Our Grandmothers were experts at stretching their grocery dollars to feed large families! At times, it was necessary for them to be very creative cooks - making do with what they had on hand or what was readily available.

Take a step back in time learn how Grandma did it - much of her knowledge can be applied to our modern households!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Remember these?

For years, Betty Crocker had points coupons on their products which could be redeemed for silverware and other cookware and cookbooks.  I received this coupon in my bag of goodies purchased on Ebay and with a little research found this information.

Savory Beans and Meat Balls

I received in the mail a recent Ebay purchase of a couple of old cookbooks and some recipe clippings.  Included was this one from a Pet Milk label.  The collection appears to be more of the 60's era, but one looked to be a pretty frugal dish.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Just "Cookies"

I ran across this recipe in an old community cookbook - the name is simply "Cookies". The recipe calls for "Spry" which this ad indicates was a brand of vegetable shortening - I assume something similar to Crisco.


1/2 cup Spry
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs, well beaten
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine Spry, salt, vanilla and nutmeg and blend. Add sugar gradually and cream well. Add beaten eggs and milk, mix well. Sift four with baking powder and soda. Add to creamed mixture, blending well. Drop from teaspoon on greased baking sheet. Let stand a few minutes, then flatten by stamping with a glass covered with a damp cloth. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake in moderately hot oven (375 degrees F) 8 to 12 minutes. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.