#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.

Make It Monday: Sweetened Condensed Milk and Cream of Anything Soup

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Here’s a how-to for sweetened condensed milk, since I know many of you can’t just open up a can for this…and mama needs her coconut balls this Christmas.


And here’s the how-to for cream of…anything! Essential for that green bean casserole. And she’s right, a roux is really easy. You can do it, mamas. Don’t let the French fool you.

You’ve got this, mamas!


Workarounds: Shipping Labels

Living overseas can be tricky. Especially when you just want to print a shipping label but the U.S. government knows you’re not in the United States, but what it doesn’t know is that your box is going to be carried to the United States tomorrow, and you don’t want to have to reimburse some kind acquaintance for an indeterminate amount of money and trust that they’re going to remember the address you gave them correctly.

This, mamas, requires what we call “a workaround.”

PayPal will let you print a USPS shipping label, and they don’t care where the heck you are. Pay for it, print it, affix to the package, DONE. That way, you can put it in your new friend’s hands, confident that the shrug you just spend two months knitting will actually get to your mom, as long as they don’t lose it or forget about it in their luggage.

The only hiccup might be that you have to also indicate the date you intend to ship it, and depending on how many stops your friend is making, it might be a while. Still, it’s probably better that entrusting it to whatever postal service might be available to you.