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Save Money on Groceries!!

I am so embarrassed at how long it has been since I’ve posted on kristacooks 😦 I have shamefully been eating Lean Cuisines and convenience foods. This semester has been a black pit of misery so far! But it is SPRING BREAK (even though it is 40 degrees outside). So I am perusing my “Recipes to try” bookmark folder! So expect some new stuff this week! 

Now on to the money saver! 

Have you heard of Angel Food Ministries?

This is a GREAT program, especially now that everyone is aching in the financial department these days!

My mom orders these kits once a month to help with my teenage brother’s eating habits (not to mention the other boys that practically live there).
The boxes are an assortment of various dietary needs,they include: Meat, vegetables, eggs, milk, even desserts!

There are so many different options!!!!

Right now they have:

Senior’s/On-The-Go menu full of prepared meals for 28 bucks!

Regular box to feed a family of four for a WEEK for only 30 bucks!! (Nerd and I could live off this for 3 weeks)!

They also have other specials each month, this month they are offering a Mom’s Easter Sunday Box!!

I would definitely recommend looking into this!! Even if you ordered one box a month for $30.00 you could lower your grocery bill immensely by supplementing the contents of the box with a bit of necessities a week!

Let me know how it works out for you!!

p.s. They also accept EBT food stamps (as do most Farmer’s Markets these days)!!



How do you save your parmesan?

Happy Friday!

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I’ve heard many possibilities. 


I wrap mine in a wet paper towel, then cover in aluminum foil. Is this right or wrong in your opinion? I never seem to keep parmesan that long, but just curious incase I do someday. 

Lots of fun recipes next week! Stay tuned!

Bread Crumbs

Nerd loves sandwiches; however, when he spends 12 hours a day in the engineering lab, he more often than not orders in:/

Needless to say, I end up with a lot of stale bread.

On one hand… It is such a joy to hand stale, not quite moldy bread to the kids I babysit and watch them feed the ducks at Zilker Park.  It’s also fun to be chased up the banks when you are out of bread. It happened. But not to me. I saw it. Beware!!

On the other hand… I LOVE bread crumbs! No one, not one single individual has ever told me that making bread crumbs was so easy. Maybe I should’ve asked…

I called up the mother and finally asked… Easy Sccchhhmeeeasy she says:

So I select my inspiration and get to work (after leaving them sitting in the window for a few hours).

First, I go into “stress-relief” mode by tearing up the bread into small pieces. (“stress-relief” mode may also refer to blender use, mashing potatoes, and sometimes chopping vegetables, but be careful with the latter).

Mine were still not stale enough so I spread them out on a cookie sheet and baked them for around 5 minutes.

Place bread remnants in a food processor (mine is a wee little thing, so it took several batches) process ’em until they reach your desired crumminess! After they are there, add a bit of melted butter (I added about 1/2 tsp for each small batch) so that they don’t burn in the oven.

Voila!! Bread Crumbs.

Mother says these should keep for quite a while in the freezer, but mine were gone within two days!