Remember the economy in 2008? This is how I felt back then. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
These are nerve-wracking financial times. A $700 billion proposed bail-out for Wall Street, 401ks and other personal investments in trouble, gas – expensive, groceries – expensive, continuing lay-offs, people losing their homes. When I think about it, it makes me want to bury my head in the sand.
What does our country’s financial mess have to do with fried green tomatoes? On a personal level, it’s about conserving. Conserving our money and using what we have. Growing a garden and eating from it. Groceries cost more these days – the fridge grows emptier as we wait for the next payday, so it’s time to get creative.
Thus, fried green tomatoes are on the menu. We have several tomatoes sitting on the vine for about 2 weeks, but not ripening. Why, I don’t know (if you have any theories, I welcome them!). But I got tired of seeing them becoming weather damaged as I waited for them to grow red.
I looked up a recipe at SimplyRecipes.com and we had fried green tomatoes for the first time ever. They were excellent. The kids didn’t eat them, but maybe they’ll grow to like them.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re not starving, but I feel like I’m in “watching pennies” mode. These odd financial times are creating a synergism of being “green” and budget conscious in our household. Do you feel the same way?