#Momhack: Cooking While Traveling

We’re at our organization’s HQ for two weeks, doing some training and meetings, and the food situation? OY. Because my babies want ALL. THE. SUGARY. THINGS. and Mama doesn’t want crazy behavior due to too many treats. So I’m fighting back on costs and sugar with whole chickens…the leftovers of which I’m putting with stir fries, over pasta and into soups.

But my #momhack today has to do with flavor…because I don’t want to buy a whole bottle of sesame seeds for my stir fry, but without it? Kinda bland.

As you can see, even this tiny jar is $2.21, which is really more than I need for two weeks.

Instead, I went over to the bulk section at Winco Foods, and got just two tablespoons for $0.39. BAM.

In case you’re still not convinced, I also needed thyme and sage for my chicken soup, neither of which was cheap for a whole bottle…

A little trip over to the bulk section…(and look at all the options!!)…I scoop out what I need into a small plastic bag, write the four-digit code on the twist-tie, and close it up.

And I ended up walking out with just what I needed for two batches of soup. I paid $0.09 for thyme and the sage? Well, there was so little in the bag, it wouldn’t register on their scale, so they gave it to me for free. That would make me feel bad, except they’re the ones who designed the system, not me. So hey, I’ll take advantage of it! You don’t have to rely on junk food just because you’re traveling, and the smell of soup simmering can make even a temporary place feel like home.

Don’t let the big jars intimidate you! If you’ve got a kitchen available to you, don’t let it go to waste. Your wallet will thank you.

You’ve got this, mamas.

Retreat Opportunity for the Guys

So you don’t have to read this blog very long to know that I love some good self-care and a good discount. And when you put them together…you get this opportunity. Yes, it’s for your hubby, but it’ll benefit you, too: he comes back refreshed, renewed, and bearing Swiss chocolate. You’re giving it more thought now, aren’t you?


September 20-26, 2017

Traction is a 6-day renewal experience for men working cross-culturally. This week of restoration is all about helping guys navigate their roles as leaders in order to gain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward.  

It focuses on issues like:

  • Managing stress, isolation and opposition
  • Reconnecting with God
  • Cultivating the character of authentic leadership
  • Honoring God with our sexuality
  • Persevering with courage and trust in the face of challenges

The week includes worship, teaching, counseling, medical consultation, outdoor activities, and personal reflection in one of the most spectacular natural settings on earth! Individuals and teams are welcome.

Traction is led by Dr. Daniel Hahn of Catalyst Int’l, a ministry founded in 2004 dedicated to supporting Christian leaders in highly challenging global environments. Daniel and his wife, Lori, lead the annual Breathe Conference (www.breatheconference.org), also held in Switzerland.

Cost of conference is $150 deposit plus 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Due to some scholarship funds, we are able to offer the hubbies of Missionary Mamas a 250 CHF discount – so, total cost is $150 deposit and 250 CHF for 6 day retreat. YOU MUST MENTION THIS BLOG POST TO GET THE DISCOUNT. 






Daniel Hahn