find a place for the patio swing!  I was about to disassemble it (can I find the directions to put it together next spring?) when I realized that it would make a dandy frame to hang my grow light.  This grow light has previously been in the basement and while the set up worked,  the light shared the one available electric outlet and because it was out of sight, I frequently forgot to turn it off or on.  I’ve tried several timers and they never seem to work consistently either.

The table was already home to a rosemary, orange and lemon trees.  An added benefit of this set up is the south facing window so I should be able to have wonderful light when it’s time to plant. I may even try to plant some lettuce now and see if I can grow it completely indoors.  I wonder if husband will let me hang the swing seat from the ceiling…..of the garage…….

 

 

Carrots in December

Carrots in December

Here in Kansas, carrots will keep in the ground all winter, especially with a layer of mulch.  The problem is that when it has been snowing or raining and it is 14 degrees outside I don’t want to go out and dig them up.  I’m […]

Cornbread Compromise

Cornbread Compromise

Cornbread growing up was bacon fat melted in a pan, then added to a batter that was 2/3 cornmeal and 1/3 flour, leavening, milk, egg, no sugar.  Have I mentioned that my mom grew up in Louisiana?  When low fat eating became the “correct” way […]