Thursday, April 23, 2009

New blog


I've decided to "Spring Clean" a bit and move my homeschooling blogging to a brand new blog. As a result, this one has been renamed. Excuse the dust as I redesign this one a bit. It seemed to make sense as my homeschooling blogging was getting lost in the clutter. You will see a link to my new homeschool blogging to the right or click here. I enjoy hearing from everyone and look forward to your comments on my new blog.

A few items off the list

This month we were able to gather some of the items on our 3-month stock up list. I found a great sale on sugar and used two coupons to bring the price down even further. I sealed each of these bag in a ziplock bag to keep the sugar ants out.

I also hit a sale on bacon. What I normally do is divide up the bacon pack into sets of four pieces of bacon (that's how many we consume at a meal). Then I put all the sets into a bag, make sure there is space between each set and freeze them. Each bag is marked with the date. When I need bacon for breakfast, it is easy to pull out a set and defrost it in the microwave and then cook.

I also found cans of our favorite beans brand, Trappey's, on sale and stocked up on a variety of beans that we enjoy.

As an added bonus to all this 3-month shopping, we got some items free at our local grocery store by taking advantage of these specials. Two of these free items were cookies much to my sons' delight!

All of these items are located in a large box at the bottom of my pantry to be used in our meals as needed. I'll go "shopping" in my 3-month supply and put the item on my shopping list to be replaced. My pantry and freezer are already bursting. We will be taking advantage of empty space under beds soon.

My next project is to organize my freezer a little better. I'm on the search for plastic milk crates. Each crate will contain a different food item and make it easy to organize and get to the items I want.

We are off to a great start to our list.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The story of the "Foul" Fowl

Thanksgiving of 2008 we were the designated turkey friers. We were joining our friends across town for the celebration. To save time, we decided to inject the turkey at home and fry it at our friend's house.

Mistake No. 1: Piercing the plastic wrapping around the turkey thus allowing the juices of the turkey to escape.

Mistake No. 2: allowing my husband to drive the turkey across town without having someone holding the bowl it was sitting in.

Result: Turkey juice all over the carpet of his car. It quickly ripened into a stomach turning stench. Six months later, we still couldn't get the smell out. We tried EVERYTHING. With the humid summer Texas heat coming, it was certain his car was going to smell really horrible.

I heard on Cheapskate monthly that there was something called Nok-Out. I was getting desperate, so we ordered a bottle. Long story short, it totally killed the "foul" fowl smell and I ordered a gallon of this wonderful product the same day. This stuff is amazing. I sprayed it on my carpets, on our upholstered furniture, everywhere... It doesn't have a scent. It just smells clean. I used up that 32 oz bottle quickly. The refill is coming tomorrow and I already have plans for it! (muhhhaaaa)

Here's the website if you want to check it out http://nokout.com/store/product.php?productid=16170&cat=255&page=1 Just go for the gallon jug from the get go and save yourself a lot of extra shipping costs! I also found a 10% discount code for the website at http://www.retailmenot.com/

Bonus: It's from Louisiana! I'm all for supporting the home team.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

3 month supply - the continuing saga

The garden we planted to supplement our groceries is growing quickly. In fact, I already have my first vegetable, a green pepper. You can see it in the picture to the left.

Everything looks great with the recent rains we have received. Our tomatoes have taken off and we had to tie them off today. The beans look robust. They are easy to grow and do well even in the poorest soil. My herbs are going great and I even added some cilantro.



















We have to feed our soul as well as our body. Our flowers are doing great. The delphenium bloomed this week with it's showy blue flowers. The white mini-roses are starting to show their beauty. I love how they start out pink and turn white. I'm a sucker for a mini-rose.


Because our family works off a monthly menu, putting together a list for my 3-month is easy. Finding the time to do it... another thing. I did find some time between laundry and schooling Friday to sit down with the menu and plan my list. It is daunting looking at the entire list, but in little bites, it can be done. We have both a cool weather and warm weather monthly menu. I don't know when I might have to dip into my 3-month supply but I worked off of my cool weather menu because there are more soups and gumbo on this list. These are good foods to stretch your groceries.

Here it is in its raw, first draft form. Some have amounts. I'm still thinking on others. If you are thinking of putting together a list, I would highly recommend you have some sort of menu to work off of. It keeps you from sticking every canned item in your basket and ending up with a lot of wasted food and space. I would also suggest not buying items you wouldn't normally eat. They'll just sit on your shelf. The only exception to this is canned fruit. We aren't big canned fruit people. If fresh fruits are not available, canned will do in a pinch.
You must rotate your stock. Go "shopping" in your stash first. Put it on your grocery list and replace the item in your 3-month supply. Check dates and don't use any cans that are swollen.
Remember, these are the items my family uses based on our menu. Yours will be different but maybe this will give you a good place to start.

Dairy
Shelf Stable Milk
Cheese – sharp cheddar 6 blocks (grated & frozen)
Sour Cream 2 large containers
Butter 5 boxes (freeze)

Frozen
Bean Burritos 3 (8 packs)
Chopped Onions 40 (frozen chopped pks)
Mushrooms 3 package
Corn (loose) 6 package
Green Beans 3 packages
Brocolli 3 packages
Carrots 2 packages
Fries 3 packages
Vegetable Mix (brocolli, cauliflower, carrots) 3 packages
Red Beans 6 cans

Meat
Smoked Sausage 6 lbs
Round Steak 3
Owens Sausage 12 lbs
Strip Steak 2 (chopped up)
Ground Beef 8 lbs
Stuffed Chicken Breasts 12 breasts
Whole Chickens 18 whole
Chicken Breasts 6
Bacon 6 packages

Canned & Dry Goods
Flour
Sugar
Egg Substitute
Corn
Black Beans
Red Beans
Rice 12 bags
Dehydrated Onions 1 can
Olive Oil 3 bottles
Corn Oil 2 bottles
Chicken Bouillon cubes 3 cans
Roux 2 jars
Tony Cachere 1 shaker
Corn Tortillas 3 package
Fire Roasted Tomatoes 15 cans
Bread Crumbs 1 can
Tomato Paste 9 cans
Onion powder 1 can
Garlic powder 1 can
3 color pasta 6 box
Spaghetti Noodles 3 box
Corn 3 can
Parmesan cheese 3 cans
Nacho Chips 3 bags
Refried Beans 3 cans
Jalapeno peppers 2 jars
Pam 1 can
Wide Noodles 6 bags
Green Beans 3 cans
Potatoes (red) 6 medium
Potatoes (baking) 12 large
Chinese Vegetables 3 cans
Garlic 6 cloves
Blackeyed peas 3 cans
Hamburger Buns 12 buns (frozen)
Lima Beans 3 cans
Starch 1 box
Hot Dog Chili 9 cans
Sweet Potatoes 3 cans
Crackers 6 boxes
Fruit Blends 10 cans
Raisins 2 cans
Pineapple 5 cans
Apple Sauce 5 jars
Fruit Juice 10 – 16 oz cans
Tuna 10 packages
Peanut butter 2 jars
Baked Beans 10 cans
Cereal 3 packages
Granola Bar 2 packages
Oatmeal 4 boxes
Grits 4 boxes
Soup 20 cans
Macaroni & Cheese 20 boxes
Baking Powder 2 cans
Baking Soda 2 boxes
Salt 1 box
Mayo 2 jars
Mustard 1 jar
Grape Jelly 2 jars
Honey 4 jars
Butter Powder 1 jar
Maple Syrup 2 jars
Cat Food 3 bags
Dog Food 3 Bags
Paper Towels 12 rolls
Toilet Paper 48 rolls
Ziplock Bags 1 box each size
Flashlight 2 large
Batteries AA, AAA, 9-V, Flashlight
Water Jugs
Charcoal
Paper Plates
Paper cups
Paper Napkins
Baby wipes
Lysol
Bleach

Personal Care
Pantene Shampoo
Pantene Conditioner
Dandruff Shampoo
Suave Shampoo
Soap
Tampons
Contact solution
Contacts
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Face Soap

First Aid & Medicine
Bandaids
Vitamins
Tylenol
Claritin

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Magic Milk Shakes



There is a wonderful recipe for "Magic Milk Shakes" on the Hillbilly Housewife website here http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/magicmilkshakes.htm

MAGIC MILK SHAKES

1-1/2 to 2 cups ice water
1-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 1-1/2 trays of ice cubes, as much as you can spare
2 tablespoons corn oil plus a 5-second squirt of non-stick spray for emulsification purposes

Place all of the ingredients into the blender, including the oil and the non-stick spray. Use less water for thicker milk shakes and more water for shakes that are easy on your blender motor. The blender should be about 3/4's full. Place the lid on. Process for a full 2 minutes. Pour into cups and serve. Makes 4 - 12oz servings. For preparation tips please see below.


It is a fun and inexpensive treat to make on a warm day. It tastes just like the Wendy's Frosties! Don't leave out any of the ingredients and you will have a delicious treat.

I love how it doesn't use up my milk or ice cream. Since I am working on my 3-month food supply, this is a great way to use up the Evaporated Milk and keep my supply fresh.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Whole Wheat Refrigerator Rolls


I enjoy making homemade bread and my family enjoys eating it. Here is a super easy roll recipe just in time for Easter! I like to make them into cloverleaf rolls.

WHOLE WHEAT REFRIGERATOR ROLLS

INGREDIENTS
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast (I use Bread Machine yeast)
2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees) (1 minute in microwave)
1/2 cup sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
2 teaspoons salt (I use Kosher salt)
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup whole wheat flour

DIRECTIONS
Put the liquids first and then the rest of the ingredients in your bread maker. Turn your bread maker to the “dough” setting. Let rise until doubled or cover and refrigerate overnight. Punch dough down and form into dinner-size rolls. Place on greased baking sheets for plain rolls or knots, or in greased muffin tins for cloverleaf rolls. (to make the cloverleaf rolls, roll three small balls of dough and put them in a greased muffin tin cup) Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour for dough prepared the same day or 1 to 2 hours for refrigerated dough. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm. If desired, dough may be kept up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Punch down daily.

No breadmaker? No problem. Here are your instructions.
DIRECTIONS
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 5 minutes. Blend in sugar, salt and 3 cups all-purpose flour at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Beat in egg and oil. By hand, gradually stir in whole wheat flour and enough remaining all-purpose flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled or cover and refrigerate overnight. Punch dough down and form into dinner-size rolls. Place on greased baking sheets for plain rolls or knots, or in greased muffin tins for cloverleaf rolls (to make the cloverleaf rolls, roll three small balls of dough and put them in a greased muffin tin cup). Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour for dough prepared the same day or 1 to 2 hours for refrigerated dough. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm. If desired, dough may be kept up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Punch down daily.

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