‘Waste Not, Want Not’ at the Cowboy Baby Homestead

*Almost Ready to Post My Cozy Mystery Book Review ;)*

Like everyone else, Inflation is biting us in the backside. I just got a new job, so that’s going to help. But, I’ve told my family the extra money isn’t for buying stuff and junk food. It’s to offset Inflation and prepare the Cowboy Baby Homestead for next Spring.

The first line of defense when it comes to Inflation is to figure out where we’re wasting and deal with that. We waste a lot of Milk – I’m probably the worst offender. And the price of Milk is skyrocketing everywhere. We love cereal and there’s always a lot of milk leftover. If it goes to the animals, that’s okay. But, sometimes it just gets dumped. Not good. To remedy this, I’ve decided to set Sunday afternoons as Baking Day. Today, I’m baking Oatmeal, Walnut, and Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies and Corndog Muffins for after school and work snacks.

My plan is to bake individual servings, Cornish Pasties and miniature casseroles in extra large muffin tins. This is because my family is mostly adult now, all working and/or going to school, and all of us with different schedule and routines. We can run through the house, grab and meal, and keep going. Also, these store and freeze easily, which means less food goes to waste.

I found a lot of inspiration from this lady- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Wqjruiplg

Do a Search on “Muffin Meals” and you’ll find many wonderful ideas on YouTube. Basically, we do a Slow Cooker meal one day and use the leftover meat to make the casserole or whatever the next day. Slow Cookers come in a variety of sizes and mine is my very best kitchen friend.

Also, a Bread Machine might be a good investment, it does all the kneading and rising for you. Sometimes they can be found at thrift shops, but here is one at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Elite-Gourmet-Maxi-Matic-EBM8103B-Programmable/dp/B08BSP4GL1/ref=sr_1_5?crid=39GHJYV6HWCFA&keywords=Bread+machine&qid=1667744988&s=appliances&sprefix=bread+machine%2Cappliances%2C143&sr=1-5

The British were particularly resourceful in dealing with Inflation and Food Shortages during World War II, because they had it a lot harder than us Americans. Though not as hard as mainland Europe. Anyway, here’s an episode of Wartime Farm that offers some history and inspiration- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LyGdRw6vK8Q

Remember, you come from tough stuff and you’re going to get through this.

Be Brave, Be Kind.