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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

Welcome to our world. We cook from scratch. Buy from thrift stores. Find 95% of our homeschool materials for free. This is my blog and this is how we do it.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

More apple talk.

If you've ever got just a couple of apples on hand - and not 10 lbs. like I mentioned a few posts ago! - and you'd like a quick side dish - here's a fast way to make applesauce. (I prefer crock pot applesauce, but this is still much, much better than the canned kind you can purchase in the store.)

2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 - 1/2 cup water, depending on how thick/thin you like your sauce
1/8 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 - 20 minutes, until apples are soft. Allow to cool and mash with a potato masher for chunky sauce, or pulse through the blender for a smoother sauce.

If your apples are already sweet - like Fuji, rather than tart, you might want to reduce the amount of sugar used.

I make this recipe when I'm roasting a chicken and vegetables, to be served as a side, if I've been able to find some apples at .88 cents a pound (or less). At that price, I can make this dish for around .25 cents a serving.



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