It began with us being broke…

We had to stop spending so much money just to survive. It was the beginning of a complete transformation in how we lived. The time had come to start living with our beliefs and becoming self-sufficient. As time passed, we weren’t so broke anymore. Both of us had promising careers that provided a steady increase in our financial position. Even though we had more money, we kept working towards being more self-reliant. I am relieved that we made this choice.

We are broke again. My husband started his own business and we are back to a very uncomfortable place, except this time we have a savings account and a better food supply. Our little plot of land in the middle of Denver is home to 1,000 square feet of vegetable gardens and eight hens. We are learning to live with what we have.

My general position in life is that gratitude is something that will take you far. Although we have little money, we have a wonderful life. Our home is comfortable, our family is strong and we have a lot of potential to make greatness of our still young careers. Not only that, but we eat like kings on these meager earnings.

Last night I scanned the kitchen, wondering what I might make since we had not purchased groceries for two weeks. My eyes settled on the tray and baskets heaped with fruits and veggies that engulf one corner of the kitchen. I was inspired….


Scrub and dice the following items into a large mixing bowl:

4 Red Potatoes

2 Carrots

1 Apple

1/2 Onion

1/2 Scalloped Squash

Add the following to the bowl and mix:

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

2 tbs. Sea Salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 cup Olive Oil

Once the mixture is stirred thoroughly, pour it into a 9″ x 13″ cake pan and cover with tin foil. Bake covered at 400 for 45 minutes. Remove, uncover and bake for another 30 minutes.

The results are a delectable mix of sweet and spicy. Sugar and apple hit the tongue first followed by heat at the end of the bite. All of the vegetables in this recipe came from our garden. The apples were foraged from neighborhood trees. Being broke tastes delicious!


~ by vegucationmama on September 11, 2011.

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