I’ve always loved to cook. Some of my earliest memories are in kitchen. Some supervised – some not, like the time I tried to make chocolate milk out of chocolate chips and water. And the time I melted the honey bear in the microwave.
What? I was five!
So much of how I cook, I owe to my mom. She may not even realize it, but it’s true!
Mom & me on my wedding day. A beautiful AND frugal celebration. Loads of DIY.
Waste Not, Want Not.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard these words escape my mother’s lips. And she doesn’t just say it, she LIVES it. Nothing goes to waste…nothing. Plastic bags are rinsed and reused. When she cooks a chicken, she boils that sucker till every last bit of flavor is leached from the bones. Her freezer(s) are stocked full of berries/vegetable she’s picked herself. We were picking strawberries yesterday and she was getting upset at thinking of all the berries that were rotting on the vine.
Like I said, the woman doesn’t like anything to go to waste!
While I don’t go as far as she does (I draw the line at cutting mold off of cheese!), I most definitely have picked up some of her frugal habits when it comes to cooking. I make and freeze my own broth from the rotisserie chickens I buy at the store! And it definitely pains me to throw out spoiled food…especially produce. If I have a bunch of produce I know is going to end up going to waste, I make a huge pot of vegetable soup and freeze that…problem solved. Thanks, mom!
Many of my recipes on Shrinking Kitchen are inspired by what I have in the kitchen, what I’ve picked up on sale at the market, or what’s seasonal and cheap. If I’m missing an ingredient in a recipe, it’s seldom I’ll bail on the recipe or run out and buy a specific ingredient…instead, I’ll get creative and find a substitution. Out of rice? I’ll try quinoa.
Just yesterday I was up at my parent’s and was trying to make soup that called for carrots. There were no carrots. So instead, I swapped in a bunch of spinach and some red lentils. Okay, so spinach and red lentils really make zero sense as a carrot substitute, but I just thought they sounded good. And the soup? Turned out better than the original recipe.
My mom is the queen of making do and I like to think I’m the princess.
You may bow.
Don’t Drink Your Calories!
My mom is my health role model. She’s healthy, vital and her activity level puts most women half her age to shame!
One thing she’s always done? She drinks a ton of water.”Don’t drink your calories!” was one of her favorite (still) sayings. I can hear those words ring out every time I think about what I’m going to have to drink! We rarely had soda or juice in our household. Good old plain skim milk and water. And that’s something, as a mom, I’m trying to impart to my children. The importance of hydration to a healthy lifestyle is huge. More than huge. We ARE water – adults are 60% water.
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So thanks, Mom. You may not know it (well, now you do) but your words of wisdom have made a huge imprint on me. And I’m better for it!
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