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Chat with Mom: Carol R.

Posted on: December 3, 2010

In what year were you born? 1933

Where did you grow up? Poplar Bluff, MO, so in the country

Did you get any education/specific training after high school? If so, what? Nursing school for three years; earned my RN degree.

Where have you lived as an adult? Poplar Bluff area, Fayetteville, Ark., back to Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., St Louis Mo

What has been one of the most challenging times economically in your life?
The most challenging time was when my husband got out of college. I was pregnant, and  had premature twins, so I was not working and he got his pay checks once a month.

What are some lessons that you learned during this time to make resources stretch?

  • I had a small garden
  • I walked to the grocery store (had 1 car and husband took it to work)
  • We bought mostly grocery items on sale and made meals from those.
  • No clothes dryer, put everything on the line.
  • Bought only clothing that was on sale.
  • We also took no vacations.
  • We went to the library and checked out books every week instead of buying them for the children.
  • Bought toys and  clothes at garage sales.
  • Saved water in gallon jugs from the water faucet until it got hot instead of letting it go down the sink to wash dishes or shower. We then used it on plants outdoors and inside, mopping floors.

What are three (or so) key tips you would like to give to those younger who are figuring out how to manage a household, run a family, and/or become better stewards of the resources God has given them?

  • Don’t buy anything that you can get by without.
  • Save cash to buy furniture or a car.
  • Don’t put things on credit cards unless you can pay for it monthly without fees.
  • Don’t buy any costumes, make them with the items you have around the house.
  • Use coupons, but only for things you absolutely use or need.
  • It’s cheaper to make meals instead of buying box or ready prepared foods.
  • Use all left overs, either in soups or combined dishes.

Carol R’s Recipe For Cranberry Chicken

Serves 4-6

1/2 cup flour
1/2 salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
Dash ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, optional
Cooked Rice

  1. In a shallow dish combine four, salt, pepper.
  2. Dredge chicken in flour mixture.
  3. In a skillet melt butter or margarine over medium heat.
  4. Brown the chicken on both sides. Remove and keep warm.
  5. In the same skillet add cranberries, water, brown sugar, nutmeg and vinegar if desired. Cook and stir until the cranberries burst, about five minutes.
  6. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is tender, basting occasionally with the sauce.
  7. Serve over rice.
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1 Response to "Chat with Mom: Carol R."

I made Carol’s Cranberry Chicken last night and it was yummy! Served it over a mix of brown and white jasmine rice, with broccoli on the side. Delicious! Thanks, Carol!

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