Friday, January 9, 2015

Homemade Baby Food - Take 2

I'm at it again. I'm making baby food for little miss Zoey. I found that when I made it for miss Summer it saved us a lot of money, than had I bought pre-made baby food. I was able to make big batches for less.

For example: 1 small bag of frozen green beans with a container of fresh kale made 2 and half ice cube trays for about $3. Each ice cube is about 1 serving. So if you figure that, for about 36 servings it comes out to about $0.09 a serving. Say What?!!? So compared to a jar baby food that is about $0.99 each. That's CHEAP!!

There are benefits to making your own baby food. You know exactly what is going in it. It is also very easy. The other day I had my steamer and 2 pots on the stove. On the stove I had the greens cooking. In one pot I had green beans and kale, and in the other I had peas, spinach and kale. I like to mix the leafy greens with a more solid green. Then in the steamer I had sweet potatoes (yams) cooking.

After each batch was done cooking I used my soup puree mixer and using water from the pots blended up the food. Then poured them into the ice trays and put them in the freezer. I like to let them set up for about a day, then transfer them to ziploc freezer quart sized bags labeled with what's in them and dated.

I fed Zoey her first bowl of solids with oatmeal and she loved it!

To prepare to feed the baby, you can put 1 to 2 cubes in a microwave safe bowl, heat for 40 seconds. The good thing about homemade food, I'm not afraid to taste to make sure it isn't too hot to give to the baby. The store bought stuff tastes kind of icky, bleh!

As miss Zoey gets bigger, I can't wait to use the reusable pouches that I bought!

The possibilities are endless for making your own baby food. The only drawback is that you have to keep it refrigerated or frozen until time of use, if not it will spoil.

Good luck! I will post some ideas of combos that I have made in the past and new ones that I have come up with in my printables section.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Be Prepared - January: Milk, Eggs and Cheese

I wanted to do something a little different this year with the monthly food storage/ emergency kit items for the month. I will break it down better into smaller categories so that you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to get the things. I will give you tips and where to find them for a good deal.

So with that being said, this month’s focus for food storage is milk, eggs and cheese. Along with a few other items, which I will share later in the month.

I thought that I would share how to use these products so that when an emergency strikes you aren’t scrambling (haha get it scrambling since I’m talking about eggs), on how to use them.

I will first start off with eggs. Did you know that you could get freeze dried and powdered eggs? I didn’t, that tells you how far food storage food items have come in the last several years. You can get just about anything now. Ok back to the eggs, using powdered eggs is pretty easy from the research I’ve done, or you can also use the directions on the can. I just bought my first couple of cans from Emergency Essentials, and can’t wait to try them. I found a simple recipe at Cooking with my Food Storage. She has a lot of helpful hints. In this recipe she is also using dry milk. You can also purchase freeze dried cans of eggs with sausage.

Emergency Essentials

Now onto milk, this is a staple for any emergency food storage, you can use it to bake with and drink. I’ve always been scared of dried milk, maybe b/c I had a bad experience with it. I had a friend in high school whose mom always made them dried milk b/c it was cheaper than having to buy milk almost every day. They were milk lovers. In my January Be Prepared file I have included ways in how to use milk and how to store it. Also the difference between instant and non-instant. I believe that most places sell the instant as it is easier to prepare.

To make a gallon of milk:
3 ¾ qts water
5 2/3 cup instant dry milk
Mix well and chill. You can also add ½ tsp of sugar with a 1 tsp of vanilla for some added flavor.

Cheese is fairly new to the scene, and will last up to 30 years. It’s not a powder but freeze dried shredded cheese. It comes in a variety of flavors: cheddar and mozzarella for example. You can add them to any dish that calls for cheese. Although you can also buy blocks of cheese, shred it and freeze it; the freeze dried is a good alternative if/ or when the electricity goes out, you have a back-up!

I believe that having a good variety of foods in your food storage other than the basic beans, rice and wheat will save you from getting bored of your food when a disaster does strike.

*please note that there are affiliate links in this post.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Easy Pot of Beans

I totally meant to get this out a few days ago. Better late than never, right? 

I love making homemade beans and so does my family. This year for Thanksgiving on my side of the family we didn't do the traditional turkey and all the fixings. You see you when you get a family of Mexicans together you're gonna eat mexican food. Mmm so I was so happily volunteered by my SIL to make the beans. 

This is how I make a pot of beans. First off I use my crockpot. 

I used my small crockpot because I can put it on the low setting without a timer. I filled the pot with a 2 lb bag of pinto beans. Then I seasoned with garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and chicken bouillon. (Sorry no actual measurements, do it to taste) Then filled to the top with water. I let them soak for a couple of hours. Then just before I went to bed I turned on the crockpot to low and let them cook all night long.

I woke up to the smell of beans in the morning. Mmmm I checked on them, stirred them and added some more water and let them finish cooking for another couple of hours. So by 7 am they were completely cooked and tasty if I do say so myself. I let them cool just before we had to leave. 

My family totally scarfed them down. I hardly had any left to bring home.

Happy cooking.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Be Prepared - November

How did you all do last month in collecting fuel items? I did surprising well. I scored big at my local dollar store!
I found all of this at the dollar store!

I know November’s preparedness list is little late in getting out.
This month’s Food Storage items are Beans and Lentils.
Beans become a big staple in most food storages, because they are cheap. There are 2 ways to store beans, either dry canning or pressure canning them. I’ve personally done the pressure canning way with my MIL. We did okay for our first time but now we know what not to do the next time. More water less beans!! haha
You can buy the beans already canned for you either dry or wet. Emergency Essentials has the beans and legumes on sale this month. I know a lot of people like to buy the big 5 gallon bucket of beans, just remember when you open it you need to use it or you might be able to re-can them.
I’m not a very big fan of lentils, maybe because I had really bad experience as a kid with them, Bleh! But you might like lentils.
Here is a recipe using your food storage veggies and lentils to make a Greek Lentil Soup
Have fun collecting all sorts of beans! I will try to get a few of my favorite bean recipes up this month to share.
Here is the full November file to print out.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

doTERRA - Using Oils at Home (Flu Bomb)

So with cold and flu season approaching I wanted to share my experience in using oils to kill the cold/flu bug before it got going.

On Friday morning I woke up with a little bit of a sore throat. I was thinking no way am I going to get sick, so after my morning shower I immediately rubbed some oils on my feet.

I started to feel a little bit better as the day went on.

On Saturday I still felt a little bit under the weather so I decided that I should probably take the oils in a capsule form.

I took 4 capsules throughout the day on Saturday and by Sunday was feeling fantastic!


Roller Bottle

  • 5 mL roller bottle (can be found at
  • 18 drops Lemon
  • 14 drops OnGuard
  • 14 drops Melaleuca
  • 10 drops Oregano
  • fractionated coconut oil
  • veggie capsules
  • 5 drops OnGuard
  • 5 drops Melaleuca
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Oregano

To purchase any of these items please visit my website HERE.

#doterra #essentialoils #livewelllivesmart

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Friday, October 17, 2014

doTERRA - Using Oils at Home (Serenity and Cardamom)

First off I just want to say that I LOVE oils!! They have done so much for me and my family since we started using them. My husband was skeptical at first and but now he will ask me what I have that can him with whatever it is that he needs help with. In fact that’s what I wanted to share in this post.

Last night both of the girls were fussy and to wired up, especially my 2 year old. Holy Moly that girl is a ball of energy! She definitely gives us a run for our money, but we love her. Okay, so to calm them down I rubbed the Serenity blend on the bottom of Miss Summer’s feet, she’s my 2 year old, and then rubbed some on the baby. Miss S calmed down and went to bed not too whiny. The baby needed a little bit more to calm her down b/c she was a bit gassy so I also rubbed the new oil Cardamom on her belly. Within a few mins she was sound asleep!!

Moving on to hubby, he was a little anxious b/c he was prepping for job interview and asked if there was something in my oil arsenal that would help him calm down. Why yes there is husband! I grabbed the Serenity and my fractionated coconut oil and proceeded to rub it onto his shoulders and neck. I massaged it in and he was commenting on how good it smelled and felt. Then he asked me to rub his temples and he started to relax. Score for mom last night!!

Here are the oils I used.
Cardamom is not only good for the digestive system but for the respiratory as well. It also smells so good! When I’ve rubbed it on the baby I just love holding her just to smell it! haha

Now this has a wonderful smell! It has sandalwood in it which gives it its awesome sweet smell! This can be used topically and aromatically in a diffuser.

For more info and to purchase these awesome oils you can go to my website by clicking HERE.

#essentialoils #doterra #livewelllivesmart

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