I made homemade tortillas today because I’m too cheap to buy them. I figure that when I make a stack like this one up above it is costing a dollar instead of $3 or $4. If I bought organic, handmade tortillas in the health food store it would be at least $5.
I got the recipe online from Taste of Home (I’ve shared this in another blog, yes, I repeat myself):
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in water and oil. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.Divide dough into eight portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle.In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Keep warm.Yield: 8 tortillas.
This was so easy and quickly became a family affair. They went great with our huge pot of black eyed peas that I simmered most of the day with a ton of garlic, salt, and bacon. Yes, we had a “meat Monday”. Most meat eaters have “meatless Mondays” but we do it all backward here. We are still not eating meat 99% the time but what the heck do you do with black eyed peas?
I have many mouths to feed lately so I’ve taken to having a big pot of beans on the stove at all times and we do tortillas or cornbread. In addition, we do simple green salads, steamed veggies, or buttered green beans.
I’ve been making smoothies with kale and spinach, frozen bananas, and other fruit in season, along with a soy or almond milk. We all have this in the mornings along with melon and maybe eggs or homemade bread toasted with vegan butter and jam.
For snacks, I’ve taken to making a plate of veggies and apples along with homemade ranch dressing. Sometimes I add nuts and olives.
Dinner is sometimes a potato dish (and there are many) or the beans. I love having a big pot of something simmering on the stove and a bread or muffin available to snack on whenever anyone gets hungry. It’s not always so boring. We had veggie pot pie the other night and fried spaghetti squash another night. I feel like we have new things all the time but they are incredibly easy and plant based. Being that there is so much great produce right now, we are saving plenty of money.
We are feeding 3 adults and 2 children for less than $500 a month and we have a little pantry building in the cupboards and freezer because I take advantage of sales and we shop at Grocery Outlet and Winco only. I prefer Grocery Outlet for my organics believe it or not.
I great way to wash produce is half a cup of vinegar in a sink full of water. A gallon of vinegar is less than $2 compared to $6 for a small bottle of fancy veggie wash you find in the produce section of nicer stores. It will last for many, many washes.
I scored a couple lovely rugs for free at the end of a garage sale on Sunday. They were indoor but have been outdoors for so long. I am using them for our patio since it’s all cement and this gives it some color and I see outdoor rugs all the time now.
Another money saver is investing in your own rug shampooer. We bought one 6 years ago and it’s still working great. When you have little ones and pets it’s a good idea to give the area rugs a good wash at least once a year if not twice. I only have area rugs and we don’t wear shoes inside the house. But then the dogs and cat always make up for that by having accidents and coughing up fur balls.
Money saving ideas for cleaning would be to have mops with washable rags. I also use cut up wash clothes or small thin rags for dishwashing. I can wash these and haven’t purchased a sponge in years. Sponges are filthy and expensive. Vinegar and dish soap can make all your cleaners for floor, counters and more. My fancy vacuum broke so I’m back to the old-fashioned broom. I like it, nothing cumbersome to drag out of the closet and sweeping is therapeutic. Sweeping is a methodic rhythm and you become one with the floor. Because my house is so old, I have no dishwasher. I enjoy washing dishes by hand as well for that “pondering time”. I have a grandmother now so I have help with dishes, cooking, and the children. I feel a new surge of en
Vinegar and dish soap can make all your cleaners for floor, counters, windows, and more. My fancy vacuum broke so I’m back to the old-fashioned broom. I like it, nothing cumbersome to drag out of the closet and sweeping is therapeutic. Sweeping is a methodic rhythm and you become one with the floor. Because my house is so old, I have no dishwasher. I enjoy washing dishes by hand as well for that “pondering time”.
I have a borrowed grandmother now so I have help with dishes, cooking, and the children. I feel a new surge of energy to do all sorts of other endeavors. One day I shampooed carpets and washed dogs, the next day I found a free chicken coop and we hauled it home (that was a hell I’d rather not have time for again), then the following day we painted it yellow. I finished painting the little fence between the garage and house today.
Projects tend to be free if you are talking fences, furniture, and left over paint. I feel like I’ve been painting everything lately; kitchens, doors, coops, fences. Perhaps I should get back to crocheting.