Meal #1: I put a roast on last night. Any roast will do, but you get a little more meat with a rump roast than a shoulder roast. I poke the roast with a knife then season it with onion salt and Lowery seasoning. Then I pour a can of Dr. Pepper over the top of the roast (this makes it so tender). I also add 2 packages of brown gravy mixed with 2 cups of water (stir powder and water together before pouring over roast). Peel and cut up potatoes, onion and carrots to the crockpot. Cook on low all night. We attend church on Sunday mornings so I turned the crockpot off and let the roast sit while we were at church. I made a salad and we had a wonderful fast, easy meal for lunch after church. There is still plenty of roast for left overs. I plan to make 3 meals out of this roast.
I meet so many women who do not know how to cook. As a teacher and a mom I get to enjoy being home with my boys during the summer. That also means my boys are home for all 3 meals and many snacks during the summer months. My refrigerator broke a few weeks ago. I lost all my stock pile of frozen meals so I'm starting over to refill my freezer this month. So I thought I would use my teacher blog to show how I cook and feed a family of 3 for a month on a teacher's salary.
I grew up on a peanut farm 27 miles in the country. We only went into to town a few times a month. I've tried to keep that lifestyle as much as I can to save money as a single mom on a teacher's salary. Today I went and spent $300.00 on groceries for the month. I may have to go back for milk, bread, eggs or a few other small things, but for the most part my grocery shopping is finished for the month. I buy the really big packages of hamburger meat for around $16.00 a package. I break those packages up into small ziploc bags and freeze them. This saves money and time. When I need to cook a ziploc bag of hamburger I just pop it in the microwave on defrost for about 2 min. and it's defrosted and ready to cook. I bought 5 packages of hamburger meat today, a large bag of frozen chicken, roast, pork loin, turkey sandwich meat and cans of tuna. That is enough meat product for 52 meals. I freeze a lot of my fruit to keep it fresh. You can even freeze or refrigerate bananas to keep them fresh longer. Here is a picture of my ziploc bags of hamburger. I have 40 bags of hamburger in the freezer.
I'm a mom who firmly believes if I'm home in the morning my children should never eat cold cereal for breakfast nor should they eat store bought cookies. Here are my recipes for homemade waffles and the most amazing homemade chocolate cookies.
I don't buy a lot of junk food. My boys love crackers with dip with peanut butter, gold fish, chips with salsa and popcorn. I keep cold tea, kool-aid, water bottles in the refrigerator. I have to admit with children if it's out of sight it's out of mind. I only put out part of the snack food at a time, the rest is hidden in my closet for later in the month.