I'm not going to continue blogging every single thing we eat...too much effort. Though I will mention a couple of things. Today we had a small snack of berries from our own yard. Yesterday, I ate a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich; it was REALLY good!! At this point in the journey, I am using up odd items from the cupboards (and freezer). It will be a bit of time before I am seriously into preps. I am also spending a fair bit of time being more imaginative and creative about what I'm fixing. In
Disclaimer: I do not routinely stock "Spicy Habanero Tuna;" it was given to me. You could substitute regular tuna plus taco seasoning, canned chiles, or other spicy seasonings of your choice. Frankly you could just omit the tuna, but I was looking for a way to use this up. You could also probably substitute rice for the orzo, but again, the orzo was given to me and I'm trying to use it up.
Soak and cook
1/2 cup dry beans of the Mexican or chili sort of variety
in the usual manner. Drain
1 cup dry macaroni
2 Tbsp dried celery stalk
1/2 cup home-dried zucchini slices, broken into quarters
1 Tbsp dried minced onion
1 carrot, sliced thinly
1 cup frozen (or dried) peas
1 cup home-dried kale
1 can tuna
1/2 tsp dried parsley leaves
dollop of mayonnaise
salt & pepper to taste
Bring water to boil, add macaroni, celery stalk, zucchini, onion, and peas. Return to boil & cook until macaroni is done. Strain off cooking water, using a small amount to soften k
Well, as I've been typing on this blog here and there, it turns out that it doesn't appear to the rest of you unless I hit the publish entry button.
Here I was fussing at myself for not keeping up with it like I wanted to and the little bit I was doing wasn't even going out.
Oh well live and learn.
A special thanks to the little birdie who let me in on what I was doing wrong.
Only one more official day of school left, then next week to do the required paperwork and get it
Good grief this time of year is always so busy. I finally have a few minutes to myself though so I thought I would jump in here and try to go through the posts and blog a bit. So here is what is going on in my world.
I have DH working on building us a play gound area. To me this is a form of survival prep because I will be able to get so much more done if my son ( and what ever other under 12 year olds I have running around) have a safe area with things in there to actually play on and w
Well, it's good to be back. I am no where near 100%, but come to think of it I wasn't all there before I fell anyway. I broke the toes on my left foot when I fell, and the right has an ugly sprain. I miss my feet. It's not even so much the not being able to walk very well that is the issue. It's all the little things I do with them on a subconcious level. I didn't realize how many there were til I go and do them without thinking and then have to yelp a little bit. Goofy things like scrat
Well, I managed to fall down some steps and hurt myself. I'm having a bit of trouble getting around and sitting at the computor has been a bit hard. Hopefully, I will be feeling better soon and can get back to posting.
Til then everyone take care! I'll be back as soon as possible.
Well I don't have a lot of time because I want to go through the forum posts also. I only have one kiddo at home for the weekend, so I am using the time to catch up on some things I need to do, and maybe even have some time left over to relax.
I wanted to keep my every Friday blog goal though. It's been a roller coaster week, with lots of ups and downs and a couple of surprise twists.
More next week or sooner if I can.
ARRGGHH!!!!! I tried to put in a picture and deleted everything I had typed so far. Sooo, here we go again.
I've decided to appoint one day a week as my blog day. For now I am going with Friday, since that is generally a day when I have a little more free time, I am hoping it will work out.
Overall this has not been a bad week. I had a couple of days where I was really just dragging- but I got through them non the worse for the wear. << A special Thank-You to all of the lad
Well this is not working out like I had hoped. I wanted to be able to get in here to post every other day or so, but ya see how that's going. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs doing.
I have been reading what I can on here as much as possible. I was going along my merry way thinking I was doing OK. I mean at least I recognize and openly admit that there is potential for disaster and chaos in the future, while all but one person in my life
Well, I am very new to this so don't expect too much right off. I thought to start off explaining why I chose the username Sparrow. I know everyone has heard the expression go to your "happy place". Well my happy place often has music playing when I get there and one of the songs is about the Sparrow, which of course comes from the Bible verse "His eye is on the Sparrow". Some days I feel I need all the help I get. I noticed one member here caught my meaning without me explaining it. One
I struggle with this... Collecting my Preps and not wanting to use them.
Whenever I'm canning something I am almost hoping one jar won't seal so that I can taste what I've done. I'm a bit better than I was, been working on it. I rememberJudy saying in a post, that we were 't creating a Food Museum with our canned goods (a while back). That really got my attention!
Months and months ago I bought a Berkey, went through heck and high water to get it. I was so proud when it ca
For breakfast, the kids had the last of the cold cereal. I had more of the Chicken Pasta Salad.
For fun the kids went to a friend's house; they got lunch there.
For fun I got solitude while the kids were gone, and I nibbled while I cooked.
I made a tuna pasta salad and prepped a mexi-salad (with orzo, beans, etc). I'll follow up with recipes for both tomorrow.
Dinner was soft tacos with store tortillas & shredded cheddar, home-canned ground beef, a can o
Up at 5:00AM. By 3:00PM, I was really missing my Coca-Cola! I nearly fell asleep on the couch, but the clicking of the mouse (by Dd2) kept rousing me.
Breakfast for the kids was cold cereal wtih milk. I had more of the Greek Chicken Pasta Salad and Iced Tea.
We nibbled some home-dried apple slices before we left to meet with a couple of other families to do a craft project. We were served some pretzels as a snack while we were there.
For lunch, I took leftover BBQ chicken, choppe
DH and I called her this a.m. to sing "Happy Birthday" to her. Turns out, she was walking to school with her Mom and little brother. They were taking cupcakes to school to share. Where did the time go??? It seems like it was yesterday that we saw her for the first time in the hospital nursery. She is our oldest grandchild and only granddaughter, so far.
I thoroughly love(d) being a mother to our 5, challenges and all; but having grandchildren is a whole other level. It's so exciting to see t
Today, things are normal.
The animals got their usual processed, purchased feed this morning. The dog will be getting "Mommy Mush" (see separate entry under recipes) for dinner.
For breakfast, the kids had cold cereal with milk. I had the last five potstickers from the freezer - and a Coke...the very last Coke in the house.
This morning we spent some time working on a service project with others. We were rewarded with a free lunch and excellent fellowship.
When we came home,
A real recipe for Mommy Mush (dog food)?
Buy 5 lbs chicken leg quarters. Pressure cook them (which makes the bones crumbly). Run them (bones and all) through a grinder (I use my KitchenAid Grinder Attachment). Stir in a 29oz (large) can of pumpkin puree, two 15oz cans of tomato sauce, and 2lbs of frozen mixed vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, corn). If your dog is picky, you may have to grind up the vegetables. Process at 10lbs for 75 minutes for pints or 90
This is an adequate copy-cat of the same item sold in the deli area at Costco. This recipe has been dramatically altered to use what I have on hand.
In a large saucepan, bring water to boil, then add:
3 cups dry macaroni
1-1/2 cups home-dried halved cherry tomatoes
1 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp dried celery stalk
Return to boil, then simmer until macaroni is cooked as desired. Strain, retaining about one cup of the cooking water, to which you add:
1 cup home-dried kale
4 tea bags
1 gallon warm tap water
1/2 cup sugar
Fill a glass gallon jug with warm (or cold) tap water. I'm impatient, so I start with warm water. My jug was originally sold with organic apple juice it in, but I've kept it and reused it many, many times.
Add tea bags to jug, making sure they are under water. Place jug in sunshine for a few hours until tea is brewed to your satisfaction.
Remove tea bags. Pour off a bit of tea (to make room) and add 1/2 cup sugar. Place jug in f
I'm starting this blog to record our journey as we begin to live on our preps. Our finances are getting tight. We still have enough cash around to maintain the status quo, however, that seems unwise. Beginning today, we are on a spending near-freeze. We will be eating down our stores - which also stretches to paper products, soaps, detergents, etc. I am hoping this will be a temporary, short-term thing - maybe three to six months. I will share our menus and recipes with you. Hopefully, you will
I must apologize for my absence in this month of May, in all truth it has been just a combination of school-finals and work related projects hitting all in this month.
I'm writing this article as to, hopefully, create some insight in the importance of field sanitation in populated areas. Anyone who knows me personally knows I hold a strange fascination for epidemiology, particularly bacterial epidemics. Recent events in India, Eastern Europe, and Vietnam have bothered me a bit, and the f
May 27, 2009
The Source of Hope
1 Peter 1:3-9
by Dr.Charles Stanley
Hope can be defined as the desire for something good and the expectation of receiving it. Jesus Christ is the only genuine source of hope, because He alone knows what is best and has the sovereignty and power to secure its fulfillment. All other hopes are grounded on the shifting sands of circumstances beyond our control.
I really feel like a fish out of water, when it comes to blogging. Will be nice when I finally know what I'm doing.
Today went with DH to the doctor. X-rays show he has severe arthritis of his knee. Doctor is putting him on steroids for 6 days to try and help with the pain, and gave us the name of an orthopedic doctor to see. Family doctor would prefer DH wait another 5 years before having a knee replacement, but I'm concerned that it's not safe for him to wait that long. He is in chronic pai