"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
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Showing posts with label every dollar saved is about thirty cents more than one earns as taxes come out of our earnings so now is the time to make some money by saving money. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oh that's okay, I make lamb*

This is my second post title using a quote from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I am more familiar with recipes using beef and chicken, so cooking with lamb is experimental for me. We have made lamb chops several times in the past and each time we make it, the chops are a big hit. Now I am getting more familiar cooking with ground lamb. Tonight, I made a spaghetti dinner using ground lamb.
The menu was: Spaghetti,
Spinach and Greens salad,
Toasted French bread with a garlic herb butter

Dessert: Cheatin' Peach Cobbler
In case you wish to know how I prepared the meal, here is what I did tonight:

First I browned the ground lamb, with a bit of cumin, onion powder, and garlic salt.

Then I made my totally easy spaghetti sauce. The base is 3 or 4 cans of tomato sauce and a few tablespoons of seasoning mix.
I have a master mix of seasonings for the sauce:
minced onion~ 1 TBSP
parsley~1 TBSP
salt~1 TBSP
garlic powder~ 1/4 tsp
sugar~1 tsp
basil~1/4 tsp
thyme~1/4 tsp
sage~1/4 tsp
marjoram~1/4 tsp
oregano 1/4 tsp

I multiply this by six when I make up the master mix. Then I add a few tablespoons to the sauce, judging by how the seasoning looks. Slow cook over medium-low for a while, then add the browned meat.

For the salad, I have to confess that we are a picky group. Each person loves to have it their way~so I wash the spinach and greens and prep the sides and allow the family to have a mini salad bar! For dressings we use red wine vinegar and Balsamic Vinegar.

The Cheatin' Peach Cobbler is easy~
I have a master mix for homemade Bisquick too:
9 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups shortening
3 TBSP baking powder
1 TBSP salt

I keep this in the freezer and use the recipe which is the Strawberry Shortcake from the box(Bisquick). I call it cheatin' because I cheat and use this recipe and instead of strawberries I use peaches.

(2~ 15 oz. cans peaches)
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/3 cup Bisquick(or the mix)
3 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP margarine or butter -- melted
1/2 cup milk

After the ingredients I change everything. So here is what I do:

Mix everything but the peaches together. It makes a stiff dough. Kind of roll/flatten into several dumpling style thingies! Put the peaches in a pan, plop the dumpling things on, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake.

Preheat oven to 425 F until the dough is cooked.

I serve this in a bowl with milk~and I love it.

To continue with being frugal here on the farm, I remove the labels from the canned goods. I use these for projects around the house, like the photo of our second freezer. It was a tad old and beat up, and now I have a Warhol~ one of a kind freezer.
Excuse the photo...it was off the cell phone. This post shares a bit more about my frugal ways. In years past folks would not call me frugal but thrifty, as I use each item in the house to the max, thereby stretching the ever shrinking dollar.

*this will be a recurring title!