I’ll be writing lot about pumpkin this fall, because someone gifted me 38 free sugar pumpkins last year, and I canned a bunch. It’s not safe to can pumpkin in the form of puree, because it’s too dense, so I canned mine in chunks. When you empty out your jar, it pretty much turns into puree anyway. My latest experiment with pumpkin is a new favorite in my house – – Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats.
My freezer is full of frozen fruit. I manically stocked up on fruit this summer, because the prices were so unreal. I got blackberries for 50 cents a pint, blueberries for 98 cents a pint, and strawberries for 50 cents a pound. My peaches were anywhere from 50-60 cents a pound (I don’t remember), but my biggest score was 13 pounds of free nectarines.
Cinnamon is a good pantry budget item to have on hand, if you shop around for the right deal. I get a 10.7 ounce jar of cinnamon at Costco for a mere $2.50. Instead of buying flavored coffees, I put cinnamon in my coffee grounds. When I am looking for something inexpensive to bake, (also using my 25 pound bag of flour for $7), I look for something that involves cinnamon. We have a play date here today, and I made this delicious cinnamon swirl bread – – moist and perfectly marbled with cinnamon sugar. Now, I just have to [continue reading…]