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  1. Bean Patties Take any leftover beans and mash with a fork. Add enough flour to bind. Shape into patties and fry both sides in butter or oil. This is good for breakfast or dinner in place of potatoes. It can be served on a bun with mayo or catsup for lunch.
  2. I just saw this on another site: It is called Bannock. 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/4 cup water Mix together into a batter. May need a little more or less water. Fry in skillet with a little oil like pancakes. Will not brown as much as pancakes. Serve with butter and jam or jelly. Can also serve with syrup. Tastes pretty good! You can add less flour and make it into a heavy biscuit like dough that can be kneaded (not too much though), flattened and fried in a little more oil until golden brown.
  3. My prayers are with you, I lost my husband 2 years ago, I know how hard it is.
  4. I'm so sorry. May God strengthen you during this time. My prayers are with you also.
  5. I wish to thank everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement. My husband went to be with The Lord on Tuesday. Stacey
  6. Staceyy

    Heat Stroke

    I'm glad to hear he's okay! That had to be scary!
  7. I freeze my flour and keep my oil in the fridge.
  8. Thanks, everyone! I appreciate it!
  9. As many of you know, I've been going through a rough patch with dh's cancer diagnosis and our financial situation. I've really been disappointed at how many holes I discovered in my preps, as I thought I was pretty well prepared. Well on another board I belong to, a poster stated, most of us live our lives close to the edge. It takes a lot more bad luck to knock someone who is well prepared over the edge. I have to admit, things haven't been rosy, but I haven't fallen over the edge due to my prepping. If this were the old unprepared me, I would have fallen to my death by now. Prepping has honestly saved our financial hides.
  10. I understand what you're going through. My prayers are with your family.
  11. Not everyone in my family appreciates low carb, so I stock up on everything. I stock white and brown rice (I freezethe brown rice). I stock Dreamfield's Pasta when it goes on sale, or I have coupons. I stock all sorts of whole grains, and I stock all sorts of beans. I also stock canned meats and tuna.
  12. I had a severe case of diverticulitis the other night that landed me in the emergency room. The doctor prescribed 3 medications befre sending me home. Two were antibiotics and the third was a pain pill. I was pretty upset because I knew I did not immediately have the money to fill them. Dh has been pretty ill this year with a hip replacement and cancer. His meds are free but I must pay for mine. Lo and behold, he had a surplus of two of my prescribed meds in the exact dosages I required. The remaining antibiotic is being dispensed free by my local pharmacy. I used to throw out any unused meds immediately. I don't think I'll ever do that again. I'm wondering if anyone here keeps their old prescription meds?
  13. Whey Low is now my sweetener of choice. It is natural and available as Whey Low D for diabetics. It bakes better than the other sweeteners. I do also use Splenda to sweeten my beverages and it works well in puddings, but I'm leaning more towards natural sweeteners now. Whey Low's website is: http://www.wheylow.com.
  14. Here is a link to a good article about affording medical insurance. Its written for Californians, but most of the info can be used by anyone. http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Mag...-these-10-tips/
  15. No, Georgene. Can you copy it and resend it to me through Mrs Survival's Message Center? Thanks. Stacey
  16. Wow! What helpful info! I'd like to suggest talking to hospital social workers. They found my husband a program to pay 100% of his prescription copays. They also located a program that sends him free cases of the nutritional drink Ensure (they sent him over 100 cans!) and told him they would help him with his Cobra payments when the time comes. Also you can locate the manufacturer of prescription meds online and if you are experiencing a hardship, contact them to see if they will send you your meds for free or at a reduced cost. If you are applying for social security disability, they now have a list of 50 illnesses that will guarantee you a decision within 30 days instead of wating for years. The list of the qualified illnesses can be found online. Some people without insurance volunteer to do hospital research studies. For instance let's say you have a mental illness but cannot afford meds. You might locate a psychiatric hospital in your area that does clinical trials. You will be given a full free physical and be asked to try certain antidepressants for free. Dental schools give reduced dental care. Also read up on the new Health Care Reform to see if you could be helped.
  17. I hear you, we're in the same boat. We thought we would weather the economic storm okay. Dh had a secure job and we had our savings and preps in place. Then dh was hit by a double illness. The lesson I took away from this is, we're not in control no matter how smug and prepared we think we are. God is in control. Trust in him.
  18. Have you looked into the new health care bill to see if you can be helped? AARP sent a detailed explanation in their last newsletter. I figured my health insurance would have to lapse for 6 months before I would be eligible for help.
  19. We are in a similar situation also. Dh was recently diagnosed with cancer, two weeks after hip replacement surgery. Here are some of the things that have worked for us: We've been using Angel Food Ministries for food. www.angelfoodministries.com. They accept coupon codes which give you an additional discount. You can Google for the latest code. I also cook and bake almost everything from scratch and use coupons at the grocery store. We have maintained a food stockpile for the past few years that also helped tremendously. Dh was taking 13 different medications that made it impossible for us to afford to make the copays. One medication had a monthly copay of $700! We asked the social worker at the hospital for help. She found us a program that pays 100% of our copays and he gets cases of Ensure, the nutritional drinks, for free. We were also told not to worry about our health insurance if dh is officially terminated from his job, as they will help with our Cobra payments for 2 years until he is eligible for Medicare. I highly recommend talking to hospital social workers if you can, as they have access to programs the average person does not know about. We applied for Energy assistance and were approved. Dh gets disability through his employer and we applied for social security disability. The social security office now has a list of 50 different illnesses that guarantee you a decsion within 30 days. Many cancers qualify. The list of qualified illnesses is available online. We've applied for a mortgage modification and are waiting to hear the decision. I'm the author of a book for diabetics. Dh and I both are diabetics. Here are some tips to help lower the costs. Blood Glucose Meters are free all over the internet. Just Google for "free glucose meters". Buy whole milk and mix with half water at the time of use to make an approximate 2% milk at half the cost and half the carbs. You can use this in cooking and baking and to drink . Do not buy Splenda for baking (if you use Splenda), make your own by mixing half sugar and half Splenda to bake with. You can make your own butter spread by combining softened butter with canola oil and mixing with your electric mixer. If your dh is on Medicare he can get his diabetes testing supplies for free.A number of grocery stores, Walmart and pharmacies sell certain diabetes and blood pressure medications for $4. You can ask your doctor to switch you to these lower priced meds if appropriate. Dreamfield's Pasta is low in carbs. I wait until it goes on sale or I have a coupon to buy it. Don't be afraid to ask for prayer. Many online sites including Mrs Survival members have prayed for us. Those prayers have helped us tremendously.
  20. Garlic always seems to do the trick for us.
  21. I would suggest buying a few old cookbooks from a used book store or through Amazon, such as those from the 1950's or earlier when everything was made from scratch. I would also suggest taking a culinary class at a community college where they teach you the basics.
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