Just did the math. In case you were wondering if it was saving us money to make baby food for the twins...
Here in NYC a jar of baby food is 79 cents.
I bought 12 cans of fruit (big cans: peaches, pears, apricots. all drained and rinsed real good from the juices/syrup they were sitting in) each $2. 69.
These are all NYC prices, probably cheaper in most other places.
Anyway 88 jars would have cost $69.52
Making the food from 12 cans cost $32.28, ends up being 36 cents a jar.
Every penny counts!
Today carrots, green beans, broccoli, and peas. For me its easy to get fresh vegetables and make those, the fruit takes so long to peel and core so I've found the cans to work better for me there.
Sweet potatoes, asparagus, and squash are already in there. Our freezer is full! This will last a while, but just imagine if you did this for 1 kid instead of 2, you'd be set for a long time!
I think by the time this food is gone Lillie and Elliott will be moving toward table food, so I think this round will be one of our last big rounds of making and freezing their food.
On a completely other note.
Glenna Marshall recommended this website called Motivated Moms on her blog the other day. I feel like I used to be a fairly organized person, but since kids came along its been a little harder for me to make a plan that works for me as far as getting house work done. This website offers a house work planner for only $4 that you can print off and it lays out daily chores(ones you'll do every single day) and then 5 or 6 specific tasks to get done in addition. It has helped me so much this week. I found this tool on Wednesday, since then I've cleaned our bathroom, mopped the kitchen floor, cleaned the microwave, semi organized one of our closets, vacuumed rugs, cleaned all mirrors, dusted our bedroom, and ironed. You'll see how easy it is to be productive and feel good about it too when you look at the sample on the website. And I've run errands and gone to an exercise class during the day, so I'm not stuck inside all day trying to accomplish these things. The tasks are easy and not overwhelming for the day at all. I do live in an apartment so I have a lot less to clean and it doesn't take long (and some of the tasks I can scratch off quickly since they don't pertain to me, ex. sweep porch, wipe down washer and dryer, vacuum 2nd floor, etc) . I've found that to be an extra blessing during this season in life when I don't have time to clean a lot anyway!
Hope this helps and encourages all you ladies out there that feel overwhelmed by housework from time to time.