Thursday, January 19, 2012

Simple Forgotten Fixes

Angie here:
Sometimes we go a little too far because we've lost the habits from past generations. Do you know how easy it is to make homemade cocoa? And let's just think about how much less expensive and how much more tasty scratch cocoa can be.

Recipe for cocoa from scratch
1 serving
1 tsp cocoa
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp water
Stir to mix
1 cup milk
(Skim makes it healthier and is still more rich tasting than a powdered envelope mixed with water)
Microwave 2 minutes (I do stir at one minute to keep from foaming over.)
One 8 ounce cup of cocoa is about 135 very healthy calories with about 9 grams of protein and great antioxidants. The sugar is only 30 calories of the whole. No chemicals, no watery taste, and is an awesome snack option on a weight loss diet. So why would you buy expensive powder packets?
Sure you can use a low-cal sweetner. But in moderation, sugar is not bad unless your doctor has you avoiding it for diabetes or other severe health problem.

Now think about how easy it is to make brownies. Seriously, the amount of ingredients in brownies isn't hard to put together for a fraction of the cost. I never buy those boxes. (Same with liquid egg products. We pay a lot more than if we simply toss the yolk.)

So the moral to my blog post? Why did we allow ourselves to be trained to conveniences that really aren't conveniences and really do take advantage of us financially. The cost outweighs the literal seconds it takes to mix flour, sugar, and cocoa on your own rather than pour it out of a box and still have to add egg, oil, and possibly water depending on the mix. Think about it. 
What is so convenient about paying much higer prices for flour, sugar, and cocoa when you can do it yourself for 60 seconds more and huge savings.?

My examples are food related. But there are other simple forgotten fixes generations before us knew and are now lost to common use.
What past common sense behavior, item, or recipe do you think we've gone overboard on in modern times?

Oh, and I really prefer to add mini marshmallows rather than put up with the powder packet kind.


  1. Your examples are excellent.The simple forgotten fixes, what a brilliant post.I am partial to your food and cocoa examples.

  2. Angie, I just now saw your post. I'm sorry I missed it the other day.

    One thing it reminded me of was my grandmother washing and using aluminum foil over and over until it would pretty much disintegrate. :) Of course, I think it was tin foil back them. But still. They knew how to be thrifty!

  3. By the way, I used cartons of egg whites. I never thought to compare the cost!! Will do so. :)

  4. Hey Melissa and Missy,
    The more I think about this the more I'm looking for ways to fix the "quick fix" disasters now :)