How do you make Self Rising Flour?

How Do You Make Self Rising Flour?

Self Rising Flour is a great time saver in recipes like pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and quick breads.  In fact, self rising flour was probably the first convenience food. It was developed by a baker from Bristol England back in 1840’s. His name was Henry Jones. The patented recipe for self rising flour even won a gold medal, and it ultimately changed the diet of sailors […]

12 ways to save money on groceries

12 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Regular visitors to Patty Cake’s Pantry will know that I recently completed my $25 per week grocery budget experiment.   I was inspired to try this by a blog post written by Amanda from The Fundamental Home.  Since I live in Southern California, I wondered if it would be possible to replicate her success.  As usual, I convinced my friend, Angie, from Kitchen Southern Hospitality to […]

Can I feed my family of 5 for $25 a week?

$25 Menu Plan–Week 4 in review–The cost of not having a plan…

This week’s review is about the cost of not having a good plan. You will recall that during my third week of this challenge, I went to the store without a plan.  I purchased what was on sale, and what seemed like a good idea, but I didn’t have a plan for how I would be using those items.  Because I didn’t have a plan, […]

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches can be made on the heels of bread. No one will notice.

A Well Heeled Grilled Cheese

I don’t know what you do with the heels of your loaves of bread, but I’m hoping that your response is not that you throw them out.  Little kids, and adults, often turn up their noses when offered a sandwich made on the heels from the loaf of bread, but I have a solution.    Everyone loves grilled cheese sandwiches, and it’s possible to use the […]

Which is the better value--canned or frozen?

Canned or Frozen, Which is the Best Value?

It’s a conversation that I have often with my friends and co-workers.  Everyone has very strong opinions about whether or not one should eat canned foods.  I have friends who only eat fresh foods.  I have friends who eat mostly canned food.  I know people who are somewhere in the middle. 

Rice O'Brien ready to serve

Rice O’ Brien

This is a recipe that I got from the most wonderful neighbor.  It’s something she serves regularly for her Sunday Dinners after church.  Friends and family request it, but I had never heard of Rice O’Brien  Apparently, I don’t travel in the same circles that she does.  When I asked about the recipe,  she explained how it was made, and that it can be made […]

beans on toast

Beans and Toast

When I was a child, my parents didn’t have a lot of money.  In spite of that, I rarely felt that we had to do without.  There was always food on the table, and my mom was a very good cook. This recipe had originally been planned as part of my 30 days of beans series, but I discovered that pies could be made from […]

Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches

Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches

I previously posted about my father’s egg salad sandwich, and egg salad is an excellent filling for finger sandwiches.  Finger sandwiches are a great thing to serve at a Mother’s Day tea.  I really think that a tea party is the perfect Mother’s Day lunch.  You don’t even need to serve tea.  You can have juice, cocoa, or lemonade.  Finger sandwiches and sweets are more […]

Trying a sample of Navy Bean Soup

Navy Bean Soup

In a previous post, I discussed the benefits of eating nutrient rich beans.   Continuing with that theme, I am adding a recipe here for navy bean soup.  This recipe is actually a variation of a vegan navy bean recipe that I made often while in college.  The ingredients are simple and easy to find.  The soup is very healthy, and everything included is very inexpensive, […]

How to make ice at home

How to Make Ice

I fully expect to receive some negative comments after posting this, but let me explain myself. I was visiting and elderly lady recently, and she wasn’t feeling well. Wanting to make her feel better, I asked if there was anything I could get for her. She said that she would love to have some ice, but they didn’t have any. I was certain that her […]