Over the years I have watched different ladies “get by” on a very limited budget. The first one that comes to mind was my Aunt Jessie Pearl. She was a housewife who was very talented in the kitchen. She could take leftover biscuits and make a mouthwatering bread pudding that everyone loved. By crumbling the biscuits, adding a little milk, an egg, and a little sugar and cinnamon, she would place this in a Pyrex dish and press it down evenly, adding a dab of butter on top and sprinkling with sugar and she would bake it until golden brown. . Yum!
If we made a dessert, for instance a cake using a store-bought mix and icing, we would pay at least 3-4 dollars for it today. I’m sure Aunt Jessie Pearl’s bread pudding cost less than a dollar to make! And considering she already had the leftovers and other ingredients, it really cost her nothing to make it. You can make a variation and add raisins or berries for added interest.
We have just LOST all of the old ways of doing things in our mad rush-rush world we live in. We’ve lost the identity of these women of old along with it. We no longer consider ourselves to be valuable as these women did. They were sure of themselves, knowing their ways were tried and true! Their mothers and grandmothers passed down these recipes, money saving ideas, ways of making-do, and probably they didn’t even consider them to be such. They just knew the recipes were good, and they continued to make them. I also think of Chicken & Dumplings…Using flour, a little butter or shortening, salt, bits of chicken or turkey, and broth made a meal that “everyone” loved! We just need to use a little ingenuity. Pay attention to older ladies, even men and learn the “old ways” to save money.