For those that don’t know me well or haven’t read the blog that much, you might not know just how busy life can get in the O House. Or, that I have 4 boys who are always hungry.
I’m sure that the problem of getting a good dinner on the table after a long day of homeschooling and shuttling boys to activities is not unique to me. Mr. O appreciates (most of the time) how much of my time and energy go into homeschooling and raising our boys. However, he still wants a nice dinner waiting for him when he gets home from a long day at work.
Knowing that I can always use some good tips and tricks, I was eager to review Homemade Convenience Foods, an ebook by Marcia K. Washborn. Marcia has balanced life with a bunch of hungry boys with homeschooling and home businesses to juggle as well.
This title is NOT a book to get you mass cooking one day to stock your freezer. Like many moms, she recognized that the 30 day method wouldn’t work for her. Instead, Marcia came up with shortcuts to help her have food items on hand so dinner could be convenience food quick on preparation time while being homemade, healthy, and easy on your food budget.
And, that is what you get in this ebook. There might not be a lot of pages, but what is here contains some real gems. To give you an idea of what’s inside, I took a snapshot of the Table of Contents for you:
One of the tips in the method section I already do to some extent: pre-cook several pounds of your meats. Marcia even breaks it down to how much time you save by cooking 6 pounds of ground meat compared to just 1 pound at a time.
The recipes are definitely family friendly and include dishes such as Goulash, Festive Beef Bread, and Mom’s Easy Chicken and Noodles. Yum! I think our family will be eating a little better during the busy holiday season using the tips and easy recipes shared in this ebook.
Homemade Convenience Foods is available from Building Tomorrow’s Generation with Marcia Washburn in two formats: E-book: $5.99 Print edition: $5.99 plus $2.00 S/H. Marcia has offered all of this blog’s readers to request a free e-copy of my money-saving article, Kitchen Economics by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marcia Washburn has operated several businesses including a profitable piano studio and a small publishing company. She and her husband homeschooled their five sons in rural Colorado for nineteen years. She has served in various leadership positions at the local and state level and holds advanced degrees in elementary education & music education.
A columnist for two major home education magazines, she also speaks nationally and internationally. Her books include Activity Days for Homeschool Groups and Families; Talent to Treasure: Building a Profitable Music Teaching Business; and Homemade Convenience Foods.