First of all, I need to make a disclaimer. I’m going to talk about a book I’m reading. No one asked me to review this book. I did not get this book for free. Well, I sort of did in that I checked it out from the library. And then renewed it. But it won’t end up being entirely free because I will likely have a fine for returning it late.
Because we all know how I now avoid the library.
Of course my library may excuse any fine, just to keep us from gracing their presence.
Anyhoo. How I’ve digressed. A while back, I found out that Mary Ostyn of Owlhaven wrote a book called “Family Feasts for $75 a Week”. The title alone spoke to my frugal heart. Mary has a family of 10 and is well known for her creative frugal means of keeping her family well fed and alive.
And I heart her. She has been one of my most favorite bloggers since I started this blogging journey in 2006. And no, she has no idea I’m writing this.
I also love her new book. I’m attempting to get away from buying a lot of pre-packaged food, and make as much from scratch as possible. The reason is that it’s cheaper and healthier. This morning I made pancakes from a homemade pancake mix recipe in Mary’s book. She has a recipe for a healthier Bisquick type pancake mix. Once you put all the dry ingredients together, you can store it for up to a year. And making the actual pancakes is as simple as adding warm water, eggs, and vanilla. The kids devoured them.
I’ve been trying out a bunch of the recipes over the last two weeks and have all been wonderful AND EASY.
Big frugal thumbs up on this book. Good job, my friend.
(And psssst, as I was posting this, I found out that Mary is giving away a copy of her book on her blog this week.)