Sewing, Cooking, Dollar Stretching and Reflecting on life

Welcome to Creative Frugality! Today, Home Economics is not taught as a standard course in high school, so I want to bring it to you. Depending on your age, you might not even know what Home Economics is so here is an actual definition:

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The five areas of Home Economics

I am really excited to share some tips with you about Home Economics in a fun and creative way! The name Creative Frugality…You may wonder what frugal even means – it can bring up different impressions! Frugal is not depriving you or your family of good things but being wise with the resources that we each have; our time, money and energy. Welcome to this place!

THE best bean soup!

I first started making my own broth and stock in my slow cooker in 2008 . I am not sure why I remember the year exactly but I do. Veggie, chicken and beef stock have all come from my kitchen and saved a lot of money from leaving my wallet. Last week I made ham bone broth for the first time and it was amazing. Here is my recipe : ( and a YouTube video )

  • ham bone from cooking a ham
  • water 8-12 cups depending on the size of your cooker
  • veggie scraps ( I keep veggie scraps as I cut veggies and put them in a freezer bag to use for stock and broth later)

Take those ingredients and add to slow cooker. Cook on low for 24 hours. Strain and allow to cool. I like to then put in a container in the fridge and remove the fat that comes to the top – I was very surprised that with the ham broth there was very little fat. Then store as you would like. I left some in the fridge to make THE best bean soup ever and I put the rest in the freezer.

We love bean soup and find it so filling and not to mention economical! Last week I even had a coupon for a 4 lb bag of beans so I estimated that each serving of this great soup cost about 40-50 cents per 1 cup serving. Here is the recipe – it is so absolutely delicious so that I why I am calling it THE best bean soup!

So delicious….

THE best bean soup!

  • 7 cup ham bone broth
  • 2 cups cut up ham
  • 4 large carrots, scrubbed and cut up
  • 1 onion
  • 2 potatoes chopped with skin on
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 T italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 4 cup of dry northern beans

Pre soak or quick cook the beans and add to the slow cooker. Add all other ingredients and cook on high for 7-8 hours. (do you notice what is NOT in the bone broth or soup? SALT!!! There is no salt but the flavor is amazing!) This recipe makes enough to eat, freeze and give some away.

Happy New Year!

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I am so glad that you found this page! I cannot wait to share with you posts about sewing, cooking, dollar stretching and reflections on life! My life is blessed with 4 sons ranging in age from 1-15, and a wonderful husband...and I cannot forget to mention 2 crazy dogs.

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