Finally, I have been up since six, my morning list of chores before being allowed to write is always just a bit longer on monday, I had cooked up some yummy steel cut oats for breakfast and for bread making. Wanted to get the morning chores out of the way and as always I am grateful that I don’t have rugs in the house, sweeping and floor washing is much easier then if I had rugs to try and keep clean.
New Recipe I made this weekend, it turned out excellent but I need to try and figure how to make it without my canned goods being used
Lamb Chili with barley
- One pd of ground lamb (now this one was my older ram yearling so I wanted to make a dish that could cover a heavy intact meat smell and taste)
- One Quart jar of my homemade diced tomato mix -Tomato’s, Onions, Green Peppers and Celery, spices
- One Pint Jar of Tomato Pasta sauce-Sweet and Heat Mix
- One Quart Jar of homemade Tomato Juice
- One Pint Jar of homecanned Baked Beans
- Half a cup of Barley
- Added in Half A cup of Chili powder and simmer till the barley is tender
This wa a sweet/spicy thick stick to your ribs meal, the barley worked really well in the chili, replacing some of the beans that I didn’t have ready (need to can more different kinds of beans to have at a moments notice)
This morning on the CBC which was cranked up so I could hear it across the house, had a interesting local story, it was about food and food prices, turns out that locally they go out X amount of times a year and go shopping at the local stores to see what the average cost would be for a family of four, now I stopped to write this down to get it right.. Family of four counts as two adults, one 9 year old and one 12 year old, they figured that the average family would need to spend 175 per week! or 700 per month in order to buy what is considered the basic’s required to feed the family, that didn’t include household requirements (laundry, dishes, soap etc) nor did it include any eating out, or even extra that folks would buy like cookies, icecream, however it did include breakfast cereal’s, which they consider something that would be bought to meet the healthy (according to the goverment) feeding of the family.
Out of this, they said that it meant a 5% increase over last year, however they did say that they didn’t take into account the smaller packaging that company’s have done, so while they said bread increased in price by X, they didn’t figure out that there was 20 percent less bread the package that was also increased by 10 percent, also she said something were much higher then the 5 percent, the example she gave was Broccoli, which was 50% higher then last year when they did their checking.
Beyond being stunned at the idea that they believe that the average person spends 700 a month on the basics of what is required for feeding a family of four, was the statement that they didn’t think that the “5%” raise was to hard for the typical family to be able to deal with, now she did talk about the folks that are on the line and who that amount would indeed be a issue but she made points of saying, low income, and those that use the food banks
Now I would be surprised if the average middle income family spends 700 on the basic’s per month, let alone a low-income family, and considering the amount of traffic and talking the higher prices on food these days, I think its safe to say that they are indeed noticing! the increased prices that are everywhere on darn near everything other then “toys” which are about the only thing I see going down.. want a new laptop, its dirty cheap folks.. want a roast of beef, its worth top dollar, now don’t get me wrong on that one, if more of that money was going into the farmers, local towns and country communities that would be great but far to much of that profit is paid by the little guys and profit earned by the big guys.
Well, this little gal who stepped left a number of years ago, is now going to go out and do some more farm chores, I also need to dig up my beets for my beet challange and get a post done on them, they have been under cover but with snow coming this week, its time to bring them in and see what I got.. and then track down the other girls that were doing fall planted beets and see how their grow outs went.