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    November 04, 2009


    Great post! I decided to do Eat on $30 once a month and give the extra money to Wholesome Wave (they double food stamps at farmers' markets); next week is my second try. You are so right - the planning is the hardest, most important, and most draining part.
    One question - any idea on the price for the snickerdoodle blondies recipe? I nearly died from lack of sugar last time, so I'm going to try it if it doesn't rule out my morning coffee. :)

    I think it's so cool that you're doing this once a month. When you factor in the expensive vanilla, it comes to $3.03 for an 8x8 pan. If you take out the vanilla - it comes to $2.03. I'd just get a small bottle of artificial vanilla flavoring to use to keep the cost down. I did use Penzey's cinnamon which is pricier but in this case, I think it's worth it because cinnamon is the main focus of this.

    I have been so envious of you while doing this challenge! If you decide to get a group from E TN, I am in! I consider myself to be frugal as well, but when you are really down to the nitty gritty, it brings a whole new meaning! Congrats on completing it!

    I have NOT been envious of you--impressed as hell, yes, but no way envious! :) A long while back, when our finances got tight, we scrapped almost everything else there is (well that's relative, but compared to many people I know) in an effort to NOT have to worry about the grocery bill. No dinners out, no new clothes, at least not for adults, no pedicures, no almost anything frivolous in order to be able to be frivolous at the grocery store. I spend a lot there and I know it. :o

    I wanted to mention 2 vanilla extract options to you (because I am a recovering Penzey's double strength-- $$$$ yowsers!!!-- addict). The first is Costco--if you don't belong and someone you know does, have them pick it up. It is excellent quality and $7 a big bottle! The second is of course as you mentioned making it--I do both. The best priced organic beans are at The Organic Vanilla Bean Company, or at least they were a few years back. I bought a ton. Hope it's ok I post a link:

    Plus then you can experiment with both Tahitian and Bourbon--I make both kinds of extract. Which is fun. But in my opinion, having used Penzey's, it takes a lot longer and a lot more beans than people claim--I like my vanilla super strong. Which is why I use Costco also.

    April - when we do this challenge again, I'll be sure to let you know. And I'm definitely going to have a party when we get finished!

    Laura - I'm pretty sure that they use tons of vanilla beans in the Penzeys vanilla. I'm going to keep using it but only in recipes where it can really shine. I would love it if Costco came to Knoxville but they do have one in Nashville. I may have to pick some up. I want to try making the vanilla just so I can say I've made it so thank you for the link!

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