Monday, March 30, 2009

FHE: Dining on the Cheap

Tonight, we extended on our 10-day project by having an inexpensive dinner. I ran late so no photos, but we discussed what we learned about not spending for over a week and what that meant for us. We also had join us, our two missionaries, Heather and her son Chase Wolfe, plus we equally divided the food with another family who just had a beautiful baby girl.

So, here's the menu:
Hawaiian Haystacks
Triple Play Tropical Mock Cocktail- (Pineapple, Orange and Lemonade)
Chocolate Trifle

You're wondering how cheap can this be. Let me illuminate:
The main thing we bought today were chicken ($9), orange and pineapple juice cans ($4). The rest, we had in the house. We spent $13, and fed four families.

The FREE dessert were 9 cups of Hunt's Chocolate Pudding, and cut up angel food cake. Layered in low clear drinking glasses for each person. When everyone was ready for dessert, I topped each glass with two small scoops of any flavor ice cream and low-fat whipped cream. Yes, we had all of these in the house, repurposed for company. Enjoyed by three families. Plus, it's healthier, too, since pudding is low-fat if not fat-free, angel food cake is low-fat and two small scoops of ice cream is less than half of what you get at your local ice cream place.

Clever, huh? It was a nice lesson on living on less and being creative with what you have available. The moral is, if you stock up on what you can live with, you can live with your stock and live well.

April 1942 counsel from the
LDS First Presidency:
"In the day of plenty, prepare for the day of scarcity."

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Day 34
Love Celebrates Godliness
"Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; "
1 Corinthians 13:6 KJV

DARE:
Find a specific, recent example when your spouse demonstrated Christian character in a noticeable way. Verbally commend them for this at some point today.

What I Did:
He just did this; he gave the missionaries ride to their next appointment right after dinner since their bikes wouldn't get them there on time. I thanked him for it.

3 comments:

Pink Ink said...

That is so awesome. Great-sounding dinner. My husband and I are trying to focus more on cheap dates so we don't have the crutch of the "expensive" dinner.

I love how you focus on your relationship, too.

Lori Nielsen said...

Great idea for a yummy and inexpensive dinner! Always enjoy your postes. You're so thoughful and organized! Kepp them coming!!

Chandy said...

Thanks Jewel! I know what you mean. Charlie and I do "Smallville" dates where we watch one episode during his days off. Or do deal hunting for $1 or less items we like.

Lori, hello! Thank you, I will!