Recession Obsession

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I am highly fascinated with the recession.  Not a fan of it, but fascinated nonetheless.  I think it has definitely made things more interesting (and fuckrecessstressful!)  With all my free time, I have been scouring the internet for ways to save, coupons, and any other helpful tips.  So today I bring you a couple things I’ve learned so far that may help you during this recession:

I was curious how to use up foods I already had on hand to avoid another trip to the grocery store.  But, I didn’t know where to start.  What was I going to do with oats, pasta, rice, broccoli, chicken stock, apples, and peanut butter that was new and inventive?  (Believe me…. pasta with broccoli, olive oil, and parmesan cheese is PLAYED OUT).  So, I came upon this awesome website that allows you to enter the items you have on hand, and then they give you recipes.  (http://www.supercook.com/)  It was here where I discovered a way to turn some of my big box of oats and quickly rotting apples into a delicious apple crisp! (And if I had to do the math, I bet it doesn’t cost more than $3… and it serves at least 6 people!)

The recipe is super easy and quick (and slightly modified by me because it called for a whole cup of white sugar and I’m not a fan of lots of sugar.  Believe me, it’s sweet enough!)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 apples cored and chopped
  • white sugar and cinnamon for dusting

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine the brown sugar, oats, flour and butter in a bowl.  Mix until crumbly.  Layer part of the mixture on the bottom of an 8×8 lightly greased pan.  Spread apples on top of mixture.  Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and white sugar.  Layer the remaining oat mixture on top of the apples.  Cook for 40 minutes.

recessionI didn’t even have ice cream to spoon over this and it was still delicious!  If you have these items on hand, I recommend you try this.  (And despite all the butter and sugar, I like to think the healthiness of the oats and apples balances all that out…)  Do you have any recession friendly recipes that you rely on??

Besides food and cooking, you still want to enjoy some relatively cheap entertainment in this recession.  But many of the museums have high admission prices.  I recently discovered that Bank of America has a “Museums on Us” program:  with your Bank of America card, you can obtain free admission to many museums on the first full weekend of every month.  In Chicago, those museums include the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute, The Chicago History Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium!  That is a great deal.  Go here: http://museums.bankofamerica.com/ to find a museum near you!

Further, if you are in Chicago, The Art Institute is free every Thursday & Friday from 5 – 9PM until Labor Day.  The MCA is free every Tuesday.  Go here for more free days: http://www.chicagohotblog.com/chicago-museum-free-days

So those are the tips I have thus far.  Do you have any tips you’d like to share with everyone?

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