Posts Tagged ‘Food Stamps’

So I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about my journey!

I have been busy getting comfortable with the routine and have allocated two days a week to just baking, and generally those days are my days off, hee hee!

Anyhew, this week I opted to make my favorite Three Bean Turkey Chili for dinner!

I posted an ingredient list on my MyTrendingStories blog here

All in all the total cost: $14.31

Doesn’t this look Yummy!

All of the ingredients purchased with our Food Stamps! Part of our weekly shopping!


Tomato Sauce, Large Can, $0.98

Tomato Paste, 1 Small Can, $0.36

Diced Tomatoes, 1 Can, $0.98

Pinto Beans, Reduced Sodium, 1 Can, $0.58

Kidney Beans, Reduced Sodium, 1 Can, $0.87

Black Beans, Reduced Sodium 1 Can, $0.58

Chili Seasoning, 1 Packet, $0.98

White Ground Turkey, 1/2 lb $5.00 for 1 lb, freeze half for use in Spaghetti Sauce!

Shredded Cheddar Cheese, $2.50

Sour Cream, 1 Small Container, $1.48

Total Cost of Making this Meal: $14.31, less than $15.00 and makes enough for two nights of meals!

Steps are simple, in a sauce pan cook the ground turkey until white, while cooking add 1/2 of the chili seasoning packet – once all of the meat is cooked through add 1 can of tomatoes and 1/2 of the can of tomato sauce, stir, cover and simmer for 10-mins.

In your crock-pot add the other 1/2 of the tomatoes and tomato sauce, the tomato paste and beans (drain the beans), stir together – add the cooked sauce mixture, cover and cook on low for 6-hours.

Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.

Please Enjoy! I look Forward to hearing all about it!

So in the last month I’ve been asked by My Trending Stories to blog for them about my Food Stamp cooking, shopping and frugal eating journey!

I am very excited about this and have written four posts thus far, I hope my followers here will check them out!


Please check them out and share – share – share alike!

We had to redirect tonight’s dinner choice mainly because the chicken I’d planned to have was still frozen and well roasting a frozen bird is never a good idea – so I asked my husband what he wanted to make for the kids for dinner and he said SPAGHETTI!

Super easy right?! Well yes!  I went to the grocery store after a gym session grabbed the ingredients I needed and left having only spent $10.98!  The most expensive thing I bought – Bay Leaves! I was out and needed more…go figure!

Anyhew – before we jump into the recipe doesn’t think look so yummy?!?!

This recipe is one my Mom used to make when I was a kid with some slight alterations.


2-Cans whole tomatoes

1-Can tomato sauce

2-Cans tomato paste

1/2 lb Ground Beef or Turkey – I used Turkey

Spices/Herbs – Ground Parsley, Basil, Oregano, Bay Leaves (whole) Onion Flakes, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper and Sugar


In your crock pot dump 1 can of tomatoes, the sauce, and one of the cans of tomato paste – add the spices as listed above – roughly 1-2 tsp each, I just shake a small circle of each into the pot.  The sugar though just a Dash – don’t want it too sweet, just cutting the bitterness and acidity of the tomatoes.

Turn your stove burner on to Medium-High, and on your stove top, you are going to brown the meat – meaning cook it until the red of ground beef is brown or the pink of the turkey is white – while it is cooking add the same spices you did to your crock pot, EXCEPT sugar, salt and pepper, none of these are added to the meat – this is layering of the flavors – once the meat is cooked through, add 1-Can of the tomato paste and 1-can of tomatoes – stir well, reduce the heat and let simmer for – 5-10 mins covered.

Add the meat mixture to your crock pot, stir well, cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.

When ready, cook pasta and serve!

I hope you enjoy this sauce as much as I do! Took me back in time to when Mom would make it for me as a kid!  Oh and the leftovers freeze VERY well and actually taste really good when re=heated later 😉

So I’ve been getting a LOT of requests from Facebook for the bread recipe I posted about the other day here Using our Food Stamps to Bake Bread, and with permission of the amazing author ML Gardner I am sharing her recipe here, so Thanks ML for the recipe and permission!

So go gather your Supplies and let’s have fun baking! You’ll need roughly 20-Mins Prep Time, an hour and a half of rising time and another 22 mins of baking time, so make sure you set aside a good chunk of time.


6-Cups Flour split into two 3-Cup Portions

3-tbsp Sugar

1 – tbsp Salt

2-tbsp Shortening

2-pkgs Yeast (NOT the fast rising yeast) or 4 1/2-tsp of reg. yeast

2 1/4 Cup Warm Water – NOT Hot that will KILL the yeast

You will need 2-Bread Pans, this recipe yields two loaves of bread


In a large bowl/mixer- mix 3-Cups flour/water with everything else, when all mixed together slowly add the remaining 3-cups of flour 1-cup at a time until it’s all worked in.

If the mixture is still too wet, add flour in small amounts until mixture is not as wet.

Knead this mixture for 5-Mins, should form a ball that looks like pizza dough.

Cover and let rise for 60-Mins

*hint my Mom’s used for eons, heat oven on 200-degrees for 1-Min, turn off the oven, cover dough in bowl with towel and place into warm oven for rising*

Punch down and form bread into bread pans

Cover and let rise again for 45-Mins

*re-heat your oven as you did previously*

When 2nd Rise is complete, bake loaves

If using short pans, 425 x 20 – 25 mins, my oven only required a 22-Minute bake time

If using long pans, 375 x 20 – 25 mins.

Tap the top of the loaf, it should be golden brown and have a hollow sound – this determines doneness.

And there you have it! ML suggested putting some butter over the bread top when it comes out of the oven to soften – I used margarine to do this the other day and the butter taste was overpowering – so if doing this use salted butter – the real deal!

Finished Bread Loaves

Done Baking

This bread is good for sandwiches, as a side to spaghetti or as toast! It’s very multi-dimensional!


Yes you read that right, I used my Government Issued Food Stamps to purchase the ingredients required to bake bread!  I have always believed that just because we are using Food Stamps does NOT mean we have to eat crud! They work for any and all food items inside of the grocery store and with a little effort those on Food Stamps can eat whatever they want! So I have for awhile now always used them to purchase components for meals slowly weeding out pre-made foods.  Today I used those funds to purchase the items necessary to make Bread!


This morning I embarked on my adventure with author ML Gardner to live and eat using the same techniques they did during the Great Depression.  Today’s adventure was baking our own bread – she sent me her recipe for bread and I went about making a shopping list and off to Wal-Mart I went at 6:00 am this morning!

My shopping list included:

– Flour

– Yeast

– Sugar

– Shortening

– Oil

– Instant Nonfat Milk

– Corn Starch

– Baking Powder

– Baking Soda

– Vanilla Extract

– Spaghetti Sauce

– French Bread (recipe coming later)

– Fruit/Veggies

– Eggs

– Roasting Chicken

– Deli Meats

– Gallon of 2% Milk

– Vitamins

– Cat Food

Some of these items were not for the bread, but in the same aspect I did manage to walk out of Wal-Mart having spent $92.00 – of that, $27.00 was our Savings Catcher Funds!

Simple as pie really!  Came home and got to work assembling her bulk pancake mix dry goods and then baking two loaves of bread for the house! Check it out!

So for those living on Food Stamps – don’t think you are limited to just those pre-fabricated foods in the store, use them for ingredients, take the time, cook and prepare your own foods, those monies will go that much further every month!

I am excited to see where we go from here! I’ve laid out our meals through Wednesday of next week and will need to do more shopping and baking on Tuesday when I am off work.

On next, an update on how we live and cook the next few days!

Good Morning Friends!

Happy Thursday! Hope Everyone’s had a good couple of weeks since my last update.

Right now here’s where we are

Hubby is still unemployed and searching – he had one “interview/information session” with a place on Monday that wanted him to pay something like $1,500 to get licensing and certifications…um yeah not gonna happen.  He’s done a handful of those personality type assessments (which BTW he’s really getting tired of doing) and still natch.  He spends close to 6 hours a day searching for work – I’ve had to impress strongly on him the need to take breaks and find some balance within his job search – he’d cut pretty much all of us out and was so focused on that he couldn’t see the forest for the trees, was truly frustrating.

Anyhew, we were planning to go camping with our Girl Scout troop this weekend, but couldn’t justify the cost of a tent, two new sleeping bags + pads and mess kits, so it was decided I’d go alone with our daughter borrowing a tent from our troop leader…we already have the sleeping bags/mess kits from previous trips.  So tomorrow we leave for a weekend of fun in the sun at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Tabor City – roughly 90ish mins. from our home in Wilmington – the troop is paying for the trip, I just had to give a $20 food contribution.

Food stamp card

The only real changes since my last update are that we were finally approved for Food Stamps – to the tune of $228/month – what they expect us to be able to buy with that is just astounding…ugh…that’s literally $57/week…our normal grocery budget is $150 – $200/week…so this should be real interesting.

Unemployment did finally get back to my Hubby and told him he should have a decision letter by the end of the week…haven’t seen on yet, so maybe today or tomorrow’s mail.

Yarn to Afghan Creations (1)

Though I did also get my 1st Order from my Etsy shop!  YEAH!!! Though it was a family member she did order and afghan and a scarf/hat set sold for a total of $142.00 including shipping! Working my way through completing that order along with two other orders, one for a Monster High hat & arm warmer set, sold for cost of supplies, and a Minecraft themed hat/scarf set, sold for $35.00, profit on my end will be $30.00 – got the hats of both of those completed, check them out

Enderman Minecraft Hat 2 Monster High Hat Black 2

Aren’t they cool?!?!? I am looking forward to getting the rest of the orders completed.  So that’s where I’m at right now…still trying to figure out the profit/loss + shipping stuff for the Etsy shop, not 100% on the balances there.

Check out the Blog too Yarn to Afghan Creations

Hope everyone’s having a Good Week…we’re getting there slowly but surely!

We had a very long conversation last night – one we’ve had time and time again since my hubby lost his job – but we had the same one last night…what do we do going forward and how can we continue moving forward?

He heard back from the place that sent him for the Drug Screen and was running his background – they turned him down because something “dinged” on his background check and the Regional Manager said No…I know what it was, he was arrested in 2008 for Embezzlement while working at a hardware store – he was given (3) Mis-demeanors, restitution and 2-years probation – we paid the restitution to the courts and he served his probation – has kept his nose clean since with no problems AT ALL and it’s been what 7 years? How long does one have to carry this around?

So we’re back at square one…

We’re waiting for his Unemployment Benefits…which according to the state could be another 2-3 Weeks before we get those

We’re waiting for Food Stamps…and DSS said that too could be another 2-3 Weeks…

What do we do in the interim?

Oh yeah balanced the checkbook just now and see we’re down $62.42 going into pay day tomorrow…so with that and my check being less than $300 for health insurance we’re screwed…my car insurance is supposed to draft next week on the 28th to the tune of $212.00 (I just sent a note to my agent’s office requesting the payment be cancelled for the month as I can’t make it this week or next until we get the unemployment benefits)…

So we’re trying to figure this all out – options are thus:

1. We try and find a place to live here in Wilmington to lessen the interruption to the kids’ schedules and lives

2. We drop everything here, sell as much as we can and possibly move back in with our parents in MD – yes taking all five of our furbabies with us – we made a commitment to them when we took them in – a lifetime commitment…pray I can keep my job and work remote…pray

3. We file bankruptcy and pray we can keep Silver

As much as I don’t want to leave Wilmington I will if push come shove – we’ve not had good luck since we got here…the move itself was smooth, but we’ve had a seriously rocky road since we got here…

Hubby made an observation last night that’s stuck out with me – whenever we get somewhat stable, inevitably something gets pitched into the mix that seriously throws us off course…and this is so true…I don’t know what we did in a past life to piss off the fates but my Kids deserve better, they deserve stability and we need to be able to give that to them!


Angry Emoticon Frustration

Yup those are where I’m at right now