- 2- 40 oz. canned yams
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Drain and mash yams in a large mixing bowl. (Check for and remove stringy parts)
- Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.
- Pour into a large buttered baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set.
- Sprinkle with mini marshmallows and chopped pecans.
- Return to oven, watching closely until marshmallows are melted and lightly browned.
- You may also be sprinkled with butter and brown sugar mixture.
Pick up some brown and serve rolls for a couple of dollars. My mom always used these…with a slice of butter melted between the warm layers…you can’t go wrong!
Teabags are such a deal they almost don’t even register on the meal price list. Lipton family size tea bags are approximately $2 for 24 bags. You’ll only need 4 bags per gallon of tea. Pick up a gallon jug of water for less than a dollar for better taste and storage. Add lemons for about 2 for $1.
For dessert, honestly, you can’t beat a Cracker Barrel pie for around $8. It’s much cheaper than making it yourself. And again, you save your sanity along with money. Giving yourself peace, goodwill and that “happy feeling nothing in the world can buy when they pass around the coffee and
. Ok…so it isn’t pumpkin pie but everyone likes pecan better anyway!
There you have it…Christmas dinner for eight…on the table for less than $50! You even have enough left for two red taper candles to make it a cozy, candlelight meal to remember!
Some of these dishes require a dab of butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, garlic, a couple of eggs and other items that you more than likely have on hand. It would be impossible to come in under a $50 budget if you counted the price of every condiment from scratch. Staying ahead on those throughout the year will make the holidays easier. Start buying them here and there as fall approaches and you’ll be ready to hit the kitchen and your budget with ease