Hi there and welcome :) So this recipe is not anything new or special that I invented, it’s a largely used recipe from where I come from. But I want to share it with you, cause it’s very cheap & yummy and otherwise you wouldn’t know to search for it, I’m sure it wouldn’t come up in “cheap sweets” if you did a google or pinterest search.
250-300g of curd or ricotta
3 tbsp of sugar
(depends on your preference)
Around 7 tbsp of flour
(depends on the size on your eggs)
1 tsp of baking powder
just a pinch of salt
Optional: lemon zest or juice
Oil for cooking
Beat the eggs with sugar
Mix in the curd/ricotta, then salt and baking powder
Start mixing in the flour, until it’s a nice thick consistency
Heat up the oil (use an oil that doesn’t have a strong taste). To test the oil put in a tiny piece of dough and if it starts to form little bubbles right away then it’s ready
To form the balls, use two spoons. Take some dough on one spoon and scrape it into the oil with another one. You can definitely do a better job than me, cause I just don’t care as long as it tastes good :P
Prepare a plate with some paper towels to absorb the oil and remove the balls wih a slotted spoon/skimmer spoon.
Sprinkle on some powdered sugar before serving and there you go
Enjoy your creation – bon apetit! As always I hope this post was useful and definitely let me know if you try these out :) Until next time lovely people.
Hello to all the mamas reading this post! Maybe you’re pregnant with your first child and looking for info on what’s to come, maybe you’ve already given birth (or adopted) and now you’re like:”Shit, this is harder than I thought” or maybe you’re not a first time mom but searching for how to do better this time around. I’m going to do my best to help you out and share my tips. I am a momma to three boys (10yrs, 8yrs & 2yrs), so I’ve been there too.
Prepare in advance. The best thing you can do is to prepare in advance. This goes mostly about food. Cooking takes time and thinking about what to make can be stressful. So fill your freezer with ready to go meals, whether you prepare them yourself or buy them from a store. Hey, what about a last minute baby shower, where instead of gifts they bring you meals you freeze, or heck do both.
Survival mode. First thing you gotta do is to drop your expectations, prepare for these 1-3 months to be crazy times and to go with it. Throw away any to-do lists and routine ideas for that time and just adjust to this new life. It’s only 3 months, after that you can get back on doing stuff and being productive. These first months are just for you and the baby (and your husband and other kids).
Fatherly instinct. Also very important, lower your expectations about the father of your child. Maybe you have a miracle man who will help you all the time from day 1 and cater to all your needs, lucky you! But most men are not that helpful, so just prepare for that, cause it’s easier like that. It was one of the best advice I got from my mom when I had my first! It’s not that men are awful, it’s just diffferent for them, they don’t have the hormones, they didn’t grow the baby inside of them and they can’t feed the baby with their bodies. Most of the times they just don’t know what to do and are just afraid to do something wrong or just think that you are already doing a great job. You need to explain everything to a detail.Things that are obvious to us like how many time does the baby go between eating, putting on the diaper cream, how to clean up a poop explosion, are not for them. So take it easy on them, talk about stuff, ask for help (because they can be pretty clueless) and help them learn and then watch them becoming confident and awesome fathers.
Sleep whenever you can. Why do so many moms shame the frase “sleep when the baby sleeps”? I know it’s not always possible, but I don’t understand the immense hate this gets. A newborn sleeps 16-17 hours of day, which leaves you plenty of naps to decide if you want to sleep, get some stuff done or to just relax and do something that makes you happy (reading, watching tv, knitting, taking a long bath, whatever). Sleep is the most important thing, it helps you recover from childbirth and to be a functional human being.
If it’s your first child then try to take atleast one nap with them. Honestly with my first I totally took 2 naps a day! You’ve got plenty of other nap time left to get stuff done when they are so little.
Now if you have other kids then it depends on their age. When my second was born my first one was 2 and still took a nap, so I napped with them. And thanks to the little one sleeping most of the day it’s not that hard to match their nap times.
But maybe your kid doesn’t nap anymore, all my boys dropped naps between 2-3 years, yet went to bed around 9pm… In that case either try to put them to bed earlier and go to bed early as well. Or if you can get help from your husband, family or friends TAKE IT and sleep!!!
When my third was born my other boys were 6 and 8, so I could sleep with the baby without worrying them getting hurt or burning the house down. Maybe you have older kids who go to school, great, use that time. My boys are homeschooled, so I gotta get creative with my time. Moral of the story, just do whatever you can to sleep. And before you say “but…”, “i can’t” , try a little more and then you can despair.
Give yourself grace. You don’t have to everything! Repeat after me:”You don’t have to do everything!” You don’t have to clean, you don’t have to cook, you don’t have to host friends and family who come to meet the baby, you don’t have to go out but you also don’t have to stay in. Just do whatever makes you feel better, indulge in it during this time. And cut off anything that stresses you out and takes your time. With my first baby I basically spent the first two months on the couch watching tv with a baby on my boob. He was a colic baby and wanted to feed every 1,5h and took forever to eat, so I just sat there and watched tv and ate and sometimes I would drop a spaghetti or crumbs on his head and that’s ok. And then he would fall asleep and I would just cuddle with him and sleep on the couch with him. Did I become overweigtht or unhealthy? No, I lost the baby weight and turned back into a normal human being in the next 6 months, but for me these first months you just do what you can to rest, to stay sane, to “survive”.
Co-sleep. A controversial suggestion, but to us it was very helpful. All my boys went on to sleep in their beds in another room without fuss, but I understand this not might be the case always. What are the benefits though? Babies are meant to be with their mamas, to sleep near them, they will sleep better and you will sleep better. If you’re breastfeeding then co-sleeping just makes sense, whip out your bood and keep sleeping, or half-sleeping. But even if you don’t breastfeed, it’s much more comfier to feed your little one on your bed. To me it just made sense, it was the right choice. But you can do whatever makes you comfortable. This is the most important things about motherhood, you have to do what feels right for you and your family anyone else can go where the sun don’t shine.
Cooking & getting stuff done. If you didn’t prepare in advance or don’t have a big freezer you still gotta eat. And if you have older kids then you always need to have something to feed them. It’s mostly the chopping part, cause you can just throw stuff on a pot or a pan also when the baby is awake. Your baby may love the swing or a bouncer, none of my boys liked the bouncer and I didn’t have money for the swing.
Cook when they’re asleep. With my third I cooked when he was asleep. We eat dinner around 6-7pm, so when he was sleeping around 4 or 5 I would start to prepare the food.
Put them in a bouncer or a swing, or maybe your husband is at home and can watch the baby.
Buy easy to make meals. Like pasta and a ready to go pasta sauce. You can just put down the baby for 2 minutes to drain the pasta, the rest you can do while holding the baby.
Meal prep. You can also meal prep some meals on a day your significant other doesn’t work so he can either watch the baby or help out. Or maybe someone else can come and help you. Prep some meals that you just need to heat up during the week.
Batch prep.Not exactly meal prep or freezer cooking, but when you’re already chopping up stuff , chop some extra for another day. Or when you’re making chicken, buy some more so you can use the leftovers for other meals.
As for getting other stuff done it’s pretty obvious, but I’m going to list the things anyway.
Prioritize, you don’t have to everything. You need to eat, therefore cook and your family needs clean clothes. You don’t have to wash the floors every 2 days or scrub the toilet. Figure out the bare essentials and get those done, everything else can wait during this time.
Obviously do stuff when the baby sleeps. After you’ve taken a nap too ;)
As with cooking put the baby in a bouncer or a swing for a little bit, if they like it.
Wear your baby, but be careful with cooking and make sure your baby is secure in there and don’t do any movements that might result in the baby slipping out or you know, all that common sense stuff.
Ask someone to watch the baby or to help out.
Drink & eat enough. So so important, especially if you’re breastfeeding. But also when you’re not. Your body needs fuel to function, to do all the mom stuff and also to cope with sleeping less. So don’t deny yourself a good meal and don’t give me excuses about being too busy. I literally told you I dropped food on my baby’s head! I cannot deal with being hungry, I will make time to eat. I either ate holding my baby or sometimes I just let them cry until I eat as fast as I can. Sometimes that’s all you can do, there is no perfect solution. Other times the baby is asleep or simply content and you can eat in peace and chew properly, but other times is better to eat too fast or while being disturbed than not eating at all.
Music. I’m not talking about the white noise stuff. I’m talking about when your baby either wakes up during the night or refuses to go to sleep late at night, pop on some headphones with your favorite music while you walk around the room/corridor with a screaming baby. It will help you stay calm, it will help the baby cause they can hear the music and they can feel you being calm and it helps you to be more awake, cause for me there isn’t anything worse than being tired and forced to do something while sleepy. This may sound weird to you, but it helped me a lot and the babies fell asleep a lot quicker. With my third I pretty much had some music on all day long, not loud but something for him not to hear all the noise his big brothers were making. We live in an apartment and our bedrooms are small and right beside one another, so I opened our couch and let him sleep on there. If I’d let him asleep in the bedroom and without music he would’ve been up every 20 minutes.
I think I got down everything I had to say. The first 3 months are crazy, tiring, caotic and confusing but I also love this time cause I get to bond with my baby and lots of snuggling, you can’t beat that! Just remember that it will pass sooner than you think, live day by day, concentrate on getting through one day at a time. I hope this post gave you some tips or at least some hope for the future! I’m sending much love to all of you strong and brave mamas out there! You’ve got this!
Hello beautiful people! The last time I wrote about “How to meal plan on a very small budget” and today I want to give you a few meal ideas as well. These meals are super simple, not fancy at all, just for pure survival but at the same time as interesting as possible to not to go crazy by eating always the same stuff! I said in my last post that you can mix your basics and toppings however you like, here are my favorites.
Boil some rice, cut up tomatoes, cucumbers and mince a little bit of garlic. Mix the veggies in a bowl with some oil, salt, pepper and any other sspices you want. I also add lettuce sometimes. Mix it all up with rice and eat, if you want to or have put some mayo on tp. Or sour cream or even ketchup if that’s what you like, but in my opinion mayo is the best for this.
You can either cook it normally & add some milk later (or when you’re heating it up) or cook it directly in some milk. Add a tiny bit of salt and some sugar when it’s cooking and top it with some jam later. You could also use maple syrup, but it’s suuuuper expensive where I live, so if you can get it for a little price – I envy you!
Here I just boiled some pasta and eggs, chopped the eggs, wurstel and fresh cucumber. Mixed it all up with salt, pepper, maybe some other spices. Then I mixed in some mayonnaise and yogurt. That’s more than 5 ingredients but you can mix in only mayo or yogurt, or sour cream. Use what you have.
Here I cut up some bread and wurstels, put it on an oven tray, poured on top some eggs, sprinkled some salt and pepper on top and cooked until the eggs were ready and then served it with lettuce. Again, any sauces are very welcome with this kind of food.
Black bread sandwitch
This photo is pretty self explanatory: black bread, margarine (or butter), cheese, bananas and milk for a drink for more calories. If you can find good and cheap black bread then definitely get some cause black bread is so much more filling and better for you than white bread :)
That’s it for today, I’ll definitely make more of these! Let me know what do you think of these and if you make these tell me how it went and how did you like them. Until next time.
Hello again and welcome if you are new to my blog. So, when you have a very limited budget then this is the best time to plan your meals to make sure you don’t spend too much and to make sure you always have something to eat. There was a time when we lived 4 adults, 2 kids, 3 cats and 1 dog on a single income, I took it on myself to plan out the meals and the shopping every week in the budget so we wouldn’t starve . Thankfully things are much better now for us, everyone goes through difficult times, there’s no shame in that. I am actually very thankful for those times, cause I learned so much! Today I’m going to share with you the tips and tricks. I also need to mention that different countries (probably states as well if you’re from US) have different cheap items, something that costs nothing in one country could be a luxury item in another. I know that well after living in 3 different countries and it can be frustrating, especially when I search for “cheap recipes” online and the ingredients cost a lot where I live.
How many meals? And what kind? First you need to find out how manay main meals you need (lunch and dinner), if you get these down it’s all good. Even if you skip breakfast or a snack some days at least you have something to fill your belly. For us this was 14 meals for week, but maybe you get a free meal at your work some days or you can go to your parents (or whoever) to dinner. Then do the same with breakfast. And then the least important, but we can’t live without our afternoon snack. Now you have the numbers, let’s move on.
Promos & coupons. We don’t have coupons where we live, but I always checked online all the offers in different shops before starting my plan. If the rice is discounted I’ll have more rice meals that week and so on. You have to know your shops, where to get the best prices on stuff.
The basics. Those are the main part of your lunch and dinner meals, the ones that fill you up, the ones that shouldn’t you be able to buy anything else, you could still survive by eating those (wouldn’t be fun or good but it’s something). The basics are pasta, potatoes, rice, bread flour, any cereal (buckwheat, cous cous etc). Keep in mind how big is your household. How many people does one pack of 500g pasta feed? If it’s only 2 of you you can have around 3 uses from one pack, so when you’re making a list do the math. For us it was one pack for one meal. A kg of rice gave us around 2 meals.
The toppings. This is the stuff you put on your basics: tomato sauce, veggies, beans, meat, cheese etc. Stick to simple meals with few ingredients. Spices are your best friends and stock up on sauces (like ketchup, mayo, barbeque – whatever is your thing) when there is a good offer to give a more taste to your simple meals. Now that you’ve checked out the promos you can decide which ones are the most convenient, which vegetables are on sale, which toppings are the most versatile and you can make the most of of them and so on.
Breakfast & snacks. Now see what can you use for your breakfast. Flour and bread are really cheap everywhere I think. I didn’t even buy eggs for pancakes or french toast. I made pancakes with yogurt, flour, some water, sugar, baking soda and oil. And for french toast I made them with milk, sugar and cinnamon. We also ate bread with jam or margarine, or just plain cheap tea bisquits. Oatmeal is cheap but we never used that cause no one but me likes it in my family. Eggs are not that cheap where we live so lucky you if they are where you live. If you can get your hands on cheap bulk cereal and milk – go ahead.
Buy for the whole week & avoid small shops. Yes, yes I know, support the local, support the small shops. The small shops are usually a little more expensive, it might not be a lot but it adds up in the end. First you gotta strive, then you can support them in the future :)
I am going to do a post on 3-4 ingredient foods you can make for some inspiration. In the meantime I hope this helped you out a little! Stay strong and with a little bit of organization you can get through anything!
Welcome back if you are here after my “How to prevent a cold/flu on a small budget“. Today let’s take a look at the cheap options when it’s already too late and you or someone in your family is already sick, how to abbreviate the duration and to help with the symptoms. Some of these are the same as for prevention. Also let me quickly say that this is not a medical blog or anything, just a mom sharing tips that have helped her :) And future posts will be about various topics.
Ginger. It’s great for cough, for nausea and helps with sweating so our bodies can flush out the germs and toxins more easily. Drink ginger tea, cook with it, throw a piece in smoothies (that’s what I do, gives a nice kick to it). There are lots of versions and types of all kind of mixes and concoctions with ginger that help either prevent or cure the cold and the flu. I usually prepare the night before some fresh lemon juice, honey, grated ginger (when I buy ginger I peel it, cut it to pieces and freeze it; then I just take out one piece to grate or for my smoothies) and cinnamon. In the morning I add some hot water (and some cold water I keep in fridge to add to teas & stuff to be able to drink right away) and drink as soon as we wake up. Usually for us adults it’s around half a mug or a little over half glass, my older boys (10 & 8) get a little less and now that my youngest is 2,5 I can give some to him too (I used a shot glass cause they’re nice and small). Usually the little one drinks it without fuss, cause the honey makes it nice and sweet, it’s basically a nice warm tea. You can either strain it or drink with the ginger pieces.
Garlic. We all know about the almighty garlic, it can kick some serious ass. The only downside about garlic is the garlic breath and the taste of course. You can cook with it, but you won’t be able to get a good dose from it. When I was little my parents and granny made a rye bread sandwitch with garlic pieces stuck inside the bread, some butter and sausage (just google “keeduvorst”), it helps with the taste but I found a better way. I don’t remember where I got that idea, but you cut the clove in smaller pieces and take them as pills with water! Without having to chew it there’s no taste and it helps a lot with the after garlic breath as well. Now that my boys are big enough they can use this method as well.
Onion. Just as with garlic and ginger, there are many ways to use onion to help with cold and flu. This page teaches how to make onion syrup and children’s onion soup for cough. I have never tried those cause I feel with ginger and garlic that’s already enough, but sooner or later I’ll try them out for sure. I’ve also heard about putting onions in socks for the night. Haven’t tried that one either, but I have tried the thing where you cut onions in half and place them either near the bed or on window sills and then the onion absorbs the bad bacteria in them. Now, I don’t know how much scientific research this has to back it up, but I swear when I do this , the sickness passes so much faster! Also it’s not anything dangerous or harmful so it doesn’t hurt to try, am I right?
Cabbage. Years ago I was really sick and my throat was just awful, my mom suggested to put some cabbage leaves on my neck for the night, over my tonsils and to secure with a scarf or a band or something. My Italian boyfriend (now husband) and mother-in-law thought I was ridiculous. But the joke was on them because next morning my throat didn’t hurt anymore and it didn’t come back either! I’ve used this a few times, mmostly when I’m desperate and it has helped really well! Again, doesn’t hurt to try.
Tumeric. Sprinkle that shit everywhere! Jokes aside it helpsto reduce fever and cold, is anti-viral and gives your immune system a boost. Here’s a more in depth explanation along with dosage and precautions.
Vitaimin C. Some of the foods high in vitamin c are: kakadu plums, acerola cherries, rose hips, chilli peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parley, mustard spinach, kale, kiwis, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lemons, lychees, american persimmons, papayas, strawberries and oranges.
Vitamin D. Get your dose of sunshine. Of course there are supplements, but I’m trying to keep this post as low cost as possible and I have no idea how expensivo or inexpensive vitamin d supplements are.
Vitamin A rich foods are cantaloupe, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, spinach, broccoli, , milk and fish. Read about more vitamin a rich foods here.
Teas: Add honey and lemon for more kick ass power to your teas.
Green tea – supports immune function and increases your metabolism
Ginger tea – reduces inflammation, helps with nausea and respiratory problems, strengthens immune system.
Linden tea – promotes sweating and is a natural expectorant
Elderberry tea – boosts immunity, helps to fight viruses and is anti-inflammatory
Echinacea tea – echinacea is widely used in herbal medicine to treat cold and flu
Rosehip tea – boosts your immune system and helps to fight off cold and flu
Tea Tree oil. As I said in my flu and cold prevention article – if you can afford one essential oil, let it be the Tea Tree oil! Either use it in an oil diffuser or make a spray and spray it all around the house to avoid the germs from spreading. If you have more than one child then this is especially useful. Basically I just spray it every day around the house and concentrate whenever the sick child has been/touched. For example the couch, I spray in the batroom a couple of times and especially their bed once a day, my other son’s bed (cause they sleep in the same room). This has helped to not get us all sick every time.
Sure there are a lot more remedies, but I wanted to share the most low cost ones that have worked well for our family. Of course I didn’t talk about the most obvious ones like get a lot of rest, drink lot of liquids. Although sleep is THE BEST cure there is :) I hope you found this post useful, if you did, leave a like and comment below your best tips to cure or get over a cold/flu faster.
The cold and flu season is hard if you live in a cold climate and sometimes the budget is so tight we can’t even allow the smallest extra purchase. In that case the best strategy is to do everything we can to avoid getting sick altogether. Which is basically impossible if you have kids, especially if they attend school or kindergarten. But you can try, the worst case scenario is that you get sick a little less than usual and that is not bad at all.
Let’s look at the completely free basics.
Avoid crowds as best as you can. During the holidays that can be a little tricky, but just do your best. And when you see/hear someone coughing or sneezing just get as far as you can from them.
Wash your hands. A no brainer, I know, but during the colder months this is extra important. Wash your hands after using public transport, going outside, before eating and so on. Do the same with your kids and teach them the importance as well if they are out in school, in kindergarten or with friends.
Good oral hygene is also very important to prevent the bacteria from spreading, so don’t skip on brushing your teeth and make sure your kiddos brush theirs thoroughly.
Stay hydrated! You immune system doesn’t work optimally when dry, so make sure to have plenty of water, 8 glasses a day are recommended for adults. Kids need around 5 glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Also other fluids like tea and soups are great.
Exercise. Don’t wear yourself out, but a moderate exercising is very beneficial. Go and sweat those toxins out.
Sunshine aka Vitamin D. Get outside when the sun is shining. This might not happen too often, so stay alert and run outside or on the balcony and bask in the precious sunshine.
Not completely free, but still cheap
Garlic. If you already have it at home or you grow it buy yourself then it’s free. Otherwise it’s doesn’t cost much to buy some. Garlic is a known badass for fighting all kind of health problems and is awesome for preveting colds as well. The way I like to get my dose is to cut a clove in smaller pieces and to swallow them with water as pills. This way you can’t feel the taste and without chewing it – much less garlic breath. For the kids, depends on their age. My older boys (10yrs and 8yrs) do the “garlic pill” method with me. My youngest is 2 so I just try to incorporate some in his foods.
Smoothies. If smoothies are something you usually do, just add more of the special ingredients. Berries, apples, chia seeds, cinnamon, and bananas is a good combination. I like to add a small piece of ginger. Use what you have, do a little google research on which fruits, herbs and veggies are the best.
Vitamin C. I’m pretty sure everyone knows this one. Foods high in vitamin c are kakadu plums, acerola cherries, rose hips, chilli peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parley, mustard spinach, kale, kiwis, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lemons, lychees, american persimmons, papayas, strawberries and oranges. You can either eat them as they are, add them to foods or to your smoothies.
Omega 3. Eat more of foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids as in nuts, seeds, eggs, soy beverages, and salmon.
Detox Bath. Take a bath with epsom salts once a week or two, Epsom salts are cheap and great for detox baths. You can also choose to add some other ingredients depending what you have in hand like Dead Sea salts, apple cider vinegar, lavender, lemon or rosemary essential oil, honey. Just do your research before,check for allergies and make your your essential oils are safe to use in a bath.
Special mention – tea tree oil. If you have very little money to spend I recommend tea tree oil to be the one you buy. The possibilities and choices are vast with essential oils, but tea tree oil has truly been a lifesaver in our home. As far as preventing cold & flu, use an oil diffuser or in every room regularly or make a pray by adding about 10 drops of it to 100-200ml of water. Then just spray around the house or use it to clean any contact points to keep the germs from spreading.
That is it for my little “How to prevent cold/flu on a small budget”. I hope you found it useful. If you have your own cheap cold/flu prevention tips leave them down in the comments, cause I’m always looking for new ways to keep my family healthy.
Next time I’ll talk about how to cure a cold/flu on a small budget. So hit that subscription button to stay tuned. Until next time.