Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Week 6 Food storage and life here

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Six

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.


5 pounds of rice
2 containers dried chopped onions
6 cans canned meat of choice or combination 
6 large cans peaches or pineapple or both
5 pounds brown sugar

Pork chop casserole
6 pork chops
1/4-cup onion minced
2 c. cooked rice
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1/2 c. boiling water
1 can of tomatoes
Sear chops on both sides in a hot frying pan then place in a large cake pan or casserole dish, with the rice, onion, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Pour boiling water over all. Bake 350 oven 2 hours.

 Upside down cake, Frieda Christena Royse Pierce 1929


1 c. sugar
1 c. flour
¼ c. juice from fruit
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. Salt


1 c. brown sugar
1 large can Fruit
½ c. butter or margarine
Fruit slices, peaches, pineapple or what you like best, canned fruit is fine.
In heavy ovenproof skillet (around 9 or 10 in. skillet) melt the ½ c. butter and sprinkle on the brown sugar. Put fruit slices on top of the brown sugar and butter.
Have oven at 350 deg. Pour batter over fruit in skillet. Bake 45 minutes or until done.

Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley (Oct. 2005):
We have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster.  But the best storehouse is the family storeroom.” (Oct. CR, 2005)

We had snow on the ground yesterday morning but melted off by late morning.
I have most of the morning chores done and am babysitting little Kaylee today.

Dave has meeting again tonight so I will also be doing the evening chores as I did last night and will do tomorrow night.

We are still only milking once a day still at around 4:30 AM but that will end soon as it is almost time to wean the calf. 

Dave is in charge of the 24th of July Pioneer day celebration this year.  We will be doing that I believe on the 23rd of July as the 24th is a Sunday. 
He will be getting volunteers from the others in our area, lots of them hopefully that know hope to do and make 19th century things.

Each family will bring a side dish and a dessert.

I have to get soaps made, candles, felt, more wool washed and spun along with some of the wool knitted or crocheted into things, more cheeses ( most cheeses wont be made till July :) ), more pioneer bonnets made and other sewing projects, food storage and water storage information printed out (Dave will help with some of this), old fashioned recipes printed out and ready to be copied also. 

I have tons of these recipes because thats what I made, baked and cooked the last 47 years. They are my moms and the women of my family before her. I also a lot of the recipes from Dave's mom and family. There will be a tasters table.

Well that statement makes me feel ancient lol. But I have been cooking since I was 10 years old.

We make his great Aunt Ola's bread and butter pickles every year. She was born in 1891 and full name was Leola Fay Foster. This was the recipe his mom always made when Dave was growing up.

Bread & Butter pickles, Great Aunt Ola (Leola Fay) Foster, Philo Ohio

1 gal. thinly sliced cucumbers
8 thinly sliced onions
1 sweet red sliced and
1 green pepper sliced, put in a large container, we use a 5 gal. bucket.
Then cover with 1/2 cup coarse salt (pickling salt) and ice cubes for 3 hours.
Mean while bring to boil.
5 cups sugar
5 cups vinegar
1 and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 tab. mustard seed
2 tab. celery seed
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

      Rinse cukes and other veggies and stuff in jars, pour over hot brine. Cap and water bath 30 to 40 minutes. 
We normally double this.

His great Uncle Emery Smith born 1883 had a smoked cured meat recipe that starts with calling for 1,000 pounds of pork or beef.

Cured meat, Great uncle Emery Smith born 1883, Muskingum OH, Uncle to Beatrice W Smith Six
1000 lbs meat (usually pork) he says
1 lb saltpeter (alum)
1 lb pepper
4 lbs brown sugar
10 quarts salt (4cups to a quart)
Mix salt, pepper and sugar together. Dissolve saltpeter in 1 qt of warm water, mix with salt and sugar & etc. and rub into the meat thoroughly. Smoke in smoke house.

 I include these 2 in our small cook book

I include these 2 in our small cook book. If anyone is interested in looking at it. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring huh lol

Well I guess it is raining instead of snowing but they say it may change over to snow today or any day this week yet.
34 degrees this morning was better then last week of 24 early in the morning.

Hope week 5 of the food storage list and information was some help.

I am hoping I get my lap top back tonight so many things on there that are not on this desk top.

I got a call just before 7am from the VA in North Carolina trying to get a hold of our daughter Coral in Arizona. She had been waiting for information from them for 4 plus months.

We got the south side gutter on the back of the lean-to on the barn with the down spout. We still have to get the 2 down spouts on the west side. But Dave did get all the seams sealed up.
My neck and shoulders are still bothering me form holding gutter up but at least it already had a fascia board up from when we built the lean to area.

We then went on to dig the area out on the west side of the garage to level off the land. It looks like we will have to put some drain tile in to keep it from becoming a pool.
Everything is up hill from where the house sits in its little valley.
With the main part of the dirt out while it was soft enough to use the tractor made it real nice.
He will level it off as the weather gets nicer.
Will be nice to have another place to park things with the cover he will put up. Like the tractor in the winter. Instead of always having to take the snow off of it first.

Kaylee made a bee line for the dirt pile as soon as they got home form town.

Calf and mama out and about.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter.

May the Lord Bless and keep you.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's snowing

Here it is April 21 and it is snowing on us again lol.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Week 5 food list & barn

On Monday afternoon Dave worked through his lunch and came home early and we went up and worked on getting the fascia boards and sectional gutter on the west side of the barn.

It snowed on us, cold winds blew then the sun came out and melted the snow on the barn roof. It melted and ran down our coat sleeves and on us as we put up the boards and the gutter. 
It continued to snow now and then and the sun to come out and repeat. 
Just as we were finished what he wanted to get done for the evening the wind changed to the north and a snow storm came in that covered the ground quickly. Temperatures dropped from around 32 to high 20's. 
I stood in the barn out of the wind when I wasn't up on a ladder.
We have 98% of that side done.

Here it is with ice hanging off the roof.
We still need to seal the seams and put the down spouts on.

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Five

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

8 cans of salmon or mackerel or a combination of the 2
3 large containers or boxes of instant potatoes
8 cans canned fruits
8 cans green beans
1 container powdered egg or box of egg substitute

Heath food stores and even some grocery stores carry egg substitute.

 Salmon Patties

1 can of salmon or mackerel
take out bones if you wish
1 small onion minced or 1 tsp. onion powder
1 egg
½ c. flour or use 3/4 c. mashed potatoes, sometimes I used crushed crackers
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together, make into patties, fry in oil or whatever until golden brown and turn, do the same on the next side.

I ordered some oxygen absorbers from Honeyville Grains, they had the best price I could find.
From Honeyville's blog:

Why use an Oxygen Absorber?
Honeyville's Oxygen Absorbers will extend the shelf life of your food and will help keep it fresh and prevent discoloration and insect damage (who wants to open up their food and see bugs crawling around....NOT ME!!!!!....use Oxygen Absorbers!!)

How many oxygen absorbers do I use?
With 100cc oxygen absorbers you use about 2 per gallon when storing Grains, Flours, or Rice. You use about 4 per gallon when storing Pasta and Beans. Why you ask? Well, grains, flours, and rice are more dense so there is less oxygen to absorb and get rid of, while pasta and beans are less dense which means more oxygen to absorb.

What does 100cc mean? 300cc? 500cc?
CC is a unit of measurement that is equivalent to milliliters. For example 1cc=1ml. and 1000cc or 1000ml=1 liter. So one 100cc oxygen absorber will absorb 100 cubic centimeters of oxygen. Remember that air is about 20% oxygen and 80% nitrogen. The oxygen absorbers remove the oxygen only. 300cc and 500cc are bigger and stronger oxygen packets. You would just use less packets when packing your food.

They only come in packs of 100 or 200, I don't need that many?
Keep the packets sealed in its original packaging until you are ready to use them. Get your food in the containers you want, then right before you are ready to seal the container, throw the correct amount of oxygen absorbers on top of the food and seal your container. The oxygen packets start to work right away. The remaining packets you can store in an airtight GLASS mason jar or an airtight PETE container. You can even fill your container with rice to reduce the amount of oxygen that is in the container. You will want to use the oxygen packets within 6 months.

Food Storage

"Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

"We encourage members world-wide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

—The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, Feb. 2007
Little Kaylee fell asleep while she was eating.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rain Rain

A very rainy weekend, so outside building projects were out.
Dave said kind of hard to put down spouts on the barn with rain coming down off the roof lol. Like I said just 2 sides where the worst problems are.

He does want to get post holes dug before the ground hardens up though so that is something good about damp ground.
Way to wet to rototill the garden area.

I should get my lap top back tonight hope hope, it had a problem and Dave took it in to some one we know who works on them. I am on Dave's very old computer.

Trying to figure out if I am up to making cheese today, we will see.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Week 4 of list and recipe

        We had a really nice day yesterday temps ended up in the low 40's in the afternoon before dropping again.  I hung a bleach load early in the morning, nice to not have to use the dryer.
Today it is raining again but it isn't snow even though they say there is a chance for it.

Our oldest son in Virginia called back yesterday it was really nice to talk to him. (MY oldest baby will be 42 this year, so hard to believe.) He is already calling himself an old man. I said no way.

Dave has meetings tonight after work so he won't be hone until 9:30 to 10.00                  
                  New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Four

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

List as follows:
Large container pepper
2 bottles 57 sauce
2 bottles celery salt or celery seed
8 large cans tomatoes
8 cans vegetable soup or other or mixture, or do home canned
25 to 50 pounds of oatmeal, this can be used whole in baking breads, substitute for bread in meat loaf, ground for oat flour and of course cereal, cookies, desserts etc.


Swiss steak

1-quart tomatoes (4c.)
2 tablespoons 57 sauce
1 tsp. celery salt
½ onion chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds steak i.e. elk, venison or beef, Optional: pound with meat tenderizer if you think you have a old or tough piece of meat to tenderize. Cut in reasonable sizes.
Combine all and simmer 2 to 3 hours, sometimes I pour a can of vegetable soup (or homemade) in with this also to cook.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Project time

Friday was shopping day and going over to do lists. These are all do it yourself projects of course.

We spent hours in home depot going over what we needed for certain projects this summer and fall and are in bad need to have before next winter hits. We purchased some of it.

I am trying to think of them, Dave said there are 7 of them. 

1. Jack up the barn where it has a problem and fix it, roof is also bowed and some rafters need replaced, this will be major.

2. Addition: summer kitchen/ tractor lean-to on east side of garage tied into the garage roof. Also major but not like the barn roof.

3. Re-shingle the garage and over on to the addition.

4. Raised strawberry bed 12 foot square, an easy one. Wired (called hardware cloth) bottoms to keep out voles for both number 4 and 5.

5. Raised herb bed, 3ft by 20 ft, another easy one.

6. Concrete in the corner posts on the fence lines that are having problems.

7. Gutters on 2 sides of the barn (south and west sides) to keep water from pouring into the barn when the snow melts off the roof or it rains cats and dogs, another not so hard as long as no complications crop up. And we know how that goes.

8. I thought of something that wasn't on the list, take down the 8x10 shed whose roof caved in this winter. Very old shed. We have had it 21 years and it was given to us second hand. 
I just hated to see it finally go. We have had to keep a tarp on it for the last 6 years so everything inside wouldn't get soaked.
At least nothing has to be purchased for this project.

He is also talking about maybe painting the barn again this summer so that would be 9.
We will keep our eye out for paint sales.
Last time we painted it we found 2- 5gallon paint containers in barn red for $15.00 each, we grabbed those real quick. Need to find that kind of deal again but maybe in white as he decided he doesn't really care for the shade of red it is, lol.

It is hard to tell but this is a raised barn and water can flow right under it, but the middle is for the animals to bed down and becomes a mud hole. Plus the ground is higher on the right side of the barn here which is west side of the barn.

It was snowing this morning but we shouldn't get much, supposed to turn to rain later.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

51 week list and recipes

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Three

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

Read any good books lately?

 Week three food list
1. 30 - 50 pounds of flour, whole wheat or white your choice (50 pound bag for larger families wanting to get ahead with a bit more.)
2. 25-pound bag of sugar (cost is still under $12.00 these days depending on where you go) this is supposed to go up in price this year again, stores about forever.
3. 2 to 3 pound sealed bag of instant yeast. (After this is opened it can be kept in a refrigerator or cool place.)
4. Large box baking soda. (I open ours and store in glass or plastic jars to keep moisture out with date.)

5. Large container baking powder.

 Fried Squaw Bread
3 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 and ½ tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon oil
1 and ½ cup water

Use a skillet or deep fryer. Mix these ingredients and stir well. Then drop by large tablespoons full into hot oil or shortening, cook them for 3 or 4 minutes or until golden brown turning as necessary. Drain on paper towel or old cloth you normally wash and use for this sort of thing. Then roll in sugar or eat with honey.

Diet Or Water Bread

1 tablespoon yeast
¼ cup warm water
Mix these 2 ingredients let rest a couple of minutes, and then add
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups warm water
6 to 6 and ½ cups flour

Mix and then knead, let rise. Punch down, put in a greased pan, let rise. Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees.

 Irish Brown Bread
Makes 2 loaves
7 –8 cups whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon honey

4 cups scalded milk (cooled to lukewarm)
Dough will be sticky, but if way to sticky add more flour. Using floured hands mix dough. When smooth but still damp it is ready for shaping. Divide dough into two loaves, rounded. Place on a greased and floured baking sheet. With a sharp knife dipped in flour cut a deep cross in the top of each loaf. Dust each loaf with flour and blow off excess. Bake 40 to 45 minutes at 425 degrees.

Many other breads, rolls, muffins, biscuits and things like pancakes and etc. can now be made.

Woke up to snow again, it wasn't at midnight yet. I know I got up to travel to the bathroom and looked out the window to see the chicken coop wide open with the light on, gadsssssssssss.
To top it off the gate to the chicken yard was hooked open. 
Dh had let the chickens run around in the yard and filled their waterers and we got so busy with grand daughter and sending things to daughter in AZ for a college class, (she needed all kinds of family info for psychology class). Family traits, blood types, health problems pictures I felt like I had homework lol. So we forgot to close them up.
I get dressed and am about to go out the bedroom door and dh wakes up to ask what I am doing lol.
We left the coop open dear and we don't need a chicken massacre.
I was surprised an unenterprising owl hadn't already flown in there.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Chocolare Mayo Cake Oh Boy

I made a chocolate mayonnaise cake over the weekend, well I used Miracle whip type salad dressing but it still turned out great. No extra eggs, milk or butter used in this.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Oven 350 deg.
1 cup mayo or miracle whip
couple dashes of salt or 1/4 teaspoon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix well and add
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
1 cup water
Greased 13x9 cake pan
Pour batter into pan bake for 30 minutes or till done but 30 min. is normally all it takes. use whatever frosting you like with chocolate cake.

We worked in snow flurries and low 30's on Saturday, but the main part of the barn is clean, the stall shoveled out he had a big pile of manure in from in front of the door and 3/4's of the creek bed racked out and Dave wonders why his shoulder was hurting that night.
It has snowed the last 2 nights but is melting off with some spitting snow in the air.

We are supposed to have snow/rain all week with a cold front coming, but when things finally dry out we will start to work on the garden.

The side of a garage in Union Town on the way to Spokane.

Fields yet to be planted.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Our doings and Week 2 of 51 week food storage

 I don't know if I will continue this as I have only had 1 person who said it was interesting even lol.
I am including family recipes as you see. Most of them are over a century old and more and some newer ones.
Oh and it is 51 weeks because then that gives you week 52 to see what holes you need to fill yet. I am not putting everything people need in this so you will have to figure out  what you use the most besides toiletries, medicines, baby items etc etc.

New 51-Week Storage Ideas Week Two

This is for two people so buy according to your family’s size.

Chicken: 2 cans whole if possible
Olive oil: (or other vegetable oil you prefer): ½ gallon
Crushed pineapple: 6 cans
Tang: (or other orange juice substitute) 1 container
Cinnamon: pepper, garlic powder 1 container each
Flour: 20 pounds


Mexican Orange Chicken
Oven 350 degrees
 3 to 3 ½ pounds: cut up if it is a whole chicken
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
½-1 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup orange juice or substitute
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 can crushed pineapple (not drained)
Mix the salt and pepper with the flour. Coat the chicken with flour mixture. Cook chicken over a medium heat until browned on all sides (about 20 minutes). Place the chicken in a 13x9 baking dish or cake pan. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Spoon the juice over the chicken once in a while. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

Dave is off to Spokane today and Kaylee to day care for the first time this week.
No more news from cousin in Japan, last he said was his 20 something daughter is now home and everything seems alright for now.
No more news on Sandy, just waiting for the infection to clear up.
Dave's spots on his head looks a whole let better this week :).

We have started to separate the cow and calf at night now so we can milk in the mornings and get more milk, I have to do that by myself tonight. Hope it goes okay.

The snow is gone except for the highest drifts and under the trees. Makes us think of the garden and Dave thought today  whoops need to get the rototiller in to see why it won't start.