Friday, May 27, 2022

Homemaking Challenges During War

 

I wrote this before the war in Ukraine began thus my thoughts before it occurred I will share..... As a possible War looms across the pond in (Ukraine). Many countries are there standing by to take orders. I silently pray this does not happen. I silently pray no loss of life occurs. But just like any other war sadly this is to be expected. As troops prepare for the unknowns. 

I prepare my home for the unknowns as well.  Families already struggle to get by with meager pay checks, loss of work, and food/product shortages. I look to see how well our local food pantries are faring with the same shortages. Sadly, not well at all.

Here is a link to my article I wrote on the Great Depression Era Grocery List and Prepper Pantry:
https://www.afrugallifenow.com/2021/12/great-depression-era-grocery-list-and.html 
This paints a clearer picture of what I need to do in my home.

1. Look at my pantry
2. Make list of items needed
3. Look for sales strategically
4. Write down economical meals
5. Don't forget seasonings
6. Drink mixtures
7. Seeds to grow your own food & herbs
8. Learn how to make bread by hand
9. Keep a list of ingredient staples if something is on sale pick it up
10. Go to food pantries and church's for help don't be prideful if the family is hurting.
11. Barter with family, friends, and neighbors
12. Make short term goals for amount of food staples I want for our home. Start with several weeks worth to a few months and then 1 year.



Sunday, May 8, 2022

Baby Formula Alternatives During This Shortage


Baby formula was created by Justes von Liebig in 1867. The need was sought out after a high baby mortality rate and a large variety of health issues for the infants arose. 

Did you know between the 16th and 18th century babies often were given bread soaked in water, cows milk, and sugared water. Some were given cooked cereal in bone broth. For the families in better financial position they may have hired a wet nurse. 

The history of infant breast feeding is very interesting. Example: Lactation failure is mentioned in the earliest medical encyclopedia, The Papyrus Ebers, which came from Egypt (1550 BC) and contains a small pediatric section that includes a prescription for lactation failure, as follows:
To get a supply of milk in a woman's breast for suckling a child: Warm the bones of a sword fish in oil and rub her back with it. Or: Let the woman sit cross-legged and eat fragrant bread of soused durra, while rubbing the parts with the poppy plant. (, p. 154)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684040/

The list below has it's pro's and con's and should be discussed with your child's doctor for the best choice. Ask if some kind of vitamin supplement should be considered. Lastly, if your child is prone to constipation make note to the doctor that condition and any other. 

Choice's: Breast Milk is Best but when it's not possible for many different reasons. There are choices. 

1.Cow's Milk

2. Rice Milk

3. Coconut Milk

4. Goat Milk

5. Almond Milk

6. Oat Milk

7. Carnation condensed Milk with 2 tsp of Karo (get unsweetened condensed milk)

8. There are women that are breast feeding and have an over flow of breast milk willing to store/refrigerate for mothers that cannot breast feed. 



Monday, April 18, 2022

USA Bird Flu and It's Affect on The Homemaker Recipes and more.


 The Avian Bird Flu is upon the U.S.A. 23 million birds have died.  It has spread over 24 states.  It is affecting commercial and back yard chickens. They say it is the worst since 7 years ago where 50 million birds died. What's the big deal? Let me share with you why this is important. 

We are facing food shortages and prices hikes. Our weekly and monthly home budgets will not stretch. We sit idle at our tables with paper and pen scouring over sale papers from different stores. Trying to come up with the best financial choices for meals and deep freezers.

Now that you found the best prices it's time to shop and cross our fingers they have them in stock. You go to the store money on hand and pull up to an empty case of meat. There is none in sight. You quickly feel deflated and frustrated. You ask kindly if they have any stock in the back the dreaded nod of No Sorry comes quickly. 

This is when we switch gears and go to the canned food isle to find canned chicken/beef/tuna/vienna sausage/corn beef hash anything that may be our saving grace. We got lucky they have them now to choose with your limited funds. You choose the chicken and corn beef hash. The chicken can be made into many different meals or appetizers. The corn beef hash has well remember this can be seasoned beautifully just like any other meat/protein. 

I need eggs you whisper to yourself you quickly think of the many meals and casseroles that you can make. I hope they have them with the shortage. Your in luck they are available now you see rainbows and breathe a sigh of relief. Maybe this weeks meals will not be so difficult to create after all. Below are some idea's of meals to make.

Meals with canned or left over chicken from a previous meal:

Chicken Salad can be made with mayonnaise, hard boiled eggs, celery, onion, pepper,  paprika, pickles, cranberry, nuts and variety of mustards. Every recipes will vary according to what you have and your taste. You can eat these with crackers, bread (sandwich), rice/pasta or inside a baked potatoe. 

Creamy Chicken Pasta


Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken Salad Crackers

Chicken Salad and Baked Potatoe


Chicken Rice Soup made simply with chicken stock, rice, and chicken be it left overs or canned. Add your seasoning its a comfort food and filling. If you use a chicken you can keep the bones to make a bone broth as well. 


Bird in the Nest is a great option for anytime of the day. They do have different variations that cook in the over in cupcake tins with filo, bacon, hash browns, and more. My family enjoys the one you will see below. I do add spices, cheese and occasionally left over sandwich meat (smoked turkey) that I cook on the side and add on the top.


Egg Salad Sandwich they have different variations that you can customize according to what you have in your pantry.


A common meal is rice with 1 egg on top in our home. We use spices and sweet/hot sauces to add personality to the meal. The rice is an easy quick and economical find. 




Saturday, April 9, 2022

Amazon Prepper Food Haul Price Comparison's From Then Till Now

 Today, I am sharing 2 prepper videos from my YouTube channel. I include prices as I go through the items I have bought. What I was able to buy then verses now for the same money is impossible. We as homemakers have a up hill battle to make ends meet. I encourage you to prep your pantry's to secure a better future for your families. I see alot of rough years ahead of us. Food shortages, product shortages, and higher prices for utilities with grab a hold of all of us. We can better position ourselves right now by getting ready for these rough sea's ahead. Be strategic with what your family truly eats, consumes, and use's. Basics are water, food/seeds, medicine, cleaning products, toiletries/paper products and means of self defense. Lastly, try your hand in gardening. Victory gardens during the depression era is what got families through tough times. 



Sunday, March 13, 2022

U.S.A. CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) The New World Order

 


This morning I woke up to article on CNN for Central Bank Digital Currency (https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/11/tech/us-digital-dollar-cbdc/index.html). I had researched this subject a few years ago when other countries decided to go into the same direction. This brought up alot of concerns and red flags. I find it interesting that during this time of uncertainty the Federal Reserve has stepped up the process via the U.S. government/banks to implement the use of Digital Currency (CBDC). This digital currency would allow direct payments to others without a 3rd party as well. False, the true 3rd party is the government. 

The White House President Joe Biden's Executive Order fact sheet on Digital Currency https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/09/fact-sheet-president-biden-to-sign-executive-order-on-ensuring-responsible-innovation-in-digital-assets/

The red flags for me are the ability for the government to track all purchases and basically your foot print. If we go further into harder times they could limit the our ability to make certain purchases on goods, services, food, fuel, and more. They would have the ability to de-activate or limit the use  of your card if you didn't pay your taxes (state or federal) or if you were not in good standing with debt of any kind. These are all plausible scenarios that could happen.  We would be at the mercy of the government. 

This digital currency would gain wind under its sails with Crypto investors. These investors that are Billionaires/Millionaires also known as whales shift their weight on the daily markets to make massive gains and drops at a heart beat. Making some smaller investors wealthier and others broke. 

It's my understanding Ethereum's block chain technology/platform is the most compatible at the moment for this digital currency CBDC for the USA. This certainly could change in the futiure. They are trying to eliminate the U.S. paper dollar from being created or used. While all this happens Gold and Silver will rise to new heights. But that is a topic for another day.     

These countries have begun or will be using a form of Digital currency CBDC:

China:  renminbi or Digital Currency/Electronic Payments (DCEP) 

Bahamas: the Sand Dollar, a digital version of its Bahamian dollar

The Marshall Islands: plan to launch Marshallese Sovereign

Sweden: piloting a CBDC called e-krona

Europeon Union: European Central Bank (ECB) has also explored releasing a CBDC, the digital euro

Singapore: (MAS) Project Ubin

These other countries South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and others are considering launching CBDCs as well. 

Here is the possible platform not yet confirmed that maybe used by the USA (below). 

Here is a bit about Ethereum via Wikipedia: Ethereum is a decentralized, open-source blockchain with smart contract functionality. Ether is the native cryptocurrency of the platform. Among cryptocurrencies, Ether is second only to Bitcoin in market capitalization. Ethereum was conceived in 2013 by programmer Vitalik Buterin. 






Tuesday, March 8, 2022

ShopmissA Haul Video and Winner!

ShopmissA has been a go to place for picking up accessories like jewelry, rings, scarves, face mask Korean Beauty and more for years. I have really enjoyed their AOA line of cosmetics that have on trend colors, quality, and performance. 

Here is my link for ShopmissA:

http://www.shopmissa.com?rfsn=1713538.a199ad7

Im posting below the last few Youtube ShopmissA videos I recently have posted below along with the winners name.






The Winner is Drum Roll Please!!!! The Winner please email me at onlyinmydreams@yahoo.com with your mailing information. I will confirm by replying with a secret code for you to reply back to via the original comment to secure it is you.

Karla SmootCOMMENT:

I love the cute green and gold snake earrings.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Shein Is It A Good, Safe or Recommended Site: My Personal Experience Buying From Them Over 3 Years Youtube Videos

 I have buying from shein.com for many years now here is my link: https://shein.top/mznrurk   I really enjoy the economical finds and trendy fast fashion options they provide. I have purchased plus size clothes, children's clothing, home, jewelry, car accessories, shoes, purses, crafting/stationary and more. Their site is massive and can feel a bit over whelming. If you take your time you will find many treasures. I do recommend for clothing to check each items measurements they vary from item to item. The description provides material information and if it stretches or not. I am a size 24 bottom and 26/28 top and have been able to buy clothing between 4x to 5x on their site successfully. The children's clothing I found run about 2 sizes small just a heads up. Their shoe department I feel runs on the small size as well so keep that in mind below you will see my videos for Shein plus size try-on and more!

























Saturday, January 29, 2022

Canada Quebec Proof Of Vaccine to Enter Walmart Costco Ikea

 

This was a topic of discussion that was of great concern. I learned the entry of non-vaccinated person into Walmart would require an employee to walk with them. If you disagree to the employee walking with you entry will be denied. The non-vaccinated person will only be able to shop in the food and pharmacy department. If you have a prescription you would need to stand in a plexi glass box (box of shame) while you wait for medications and accompanied by an employee. Once your done the employee accompanies you to check out to make sure you do not attempt to buy from any other department. 

Check out the discussion above.