Creamed Eggs on Toast

Here is one of our favorite (fairly cheap) recipes, used for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

1. Hard-boil several eggs.
2. In a medium sauce pan, melt several Tablespoons of butter.
3. Add several Tablespoons of flour and stir to make a paste.
4. Add about a cup of milk and stir.
5. Stir in the hard-boiled eggs (chopped) and any extras (minced onion, garlic salt, salt, pepper).
6. Serve over toast and enjoy!

This recipe is great because it can be varied in so many ways. Throw in some left over chopped ham or ground turkey (in addition to or without the eggs). Stir in some chopped, cooked veggies. We generally have eggs and bread on hand, so this is a tasty, last minute, easy meal to prepare. If your eggs are already hard-boiled, the preparation takes ten minutes or less.

Survive Anything

If you are enamoured with Les Stroud and sometimes think you might be able to survive in your backyard with no tent, then I have the website for you!

Popular Mechanics has a How To Survive Anything guide with tons of different articles and tips. Examples include 5 Steps to Get Ready for Disaster (Not Stuck in It), 22 Steps to Save Yourself When Natural Disaster Hits and the always useful How to Survive Anything Mother Nature Throws at You.

Allowances for the Little Ones?

Raising4boys gives some advice on when to start an allowance and a what amount to give them. He bases their allowance on a formula so they get automatic raises at certain intervals. He also stresses the need to have them split up their allowance, giving it to different sources. I think they should also pay taxes back to the House just to get used to the idea. 😉

Gift Giving, Revisited

We have written about inexpensive gift-giving before, but this seems like the right time of year to revisit the subject.

This is a great time of year to bake cookies, breads or other treats for gifts. The oven will help to heat your house and you won’t have to run the heater as much! Wrap up a nice loaf of bread or plate of cookies for your workplace, or your spouse’s. Give treats to your neighbors and friends. Wrap a paper plate with saran wrap, tie a festive bow around it and, voila!, you have a lovely homemade, inexpensive gift.

Break out those craft scissors and some tape to create homemade cards or other crafts. Use old magazines or calendars to do collages. Four greeting cards can be made from just 3 or 4 pieces of 8 1/2 by 11 paper. Visit websites or a local craft store for ideas.

Buy an inexpensive photo frame and paint it or embellish it in some way. Glue on beads or shells. This could be a lovely gift for a grandparent, especially if your kids helped with the frame.
Cross-stitch or embroider on fabric to make a bread cloth, table cloth or napkins. Knitted and crocheted gifts are treasured keepsakes in our home. Keep checking garage sales and rummage sales for unused cross-stitching sets.

Offer to babysit or pet-sit as a Christmas gift. Give another Mom a day to do her Christmas shopping by herself. You know I’d love a gift of time like that!

Your kids can help with most of these projects. This is a great time to teach them about creative giving. Maybe they will even have some gift ideas of their own.