First, to my American friends, happy Independence Day! We celebrated with fireworks and fun last night. Here are a couple pictures:
Picky Eater dancing to one of the bands before the fireworks display
Bayberry got a cell phone and is in love with it. She spent her spare time playing with it, taking pictures, sending texts, and calling her friends. Ahhh...this has just begun. Thank goodness for unlimited texting plans.
The fireworks were great. Fort Benning really knows how to put on a patriotic display. We had a great time. We ate total junk, and my face, hands, and overall wellbeing are feeling it today. Time to get back to the business of real foods.
Next, I'd like to take a moment to thank several people for honoring me with an award over the past week. I know I've been absent quite a bit, and I apologize. My family needed me, and that's always going to be my first priority. Anyway, on we go.
Another award I've been presented:
When presented with this award, you're supposed to:
- Thank the person(s) who presented it to you.
- Sum up my blogging philosophy, motivation and experience in 5 words:
Real food for real people
- Then, choose other bloggers to share this award. I choose:
And now, drum roll, please...
A new giveaway to celebrate my wonderful 200 public followers! Yay!
Many months ago, I won a pay it forward giveaway over at Girl Gone Granola, and she sent me some delectable delights from her neck of the woods. In accepting my winnings, I promised to pay it forward, and host a giveaway of my own with the same rules. So Michelle, thanks again. Big warm hugs go out your way. Here's my pay it forward.
What You Can Win:
a box of goodies! Foods made in my area AND some non-food items made by local soldiers' wives. For sure, this giveaway will include some local honey, pecans, and peach preserves. What else will be in the box? It's a surprise!
How You Can Win it:
Only one way: Since this is meant to be a thank you to my public followers, you must follow via Google Friend Connect (over on the right side of the blog). There's no need to comment here -- I'll put all of my Google followers into a spreadsheet and use Random.org to draw a winner on Friday, July 9th.
Hungry? I know I am, after all that good news! How about some more frugal foods? Let's get on with the business of Bare-Bones Meals!
Breakfast: Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast
Dinner: Corn chowder in the slow cooker
Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast (picture to be posted later today)
What You Need:
- 2 slices of bread per person
- natural peanut butter
- all fruit jam
- 2 eggs per person
- a splash of milk
- a dash of cinnamon
- a bit of butter, margarine, or oil for the pan
- Make a peanut butter and jam sandwich for each person eating breakfast. Cut them each in half.
- Beat eggs with milk and cinnamon. Dip sandwich halves in this egg mixture, coating well.
- Fry on a hot griddle until browned underneath. Flip and finish cooking.
- If desired, you could sprinkle with powdered sugar, but it's delicious as is. The peanut butter oozes out the side. YUM.
Strawberry Hand Pies from Jen at Beantown Baker
Blue Raspberry Patriots by Dawn at Beat Until Fluffy
Lots of patriotic cookies at Cookie Crazie
Haniela's 4th of July Peppermint Patties
tons of GREAT posts at Hoosier Homemade
Patriotic Star Frame at Inspiring Creations
...More to come. For now, I'm off to finish my grocery shopping. :)