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One of the Many Ways to Make it Through the Hard Times
Although not everyone would like to admit it, we are all, in some way experiencing tougher financial times than we once were. Instead of tossing groceries in our baskets we are now using coupons and have a tally in our heads of how much we can spend. Christmas gifts were sparser and we are paying attention to lights being on that don’t need to be and wether doors are open or shut. ‘Were you born in a barn?!?’, my dad used to ask. Now I understand. Times they are a changin’ and things are getting tough.
One of the things that people are noticing (myself included) is that families are spending more ‘family time’ together. We are realizing who our true friends are and are understanding the importance of being with those we love. A priority for a lot of people now, is dinner time, and the ‘Depression Day Dinner’ is a fantastic way to have a hearty dinner with your family while saving LOTS of time and money.
The basics of a depression dinner get together are the same as the old fashioned cookie swap. The instructions are as follows:
1) One person serves as the ‘over-seer’ of getting the get together started. She finds out how many participants there are and makes sure that two of the same dish aren’t being made. She sets the date of the get-together and makes sure the participants know of the date and time.
2) For this example there will be 5 people in the get-together. Each person makes 5 family-sized dishes using the agreed upon budget. Meals can be stored in disposable or re-usable containers and dishes. Inexpensive casserole pans can be found at the dollar store, this way you don’t have to worry about getting it back. If you have a dish that is your favorite, or your ‘specialty’ this makes it even more special! Examples of dishes that can be made would be:
chili, chicken noodle soup, enchiladas, bierocks, pizza, tamales, spaghetti & metballs, smothered chicken, chicken & rice
if you have a lot of people in the group and you’d like to shake things up, a couple of them could even make a delicious desert or sweet specialty.
the important thing being that the item can be frozen and is enough to feed every family.
Included with each dish will be a recipe card with all of the ingredients listed. This way if a certain family member is allergic to something they will know if they can or cannot eat that dish.
3) Each participant brings all of the dishes to the over-seers house. Every person takes one each of the dishes and they have a pre-made, healthy, yummy dish for the rest of the week!
Of course the rules can be changed to suit your lifestyle, but the general idea is to have a homemade meal with much less time and a lot less money. Since everyone is making a large amount of one meal they can buy in bulk for that one dish. The more people in the group the better, this means less cooking nights for you and a larger range of dinners for your family. Right now people are trying to squeeze every minute with their friends that they can, and this is a fantastic way to do just that!