Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hillbilly Housewife

This week we are eating the $45 emergency menu from  There is no emergency in our household.  I just wanted to see how we would like the menu and if we could do it.  The $45 amount is really 2006 prices and now it is about $75.  But really it is less than that because she included items like salt and pepper and ketchup.

It is a weeks worth of beans and bread.  We are on day 5 and I have to say that the meals have been tasty and had variety.  I am shocked that all my kids have eaten all or most of their beans at every meal.  Last night we had creamed tuna over pasta, but only half of my family ate it.  
Everything is from scratch, so I have spent a little more time in the kitchen.  I made flour tortillas for the first time and they were delicious.  I also made skillet corn cakes for the first time.

We have not followed the menu exactly, but mostly.  We have eaten what we usually eaten for breakfast, but I did add a glass of orange juice every morning.  That has been a hit around here.  We added sausage to the beans one night because we had company and didn't want to give them just beans.

We also made the Magic Milkshake recipe that I found on the website.  It is like the Wendy's frosty and you make it without ice cream.  It was really tasty.

This is also the website that I used to learn how to make bread.  She has a beginner's bread recipe that is very easy.


DebiH. said...

That is the bread recipe that I first used too. I have been curious about the menu plan. It's good to know someone who really tried it!

Melissa said...

How cool! I'm going to check out this site. Thanks!

MyStory of HiStory said...

been thinkin' of you/the "frugal" posts you've written. My friend at "Henley the Great Dane says Boof" has a link to her husband's blog (It's Like Herding Cats - a pastor's life) & their church is challenging themselves to eat only rice & beans for a week(!) & give the $$ they save to a mission org.(I think) in another country --an interesting twist on the being frugal concept & I just tho't to share since you already seem so good at being frugal :)

Christine said...

THank you foe the awesome idea. If you don't mind, I will be referring to this post in a couple of days on my blog.

Smith Schoolhouse said...

thanks for sharing. i will be checking it out too- esp. since I am a hillbilly now.

bfarmmom said...

very neat. I have never heard of this website, I will have to check it out.

Mrs. White said...

Oh, I saw that emergency menu. Good for you! It's good that you added things here and there to make it your own.
Mrs. White

GardenofGems said...

I tried it one week, but had to tweak the menu a bit to fit our family. Like instead of tuna, we used chicken from the can. It was great, and we'll probably try it again when things calm down. I am going to try to continue making the bread though.