Magic seems to happen when people or families gather around a table laden with good food. Is it the coffee? Is it the wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen? The conversation flows, our moods elevate and laughter fills the room every Tuesday morning as we gather for breakfast!
Topics always cover community news-who is ailing, who moved and what’s on sale at the grocery store. Today there was much talk about food.
Liver and onions; roast beef with onions; spinach salad and eggs were the headlines. The whole bunch buzzed about whether to plan out menus for one or two vs those who pop something into a nuke machine for a quick meal. We agreed that if we all operated in the same manner it would be a very boring world. All this chatter went on as we were treated to a hot breakfast casserole, strips of crisp bacon, toast, peaches and OJ. Oh, and that yummy steaming coffee!
Most of our breakfast buddies will return at noon for the congregate meal served at SENCA every weekday. Friendships are fortified, news is distributed, and it is a wonderful service available to kids our age. We are blessed to have a talented cook who is all heart-Loretta Pope does a great job in her role at SENCA.
All this got me thinking about what to present to the Food Stamps Cooking Club Members about making meals. Golly, it is an ongoing thing, this meal making. When you are living on a dime or depending on public assistance for your food NO MATTER YOUR AGE you might benefit from some help. We dearly hope we are helpful in this regard; it is our passion and purpose, after all.
One of the things we do at the Club House is to cook a potful of eggs at one time. Some might be used for salads or snacks and others are put back, peeled and ready to go, for a quick breakfast. It takes almost no time to make a white sauce, adding those hard cooked eggs, for a lovely sauce over toast. Quick! Easy! CHEAP. Boom.
Another idea is to put one part oatmeal and two parts water into a covered pot or casserole into the oven at bedtime on very low heat. You could toss in some dried fruit-or not-and a sprinkle of salt. A good hot breakfast will greet you as you wake! Quick! Easy! CHEAP! Boom
Sometimes I stir up some egg/milk/cinnamon and soak bread overnight in that mixture. This goes into the fridge as soon as the bread is added. Next morning it takes very little time to pop the slices of bread into a hot skillet for French toast. These can be topped with syrup, honey, jelly, jam or plain fruit-even yogurt. Pretty much a people pleaser! This is also quick! Easy! CHEAP! Boom
If you need breakfast on the go, granola might meet your needs. There you can make up the mix your gang likes best, store it in your pantry or cupboard, and scoop it into a fridge container or plastic bag. Another idea along this line is to peel an orange the night before and pop that into a plastic container. You are out the door with good fortification and it’s quick, easy and CHEAP! Boom
We would be remiss if we did not mention heart shaped pancakes for the upcoming VALENTINE DAY…topped off with red jam or jelly. Stir up the mix the night before and it’s a cinch to get them to the table for your Valentines who come to your table before school or work! Again-quick, easy, and CHEAP. Boom.
The internet is filled with blogs with ideas of every sort. Some of my favorites, as you know, are Saving Dinner, Creative Savv, The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking , Poor to Rich a Day at a Time and Living On a Dime. I also really enjoy reading CT on a Budget. and Monroe on a Budget. I’m sure you’ll find tremendously helpful ideas about breakfast and much, much more. Give them some love, won’t you, please? And mention that Mother Connie sez hey. Thanks.
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