About 6 months ago I stopped buying frozen foods!*
Now, is my Costco annual rebate going to go down because of this? Probably – because I was spending a lot of money on these items:
Pizza Bagel Bites
Frozen individual pizzas
And Eggo Waffles!
Since cutting these pre-made, frozen foods from my grocery list, not only are my kids eating healthier, but I’ve saved a lot of money! It’s also causing my kids to get more creative in the kitchen!!
I’m once again getting back into making my own waffles, as I used to do this when the kids were little and money was tight! And last Friday, after stopping by a garage sale, I bought a brand new Belgian Waffle maker - for $3!
Using this recipe, we ate waffles all weekend, for very little money. I added my special touch of apple butter to the recipe, doubled the batch, and kept in the fridge.
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 ¼ tsp. active dry yeast
2 TBL sugar
1 tsp salt
1 ¾ cups milk
¼ cup water OR ½ cup apple butter
¼ cup butter
In a large bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. Heat milk, water and butter until very warm (but not too hot!). Add to flour mixture. Add eggs. Using an electric mixer blend at low speed until moistened; beat 1 minute at medium speed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate several hours or overnight. (Be prepared – batter will double in size!)
Delicious – serve with pear or apple butter!
Using my old waffle iron (ready to bite the dust!), I wouldn’t waste any batter.
I’d cool the waffles.
Put in Ziploc bags and freeze.
Pull out of freezer and pop in the toaster!
Just like Eggo Waffles!
Making my own waffles works for me – and saves me money!
How about you – are you still buying frozen goods at the grocery store? What about freezing your own waffles?
(*One exception to buying frozen foods is that I still buy large frozen pizzas, but my RULE OF THUMB is they have to be on sale for $4.50 or less. It’s a quick meal for the kids, or to have with a salad.)
Last weekend I spent all day Saturday winterizing our back yard. Mowing, blowing, mulching, putting cushions, pillows and umbrellas in the shed; putting pool toys away and pruning and getting ready for winter! Just in time, because within 20 minutes of finishing, the rains came, and they haven’t stopped since!
I have mixed feelings about this time of year. I love the holidays coming up, but I hate putting summer to “bed.”
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