Friday, 17 May 2013
How the heck did that happen?!
He's... well, he's the 7yo. He's stubborn and determined, sometimes his brain moves faster than he can make his tongue/lips cooperate. He loves building things with Legos. He's into pretty much every Lego or vehicle/truck. He is still thrilled by even the smallest things that make him happy. Like "new" pants I get for him at consignment sales. Or the $2 Mario Kart backpack I got for him at another consignment sale, or whatever. He's also by far our sneakiest one so far... he tries to get away with so much. Doesn't always work out for him though. Today he did well though. He accidentally spilled half of one of my spice containers (of thyme, go figure), and rather than cover it up, he just came and got me. I just giggled because, well, it happens. Or the other day he took a tumble off his bike. He was going faster than he was supposed to. Luckily, he was wearing his helmet, but he scraped up his elbow right there with all the nerve endings so it hurts like a @#$% and he also managed to put a hole in the back of his shirt. He was in tears about his shirt, thinking I was going to be super angry. After going through all the 'are you okay' and doing the bandaid thing and the 'this is why we wear helmets' thing, we got to the shirt part. I may end up putting some funky patch on it here if I get around to it, but hey, it happens. And when I only paid like $1-$2 for the shirt, I'm certainly not going to be as upset about it like I would be with a $30 shirt (which, ahem, just doesn't happen - even hubby's wrinkle-free shirts were $17/ea).
Anyway. We went hunting for cupcakes on his birthday. There were like 2-3 cupcake shops around town. Went to the one I liked, the cupcakes were always yummy. The building was completely empty. In my old age, I have no shame, so we walked into the bar/restaurant next door to ask the guy. Yup, they went out of business, but there's another one behind a restaurant across the street. Off we go. That one closed, too. Well damnit. We need cupcakes for a birthday! So we start walking back to the hamburger joint the 7yo and I were meeting everybody else at. On the way there, we stop in at a chocolate shop and I start asking the gal if she knows what's up. Yes, she certainly does. And then points us in the direction of the last cupcake shop in town that's still open. So we finally hit up that store before heading home. That said, we won't be frequenting that place again, the cupcakes weren't all *that* great, Betty Crocker and I could probably do something less dry and much tastier. Wow, I'm wordy today.
It was just a quiet, fun, family affair. Involving a lot of candles for an itty bitty cupcake.
Why yes, he certainly was excited for chocolate cake.
Look at those dimples!
All the kids snarfing down their cupcakes. The 3yo tends to just eat the frosting off things though, drives me batty. I'm one of those who's good with just a thin layer of frosting/icing on things, so a kid who would be happy with *just* frosting.... presents a challenge for me.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013
Another consignment sale in the books. Why yes, I went shopping on my birthday. I didn't really have much of a choice, they didn't ask if they could have half-off day on my birthday, so yeah. I ended up also hitting a certain grocery store in the same town, and also Old Navy, all by myself. So it was a decent birthday.
Oh, back to the stuff. Why yes, I was on an orange spree. Why? Because the kids wear orange when out wood cutting with Daddy. It's just the way it is. Secondly, I also use orange to my advantage. Most folks don't buy orange for their kids, let alone all four of them. So... When we're going to be at a busy park [playdate] or at the children's museum or at the local theme park, I will totally dress the kids up in the same color shirt. My favorites are orange and lime green, sometimes red. Because those stand out. Plus when you're introducing yourself, being able to say 'oh yeah, mine are all the kids in orange shirts' is kind of handy. Yes, I know I'm not normal, but hey, after so many years of doing headcounts at playgrounds, you might do the same.
When this sale was all said and done I ended up with....
5 pairs of pants
3 pairs of shoes
2 pairs of sandals
1 Mario Kart backpack
1 cotton twin duvet cover and pillowcase
1 purse for me (the cute little black one!)
2 little (greenish) purse/containers (the bigger flower one will be an activity book thingie for the 3yo, the smaller one may end up being used for essential oils, we'll see)
15 orange shirts
3 other shirts
1 set of pajamas
1 play dress (as in, it cost a dollar, she can scuff it up all she wants)
1 towel cover up
1 snorkel (which the 7yo promptly used at the next swim lesson)
4 swim suits (I like having 2-3 per size, I suck at laundry, plus with our season passes to the local theme park that has a water area, yeah)
19 books, including 7 American Girl books.
The ending total for my haul wasn't super cheap, but hey, it's not the rock-bottom priced consignment sale. Most things I got were half priced or decently priced at any rate - there were a few things I came across that I liked, but I just wasn't up for paying $10 for a pair of obviously used sneakers, no matter the name brand.
Canned goodies headed across the state. My sister gets the box on the left because she knows what to do with the reusable lids. As in, *not* throw them away. The other box is off to be divvied up between two cousins and three uncles of mine. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a brawl over Grandma's secret recipe relish.
The main basement room before. Yeah, it was looking a bit like an episode of Hoarders. I'm working on it... Difficult with kids around that keep wanting to be fed, plus we're still working on storage and I'm constantly trying to think up ideas to put more storage up on the walls and use the vertical space.
The main basement room after. There's still piles of things.... Empty jars in boxes to either put aside or take to the storage unit until they're needed again, a basket of stuff to sell, a pile of Goodwill stuff, a few jarred things I need to puree and dehydrate, some old and busted versions of our filing system that never worked, the things that take some time to deal with.
These are all empty, clean jars. And this is just a tiny, adorable stack. Storing empties is one of my constant issues it seems. I need to figure out a better, more consistent, easy way to do it.
These two boxes contain a bunch of dried plant matter. A bunch of herbal goodness I got during my trip to Portland. They hopefully won't always be here.
Hopefully sometime soon, we'll have some narrow little shelves (those Bekvam spice racks from Ikea to be exact) hung up all above my drawers of spices and by the carbon monoxide detector. Easy to see and grab, but the herbs will still be in a cool, dry, dark place.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
These didn't turn out like I'd hoped. Turns out you really should set your oven timer when baking. Whoops.
This is what they're supposed to look like, just golden brown and delicious.
They were playing dress-up. They were twirling around and having a blast, despite these goofy "cheese!" photos I took.
The yard and some garden. A few things like the parsley and over-wintered celery are perking up, I saw a few teeny asparagus shoots the other day. See all that brown yard? The kids have run around the yard so much that it's just straight up dirt now. No grass. At all.
The blackberry canes I'd transplanted last year. Put the thyme there as well, having to dig up stuff from the front yard so we can fix the entry way. The 9yo started mulching things for me, but then we ran out of our pile of wood chips. Aiming to work on reclaiming the garden spaces this year and mulching everything within an inch of it's life. Because I detest weeding, I just need to own it and act accordingly and mulch like there's no tomorrow.
My 6yo has been grabbing the camera and getting some really funny photos. This is the messy kitchen from a 6yo's perspective. Apparently I hadn't done dishes yet.
I've been working on re-doing our emergency supplies in the van. They need to be somewhat easily accessible, but need to stay put and out of the way, without taking up my trunk space that I need for hauling stuff around.
Enter the little plastic lidded containers I've found from various places. They snug up underneath the seats there, almost inconspicuous. And so far they're staying where they need to.
See, just out of the way. There's some food and water, a change of clothes for each child (in a size or two larger in part so I don't have to change them out for a bit), extra blanket(s), those little heating pouch thingies, things along that line. Mostly a just-in-case thing, and were we to have to evacuate our houses with our 72-hour kits, this would just be a nice extra oomph. Especially since we'd likely not be able to evacuate on foot with so many youngsters.
And then the oft-used snack cooler that's underneath the 3yo's feet (so he almost has a floor under his feet). The 9yo sits next to him in the van, and can dole out snacks for me as need be. I struggle sometimes keeping this current and filled, but it is what it is. I finally scrubbed down the inside of it for the first time last week, whoops.
Monday, 22 April 2013
Finally got my vanilla extract steeping. On the left, I saw a cheapy raspberry vodka, and decided what the hell, worth a shot. In the middle is an extract with a locally made (read: expensive) vodka. And hot damn, that stuff'll put some hair on your chest just from sniffing it. On the right is my first multi-vitamin tincture attempt. That was before I'd gotten a lid on it and shaken it up - you can see the different levels of herbs (which were still kinda hydrating from the fluid), the vegetable glycerine, and filtered water.
MIL and her boyfriend took us to Cabela's today. Leave it to me to find randomness there for myself. New sandals without a heel for me, a new tackle box for more essential oils/herby goodness, and two sun hats. I couldn't decide between the two, so MIL bought be both for my birthday. The pretty blue one because, well, it's pretty. The light green one has a longer/floppy part in the back to cover my neck - I've been haphazardly looking around for something to wear while out in the garden or whatnot, and this'll do the trick.
And I started loading up my new pretty first aid kit with the essential oils and other goodies I've accumulated over the last several months. Put some colloidal silver in smaller dropper dram bottles, some calendula succus in tiny little orofice reducer bottles, and plain EO's in some of the half/one dram bottles. In the bottom so far are vitamin C drops, honey sticks (hey, you never know when you'll need those!), a spice bottle of gummy bears (again, you never know), and the little 4oz jars each have plain ground flax seed, dry Redmond clay, bee pollen, and a mixture of charcoal and ground flax seed (add some water/honey and you have a poultice ready for yucky bites/stings). Need to get more bandaids and gauze for the whole house regardless, but one thing at a time.
Homestead Barn Hop.
Monday, 15 April 2013
It all started with 80 pounds of chicken, then another 40 pounds.
I did manage to get it all trimmed and cut up the day I got it all, but then it took me a little over two weeks to get through all the prepping and assembling. I'm not magical like some of those other blog moms. I wasn't going to try to totally stress myself out, I just went at my own pace.
I ended up with a bunch of meals. Sorry, I haven't counted all that well, and we've kind of started eating some of them. Especially since it took me a good three weeks to finish/assemble everything what with the two deliveries of chicken I had.
Wanna see the recipes?
Cafe Rio Chicken, Garlic Lime Chicken, World's Best Chicken. Scroll down to #5, #6, #7.
Crockpot Creamy Thyme Chicken.
Crockpot Asian Glazed Chicken.
Basalmic Mustard Chicken.
Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken. Scroll down that link's page for the recipe.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. I cut up the chicken into bite size bits (four kids, I have to cut it up sooner or later), and you can totally sub in bacon for ham, depending on what you've got. This recipe is freakin' awesome - been making it for years. Freezes lovely, there's no cream of crap in it, and if you make enough of the cheesy stuff, there's enough to throw on your fork with accompanying steamed broccoli or baked brown rice.
Chicken Florentine Casserole. Yummy. Needs a smidge more salt, and more cheese never really hurts anything. And when doubling the recipe? Use four 8"x8" pans, not just three. The pans were stuffed, and despite my bottomless pits, I still have leftovers. Leftovers reheat decently in the microwave as well.
Parmesan Chicken Bake. Does have mayo in it. We'll see how it works.
Pan Roasted Chicken and Potatoes from Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely. We've had this over the years, but never frozen before (I had red potatoes that I desperately needed to do something with). Hopefully it'll turn out okay. ETA: It didn't. I kept hoping that since I'd mixed a few other things with the mayo that it'd turn out okay. Nope, was an oily, gooey mess. It's a good recipe, just not a good freezer recipe.
Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Foil Dinner. Kinda time consuming what with all the packets (well, I did a double batch) and prepping different ingredients, but yum!!! I cooked a little test batch from the leftovers from assembly in a little Pyrex food container (with no plastic lid, just used foil as a lid) for maybe 30 minutes until the chicken was done. Yum. I don't have enough Pyrex for that, but I'm sure some folks do, so that could be an option instead of just foil.
I'm forseeing that I'll be making these to have on hand if/when we go camping or on vacation (just because I *can* cook in a VRBO place doesn't mean I *want* to be stuck in the kitchen all day!). Might try making these in 8"x8" pans next time, just need to bake for longer...
The Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Packets casserole style, much easier to assemble than a million foil packets.
Creamy Dijon Chicken.
Lemon Garlic Chicken.
Crockpot Feta and Bacon Stuffed Chicken. Mmmm... bacon...
Mini Chicken Pot Pies. Fair warning. Make the chicken mixture *before* mixing up the biscuit/muffin mix. Otherwise they don't look all adorable and domed like at OAMM, they look kinda... weird. Like these. Still edible though. Next time I might do what a friend mentioned and use broccoli/cheese instead of the peas/carrots. That threw my kids for a loop, they're used to just having their veggies straight, steamed, with a dash of salt.
Chicken Ranch Quesadillas. Nothing fancy, just mixed up cooked/shredded chicken with some ranch and some random cheese I had on hand (mozzarella), threw down some cheddar on it, and heated until sorta melty. Aka, so the shredded cheese didn't make it three stories high and it was soft enough to cut without entirely shredding the tortilla. Reheats well in the microwave or toaster (with a pan/foil under the quesadilla).
Two packages of ground chicken for Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps and two bags of Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins (I used almond flour instead of bread crumbs to make it a smidge more GF/paleo - bonus is that these suckers are now super full of protein and are nice and filling). The Cashew Chicken is so yummy, and leftovers heat up amazingly well. The Chicken Parmesan muffins are yummy, my whole family, including Grandma, liked 'em. They may make occasional lunch appearances throughout the year.
Plain breasts ready to freeze for later use, and some cut up pieces that later went into a casserole pictured above.
I'm aiming to update along the way with reviews as we fork and knife our way through it all.
Homestead Barn Hop.
Friday, 05 April 2013
I love that my local grocery store has their very own Beyonce the chicken. Love it. I have yet to pull aside one of the workers and ask about it though. Makes me chuckle every time I pass by it. Why yes, my 4.5yo and the little cart she was driving for me posed right there next to mini-Beyonce.
Last week when Grandma was up. Why yes, her 9yo grandson is almost as tall as her. Same size shoes already. Yes, I know they're making funny faces, they are my children after all.
Sigh. Sometimes you just see things in this house. And go get the camera. He wasn't asleep (although I wouldn't put it past him), but he was burrowing for whatever reason.
Cute little spice rack, eh? The tall jars are pint-and-a-half (hard to find locally!) next to pint jars. It's a simple little wooden spice rack from Ikea that is all over pinterest as bookshelves and who knows what else.
So... Hubby finally had a chance to put up my Fintorp rails to organize our crap on the dining room wall. The thing we had before... just wasn't working. I think this will. So anyway, see that blank foot and a half/two feet above those rails and the giant wall calendar? I'm thinking of having the hubby hang a bunch of those spice racks to put my herbage so I can grab it quickly if need be. Plus I think it'd be cute, and hey, we're going vertical with storage. If it's up in the kitchen, I can put other stuff down in the basement.
Here's an awesome Photoshop "nailed it!" kind of rendition of that possibility. The spice racks are actually half the length of the rails, so the dimensions are just ever so slightly off.
Ah, our lovely 3sf bathroom. Well, it's not three square feet, but it sure feels like it. Here's our newly organized bathroom wall here. I got a few Bygel (from Ikea) rails to put up in the bathroom. Each little white cup has each child's toothbrush and their own toothpaste (no more fighting about that is my goal, and hey, if they want to choose their toothpaste from what I've got on hand, groovy). The rail on the right wall has a hanging basket with a few meds, a cup hanging off it with random toothbrushes I can't figure out the owners to, and then there's a bucket for hubby's razor. Nice and handy since the outlet is directly underneath. So there's not much clutter left on the counter - looks cleaner, and easier to swipe down so it doesn't get so nasty.
So, if you want to know how small this room is? See that full garbage can there? And that plunger to the right of it? (yes, we're classy, what of it?) The toilet is *right* there - you can see the top of the tank in the mirror's reflection. And the tub there, a mere 6-8 inches from the side of the toilet. You can literally (if your arms are long enough) sit on the toilet doing your business, start up the shower, turn on the sink, and rifle in the cabinet under the sink. While still doing your business. I have to block the door with my feet while on the throne when the kids bust into the room because the door will effectively take off your legs because it just barely skims past the toilet bowl/seat. Still not 100% if there's a better way to layout the bathroom, but damn, they sure squeezed a ton in there in a small amount of space.
More freezer meals. Ham and cheese croissants.
Trying out a little something extra for me/my planner. Monthly menu planning. I can magnet up the current week on the fridge, but this can hopefully help me plan out the month and using freezer meals a smidge better.
Monday, 01 April 2013
That's right. I spent 4+ hours on Easter scrubbing down and reorganizing the garage fridge/freezer.
Here's the de-stickied door of the freezer. Basil cubes I'd forgotten about, hot dogs, some jam, sausage, french toast sticks.
The rest of the freezer. I got that shelf thingie just the other day (and it fit about perfectly, yay!). Behind the ravioli are a few casseroles and some gallon ziplocs of muffins. Behind the tub of jam is chicken nuggets. No, I really don't have cool whip there, those have some elderberry juice made by my neighbor's late wife that she was so kind to gift me with a few years back. Need to turn it into elderberry syrup before too long here. Bottom baskets have lunchmeats and muffins. To the far left is sausage, to the far right is smoked salmon.
Cleaned off the chest freezer - I have a plan for that as well. Scrubbed down the sides and front of the poor fridge freezer. It's in the garage, it gets a little grungier than the one in the kitchen. It took me a good 20 minutes to scrub off all the dust and stick from the top of the poor thing.
All empty and scrubbed and shiny and pretty again! Doesn't really look like much this way, but then...
All loaded up again. Mexican Coke was added after this photo, sorry I didn't catch that. Top has a carton of coconut milk for when I bake for dairy free folks, my milk farm milk, some rarely used Sam Adams beer, some Boylan's soda (real sugar!). Middle, I added those bins, there's yogurt in the left bin, sour cream and random cheese on the right. Bottom shelf has eggs (gee, think I have enough?), carrots, beets, spinach, and something else in the back. Bottom drawers have cheese. Yes, both of them. I don't make cheese, maybe one of these days when the kids are older. Plus we like various cheeses. In this fridge alone? I currently have medium cheddar, sharp cheddar, colby-jack, feta, babybel swiss, mozarella, and possibly something else.
Yeah, there you go. In case you were curious as to what's in our garage fridge/freezer.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
The beginning of Easter. Had to go find my sneakily placed Lego sets I'd accumulated for the kids. Then sort the eggs into colors. Why? Because each child gets to hunt for their own color. This year, the 3yo is orange, the 9yo is yellow, the 4yo is purple, the 6yo is blue, and green is for everybody. Each child is getting their own Lego set, hence the need for specific colors.
After my little marathon of opening up Legos and stuffing them into things. The bag on the right is eggs to hide. The yellow bag has too-big parts and directions that will somehow appear.
This year I did something a little different. My 9yo and 6yo boys have been bugging me/teasing me that they know I'm the Easter Bunny. I don't say anything definitive one way or the other (gotta love leading questions to make them think! all these years of homeschooling and using that technique to help them learn pays off!), but come on now, if you're going to accuse me of something, you boys need hard proof. So, in a quiet, thinking restroom moment, I had a flash of brilliance. The Easter bunny won't make a stop by our house. He's going to be confused (or drunk for the older set I suppose), and "accidentally" leave the kids' eggs hidden in our neighbor's yard! I figure it's a win-win. It's not our yard, so the kids can't straight up accuse me of being the bunny (they'll have to think about it - we're big on critical thinking here). As long as hubby and Grandma keep the front curtains closed (usually not a problem), we're good. And then, we'll get to hang out with our elderly, twice widowered neighbor for a bit. He seems to get a total kick out my crazy little kids, thought my idea was strange, if not fun sounding, and acquiesced. He's a kick in the pants personality wise, and since being widowed, I keep showing up on his doorstep to bug him/drop off the latest yummy creation and let him know we're thinking of him and all that jazz. I figure this is just another way to do that - even if I *am* sucking the poor man into our holiday insanity.
Oh, but we're still doing Legos in the eggs. That was a total hit last year. Not only does it cut down on the sugar, but it gives them something fun/creative to do for the rest of the day, and I'm not stuck with dollar store garbage I'm just going to have to toss within the week anyway. They will be getting *some* candy in a few eggs though, don't you worry. But not near as much as some other kids. I also got some (free from the dentist) kid-sized Star Wars toothbrushes for Easter baskets when I was there getting fillings redone, but considering we just opened some new ones back in October (Halloween, a local dentist gives out brushes instead of candy), December (Christmas, yes, they get toothbrushes and toothpaste in their stocking, they love it) and February (tooth-cleaning time), I'm going to wait for summer solstice or something. Dentists love to give away toothbrushes, especially to folks excited about them. We've barely paid for toothbrushes in a good 2-3 years (the Angry Birds ones I found cheap at Grocery Outlet that we used for Christmas stockings are the exception). When I relate my stories of how/when the kids receive them and how they love those colors I saw in the array or they love these characters, most dentists are thrilled to give up the goods. Anyway.
Heading across the street after Mommy got a note in an egg that'd been left on our neighbor's doorstep. Ahem.
And the hunt begins!!
She chose her outfit. I asked her if she wanted to wear a dress with her leggings. Nope, she likes that shirt (from Auntie!) and that is what she was wearing. Sigh. Wasn't something I was going to bother pushing her on, at least she dressed herself.
The 3yo strutting around with Grandma. He was still a little bit confused about the whole ordeal, but he did pretty good at going and getting his orange eggs when a sibling yelled out "here's another orange one, 3yo!"
Love this photo of all four of them running off together to check the clothesline pole. :D
On our way back home. That's neighbor's sister hanging out on the bench, hubby was off to the right chatting with neighbor.
And here they are with all their loot. Time to rip into it all. Which they did right after I finished this photo. And then they stayed almost quiet for the majority of the afternoon with Grandma so I could go out and de-stink the garage/fridge. Photos of that adventure tomorrow.
Yup, digging in.
Friday, 29 March 2013
I don't care who you are, but when no less than four people in a dentist's office, including the quite-experienced holistic dentist, get quiet all of a sudden during our conversation/my questions and say "wow, you're really knowledgeable about this!" and "whoa, these are good questions," you feel kinda good about yourself. They were even kinda happy I'd started dosing myself with arnica and Rescue Remedy before my appt. I almost nodded off for a bit as well (I try to zone out so I don't freak out on them). Apparently even though I have a small mouth, I was a pleasure to work on because I stayed still/moved as need be (regular adults can't do this?!?), and have really stretchy cheeks (hey, those chipmunk cheeks finally come in handy!).
And then today I was picking up my Azure order from the local little hippie/natural/organic store. Which, yay, the order came in! But, the owner of the store, who has seen all manner of patchouli and himalayan salt and religious skirts over the years, told me "Yeah, I don't mean to sound weird or creepy, but you ordered some really neat stuff!" My reply? "Oh, you're not the first one to tell me that... The librarians have told me that many a time over the years when I check out books or have stuff on hold."
Why yes, I do have interesting tastes in library requests, and yes, I did order some fun stuff from Azure. Most notably, some parchment type loaf pans (freezer/neighbor cooking!), some Piggy Paint for the girl's 5th birthday in a few months, some coconut manna, Einkorn grain, Bacout (seriously, if you don't have in your house, you are seriously missing out - this stuff is magic in dealing with/cleaning up bodily fluids/output!), some natural knockoff M&M's with natural dyes, Vitamin C drops (great to shove into my purse/first aid kit when we need a boost!), and a few other fun things.
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Sometimes, you just want something fun or nice. Especially kids.
My kids love when I do something fun to their sandwiches. Friends' kids also love it (one friend's boys *still* talk about the dinosaur or train sandwiches I made one time years ago!). The current favorite is uncrustables. My hubby... yeah, he playfully threatened me one day when I said the giant box of uncrustables from Costco looked awfully tempting one day. Me on the other hand, I totally get it. I've always had a tendency to cut the crusts off my sandwiches. I'm weird, I own it.
So, a box of 10 Uncrustables is $7.13. That's $.71 for a little circle of a sandwich!! Yeah, with four kids, that ain't gonna happen.
Solution? Make my own, of course!
I went and got myself one of these square doohickeys (vs. the pricier Pampered Chef one some folks rave about). Buy my own loaf of bread, pull out the PBJ, and get to it. It takes some time and I do use my microwave a little, but still.
A loaf of cheap generic bread from the store is $1.18, makes about 9 sandwiches. Peanut butter used to cost around $6.99/32oz at Costco, I usually use about 4-5 ounces of peanut butter per loaf. Yes, the trick is to thinly coat each side of bread with the peanut butter and put the little lump of jam there in the middle.
The grape jam costs about $2 for the grapes (or free if we count my yard grapes) + $.60/sugar or $4/local honey + $1.19-$2.28/pectin + $.10/lemon juice + $.75/disposable canning lids (or free-ish if we're counting my reusable canning lids) = $4.64-$9.13/batch, each batch is 4-8 half-pints, we'll go with 6 half-pints to split the difference. Equals $.77 to $1.53 a half pint. I only use about half of a half-pint per loaf of sandwiches.
Strawberry jam is about the same, costs a little more because it's u-pick at $1/pound, but it also tastes loads better than anything (anything!) you'll find at the store.
So... one loaf of bread ($1.18) plus 5 ounces of peanut butter ($1.10) plus $.76 for the jam = $3.04 for 9 uncrustables. Aka, a whopping $.34/sandwich.
Sure, it takes some time and prep work, but it can be done. :D
I'm Lanna (rhymes with banana), married to the love of my life since 2002, and started the adventure of mommyhood with the boy in 2003, another boy in 2006, a surprise! girl in 2008 and surprise! another boy in 2010. It's.... interesting and circus-like.