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How to make Taco Soup from Food Storage Staples
Take home points:
- Having Food Storage Staples actually is having convenience foods available to you.
- I believe this Hearty Taco Soup cost about $2.00 total to feed this crowd.
- The cost of the Pumpkin Soup and Chicken soup were nominal as well. Several folks went back twice for more soup...so it was welcome on a cold winter day.
- Efforts made in the summer and fall bear fruit during the winter.
- The peace-of-mind that comes from having food stuffs on hand is priceless.
- Food Storage Staples are not just for emergencies, it is for everyday living. In this case, it was for a holiday celebration.
- Gaining skill sets brings successes in many ways. It's not just about the food, it is the knowledge and preparation that makes this possible.
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
Combine these ingredients, cook and drain. Add the following to the pot:
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can red kidney beans
- 1 Large can diced, stewed tomatoes
- 1 can Ro-tell tomatoes (if you can't find these, look for tomatoes with diced chillies, or in a pinch a good hot salsa or picante sauce will do).
- 1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix (1 Tblsp)
- 1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (I have actually poured in an amount from a my dressing bottle before)
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour (or keep the water to a minimum and put it in the crock pot for all day)
Serve over tortilla chips or tamales. Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheeses, and or cubed avocado.
Making a Breakfast Casserole overnight in the Crockpot.
Try it! Happy New Year!
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Great Lessons from the "Woman taken in Adultery"
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
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Now, who were the Scribes and Pharisees?
"The Pharisees were the largest and most influential of the three sects of Judaism at the time of Christ. The Pharisaic movement in the Jewish state rose from the ranks of the lay lawyers of the Greek period to become the leading religious and political party. The main characteristics of the Pharisees were their legalism and their legalistic inflexibility. They were known for their strict accuracy in the interpretation of the law and their scrupulous adherence to living the law in every minute detail. This caused them to be known as the strictest of Jewish sects in observing their tradition. They shunned the non-Pharisee as being unclean, thereby keeping themselves separated from those they considered to be the common people."
- And in the workplace
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I would like to quote Elder Marvin J Ashton:
In the world today we are victims of many who use their tongues as sharp swords. The misuse of our tongues seems to add intrigue and destruction as the media and private persons indulge in this pastime. In the vernacular of the day, this destructive activity is called bashing. The dictionary reports that to bash is to strike with a heavy, crushing blow.
Such a popular behavior is indulged in by far too many who bash a neighbor, a family member, a public servant, a community, a country, a church. It is alarming also how often we find children bashing parents and parents bashing children.“For every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:14.)
We as members of the Church need to be reminded that the words “Nay, speak no ill” are more than a phrase in a musical context but a recommended way of life. (See Hymns, no. 233.) We need to be reminded more than ever before that “if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” (A of F 1:13.) If we follow that admonition, there is no time for the dastardly hobby of bashing instead of building.
"[The scribes and Pharisees] brought unto Him the woman taken in adultery. These enemies … tried to trick Him.....They were setting Him up in what appeared to be an impossible situation. Moses’s law says to stone her. “What sayest thou?” [John 8:5] they asked, tempting Him, trapping Him—putting Him in a no-win position.
“That which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men. …“Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given” (D&C 46:7–8).
Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet.
The Gifts of the Savior in the Parable...
6...This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
The woman taken in adultery answered the Lord’s question regarding her accusers by saying, “No man, Lord.” And then this powerful declaration came: “Go, and sin no more” [John 8:11]. The Master was teaching in that day and also teaching in this very hour. His great message: despise the sin, but love the sinner. I hope that can give us strength and confidence and a closer relationship to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus did not condone adultery. He gave the woman love instead of an authoritative lecture. She and the accusers needed a lesson in love. The situation called for mercy and compassion. How rewarding it is to know that Jesus believed that man is greater than all of his sins. Is it any wonder He was referred to as the “Good Shepherd”? He loved all of His sheep whether they were strays, hungry, helpless, cold, or lost.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.I cannot express how touching this lesson is to me personally. He loved her and cared about her eternal progression. He offered her....and the rest of us.....a pathway to return to our Heavenly Father again. He proffered forgiveness.
[He] seems to center around the virtues of love, compassion, forgiveness, and long-suffering—in other words, those qualities that enable us to deal with our fellowmen more compassionately. Let’s look specifically at the Savior’s message to the Twelve. They (and we) were admonished to “be reconciled to [our] brother” (Matt. 5:24), to “agree with [our] adversary quickly” (Matt. 5:25), to “love [our] enemies, [to] bless them that curse [us], [to] do good to them that hate [us], and [to] pray for them which despitefully use [us], and persecute [us].” (Matt. 5:44.) We are told, “Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matt. 5:39.)A set of pretty high standards to live up to.....but it is possible. This life is meant for us all to make choices. We have the opportunity to make choices everyday. We can make compassionate, loving, kind, and patient choices. We can choose to bless the lives of those we interact with on a daily basis. For those who partake of the sacred Sacrament, this offers a weekly basis to forgive, repent, and choose the better. If we seek the Holy Spirit, he can guide us through the process of forgiveness and repentance.
How do we take the Holy Spirit for our guide? We must repent of our sins each week and renew our covenants by partaking of the sacrament with clean hands and a pure heart, as we are commanded to do (see D&C 59:8–9, 12). Only in this way can we have the divine promise that we will “always have his Spirit to be with [us]” (D&C 20:77). That Spirit is the Holy Ghost, whose mission is to teach us, to lead us to truth, and to testify of the Father and the Son (see John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:13; 3 Ne. 11:32, 36).
Let us open our arms to each other, accept each other for who we are, assume everyone is doing the best he or she can, and look for ways to help leave quiet messages of love and encouragement instead of being destructive with bashing.
Merry Christmas to you all...
And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands (D&C 68:27).
Take Home Message:
- If you have an embroidery machine or access to one, this is a very simple project.
- I paid about $6.00/towel and I really feel that the thread cost is minimal. I did use stabilizer and topper, but these can be done with scraps from other projects.
- This can be personalized for each child....and make them feel special.
Black Bean Salsa Soup:
Black Bean Salsa Soup (SouthBeachDiet.com)
Take away points:
- Use beans from your storage....either ones you have canned or dry beans that can be cooked in either your pressure cooker or in a pan after soaking. It makes use of of your food storage staples.
- I keep a soup base on hand to use in place of chicken or beef broth. It is less expensive and takes up a fraction of the space in your pantry.
- Using your canned salsa is a great because you are able to benefit from your efforts at harvest time.
- I figure I made this meal for under $3.00.
I hope your day is also filled with a prayer of Thanksgiving. Prayer has always been a part of the Thanksgiving tradition even from the very beginning. Would you like a little proof? Here is a public notice given to the Plymouth Colony from 1636:
"In ye Meetinghouse, beginning some halfe an hour before nine & continued untill after twelve aclocke, ye day beeing very cold, beginning wt a short prayer, then a psalme sang, then more large in prayer, after that an other Psalme, & then the Word taught, after that prayer - & then a psalme…" and then was followed by dinner, "…the poorer sort beeing invited of the richer."
Why you might want to cook your Turkey early!
Pumpkin-shaped Rolls for Thanksgiving! So easy..
Preserving your 'Candy Bounty' from Halloween...
- It think it is important to have known comfort foods in your storage. Not only is it fun, but it really can be comforting in times of stress
- I do this when candies are on sale and save money.
- I have treats for when little ones come to visit.
- I hopefully can keep the little ones from raiding Grandpa's stash without permission....because this secret stash really is not so secret!
Trick-or-Treat Bags made with Machine Embroidery....Perfect for little Goblins this Halloween!
I really need to plan ahead a bit, don't I?
Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Jars....from Canning jars and Vinyl Cut-outs.
Take Home Message:
- I had all the materials to do this project. I had the Vinyl from another project. The cost for me today was just my time.
- The Canning Jars are from my storage...again I had these items on hand.
- I used flame-less candles for safety. I had used these candles in my Christmas decorating. They are perfect for this little project.
Simple, Easy, Cute, and Fun! Who can ask for anything more?
I have a number of sweet little Grandchildren....sprinkled all over the United States. Yes, I really mean all over. I kind of want to agree with my neighbor Vicki who says that "It should be against the law for Grandchildren to move far away from their Grandparents". If only it could be like that....
Our little Grandchildren love music in many forms. I love to hear their sweet voices when they talk and when they sing. Being a Speech-Language Pathologist, little voices are very intriguing to me.
Family Home Evening, spending time together as a Family.
Singing Songs and Hymns for Family Home Evening
Making Pumpkin Pancakes from Food Storage items:
Take home message:
- All the items were in my pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. I did not have to purchase anything special for this.
- Although I am not sure how I would calculate the cost of this meal, the most expensive ingredient would have been the pumpkin puree. Well, last year I canned a large pumpkin that cost me $2.00 and another that was free. I calculated that I canned an equivalent of the canned pumpkin (15 oz can) for $.28 versus the cost of a commercially priced can of over $3.00. You can save money by preserving your own foods as well as know what had been added to the food.
- This is a filling and warm breakfast on a cool fall morning.
- Time together with my family.....priceless!
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 large egg
3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (I used whole milk)
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1 to 2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
maple syrup for serving, or your favorite topping (try Vanilla Maple Syrup or Ginger Molasses Maple Syrup)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine the first 9 dry ingredients (through optional salt); set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk to combine all remaining wet ingredients (except maple syrup for serving).
Pour wet mixture over dry, and stir gently until just combined; don't overmix.
Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Using a 1/4-cup measure or large cookie scoop, scoop batter onto warm skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until small bubbles form on the surface and pancakes are set enough to flip. I cook covered for better results, but cook the way you normally cook your pancakes.
Carefully flip over and cook for about 2 to 3 more minutes, or until done and cooked through.
Add more cooking spray to wiped skillet before starting next batch.
Embroidering Hand Towels:
What is the cost break-down:
- A set of 4 towels with 2 washcloths from the "Ross" store was $6.00. A second pack of 4 towels and one washcloth was $4.00.
- The Thread I had, but the cost would have been minuscule
- Stabilizer I calculate cost about $.75
- Wonder-under ~$.50
- Cotton Fabric $6.50 for a yard (I used 3/4 of a yard for 6 towels)
- The look in the eyes of my Mother and Mother-in-law...Priceless!
So, I will be venturing out more and trying to make other projects using this new tool..... More to come!
The Benefits of setting up an Outdoor Kitchen...
Take Home Message:
- I was blessed enough to have a lovely gift from my neighbor who was stressing about what to do with all her apples. As she was just moving in, she didn't want to deal with them. She also didn't want any of the juice etc as she said she cannot think of bringing another thing into her new house. I have been there and done that. I can relate.
- I was able to can inside my house while I had apples processing in my 'outside kitchen'.
- Clean up was a breeze. I just used my garden hose and sprayed down all the surfaces. It took minutes!
- I was able to add golden apple juice and fruit leathers to our Pantry.
What to do with Old Bottled Fruit....
Take home message:
- What I like about this system is that you can take out one jar at a time and eat the leather.
- Or, you can take out a piece of different leathers from their respective jars and vacuum-seal them again.
- Also, you are using your old fruit in a new way. Around here, leather does not last too long.
- You can also embellish your fruit with seeds, flavor, and things like granola to make it more appealing.
- This leather was essentially free to me as I had everything already.
- Rethinking your bottle fruit and making it into something new is a frugal choice for your family.
- The Apple-Pie-Filling was very scrumptious. The added crunch of the seeds is a pleasant surprise as well.
- I can take pureed fruit and add Jello to it to add new flavor to the leather and increase the variety of the leathers I have.
72 hour kit:
Other items that you will need for Sanitation are a collapsable shovel to bury waste, toilet paper or baby wipes, bleach, Feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, and possibly paper towels.
- 1 7" x 8" size zip lock bag to place emergency items in
- 1 emergency (Mylar) blanket
- 1 emergency poncho (one size fits all and children's sizes also available at any stores with a camping section)
- 1 or more hand/body warmer (usually comes 2 per packet at any stores in the camping section)
- Trial size tooth paste and toot brush (great to use if you are checking them out of school and going to the dentist!)
- Trial size hand/body moisture lotions.
- 4 moist hand wipes/small package of baby wipes
- 4 sterile alcohol swabs to clean wounds or cuts
- variety size band aids
- 2 pocket size facial tissues
- Various sized safety pins (in case you pop a button or a broken zipper)
- 1 blow whistle with lanyard to hand on Backpack).
The time to prepare....is now! Good Luck!
Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape. Take one post each day, learn as much as you can about the topic and make it a part of your preparedness plan.
Day 1 - Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Welcome to 30 Days of Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 2 - The Family Meeting Place and Escape from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 3 - I'm Safe! How to Communicate with Family in an Emergency from PreparednessMama
Day 4 - Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan? from Home Ready Home
Day 5 - Preparedness For Pets from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 6 - The Escape Exercise from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 7 - It all Falls Apart Without Mental Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 8 - It's a Matter of Emergency Kits from A Matter of Preparedness
Day 9 - Nine Great Emergency Light Sources Other Than Flashlights from Food Storage & Survival
Day 10 - Cooking Without Power from Mama Kautz
Day 11 - The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry from Trayer Wilderness
Day 12 - The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack from Trayer Wilderness
Day 13 - Practice Living Without Electricity from Food Storage Made Easy
Day 14 - How We Choose The Right Gear - (including the MultiFlame Tool) from Trayer Wilderness
Day 15 - Water Storage & Purification from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 16 - Food and Water for a 72 Hour "Go Bag" from Homestead Dreamer
Day 17 - 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How from Melissa K Norris
Day 18 - Planning Your Pantry from The Organic Prepper
Day 19 - Stocking Up on Non-Food Items from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 20 - Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer
Day 21 - Pressure Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm
Day 22 - Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 23 - KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper
Day 24 - Mommy, I have to go Potty! from Mom With a Prep
Day 25 - Fire Starting 101: The Why and How of Lighting a Fire for Survival from Food Storage & Survival
Day 26 - How to Filter and Purify Water from Prepared Housewives
Day 27 - How To Make A Shelter from Trayer Wilderness
Day 28 - Put Your Preps to the Test with 24 Hours Unplugged from The Organic Prepper
Day 29 - What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire from Trayer Wilderness
Day 30 - How To Utilize Bushcraft Skills and Forage From The Wild from Trayer Wilderness
- The DVD's and Blue-Ray's come in protective cases. However, these cases take up a lot of valuable space.
- Placing the disks into sleeves also protects them and takes up a fraction of the space.
- You can easily see what you have rather than scavenging through shelf after shelf looking for the movie you wish to watch.
- When you go traveling, these sleeves will take very little space in your vehicle or bag.
- For me, this was all free because I already had the supplies already. However, if you wish to do this, I guesstimate that purchasing the supplies may be similar to the purchase price of your next movie!
I got a bit adventurous today. I actually (all by myself), made.....Ravioli!
- This device costs less than going out to dinner to a sit-down restaurant. It is called a Grandpa Dante's Ravioli Form. This one costs just under $15.00.
- I literally made this entire dish out of food storage (with the exception being the Mozzarella Cheese. However, I often have this type of cheese in my freezer, so it could have been totally made from food storage staples).
- I need to practice this again. I know I can get faster each time I do this.
- I can put in a variety of fillings. If you have meat left over from a meal, dice it into small pieces and combine it with cheese or sauce. That way, one meal help make a second meal.
- It gives my family a variety. I can make pasta noodles, but the Ravioli is a nice change.
- It costs very little to make this pasta.
Try it !
Start with 1 Cup of flour.
Add 1/2 Cup of Salt.
Add 2 Tablespoons of Oil and Cream of Tarter. Then add 1 Cup of Water.
Add a 3 ounce package of Jello. I decided to try Watermelon today....it smelled so good!
Heat over Medium Heat.
Until it begins to come together and pull away from the sides of the pan.
The instructions recommend you kneed the dough. I decided to put it into a bag and kneed it in this way. I didn't want a 'mess' on my counter.
Let it cool...then make fun things!
Jello Play Dough comes from this recipe.
What is the Take Home Message?
- Flour: $.72
- Salt: $.84
- Cream of Tarter: $1.44
- Vegetable Oil: $0.7
- Water: Free!
- Jello: $1.45
How much does it cost?
- 2 Cups Soy Sauce: $2.14
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar: $.99
- 1 Cup White Vinegar: $.14
- 2 Tablespoons of Ground Ginger: $.32
- 2 Tablespoons of bottled Lemon Juice: $.12
- 2 Tablespoons of Clear Jel: $.62
You can purchase these bags (individually, or an entire box) from your local LDS Home Storage Center (i.e. Cannery). You can also order a box from the LDS Distribution center. The box contains 250 bags, so you will have plenty on hand. There are also other distributors that you can find by doing an Internet search.
Begin by folding your bag in half and to make a crease. You can fold it again to make quarter-sized bags, or can fold again to make them 1/8th the size of the full-sized bag. We will discuss reasons why you might want to do this later in the post.
How do you seal them?
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Why Re-size bags?
There are many 'methods' of sealing a Mylar Bucket liner. You can find many videos on-line that show how to use a flat iron, a clothes iron, a Food Saver, and an Impulse Sealer. Here is one video, although a bit rough, that shows a good method and the way to check to see if the seal is holding before closing up the bucket. You can find that video here.
Please know that you will get a better seal with an Impulse Sealer instead of the Food Saver. Oxygen Absorbers will activate when they encounter air. Even with multiple sealing lines with the Food Saver in a small area, over time the seal did not hold as well and at times failed. Knowing this fact, you can still use Mylar to preserve your food stuffs at home. Primarily, you can still use this method with very, very dry foods such as mixes for short term storage. Pliable dehydrated fruits would not be a good option using the Food Saver only. Use the Impulse Sealer or make a very good seal (up to 1/2 inch) with one of the other methods mentioned to ensure the food is protected.
Beware, try methods of sealing with Mylar before counting on them.
Take Home Message...
- Mylar is an inexpensive method that can be used for Long and Short-term storage. There are many sources to purchase Mylar. It comes in different thicknesses, so be sure to get a good quality Mylar when you purchase it.
- To get a good seal, test you equipment before you seal a large amount of food stuffs. The best sealer is an Impulse sealer, all the other methods that you can find require practice.
- Using your Food Saver can help you re size bags for things like mixes. However, after putting in the Oxygen Absorbers and using double seals, not all of the seals were air tight. This is a concern for Long-Term storage. However, for Short-Term storage such as mixes or camping trips, this is a great option.
- Mylar liners are a great option for your buckets. I would recommend a seal of at least 1/2 Inch in width and then waiting to ensure your bag is sealed and the Oxygen Absorbers have worked well. Waiting 12-24 hours should allow you to observe to see if the seal is holding.
- Mylar keeps light out, which is necessary for food storage.
- Foods in Mylar bags need to be stored in a sturdy container (preferably metal or really thick plastic) to protect your food from vermin.
- Mylar is readily available to purchase.
- Mylar can be re-used if the food is not protein based. Cutting the sealed edge to have access to the food will make the bag smaller, but it can be re-used knowing that a smaller amount of food will be stored in this re-purposed bag.
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The Apartment Prepper - Easy Marinated Mushrooms
The Homesteading Hippy - How to Use Your Pressure Canner
Montana Homesteader - Making and Preserving Cherry Pit Syrup
Are We Crazy or What - How to Dehydrate Cherries
Your Thrive Life - How I Preserve Food: Meals in a Jar
Melissa K Norris - Re-Usable Canning Tattler Lids-Do They Really Work?
Real Food Living - Preserve and Store Grains wiith Dry Ice
Cooke's Frontier - Smoking
Homestead Dreamer - Water Bath Canning
Evergrowing Farm - How to Preserve Red Chile
Survival Sherpa - Modern Mountain Man MRE's
The Backyard Pioneer - Fermentation
Trayer Wilderness - How We Preserve Food
Living Life in Rural Iowa - Vegetable Soup
The Organic Prepper - How to Make Jam without using added Pectin Homesteading Mom - How I Preserve Broccoli and Goat Cheese Soup
A Matter of Preparedness - How I Preserve Using Mylar Bags
Now, you can do that can't you? It is easy enough to do isn't it?
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