Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Recipe: Cornbread

It's September and that means the weather is starting to cool down, well at least in most of the country, Arizona seems to have a delay until about mid-November. But with cooler weather that means yummy fall flavored soups that we can make. And you know what goes well with those yummy soups? CORNBREAD! mmm . . . I love a hot cornbread muffin straight out of the oven with melted butter and honey drizzled all over it!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Recipe: Skillet Enchiladas

So the other night I wanted a quick and easy Mexican dish for dinner. Looking in my pantry and fridge I had all the ingredients to make Chilekiles, aka Skillet Enchiladas. So I will share with you this super easy dish. Seriously it takes like 15 mins!

First this is what you will need.

only 3 ingredients!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Meal Planning and Prep

Some of you have been asking me about my meal planning and prep secrets. To be real honest I really don't have any. But I will share with you what I have been doing.

First you want to find meals that are simple and have similar ingredients, this cut down on how much you'll be spending. Write them down, I usually plan meals for 4 days each week and leave one day for leftovers.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Halloween/ Fall Round-ups

I know school just started, but as I'm walking through the stores, Halloween is now jumping out at me! Say What!!? Pretty soon the temps will drop and it will be cooler. Yea for cooler weather! I'm melting out here in AZ and can't wait for the lower temps.

I thought that I would do a little round up of ideas to get your juices flowing for Halloween and Fall.

Here are just a few:

Specimen Jar
Fall Table Scape {Dandelion House}
Spooky Wreath {Just a Girl Blog}
Front Porch display {Midwest Living}

Halloween Candle Mason Jars {Jedi Craft Girl}

To find more ideas you can follow my Halloween/Fall Pinterest board.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Be Prepared - August: Veggies

Hey friends! Wow, I can't believe how fast this summer went and school is back in session! We are also halfway through August! WHAT?!

Well, I wanted to touch base with you all and see how you're doing on your Food Storage/ Emergency Preparedness so far.

January - Milk, Cheese and Eggs
February - Grains
March - Fats and Oils
April - Garden Seeds
May - Water
June - Sugar in all its forms ex: jams and honey
July - fruit

Cash Stash: $160 up to date

You can print out each month HERE.

This month we are to be collecting veggies. One of my favorite things about prepping my food storage is canning! I don't do it often but when I do I really enjoy it. My MIL has taught me a lot. I actually just taught a good friend how to can. She came over and we canned fresh jalapenos from the garden. We had an awesome stash when we were done! Not too mention they are SUPER TASTY and HOT HOT HOT!!

If you don't know how to can it's very simple. You will need a water bath pot and accessories.

You can get one through Amazon or from Emergency Essentials.

Mason jars you can get just about anywhere, from small jelly jars to the quart size mason jars you see all over Pinterest. haha!

Pictured above I used pint and 1/2 pint jars to can the jalapenos.

If you don't want to can that fine too, you can collect canned items from the grocery store. Be sure to be on the look out for good deals on canned items. I know my local grocery store will have a Mega sale on canned goods and that is when you would want to stock up.

Remember collect what your family will eat and not just because "it's on sale". Think about what your family eats on a daily bases and go from there. Be creative.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Be Prepared: June - Sugar

This month we will be collecting sugar in all it's forms; from white granulated sugar to jams and honey. Sugar is most definitely a staple to have in your food storage. You need it for baking, preserving and flavor.

You're probably asking: How much sugar should I have in food storage for my family? Well I have an answer for you. I found a calculator to help me figure out how much I need for my family of 5. It has you enter the number of family members ages 7+ and ages 0-6. This is what I got.

Or course you would need to adjust this as your family grows. You should always be updating the amount of food you have stored for your family to make sure you have enough.

How to store white granulated sugar

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Be Prepared: May - Water

I know that I'm late in getting this posted but life has been a bit crazy. This month's good storage item is water. Recently I've read in the news that California is going through a major drought and the water is almost dried up in the state. YIKES!! I can't believe it, one of Earth's most renewable resources is being depleted in California. Now more than ever is the time to store water. I live in Arizona, but still the thought of not having enough water to help sustain my family and our home kind of scares me now. I started storing water a few years ago but haven't been very consistent. I have a few gallons stored in the bottom of my pantry, but it's not enough to sustain my family for a year.

There are so many different ways to store water or even collect it. I want to share with you some ideas to help you get started.

If you live in a state, or region where the average rainfall is more than 2 inches a year, a rain barrel is going to be a good option for you. There are several different sizes to fit your needs. The good thing about having a rain barrel is you can use it to help water your garden, which you should've started last month, or whenever your prime planting season is for your area.

Another option is to refill milk jugs or large juice jugs. My preference is clear, so that I can see what is inside. I label it with a date, and I store it in my pantry. You should always store your smaller water bottles and containers in a cool dark place to avoid evaporation.

You can also order small water pouches for your 72 hour kits. Or get canned water. Did you know you can can water wig a hot water bath process, like you do fruits and veggies? Yep, pretty cool, huh!?

You also want to make sure you have water purification items just in case you get caught with unclean water. You want to be able to clean it enough to drink it so that you don't get sick.

May preparedness file

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