Bounty of Thankful

In comparison to the “average” American, we have a pretty meager grocery budget.  But this summer, we’ve discovered the joyful abundance of a garden.  
It’s amazing how these vegetables have been coming in just when I needed them most to stretch us from paycheck to paycheck.  
And thanks to this book, I’ve been able to find more creative ways to use them in my kitchen.  On Tuesday I made homemade tomato sauce for the first time.  Usually I consider it pretty close to homemade when I add extra spices to the jar of Ragu, but this time I was actually peeling tomatoes and chopping up peppers, onions, and carrots in the food processor.  A little more work with a lot more flavor.
And everyday this week when I’ve approached the dinner question (it’s summer so my weekly menu is on sabbatical), I’ve found more ways to use what we’ve been blessed with.  
There’s an extra squash and zucchini that didn’t make it into roasted vegetables a few days ago, so tonight they’ll be filler in quesadillas.  I discovered I still had some shredded chicken in the freezer and since the girls are eating lunch at day camp this week, there’s still cheese in the fridge.
And tomorrow is payday.  
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3 thoughts on “Bounty of Thankful

  1. Sigh…another reason I wish we had a garden!! However, God is constantly providing…we are never without food. 🙂 But yes, it's been interesting to stretch things out between paychecks. I've gotten VERY creative. 🙂

    Also, I almost ALWAYS make homemade spaghetti/tomato sauce!! You can add a can of plain pureed tomatoes, too, if you don't have a lot of fresh. I usually use tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots (in the food processor), celery (snipped VERY tiny), and if you have them, fresh basil and oregano–it adds SO much to the flavor. 🙂 🙂

    Do you make your own tortillas for quesadillas? Super-easy, super-yummy.


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