Saturday, January 18, 2014

A couple living on the line

I have no delusions that in retirement, my husband and I are, as the author John Steinbeck said: "Temporarily embarrassed millionaires."  No, we are not.  There is an entire young generation that likes to think 'all retired people have money.'  They are delusional then, not us, but we pay rent, eat and figure out how to juggle funds on a limited income.

Our food budget for the month is around $250 to $300 per month.  We stock up on basics and we make pretty good meals out of what we can afford.  We have a chest freezer which was worth every dime we spent on it, which was only $152.  We stock it for the month and pick from that, the food we use for meals.

I have been sharing recipes on a budget on Blogger for some time now.  Those aren't just 'look, these are tasty meals' they are the meals on a budget we use each week, each month.  If we can do it, so can you.  We make all meals and snacks at home and we go out to eat for something special, hardly ever, so when we do, it's a treat and fun.

Today we are baking chocolate chip cookies which we will snack on for several days.  I will share the pictures and recipe here.  We think these are the best chocolate chip cookies we have ever made.  
 Recipe for chocolate chip cookies:

1/2 cup softened margerine
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter, shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Combine flour, and baking soda, add to creamed mixture until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts if you like. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.   Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. 

 Cookie dough

Finished cookies