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Waste Not, Want Not

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Ever heard the old adage “Waste not, want not”? Basically it’s about making use out of everything you’ve got – even the tiny scraps or leftovers that might otherwise go to waste.

Well, that’s what came to mind when I saw the (ingenious) idea from another blogger (shout out!) to use old leftover hot dog buns for french toast sticks! Sounds weird, right? But the number of hot dogs in a package doesn’t align with the number of buns in a package so there’s always some weird leftover buns that typically sit around until they get stale and are thrown out in the trash. But no more, friends! Check this out:

First, I made a little egg mixture with some cracked eggs and a splash of milk. See here:

I split my hot dog buns in half long-ways (basically just tearing them down the middle) and dipped each half into the egg mixture. Next, I grilled them up on an electric griddle (a skillet would work, too), and dusted with some cinnamon.

Finally, I threw them on a plate (cut into bite-sized pieces for the kiddos), topped with a little powdered sugar, and had a small amount of syrup on the side for dipping.

Add some fruit and scrambled eggs and you’re looking at a complete breakfast! Made with food from my pantry I was probably going to throw away otherwise!

The kids loved it and I loved not wasting food and getting more bang for my buck since every last hot dog bun ended up being consumed instead of tossed!

Bam!

Do you have any fun food hacks or ways you stretch a buck with old/leftover food?


Our Favorite Winter Meals

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I love that the cooler weather is here. We are enjoying our last week or so that we get to stay home two nights a week (before volleyball practice starts.) As a result of these two things, we are cooking a lot. I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon of posting a few of our favorite winter meals, some of which are pretty affordable

Hashbrown Potato Soup

This is the hands down family favorite. You can make it either the crockpot or on the stove. We prefer it on the stove, and I save time using frozen hashbrowns rather than whole potatoes. There are lots of recipes on the internet, some include meat, some cheese, we cook straight potato soup and then everyone doctors their bowl to their own taste.

Deviled Eggs

Princess has become famous around town for her deviled eggs. She’s even been paid by locals to make them for special events. Sea Cadet recently asked her to make them for a Christmas Party he was attending.  We are spoiled by her love to cook. (Tonight she made brownies.)

Meatloaf

Gymnast favorite meal to make these days is meatloaf. I think he just likes to get his hands dirty…literally. (We haven’t had to buy meat since we moved. We are still eating through the freezer of meat we brought from Virginia. We are down to our last week of that though.)

We also eat a lot of beans and noodles.. Sea Cadet makes Asian inspired dishes almost every time it’s his turn to cook. Noodles and pasta sauce are another thing we are still working through from our rations we brought from Virginia.  Who knew we had so much food!

I’m so blessed that all my kids enjoy cooking and better yet, are good at it. Cooking at home saves us money, even when we cook more elaborate meals. But the best part is the fun we have preparing and trying new things. Some of our meals are true hits and some of them force us to take a McDonalds run and eat fries and sweet tea for dinner (okay, that’s only happened once.)

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of this holiday season with your loved ones. Taking time to slow down and just enjoy the holiday decorations and festivities. Enjoying some quality time. And being grateful for all the many blessings. I know I am.