Crock Pot Rice

April 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Crock Pot, dinner, Oops | 3 Comments
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Well, this week has not been a good one for me, food-wise. I screwed up a couple of different meals in minor ways. One not-so-minor. But I am getting ahead of myself. Because we decided to go ahead and start house-shopping, as well as be good citizens and pay our taxes, as well as be good consumers and buy stuff, as well as be good debtors and pay for things we owe money on … and so forth … we are on a strict budget right now. And when I say strict, I mean … well, we’re not buying anything. Nothing. Not at all. This brings the idea of “budget gourmet” to a whole new level.

So I’m trying to make-do with what we have in the house. Normally not an issue for me. However, I’m starting to run out of ideas. So yesterday afternoon I got the brilliant (?) idea to make rice in the crock-pot. I hate making rice, even though it’s really cheap, because it just takes so DANG long. And the pot ends up really nasty with starch when I’m done. So I thought if I put it in the crock-pot and used a liner, this would be great!

Well … here’s an up close photo. See if you can guess what went wrong:

It was a nice try, anyhow.

It was a nice try, anyhow.

That’s right – some of the rice cooked up nice and fluffy. And some wasn’t cooked at all. Eww. I don’t know how to fix this, either. I don’t know if I didn’t put enough water in, if I went overboard on the quantity, if I cooked too “low and slow”, if I should have stirred it … so all we can do (sadly) is eat my mistake and try again next time. I think I’ll go with less rice, cooked on high, for less time. That will (hopefully) fix the problem.

Unless someone out there has an idea or a foolproof method? Leave me a comment!

Christmas Day

January 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Christmas, cost-cutting, dinner, Grocery Shopping, Tips | 2 Comments

Our menu this year was varied, but only cost us $25.88 total. The reason? Free food from HEB!! They have these “meal-deals”, where if you buy a certain item, all the other items that would typically go with that item as part of a meal are free. This year the item was spiral-sliced ham. We bought a 9.5 lb half-ham for the $25.88 and got everything else for free. Whoo!!

COST: $25.88
Honey Baked Ham – $25.88
Canned Peas – FREE with Coupon
Canned Corn – FREE with Coupon
Cranberry Jelly – FREE with coupon
Salad – FREE with coupon
Mashed Potatoes – already in pantry (approx $0.14)
Gravy – made from ham drippings – FREE

The only thing in this photo that we paid for was the ham. And the crackers and dip, but those technically weren’t part of the meal. We were just using those as “pre-meal-waiting” munchies.


Cat says, “Merry Christmas!”

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