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Simplify…Use It Up

Simplify…Use It Up
The Iowa Housewife

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The concept that Less can be more can be applied to groceries and menus to help cut food costs and keep your kitchen organized too.  Here are a few ideas to try.

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  1. Select one dry cereal everyone in the family likes. Think of how much more cupboard space you would have and the cereal will be fresher because it turns over faster. No more partial stale boxes.  I simply make our favorite granola and keep the ingredients on hand.  Try one favorite cooked cereal for winter (they can often be microwaved right in the bowl without buying expensive little packages – read the box directions).  Remember, you can have the same simple breakfast every day…you don’t have to plan it, and you eliminate decision-making in the morning rush.  Everyone can learn to make their own as they are able.
  2. Keep your menus simple, 3 items are all that are necessary: for example, main dish, salad and vegetable, or soup, salad and bread, or soup or salad with a sandwich, etc. Desserts can be fresh fruit in season or home-canned fruit or a dessert on Sunday only; as our grandparents served. In most cultures, people don’t eat “celebration” food every day as we seem to in this country.  For guests, add some home-made pickles or relishes, homemade bread of some sort with homemade jam – a country company meal.


My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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