….and all the families on WIC say “hooray!” AKA- How to warm corn tortillas.

So my husband and I have been utilizing WIC to help stretch our food budget a little more. I have to say, I really adore this program. We don’t qualify for a lot of government assistance because we have jobs, but WIC is a program with fairly high income guidelines so we do qualify for help in that way. Between the milk, eggs and cheese we gobble up the WIC items gratefully. However, there has always been one item that we never knew how to really utilize…..the corn tortillas.

The battle for tortilla supremacy begins!

I know that sound silly, but my husband and I both grew up on flour ones. We had never even eaten corn tortillas before except in chip form. So when we tried to make tacos and enchiladas with them we would become very frustrated as they fell apart on our plates. Not to mention the taste was unfamiliar to us, and not well-received. So we tended to just cut them into triangles, bake them and use them as chips instead. Which while tasty, wasn’t the best use of this product.

After a couple of months of searching however, we figured out that the problem was in how we warmed up the corn tortillas! We always tried to warm them like flour ones, wrapping them in foil and putting them in the oven. However, that was unsuccessful. Instead I put a tiny amount of oil in a skillet and warmed it up. Then I placed each tortilla in the skillet for about 20 seconds on each side. When the tortillas started to kind of jump up in the middle I flipped them. Then I placed them on paper towels to absorb some of the grease. If you serve them fairly quickly afterwards they won’t fall apart, and they taste wonderful!

I placed 3 chicken breasts in our crock pot and a can of chili beans (also a WIC purchase) in there as well. I also included chopped red onion (WIC), green pepper(WIC) and some leftover corn to cook overnight. Yes, there was copious amounts of cumin involved as well. At noon today we had the delicious chicken shredded up in the crock pot with all the beans and veggies simmering, and placed that mixture on our warmed tortillas.




Now that we’ve had corn tortillas properly warmed up, i’m not sure we will ever return to flour ones even when our WIC ends. The corn tortillas tend to be a good deal cheaper, and feel a little more filling than the flour ones.

I hope to introduce more ways to utilize WIC purchases on this blog. I know there are a lot of ladies who depend on this program to feed their families, and I certainly would love to research more WIC item recipes for my own family!  If any of you readers have WIC recipes you would like to share, leave me a comment and I will try it myself!

All the best,

Housewife at Work

Dinner Planning for 12/4-12/10

Making up a dinner menu a week ahead of time has been hugely helpful for this working mother. Assuming that is that I stick to the menu. As i’ve been posting my weekly menu online, it’s become easier to be held accountable for what i’ve decided to make.

Generally speaking I try to go grocery shopping once a week. I also try to work with items I already have in the house, then supplement those items with sale items and coupons. Our grocery budget is $200 a month, so I have to be vigilant about price comparisons. By planning the week beforehand it’s much easier to stay on top of these things, and I generally feel less stressed. My other goal is to find ONE type of meat to eat throughout the week. For instance, next week chicken breast is going to be deeply discounted at a local store. So I pick up just enough to last us for 7 days and I only use that meat when I cook dishes that need meat.  I try and do something similar with cheese, next week Swiss will be on sale at a different store, so we will be using that for our dairy product. It’s saved us quite a bit of money. To be on the safe side though, we always have plenty of eggs, bacon and sliced ham for lunches and breakfasts. However, if somebody decides they just aren’t “in the mood” for the meat of the week they are free to use the ham, bacon or eggs for a sandwich for dinner.

So that is what works for us. I would love to do a more involved menu when I become a stay-at-home mother full time again. Until then, dinner is all we can do. I grew up in a family that never ate any meals together for any reason, so even just dinner together feels special to me!

Here is what we have planned for next week, what about you ladies?

12/4- French onion soup in bread bowls

12/5- White chicken enchiladas with corn

12/6- Chicken salad sandwiches with glazed carrots

12/7- Crock Pot Macaroni and cheese with crumbled bacon

12/8 – BBQ Chicken with roasted potatoes

12/9 – Eggs in a basket with bacon

12/10- Monte Cristo sandwiches with tomato soup

-Housewife at Work

Adventures in Homemaking: Canning

I must admit i’ve never had much interest in canning. It seemed like something that old ladies did, so I turned up my nose at it.

Until I realized how much salsa, jam and pickles my family consumes. Then the wheels in my head began turning, what if I could make a ton of these foods myself during the summer when produce prices are lower? How could I make that last throughout the year? Oh…..right……canning.


So now I am timidly venturing into the world of canning. I still have a few weeks of somewhat-low produce prices so I thought I could experiment for fun next week and see how this whole canning thing works. I’m a little intimidated, as I don’t know anyone who does canning and so i’m starting from scratch. Fortunately, the internet has lots of info to help get me started. I found Tipnut to be the most useful, with tons of recipes. Over 100 in fact.


Food.com and Allrecipes.com also had lots of recipes to search through. In fact, I will be using a simple grab jelly recipe next week found at the link below.


It seemed simple enough for a first timer. I will have to let everyone know how it goes!

-Housewife at Work

(Im)Patiently Waiting.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me recently about what purpose this blog serves. I think it must be confusing to many, as I am a wife and mother who works outside of the home and yet celebrates homemakers and stay-at-home mothers. It probably seems like a contradiction, yet to a lot of women it makes perfect sense. Let me explain.

A few years ago my husband had a well-paying job that allowed me to spend most of my time at home. It was very enjoyable, as we had a wonderful three-bedroom house with a big backyard and lots of disposable income. I was very content taking care of my husband and son. However, I wasn’t very good at being a homekeeper. I spent most of my time on frivolous things that wasted time and money. I was a housewife in name only, but not in practice. We ate out almost every night of the week, and I spent most of my time on playdates or shopping trips with girlfriends. I didn’t have a homekeeping skill to my name, and the house was always in a disarray. I was an extremely childish bride, but my husband love me and cared for me anyway.

At one point my husband became injured at work. It was a serious enough injury that he realized he would be unable to do jobs in the manual labor sector ever again. We did a lot of praying and fasting, then it became clear to us that my husband needed to go back to school. He came across the passage in Isaiah that reads “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it.’ (Isaiah 30:21) My husband felt very strongly that his injury was a sign that he needed to complete school so that he could work in a field that wasn’t so physically demanding.  We’ve both always had an aptitude for math, so I was very supportive of him when he chose to finish his degree in Accountancy. It seemed perfect, but it required that we both give a lot up. We lived nowhere near a university, so we had to sell our home at a loss in order to get to school before the semester began. Without his high-paying job we couldn’t afford a place as nice, so we chose to live in Graduate Student Housing on campus. The came my husband’s pain, we realized all too soon that my husband couldn’t manage school and a full-time job due to his injuries. He was in too much pain from being away from home for 13 hours a day without any resting periods.

He very humbly asked me to consider working, just until he could finish school in three years. Then I could go back to homemaking if I chose.

I was very angry and bitter, but I went along with his request. I know it bothered him a lot to ask me, but I did feel as if it was a chance to submit to my husband in a way that hadn’t been required of me yet. However, the submission was purely lip service at the time. I grumbled a LOT about becoming the breadwinner and I know that it hurt him deeply to see his wife behaving in a way that was so unbecoming. I wasn’t really mad at my husband though, I was mostly angry at GOD. I felt as if my calling was in the home, and I was angry that God would pull me away from that calling. I realized after some Bible-reading and help from a friend that I was asking the Lord to operate on my timetable instead of his. I needed to see that homekeeping WAS in my future, but that for the moment I was needed in the workforce. God wasn’t trying to hurt me or make me angry, he was trying to help our family have a successful future.

In Jeremiah 29:11 is says … For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

I also came to realize that I was being given a big TIME-OUT on the housekeeping front. God had given me a position as a keeper of the home, and I had squandered it. Before my husband’s injury I had countless hours to spare and only one child to care for.  Now I was going to be expected to keep the home on a much shorter schedule while caring for two kids and supporting my husband through school. I was forced to step up my game, and instead of constantly whining about my lot I chose to use this time to support my husband 100% as my leader and to slowly start developing my homemaking skills….you know….all the stuff I should have been doing in the first place! That way when my time to return to full-time homemaking begins, I will be ready to do it the way I should have the first time.

I’ve learned a lot over the last few months. Oddly enough, i’ve done more homekeeping since beginning a 40 hour a week job than I ever did when homekeeping WAS my job! How sad for me. But i’ve learned that our God is a God of second chances and perfect timing, and i’m actually more content than ever. That isn’t to say I won’t be super thrilled to return to full-time stay-at-home-wifery, but until that day comes I plan to use this blog to chronicle my learning and growing while providing support to other working mom’s waiting for their chance to become a working mom at home!

‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.’ – Habakkuk 2:3


May God bless you abundantly and in his perfect timing!

Housewife at Work!

The Problem with Pinterest.


Most of you are probably reading my post title and thinking….”what problem? I LOVE Pinterest!”

Yeah, me too ladies. Trust me, that’s what the problem is.

I found the Pinterest website about six months ago, and I have been utterly in love with it ever since then.


There are so many things to look at! Tons of recipes, DIY projects, beautiful photo galleries and so much more. I’m not much of a social person, so Facebook never piqued my interest. Pinterest on the other hand has captivated me. I could spend hours pouring over the Pin Boards of others.

So again you ask, “what is the problem?” I suppose the problem isn’t with Pinterest itself, but within us.

I think that first we have to be careful about how we spend our time.  It’s so easy for us to get wrapped up in the internet. I have lots of homekeeping friends who occasionally get stuck flipping through Firefox for hours on end, instead of tending to the littles. I have lots of friends who work outside the home, who will sneak about a million peeks a minute at their iPhone instead of working. How many of us are guilty of sitting on the couch right next to our spouse and clicking away on our laptop while more-or-less ignoring him? I know I certainly am.

This isn’t so much an internet problem as it is a priority problem. We let so many things take priority in our lives that probably shouldn’t. For myself I had to create a very specific time limit for internet usage. This includes email checking, blogging, work research and even mindless Pinterest browsing. If my time is up, that’s it. No more for the day. It would be so easy for me to slide into a pattern of constantly using the net instead of devoting my time to important things like studying God’s word, taking care of my family and brushing up on my homemaking skills.

Furthermore, I personally face a huge problem of jealousy while on Pinterest. Each time I log on I see hundreds of pictures of beautiful homes, interesting clothes, ornate cakes and perfect-looking children. Most days I just delight over these visual entertainments, but some days I get extremely bummed out seeing all the neat things other people own, or all the cool skills other people have. How terrible that I let a silly website dictate my mood and heart like that!

I’m certainly not saying that Pinterest is some evil thing. However, it can become a problem for us if we let it become one. Perhaps all of us should examine our internet usage and perhaps make some different choices about how we spend our time. Ask yourself if your favorite websites are becoming a problem for your personal life or walk with God. Better yet, ask your spouse or friends if THEY feel like you have a problem with internet use. They might have insight that you don’t have. I know my husband has always been quite blunt with me when he feels like i’m spending too much time on the computer, and not enough time with him.


-Housewife at Work