I love mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving!
I love food! Food is an important part of life. Whether it’s eating a snack with the kids after school, praying around the breakfast table, or sharing the highlights of the day at dinnertime, food provides an opportunity to connect with your loved ones.
When I was just out of college, I briefly volunteered for the Children’s Advocacy Center, a safe and friendly place where abused children are brought when they are questioned by authorities. They also testify before the grand jury there. The one thing I remember from training is that they always provide the grand jury with food, because it makes the atmosphere seem relaxed, and thus the children relax.
Yes, food is important.
This week’s question comes from Cindy. She has a two part question.
What are your favorite frugal comfort foods? Do they stay the same in summer and winter?
Second question. What holiday foods are important to your family — are they frugal too, or do you scrimp to include them?
Since it’s a two part question, I’ll give a two part answer.
I’ll admit I’m a total sugar and carb addict. If it’s starchy and sugary, I love it. To make my comfort foods frugal, I make them from scratch. Some of my favorites are:
I tend to eat more comfort foods in the winter than in the summer. In the summer I just flat out don’t feel like eating a lot of the time. And if I’m in need of comfort food, I splurge on ice cream (usually on sale). Any kind of chocolate is my favorite.
When I’m sick, my favorite food is homemade chicken soup, of course. And I have to have saltine crackers on the side.
I love tradition. And since I love tradition, my favorite holiday foods are pretty typical. Turkey on Thanksgiving, Ham at Christmas. And you can never have too many potatoes. Mashed at Thanksgiving and scalloped at Christmas.
The splurges we make are on cranberry sauce and shrimp cocktail. I much prefer homemade cranberry sauce to the canned stuff, so we splurge on fresh cranberries. And shrimp cocktail is a tradition on my mom’s side of the family, so that’s a spurge too, though that’s usually my mom’s contribution to the meal.
Since my favorite holiday foods are very traditional, I buy everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, on sale. Winco is pretty good about price matching other stores during the holidays, so I just grab all the store flyers and hit Winco for my holiday shopping. Every once in a while, if we have extra money, we’ll splurge on a smoked turkey for Thanksgiving.
As traditional as I am, I don’t really have any Easter dinner traditions. Easter tends to be a meal where I experiment with different things. I’ve done lamb, brunch, prime rib, and a whole host of other meals, and so far nothing has stuck. Maybe someday I’ll have an Easter dinner tradition, too.
So let’s hear it. What are your favorite comfort foods? Holiday foods? Do you splurge, or do you find ways to save?
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