I don't really mind being in the kitchen (except when it's messy). It is considered the heart of the home, after all!
Lately, I have probably been spending extra time in the kitchen, because I have been taking a good long look at my families eating habits; and trying to can, cook, and bake more home made items, for several reasons:
- It does save money to make things from scratch.
- If you make it yourself you know what's in it and where it has been.
- It's healthier.
- I feel like I'm nurturing my family if I am feeding them home cooked goodness.
I found a recipe for Brown Sugar Banana Muffins at Recipe Girl.com. They sounded yummy, so I switched out the bananas for applesauce.
I decided to put some of the apple pie filling that I have been canning to good use, and baked a couple of pies. This time of the year always get an urge to bake pie. If you double a batch of pie dough and throw some in the freezer pie baking is quick and easy. One went to the neighbor's, who has just had surgery, to cheer him up.
I also tried my hand at making home made vanilla yogurt, too. I have been very excited to try this since I read how to make yogurt on The Frugal Girl's blog a couple of weeks ago. She is one smart cookie when it comes to frugality. I figured that a half gallon of whole milk from my local no frills grocery store costs $.84 and 1/2 cup of sugar cost my roughly $.06 so for 8 cups of yogurt I spent $.90 or $.11 for an 8oz. a serving. The cheapest I can buy yogurt for is between $.29 and $.36 for a 6oz a serving. Here is what the finished product looks like:
I snitched a taste, and it is yummy! It is going to taste great mixed with fresh fruit, or a swirl of raspberry freezer jam! Next time I make yogurt I think I will do some plain, too. You can trade out plain yogurt for sour cream in most recipes, and $.42 cents for 4 cups of sour cream substitute is pretty cheap. Looks like it's muffins and yogurt for breakfast at our house tomorrow! Yum!