Saturday, February 28, 2009

Food Storage

Here is 52 weeks of the $20.00 food storage plan, all at once. (found in my notes) so you can make changes accordingly to better fit you.

5 lbs sugar $2.00
3 lbs. Crisco $3.00
5 lbs. flour $2.00
5 lbs. rice $2.00
6 cans tuna $2.00
5 lbs. beans $3.00
3 cans spaghetti sauce $3.00
5 lbs spaghetti $3.00

1 box oatmeal $3.00
5 lbs lentils $2.00
3 boxes saltines $3.00
1 case ramen noodles $2.50
1 can baking powder $1.50
1 can coffee/cocoa $4.00
5 cans condensed milk $4.00

10 lbs. complete pancake mix $5.00
1 gallon pancake syrup $5.00
12 cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup $6.00
2 canned hams $4.00

beef bullion cubes $4.00
Chicken bullion cubes $4.00
Granulated garlic $4.00
Black pepper $4.00
8# brown sugar $4.00

1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00
6 boxes Little Debbie snacks $6.00
20 lbs chicken @ .49 lb. to home can
2 boxes salt $1.20

10# 15% fat (or less) hamburger to can $20.00

20 cans Progresso or other ‘no water added’ soup $19.80

two cans coffee $8.00
1 container poultry gravy mix $4.00
1 container brown gravy mix $4.00
2 canned hams $4.00

1 box powdered milk $16.00
1 box tea bags $4.00

10 boxes breakfast cereal $20.00

25 lbs. Sugar $9.00
25 lbs. Flour $5.00
25 lbs. Beans $6.00

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $10.00
10 lbs. Chicken quarters for canning $9.90

12 cans spinach $6.00
12 cans peas $6.00
12 cans green beans $6.00
2 cans spaghetti sauce $2.00

1 glow stick
assorted seeds

12 cans mixed vegetables $9.00
1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00
4 canned hams $8.00

1 carton dehydrated hash browns $5.00
12 cans diced tomatoes $6.00
12 cans whole kernel corn $6.00
6 rolls 25 sf. aluminum foil $3.00

1 #10 can sliced peaches $3.00
1 #10 can sliced apples $3.00
1 #10 can fruit cocktail $3.00
1 #10 can applesauce $3.00
12 cans mushrooms pieces $6.00
2 cans pink salmon $2.00

16 rolls paper towels $11.00
9 boxes tissue $9.00

25 lbs. sugar $9.00
25 lbs. beans $6.00
Large box of Bisquick $5.00

1 #10 can of cocoa powder $5.00
10 cans refried beans $8.00
10 cans of tuna $5.00
2 - 100 ct packs of paper plates $2.00

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $11.00
6 cans spaghetti sauce $6.00
6 lbs of spaghetti $3.00

assorted sauces & condiments, 1 of each;
hot sauce
soy sauce
worcestershire sauce
teriyaki sauce
liquid smoke
gravy master

assorted condiments, continued;
pickle relish
salad dressings

4 cans pink salmon $4.00
3 lbs Crisco shortening $3.00
5 lbs rice $2.00
12 boxes of asst cake mix $9.60

2 lb pk pecan halves $6.00
2 lb pk walnut halves $6.00
12 cans pork & beans $6.00

10 lb bag of chocolate chips $9.00
2 cases ramen noodles $5.00
30 packs of kool-aid $3.00
6 lbs of pasta $3.00
__________________WEEK TWENTY-SEVEN
5 lbs sugar $2.00
3 cans pink salmon $3.00
5 lbs. flour $2.00
5 lbs. rice $2.00
6 cans tuna $2.00
5 lbs. pinto or kidney beans for
chili to home can $3.00
3 cans spaghetti sauce $3.00
5 lbs spaghetti $3.00

1 box oatmeal $3.00
1 bottle canola oil $2.00
3 boxes saltines $3.00
1 lg. pkg. egg noodles $2.50
1 can baking powder $1.50
1 can coffee $4.00
5 cans evaporated milk $4.00

1 gal. vinegar $3.00
5# split peas $3.00
1 can Nestle’s Quick $3.00
20 lbs chicken @ .49 lb. to home can
2 boxes salt $1.00

10# 15% fat (or less) hamburger to make chili to home can $20.00

16 cans Progresso or other ‘no water added’ soup $16.00
2 boxes salt $1.00
1 can Nestle’s Quick $3.00

2 cans coffee $8.00
1 bottle olive oil $6.00
1 box 48 apple cider drink mix $6.00

1 box powdered milk $16.00
1 box tea bags $4.00

25 lbs. Sugar $9.00
25 lbs. Flour $5.00
25 lbs. Beans $6.00

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $10.00
10 lbs. Chicken quarters for canning $9.90

5 # stew beef to can $15.00
10 cans tuna $5.00

25 # rice $10.00
2 canned hams $4.00
6 cans salmon $6.00

12 cans spinach $6.00
12 cans peas $6.00
12 cans green beans $6.00
2 cans spaghetti sauce $2.00

12 cans mixed vegetables $9.00
1 #10 can instant potatoes $3.00
4 canned hams $8.00

1 bone-in ham to can $8.00
12 cans diced tomatoes $6.00
12 cans whole kernel corn $6.00

1 box powdered milk $16.00
1 3 pk cornstarch $4.00

1 #10 can sliced peaches $3.00
1 #10 can sliced apples $3.00
1 #10 can fruit cocktail $3.00
1 #10 can applesauce $3.00
12 cans mushrooms pieces $6.00
2 cans pink salmon $2.00

25 lbs. sugar $9.00
25 lbs. beans $6.00
large box of Bisquick $5.00

16 rolls paper towels $11.00
4 boxes asst. hot cereal $9.00

1 #10 can of cocoa powder $5.00
10 cans refried beans $8.00
10 cans of tuna $5.00
4 # brown sugar $2.00

36 pack dbl. rolls toilet paper $11.00
6 cans spaghetti sauce $6.00
6 lbs of spaghetti $3.00

1 large jar peanut butter $4.00
1 can Tang instant drink mix $4.00
6 boxes cake mix $6.00
2 jars jelly or jam $6.00

8 boxes breakfast cereal $16.00
1 can or jar honey $4.00

20 cans tuna $10.00
16 rolls paper towels $10.00

1 large jar peanut butter $4.00
2 jars jelly or jam $6.00
5- 100 ct. paper plates $5.00
10 # powdered sugar $5.00

6 cans spam or luncheon loaf $9.00
10 # box baking soda $3.00
large pkg. or jar yeast $8.00

baking powder $1.50
2 jars or cans honey $8.50
12 cans evaporated milk $9.60 repeat list or focus on what you really need

Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup

Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup

Boil Ham Bone (put in crock pot for 6 hours)add 1 med. onion, chopped & 2 bay leaves

Use chunks of ham about 2 cups discard the rest of bone after cutting meat off
3 large potatos diced up into bite size pieces
1 large carrrot, grated
1 med. Zucchini, grated
Boil in water potatoes til almost done and add carrot & zucchini
Use 1 small pkg of Monteray Jack & Cheddar, (shred it yourself melts better)
1 jar cheese whiz
1/2 cup flour

When vegetables are done add to the ham chunks and broth. Add shredded cheese and
salt & pepper to your taste. Add flour (Use a cup and take some broth out and add the flour to it and mix well and pour back into pot.) Add the Cheese Whiz. Stir Simmer and serve.

Note: Serve with hot fresh baked bread. Use other ham for ham sandwiches in rolls.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Chinese Cooking

General TSO's Chicken

1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1” chunks)
5 dried red chili peppers
3 green onions (sliced)
3 eggs (beaten)
½ cup cornstarch
oil (for frying)
1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons rice wine
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl combine cornstarch and beaten eggs. Mix well to create a batter. Add chicken bits and coat thoroughly.

Step 2: To make the sauce- in a small bowl combine rice vinegar, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3: Heat deep fryer or wok to 375 degrees and deep fried chicken bits in batches. Drain on paper towels.

Step 4: Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to your wok. Add dried chili peppers to your wok and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add chicken bits to the wok and stir fry for a couple minutes.

Step 5: Add sauce mixture to the wok and cook stirring until the sauce becomes thickened and bubbly. Garnish with green onions and serve.


1 pkg. spring roll pastry
1 lb. chicken, cut into tiny pieces
2 carrots, grated
2 small onions, thinly sliced
1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
2 cups bean sprouts
2 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 egg

Cook chicken in the sesame oil & when done add vegetables. Cook til vegetables are done. Add Vegetables. Cook til vegetables are tender. Crack an egg in a dish and set aside for sealing eggrolls.

Take a pastry fill with 1/2 cup of filling and wrap up corner over the filling. Dip finger into egg white and wet corners of pastry fold sides like a envelope and roll it up. And set aside. Do not stack or they may stick together. Deep fry in a deep fryer until golden brown. Serve with Sweet & Sour sauce.

Egg Drop Soup

4 cups chicken broth or stock
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 -2 green onions, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste
A few drops of sesame oil (optional)
In a saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add pepper and salt, and the sesame oil. Cook for about another minute.
Very slowly pour in the eggs in a steady stream. To make shreds, stir the egg rapidly in a clockwise direction for one minute. To make thin streams or ribbons, gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction until they form.
Garnish with green onion and serve.

Fried Rice

1 cup Jasmine white rice (makes three cups when cooked)
1 white onion, sliced
1 small carrot, chopped
2 eggs
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup ham, diced
1/2 cup soy sauce
Canola oil
Salt & Pepper

Prepare one cup of Jasmine white rice. Put vegetables into a wok with a little canola oil. Cook til tender. Push vegetables over to one side. Crack eggs and lightly scramble til light and fluffy. Add Ham and cooked rice. Stir together add soy sauce, garlic cloves, Salt & pepper. Cook alittle longer and stir. Ready to serve.

Friday, February 20, 2009

How to make a diaper castle cake

Ok- I see I have a lot of hits for the diaper castle cake and Thank you! That was the first blog I posted that inspired me to start this blog. (Thanks Jill! for inspiring me I love your blog.)

I have just made a new diaper castle cake and took pictures step by step so it won't be confussing to you. So lets begin!

Diaper Castle Cake (take 2)

I bought 2 bags of Luvs size two diapers that is a total of 100 diapers. You will use them all. And a package of mixed sized rubber bands.

Bottom layer is consisted of 3 rows of 20 diapers folder.
Remember to keep the printed edge folded toward the inside and zig zag them back and forth like this...

Use the large rubber bands to secure them like this...

Ok do the other two rows for the bottom layer the same way.

Ok you will need three spools of ribbon. (I suggest to wide ones and one thinner one for fastening together.) I usually like pink or blue but for the neighbor I'm making this diaper castle cake for doesn't know what she is having so I picked gold star printed ribbon and other gold ribbon. (Really like the ribbon to be the same and yes you do need three spools so you don't run out.

Tye the bottom layer together with the ribbon to secure the bottom layer together. Tye with a bow. I also like another bow made on the other side to keep it uniform.


Now lets do the second row. You only need 20 diapers folded and done just like the first row. Secure with rubber band and tye with ribbon. Remember to put a bow on the other side as well.

Using the thinner ribbon for fastening, take a look at picture I tye it to the rubber bands and leave a good 12 inches (one in each corner about two inches in and one in the center making it longer for it needs to go through the third layer to fasten.

Now lets make our towers ( 6 diapers rolled up individually and smaller rubber band to secure each

Lets do the top layer it is 16 diapers (that should be all you have left) folding them the same way secure with rubber band. And fasten with ribbon (I didn't use ribbon here on this one (ran out!)

Tying layers together. set second layer on and string ribbon straight through layer. Becareful not to pull diapers fastened together apart. You can do this carefully.
Pull each end up (the corners just need to go through the ribbon on each side.
Take one of the towers and fasten ribbon around them and tye with a bow. set on each corner side and bring ribbon from underneath and tye around each pillar and curl ribbon.
Do each corner tower the same way.
Wow- need a picture!

Ok the top layer pull string up through the middle

Now take the last two towers and fasten to each end of the top layer with ribbon.
Do each end like this...

Now take the ribbon from the top and separate left and right and pull down through diaper on each side and fasten to the middle ribbon with the bow and tuck behind so it won't show.

Ok Easter time I like easter grass just setting on top of the second and first layer.
But I'm using the star wire to tie in with the star ribbon. I bend it around a large glue stick and bend it where I want it to go and tuck it under the diaper layers to secure it.

You will need 2 craft foam sheets in colors.(found at JoAnns) I divide it into quarters. And one sheet makes four so you will have extra.
I cut it into cone like shapes... Cut trim and staple together and set down on each pillar.

Here they are cut into 6 equal sections

Now roll into a cone and staple and trim bottom so its smooth.

Assemble ontop of pillars. And the fit securely. Castle is finished and should look like this...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Home Made BreadSticks

Home Made Bread Sticks

These are absolutely wonderful!

Bread Sticks

2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. yeast
1 1/2 cups water
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. Salt

Knead 5 minutes (Ok I use my bread machine maker on dough setting but take it out early.)
Meanwhile melt 1/2 cube butter (4 tbs.) in microwave. Pour into 11 x 7 jelly roll pan and spread around evenly. Place dough in pan spread out and turn over to cover both sides with butter. Press dough down to cover pan evenly.
Sprinkle with desired seasoning: garlic salt, parmesan cheese, Lawry's salt, rosemary, grated cheese, pepper, ect...

Let rest 15 minutes. Cut into strips with pizza cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or til golden brown. Cut with pizza cutter again. Serve.

Favoritee combos: Rosemary, minced garlic, parmesan cheese

Italian seasoning, garlic salt, parmesan

Lawry's salt, grated cheese of choice.

Our family loved them and I am making them again to day for dinner.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Ok- Here's our Cat! Taking a nap on the couch and the girls like to cover him and he looked cute so I had to grab my camera and take his picture. Lucky for me he didn't move.

Receiving Blankets

Ok-These are always fun to make and put away for anyone having a baby.
I love crocheting edges on them because they are fast and easy to do.
It's a nice break from the big projects.
I love how the yellow stands out on this one.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sunshine Cake

Ok this is from the pampered chef

Sunshine Cake

1 lemon
1 orange
1 small carrot
3 eggs
1 16 oz. sour cream
1 yellow cake mix
powdered sugar
another orange

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray.
Juice lemon & orange and use 1/4 cup of juice. Grate carrot and use some
zest of the orange as well. Combine Eggs, sour cream, grated carrot and both
zests. Add cake mix. Mix well. Pour batter into pan. Spread evenly. Cook for 38-43 minutes. Let cool ten minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan. Invert onto platter.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut orange into wedges and sit around platter. Serve & Enjoy.

Homemade Refried Beans

Refried Beans

2 cups pinto beans
6 cups water
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. chicken bouilon
1 tsp. veg. oil

Rinse beans. Place in crock pot. Pour water over beans and add all ingredients. Cook for 8 hours.

Puree with masher. Add 1 tbsp. flour. Add beans and stir over moderate heat until beans are dry. Add a little salt. Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in and put in container and refrigerate until ready to use.

So far, I made tacos and added it to the meat, and layered taco dip.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Raisen Bread

Raisen Bread

1 1/2 cups water (warm)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Add these ingredients to a mixer. Mix gently on low. Let it rest while you are measuring your flour.

4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Add to mixer using dough hook on low setting until well kneaded. Let rest 20 minutes
Then add raisens about 3/4 cup and knead some more. Shape into a prepared bread pan.
Let rise 30 minutes and bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

My son needed to make some bread for his Home Tech class.
So, I had him make some Raisen Bread. This is his favorite
bread so he was happy it turned out well.

25 random things!

1. I love to cook. I like trying new things and like gourmet cooking. One of my pickey eaters loves to eat now.

2. I have been a cub scout leader and enjoyed it, got to do lots of things I always wanted to do with that group. At Christmastime we made Solo Christmas balls with christmas lights. We even invited the other groups to join our activity and it was way fun.

3. I collect Geppedo dolls that are numbered. Still looking for them. The company shut down years ago.
They had the doll stands in the mall which got me started.

4. One day, I had a dream while laying down and resting on the couch that all these children came running in. Then I woke up, 20 years later and found out that they were my children. LOL!

5. My favorite disney movie is: Beauty & the Beast. I bought this movie for me even though I just had boys at the time.

6. My favorite movie is Titanic. You just got to love Jack & Rose. I use to watch this every night rocking my daughter to sleep. (OK it was the only movie up in my room) My favorite part was when Rose & Jack were running through the boiler room.

7. I love singing Karaoke in the car. Dont Laugh! I think I'm pretty good.

8. I made scrambled eggs for a brunch at a neighbors house and was asked for the recipe. LOL!

9. I'm an only child. So watching my children get into each others stuff and making each other mad would have made me sycotic. I like my stuff left alone and where I put it. Solution, buying a bigger house, each child gets there own room and they will respect each others space.

10. I have been looking for a Balinese (long haired siamese cat) my whole life. I finally gave up and then I found him. He's a good cat but has his quirks. Like- Let me out, Let me in!

11. My husband & I own our own business. And its been a learning experience the whole way. We pulled through 9-11 and still going.

12. I'm a Johnny Depp fan! I have most of his movies and his tv series 21 jump street. (they are so 80's)
I hope I get to meet him someday. I'd stand all day in a parking lot to greet him. Looks like others do.

13. I have great children. It's fun having a teenage son. The other two boys are still into legos. And the girls love to dress up everyday. And change their clothes too often.

14. I have always wanted to go to Florida. We took the whole family three years ago for a whole week.
Planning on returning this year.

15. I love brownies. I have over 25 recipes and still looking for that perfect recipe that not a box mix.

16. I love crocheting when I have time. I like creating things. I love looking for patterns on the internet and challenging myself to try something different. I have created my grandmothers hand crocheted baby dress. Was real pleased with the result. I have made allstar baby booties. And have mastered Hello Kitty and selling them on Ebay.

17. Ok- For some strange reason I got Brittany Spears three ring circus tickets. I have seats that are ten rows from stage. I got them for a great price and I could triple my money selling them. but I think I really want to go! LOL! I'm dragging my husband there.

18. I love chocolate chip mint icecream. Especially the Aggie brand. I'll even settle for the Oreo one. Yum!

19. I never could swallow pills. I have to crunch them up and take them. Not big on medicine, I endure pain.

20. I don't really like water, but my kids do so they have had swimming lessons straight through since May and still going. I'm not so nervious about them in water anymore.

21. I love the smell of Lilacs (Probably, because growing up they lined the fence outside my window. And the smell blows through the window and it was wonderful!

22. My childhood nighmare, my parents taking me up to the canyon for a picnic and getting back into their car and leaving me. I woke up every time.

23. My favorite flower is the Iris. It's absolutely beautiful, delicate and elegant and can have the strength to stand alone.

24. My chinese cookie on Chinese New Year read, "You long to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt."
So, I got to plan that trip with my daughter. She was so excited she thought we had won the lottery!

25. We love to BBQ! Even in the winter. I just got to have some steak sometimes.