What...you don't think of these both in the same breath?!?
Actually, they're both on my mind, nowadays. Our church served them in the park (burritos, not cars!) on Easter Sunday. You should have seen the assembly line the day before, busily cranking out 595 burritos. (Yours truly boiled, peeled and chunked 30 pounds of potatoes as her contribution. My hands ached for days.)
Trent of the Simple Dollar advocated making these, and stashing them away for future meals. And I kept thinking of how many protein bars Husband could put away in an average week (generally at a cost of $1 each.) The church burritos tasted absolutely wonderful. And many of the ingredients were on sale. Why couldn't I...
Here's how they ended up:
BREAKFAST BURRITOS FOR THE FREEZER
2 1/2 dozen eggs ($1.19 ea - so $2.98)
3 tablespoons butter, or a few shots of olive oil (50 cents?)
1 chopped onion (50 cents)
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms ($1-on sale)
2 pounds sliced beer bratwurst (regular sausage would do) ($3.50 - also on sale)
1 jar salsa (the last of our wonderful avocado stuff went into this, but any other type would do - about $4)
1 pound shredded taco-style cheese ($2.50 - sale)
3 pkg. burrito-style flour tortillas (99 cents ea - 2.98 on sale)
plastic zip-lock quart bags
Start the mushrooms and onion sizzling in a frypan. (Throw in the brats too, or get them baking in the oven at 425 degrees for 15 min.) Lay everything else out -- clear a space for at least four tortillas, laid flat. (Stop for a minute to boot the dogs out from underfoot, attracted by the wonderful smells.)
Scramble the eggs with the mushroom and onion (and/or brats). Put the frypan within reaching distance. Now here we go:
Two big serving spoonfuls of the egg mixture on the tortilla. Top with brats. Two tablespoons of salsa, then sprinkle with cheese.
Fold the sides together, then top and bottom, to form a burrito package.
Stuff into a plastic bag. (You should be able to get two in each bag.)
Repeat -- over and over. Watch something good while you're doing it, like North by Northwest.
I got 30 burritos out of this batch -- 28 went in the freezer, and 2 hung around for breakfast next morning. (Nuke the frozen burritos 2 min. in the microwave, and or bake for 20 min. at 425 degrees.) The price: 60 cents each.
Now...on to the other important point: a second vehicle. Our main one is a workhouse: a '90 Jeep Cherokee that handles anything with aplomb. It also has terrible mileage: about 15 mpg.
Daughter #1's Toyota has been parked in our driveway for a few years now, while its owner was at school and elsewhere. We made a deal with her for occasional driving privileges, as long as we covered insurance, gas and repairs. (Plus, her father loves driving a little sportscar!)
This arrangement has worked out extremely well. My staffers generally take care of orders when they're around -- or I make trips late at night to the post office, when things are quiet. (The machine in the lobby will spit out postage to ship about anything.) Once or twice a week, I'll need the Jeep for errands, an appraising gig, or meetings. It also comes in handy for the occasional road trip...like the one we'll make this weekend, when I go teach for the Thumb Butte Quilters' Guild in Prescott, AZ. (Hi guys!) Husband takes the Toyota then.
But things are soon to change. Daughter's car is going back with her to Denver. That leaves us with just the Jeep. Should we get a second car?
On the negative side:
*I can do the critical stuff just by walking. A grocery store is 15 min. away, just down the hill on foot. So is Michael's, a dollar store, and that bastion of do-it-yourselfliness, Home Depot.
*We could get a scooter, for use around town. Or a mountain bike.
*I could just drop Husband off at work, and pick him up, if I needed to borrow the Jeep. It's only a few miles away.
*Most orders can be taken care of at night.
*We get most of our product now via UPS, Fed Ex or mail. They all deliver.
*I could rent a car...or borrow one from friends. We've done this at least twice before, during hunting season, when Husband needed the Jeep. It worked out very well.
On the positive side:
*Two vehicles means freedom for both of us to go whenever we want.
*What happens when the Jeep is in the shop? It's also getting old, and eventually should be replaced.
*The second car could be more fuel-efficient. (I've heard good things about the Prius, which gets 40 and above in mileage. One of our friends swears by a Honda Accord, which has consistently done in the 30-range.)
*Insurance wouldn't cost that much, provided we do it liability-only. Gas ditto...as long as we don't use the second car that much.
Do we have the money? Well, sort of, if we buy it used, and take the cash out of a meant-for-retirement money fund. (Daughter's car needs some repairs before she takes it back: about $300 worth.)
It seems that the 'Nos' are based on practicality...and the 'Yesses' argue for convenience. That makes me think that we shouldn't get a second car right now. But I'm torn -- what do you think?