Thursday, February 24, 2011


“The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” ~Calvin Trillin

If you feel the same way, you might enjoy the Leftover Chef site where you can input whatever strange ingredients are lurking in your refrigerator for recipe ideas.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Graham Crackers (they tastes like a mix between graham crackers and Teddy Grahams)

1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup plus 1 T. sugar (I use brown sugar)
3 T. honey, warmed
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup plus 2 T. water
I add in 1-2 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine shortening, sugar, honey and vanilla.
Blend until smooth. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and then
add dry mixture to the wet ingredients and blend well with electric mixer.

Slowly add water to the mixture while beating. You may have to mix by hand
until the mixture forms a large ball of dough.

Divide the dough in thirds and roll one third out on waxed paper till at
least 1/16″ thick. It should be very thin. Use a knife to trim into a
rectangle slightly smaller than the sheet pan you will be using. Grease
the baking pan with a light coating of shortening. Turn the dough over
onto the baking sheet and remove the wax paper.

Use a knife to score the dough into smaller crackers. Use a toothpick (or
fork) to poke holes over the entire surface of the dough. Bake for 22 to
24 minutes, or until the dough begins to turn light brown around the
edges. Turn the baking sheet around halfway through baking time for even
browning. Cool the crackers before breaking them apart along the scored
lines. Repeat process for remaining dough. If desired, you can sprinkle a
cinnamon/sugar mixture over the dough before baking to make cinnamon

Homemade Honey Graham Crackers

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup unbleached pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups graham flour*
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until fluffy. Add the honey and vanilla and stir well. In a separate bowl, sift the flours with the salt, soda, and baking powder. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/3 of the milk to the shortening mixture and mix thoroughly. Repeat 2 more times. Chill the dough for several hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll the dough on a floured board as thin as possible. Using a sharp knife, cut into squares. Arrange on a greased baking sheet and prick each cracker in several places with a fork. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes about 4 dozen crackers.

*You can substitute whole wheat flour if you don’t have graham flour.

Variation: For cinnamon graham crackers, sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over the top of the crackers before baking.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

25 ways to save...

1. Change light bulbs to CFL bulbs to save money
2. Use Heat and Air Conditioning sparingly
3. Using sunlight instead of lights in the house as much as possible
4. Unplug items that aren't in use, especially the tv set at night
5. Keep razorblades dry and clean so that they last longer
6. Write checks for over the amount instead of using an ATM with fees
7. Use plastic containers to store left over food for eating later
8. Turn off all lights when not in a room
9. Leave the car at home at least one day out of the week
10. Borrow books/videos from the library instead of buying them
11. Use coupons and check grocery circulars to get the best deals
12. Cook meals at home, cutting back on eating out
13. Take lunch to work
14. Watch movies at home instead of in the theater
15. Wash clothes every 10+ days
16. Wash clothes in cold water to save on heat
17. Every 6-12 months, verify I am getting the best deal on insurance & credit card rates
18. Cut out all subscriptions to magazines
19. Buy foods in bulk or when items are on clearance and save in pantry & freezer
20. Pick up money from the ground and from vending machines, save in a coin jar
21. Round up in check book and place excess in savings at end of the month
22. Go to free events around town - Zoo, art museum, etc.
23. Put raises or bonuses in savings or apply towards debt
24. Do research online for best value for money on medium to large priced items
25. When I go out to eat, make sure I bring half of the food home for a nice lunch for work the next day!

From Frugal For Life

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mi Hami...

A Recipe Using TVP
(Textured Vegetable Protein)

Textured Vegetable Protein is a soy product also known as TSP or Textured Soy Protein, enjoy it as a flavorful alternative to ham or bacon.

Mix together the following ingredients for the Marinade:

3 3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup (vegetarian) chicken consomme
6 tablespoons yellow mustard
9 tablespoons brown sugar (or your favorite sugar alternative)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cloves - ground
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon red food coloring

Then add:

3 quarts TVP - large chunks
Mix well.
Leave 2" of space at top of container to allow for expansion.

Can be
refrigerated for 3-4 days or stored in freezer up to 6 months.

Recipe Yields 1 Gallon.


copied from

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day...

Here's some advice we unearthed from 1877:

How to Make Your Husband Happy
  • Never speak slightingly of or to your husband in the presence of other people.
  • Do not neglect neatness of person and surroundings.
  • Speak gently always, and do not allow your voice to become sharp and loud.

How to Make Your Wife Happy

  • Treat your wife as politely and kindly as when you were wooing her.
  • Do not speak lightly of her cares and fatigues, but sympathize with her troubles.
  • Share your pleasures and cares, and show that you value her society and advice.
Our favorite saying: "For a happy marriage, never speak loudly to one another unless the house is on fire."

My best advice, "Never go to bed angry with each other"

REMEMBER: It's not about what you buy or where you go on this date, true love is about all the little things you do for each other the rest of the 364 days.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'm psychic...

I just read this on Hungry Girl...


HEY! It's National Cream Cheese Brownie Day, a.k.a. February 10th. Make a batch of these Swirls Gone Wild Cheesecake Brownies and party down!

Kenneth and I made some yesterday, just because we were both home and I wanted a little something special. I wish I had seen her recipe first. Ours probably came in closer to the 400 calorie ones.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

whole wheat pasta...

Whole Wheat Pasta

2 1/3 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground flour)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 beaten eggs
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil

Monday, February 7, 2011


In the crockpot know...I am making baked potato chowder. It turns out really well, start out with basic potato soup (potatoes, celery, onions, I add chicken bullion/pepper and garlic. When cooked through mash up the potatoes then add condensed milk some Velveeta chunks and bacon bits.
Freezes well for future quick meals.

I made cornmeal biscuits from COOKS COUNTRY TV to go with the soup.
Mix: 1 c corn meal, 1 1/4 c buttermilk, 1 T honey, stir together and let sit while you mi together in food processor: 2 c flour, 1 T baking powder, 1/2 T baking soda, 1 T salt. Pulse together with 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into small pieces. Leave some butter chunks. Then add to cornmeal mixture. Turn onto floured surface. Knead slightly form into one piece about 3/4" thick. Cut into biscuits. Bake 5 minutes at 450* then reduce heat to 400* continue baking 12 more minutes.

I also like Italian Wedding Soup...I found a easy recipe here at The Bakers Bench, I'll cook some of this up tomorrow. I'll use the premade meatballs from Sam's though. Another meal in the freezer for later.

I also found a good recipe here for white chili with cornbread. Love making these into easy crock-pot meals.

Stay warm

Thursday, February 3, 2011

30 Day Menu Plan...

Four simple steps to planning food storage

Author: Leslie Probert : Food Storage Essentials

Start with:
1. small supply of food, that is part of your daily diet
start with one week and build to 3 months
2. drinking water
3. money

then make up a menu.

7 favorite breakfast menus
7 favorite lunches
14 favorite dinners
30 favorite snacks and desserts

repeat until you make up

30 breakfasts
30 lunches
30 dinners
30 snacks/desserts check out her recipes and other ideas.

becoming prepared...


Here's one idea for a buying calendar.

You decide what to buy and how much based on your budget and the food storage recipes you want to prepare. Wheat, grains and legumes are listed twice, as these are the basis of a healthy diet when you're storing food on a budget. If you're planning a long-term food supply, you will buy large amounts of these. If you want good taste and increased nutrition, you will want to buy other items listed. Dry milk and sugar appear twice as they are the most expensive basic food storage items. Consider buying important non-food items in the winter months.

• January - First aid supplies and medications; Personal and sanitary supplies; Check clothing, blankets and sewing supplies

• February - Oils and Fats: vegetable/olive oil, shortening, mayonnaise, salad dressing, etc.; Dried Eggs

• March - Vitamins; Fruit drink mix (source of Vitamin C); Canned meats

• April - Salt (Iodized), Garden Seeds; Canned vegetables and fruits; Water (rotate water and refill containers)

• May - Milk: dried, canned; Baking powder, Baking soda; Canned vegetables and fruits

• June - Wheat and Grains: rice, oatmeal, pasta, etc.; Legumes: dried beans, lentils, splits peas, canned beans

• July and August - Sugar and honey; Dried fruits and vegetables (or dry/bottle your own)

• September - Legumes: dried beans, lentils, splits peas, canned beans; Wheat and Grains: rice, oatmeal, pasta, etc.

• October - Fuel: alternate cooking and heating supplies; Paper items: toilet paper, tissues, etc.; Water (rotate water and refill containers)

• November - Milk: dried canned; Yeast, Bouillon, Flavorings

• December - Cleaning supplies: soap, dish/laundry detergent, bleach and other disinfectants.

(Source: "Emergency Food in a Nutshell," 2nd Edition, Revised, by Leslie Probert and Lisa Harness, 2003)

If you are on a small budget, do the best you can to purchase at least one of each item for the month. You'll feel good knowing you are moving forward with preparedness, even with limited funds.

What if you find a sale on something not included in the items of the month? Take advantage of the sale, and then return to following the calendar.

Each new year start the buying calendar again. Over time you will be amazed to see how much food you acquire! (To learn how a buying calendar greatly blessed one family, see "Make food storage a priority this year.")

As you purchase the items listed each month, constantly pat yourself on the back for what you are buying. Always replenish what you use. By consistently following your calendar, you will reach your food storage goals sooner that you think!

from the Morman Times; Leslie Probert also check out her other articles.