Thursday, September 6, 2007

Meals for a Month

This week, I had the pleasure to discover the lovely 'Homemaker's Cottage' website, written by Kristy Howard. 'Homemaker's Cottage' features a wide array of encouraging and uplifting material for women of all ages, including courtship, homemaking, motherhood and frugal living.

I eagerly anticipated receiving Kristy's e-book, 'Meals for a Month – Volume 1', and upon receiving it, started reading right away. The following words caught my eye: … how often do we drag ourselves into the kitchen, stare inside the fridge or a cabinet, and wail, "I just don't know WHAT to cook today!"

Yes, yes, I said excitedly! It seems as though this was written precisely for me and about me. That very morning, after completing my cleaning chores and with lunch time approaching, I blankly stared inside my refrigerator and freezer, trying to make my brain work out the never-ending Question of Questions: 'what's for dinner?', accompanied by 'not lentil soup again?!' and 'aren't there any leftovers from the weekend?'

'Meals for a Month' proved to be everything it promised and more. Kristy's passion for wholesome, natural foods was evident through many of the recipes. As a vegetarian, I was particularly enthusiastic about recipes that featured lots of beans and vegetables, but the meat-eaters among you, I'm certain, will find many creative and inexpensive solutions as well. And all will enjoy the wonderful money- and time-saving tips that Kristy generously shares with us. I especially recommend it for beginner homemakers who want to be more organized in the menu-planning department but don't know where to start.

If you visit 'Homemaker's Cottage' before the 14-th of September, you can request a free copy of 'Meals for a Month – Volume 1'. Don't miss it!

25 comments:

Tracy said...

This sounds good, Anna. Thanks for the link!

Elizabeth said...

This sounds so good ... I'm regularly stuck not knowing what to cook for lunch or supper! Thank you for the information!

Jeannine said...

I love to cook! Actually I collect cookbooks and read them like regular books :).
We don't eat vegetarian dishes often, because my DH is such a meat-lover. But I got a vegetarian cookbook at the last church fundraiser: The new Moosewood Cookbook by Molly Katzen. She has had a vegetarian restaurant in the US for decades now, I think. Most recipes sound really good, so maybe you should look for this book. Has a little hippy feeling, but it's really great.

Lily said...

wow! Free, gotta love that! Thanks for the tip, I'm going to request my free copy right now. I'm glad to hear that there are lots of meatless meals. My dd is a veg, and as a family, we don't eat meat on Fridays. I am trying to get planning some interesting and frugal menus for the fall. Large family, lots of running in the evening, but I insist there is a good dinner every night. I haven't been very consistent with pre planning. This ought to help!

When dd was young I bought the Moosewood for kids cookbook, which has some really neat, fun, kiddie oriented veggie recipes. I also have a Moosewood kitchen garden cook/garden book. I love Molly Katzen's books! That was a good find.

I also like Nava Atlas for veggie recipes. My favorite book by her is the "Vegetarian Express" Anna, if you haven't found that one yet, it is relatively inexpensive, paperback cookbook (can't imagine it is even $20) and it gives entire menus. I really like that, sometimes it is hard to plan an interesting meal with side dishes when everything is veggie based. But the reason I keep using it over and over is because all the meals and sides can be made in 30 minutes or less. It is a great 'fall back' cookbook for those, "Oh no! What am I making for dinner?!" days.

Anna S said...

Normally I don't buy cookbooks at all :) I use internet resources, and if the recipe is good, I copy it to my own recipe notebook.

AnneK said...

Aah, the joys of staring into the fridge! Used to do that before I created my bi-weekly menu plan. Now things are SO MUCH better!

Coupon Addict said...

Thanks Anna!

Kathleen said...

One cookbook I really like is the "More with Less" cookbook. It was done by Mennonites conscious of North America's overconsumption of food and protein and wanting to be more aware of the poor. It has lots of vegetarian recipes...you just have to do some editing to reduce fat and sugar in some recipes!

Thanks for the link, Anna. I'll be getting that ebook soon!

Got another on the way said...

My favorite cookbook is The Convienient Vegetarian by V. Messina and K. Schumann. They really are easy and tasty, and big portions! My favorite recipies from this book are: Portutguese Stew w/ Spinach "Sausage" and Spiced Tofu and Pasta. Both can be made with meat if you like. The special feature of this book is the section on cooking in small kitchens (one authur's experience was in a sailboat galley!). Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron is also very good, and I thinks it's all, or mostly vegetarian. She has lots of information on food mixing for complete protiens, and other nutrition advise that I found very helpful. She even has a recipie for meatless "hamburger" patties (lots of recipies in this book, not just nutrition). Thanks for the tips. I could stand to refresh my menues!

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I love the name of your blog! I will change it on my side bar at Home Living.

Anna S said...

Thanks, Lady Lydia. I thought you'd love it. ;) I got the idea from Jane Austen.

Candy said...

Just catching up on your blog Anna. And Wow, I am again so amazed by everything you write at such a young age. You are so wise!

Hugs to you today,
Candy :)

USAincognito said...

I know you said you don't buy cookbooks but if you ever change your mind, you should visit your local Barnes&Noble bookstore. (either online or in person) They have a vast selection of cookbooks!

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for mentioning her book - I'll be getting it right away so may be I can lower our monthly grocery bill. We have a family of 4 (one who is still exclusively nursing) and our grocery bill is still over $400. I say over because I don't know an exact amount. We budget $400 but always end up going over.

Jordin said...

Thank you for the link! I had never heard of this website before. :)

PandaBean said...

I'm going over there right now! I love "free" LOL. It can get me into trouble at times, but this is an e-book, not a physical book (until I print it out and get it bound).

This sounds like something I really need. Thanks to my rediscovering my cookbook, I have breakfasts down pat. Lunch and dinner are still difficult, especially on our $20 a week for the two of us!

God Bless!

Corinne said...

Hi Anna. I read your blog daily. and would like to pass on an award to you. Check out my blog to pick it up.

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Hi Anna,

You must have some awesome bean and lentil recipes you make...it would be wonderful if you'd care to share them. The real basics...good spices and such to use with hem, good combinations of beans, etc.

I had meant to respond too on the nutrition stuff. What runs in my family is the condition where the thyroid metabolism is very low....

Paix,

Wendy

Anna S said...

Wendy, I shared several recipes before, which you can find if you browse through my 'kitchen' section. I plan to share more, though.

Kelli said...

Anna, thank you for visiting my blog this week, it's nice to meet you!! I'm glad to hear that you like our new magazine too!

Kelli

Anna S said...

Nice to meet you too, Kelli! You did an *awesome* job with the magazine, I'm looking forward to the next issue!

Kristy Howard said...

Thank you, Anna... I have been swamped with requests for the recipe ebook!! ~Kristy

Karen said...

I never have enough room in my freezer to do this but I'd like to someday! I kept saying I was going to when I was pregnant so I wouldn't have to cook while I was recovering post-partum...but never got around to it!

But if you can do this during the last month or so of pregnancy in the future should you be blessed in that way, a lot of moms say it works out great because those newborn days are hard enough without having to cook!!

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

How do you go about getting a free copy? I browsed around the website but could only find the "buy it for $4.95" link.

Anna S said...

Emily - I think the offer of free copy was valid only until September 14-th.