Tonight I was in search of a quick, easy recipe for some kind of meatless soup. I'm trying to be more frugal and stretch the meat in our meals, and right now we are all out of ground beef, except for a pound that I'm saving for lasagna when we have friends over this weekend. I thought soup sounded nice for tonight, since we're getting another big snowstorm today. Anyway, I found this one, Cheesy Vegetable Chowder, and it sounded yummy--and it was! I adapted it quite a bit--threw in some celery seed and onion powder since my family doesn't care much for onion or celery in soup, left out the carrots and threw in a couple of cups of frozen mixed vegetables instead of the corn. We also had to add a lot of salt at the table--there isn't any salt in it otherwise. Anyway, it was good and the older two kids gobbled it up. It's the first time I've ever seen Julia really love a soup--probably because most soups I make have meat in them, and she's not a big fan of meat. :) Jim, on the other hand, pretty much thinks a meal is not worth eating if it doesn't include meat . . . but he graciously ate this and said it was pretty good. Next time I might throw in some cooked chicken or ground beef to keep him happy; I think it would be good with either. :) We had whole wheat biscuits on the side and it was a nice meal for a cold and snowy night!
I also found a couple more new recipes today that I'm dying to try (thanks to Money Saving Mom for the links): Homemade Healthy Poptarts (from Heavenly Homemakers) and Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites (from Two Peas and their Pod). I can't make the poptarts till I get some more butter and yogurt, but I might be able to make the pretzel bites . . . if I have enough flour. Gotta get to the store once it stops snowing!
I had a goal of getting a bunch of cleaning done today, but instead I ended up paying bills and balancing all our accounts, and that always takes me a while. Which leads me to a question, just for fun: in your house, who is the main bill-payer/account-balancer/financial-up-keeper person? You or your spouse? In our home it's me, mostly because I have more time to do it than Jim does, and also because I enjoy it more. I like crunching numbers. :) I am also curious how many of you still pay bills via checks/mail, and how many do all the bill paying online? We still do it the old-fashioned way, but I am contemplating switching to online, just to save some money in stamps . . . but, I'm afraid I'd be more likely to forget bills that way, too. And I kind of like having a "paper trail" of all our bills and payments . . . anyway, just curious, if you feel like sharing what you do and how it works for you. :)
Well, I am off to bed now . . . hopefully more blogging will happen later this week!