Our scenarios this week are:
Butter - scarce, available for 1 1/2 times the usual ration points
Salad Oils - surplus, available for only 1/2 the usual ration points
Soft Cheese- scarce, available for 1 1/2 times the usual ration points
Beef - scarce, available for 1 1/2 times the usual ration points
Luckily we were good on butter, soft cheeses (cream cheese) and had no need for beef this week once I made taco night turkey tacos instead of beef tacos. I used the salad oil surplus to stock up on some more canola oil.
Here's how the menu shaped up:
Saturday: homemade pizza (sausage, mushroom, onion and olive)
Sunday: turkey tacos and corn
Monday: fiesta salad (corn chips, ice burg lettuce, shredded cheese, black beans, sour cream and home-canned corn salsa)
Tuesday: rice and beans (with smoked sausage)
Wednesday: baked potatoes and cottage cheese
Thursday: grilled chicken breast, rice and broccoli
Friday: macaroni and cheese with carrots/celery and dip
Fiesta salad is a common menu item at our house during the warmer months. It was nice to be able to have a "salad night" after so many months without (non-cabbage) greens. The girls ate up all their lettuce and went back for seconds, which is something that was NOT common before rationing. Unfortunately the jar of home-canned corn salsa we used this week was our last , so it will be many months before this show up on our menu again.
I think I'm going to try to stock up on butter, oils and cheeses over the next few weeks in the hopes that we can have enough ration points one week for a nice ham. The markets will soon be flooded with spiral-cut beauties and even a small one will cost us nearly all of our red ration points for that week.
Otherwise, I did some more research this weekend and found some goodies to share with you from the March and April 1943 newspapers. Of course, I have plenty of other things that need to be done, like cleaning the house and putting away my laundry. I'm not very good at putting away my laundry. I fold it and put it in the basket and even take the basket upstairs to my room but that's where the process usually stops. I would much rather do more research or walk on the treadmill while watching Battlestar Galactica (love me some BSG!) or work on my embroidery than put my laundry away. But...how can I ask the girls to put their laundry away if I don't put mine away? So, off I must go.
In the meantime, what's one (or two) household chores that you tend to procrastinate about?