We are all feeling it right now. That budget crunch that comes when grocery prices go up and gas prices go up and utilities go up but there is no matching income increase. After 3 years without a pay raise, I'm kind of hoping hubby will see one soon but on the other hand, I am totally thankful he's had a job this long when we've watched so many of the folks he works with get laid off. Given that option, I'll gladly take a lack of raise.
So what do you do when you need to make a few more cuts to the budget but there just isn't anything left to cut? Ok, we could cut cable but I'm addicted. I'll admit it. But if we must later, we will. For now we are making due with small tweaks here and there. The easiest tweak is adjusting that grocery budget by trying new recipes which is what we did this morning. Pancake sausage muffins. The kids loved them but I thought they were lacking something. So perhaps I will play with it a bit next time. I think perhaps just making them using buttermilk instead of regular milk will help a bit. Who knows. But here is the recipe if you'd like to try it.
For 18 muffins you need:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups milk or buttermilk
1/2 pound cooked ground sausage or 9 sausage links, cut in half.
Grease muffin tins (you don't want to use paper liners, it would make a big mess). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix your wet ingredients in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed. Don't overmix or you won't be happy. Stir in the sausage. Fill muffin tins and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
Hope you like them.