Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Food storage Ideas and melting snow

It has been raining most of the night; temps were 34 degrees this morning. Lots of mud and slush out there I tell you. The lower elevations are flooding with this fast melting.

The wild turkeys have been going through the area like crazy. One flock has one Tom and another flock has two Toms. All very big boys.

I have seen plenty of white tail and mule deer but no elk as yet.

The robins are out hopping all over the yard even trying to get around in all that snow we had a few days ago. There are song birds chirping just as the dawn starts to hit. It seems so strange to hear that this time of year with snow out there.

Pictures down below.

Food Storage and etc.

I just wanted to keep my thoughts and yours on food storage and preparing for problems as we face the storms of life or weather type storms hit in ones life.

Remember each time you shop pick something extra up. Its like eating an elephant-a little at a time.

Plus what a great help it is to have ways to cook

Here are some ideas that FoxNews had.

How to stockpile food
Published March 26, 2012

Family Preparation: Fire prevention: Test smoke detectors once in awhile. Change batteries every six months. Date batteries- Smoke detectors should be on each floor and outside each floor if possible.

Now that is spring and the weather is changing remember to check your 72-96 hour kit also known as a B.O.B. bag (bug out bag)


Turkey Enchiladas

2 Tbsp. oil1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons garlic
1 ½ cups grated cheese
2 (15 oz) cans turkey or same in cooked turkey
4 cups water

Turkey chunks Salt to taste. Put tortillas in hot oil for a second or so to soften. Cool on paper towel. Separate turkey into shreds with fork, set aside. Put the 2 Tbsp. of oil in a hot frying pan and add flour to it; stir (do not let it burn). Add chili powder and water slowly until mixed (no lumps, please). If it is too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, add more flour for desired consistency. Dip the tortillas into sauce, and then add turkey and grated cheese into the end and roll up. Lay in baking dish until all are in the dish. Pour remaining sauce and cheese on top. Bake in microwave or oven until the cheese has melted.

One of the branches that came down. This one took out a secton of the garden fence.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First day of spring and coconut oil

I will continue to try and post information on food storage and differnt facts about things in the weeks to come.

Well it is snowing like gang busters out there, really good blizzard going on.  We are up to 8 inches or more of new snow at the moment. I just shoveled off the front deck.

I went out to tend the chickens and clear snow from the Sat. dish and took a tumble.  Of course the dog thought I was playing lol.  She is big help NOT. 10 minutes later and the dish is covered again.

I did notice Lizzie dog had made dog angels in the snow, she loves to roll in it and plow through the snow with her nose.
Here is some info on coconut oil.

Coconut oil


“Coconut Oil and Its’ Benefits” taught by Dr. Ross J Lloyd, Chiropractic Physician, Certified Applied Kinesiologist, Nutritionist. Coconut oil has an indefinite shelf lie, will not spoil or go rancid, needs no refrigeration, and is used for cooking and baking replacing cooking oil and shortening in food storage.

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

How is Lauric Acid Used by our body?

The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. The Coconut Research Center has compiled various references on scientific research done on coconut oil.

Composition of Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent of saturated fats (Don’t panic! First read to the last word. Your opinion may change), with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin Coconut Oil is no different from this. Let us have a bit detailed study of this.

• The Saturated Fatty Acids: Most of them are Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well. Lauric Acid is the chief contributor, with more than forty percent of the share, followed by Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic.

• The Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Linoleic Acid.

• The Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: Oleic Acid.

• The Poly-phenols: Gallic Acid, which is phenolic acid. These poly-phenols are supposed to be responsible for the fragrance and the taste of Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these poly-phenols.

• Certain derivatives of fatty acid like Betaines, Ethanolamide, Ethoxylates, Fatty Esters, Fatty Polysorbates, Monoglycerides and Polyol Esters.

• Fatty Chlorides, Fatty Alcohol Sulphate and Fatty Alcohol Ether Sulphate, all of which are derivatives of Fatty Alcohols.

• Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron.
 Let us now explore the benefits of coconut oil for hair:

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shiny complexion.

Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. Most of the people in these countries apply coconut oil on their hair daily after bath. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

To days pictures.

Also I have started a new story, the link is at the top right of this page.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

51st week already

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Fifty One
 This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.
Non-food list:
Good plastic containers with lids i.e., Tupperware, rubber maid etc. in many sizes
Wind up clock or battery operated
Food list:
Time for some instant things in case they are needed.  As in a quick meal if an emergency etc or you are ill. These are just suggestions as you will get what you like.
Instant Oatmeal and breakfast bars: 4 boxes or more as you like
Chile: 12 cans
Ravioli or spaghetti canned: 8 cans (or an instant canned food you like.)
Chicken noodle soups: 12 cans
Boxed meals: 8 to 12
Cake, brownie and or cookie boxed mix: 6 to 12 boxes
Any other canned or boxed food that you enjoy.  Some of these that can be taken out of the can and heated or eaten cold if you had to. Don't forget snacks.
Remember: if you open the lid to a canned item but not taken off all the way it can be somewhat closed and heated on or by a fire.
As this is the last week for this kind of list I would like you to go over your supplies and see what you are short of and need to beef up.
 Food storage:
Water storage & purifying
Cooking (Coleman stove, grill propane, rocket stove, solar or charcoal etc)
Cooking supplies and utensils
Aluminum foil: heavy and regular
First aid supplies
Medicines: prescriptions, cold and pain etc.
Baby supplies or child items
Sewing kit: including extra assorted materials, threads etc.
72 hour plus kit
Car kit
Kitchen supplies
Gardening Supplies: tools and seeds (no hybrid)
Winter kits and supplies
Reading books and how to books
Light (matches, candles, lanterns, oil or kerosene etc)
Camping supplies
Blankets and sleeping bags
Personal hygiene
Feminine  hygiene
Shoes and boots
Alternate Toilet and waste disposal
Misc. supplies as in nails, screws and etc for fixing things and hanging things on the walls
Tapes: duct and package etc.
Plastic rolls as for covering windows etc.
Buckets etc
Trash bags
Good sturdy clothing: outer and under
And anything else that you feel you will need.
Of all things it is raining here today so back to lots of mud with the now drifts down to around 18 inches. We had snow for days. So highs in the 40's today and days of rain/snow still in front of us.
Today is sewing and making more wood chip and wax fire starters.

Sorry i don't know whats wrong with this program but it just would NOT separate anything as I typed it in. So I figured this way would work.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Week 50 of list

Late I know.

Dave took off Tesday and we went up to Spokane to a wedding.

He surprised me and had taken off Wednesday and Thursday as well. Use some vacation days or lose them. He took the days to get a few things done around here.

So far we have the fire brick replaced in the wood stove, things in the garage straightened up, and the frost free faucet in the barn dug up and replaced. (Digging through rock.)
We used a gift card we got from son and daughter in law Khris and Amanda at Christmas to purchase it :).

We had errands to run in town and drooled over new recliners. Ours is looking pretty bad but will have to last some longer. Dave wants one that swivels also and that adds more to the purchase price plus to many other things more important then a new chair.

Today and Saturday the list includes cleaning and strawing the chicken coop, bringing more wood unto the porch, changing the oil in the truck, seeing if the chimney needs cleaning, paying the bills, running after Kaylee all day and I know there are a couple more things that have to be done and are on our list of needs to be done these next 2 days.
New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Fifty

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

Non-food list:

Small hand Garden tools: things like small hand trowel, hand held hoe and fork.
Canning jars: All sizes; even if you aren’t canning or dehydrating they work well for storing foods and herbs to keep out pests.
Bath Soaps: 8 to 12 bars

Food list:

Dried whole or split peas: 5 pounds at least, 25 to 50 pounds even better
Dried onions: 1 pound (If possible, get as much as these 2 as you can afford.)
Dried garlic: 1 pound; ditto above
TVP: 1 can of ham, bacon, beef, taco, chicken etc. as you can. (WalMart) carries them now also. They are okay we cook with them from time to time. Or order from or  shipping at Honeyville is always $4.49.


Swedish Pea Soup
1 pound dried peas
1 ham bone with meat or amount of ham you wish, or ham hock
3 quarts water
1 large onion diced or ¼ cup dried
1 medium carrot diced
2 teaspoons salt
Wash and drain peas and soak over night in cold water. If you have quick cooking peas omit soaking them. (Like split peas) Put all ingredients into a large pot, cover and simmer for 3 hours adding more water as needed. Meat can be taken out and cut into small pieces and returned to soup.

Old Danish Pound Cake (Sand Kage)
1 pound butter (2 cups)
1-pound sugar (2 cups)
1 pound flour (4 cups)
10 eggs, separated, whip the whites
1 lemon rind grated
Cream butter very well. Add sugar and flour and beat 15 minutes. Add egg yolks beat well. Add whipped egg whites and lemon rind. Bake in loaf pan in slow oven 325 degrees 1 to 1 1/4 hours. This will keep fresh a long time if wrapped in waxed paper.

Still saving money as you are able?