Grandma Wasted Nothing

Not quite what my grandmother’s house was like but it was a small,  simple place.

My paternal grandmother was one of the most influential people early on in my life. As I sit here, 20 years after she crossed the rainbow bridge, I wish I had paid a bit more attention to the things she said. The little words of wisdom she would say quietly. What I can say I remember easily was being in the kitchen with her as she cooked for an army. Seriously, she had to feed an army she had her children most of whom were married by this time with children of their own. There were a lot of us but we never left her table hungry.

My grandmother wasted nothing. She could stretch a meal. Every part of a chicken, ham or whatever meat there was got used and turned into another meal. We honestly never really asked what was for dinner, Grandad, my dad and my uncles all went hunting on a regular basis along side the animals that were raised for slaughter. If the truck garden did well during the growing season there were veggies all year long. If not it was seasonal, winter could mean less veggies and more bread to fill you up and gravy.

I am currently putting together a compilation of ideas, based on what my grandmother did, to share with everyone. Everything that was old is becoming new again. From eating seasonally to canning and preserving to how to do once a week or once a month cooking. I will cover recipes, tips and tricks to stretch your grocery budget.

It takes a great commander to run an army and whether you have a small family or a large one you are the commander in chief. Feeding your family on a frugal budget is something that takes strategic planning. If you are used to fly by the seat of your pants and running through the drive through to catch a meal, I can even give you tips to avoid that.

Not only have I learned from my grandmother, my mother and mother in law but from my own experiences as a stay at home mom, working mom, etc. Time management my friends it is all about time management.

I am looking forward to sharing all of the experiences with you in a weekly post beginning the 1st of March.

Happy Cooking!

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