First - the best resource for cheap, healthy recipes - HillbillyHousewife. Obviously chew the meat and spit out the bones, but for the most part this is a great resource for those of us who live on a budget.
Second - the recipe for chewy granola bars. They are great for hiding healthy stuff your kids won't eat, cheap to make and completely delicious. Here it is:
- 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I use less than this, probably closer to 1/4 cup.)
- 2 cups of raisins, dried fruit, nuts, flax seeds, chocolate chips, etc.
Third - This recipe needs some work I think but still made good teething biscuits. Lauren liked them but I was thinking they'd be a little harder. Maybe more flour? Hm. We'll have to see. Here's the recipe - 1 c. baby cereal, 1 c. flour, 1 c. fruit juice. Mix all and refrigerate for 1 hr. Roll out of floured board to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into rounds. Then bake on greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes at 350*.
And last .... Would anyone be willing to share their cleaning schedules? I haven't kept mine up for longer than I'd like to admit and need some inspiration. Also what chores do your kids (or did you do) as young children? I need more ideas for the girls, as they need things to occupy their little hands in the afternoons. Lael is pretty capable to do most jobs - bathrooms, dishes, laundry, sweeping, etc. But Alyssa isn't there yet and I have to come up with something besides dusting. Even though she is one great duster! Any thoughts?