Deli Meat

I don’t know if you use deli meat, but I refuse to pay $5.00+ a pound for deli lunch meat. I found that if you purchase your meat raw and cook it how you like it, you can slice it yourself. I had gone to a bag sale with my husband and he spotted a 70′s meat slicer. It was a “lovely” yellow color, but it was in good condition. I started to use it and found that it has added a new dimension to my lunches. When you’re pregnant your not supposed to each lunch meat since there is a certain bacteria that tends to grow on lunch meats because most suppermarkets don’t clean their slicers well enough. So, I rarely purchase lunch meat but miss them a lot. But by slicing the meat my self, I can make my own deli meat. This week, Hannaford had a sale on a bottom round roast for $1.98 a pound. I cooked it up and sliced it and can freeze some and save the rest for sandwiches this week. Roast beef is usually $6.99 a pound so I saved almost $4.00 a pound.

Now, I found this great recipe for making roast beef like the deli does. Here it is:

Awesome Deli Roast Beef
Top or Bottom round roast (not too fatty)
Seasonings to taste (I like Watkins 6 Onion Soup Base)

Bring roast to room tempature by leaving it out of the refrig. for about 1/2-1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 500F. When at room tempature, season to taste and place in a shallow baking dish. Turn oven down to 475F and put roast in oven for 5 minutes per pound for medium rare, 8 minutes per pound for medium. *Note: This may smoke due to the extreme heat of the oven, but I haven’t ever had a problem with a fire or anything like that. After the you cooked it for the amount of time per pound, turn the oven off but DON’T open the oven for 2-3 hours. This is important because the heat will continue to cook it. I know it is tempting to peak, but don’t…you’ll ruin your roast.

This roast will be red and cooked on the inside but oh so tender. I made this last night and it made a wonderful roastbeef sandwich. My husband prefers his meat to be well done, so I made a hot roast beef sandwich for him and put it under the broiler for 5 minutes and that cooked the beef to well done. If you try this recipe, please post your comments and let me know how you like it.

A Note From Hubby

I am not much of a computer person. Other than selling on Ebay, I am happier if I never see a computer. I was not too interested in doing a blog at first, but here is what made me change my mind. . . . I never thought of my family as being too unusual in how we use our money. We live on very little and we do what we need to do in order to get by and we still have plenty left to give to others. I thought this was fairly common. But then, several people told me that it was not so common and we could do a service to others if we could get the information out. I then decided that if we could use this information as a Christian ministry, a blog may be the best way to do this. If we can give out some information that will save people some money: that is fine. If we can put out some interesting, entertaining, and humorous information: that is fine. If we can help a mother to be able to stay at home with her young children: that is better. If we can help Christains uphold their God given duty to provide for their families and help those who are in need: that is the reason we are doing this blog. If we can use this to lead non-Christians to Christ: that is also why we are doing this blog.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

We will see where this blog leads us in the future. One thing we hope to do is figure out how to do questions and answers. that could liven up this blog a little more than it already is. We hope this blog will be a benefit to you.

Everything has a value

One thing my husband and I have found is that many, many people will say to us, “You sold what? That can’t be valuable”. My Ebay store is full of things that people think are just not valuable, but the truth is, almost everything has a price…you just need to be willing to find the right outlet to make the money. Take for example a broken routisserie…most people would throw it out. However, on Ebay if you were to sell the OK parts, you could make $100′s on just a broken routisserie. My husband went to a free sale a couple of weeks ago and this lady was giving away everything that she wasn’t able to sell at her garage sale. Well, as my husband is digging through everything, he comes across these VERY UGLY plastic vintage floral arrangement with a plastic bird on it with a globe to keep the dust out. My husband saw it and laughed at how ugly it was and immediately thought, “How could I use this to make money?”. He came up with the thought that the dome was just like the glass dome on an anniversary clock and so he brought home this ugly thing. My response was, “How are we going to sell that?”, but after my husband told me his idea, I was sold. A few weeks later, I finally got around to listing on Ebay the dome. Within a couple days of listing the dome, it sold for around $10. My rule of thumb is, NEVER EVER EVER throw anything away until you are 99% sure that it can’t be sold for a decent profit. Even if you say, “That’s not worth anything”, 9 times out of 10 it is worth something. Maybe just one item won’t make you rich, but it’s still something.