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Old 04-22-2009, 04:55 PM   #31
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[quote=USA Kiwi;815784]What is SOS?
I've been coming up with some really random ideas in my head for what it could be... but nothing seems to fit.

Please put me out of my misery!!!

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ummm... excretion or waste on a shingle, to be gentle! :)
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Old 04-22-2009, 04:57 PM   #32
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SOS is short for "S*** on a Shingle". In our family it meant creamed chipped beef on toast. I suppose everyone as a different version, but that's what ours was. I never liked it much, but it was edible.
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:38 PM   #33
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What is SOS?
I've been coming up with some really random ideas in my head for what it could be... but nothing seems to fit.

Please put me out of my misery!!!

I grew up in a single parent family, so we ate cheaply too. I remember a lot of meatballs and spaghetti, but I don't actually remember much else.

LOL, S**t On a Shingle is what we always called it
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Old 04-22-2009, 06:08 PM   #34
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My mom called it dried beef gravy and served it over toast points. Still can't stand it.
If we needed to stretch it would come in the form of more cracker crumbs in the meatloaf or round steak split 3 ways instead of a higher end piece.
My parents were the type that would go without coats so that I could have a good winter coat. When it came to food, they'd work double shifts if need be to put good hearty food on the table. Roast beef, fried chicken, which I'm sure was like .10 a pound. I also remember mom buying bread on sale 10 for a dollar around the holidays. LOL! And we finished everything until it was gone. Left overs, left overs! And made into different things.
Also have a tip for ya. If you're ironing, before no iron fabrics, and you have a hungry little girl, take a piece of white bread, coat in oleo or margrine on the outsides, cheese inside, sliced colby (before processed slices). Wrap in aluminum foil, lay iron on for a few, flip over lay iron on other side. Unwrap, and WOW! a picnic for a 4 year old!
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:57 AM   #35
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you're ironing, before no iron fabrics, and you have a hungry little girl, take a piece of white bread, coat in oleo or margrine on the outsides, cheese inside, sliced colby (before processed slices). Wrap in aluminum foil, lay iron on for a few, flip over lay iron on other side. Unwrap, and WOW! a picnic for a 4 year old!
I make quesadillas that way when I'm travelling, and don't want/will be too late for room service. Pack a tortilla and some cheese and wrap it in foil, and keep it cool (if you can). When you arrive in your hotel - get the iron out and and instant quesadilla!!
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:00 PM   #36
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Cool idea Kiwi!
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:37 AM   #37
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We had a garden and raised 2 pigs every year. One we sold and the other we had butchered for ourselves. We also did not buy any pre-made drinks; we either had water, iced tea, milk, or coffee.

As far as meals goes my mom made dishes that were quick and cheap:

Creamed tuna on toast
Ground beef with beef rice-a-roni
Hotdogs sliced and mixed with Pork 'n' Beans
Hot dogs sliced and mixed with tomato soup and served with mac and cheese
No frozen or processed potatoes. We made French fries, hashbrowns, mashed potatoes, etc from scratch.

One thing my mom insisted that we did have every night for dinner was a green salad. To this day a green salad is a favorite part of my dinner.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:43 AM   #38
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Mom and Dad always had a garden, when we lived in the city and later in the country. I'm sure they used cost cutting methods, but our meals never seemed that way. Mom cooked everything from scratch. I've never been much of a meat eater so I was happy with veggies, salad and always a dessert. She cooked lots of chicken, pork, beans, greens, rice, macaroni and cheese (the real stuff, not the box) rolls, biscuits, desserts. I remember she used leftover bread, biscuits, toast, etc to make a delicious bread pudding with raisins or pineapple and sometimes nuts. There were four kids but we always had plenty. I don't remember having steak often, but we had roasts.
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SOS takes me back to the Army, I loved it, the Army did a really good job and you got all you could eat. The other favorite was fried liver still the best I have ever had.

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Old 04-25-2009, 12:03 PM   #40
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It was very simple how we got by. My Mom made everything, and I really mean EVERYTHING from scratch and bought the ingredients in bulk and on sale. She baked bread, cookies, cakes, etc. every week. We had fruit trees in the yard which went into pies and our lunch boxes. We would go to the farms and get corn, other fruit, strawberries, etc. and she would spend weeks canning, freezing, pickling, with help from my sister and I. My parents would buy a side of beef and have it packaged in various cuts. She would turn this into all sorts of dinners. I remember she even made her own mince meat and corned beef for awhile. Even when she started working in my Dad's pharmacy she tried to do as much scratch cooking as possible. But by that time I was able to take over a lot of it (age 12) and loved doing it.

Oh, what did my Mom do in her spare time? She made many of our clothes! (But that's a different forum LOL!!)
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