Yesterday was one of those days where I thought I'd tackle a few small projects and be done in a relatively short amount of time. 8 hours later (and really, really sore feet!), I finally finished. Whoa.
I grocery shop for two weeks at a time. That sounds like I spend two weeks shopping. I go grocery shopping every other week. There. That's better. This saves me both money and time and I'm happy about both of those. I also make a lot of what we eat from scratch. We're pretty much getting to the point that anything we eat is either whole food (by that I mean fruits, veggies, meats/protein) or homemade. There are still a few exceptions, but they are becoming the (very small) minority. What all of this means is that I usually have a baking/cooking day once every two weeks where I try to make a lot of the things we will need for the next week or two, and then I just fill in with other things when time allows. I hope to be able to share the recipes (and pictures...since I have a cutey-patootey-helper!) for future baking days on a regular basis in order to encourage and inspire you all to have your own baking days. For me, being in the kitchen is relaxing, even with 4 things going on at once and my helper underfoot. I have my mom and great-aunts to thank for that. I know for some it is not, but I hope that whichever side you land on, you will at least find a recipe or something from these posts that is helpful for you.
Today, I was having camera issues again (shocker!), so I don't have any pictures that are worth posting, but I will try to link to the recipes that I made, and you can look at the original pictures on those sites. Note that today was a longer-than-normal day for this sort of thing...normally we are only in the kitchen for 3-4 hours at a time.
Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas
Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Chicken Salad with Grapes (no recipe...just toss it all in)
Hard-boiled Eggs (to go in my tossed salad lunches)
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Granola (altered recipe slightly with fruit/nuts)
Homemade Wheat Thins
Homemade Cheese Crackers
No-Knead Bread (which I plan to bake today in my crock pot...stay tuned...)
Fiesta Lime Rice
And, can I just say that I loved being able to move 6, yes SIX pins to my Tried and True board on pinterest?!?!? :-)