You, well...most of you...have been following me for a long time. My life has had it's fair shares of ups and downs. Hell, we all have. Well, the next six weeks will be a down swing for Bob and me. We'll be on a very tight, very limited budget.
A few of my friends know what's up, and I don't want to go into every gory, gruesome detail, but suffice it to say that for the next six weeks, we will be practicing "Austerity". We'll be fine...we have two packed freezers and my cabinets are bursting at the seams. We also have a safety net in place, financially, so we'll be ok.
Someone asked what "austerity" meant. It was explained that austerity means to not spend a penny more than what is necessary. We can do this. Our friends do this every single year and they look forward to it.
I'm not saying that we won't go to the store. Of course, we'll go to the store. We have a few items that we have decided that it is ok to purchase: milk and dairy products, eggs, fresh produce, coffee and our never-ending supply of bottled water. We do not drink our tap water in here because it's just...well...it tastes gross. The dogs and cats are completely stocked up for what they need, too. The only pet purchases that should be necessary are Puppa's medication that he takes daily.
I do plan to come on here in the next six weeks and prepare our most favorite recipe, to date, that I have prepared on our culinary tour of the world, with all my modifications, of course, because I have all the ingredients to do that.
This will give us the opportunity to clear out the freezers to make way for Spring's bounty of fresh produce. This will give me the opportunity to create in the galley, which, you all know, is something that I dearly love to do. I doubt I'll be doing much looking online at recipes...that always sidetracks me and I HAVE to run to the store for those two little damn ingredients that I don't have on hand. Forget it!!! Make do!!
I hope that Bob, Ralph and I enjoy this as much as our friends do.
So, I just wanted to let everyone know what was up as far as cooking around the globe...it's on hold for a short while...but I will most certainly get back to that and the next country up will be El Salvador.
So...stay tuned for what I come up with next out of the kitchen...this could get verrrrry interesting!!
Oh...P.S. These pictures were taken on the way to visit my brother on New Year's Day...these are of Spirit Lake Highway and Silver Lake.