Friday, February 27, 2015

Week 8 Food Storage Challenge

50 pounds wheat or flour / garden seeds

50 pounds of wheat or flour, If you store wheat be sure to have a grinder. Would really be bad to have to do it the really old fashion way with a rock lol.

Garden seeds, now is the tame to start getting seeds to plant, when you order or buy get a few extra you can keep them in storage. Keep in  a cool place, or in the freezer. Try to get some non hybrid then you can have seeds from now on, just be sure to save some each year.

Add some more to your water.

Put a little more in your money stash.

Have you be able to come up with some alternative heat sources? If you are in a smaller space you might try the tea candle and clay pot heater. I haven’t tried one yet so don’t know how well they work ,but some people are saying they work pretty good. You can find the instructions on the Internet.

How is that cooking from scratch? Remember the more you cook from scratch the more money you will be able to save.

And always remember anytime you find a good sale on something you use try to buy as much extra as you can. This way you are not paying full price for the things you need.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

300 a Month, Menu, Weeks goals

We got everyone new coats for Christmas. This is what we put on the back of them and put their names on the front. I think they turned out pretty good. What do you think? (That is our brand in the middle.)
 A little lot late getting this out.We actually got some snow this weekend. It has been in the upper 50's for what seems like forever. Defiantly not January February weather. It started snowing as we were leaving the Fireman's awards and banquet Saturday night and didn't stop until Monday late afternoon we got 18 inches in that time. (I know for you back east this is nothing lol) it was a wet heavy snow which we need way bad. Well being so wet and heavy it took down a few power lines. The power went off about 5:30 Monday morning and didn't come back on until that afternoon. I was pretty good with everything. I did notice a lot of people talking on F.B. about having no coffee since the power was out, I just took a pot  of water and added some coffee grounds and boiled then strained it so we had coffee( I do have a coffee pot for the stove but didn't want to go to the shed to get it in all the snow) I did realize I need to stock up on more batteries, I had enough but not very many extra so I have added that to my need to get list.  
I did good again this week and didn't go to town so I spent nothing. Amazing how much money I can save if I don't go to town.
So I am still at 60.27 for the month with 239.79 left for the month and 3414.64 left for the year.

This weeks menu,

Scrambled eggs & toast
yogurt and fruit
Cream of Wheat

Chicken Noodle
French Toast
Beef Noodles
Tuna Sandwiches

Will have what ever kind of fruit I have and crackers with the soup.
For Andy's lunch he will have leftovers from the night before.

Beef Tips
Stuffed Peppers
Mexican Steak
Cheese Burger Pie
Cheddar Chicken Beef Pasta
Ranch Bean Casserole

Will have a veggie of some sort and bread with each meal.
Saturday or Sunday we will have leftovers.

Well I got a couple of things done this week that were not on my to do list from last week. We are getting a pig in a few weeks so I needed to make room in the freezer. I have several things I need to take out and can, so last week I canned all the raspberry's. Still have a few things left to do.
I also got some kombucha, apple cider vinegar, and red wine vinegar started. I singed up for an herbal class. (more on that later)  As far as the things on my list. Didn't get any potatoes done. I sorted out some things for Joleens book . I didn't get any sewing done but I did get the sewing machine and the stuff out and ready if that counts. We can hope this week is a little more productive.

The goals for this week.
Once again work on potato's have got to get these done don't know why it is taking so long to get these done, it's like I have a mental block about doing them lol.  
Continue working on Joleens book. Get graduation announcements ordered . Start planning the graduation party.
Start working on Taxes we have been putting this off. Since we lost all the info on the other computer we don't have a copy of last year taxes, so this year is gong to be a pain to figure every thing out.  
Have a great week and what are your goals for the week?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Medicinal uses for Mormon tea

Mormon tea is a shrub that grows in the south western desert of the United States as well as Mexico. Some of the other names are Brigham tea, Squaw tea, Popotillo, and Joint Fir. There is always a lot by the old Indians ruins.

Mormon tea can be used for colds. Flu, headaches, lung problems, water retention, rheumatism.
It can be used safely for urinary tract problems as a diuretic and a a urinary tract astringent and a moderate anti-inflammatory.
As a externally dressing for wounds.
Mormon tea is on of the best tea sources for calcium if using for calcium make it fresh each time. It is helpful alone or with other plants for a women at risk for osteoporosis and in early menopause.
If drank on a regular basis it can help alleviate seasonal allergies.
Mormon tea does not cure asthma but it can help with the symptoms related to asthma.
It can help stem diarrhea.
Dried and powdered stems can be used externally as a dressing on wounds and sores.
It was used by frontiersmen to cure venereal or sexually transmitted diseases.

To use Mormon tea you can use it fresh or dried to brew a tea and can be drank hot or cold.

I mix mine in my peppermint and spearmint tea and drink it cold I use about 1/3 cup of each and brew a strong tea then add to a gallon picture and fill with water I do add sweetener .

 In the winter I will brew a cup of Mormon tea to drink hot I can’t drink coffee anymore so it is nice to have something that I can replace it with, and since it grows wild here it is free.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Week 7 Food Storage Challenge

25 pound sugar / 10 pounds pasta

25 pounds of sugar, or you can get honey, a half gallon of honey. If it is possible you might think about getting bees, now is the time of year to get them. We got two hive last year, and just ordered another. I am hoping to not have to worry about having to much sugar on hand.

10 pounds of pasta, remember you can always make noodles so try to get pastas that are harder to make such as macaroni, and spaghetti.


Add some more to your water, you can never have to much water.

Put a little more in your money stash. Every little bit helps.
How is the cooking from scratch coming along ?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dehydrating and Rehydrating Cottage Cheese

I use cottage cheese a lot when cooking in, lasagna, baked spaghetti, raviolis and other things like that. It makes it nice to have some dried cottage cheese on hand for when I don't have fresh.
I try to buy a bunch when it is on sale. I like to make it, but not having my own milk supply it is cheaper to buy it when on sale. 

As you can see there is a lot of whey in it. The more whey you can get out the faster it will dehydrate.
I like to use a salad spinner, it gets it out fast.  You don't have to wait for it to drain like you do if you use a strainer or cheese cloth.

Just spin it real good for a few minutes. Till it is good and dry.

Spread on your dryer trays.
This is the whey I got out of all the cottage cheese. Save this and use in your cooking. I always make pancakes on the day I do cottage cheese, I use the whey in place of the oil and some of the milk. It is real good in biscuits also. If you can't use it right away you can put in the freezer.
Dry at 120 for about 10 to 12 hours ( this will depend on the size of your dehydrator and how much you have in it.)

It will turn a yellow color when dry ( the sour cream will do the same thing). It will dry down to about half of what it was.

To rehydrate. You will need to plan ahead because it does take a while to rehydrate. Start with the amount you want to rehydrate I have one cup here.
Put in a bowl and add double the amount of warm water. I have two cups of warm water for the one cup of dried cottage cheese.
It looks like a lot of water but it is OK.
This is after about 3 hours The curds are still pretty hard but as you can see it is soaking up the water.

This is about 7 hours latter looks good, it isn't as soft as fresh but good. I drain off most of the water at this point. You can eat it now.  I just add a little salt to make it taste better, if I am going to just eat it. It will taste a little different then fresh and won't be as soft but still good
I go ahead and use a hand blender ( you can put in the blender or food processer) to blend it so it is smoother since I am cooking with it.

I have thought about rehydrating it with milk but I don't like milk (don't judge even as a kid I didn't like it lol) so haven't done that . I know I like cottage cheese but not milk I am weird like that . But if you are just going to eat it, the milk might give it a better flavor. If anyone try's it with the milk let me know how it is.  
After dry I put in quart jars,, then put in the freezer. It would probably be ok on the shelf in an airtight container. I just like to keep it in the freezer  to make sure it stays ok.