I’m MEAN to my family!?
Here is the scenario at the grocery store the other day:
Daisy is with me and spies this shinny bag of frozen garlic bread with some cartoon character on it. Those marketing guys are very smart at what they do! Bright colors, cute cartoons and right at eye level on the shelf for a small child riding in a cart or walking and within easy reach for them. Any way that’s another post. She asked very nicely if she could have the bread and I politely told her no, we were going to be making bread at home later in the week, we still had some left we need to eat up first.
Well the lady coming down the aisle the other way, had 3 children with her and a cart full of all sorts of crap, non Lizzy Lane Farm food (I notice these things). Things like boxes of fruit-roll ups, pop tarts, boxes of kool-aid drink boxes, sugar cereal, a pile of lunchables( those boxed lunches with about 3 silver dollar sized pieces of bologna, 3-4 crackers, pudding cup and juice box), bags of candy…well you get the idea, in this I did not see a single fresh vegetable, bread, or meat of any kind.
The lady over heard my comment to Daisy and promptly told me I was MEAN to not let her have the bag of bread, her kids loved them & they make good snacks for them. I smiled at her and thanked her for the information and continued on my way through the store. I normally stay out of the frozen food aisle but it was a short cut to the meat counter.
Later that night I was thinking about this and wondered how such a huge-grand-canyon-sized gap in opinion of food could possible exist. I worry about organic, GMO’s, preservatives, MSG, food miles, fair trade to name a few and this other side of the canyon the woman was worried about telling her children no over anything they wanted. OH WOW!
I thought about a phone call I received from a friend that same night asking how much money I thought I saved making my own laundry soap & would I make her some if she dropped off the ingredients. This friend had to save money some where and wondered if it really helped or not. My answer to this is always the same. If it saves you even a few pennies over time it is worth it. I thought about that this friend was worried about laundry soap to save money but never gave it a thought that her family ate out 3-4 nights a week and that their house was full of much the same foods I saw earlier in that woman’s cart at the grocery store. That by stopping that it would save her much larger amounts of money that laundry soap ever would. Not so say that I think she should be doing both.
Here is my quick math:
a family of 4 out for dinner 4 times a week=$45.00 a night, including tip…
or $180 a week….
or $9,360 a year!
a single bottle of 2 liter soda:
$1.25 per bottle…
$7.50 (6 bottles) a week…
$390. a year!
a single box of 6 Pop Tarts:
$2.69 per box…
$10.76 (4 boxes a week)…
$559.52 a year!
Those 3 changes alone will save her $10,309 a year. Add back in the cost of about $50. a week for groceries ($2,600. a year) and you still have $7,709. more a year.
Home cooked meals with wholesome ingredients will save you money every time and you will be healthier too. So with that in mind I would like to share the recipe I have been using for garlic bread sticks. The original recipe came from Hillbilly House Wife some time ago. I have changed it a bit and our family likes better this way.
Garlic Bread Sticks
Turn oven on 425 f and in a 9×12 pan place:
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
place pan in oven to melt the butter
In a large mixing bowl combine:
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbl. dried parsley
- 1 Tbl. baking powder
mix well and stir in 1 1/4 cup cold milk. Right in the bowl knead dough 5-6 times and roll into 9×12 rectangle on floured board. By this time the butter should be melted in the pan. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and give the melted butter a stir to mix the garlic and salt around, place the rolled dough into the pan then flip the dough over to coat both sided. Cut into long sticks. The butter will seep up between the slices and is supposed to. I get about 8 sticks across and then cut them in 1/2 the short side of the pan to make them 6″ long.
- Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 425 f for 20 minutes.
Quick and easy. I have brought these to several pot luck dinners and they went over well. They do freeze well and toast up nicely in the toaster oven for a quick side to lunch or dinner.