One of the things we’ve learned how to do during the recession is make do with what you’ve got.
I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.
Sometimes as long as we had a loaf of bread we had something to eat for lunch or dinner. More than once we had Condiment Sandwiches for Saturday lunch. That usually consisted of two pieces of bread, with mayo and ketchup. Or mayo and mustard if you were my sister.
As long as we had some kind of meat broth in the pantry and some flour, my Mom would set the table and we’d have dumplings. Most often chicken broth and dumplings.
Sometimes it was because things were stretched thin and we didn’t have a choice. Sometimes they were saving for my Dad’s annual 2 week vacation. Other times, they were living paycheck to paycheck and the pantry went bare before the next check came in. Continue reading