Simple Breakfast Sandwiches that save $$$dough!
- The Simple Life
by Sheryl Simons
If you live in an area where fall colors are changing, you
may want to take a drive. But do you really have to drive a long
ways to see all the beauty? Why not go for a short ride, and don't
leave the neighborhood? Take the back roads near your home. Drive
slow, say 35 MPH. Turn down roads you've never been on.
Fortunately, we live in a hilly area and in some places the view went
on for miles and miles. On a two hour drive right nearby, we went
down beautiful roads and saw the beginning of autumn in her
Once or twice we had to pull over to let someone pass who wasn't
on a Sunday drive. It was great fun. Dinner was in the crock pot
when we arrived home. Or, you could pack a picnic and stop at a park
you find. You get to know your neighbors a bit better, and your
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This year we built some garden beds closer to the house.
They were 2X8 construction and about 4 feet across, allowing easy
access for weeding and harvesting. After years of having an in-
ground garden, there were some differences. Beds dry out faster.
But this can be thwarted by mulch, plastic, or landscape fabric,
depending on your preference. I was able to use cpvc pipe and
netting to cover my cabbages and broccoli, which otherwise would have
been infested with cabbage moths. These were held in place by
galvanized pipe clamps. This helped them greatly. It wasn't 100
percent, but it was much better. I also realized that the same
framework of cpvc would work as a cover for a cold frame for
extending the growing season into fall.
There were much less weeds, and since the beds are closer to the
house, watering took less time.
Each year, make mental or written notes about what worked and what
didn't. Each year there are mistakes and victories. Learning from
each is what the fun of gardening is all about. There are no
guarantees, but slicing that first ripe tomato, or walking to the
garden, instead of buying onions is so much more rewarding. Its all
about the fun!
Simple Breakfast on the Run!
Finding it way too easy to stop off for a quick breakfast
sandwich before work, but feeling guilty for spending money on a
sandwich, and maybe a Danish or juice and coffee? That could end up
being $7 dollars or so just for breakfast. And what if the whole
family buys breakfast? Wait a minute!
Purchase a package of English muffins, cheese slices, pre-
cook some sausage patties, or bacon, or ham or Canadian bacon?
Scramble 8 to one dozen eggs and pour into a greased 9X13 pan and
bake @ 350 for about 15 minutes or until set. Cool and cut into 12
squares. Now assemble your breakfast sandwiches. An English muffin,
a square of egg, meat and a slice of cheese. Butter if necessary.
Now wrap in waxed paper and seal each sandwich in a sandwich baggie.
Freeze or place in fridge.
On busy mornings or when the kids have an
early meeting or practice, warm for about 45 seconds or until nice
and steamy. Thaw the night before, if possible. These are about 35
to 50 cents a piece, rather than the $3. you used to spend. But a
nice family breakfast beats a meal on the run, any day!
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The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that
the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann
To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else
in the world. ~Charles Dudley Warner
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the
English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from
understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel
that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the
happiness of not having things. ~Elise Boulding
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