09 March 2009

spending hiatus - weeks #2 & #3

So, I'm sure you can tell from my last post, that yes, I did spend some money in the last two weeks. But because it was a planned purchase using earmarked money, I don't count it. So there. Otherwise the last two weeks were relatively easy, probably because I was sick and busy. This week will be interesting because I will have some extra time on my hands and my favorite way to waste time is a little thrift run.

I think the hardest thing for us is eating out or getting takeout. In one of my early "surviving the recession" posts, I wanted to work on eating in more, cooking good food, spending less money. We have done okay at this, but it is one area that I want to keep working on over this hiatus. Part of it is planning better, especially on days that are a whirlwind of one thing after another. So, I picked up two new cookbooks at the library this week. Both of them are really great ones to own someday, for sure. I will just highlight one today and save the other for another day.

Today's eye and tummy candy is Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros. I have had this one on hold for almost a year now. Obviously a good one because everybody wanted to get their hands on it. It is totally not what I expected, it is so much better. I don't know why, but I pictured a thin, pretty book, without a lot of substance. Nice to look at, but not very useful.

Instead I picked up a 400+ page tome filled with wonderful, easy yummy recipes, fabulous storytelling and colorful pictures. It is actually a book of recipes with children in mind. My favorite thing is that she has arranged things by "color". The "red" section high lights yummy things made with tomatoes, raspberries, red peppers. The "green" has broccoli, peppermint and capers. For someone who arranges her closet by color and color-codes her to do lists, this is a brilliant idea!

Here are a few page shots to tempt you, but I would suggest getting out and finding a copy of your own, right away!

(All images from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros)

1 comment:

Claire said...

I love, love, love this cookbook!