Thanksgiving … on a Budget!

November 28, 2007 at 7:00 pm | Posted in cost-cutting, Thanksgiving | Leave a comment

I will have a picture of this year’s Thanksgiving feast at my house, but for now I will have to describe it only (Rob took the photos and they’re still on his camera.)

We woke up late on Thanksgiving day. Very late. It was really nice to sleep in. Then Rob went outside to build a deck (photos to come … still in progress), and I commenced making my cinnamon roll coffee cake (photos and recipe below). While that was in the rising stages, I put together the ingredients for a pumpkin pie. It went into the oven as soon as the coffee cake was done.

Next it was prepping the main meal. Our menu for Thanksgiving day (since it was just the two of us) was: Roasted Cornish Game Hens, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Crescent Rolls, and Pumpkin Pie. All to be served with Sparkling Apple Cider to drink.

Now, how does all that work into my $25 a week budget, you may ask? Well, here it is, broken down:

COST: $20.14
Roasted Cornish Game Hens: 2 for $5
Stuffing: 1 loaf bread – $0.69, 1 cup diced celery – $0.50, 1 stick butter – $.50, 1/2 onion – $0.25. TOTAL – $1.94
Mashed Potatoes: 8 potatoes – $0.50, 1/2 cup milk – $0.50. TOTAL – $1.00
Green Bean Casserole: 2 cans green beans – $1.25, milk – $0.50, Cream of Mushroom soup – $0.99, French’s Onions – $2.49 TOTAL – $5.23
Cranberry Sauce: $0.99
Crescent Rolls: $1.49
Pumpkin Pie: Most ingredients already in pantry. $1.50 (approx) in new ingredients
Sparkling Apple Cider: $2.99

And yes, we had plenty of leftovers.

After the meal was served at about 7:00, we rested a bit and then put up our Christmas decorations (another blog post to follow this one). The house looks beautiful and festive, and all’s right with the world. I love Christmas. 🙂

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