Saturday, February 6, 2021

Preparing For A Snow Storm

We have a Winter Snow Storm headed our way tomorrow.  I'm glad I went to the grocery store to get a few odd's and end's. The video below.

It feels good knowing my family is well taken care of. When simple things like making a meal, bread, or yummy dessert bring's smiles. I will be going through my stock pile and pulling out some Organic Tomato Soup that needs to be used. To complete with a side of grilled cheese. I have some ground beef I have been de-thawing. This will make a great meat sauce with  pasta topped with grated cheese and side salad. The remainder of the ground beef can be used for a meatball soup with some left over herbed rice. I always change up recipe's. I will add my herbed rice and only use beef for my meatball's. I don't enjoy celery so that will not be used. The base recipe is a great one with a few personal taste tweeks.

Here is a recipe by Rachel Ray that looked really good: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/mini-meatball-soup-recipe-1941150

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 47 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 27 min
  • Yield: 4 big servings 
  • Ingredients

Grilled 4 Cheese Sandwiches







 

Monday, January 25, 2021

Prepping My Home A Different Way

 

When we think about Prepping we automatically think of water, food, medicine, and a means of self defense. I'm Prepping my home a different way for the next few weeks. These beautiful winter cottage's are by Thomas Kincaid. The warm glow from the windows and welcoming feeling seen from the outside of a chilly winter evening is inviting.

We can create our own ambiance and comfort in our homes. I made a few Amazon purchases Vanilla Lavender, Woodland Mystique, and Himalayan Magnolia Vanilla Air Wick Plug Ins. these will be placed through out my home. 

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I will choose books that I want to read and set up warm blankets and pillows for special reading time everyday along with my children. This will be a family activity during these brisk cold days when the outdoors are not an option. 


Candles are another way I create ambiance. I purchase candles through out the year when sales pop up. So, when winter comes I am set. I purchased Yankee Candles, Bath and Body Works, along with Sonoma from kohls. On occasion I come across a great candle at Ross, Home Store, or TJ Max. Don't get me started with wood wicks they create the sound of a crackling fire. They are amazing. 


I hope you all are creating your comfort areas in your home and enjoying these chilly days with warm cozy slippers, fuzzy/flannel blankets, good books, warm drinks and scents. Do you do something special? I would enjoy hearing it. Please share down below.








Monday, January 4, 2021

Shopping Our Prepper Pantry and Food Menu 1 Week

 This week we are shopping our pantry. As many of you know my husband has suffered a heart attack. We are looking at quick easy no muss or fuss meals. He is still not home. The meals made for him will be different (specific diet plan). The ones below will be for the family in general. Here is our menu for the week:



MONDAY

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, Coffee, Yogurt (options)

Lunch: Sandwich, Soup, Salad Baked Chips(options)

Dinner: Chicken Parmesan (spaghetti, chicken patties, sauce, cheese, seasoning) note: we had Tyson Chicken Patties in the freezer that need to be used. This is a great way to incorporate them in a meal.

Snacks: Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Popcorn, Crackers w/peanut butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Oatmeal (options)


TUESDAY

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, Coffee, Yogurt (options)

Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Vienna Sausages chopped up into pieces. 

Dinner: Surprise

Snacks: Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Popcorn, Crackers w/peanut butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Oatmeal (options)


WEDNESDAY

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, Coffee, Yogurt (options)

Lunch: Sandwich, Soup, Salad, Cheesy Fajita Sandwich (options)

Dinner: Chicken Oven Roaster (Perdue) and Veggies

Snacks: Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Popcorn, Crackers w/peanut butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Oatmeal (options)


THURSDAY 

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, Coffee, Yogurt (options)

Lunch: Sandwich, Soup, Salad (options)

Dinner: Chili Dogs and Corn on the Cob/ or Canned

Snacks: Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Popcorn, Crackers w/peanut butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Oatmeal (options)


FRIDAY

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, Coffee, Yogurt (options)

Lunch: Sandwich, Soup, Salad (options)

Dinner: Left overs use Chicken Roaster into soup/rice/veggies

Snacks: Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Popcorn, Crackers w/peanut butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Oatmeal (options)


SATURDAY

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, Hash Browns, Sausage, Pancakes, Coffee, Yogurt (options)

Lunch: Sandwich, Soup, Salad (options)

Dinner: Casserole

Snacks: Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Popcorn, Crackers w/peanut butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Oatmeal (options)


SUNDAY

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, Hash Browns, Sausage, Pancakes, Coffee, Yogurt (options)

Lunch: Sandwich, Soup, Salad (options)

Dinner: Surprise

Snacks: Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Popcorn, Crackers w/peanut butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Oatmeal (options)


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Prepper Stockpile: What We Need

 

                                                                             The picture above is example of organized preps from the internet.

I do a lot of online shopping for foods and supplies. This is safer during Covid-19 for our family. There are benefits and draw backs to this method.  Online shopping limits us from a larger variety of foods, goods, and spices. Therefore we make minimal trips to the big box stores for the fill ins. 

Restocking our preps is always a family activity with the kiddos helping taking goods by hand and placing them on the shelves. This always provides an opportunity to look at what you have or may need.

These are Items we need

Looking at our stockpile my daughter made note that we were low on spices and variety in certain goods:

Spices: We use these everyday (need more)




Soups: different kinds/flavors (Chicken Rice, Lentil etc) 



You can bulk soups by adding beef/chicken/hot dogs/sausage or spam. Non meat bulk ups potatoes, rice, or beans. Expanding a soup/stew for a large family by adding liquids (water/broth/tomato) for multiple meals. You can add corn bread or homemade herb bread to complete.


Proteins: Corned Beef Hash(low) and difficult to find. My last trip to Walmart had no Corned Beef Hash for any brand. The shelves were clear of this product. Cooking Tip: Spice you corned beef hash as any other meat (spices and pre-made spice envelopes) and you will have a delicious meal.

Canned chicken when on sale etc.. Keystone is a USA brand and normally has a 5 year shelf life that goes well beyond that. 


Swanson and Walmart brand is good as well there are many choices:

It's very important to really look at your shelves and see what you and your family enjoyed and if you need more of it. This is also a great time to donate to a struggling family or elderly any foods that your family is not enjoying. This will free up space for foods that will incorporated for meals they can enjoy in the future. 

                                 The picture above is example of organized preps from the internet.

                                 The picture above is example of organized preps from the internet.




Saturday, December 19, 2020

Shein Curve Plus Boujee on a Budget Haul

 


Below you will find the links to the items I shared on the video above:

SHEIN Plus Short Cranberry Open Front Faux Fur Paneled Coat on sale $28.00 

https://us.shein.com/Plus-Open-Front-Faux-Fur-Paneled-Coat-p-1690473-cat-1940.html


Plus Paisley Embroidered Shawl Collar Teddy Coat on sale $16.00 regular $39.00

https://us.shein.com/Plus-Paisley-Embroidered-Shawl-Collar-Teddy-Coat-p-1741400-cat-1940.html


Plus Contrast Collar Longline Faux Fur Coat w/Rainbow Collar On sale now $29.00 regular $67/00

https://us.shein.com/Plus-Contrast-Collar-Longline-Faux-Fur-Coat-p-1627184-cat-1940.html


Plus Peking Opera Figure Graphic Sweatshirt $15.00

https://us.shein.com/Plus-Peking-Opera-Figure-Graphic-Sweatshirt-p-1380053-cat-2056.html


SHEIN Plus Floral Embroidered Lantern Sleeve Smock Dress on sale $10.00 Regular $22.00

https://us.shein.com/Plus-Floral-Embroidered-Lantern-Sleeve-Smock-Dress-p-1520705-cat-1889.html

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Legacy of Home

                                                      

Home life has taken a new meaning with Covid-19.  Families who normally have packed schedules and obligations are now spending huge amounts of time at home. Juggling home schooling and work. 

Winter is Upon Us and Covid-19

Now that winter is here. You look at your home differently. You seek comfort, warmth, and refuge. When the weather chills your bonesThe outdoors is something you look at through a window. The tree's are bare and the ground is brown. So, in turn you bring color into your home. Your favorite chair gets a lap blanket, book, or warm drink. You wear layers like a warm shaw or cardigan with your comfy house slippers. 

Your home may get a new look with winter themed towels, comforters, and sheets. You take out the warm wooly blankets. Curtains that are thicker with lining go up to keep the cold out. Door draft stoppers find their way to draft doors. There are many how to video's on Youtube and Pinterest to make your own.

Cushions for wood chairs. Throw rugs are moved to cover cold floors. Drafty windows get a quick fix with plastic window kit (below a video of me putting up a Dollar Tree $1.00 window Kit). 


The kitchen is a place of gathering for comfort foods. Hearty meals, soups, casserole's, and warm drinks. During these times of reclusion. 

This is a wonderful time to talk with friends. Write letters, scrapbook, read, cook, and do your favorite hobbies.