The January "Make It From Scratch" Challenge

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  • #7066

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    Are you ready for a new challenge that will help you learn some skills, save some money, and make some cool things?

    Join the “Make It From Scratch” Challenge!

    This challenge will last the month of January and it’s NOT just about food. It’s about meeting ALL of your needs (or as many as possible) without storebought solutions.  I will be posting articles all month about ways to cook from scratch and to DIY everything from your beauty products to your home products. We’ll be creating all sorts of things from basic ingredients and supplies. You can learn all about the challenge and the rules here:

    Join the 2019 “Make It From Scratch” Challenge

    As Selco said when I told him about the idea, he loved it. He said, “Honestly, when the SHTF no matter how well you are prepped, sooner or later you’ll end up in a situation where you actually “build” or “invent” stuff from scratch.”

    So why wait? Let’s get started right now so we know what to do if we’re ever in that situation.  Don’t forget to read the rules of the challenge and learn about the super-awesome prize.

    The Rules

    Our Challenges never have rules that are engraved in stone. You still have to meet the needs of your unique family in your unique situation. So consider these rules more of a general guideline.

    • If you’re in, comment on this post and let me know.
    • You will make ALL FOOD from scratch. That includes bread, sauces, dairy products, mixes, etc.
    • You can use up any items you have on hand that you already bought that might go bad. But do NOT replace them. And if they won’t spoil or get stale, put them aside for later.
    • Work on DIY replacements for laundry products, cleaning products, remedies, and hygiene products. You don’t have to remake everything on the very first day. Just be mindful of the products you use and figure out how you could make their replacement. Start a list of things you want to DIY.
    • Post every day on the Challenge letting us know what you Made From Scratch and what you are adding to your DIY list.
    • If you want to help others, post your own DIYs in the forum. (And if I have permission to put them in the PDF book, let me know!)
    • Do this for the entire month of January and watch for my post and email letting you know how to get your prize if you’ve won.

    By the end of this, you’ll be making noodles, laundry soap, and all manner of Made From Scratch awesomeness.

    PS: Because our Prep Every Day Challenge has been so popular, we are going to keep it going. Here’s the new PREP EVERY DAY Check-in Thread.

    • This topic was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by  Daisy.
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  • #7076

    Anonymous

    I am in for this challenge.  If I can come up with something that is useful, please feel free to use it in the PDF.  Thanks for these posts, it has been fun and useful to see what folks are doing.

    • #7083

      Gypsy Hart
      Participant

      This sounds interesting. I’m in, and you can use any tricks I add to the PDF

  • #7077

    CrazyFarmFairy
    Participant

    I’m in! Sounds like fun!

  • #7078

    Independent Junebug
    Participant

    I am in.  It does seem like quite a challenge.  You can use anything I post in your PDF.

  • #7079

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    I’m in but since DH is a cheese lover and I don’t have a cow or goat I’ll probably be buying dairy.  I do make a LOT of stuff from scratch and Dasiy, you can put anything of it you want in your PDF book.  Does still buying dairy disqualify me?

  • #7084

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    Woodsrunner, buying dairy is just fine. You might be able to do some cheesemaking (at least cottage cheese and farmer’s cheese) with milk – I’ll be posting about it on the site.

    Thanks everyone! I think this will rock!

  • #7089

    Christi Crabe
    Participant

    I’m in. My stuff is your stuff, Daisy, at least for the purpose of this challenge, lol!

  • #7090

    Rainy Acres
    Participant

    I’m in…This challenge will be fun!  We ran out of deodorant a couple days ago and I had been wanting to make our own so I found a recipe online, had the ingredients onhand, made it up and we are really liking it so far!  Want to do this for other items we use too!

  • #7095

    Bellatrix
    Participant

    I am in. I suspect I already make a lot more from scratch than most folks, and for years the only home cleansers I have used are vinegar and baking soda. The real challenge for me will be remembering how to get on here! I’ve more or less got Facebook figured out now, but remembering how to find this is hard. Maybe the occasionaly click link from the FB page might be useful for us old technophobes LOL!

     

  • #7096

    AFewEgretsTooMany
    Participant

    I’m in!
    Am I losing my mind? Shouldn’t it be the 2019 challenge? What am I missing? lol

  • #7097

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    I’m definitely in!! Wanting to learn how some of you all make your own stuff…not just food from scratch…this will be fun and whatever I might come up with please feel free to use if it’s helpful…

  • #7098

    Anonymous

    Bellatrix, do you know how to use your browser’s bookmark feature? Bookmarking will solve your issue.

  • #7101

    mae fringer
    Participant

    I am in and looking forward to the challenges

     

  • #7102

    RufusJ
    Participant

    I’m in. It’ll be modified (DH is a huge milk/cheese person too, and we don’t have milk cows) but it sure will help me find the gaps in my preps for the real thing– plus pick up on some ideas from you all too. We’re big scratch cookers here, and both of us are packrats so repurposing things is just an excuse for us to save more stuff.

  • #7106

    I`m in. Permission granted. Been tryn new recipes forever n ever. My first wannabe diy will be an electrolyte drink to recover from embibing whiskey and 7 up. Since that is new years eve, it doesnt have to be homemade😆

  • #7109

    corsaire
    Participant

    Why not, I am in. This will be good to get me out of the consumer mindset.

     

     

     

  • #7111

    Valkyrie
    Participant

    I’m in! Sounds like fun!

  • #7112

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    I am in! I am pretty new to prepping and eager to learn from all the pros in this forum.

  • #7113

    Jeanne
    Participant

    I’m in! I make a lot of things from scratch already because I’m cheap frugal, and I love baking bread. And a couple of unexpected financial emergencies just before Christmas had me planning to eat out of my pantry as much as humanly possible, for at least January if not longer.

    I heard recently that using milk powder instead of fresh milk makes cookies taste even better, so I’m hoping to test that premise. And since I belong to a WWII “cooking by ration” group (where recipes made with less fats, eggs, sugar, etc are featured), I was already planning to experiment with more of that type of cooking.

  • #7117

    Jackdaw
    Participant

    I’m in, looking forward to learning, great idea for a challenge!

  • #7124

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    I am in, Daisy and you can use my stuff for the PDF too.

     

  • #7127

    namelus
    Participant

    Today made butter fresh milked jersey into a mixing bowl whisk o  high for 3 min aprox once into margarine constancy drain butter milk add salt stir. For me I then batch I to 2 cup of butter add herbs while warm then put into ice cube trays easy to pop out and use. I store in glass containers  with plastic  lids or ziplock once hardened.

    Waiting to hear first person  making toilet paper……

    Over break we rendered pig fat to tallow, will be making soap this week, 100 bars worth it has to cure for a few weeks before you use it. The scent is mint and rosemary just finished extracting the essential oils. We use the cold to separate the oils they stiffen and can be scooped when cold from the alcohol bath.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • #7129

    lambert
    Participant

    I’m in! I know I won’t have the time to do them all, but want to try some for sure.

  • #7131

    Joelle
    Participant

    I’m in and looking forward to it!

  • #7132

    Chicken Momma
    Participant

    I am in.  Daisy you can use any ideas I post.

  • #7133

    Garden Gal
    Participant

    Please add me to the “make it from scratch” challenge.

     

  • #7134

    Camillia Sinensis
    Participant

    Oh fun! Count me in, and wish me luck!

  • #7137

    LadyM077
    Participant

    I’m in and working on doing these things and building my skills for 2019!

  • #7138

    T S
    Participant

    I’m in and very excited!!

  • #7139

    Natural Blue
    Participant

    I am in. Ditto on the cheese stuff here. I am happy for you to use any ideas for your PDF’s. I am going to do the best I can but I have some resistant people in my home for some things.

  • #7140

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    You guys are rock stars!

    Bellatrix, as someone mentioned, try “Bookmarking” the site. In your browser bar click on the little star on the far right side. This will allow you to save the link to the forum.

    Milk from the store is absolutely fine – I consider it just another ingredient. I’ll be writing about some products you can make with pasteurized milk.

    Thank you for catching my first “oops” 2018 of the year *laughing* That’s been fixed.

    Remember, some of you are further ahead on this challenge than others but don’t let that make you feel badly – we can all learn from each other! There are lots of things I don’t know how to make myself but now’s my chance to learn. 🙂

  • #7144

    Louise Curtis
    Participant

    I’m in-should be a great way to brush up some skills that have gotten rusty from disuse.

  • #7145

    Kitchen Witch
    Participant

    I’m in! I make many things from scratch already but always want to learn more!

  • #7146

    Tiger Lily
    Participant

    What a great idea! I’m in, and please feel free to add anything I post to your pdf.

  • #7147

    Loving Life
    Participant

    I am in for this months challenge. Thankfully, I just went to the grocery store yesterday. Also, I just restocked my spices from a bulk store.

    I don’t have chickens or cows (not allowed in my Adirondacks Park Authority restrictions). I will source my milk, eggs, etc through my neighbors (local farmers). I will try no more grocery store for the month. Lol.

  • #7148

    Xant Dewit
    Participant

    Im so in! Thank you Daisy and Selco!

  • #7149

    jennymt140
    Participant

    I am in. Sounds like the perfect challenge.

  • #7152

    Roscoe
    Participant

    This challenge came at just the right time.  I’m in as much as I can manage.  I  hand surgery in mid December, so I’m still healing.  Feel free to use whatever I post in your pdf.

  • #7153

    Ozark Mama
    Participant

    I am in. Sounds like it will be fun and I am sure I will learn something.

  • #7155

    Josefina Arenas
    Participant

    Yes, great challenge and I’m in, too.

  • #7156

    Lele
    Participant

    I’m in- this sounds amazing! If I have any worthy posts, you may share them to the pdf. 🙂

  • #7159

    Jenette Melo
    Participant

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  • #7160

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 1

    What a great way to start the New Year. I am so looking forward to this.

  • #7161

    Roz Proverbs
    Participant

    I’m in! You can share them in  pdf if you find they are good enough Make it from Scratch ideas.

     

  • #7162

    honeyhillmama
    Participant

    Hi all! I’m in too! I actually gathered some supplies in December to begin making lip balms, lotions, skin care items, etc… and my husband and I have begun cleaning with homemade cleaners and are looking for all things homemade that WORK! I am wanting to completely revamp our cleaning routine and get all the chemicals out! I already cook from scratch most of the time, but am always looking out for more ideas/recipes and constantly trying to learn new things. Daisy, any ideas I post, you are welcome to share too. Can’t wait to get started!

  • #7163

    BB Miles
    Participant

    I  think this challenge is going to be educational and fun.  I’m in

  • #7166

    Seagull
    Participant

    I’m in. I expect many challenges as I’m a noob at this. If I come up with something awesome, you can use it for your PDF. My main challenges will be finding the post again and posting daily.

  • #7167

    8greenbeans
    Participant

    This is one of my goals this year! So this challenge is perfect.

    Toilet paper is easy. Just use reusable cloth and wash them. Is it what we’re used to? Of course not. But it does work in a pinch!

    I can’t wait to see a variety of non-food things listed! And condiment recipes!

    I’m also interested in the WWII rations group! I’ve thought about it a lot recently – how do I cook various things without oils and such that I can’t easily grow and make/render. I am learning how to cook with the lard I’ve rendered and the “leftover bacon grease” and of course, butter. But it’s not always just right for different recipes. In that same vein, I’ve been thinking about sweeteners as well… so attempting to tap a variety of trees on our property and grow sorghum, plus we have honeybees. So any thoughts, directions, alternatives, recipes, etc, are greatly welcomed. I use stevia that I grow in my herbal teas and licorice root when I can get my hands on it (Haven’t managed to grow it yet.) But those are not very conducive to baking.

    So far this morning: I have taken a handful of “medicine” for pneumonia (I’m at the tail end of this blasted sickness). They are herbal remedies and vitamin c. However, I’m on one pharmaceutical medicine for vascular microspasms in which I’m searching for an herbal alternative…. also because the medication is known for reducing life expectancy so it’s not something I want to stay on long-term. So there’s that (which I know is also not a “real” part of the challenge but it is reality if something should happen if I couldn’t access those medications).

    We have animals & hunt so our freezer is stocked from them. So we had deer sausage, eggs, and homemade bread. I’ve just recently started making all of our own loaf bread as it is the only bread my father can stomach. My goal this year is to learn to make each bread we use so that we don’t 1) have to buy it & 2) eat the preservatives that are found in most store bought items. I am drinking herbal teas – which is also a goal this year plus to cut down on coffee (even though I drink decaf because of my heart). I’d like to get to where I don’t drink coffee at all unless I am able to start growing a little bit to have during special times.

    I’m really excited about this and I apologize ahead of time for getting long-winded!

  • #7174

    Sketchy Cat
    Participant

    I am in.  Looking forward to learning from these challenges.

  • #7175

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Today, I made a lavendar body scrub. I used brown sugar. I am putting more sugar on my list.

    It was very easy. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar (brown, white, organic), 1/4 cup oil (I used olive, but coconut or grape seed ok), with 8 drops lavendar essential oil. I put it in an extra Mason jar with some white ribbon.

  • #7176

    happy camper
    Participant

    I would like to join the challenge!

  • #7179

    corsaire
    Participant

    Cleaned the toaster oven with a baking soda paste. I am probably preaching to the choir on this one. I sprinkled baking soda on the greasy/grungy top and drip pan; sprayed with water and waited for a couple of hours . The gunk came right off. Works great for ovens and other pans also

  • #7180

    Chicken Momma
    Participant

    Today I made a homemade air freshener.  I had some mini oranges that were about to go bad.  I peeled them and saved the peeling for potpourri, saved a couple good ones for a fruit salad we will have with dinner and put a couple in a miniature crock pot with some cinnamon, and cloves. The house is smelling nice now.

  • #7181

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Jan 1

    For the “make it from scratch challenge” I am making homemade liquid fabric softner from baking soda and vinegar.  I will post the recipe later after I try it out.

  • #7182

    Lee’s homestead
    Participant

    Good challenge!!

    I have gone away from making things homemade which has not helped my weight or blood pressure. Hubby and I are going to try and eat more like a vegetarian and reduce meat.

    I have seen recipes for making your own crakers. I one of the blogs I read about how to save money by making your own items. I was making my own laundry soap but grinding up soap became  tiresome.

  • #7184

    Cristina Stalhood
    Participant

    I am in , excited to see how much money I can save

  • #7185

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Jan 1…first day of the make it from scratch challenge. Down South black-eyed peas and greens is the traditional New Year’s Day meal, so I soaked the dried peas overnight and cooked them for about an hour this morning with some bacon pieces. Ham hock is the preferred seasoning but I didn’t have that so substituted smoked bacon. Greens are “kickin” collard greens. Cayenne pepper provides the kick. Yummy. And made from scratch cornmeal muffins. Noticed that toothpaste tube will soon be empty and though I have toothpaste in my pantry reserves, I’m planning to read up on how I might come up with a substitute. Seems like I’ve read something about baking powder as a tooth paste. Yucky taste…Spent some time working on January budget and plan to avoid purchases for anything….will be interesting to see how I manage without being able to buy fresh veggies….checked on spinach today and will definitely be able to harvest baby spinach leaves next week…cool….looks like heat source and light cost me about a $1 a day….This new activity that gets me up and moving is well worth the extra cost for electricity.

  • #7187

    Made my half gallon electrolyte drink. Here goes, tsp salt half teaspoon lite salt, teaspoon bobs red mill baking soda,10 tsp sugar and juice of one lemon.

  • #7192

    RufusJ
    Participant

    Today DH made cornbread muffins for breakfast. He likes sweet cornbread; I like mine without sugar– but they were still good. For lunch I made Cowboy Caviar, but it wasn’t from scratch– a can of black eyed peas, can of black beans, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of corn (Niblets), half a serrano pepper with the seeds and membrane taken out, some green onions, parsley and a few shakes of Louisiana Gold Hot Sauce. I would have had an avocado in there but they died in the fridge. And half a cup of Italian dressing. With tortilla chips it sure was good. Tonight is smothered cabbage with (I hope) tamales and rice. We make our cabbage usually with bacon and onions, plus the cabbage. Can’t wait!

  • #7194

    Beechickenlady
    Participant

    I’m in! You can use my posts for your pdf. Today rather than use a readymade product I’m treating my hen with a swollen eye by adding ACV and a couple of drops of oregano oil to all their water. Will see what happens!

  • #7195

    CrazyFarmFairy
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Today sis and I cut up deer. We used to pay someone to do this but decided to go out own. We do ground, stew and roasts. Then we boil the bones and make stock to cavan. Also made hoppin john soup from pantry and farm sausage  and collards out of the garden!</p>

  • #7196

    Anonymous

    1/1/19

    Made our breakfast smoothies from scratch:  1 cup almond milk no sugar, @ 1 scoop of protein powder with superfoods (from natural grocer), Nancy’s yogurt with probiotics 1/4 cup, 1-2 Tablespoons Caco (researched to get one without much lead or cadmium in it), 1 T Ceylon cinnamon (found out other kind can be hard on body), I add two cooked eggs (heard can digest better than raw eggs), handful of spinach leaves (organic),1/2 Banana, 3-4 strawberry slices, about 1/2 inch of ginger root and 1 T of Braggs apple cider vinegar with mother.  Mix it really well in an older blender that has some power and an OK to drink breakfast that I have been doing for about 3 months.  I have lost about 40 pounds in that time.  Since retiring, we only eat twice a day this has worked out well.  For dinners we have been cooking from scratch most of the time using our instant pot.

    This shake is not for everyone…Just what I am doing.  I let my grand son taste it and his comment is a new classic for my wife and I.  He said, “Smells like cinnamon and Tastes like DEATH!”

    Also finished my axe sheath with my leather and parts…so from scratch except I do not know how to tan hides.

      

    Before and After:

     

     

     

  • #7198

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    {groan}  OldMtWoman is gonna sit in the back of the class and participate here and there.  We already use almost all ‘homemade’ cleaners, laundry soap, body products…  I make some of them and a dear friend sends me the rest….like a fantastic shampoo that works in my problem hair.  It was about the 6th recipe she attempted that was a major hit! \0/

    We hardly ever used “processed” foods except occasional cans of soup, until these past few years.  DH made our breads/bakery products.  Lots of cookies.  I had dairy goats for a while and made lots of yogurt, some cheese, etc.  I rarely drink milk now.

    More recently, health problems with ourselves and our elderlies have put us into survival mode for energy.  DH actually ate frozen sausage/egg breakfast muffins when I was gone for weeks with our elderlies.  He stopped buying them when I came home…cuz I make them the usual way.  I actually got sick finishing the last of the box of them.  PLUS the dog barfed on two occasions from eating ONE BITE from DH’s processed breakfast muffin.  Uh….something we’re not used to….shouldn’t GET used to….

    We now have old poultry and haven’t renewed our flock.  Still use their eggs in summer but the ladies are not laying enough to store in waterglass for the whole winter.  As with the processed breakfast muffins, we’re noticing the difference now that we have store-bought instead of free-range poultry eggs.  {sigh…someday when we’re resettled, we’ll have poultry full time again}

    Since I am rarely able to shop and DH hates it,, we buy in bulk.  And we reuse a lot of things.  Buying at the thrift stores is also a form of reusing…and saving TONS of money for perfectly good clothing and goods.

    Sooooo we’ll see how much we can afford the time/energy to participate.  This morning we ate eggs/bacon.  But I used a pancake mix to save energy.  Dang that stuff tastes bad!  Blech!  Would be fine but it has some version of “blueberries” in it.  I like my own pancakes better:

    Buttermilk pancakes  1/4th c buttermilk powder or 1 c if using liquid real stuff.  1 c. flour [and I use all sorts of grain combinations like buckwheat [Vit C], ground oats, whatever.  But the bulk of it should be wheat [white or fresh ground] to rise well.  Wheat has gluten to hold the rising.  1 tsp baking powder.  1/2 tsp baking soda.  1/4 tsp salt. 1 egg. 1/2 c water and 1/2 c milk  — omit if you’re using real buttermilk.  2 Tbs oil.

    Mix dry ingredients well. I use sifter.   Whisk wet ingredients til frothy.  Gently add dry to wet and combine til just mixed.  Cook on cast iron griddle for best results.  Preheat til drops of water splattered on iron skitter in balls across surface.  Turn down heat VERY slightly if cast iron gets hotter as you make the pancakes.  [yes, you can use if you want, Daisy]

    We sometimes add chopped nuts/fruit/coconut.  The best is dark purple currants that actually grow wild up here in this barren, harsh land.  They’re wonderful!

    Today’s DIY was an Altoids tin oil lamp…told about in Daily Prep thread before coming here.

    OldMtWoman  …Internet didn’t crash on us yet? yay!  Hope tech fixes this thing!

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  • #7199

    Lee Smith
    Participant

    I made a cake today from scratch, for me this a something. I am a box mix girl.

     

  • #7202

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    Today I canned 6 quarts of sweet and sour chicken.

  • #7204

    Aurora
    Participant

    I am in for the challenge, but we will be gone one week for a Florida vacation.  I will do it the weeks that I am at home.  This sounds like a great challenge!

  • #7205

    Aurora
    Participant

    Today I got a new batch of buttermilk going using cultured buttermilk and raw cow’s milk.  We had soaked steel cut oatmeal for breakfast and meatloaf and sweet potatoes for dinner.  Lunch used store bought stuff sandwich stuff that we already had.

  • #7206

    Olivia Green
    Participant

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>When the January topic of doing it from scratch was announced, thought I’ll learn lots.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>But won’t have anything to contribute now. Foo!</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>From 1975-2000 we lived on a farm in the Oregon coast range.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Had a huge garden, raised sheep and were frugal (poor).</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Lots of things done were by guess or by gosh.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Talk about a learning curve!</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>But wait! For over 50 years I’ve done research to find better, or at least some, solutions for health/medical issues.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Three very important things i found:</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>The same things don’t work for everyone. (Dr.s please take note!)</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>The same things don’t work for yourself every time.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Do NOT give up.*</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Answers come from unexpected sources.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Personal case #1.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>My jaw had been hurting all the time for years.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Many things, including TMJ, had been ruled out.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>I even tried the copper earring idea!</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Desperate, I went to neurologist and was told it was all in my head. (*almost did)</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>As a last gasp, went to a dentist.. figured it couldn’t be that cause wisdom teeth out.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>He listened to my tale of woe and said “Your back is out of place”.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>WAIT! WHAT!</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Because of the way he had to bend for work, his went out frequently.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>He gave me the name of his chiropractor (in ’68 they were regarded as quacks).</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>It took a year for the muscles to shorten or lengthen and stay in place.</span>

    <span style=”font-size: large;”>Dr. Stevens was an MD who was so discouraged at seeing many of his patients not helped by back surgery, he went back to school to learn chiropractic techniques!!</span>

  • #7207

    Blessed Mama
    Participant

    I’m in.

  • #7208

    jennymt140
    Participant

    I am in. Can’t wait.

  • #7215

    Cambria
    Participant

    Daisy I am in. We are setting our food budget. Buy fresh only. Veg and fruit. Will this disqualify us from the challange. We have a very small budget of 25.00 per week.

  • #7219

    lambert
    Participant

    Cambria I am sure that doesn’t disqualify you! If anything, making things from scratch will help your budget go farther.

    Today I made lasagna rather last minute. Store bought ingredients, but it just showed me that most things don’t take nearly as long as I think they do in my head.

  • #7222

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Don’t know about doing a challenge as I haven’t been on here long enough to see what you do. But for the most part I do a lot of scratch cooking. Don’t even know if this would qualify. But I cook everything out of my garden. Make my own bread from scratch as well. I have made scratch cakes but because hubby and I are both diabetics, I don’t do as much of that now. Only during Thanksgiving and Christmas for the kids and grandkids. My oldest granddaughter in CA called yesterday and she made lasagna noodles from scratch. Something I have never done. So I will have to try that one. She loves to cook.  I also make my own laundry detergent. Been doing that for a while now. Like the ideas you guys have posted. It will keep me on my toes for new ideas.

  • #7231

    Farm Girl
    Participant

    I’m in. Today I had shot cocoa from scratch. Cocoa powder, powdered milk and sugar. Tastes better than prefab.

  • #7232

    Dumples
    Participant

    I’m in!  This will be a tough one for me, but that’s probably why it’ll be so beneficial.  You can use anything I share to PDF.

  • #7238

    Skypony
    Participant

    Following along, offer up when I can, not in for a prize.

  • #7239

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Today baked cake- it tastes much better from scratch.  I can always taste the preservatives otherwise.  Made bread and had grilled cheese sandwiches from homemade bread.  I use a recipe from my breadmaker because I like to make one loaf at a time usually.  I use white flour mostly with a variety of grains for the balance of it.  Today I used 10 grain flour and oatmeal flour with a little ground flax seed.

    It is good to have a mortar and pestle for when SHTF.

    Georgene, I don’t know why your chicken’s eye is swollen, but when my dog got a huge sliver in his eye the vet said to put vitamin A in it from a capsule.  It healed up nicely.  Hope the other chickens don’t peck at her.  I remember my Mom used to put a red light with the chick if they started pecking at blood and they used to make red chicken glasses (for real).

    About toothpaste I have used baking soda or salt at times and a lady I know said that one of her relatives used fine wood ash and had nice white teeth.

    One first aid ointment can be made using just balsam pitch mixed with Vaseline.  It was a local family’s remedy for years.

    Loving life, I used a sugar scrub last night that a friend makes.  Made my face feel really good.

    Lees Homestead, I had used my food processer for grating soap for laundry soap- worked very well but we may not have electricity in SHTF situation.  DD said you used it for food later?  Yeah. I wash it with soap and soap is soap.

  • #7240

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    I made some bread from scratch. DH wanted to help so he kneaded. He wanted to see how large they would rise to-I think I let them rise too long. They sure didn’t cook up good,

  • #7243

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Like OldMt Woman and Skypony, I’m going to “sit in the back of the class” and participate when I can but will not be doing the entire Challenge so will not be in it for the prize.  Looking forward to learning a lot!

  • #7245

    j r
    Participant

    Sounds good

  • #7246

    Red state nana
    Participant

    I will participate as much as I can, but probably not everyday. We had scrambled eggs(from our chickens) with fried potatoes for breakfast today, and homemade vegetable soup for dinner. The soup was just some broth with carrots, onion, garlic, celery, chard from our garden, frozen corn and peas, and a can of white beans. Everything was on hand; we have a deep pantry. One thing I’d like to do this year is learn how to make bread.  We eat a lot of homemade soups, but I always buy the bread to go with it.

  • #7249

    Kitchen Witch
    Participant

    I made bread and beef stew for dinner last night. I started a batch of blueberry wine with berries from the freezer. Also, I made gluten free chocolate zucchini bread. (Hubby cleaned the freezer and found the grated zucchini and way too many blueberries! )

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  • #7251

    Star
    Participant

    I’m in, suppose already registered. Sorry, have no experience in following forums.

  • #7253

    Ozark Mama
    Participant

    Jan 1 – hung all laundry on racks in spare room to dry.  Made Mustgo soup, this is when you look in the refrig and say this must go, that must go….put in all in the slow cooker and add spices. Yesterdays batch had chopped up pieces of fried cube steak, green beans with bacon onion and pecans, carrots and creamed corn. I added some beef base, onion powder, garlic powder. After it cooked for a few hours it was served on leftover mashed potatoes. This soup in one form or another is on our menu whenever  the stuff starts to build up in the frig.

  • #7257

    Nobody
    Participant

    I’m in!

    Question Daisy – where do the rules stand with gift cards that (oddly) have an expiration on them ?

    Jan 1 Update:

    Meal 1 – Grown entirely on property – Ham, Eggs, Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Cheddar Cheese

    Meal 2 – Home canned tuna (caught last summer) turned into Tuna Salad

    Meal 3 – Home grown chicken with fresh salad greens from the cold frame

    Misc – Odds and ends left over from Christmas and NYE takeout turned into dog food and canned. Picked up untreated xmas trees for goat food.

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    • #7340

      Nobody
      Participant

      Jan 2 Recap

      Hard cleanout of the fridge, pantry, freezer. Anything that was edible went to either the chickens or the pigs. Re-use what we can’t eat. Not nearly as much food wasted as I thought! The pigs dined on leftover food scraps (no pork), recycled (untreated) Christmas tree branches, and pumpkins we grew in stumps over the summer. The chickens jumped in and out of the pig’s home paddock and helped themselves to the buffet.

      Opened up a new box (thanks for the box Amazon) of soap I made last year. Home made lye and lard. Scented with chamomile from my property. Only purchase was caster oil as my kids just have to have suds when washing. I followed the instructions from WikiHow to make my Lye over the summer.

      https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Lye

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  • #7260

    Loving Life
    Participant

    @woodsrunner I like banana face masks. I bananas but I often have one or two that go brown. I use them in hair or face masks. Last night I made a soothing banana face mask with a little honey. My skin feels wonderful.

    This morning, I made a banana hair mask. One very ripe banana and about 2 tbsps olive oil. You can use a fork to mash it up and get as smooth as possible. I leave it on for about 20 minutes as I have dry hair.

    A fellow Captain taught me these diy treatments on one of my first desert deployments. The chow hall usually had very ripe bananas, honey packets, milk, sugar and olive oil. We used these for our own beauty treatments.

    I forgot to tell Daisy that she can use my posts. Most are pretty simple things, but I think stringing these simple things together are what make a good habit and form a lifestyle.

  • #7261

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    I’m in……..and late to the party!!  I have the worst internet ever!  Each loaded page is an eternity of waiting.  It’s ALMOST as bad as dial up was.  But, anywho…….. On New year’s day, I roasted a farm raised pork loin.  (my brother provides the farm-raised, as I don’t have a “farm” big enough for livestock……yet).  The glazed carrots were canned from my garden and the deviled eggs were from my chickens.  The ice tea was brewed on the wood stove fired by wood that my husband and I harvested from behind the hen house.

    Jan/2 I am cleaning the bathroom with a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide.  We have hard water and this takes the brown stains off the porcelain.  I use a cleaner of water, white vinegar, and a couple drops of dawn dish soap in a spray bottle to clean all hard surfaces.  For supper today, we are having harvard beets, from the garden.  roasted baby potatoes, from the garden (almost out ot those)  and biscuits, made from scratch.  I wish that the biscuits were sourdough, but that died and I just haven’t gotten another started..This month would be a good time for that.  We have left-overs galore in the refrigerator, so I don’t cook too much until they are gone.

    Well, I’m off to do the laundry, laundry powder is one box borax, one box washing soda, four bars fels naptha, and a pint jar of baking soda.  I grate the fels naptha and then just mix all together in a bucket and use a coffee scoop,  I think that is 1/4 cup size.  My husband works in smelly fluids……diesel, gear oil, kerosene etc…….and this is what I’ve found removes the most of the odors.

     

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  • #7267

    Old Goat
    Participant

    I’ll be in but not for a prize as I don’t know if I can be in everyday. Have to make more perogies today to freeze from scratch, and if it warms up enough will start making the “paper” logs although they will not really be all that much in the paper department LOL

    Watched a couple of videos on how to make them, then about fell off my seat laughing when they said they couldn’t get them to work right! I had to resist telling them that 99 percent of the problem was the over engineering of the logs!

  • #7268

    Im in!

  • #7269

    LadyM077
    Participant

    Jan 1st – hanging my clothes to dry

    Jan 2nd – making hot chocolate from scratch (milk, cocoa powder, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla).  Yum!

  • #7272

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    The liquid fabric came out good except I don’t like the lavender smell, but that was the only essential oil I had on hand.  I used an empty vinegar container to mix and store the softner in so I could shake it each time I use it.

    The recipe is:  2 cups hot water. 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. Mix the hot water and baking soda so the soda dissolves, then add the vinegar and the essential oil and stir. Add 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle.

    Today I made homemade biscuits and sausages and made enough to last a few days.  I substituted 7-UP for buttermilk and added sour cream along with some shortening for the biscuits and for the sausages I mixed  garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and cumin to spice the sausage up a bit.

     

  • #7274

    Xant Dewit
    Participant

    Yesterday we had leftover  oliebollen as breakfast. Then we spent the whole day at my parents house. My mom gave me a lot of leftovers so I will be finishing that before cooking from the pantry. I do always cook from scratch and I don’t like the tast of take out.

    But some things I make I did buy because I didn’t take the time to make them. Like bread. I got a new bucket out of the shed and I will be grinding wheat today. I will make some ready mixes so it will be less time consuming.

    Today I did do all the ironing and fixed the clothes that were in need of mending or patching.

    I wrote down the financial goals for 2019 so I will be more focussed on not spending.

    The other day i took apart a crochet blanket from granny squares. I wanted to use only the good parts. The parts with flowers are somewhat wore out. I was about to throw them out then I thought they will be good scrubbing facial clothes. I will sew another fabric on the back.

    But first… leftover soup and bread with melted camenbert.

  • #7275

    Goody2shoes
    Participant

    I’m in. A little late to the party!

  • #7276

    cat lun
    Participant

    Started off today by making homemade sourdough bread. The recipe uses only 4 ingredients (Rye flour, spelt flour, salt and water). It takes a while to get the sourdough going, but it is worth it!

  • #7277

    Roscoe
    Participant

    Today I’m making Homemade Shake & Bake.  We bought some at the store in December and the recipe must have changed.  It was horrible, so now I’m able I’m making my own.

    4 cups flour

    4 cups ground saltine crackers (30=1cup)

    4 tbsp. salt

    2 tbsp. sugar

    2 tsp. garlic powder

    2 tsp. onion powder

    3 tbsp. paprika

    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    Mix well and store indefinitely in the refrigerator in a covered container.

  • #7278

    Lilac5 farm
    Participant

    I won’t be able to participate in January’s challenge since I will be away from home for the entire month. But I will be reading all of your posts and learning from you.

  • #7280

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    This will be interesting.  We already cook from scratch; I rarely buy anything pre-made besides pasta.  Dear Hubby already makes our bread.  Homemade laundry soap.  I already sew, knit and crochet. This challenge will be an opportunity to delve deeper into some subjects.   I will have DH try some new bread recipes.   I have found out, the hard way, that I am seriously sensitive to dairy (milk, cheeses) so that may be a focus for me this month – learning Vegan substitutes; perhaps incorporating the “Veganuary” challenge as part of this.   I look forward to your suggestions.  Best wishes to all.  We just returned from a family holiday so I am looking forward to trying this.

     

  • #7287

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Had cream of buckwheat for breakfast (although I don’t have a problem with gluten, it doesn’t have any).  Made dogfood with brown rice, beef, eggs, scraps of cheese and leftover peas.  Dogs loved it.  A neighbor a while back gave me some beef when she was moving and it was freezer burnt, so saved it for dogfood.  A warm thank you to the neighbor and it hit the spot (Spot being the dog).

    A book with recipes for making dogfood and treats: “Real Food for Dogs” -50 vet approved recipes to please the canine gastronome by Arden Moore

    Will look in my closet for wool to make dryer balls today.  Put a beef roast in the crock pot (for people).

  • #7288

    RufusJ
    Participant

    Well, that was amusing. We lost power today for over four hours. Since it’s doing the rain/freezing-rain dance outside (temperature is 32), I spent most of the day feeding the fire with old papers I’d put off burning for a while. I didn’t want to light the hurricane lamp because, not knowing how long the power would be off, we might need the light for tonight. If I positioned myself just right on the sofa, I could read by the light coming in the windows. So I went through old magazines, looking for recipes that looked yummy and could also be made with a minimum of ingredients when the power is off.
    Power going off is nothing new here. Most folks have generators that come on automatically when we lose electricity. We have a genny but ours isn’t hooked up to do that.

    So… need more lights for power off times.

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  • #7291

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    I’m a bit confused which is not that unusual for me. I’m in on this January challenge but also following the December Challenge on-going posts. Do I need to post in both places?

    Anyhow, everything I’m eating today is from scratch.

    Have found a recipe for toothpaste that looks do-able with what I have with the exception of peppermint essential oils. I’ve never gotten into the essential oil stuff and not even sure how to go about purchasing it….probably Amazon as they seem to handle everything.

    The next DIY item I’ll undertake is my laundry soap. Several of you are posting recipes and/or ideas for that.

  • #7293

    Pretty easy for me to eat from scratch. Last year gained 20 lbs from drinking goats milk. Had homemade maple sausage and quail eggs 4 breakfast, roast pork and hockey puck biscuits 4 lunch. If someone could tell me a better recipe 4 biscuits…….gonna have eggnog and more pork roast 4 dinner. Need to make more brandy vanilla b4 i run out. Oh and finishing off the rice pudding. Gonna start taking walks as soon as we get above freezing. Its enuf exercise to make sure all the critters have water when its below freezing. Gonna b 0 tonite. Have one more biscuit recipe to try with Yogurt starter. My sourdo turned to alcohol hidden in back of fridge.

  • #7295

    Beyond Blessed
    Participant

    So made homemade “fast” hot chocolate for my little girl and me –  each mug has 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of sugar, about a third of a cup of milk and then hot water heated in a kettle on the top – stir well.. Doesn’t taste as good as the “made with all milk” kind but pretty good if you are in a hurry as I was…  Also made home made cookies, instead of buying some tonight..my husband likes to eat them in work with his morning coffee to start the day… the oven temperature is a bit hot as the bottoms cooked and scorched before the rest of them was done so the next batch I will reduce the temperature..   Checking out Daisy’s pasta recipe.. looks even easy enough for me to do!!  lol

  • #7296

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    I made pancakes this morning, and then we noticed the furnace was louder and running more than normal. After lunch  we took pictures of how the inside all looked, then started dismantling it. Found a clogged hose fitting area. Put it all back together, which was harder than taking it apart, but it runs less often and so much quieter. In the past we would have called the furnace repair person, but thanks to this challenge, we decided to do it ourselves. Hubby showed me his glove he wears when he is blowing snow and asked if I thought I could fix it. The seam had come apart and it took a little effort on the sewing machines part, but I managed to sew the seam back together and he didn’t have to buy new gloves. Yeah, this challenge is really putting us through our paces.

  • #7298

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Today and yesterday, I cooked from scratch.

    For breakfast, I made eggs plus a side (skillet potatoes) on the wood stove. I am getting much better with regulating the temperature.

    For lunch both days, I made salad with salmon and avocados with a home made dressing.

    After reading Daisy’s blog, I wanted to make pasta from scratch. I went to get my manual pasta maker. I have a great Kitchen Aid with all the accessories, but I have the manual as a backup. I looked where that manual gadgets are and no pasta maker. I also noticed that a couple other items appear to be missing (copper set of pans, additional cast iron cookware, Staub, tools). I then got worried and tore the house and shed apart. Those items are missing!

    I sent a text to the most likely culprit, my cousin. No answer, but I can tell he received and read the text. Yes, I remember his comment a couple months ago– “Why do you need those things if you don’t use them? I could sell them and make some money!”. I had proceeded to explain two is one concept and manual backup. I am quite sure that he helped himself to them and sold them. In his mind, I wasn’t using the items, so he was entitled.

    Back to the pasta, I found the Kitchen Aid mixer and pasta attachment. While pitching a fit, I made some really good pasta to go along with my homemade gravy (Philly speak for red sauce with meat). I have tons of leftovers, which I will enjoy over the next few days.

  • #7299

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    You guys are ROCKING this challenge.

    There were a couple of questions.

    If you are doing the challenge, post your DIYs and scratch successes here.

    If you are doing the Prep Every Day check-ins, you can do that on the post with this week’s dates. Prep Every Day has been so popular that we wanted to keep that going long-term. I love us having a place where we can all check in and get to know one another.

  • #7303

    RufusJ
    Participant

    Tonight we had mostly leftovers– Cowboy Caviar (from last night), smothered cabbage and rice (ditto), and hamburger patties. The A&W root beer wasn’t scratch, though. Dessert was the last of the pecan pie from Christmas– all scratch. It’s my DH’s recipe. I’ve never tried to make it.

  • #7304

    honeyhillmama
    Participant

    Jan 1: we are raising meat chickens. Feeding and watering is an ongoing task. Just a couple more weeks to go, and they will be ready for the freezer.

     

    Jan 2: I soaked overnight and then cooked a big pot of homemade pinto beans with the bone leftover from the holiday ham. Served with cornbread! Yum! And frugal!

  • #7309

    Anonymous

    1/2/19

    Made ketchup from scratch but had to use store bought tomatoes.  Recipe included cloves and cinnamon which might not try next time.  It is low sugar so will change that also.  Tastes different, not bad just different.  Any better recpies out there?

    Also used chicken broth and left over chicken and some carrots and celery to make soup.  Still had some pasta but once used up, will try and make some I think.

    See you tomorrow

  • #7310

    CrazyFarmFairy
    Participant

    Pulled out knitting and started cotton dishcloths.

  • #7312

    Olivia Green
    Participant

    Three very important things i found:
    The same things don’t work for everyone. (Dr.s please take note!)
    The same things don’t work for yourself every time.
    Do NOT give up.*
    Answers come from unexpected sources.

    hope this comes across with all the tags

  • #7318

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    I am working on making a bullet journal type notebook for my prepping. I was going to buy one for all the great ideas I am getting but I am making one instead. Gotta hurry because of all the great ideas that are pouring in.

    I am making it by cutting notebook paper in half then I will bind it with my ‘Cincher’.

  • #7319

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    When my kids were little we made books all the time. Before I had my binder I used a hole punch and tied it with yarn.

  • #7323

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Made oatmeal…raisins, walnuts for breakfast.  I never make the instant stuff cuz the regular doesn’t take much longer.  I have and could flake oat groats and make that part from scratch too….but I’m not that ambitious right now.  DH made us grilled sandwiches with ham from Christmas and cheese.   😉  Had pie that was from a box….but it had already been baked and had to be eaten.

    Thanks for the shared directions/recipes everyone!  I’m already busy with my copy/paste to word processing!

    OldMtWoman

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    • #7413

      8greenbeans
      Participant

      The past couple of days I have been spending time with Child#6 that came home from college. We’ve only eaten leftovers as I flat refuse to make more food when there’s a least a week’s worth awaiting to be eaten. Hubby agreed.

      I decided to reuse some old glass spice jars to deal with taking my medicines more easily. I have a huge gallon jar of Fire Thieves Cider (to which I added a pint of cinnamon/clove cider today) and it is simply a pain to open and get out a Tbsp at a time. So I put it in a small pour bottle. It’ll be several days worth and much easier to deal with. Same for the usnea tincture and elderberry syrup.

      Used the cinnamon sticks and clove buds from the cider as a simmering potpourri. After they’re boiled out, I’ll throw them out in the compost area for that type of thing.

      I made a decoction of mullein leaf to use in the nebulizer to help fight off the last of this pneumonia that’s taking sooooooo long to go away. I used it last evening and hoo boy do I feel sooo much better this morning. Gonna keep doing that until it’s all gone.

      Needed to water the plants in the green house. I only used water from the hose one time and that was when we originally put the plants in there mid-fall. The rest of the time I’ve been using rain water. Either from the bucket I have sitting outside the green house or usually from just dipping a small can in the puddles outside. Since we are hooked up to the county water, it saves on the water bill. I’m contemplating putting gutters on sides of the greenhouse to run into a 55-gallon drum to use for watering plants – the barn catchment is for animals. Though currently, it is not needed for the plants, we will likely need it come summer.

      I’ve also spent some time printing out family photos. Once they are in the frame behind glass, I can’t tell they aren’t on photo paper or anything. That’s a big money saver right there! I inherited a bookoo of frames from my mom and would love to use them all but I didn’t want to spend that much money on getting photos printed out (nor spend the time putting them on a thumbdrive and driving somewhere and dealing with people and technology). So, now I have a way to do it at home for pennies and don’t have to deal with people or driving or spend much time on it.

      Have enjoyed seeing recipes for the things like ketchup, soda crackers, and fabric softener. I’ll be employing them as soon as said items are used up around here! Love seeing the ideas everyone has.

  • #7324

    Lee’s homestead
    Participant

    The second

    egg plant was the main ingredient

    made stir fry and egg plant  parmesan

    Goal this year is to reduce using a microwave. So I broiled the egg plant for three minutes. Pulled it out in one skillet I had peppers onions garlic already sautéing in avocado oil. Add the egg plant and mushrooms. That was the stir fry.

    Laid the remaining egg plant in a dish with cut up zucchini onion mushrooms leftover spaghetti sauce. Topped with Parmesan cheese space is big 350° half hour.

    More seasoning needed but not bad.

  • #7330

    Rainy Acres
    Participant

    Yesterday:  Crocheted a bunch of washcloths to sell at the market next weekend. Made cauliflower “mac” and cheese with leftover ham and salad for dinner, packed leftovers for lunch (always take leftovers for lunch at work).  Baked a loaf of no-knead artisan bread for my husband (I am eating Keto)…so easy!  Started a batch of sprouts to add to salads.

    Today:  One more crocheted washcloth complete.  More leftovers for dinner.  Going to have to freeze some so they don’t go bad.

    Items added to make from scratch list: toothpaste, more feminine hygiene pads, reusable fabric bags for wrapping gifts, new recipe for refrigerator taco pickles for our Friday taco nights (homegrown carrots, homegrown onions, jalapeños, radishes, cilantro)

  • #7332

    Kitchen Witch
    Participant

    Made beef stew with stew beef that I had traded for some homemade wine. Delicious! Will take that for lunch today in my soup thermos. I always bring my own lunch usually consisting of leftovers. This weekend, I had also traded some homemade wine for some fresh scallops. Those are in the freezer and will be cooked this weekend. Looking forward to that!

  • #7335

    Star
    Participant

    Dehidrated lemons someone gave to me. It’s the first time I do this, They’re just a few lemons but will keep dehidrating them, I’m using a slice in my tea.

    Also making kefir. Meals are home cooked and I bring my lunch for work.

  • #7337

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 3

    Today I am making homemade egg bread and it is similar to the taste of brioche bread.  I am not feeling well today so I am using the bread machine to mix and proof the dough.  Then all I have to do is knead the dough and let it rise and bake. This is the recipe.

    3/4 cup milk, 2 eggs, 3 cups bread flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 3 tbls applesauce, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tsp yeast,

     

  • #7344

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Check-In:  We were traveling on the First  – so nothing new.

    Yesterday, we had home0made oatmeal with raising and walnuts.  I finished a knitted scarf I am making for my daughter.  Not a straight long rectangle, but a crescent design with two different yarns. New pattern and i needed to alter it to make it work.  Next, she wants mittens to match -lined.  Will need to figure that one out. Last month and this month has been and will be a month for knitting/crocheting.  I had decided to make hats from leftover yarn.  Family did not want what I made but chose new colors and styles. (Of course.)  So that was their Christmas present – for some.  More to make as I settle in front of the fire, or watch TV.

    Today, homemade pancakes for breakfast.  Then I wash and block daughter’s crescent scarf.  Have never need to block the myriad of blankets I made before, so this will be new, too.

    Tomorrow, Jan 4th:  New loaf of bread and will look for something else to do.  It is a good thing I can fall back on homemade and canned foods while I search for something new.  Looking for a vegan “cheese” sauce.  Anyone have one that does not use Vegan Cheese?

     

  • #7349

    Makn biscuits again, the chickens goats and dogs get to eat my hockey pucks. This time using yogurt starter. Using my electric heater for 1st time outta the box to warm up my well house. Got to -11 this morning, have used half my household emergency water to get thru this cold spell. Even my blue 55 gal barrels froze in the greenhouse[unheated]. Learned something new about something called bank cord. Getting pumpkin seeds ready to roast(waiting for the papery shell to dry and rub off)

  • #7353

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Made chili from scratch. Used my Mountain Home can of tomato powder for the tomato sauce. That’s good stuff I think. Ordered a bunch of stuff from Emergency Essentials (BePrepared.com). Awesome customer service in my experience.

    Help everybody: I want to buy a food dehydrator. So many choices on Amazon. I don’t want to buy the cheapest thing, but I don’t need a cadillac either. I’m looking at a Magic Mill 6 tray unit for about $99 that looks interesting but I’m not sure what features I are important as I’ve never owned one of these things before. I plan to use for dehydrating frozen vegetables I catch on sale. Saw this idea on a prepper youtube channel.

    I’m so excited for this new year and really getting more serious about being prepared and learning new skills! Yeah.

  • #7354

    M’s Homestead
    Participant

    I’m really excited for this as it’s my first challenge. Can’t wait to get new ideas.

  • #7355

    Roscoe
    Participant

    This morning I tried to do some sewing, but my hands hurt to much. I’ll try again another day.  Since my hands won’t cooperate yet, I’ve been on my tablet looking for things I need to replace soon.  Hubby is a big help, he can follow recipes & such, but he’s not making noodles from scratch.  On a side note, we’ve only used things we already had on hand, so no trips to the store.  Yea me!

     

  • #7359

    RufusJ
    Participant

    Dehydrating lemons today! These are ones we had left over from Thanksgiving. A couple were getting marginal so it was either dry ’em or toss ’em.

  • #7362

    Loving Life
    Participant

    DIY Day

    Tree down on driveway. I used electric and regular chainsaw to cut it up, then stacked it to season for firewood.

    Then I cooked breakfast from scratch– omlettes with smoke salmon on wood stove (fueled by my wood).

    It was outside, so I used some of my wood stove ash to melt the ice.

    I was still upset about DC, so I made a stress relief lavendar tonic.

    Then I went to gun range and did some target shooting. I purchased paper targets and had several very nice groupings. My new friends put some nice bumper stickers and sayings on them. I brought the targets home and put on walls in my laundary and storage areas. DIY Art plus threat deterrent!

    After shooting, I had perfect perfume — gunpowder and lead mixed with gun oil (from cleaning) plus the lavender! DIY perfume!
    It worked as I had someones asked me out. Lol. Oops not DYI….

    Yes, I am out of the challenge as I had a beer with someone.

  • #7363

    Anonymous

    1/3/19

    Did my smoothies for breakfast again this morning and will be doing that every day at least for myself.  My wife sometimes opts for other but I have been cooking most of that.

    Built a sprouter jar without buying them.  Trying it out for the first time. Took a canning jar and we had some new screen we have been saving so cut out a good circle (all my wife on getting it correct) and glued it into a jar ring.  Got wheat seeds started.   Saved some money over buying a sprouter pan set.  Now if it just works.

    Would appreciate any help on what to do.  Watched a video on how to start.  Trying wheat seeds first since that was all I could get at the store.  If this works ok for salads and my smoothie then could be an ongoing thing.  May be a substitute for trying to grow spinach in the house.

    Any recommendations on what to sprout based on yield and costs and taste?

  • #7366

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    Muffy – I have this dehydrator as well as an Excalibur. Honestly, I’m every bit as happy with the less expensive one. 🙂

    Hamilton Beach Dehydrator

     

  • #7368

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Cooked meals from scratch today.

    Made dog treats with about 4 oz of leftover turkey & gravy, about 4 oz sweet potatoes mashed, 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 eggs, and 2 tblsp veg oil with enough water to make dough you can roll out..  Rolled out, put on ungreased cookie sheet, cut in squares before baking and baked till done, then cut again on same lines, cooled, put in jar.  I don’t remember temp and time but I think 350 degrees and about half hour.  Maybe check after 20 minutes.  The dough was not at all hard to roll out.

    Also made soda crackers:                                                                                                                                            4 1/2 cups flour        1/2 cup butter or margarine                                                                                                     1/2 teasp soda            1 1/2 cups water                                                                                                                      1/2 teasp salt               salt for tops of crackers                                                                                                           Combine dry ingredients, cut in butter, add water, stir till just mixed, turn out dough on floured surface & knead till smooth, roll out 1/4th at a time on floured surface till 1/8 inch thick, Cut in squares, place on ungreased cookie sheet pierce with fork and sprinkle with salt and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

    I used butter and cut recipe in half.  Crackers were tasty but very crisp. They were not quite like soda crackers. I think I overbaked them -so back to the drawing board and I will try using more soda next time.  I used two balls of dough and second batch I sprinkled on salt and rolled it in with rolling pin instead of sprinkling it on after putting on cookie sheet..

  • #7373

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    Jan 3.  Biscuits and fried eggs for breakfast.

    baked rolls and bread for the next few days.    Bone broth was ready for canning, so I made chicken and dumplings for supper.

    I didn’t do much of anything else.  Canning usually takes up the whole day when I have to do it inside. My kitchen range takes forever to get the pressure canner up to pressure.

     

  • #7376

    Earth Chick
    Participant

    It’s January and I always have a renewed desire to save a little more.  We clean out, donate, eat in and get our house in order. We are basically scratch eater anyway, so that part is pretty easy. For the past 3 days, I have been having salads made with our hydroponic Romaine lettuce, stale bread croutons, and vinegarette. Deer and rabbit have been on the menu too.  I have been experimenting with vanilla and melatonin to relax the reflux and ACV to get the acid up in my stomach, as I suffer from high pH.  I made a carburetor linkage at work today out of jewelry findings because the part was discontinued and sharpened all the blades instead of installing new ones on the chain saws and mowers. We archived the records from last year in binders we pulled from the dumpster at a property we were working on.  A cruddy tshirt was washed and cut into circles for the kombucha jars and the rest was cut up small and put in the compost pile.  Trying my best to use what I have and find creative solutions. This kind of reminds me of the year we didn’t buy anything new. We were dead broke and living in a condemned trailer with no appliances and no health insurance. I begged and borrowed and got creative.

  • #7377

    Valkyrie
    Participant

    Jan 1. Started tearing out carpet in oldests childs room. The animals have decided that his carpet is perfect for potty use. It’s concrete, and we are going to stain and seal it. Figure this will come in handy in SHTF situations as well, since the carpet is not sanitation friendly.

    Jan 2. Made wool dryer balls and started using them in the dryer.

    Jan 3. Taught the youngest teenager how to make no bake cookies. Thinking this is also helpful in SHTF situations as you can get a sweet treat without an oven.

  • #7378

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    Made 2 loaves of cinnamon swirl bread and 3 pizzas trying to use up some older yeast before it fails me. Had one of the pizzas for supper and put the other 2 in the freezer for another day.

  • #7379

    SnowFairy
    Participant

    I’m in and starting late. Today I roasted a chicken for meals for the week. Baked a loaf of low carb bread. Started inventorying medical supplies. Didn’t buy a thing and made everything with supplies I already have.

  • #7383

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I made my husband’s breakfast from scratch (buckwheat, peanut butter, and various fruit) along with his dessert (banana bread made from scratch).

  • #7388

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    OldMansd – There’s what sounds like a fairly simple ketchup recipe (without any unusual spices) at this webpage: http://www.littlehouseliving.com/homemade-ketchup.html  Also, I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from the Food Network:  “Sun-Dried Tomato Ketchup  Puree 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of the oil from the jar, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon each cayenne and ground ginger and 1/4 cup water until smooth.”  It sounds interesting but, of course, it requires sun-dried tomatoes which, unless you dry them yourself, can be a bit pricey.

  • #7390

    Anonymous

    @Amy Dixon.  Thanks for the ketcup recipe.  I took a look and it sounds good

    When mine cooled down it is closer but the cloves put me off a little.   Thanks again!

  • #7393

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Well, we used “homemade” metal/lead to make holes in paper today.  Since it was such a WARM day in January.  Interesting searching out the metal that melts thru the snow.  We’ll find the rest in the spring.  DH was testing different pressures and was pleased with results of his latest.  I needed a refresher on which end was up ….not really but this one was stiff and my fingers are weak.  But I found safe ways of adapting and made it work.  Pointing where it needs to go is not usually a problem for me… which defies that fact that I don’t practice much.  Was fun.

    Later while DH cleaned things up, I made stew from last of beef roast.  Carrots from my friend’s garden…have to use soon.  Getting a little limp.  Goats like them ….and also get the banana peels.  One way to compost…thru goats.  Potatoes, onions, garlic…the usual.

    OldMtWoman

  • #7394

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Muffy….saw your question about dehydrators.  I have one consideration.  I don’t like the circular type where you disassemble the whole device when you take the trays off from the top.  I find the box type is much more versatile.  I take out the trays and put quart canning jars of goat’s milk yogurt.  Also if you have something to dehydrate that’s a little larger, some of the circle trays won’t adjust for that.  I can just leave out every other tray to give more space between them.  As for brand…mine is so old….from back in the early 80’s?  It has done a huge amount of work and is still working but one side is no longer heating.  I have to rotate the square trays around to get the heat on all sides evenly now.  This brand is no longer sold, I think tho.  I think Excaliber is one of the fine/expensive brands.  But I haven’t paid much attention.

    OldMtWoman

     

  • #7395

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    OldMansd – You’re welcome.  Hope that recipe works out for you!

    Muffy1938 – As to your question about dehydrators, here are several things to consider: I have an old Excalibur 9-tray that I love.  They are expensive but if you don’t need to get one right away and can afford to wait awhile, they seem to come down dramatically in price during flash sales.  For example, Woot.com had the Excalibur 9-tray model on a flash sale in May 2018 for about $180 (plus tax and shipping), and then in December 2018 they had it on a flash sale again for about $155 (plus tax and shipping).  They sell out very, very quickly (usually in one day or less) at those prices so if you want to snag one the next time they (hopefully) go on a flash sale I’d suggest you sign up to receive Woot.com’s emails. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a used Excalibur at a good price on EBay.  If you want to get a dehydrator right away though, or want to spend less than a new Excalibur’s flash sale price or a used Excalibur’s price, I’ve heard several people say very good things about their Nesco square-shaped stacking-type dehydrators.

    If you end up getting an Excalibur (or a different brand of box-shaped dehydrator with the heating/fan at the back), I’d suggest you try to get a 9-tray (or similar height) model.  With that extra height you can use the dehydrator as a temperature controlled space to raise bread dough, or (as OldMt Woman said) to incubate yogurt, or to remove alternating trays to allow for the dehydration of taller food items on the remaining trays or simply to improve airflow and thus decrease the drying time.

    Other features I would look for in any dehydrator would be the ability to select the temperature at which the drying takes place, and the ability to run the dehydrator at a low temperature (such as about 105 degrees Fahrenheit or lower) as well as at higher temperatures (For example, it is better to dry herbs at low temperatures).  An optional feature that is nice to have is a timer (about a 26+ hour timer is nice) however, if you find a dehydrator you like at a good price that doesn’t have a built-in timer, you can usually get a separate, fairly inexpensive lamp-timer at a hardware store that you can plug into a wall outlet and then plug the dehydrator’s power cord into.  If you go with a stacking-type dehydrator, it is good to get a brand for which you can purchase extra trays and “Fruit Leather” sheets if you decide you want to use those.  Fruit Leather sheets are also available to fit Excalibur dehydrators if you end up getting one of those.

    For my Excalibur, I ended up also purchasing a replacement door with a plexiglass panel in it so I could look through and visually check the progress of the dehydration.  It’s nice to have but certainly is not essential.

     

    • #7400

      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Amy Dixon…thank you so much for the dehydrator info!!! I feel a whole lot better now with your info to shop for one. I am definitely going to look into the Excalibur brand as I think personal recommendations can be more helpful than all the advertisements. I’ve decided that since electrical outage is a more likely scenario where all my freezer things would be lost, doing more preserving through dehydration and canning make a bit more sense for me. I’m also looking into a Food Saver device for sealing up things. Again, thanks!!!

  • #7397

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    I’m in! You are absolutely welcomed to use any ideas I can contribute. This challenge Is right on time for me.  I’d made a resolution to eliminate as much purchased “stuff” from our lives as possible this year. This is very exciting!

  • #7398

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Thanks for all the tips on dehydrators. It is on my list to hopefully find at a thrift store or buy. Yes, I want to kick myself because I remember seeing a brand new one last year in the local thrift store.

    Last night, I made a nice mushroom soup. U had brought back mushrooms from Kenneth Square, PA (local producer of much of the world’s mushrooms) and they were starting to go. I made it from scratch and I am adding a but more sherry to my pantry. By doing this challenge, I’ve noticed that it was some of these little things I need a bit more of in the stockpile; though I have stocked up on vineagars and they could often be substituted.

    I also used some wood stove ash in the refrigerator in lieu of baking soda. Lots of great uses for wood ash. My trees are mostly hardwood, lots of maples and oaks; which makes the best wood ash (according to my very senior neighbor).

    This morning, I cooked eggs and bacon on the wood stove.

  • #7399

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    We are a multi-generational household.  My spouse and I live with my youngest daughter and her three boys ages 14, 12 and 2.  Spouse and I are big do it yourselfers but daughter and grands are definitely not! This is going to be quite a challenge for us.  I do 99% of the cooking so scratch meals won’t be much of a problem.  The real challenge is going to be keeping my daughter from running out to the nearest grocery store for quick and easy (processed frankenfood).  She’s also a big fan of chemical laden cleaning and laundry products To that end I’m working on diy convenience foods this week.  Last night I made fruit roll-ups for the kids with a #10 can of applesauce from the pantry.  I’ve got a couple of pounds of lean ground beef marinating for beef jerky. There’s a canning jar full of vinegar and orange peels steeping on the window sill for an easy all purpose spray cleaner.  While the jerky is drying I’m making pizza dough to build some frozen pizza’s. It’s a start.

  • #7402

    Beyond Blessed
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>So my husband tasted the cookies with the scorched bottoms I made on 2 January and said even slightly over don they were much better than shop bought cookies so that’s a win. Yesterday I found a recipe for saltines on littlehouseliving and made them to go with our evening meal of boiled eggs and tomatoes ) we had eaten a large meal at lunchtime and everybody’s appetite is affected due to us being ill as well. They didn’t taste really like saltines more like little pitta breads and I think I should probably have pricked them as well. They were a win taste wise but not as a straight replacement to my mind so more work needed there.</p>

  • #7406

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Jan 4

    For my challenge today I am starting a kitchen compost bin out of some five gallon food grade bucket that I purchased a few years back and never used.  I will put one in the mud/laundry room right off the kitchen for all vegetable peelings and vegetable scraps and when that one fills up I will move it out and put another one in.  This Spring I am starting a container garden to grow fresh vegetables and will used this compost if I am successful at making it..  I hope this can be considered homemade.

  • #7410

    Nobody
    Participant

    Jan 3 Recap

    Jan 3 was all about fixing a problem. The chickens somehow managed to peck the cord for their heated water bowl. It’s wrapped in a metal coil! Didn’t work anymore. Had a gift steam cleaner that I have been using for parts. Broke out my soldering iron from school and attached a new cable to the heater watering bowl. wrapped in in the same steel cable and added left over PVC for giggles. Total cost – ZERO. Reclaimed/reused parts. Bonus, used my college degree for something on the farm – priceless!

  • #7415

    namelus
    Participant

    8 Greenbeans when doing the rain gutter for green house run the water spout to inside the green house, easier access and is a thermal mass

    • #7417

      8greenbeans
      Participant

      Great idea, namelus, thanks!

  • #7419

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Checking in to this challenge today…made breakfast sausage omelet from scratch and will be cooking salmon filet for supper in a bit. Have some mushrooms I need to use up, so someone had mentioned mushroom soup and that sound like a good idea. I’ll get that done today as well. Lunch was left over chili made yesterday.

    Still haven’t gotten around to trying toothpaste recipe but that’s definitely getting higher on the list of things to do for this challenge.

  • #7421

    1st place is 7 up and 2nd is yogurt starter for biscuits, the others dont count since they are hockey pucks. Town trip today for hay, pellets and post office.
    Well wont run, have little space heater trying to thaw the well house. My lines are 4 ft, maybe that aint deep enough for these below 0 nights. We usually have a low of 5 degrees in winter, with thawing temps in the daytime, have had a week of below freezing temps even during the day. My stored water will suffice, thank god. A water tote with black plastic in full sun works great for the critters too. May put a 55 gal barrel in the house like i did b4 i had a well. Could always melt snow…..

    • #7426

      grannyj smith
      Participant

      This is the biscuit recipe that I use:

      2 cups self rising flour, 1/4 cup shortening, 2 tbl sugar, 2 tbl sour cream, 3/4 cup buttermilk or 7-UP. Use a pastry knife to cut shortening into mixture then add buttermilk or 7-UP, just judge how much buttermilk or 7-UP is needed. Knead lightly on floured surface and either roll by hand or use a biscuit cutter.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees and bake biscuits till brown.

  • #7425

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    1-4 fried sweet potatoes for breakfast with thick slices of homemade bread.

    I worked on taking down Christmas decorations today, along with some laundry and, since the internet was working good, I read some blogs that I like.

    Supper is fried potatoes and left over pork and saurkraut.

     

  • #7439

    Beyond Blessed
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>So used up the rest of the “saltine” crackers this morning with a mixture of fruit for everyone’s breakfast. Hopefully the extra vitamin C will help us get rid of the virus we all have. They tasted better to my mind than they had last might as they had softened in the fridge and had a more crumbly texture rather like a cheese pastry without the cheese. I had added garlic powder and parsley flakes to the original recipe and those flavor s seemed more developed too. This afternoon I made 2 loaves of challah bread totally by hand! And they look lovely. We normally buy 2 loaves of Italian white so this is a first. I will let you know how they taste tomorrow as just about to have them now with some salmon. We are having our meal late due to baby girl not feeling well and my not wanting to wake her from her nap earlier.</p>

  • #7440

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    January 3- I “made” a run to the commissary for monthly grocery run. LOL It was a looong day. Still came home and made California Wraps. Used this recipe for the guacamole:

    1 avocado mashed, 1 TBS sour cream, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/8 tsp. salt. It was better the first time I made it. Probably because I was worn out I might have miss measured 🙂 I added a little sugar ( <1/8 tsp. and that did the trick.

    January 4- Made an Oriental dressing for the spinach salad. 3 TBS vegetable oil, 1 TBS lemon juice, 1 TBS toasted sesame seeds, 1 1/2 tsp. soy sauce, 1 clove garlic-minced, 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger.

  • #7442

    honeyhillmama
    Participant

    Day 3: strained the fire cider that’s been fermenting. I have a question for anyone who might know. I made two jars of fire cider. The first, I strained. The second had a small part of an onion that had risen above the liquid. I removed the onion, and then screwed the cap back on the second jar. Does anyone know if this jar is ruined now, since part of an onion was above the liquid? I would rather throw it out than risk sickness.

     

    Day 4: I really wanted to go to a Mexican restaurant tonight. I decided to make homemade Mexican food instead. Saved money and was able to stay home!

  • #7443

    Anonymous

    1/4/19
    Used some left overs for dinner that we had made from scratch over the last two days  Also made (DIY) fire starters using egg cartons, lint we got from laundromat for free and goodwill on sale christmas candles. Added cotton cordage I had for wick into individual egg carton spots to help light better

    Wife and I made bread, did use bread machine on dough setting but took out and let rise more in oven.  No big thing probably for most of you out there but we have had trouble getting bread to rise enough so tried putting into warm oven and put pans of hot water in the oven below bread pans and worked very well and tasted great.

  • #7446

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    Not feeling well today, so the best I got was to make 2 meals from scratch. Cleaned out the fridge for supper and found vegetables that were in there a little too long and poured a little cheese sauce on them to doctor them up. Baked some chicken and home made french fries to go with the veges.

  • #7447

    Valkyrie
    Participant

    January 4. Brushing up on my sewing skills. Making a tunic from scratch, with no pattern. It’s much harder than I thought it would be!

  • #7448

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Flamingolady, do great minds think alike?  We had chicken and fries for supper too.  I went to town today to run errands and bought some supplies, basics (like baking soda and milk).  I was tempted with baked sweets but resisted thinking I will bake something later.

    Found the wool to make dryer balls and found some old flannel to cut up and hem for tp #1 only.  Was thinking of using telephone book pages and burning them.  Not sure yet if I want to go that far when I don’t have to, but hey, its a challenge..

    OldMtWoman, I’m confused why you melted lead to make holes in paper.  Could you expand on that?

    A remedy for the urinary tract is Arctostaphilus Uva Ursi tea, also known as bearberry or kinnikinic.  Grows around here.  You can find pictures on the internet.  Use leaves and the ones gathered in spring are the best.  Tastes bad but palatable if you add a bit of honey.  My DH used to take it when he had kidney stones.  It keeps bacteria from sticking to the bladder.  You can gather it or buy tea bags even.  Just ask for Uva Ursi tea.

    s

  • #7449

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Loving Life and Muffy1938 – You’re welcome!  I hope you both find the perfect dehydrator(s) for you 🙂

  • #7452

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hi woodsrunner……OK, LOL….that whole section WAS a bit oblique. Sorry.  I generally don’t speak of guns directly.  But the sentence read: “… we used “homemade” metal/lead to make holes in paper today.”     Meaning: reloaded ammo….and paper targets.  Or as Loving Life would say:  DIY Artwork.  The melting part of the paragraph came when the hot  metal casings come flying out of the gun and landed in the snow….and we had to search for them.  🙂

    I was dizzy again today so it was fairly non-productive.  Made us fried-egg/bacon/cheese sandwiches for brunch.  DH made us hamburgers for supper.

    OldMtWoman  ..can’t even remember WHAT I did today

  • #7458

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Jan 5

    Today I am making cotton napkins out of organic cotton dish towels and will no longer buy or use paper towels.  Of course dh believes he cannot survive without paper towels, so I explained that paper towels cost us an average of thirty dollars a month and does he like that we are throwing thirty dollars a month in the trash.

     

  • #7459

    Ozark Mama
    Participant

    I have started out the year sick with a virus of the snot nose sore throat feel like crap style.  I have managed to cook everything from scratch this week. Dried all the clothes on racks in the house with the help of an oscillating fan.

    But my main thing has been managing my cold symtoms naturally. I know now I need to store more dried Mullein leaf.  Steeping and drinking as tea has kept my lungs open (a major thing as I have a lung disease). I have been treating my sore throat with hot water, apple cider vinegar and honey.

  • #7460

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    @ old Mt Woman- after thinking about it a while I thought that might be it.  His year I’ve got to make time to go to the range.

    Mullein- the Indians used to use mullein seed to put in the water to catch fish as it stuns them and they could hand pick them up then.  Illegal to do now but interesting.                                                                                                      I see that a number of us gather and use herbs for medicine and tea.

    Not quite the time of year now but I like to gather Balm-of-Gilead (Balsam Poplar) buds in late winter to use for a salve for minor skin ailments.  I have picked them, soaked them in olive oil for a month or so and combine with beeswax, then pour into containers.  It smells nice like evergreen too.

  • #7468

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Breakfast this morning was bacon and pancakes.

    Stick to your ribs pancakes:                                                                                                                                            1-2 eggs, 1 1/4 cup buttermilk, 2 Tblsp oleo melted, 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup cornmeal,                         1/4 cup wheat germ, 2 teasp baking powder, 1/2 teasp baking soda, 1/2 Teasp salt                                                          Beat eggs til light, add buttermilk & mix well, Add dry ingred, stir just till blended, fold in oleo or butter.  Cook on hot griddle.  Blueberries may be added.                   serves 4

    Rhubarb buttermilk muffins:        oven 400 degrees   makes 24                                                                                  1 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 1/2 cups flour,  1 teasp baking powder, 1 egg, 1 teasp baking soda, 1/2 teasp salt,     1/4 cup oil, 1 egg, 2 teasp vanilla, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 1/2 cup finely diced rhubarb (can be from frozen), 1/2 cup pecan pieces.    Mix till just blended.                                                                                                                                 Topping:  1/3 cup sugar, 1 Tblsp melted butter, 1 1/2 teasp cinnamon

    Today I’m going to dig into my sewing stash and find fabric to make beeswax sandwich wraps and bowl covers.   Cut fabric to size you want.  Put on parchment paper on cookie sheet or fabric you don’t care about (not your ironing board) and grate beeswax onto the fabric, layer with another piece of parchment paper and iron till the wax melts into the fabric (did I say cut it with pinking shears if you have them).  Some people use jojoba oil also and some use  just beeswax or add something else.  You can reuse these over and over instead of plastic wrap, bowl covers or sandwich bags  They can be washed with dish soap and warm, not hot, water.  Of course, do not use in microwave or with heat.  There are many tutorials on the internet.

  • #7469

    Abbie Doe
    Participant

    I have been without internet for a week so haven’t been able to post.  On the first i made dryer sheets with vinegar and essential oil; on the 2nd made a salve for pain with cayenne pepper; on the 3rd made made peppermint / lavender oil and hand balm; yesterday I made laundry soap and today I just made make-up and face cleaner.  So far I’m loving this challenge.  This next week I am going to cook from scratch.

  • #7470

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Love reading about all the homemade medicines….I’ve never gotten into that but I think would be a good thing to do. Love the suggestion for making beeswax sandwich and bowl wraps! That I’ve got to try.

    Went to our local Menonite store today and found essential oils. Bought a bottle of peppermint for making toothpaste. This store has really started stocking lots and lots of the natural foods and products. I need to go back to really check out their shelves as I start doing a bit more of the things ya’ll talk about.

    From scratch today – chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, wrapped in a slice of bacon. Yum…just love this dish..so easy and really tasty.

  • #7487

    Loving Life
    Participant

    This morning I made Southwest scrambled eggs (with my homemade salsa) and Mexican potatoes (lots of spices, pepper, onions) on my wood stove. My wood stove is a Defiant Vermont Castings.

    During the day, I started my chili. Everything about the chili is from scratch and never tastes the same. I had frozen lots of peppers in summer, so I used them for the chili.

    I also made a lavendar spray that I use on my pillows at night to help with sleep issues.

    @muffy1938. I have recently started using essential oils and have found them quite useful.

    @woodsrunner. You definitely should make time to the range.

    This afternoon, I stopped at the thrift store. In addition to finding some additional cookbooks, I found two frames (awful art in them so I tossed) perfect size for my DIY Artwork, so now my artwork is in nice frames.

  • #7490

    Anonymous

    1/5/19

    Did our shakes as usual for breakfast but got to also cook a few eggs for wife and a grandkid.  Now that I am retired, I enjoy cooking and try to keep the kitchen clean.

    My Daughter liked the air freshener that I made so I made here a bottle of it to take home.

    2 cups water, 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda and 20 drops of Lemon Grass essential oil.

    Put water into sprayer, add the 20 drops of oil and then put baking Soda into the mix and shake well.

    We use it to clean spots a little and to make the air smell better.

    When we vacuum, I also put a few drops of Lemon Grass oil on the filter that lets the air out of the vacuum and the house smells quite nice.

    We are cooking fish tonight for dinner so it is from scratch except did not catch them.  Will try that this summer perhaps.

  • #7498

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I made chicken/veggie/rice soup with leftover rice and chicken.  I’m also roasting a whole chicken for rice/beans/chicken for tomorrow and making gluten free banana bread.

  • #7500

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    Blanched and dehydrated 2 bags of cranberries. I am also thawing out 3 ham bones so I can make broth.

  • #7501

    Made soup last coupla days. Have lotsa pork broth and goat broth. Not much chicken broth, it tends to go fast. Lotsa dried veggies esp. Okra, squash, and sun dried tomatoes. Only 3 bulbs garlic left since june harvest, not bad. I like to cook whatever fresh veggies i have in butter then add the stock and dried veggies. Add cooked rice or egg noodles for supper. Quail quit laying cuz of the below 0 cold so i better use up what fresh eggs i have for daily eggnog. One biscuit left for midnite snack.

  • #7503

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    woodsrunner..Mmm…I’ll try those pancakes; homegrown spinach for Muffy!!!  LOL…framed DIY Art, LovingLife.  Too funny!  Start a trend!

    Usual egg/stuff breakfast.  I used homemade [my friend] shampoo to wash hair.

    Supper: diced potatoes, chopped onions, thawed/chopped broccoli, leftover cheese spread and other bits, last of Christmas ham diced, and [not homemade] canned Cream of Mushroom soup.  Into Dutch oven and bake.  I just always throw in what needs to be used.

    OldMtWoman

     

     

  • #7507

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    I found some fabric in my stash that had a food theme, grated the beeswax with the old knuckle buster and layer cookie sheet with newspaper then parchment paper, fabric, grated beeswax, more parchment paper (you can see thru the parchment paper and see how well its melting) and ironed over the top layer of parchment paper.  It worked pretty well so I made two bowl covers/sandwich wrappers and two pouches for skinny sandwich or snacks.

    For the pouches I folded fabric and sewed across bottom and up side, then did the wax job.  I may have got a bit too much wax on the flat sheets but it will be easy to iron it again in parchment.  It seems little stiff to wrap over a bowl for a cover but it works.  The snack bags can just be folded over at the top and the wax sticks well for a seal.

    Muffy, you chicken breast sounds delish!!

    Loving life, I’m still laughing about your genius artwork.

    I’ve had a bunch of cloth napkins in the closet for quite a while so why haven’t I been using them for paper towels?  I gotta do that.  Some are good for a nice sit down dinner with friends but there are so many that some are now paper towels.  I will still use throw away paper for grease tho- not good for the septic system.

  • #7513

    Xant Dewit
    Participant

    I realised that what I do from scratch is cooking then anything else. I repair stuff the best I can but not making all kind of cool stuff I see ppl do here😬

    yesterday I received my two books from Robert Tissersnd about essential oils.

    Everyday I try to make a couple of extra ready in a jar and just add water meals. Yesterday I made 5 small jars with oat meal with cinnamon and home dried grapes (raisins). I can’t seem to get the children out of bed early enough to have breakfast together. So these little jars will be good on the go. Today I rolled more oats to make a couple of more jars.

    I made lemon poppyseed mix (a sweet bread) and sourdough bread. I only have to add wet ingredients. Want to make a couple of jars more. So I can easily bake bread in the evening. The sourdough I start before I go to work and bake it when I get home. I’m making pain de campagne now.

    Yesterday we ate potatoes and I peeled some more so I could make whole wheat refrigerator bread.

    It is a lot of work to get it all organised. I hope to be able to incorporate it in my normal weekly routine.

    Tonight we have falafel. The chick peas are now soaking. I will make a double portion so I can freeze the surplus. We eat it with tahini sauce and a garlic sauce. Wel. Have pickles olives and some fresh bell pepper.

    Tomorrow my days of are over and I have to work again.

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  • #7517

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    jan-6 I worked yesterday, and my internet connection was spotty.  I don’t have a “smart” phone, so I can’t take advantage of the wifi at work.  It was scrambled eggs from our chickens with onion and green pepper from our garden for breakfast.  For supper we had chili that I canned.  I do up about 35 quarts of chili twice a year.  We go through a lot!  I had corn bread with the chili.  It’s always made from scratch because hubby doesn’t like the texture of corn meal and I have to use corn flour.  I made a cherry pie, the crust was store bought, but the pie filling was what I had canned .last year.

    I’ll try to get back on here this evening.  I’m not sure what I’m getting into today.  I don’t have to work and the weather is supposed to be decent, so I’ll probably try to clean up around the wood shed.

    I almost forgot:  I buy the flannel baby blankets at the thrift stores and cut them in quarters and hem.  That is what I use for paper towels.  I also have a stack of old napkins in a bucket that I use for cleaning in the kitchen.  When they get too nasty for the kitchen, they become general purpose cleaning rags.

     

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  • #7521

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Today, I cleaned the wood stove. Another use for wood ash is to clean the windows on the doors. Yes, my neighbor keyed me into this one. I was using a harsh chemical, but I now I use the ash. It works pretty good.

    After cleaning, I fired that baby up and attempted to make pancakes from scratch on the wood stove. The dogs got the first batch as they were a little burnt, but the second batch were great. I used maple syrup made by my neighbors. Nice to know where your food is sourced.

    My chili is simmering. I just tasted and it’s very good. It is all ready for my visitors.

    I have friends coming for a visit. They are staying for a few days to do some skiing. They are driving and bringing some fresh fish for tonight’s seafood feast. I told them I was cooking from scratch and healthy organic as a New Year’s Resolution. They are bringing food and such for us to cook during their entire stay.

    Like @coffe girl, I use old towels and such in lieu of paper towels. I have cut down my paper towel useage to about a roll every 1-2 weeks. I use napkins at the table and when they get a little used (stained), I use them, too.

    I have found some great buys on napkins at thrift stores and Pier One. This year’s holiday napkins were a Pier One clearance buy at 50 cents plus another 20% off for 40 cents! Sometimes, I also make my napkins if I can find some suitable fabric. The holiday napkins were not from scratch, but I made the napkin rings using some small pines glued to plain wooden napkin rings I picked up at the thrift store.

  • #7522

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 6

    Today I am making more of the homemade laundry detergent.

    1 bar Fels-Naptha laundry bar (finely grated)

    1 cup borax

    ‘1 cup washing soda

    Melt soap in 3 cups of heated heater till soap is melted, add the borax and washing soda stir until it is dissolved.  Pour into container and add two to three gallons of cool water and 10 drops of essential oil if desired, stir to mix well and let set for twenty four hours.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup in each washer load.

    Using homemade laundry detergent and homemade liquid fabric softner makes my clothes look brighter and smell fresher.  I also put a wool dryer ball in the dryer too cut down drying time and make the clothes even softner.

  • #7523

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    I’m liking this challenge very much but have a question for the group.  While I’m living with what I have and using what we’ve got can I still make prep purchases of things on sale?  These are not things to use during the challenge but I don’t want to miss out on good deals that will add to our stores.  Organic cage free turkey on clearance marked down from 53 bucks to 7 is pretty hard to pass up.

  • #7531

    Beechickenlady
    Participant

    I cook from scratch all the time because I have a bunch of food allergies. On this challenge I’m trying to make my own herbal remedies and personal care products from scratch. Yesterday I made a batch of hair oil: 1 oz rosemary essential oil and 1/8 oz lavender essential oil. Just put a little on your palm and run your natural bristle brush over it, then brush your hair. Gets rid of all the static and dryness and your hair shines (and you smell good). Recipe from my teacher, Jeanne Rose.

    Also went through all my herbs, essential oils, equipment and supplies and took an inventory, then reorganized. Cool!

  • #7532

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    Homemade oatmeal with cinnamon swirl bread I made the other day for breakfast, ham and potato frittata for lunch and a twice baked potato with ham, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots for supper.

  • #7537

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Today I made a body butter and body wash since my skin is so dry in winter.  The butter is just 1/2 cup each shea butter, cocoa butter coconut oil and sunflower oil, all of which I had on hand. Just melt the butters and oils together over low heat then cool in an ice bath till almost opaque then whip.  I would have added an essential oil for fragrance but don’t have any on hand that I really want to wear.  The body wash is 2 cups castile soap, mixed with one cup each coconut oil and honey again using what I had on hand so no essential oils in that either.  My next project will be cutting out cloth pads for my daughter to replace commercial ones for that time of the month as well as preparing cloth TP.  I’ve got some flannel and terry cloth for those purposes that I just never got around to making. This challenge is a good opportunity to catch up on those projects that I’ve been putting off.

  • #7540

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Nana Mike – My understanding of this particular challenge is that it is not a “use up your stockpile” type of challenge but rather is a “make it from scratch” challenge.  Also, in the article found by clicking on the link in the Rules for this challenge, Daisy mentioned that she wants people to ‘build up’ their supplies now, not deplete them, given the uncertain state of what’s going on in this country and the world as a whole right now.  So, I’m sure she and Selco would encourage you to get those great sale items and add them to your storage.  Just don’t eat or use them this month if they’re store-bought (and are not raw ingredients or parts), lol.  That’s my take on it anyway.

  • #7542

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Nana Mike – Your Body Butter and Body Wash recipes sound very nice!  Do you store them on the shelf or in the refrigerator?  Also, do you have any idea of their respective shelf-lives?  Do you make a single container’s-worth up fresh each time or can you make a big batch that will fill several containers and store them until needed?  Thanks!

  • #7543

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Nana Mike- I agree with Amy Dixon. Get what you can for your stockpile!.

    I know this is a daily challenge but cannot seem to get on every day 🙁

    Jan 5-I started making an index book for my daughter of our stampin’ up punches. It took much longer than I anticipated.

    Jan 6-Still working on the book 🙂 I made a potato and sausage salad for dinner. Whipped up some more Oriental dressing for the spinach salad.

    Helped Duh work on the car. We found out that the radiator has a major leak but the great news is that it is NOT the engine!

  • #7546

    Anonymous

    1/6/19

    Our power went out due to wind through the night.  We are blessed in having a generator for the apartments we live in.  We only get one 15 amp plug to run stuff so I set up our sleep machines and did ok through the night.  My back up for if no power at all is a batter kept charged constantly and we could both take turns sleeping our I have found that I can avoid issue if I sleep in my chair in a more upright position.   Just part of the package of knowing what we must do if any power problems.

    Fired up my rocket stove again and made breakfast and got to use one of my new fire starters with the wick and it worked great.

    Made dinner from scratch….not too hard since pressure cooked chicken legs and made salad.   One new thing is that my first wheat sprouts were ready today and put some in my breakfast shake and on my salad tonight.  Tasted good on the salad….added a little to my shake but harder to tell.

    Have a good evening.

  • #7547

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Went to church this morning.  Slow kind of day.  Baked bread and made “bisquick” mix from scratch.  Spent the afternoon cannibalizing gardening magazines, saving some articles and stacking some magazines to pass on the another gardener.  Amazing how many magazines I had laying around in different places.  Couldn’t have found an article I wanted if I had to.  French toast for breakfast and leftover homemade chili for lunch.  Not hungry later so we just had crackers and cheese.  After slicing cheese I put the rest in one of the beeswax snack bags I made yesterday.  Just folded the top and it sealed nicely.

  • #7549

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Usual breakfast and the rest of the meals were leftovers.  I tried a different wick for my expedient Altoids tin oil lamp.  Couldn’t find any cotton cordage so I cut off a thin strip of jeans denim.  It did work better but the flame is still burning way more of the wick than the oil.  Dies out too quickly.  I actually tried rolled bits of paper towel…soaked in bacon grease and one soaked in olive oil.  That was the longest lasting flame…paper towel.  Wasn’t in the Altoids tin…only on a disposable pie tin for experimenting.  Hmmm…

    OldMtWoman

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    • #7798

      8greenbeans
      Participant

      OldMtnWoman have you tried soaking your wicking for your oil tins in vinegar? After I soak in vinegar – then dry – I allow the wicking to soak in my oil. That’s what I was taught to do for my vigil lamps to keep the wicks burning longer and cleaner..

  • #7553

    Seagull
    Participant

    Yesterday and today I fed my sourdough starter so that I can make sourdough pretzels tomorrow.

  • #7561

    Star
    Participant

    Hello all, had a busy weekend. Started organizing and cleaning my pantry, cooked some simple meals; apples and mushrooms were on sale so bought some and dehidrated mushrooms and started the apples. With the apple cores, started a small batch of cider vinegar.

    Made some more “all purpose cleaner” – 1 cup water, 3 Ts alcohol, 1 ts dish detergent, mix well, put in a spray bottle. Not my recipe, read it online, but like it a lot, its the best I’ve ever used in kitchen and bathroom.

    Next i need to make laundry detergent, hopefully this week.

  • #7565

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    I made my own disinfecting spray with peppermint added to multi-purpose cleaner since illness is going around like crazy here!

    I also cooked dry beans overnight in the thermal cooker with half a large onion and a clove of garlic.  It tasted delicious.  Today I need to freeze some of what we did not use.  I suppose learning to can should be on my list of things to do since we do not have a backup for electricity and thus the refrigerator.

  • #7566

    Loving Life
    Participant

    In addition to yesterday’s post items, I had to do major surgery on the vacuum cleaner. The good news is that I was able to fix it; the bad news is that I may need to get a new one soon as I having problems finding parts for my old Hoover (yes it was my Great Aunt’s from the 1960s). The construction is all metal.

    My guests arrived late afternoon with goodies, tons of fresh food and medical supplies (my kind of house warming/hostess gift). We had a wonderful dinner, oysters and fresh fish, all from scratch.

    This morning my guests made breakfast from scratch. When I woke this morning, the temperature was a balmy -10 with a wicked wind (guessing wind chill -20). The wood stove kept the place all nice and warm. My one guest is so intrigued by it that he even got up in the middle of the night to fill it with wood. We also googled more uses of wood ash so I can try more. We did use some wood ash this morning on the slippery driveway and walk ways.

  • #7567

    Nobody
    Participant

    January 4, 5,  and 6

    Jan 4 – Big news of the day – my dairy, fiber, and red meat are secure for 2019! 4 of 5 of my adult goats are prego and 3 for 3 on my sheep.

    Jan 5 – Breakfast 99% farm grown. Too bad peppercorns don’t grow in New England! Cut and split logs from a couple of standing dead trees we took down over the fall. Nearly the first cord set aside for next year. Strong considered mucking out the sheep stall but a bath won out! Nice long soak with Epsom salts and home made soap (everything but the caster oil for suds). Started rendering leaf lard for 2019 cooking. First gallon complete. Back fat will be rendered after all of the leaf lard is done – used for soap, lotions, balms, and animal feed.

    Jan 6 – Made bagels for breakfast with goat cream cheese (thank you ladies), dragged out a couple yellow jars of lard from 2018 for suet. Yellow lard is well, burned lard. It’s still edible but tastes a bit like over cooked bacon. It doesn’t make great soap or lotion either. I normally plop a dollop in with the dog’s food over the winter but thanks to some negligence on my part – I have more than I need. So what do do? SUET!!! Mine is a combo of burned lard and stale nuts and seeds. Sometimes a bit of freeze dried fruit, the bottom of bags of animal feed, etc…My chickens go nuts for it. I line a baking dish (usually a shallow loaf pan) with foil. Melt the lard and pour in. Once it starts to cool I start adding seeds and nuts a layer at a time. My hens haven’t complained yet! The afternoon was skating. Sadly, we’re indoor skating as it hasn’t been chilly enough to maintain proper pond ice

    https://www.almanac.com/content/homemade-bird-food-recipe-suet

     

  • #7573

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Jan 7

    For my challenge today I using extra food and baking ingredients that was purchased for Christmas and New Year’s that didn’t get used. So I will be using the extras to make some sandwiches that I will freeze and use to take  when we go out to town or in an emergency. One breakfast sandwich will be ham, egg, and cheese on a hamburger bun,  the other will be bacon and scramble eggs on a croissant and homemade cinnamon rolls that after baking I will put in individual cup cake containers. Lunch sandwiches will be spicy chicken fried steak, cheeseburgers, and homemade oatmeal toffee cookies and peanut butter cookies.

  • #7574

    RufusJ
    Participant

    Argh ,these stupid eye meds! lol… Good thing I wasn’t going for the prize here because I’ve missed a few days. Thins are getting better but not quite there yet. I’m till dropping in to read all the great ideas here! I don’t want to miss the great suggestions here.

  • #7576

    Beechickenlady
    Participant

    January 6. Spent the day putting my bulk herbs in glass jars (I love Mason jars!), labeling and putting on an inventory sheet. Brought in my little red hen that has an eye thingy going on. It’s terribly red and swollen and it’s cold and damp and she just isn’t getting better on her own, even though I’ve added ACV and oregano oil to everyone’s water. No one else seems to have a problem so I thought I’d better isolate her.

    Put her in a plastic pet carrier with a soft towel. Started warm compresses and hand feeding her with a dropper water with probiotics and some diluted cat food. She ate and drank. A lot. Then put some antibiotic ointment on it and put her to bed. Started making a pint of colloidal silver with my generator for tomorrow for her and me. Set up an infusion of nettle leaf to steep overnight (in a Mason jar) for me for tomorrow and will feed her the wet leaves in the morning.

    January 7. Started her (and me) on colloidal silver. She looked a little better this morning, but after two feeds with a pipette of the silver she looks a LOT better. Continuing with the warm compresses and hand feeding. Set up a sick bay inside with a big dog crate I had folded up outside. Used a big piece of cardboard from the TV we got for Christmas that I was going to recycle (glad I didn’t) for the bottom and some puppy pads left over in my stash when I had an incontinent cat a few years ago who finally died at 18. Added a box for red hen to hide under if she wants. The eye is now open and the swelling has gone down some. Less hot and red. Put some Bacitracin on it, too. She likes to be held. Going to muck out the coop in a bit and spread some diatomaceous earth I have in the shed around. Going to feed some of the nettle leaves to the flock as well.

    I had an outbreak of hives this morning (happens a lot). One dose (1 ounce) of colloidal silver and it went right down. Normally I would take a Zyrtec. Why had I forgotten how easy it is to make my own colloidal silver and how powerful it is?

  • #7577

    Beechickenlady
    Participant

    How do I change my user name on this forum? I guess I don’t mind y’all knowing who I am, but that’s not what we were supposed to do I don’t think.

  • #7578

    Beechickenlady
    Participant

    I think I did it!

  • #7588

    Made spiced pumpkin seeds in oven yesterday. Yogurt starter biscuits turned out good today. Making pinto bean soup with homemade ham to go with biscuits. I soaked the beans overnight in goats milk, they are tender even b4 i cook them …. almost…..have been working on the well. Didnt realize the pex connections i have are 1/2 in and not the 3/4 i need. Am picking up my monthly azure order tomorrow. Will have to see if the local ace hardware store has them. If i can get out, the roads are muddy now that all that snow is melting. The roads are hopefully frozen in the am. But the stupid stores dont open til 9:30. So getting home will be interesting. What sucks is thrre are two different pex connectors and i only have the tool for the one they dont carry….probably. may just use an o ring clamp. Used gorilla glue and tape the last time i fixed it.

  • #7589

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Made English Muffins from scratch today. It’s been a while since I made them so had to re-remember the method. First batch burned, but gave to the lady who helps me now and she will feed to her chickens. She reported they just loved them. Next batch better but too thick and small. Last batch, just right!!! I used to bake quite a bit of bread but have been laying off bread for a while, working on keeping my weight in check and fresh bread smothered with butter will stick around as fat in my middle if I’m not careful.

    Finished some left over chile for supper. Used lettuce wraps instead of taco shells to hold down on carbs. Sprinkled with shredded cheese and a splash of picante sauce….pretty good little supper.

    Weather has been unusually mild here the past three days….

  • #7593

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    I made bone broth from 3 ham bones. I didn’t have time to can the finished broth, so stuck it in the fridge and will can it tomorrow.

  • #7594

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Thank you Amy Dixon and Dala Barnes! I bought the turkey and an extra ham and popped them in my freezer for after the challenge.  The body wash and butter last for quite a while. I usually make a few months worth at a time and I’ve never stored in the fridge.  As long as you avoid high temperatures they stay in great shape.  I make at least a double or triple batch of the body wash.  It makes a great shampoo too if you have dry hair, which I do.

  • #7597

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Nana Mike – You’re welcome 🙂

     

  • #7602

    Anonymous

    1/7/19

    Made mayo from scratch.  Used a recipe off of the net  found at https://satisfyingeats.com/condiments/best-homemade-mayo/

    But used Sunflower oil instead of olive oil.  Turned out very good and my wife liked that the recipe used two whole eggs instead of just the yolk.  Used an immersion blender and made good mayo.  I will try extra light olive oil next time like the recipe asked for but we did not have enough.

    Took the mayo and made tartar sauce.   That turned out pretty good also.

    Pretty basic recipe I saw on several web sites.

     

  • #7604

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    OldMansd, I will be trying that mayo.  I also will try putting lemon essential oil on my vacuum filter  I vacuum up a lot of dog hair and I even bought some lemon scented stuff to put in the bag in the past.  Just hadn’t thought of that.

    Today it was storming- a good stay to hunker down.  Confession: I got lazy and we had cereal for breakfast and store bought pizza for lunch so that disqualifies me for any prize.  I spent the afternoon armchair gardening.  I have an unbelievable stack of gardening magazines that go back years.  I am saving articles and pictures I want and passing most on to another gardener.  Also saving wax paper half gallon cartons to cut one side out of and use to start plants when its time.  Its too early now.  And saving tp rolls to cut in half to start seeds and will stand them up in the cartons.  I can water them without getting any water on anything else and plant the tp tube in the ground too.  Another use for the plastic egg cartons- use instead of or in addition to bubble wrap for sending packages.

    I will pull myself up by my bootstraps and continue with this challenge anyway.  I did make some cloths cut for the Swiffer out of old rags.

  • #7607

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    I worked today so supper was leftovers from the weekend.  We had shepherds pie and cabbage with potatoes and sausage.  There wasn’t enough of either for the entire family so we just heated everything up and folks had whatever, first come, first served.  I used my break time at work to do a little knitting.  I keep small portable projects like hats or dishcloths to work on a little at a time.  This evening I finished making a bedrest pillow for one of the grands.  Found some food themed print fabric for beeswax wraps. No time for melting wax this evening but got the edges prepared with the pinking shears.  After Christmas I found some cute potholders and dish towels for 40 cents. I’m cutting them in half to make kitchen boas. These are just long strips of fabric with towels at both ends that you wear around your neck so you always have a dishtowel close at hand.  I’ll keep a set for myself and put a few sets away for gifts.  It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays. Got beans on to soak for supper tomorrow and calling it a night.

  • #7609

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Sounds like a great party, LovingLife.

    Congrats on future goatlings, Nobody!  They’re so cute….babies or adults!  But hooligans all!!!!!  I’ve never had sheep but friends do.

    Y’all are so creative with this challenge.  Today I looked up a couple more things about herbs.  For supper, I mixed hamburger, Quick Oatmeal [which we got by mistake but works for this], egg, BBQ sauce, season salt, ….and garlic.  We were at a medical clinic today and later DH was working with the public in his retirement job.  So figured to get an immune boost.  We’ve been using ginger/honey/lemon tea every nite too.  We actually have quality herbal combinations and nutritional products that are not homemade but we’ve used for years.  But that’s if one of us begins to feel something attacking.  Besides…adding the garlic tasted great.

    OldMtWoman

  • #7674

    Beechickenlady
    Participant

    Still working with my sick chicken trying to use what I have in house, which is abundant. She is inside now in a crate and doing much better but still the side of her face is very swollen. I made some colloidal silver water with my generator and have been feeding her that with a pipette. She’s gulping it down. Fed her some scrambled eggs this morning which she’s also eating well. I’m using warm compresses and VetRx outside and in. Put a little oregano oil on the eggs. She has definitely perked up and the swelling has gone down a tad and is less hot and red, but it’s still pretty bad.


    <div>I just made a solution of ACV, garlic, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a couple of drops of oregano oil as per some advice from an experienced local chicken person. Will strain it and dilute it with filtered water and see if I can get some down her. Garlic cures everything right?</div>
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    <div>There doesn’t seem to be an injury, but a little bit of congestion and runny “nose.” She’s behaving a LOT better though. May just take some time being indoors and isolated. Cleaning out the chicken coop today and spraying with a homemade disinfectant spray as well, then dusting with food grade diatomaceous earth, which I always have around, and spreading that in the dust baths they seem to like. Thankfully no signs of any problems with any of the other chicks. Fingers crossed she gets better.</div>

  • #7675

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 8

    For the challenge today I am going shopping online to find the cheapest prices for non perishable food items that I need for my emergency food supply stock.  Kroger gave free shipping and fifteen percent off for my first order which was for organic non GMO grits and Irish oatmeal.

    Daisy,  I have to go out to town for milk, fresh vegetables and meat, but it has me knowing that I have to do something to find a way to have this food on the homestead during an emergency or collapse and not count on food stores.

  • #7688

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    Catching up on what we have done:  Jan. 4th Hubby made bread from scratch.

    Jan 5:  I washed and blocked by daughter’s crescent scarf.  I did not pin it out as I should have because I really do not have a place for it.  However, I was able to get the crescent shape and flatten the stitch increases.

    Jan 6:  Time to start other knitting and crochet projects.  Made a headband for my husband and started on a earflap hat for Grandchild #2.

    Oh, and I tried a homemade toothpaste.  First I used baking soda and Coconut oil.  I did not like the oily feel in my mouth and on my hands, and as the oil gets really warm the concoction drips.  The second time I used just baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  The key there is not too much H30 so the mixture stays a paste.  I liked the control better and the “slickery” feeling after rinsing.  I do not mind the taste since it is on my teeth and not my tongue. No EO in our house yet.

    Jan 7:  I have spent the last few days trying to repair a set of flannel sheets.  They are expensive and, being all cotton, they shrink.  I undid the corners, took out the elastic, then added the cut-out corner (square) back in.  I sewed an additional foot of fabric to the head and foot ends, and a bit around the top sides, so there would be more to tuck in and put the elastic back into the new corners.  This took some figuring out!  I also added about two feet to the top sheet.  Now to send them back to my relative and see if they work.  There are more at his lake house that need to be done.  The repair is a lot of time for me, but a small price compared to the fun we have when we visit.

    Jan 8:  Time to start mittens for Grandchild #6.  Will need to see Grandchild #2 to make sure the cap I made fits his big head.

    Meanwhile, not part of this challenge, I am trying to cook from our freezer and spare refrigerator to empty them.  Too much electricity!   Will need to check my library – the internet- to see what I can find to use up all of those veggies.  Just found a Vegan Sloppy Joe made with 2 pints of beans – I have lentils in the freezer and home-canned beans on the shelf.

     

  • #7746

    Osito Arelano
    Participant

    Well, using homemade pasta and cheese sauce I tried my hand at a house favorite, ground beef and pasta (that usually comes in a box).

    The verdict was meh…..needs more work.  Ah well, it wasn’t toss it the trash and order a pizza level of bad, but it wasn’t a go back for seconds level of good either.

    The cheese sauce was “gritty”, I think using only sharp cheddar was the issue there. Maybe a mix of white cheese with the cheddar would be better. The pasta was ok, but I didn’t do a very good job forming it into macaroni with the pasta press, so that’s just a learning curve. I can see how flat noodles would be easier.

    Next time I think I will just do meatballs, flat noodles, and sauce instead of trying to recreate the boxed one.

  • #7748

    Was gonna go to town to do laundry and get fastener for well, but the roads were turning muddy so went home after pickn up azure order. Made usual laundry soap of 2 tbl borax and super washing soda , squirt of melaleuca dish soap”apple scent” and a long squirt of tea tree hemp dr. Bronners castille soap. Usually do laundry here, but washer is outside and have freezing temps, the pump is prob frozen, dont want to try it until we thaw out a bit, besides the well aint fixed yet. Going to try grinding my hard red wheat and experiment with it. Doing a germination rate test on field peas too. Still havent found my citric acid. Want to make a big pepper jack hard cheese soon, been saving my milk to make a big batch of cheese.the quail only quit laying for 2 days, sure is nice to have fresh eggs and milk in winter. I feel blessed and grateful.

  • #7753

    Ozark Mama
    Participant

    I am a couple of days behind. I made 2 loaves of oatmeal bread Saturday.  Made Chili on Sunday with home cooked red beans, revamped the leftovers into Enchiladas last night and we are eating those leftovers tonight. Lol After raising 3 boys I have never learned to cook for two, so we eat a lot of leftovers. Fyi if you have never made it Enchilada sauce is super easy to make.  I quit using a recipe years ago and make it from memory so my pinch of this , splash of that recipe is in my head.  But it is over priced in the store and you can make it in about 15 minutes so it is worth learning.  We have been eating what we normally eat for breakfast.  We put a hog in the freezer in September so my husband has sausage, 3 fried eggs ( locally sourced) and a slice of toasted bread. I have 2 poached eggs and toasted bread. I do my toast on a griddle, so the sausage gets warmed there to. I fry up a weeks worth and reheat what I need daily. Today it was nice so I went out and pruned my grapevines back. Brutally. If they don’t do better this year I am jerking them out.

    Tonight my husband replaced a relay in the hot tub controls. He didn’t make it from scratch but it is nice he can repair things without an expensive house call.  It is a luxury for sure, but we have 500 gal of emergency water sitting outside. And a early morning soak everyday sure makes the old bones feel better.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  Ozark Mama.
  • #7760

    Anonymous

    1/8/19

    Made our breakfast from scratch and will be using some frozen stuff for dinner along with a salad put together from scratch I guess…

    Made a stitch pony today to be used in leather working.  Had to get a hardwood board that I did not have…could not use pine and have it last.  Got a few more things but still paid less total than buying one off of the net.  Can not find anything like that around here.  So now I can stitch up leather projects and also clamp some other items as needed.  You can clamp it to a table or sit on the boards on the bottom on a flat chair.

    Had a lot of fun making this….took most of the day except for when we had to make more syrup for the hummingbirds that were not happy at all that I had let it run dry.  We used 1 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar along with one drop of red food coloring.   Some people leave the dye off but I tried that and the birds seem to not like it much.  Put color into it and they went after it pretty well.  As I was hanging it back up, one came down and hovered, watching me and seemed to be saying….Hurry up old guy.     I really like to watch those little guys.

    Have a nice night.

  • #7762

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Nothing accomplished today of any repute….definitely want to try OldMansd’s mayo recipe….energy level really low along with unusually mild daytime temps creating a bit of lethargy…raw milk still waiting for making mozzarella cheese…simply must do tomorrow…I think distraction of house guest and family traveling is getting me a bit off-track….but I did cook supper from scratch, talipia with frozen veggies and lemon juice…

  • #7775

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Bacon and eggs for late breakfast and for dinner leftover roast, potatoes and gravy and carrots that I had canned.

    I have some  wild chaga so watched a couple of videos on how to process it.  I have vodka for tinctures but need to get some more, maybe when I have to go to town tomorrow.  Basically you break it in small pieces or grind it and soak it in vodka for at least 8 weeks, then pour off vodka and measure it, put same amount measured in pan to boil with soaked chaga, measure level on side of pan then add another same amount of water to pan and bring to boil and simmer till the amount in pan measures the same amount it did after adding first measure of water.  (if vodka poured off chage measures 2 cups, then add two cups water, measure up side of pan and add 2 cups more water and simmer down to first amount which would be 4 cups).  Set pan aside for a day and do the next day and the next.  Then pour into large jar (should be 4 cups) and add original amount of vodka the chaga soaked in (should be 6 cups).  Now you have chaga tincture.  Use by putting one teasp per 8 ounces water for tea.  Youican look this up on the internet and also read all the properties and health benefits of it.  What is it and where do you get it?  You can collect it in the wild off of birch trees.  It is a fungus that grows on them and has been used in Siberia for generations.

  • #7776

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Ozark Mama mentioned frying up breakfast sausage for the week and reheating.  For me, breakfast is when my brain and body have not always gotten on the same page.  I like to keep it as simple as possible.  Does anyone else here pre-BAKE bacon?

    I use a large cookie sheet that has a low rim around it.  We get a certain brand with long thick slices [not Oscar’s or that type].  I just lay them out as close as I can and put a sheet of parchment paper on top to avoid any splattering.  [not that my oven currently looks like I’ve been successful about splatters….getting to it…soon]  I set the oven for about 225* and just let it go for an hour (?).  I don’t let it get really crispy because I’m going to finish the last few minutes of cooking when we eat it.  Carefully remove while not hot but still warm….letting the bacon grease mostly drip off.  Save that for other uses, of course.  Put the bacon in a Tupperware [yes, still have some of the real stuff and it’s lasted for decades!] and store in fridge next to eggs.  No worries about trying to keep it flat or cooking all the curled up parts.  Every evenly cooked and flat enough to use in a BLT!  I use kitchen scissors to snip into pan to reheat for omlets/scrambled eggs…or lay in longer strips for other meals.  Saves me a lot of time/brain power in the first hour after waking!

    Lot of leftover meals, including hamburgers from last nite.  Different veg.  I cook extra to save on energy.

    OldMtWoman

  • #7796

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 9

    Using some left over chicken pieces that I froze a few weeks ago when I cut up chicken and didn’t use some pieces for fried chicken, so today I am making chicken and dumplings with those pieces. While out for groceries Tuesday I found Stove Top box stuffing mix for fifty cents a box, turkey gravy in jars for fifty cents, a ten pound ham for four dollars, and a twelve pound turkey for six dollars, this will feed my large extended family for two meals if they all had to come to the homestead during an emergency.

    I smoked the turkey and ham and wrapped them tightly in foil and put them in the freezer.  The stuffing and gravy may not be my homemade dressing and gravy, but in an emergency it will be comfort and filling food for hungry family members.

  • #7797

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Wow, you did great for prices, Grannyjsmith.

    OldMtWoman, I’m going to try your bacon trick.

  • #7804

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Definitely going to try OldMtWoman’s bacon cooking method!!! That sounds great.

    Today I made up a herb butter recipe I found in my Clean Keto recipe book. It includes real butter, a bit of lemon juice, minced garlic and herb of choice (I have some rosemary going in a pot so used that). Put into a roll and refrigerate for using later. I have some mushrooms that must get cooked today so I’ll use the butter to flavor that side dish.

    Still cooking everything from scratch and so far haven’t gone to the grocery store for anything. Used up the last of my store-bought milk for latte/coffee this morning, so checking over other things I have in pantry to substitute. This should get interesting.

  • #7805

    8greenbeans
    Participant

    I’ve been away as my uncle has been very sick and he passed away this morning. I likely won’t be able to check in again until after the funeral. Due to hubby and I cooking for 10 even though we only have 6 in the house, we had so many leftovers that we’ve been eating leftovers for lunch and dinner. Sunday, we did cook a new meal but that was because we had all the kids, in-laws, and grandkids over for hubby’s birthday. Everything we made was from meat and veggies we had put up ourselves (steak, potatoes cut into chunk fries, beans) and of course, we had to have a cake! The kids brought over salad and the stuff to make homemade guacamole. Oh and I had homemade bread already baked up from last week. Even the kids commented on how much food there was and one said, well, it wouldn’t be dinner at the parents if there wasn’t too much food. So yeah, more leftovers. I think I can finish up the steak by making fajitas tomorrow night (or Saturday, depending on the funeral stuff). Though, last night we did make a crock pot venison roast with the rest of the potatoes we didn’t bake Sunday and the carrots that were in the upstairs fridge, and the last of the onion that one of the kids brought over with some homemade bread. We season with garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper.

    Breakfast is usually a combination of toasted homemade bread with butter or soft goat cheese or guacamole,  oats cooked with molassass and cinnamon.

    Wednesdays are baking day. Today, I’ve baked 4 loaves of loaf bread, 2 pizza crusts, 1 batch of pretzels, a batch rolls, and a batch of buns. I was going to try to make pasta but I’m not going to have time to cook it tonight and I want to cook it fresh. So this is put off until after the funeral. We will eat with the family at my cousin’s house tonight. To be honest, probably even tomorrow night. Thankfully, I froze the leftover steak so I don’t have to worry about it going bad while we are away.

    Youngest son, made more guacamole today. He is so happy to have learned how to make it. Me? I’m happy that one of the kids can make something on their own lol

    Other than all that, I’ve been catching up on household chores that I didn’t do while I was sick and continuing to make & take my herbal medicines.

  • #7810

    Am starting another slipper. Forgot about raisin starter, am gonna try that next. Just eggs and sausage for lunch and a undercooked biscuit…… makn eggnog for supper. Drank a pt of my electrolyte mix today too. Looked at how to join dpn online for knittn socks, had forgotten how since last winter. Put my bread machine yeast and flashmans in the freezer so i wont be tempted. Thx Daisy for the creamer and syrup recipes, made a batch of vanilla creamer and a pint of buttermilk for my new cheese batch coming up soon as i find that calcium chloride.

  • #7811

    Ozark Mama
    Participant

    Today for lunch I tried out a bag of shelf stable diced chicken (Tyson).  Sauted it in olive oil, added leftover brown rice and some Pesto from a jar I had in the cubboard. Oh yes this is a eatable product.

    I have been buying and trying canned and shelf stable meats. I have over the years used canned tuna, Spam, corned beef, vienna sausages, deviled ham. But I want more options in the cabinet for emergencies.  Dak ham was not something I will try again.  Freeze dried chicken and sausage are both good. I bought the Thrive brand.

    In spare time I am crocheting an afghan. It sits by my chair so I can grab it to work on in my spare time. In red, white and blue I will donate it to Hospice House when it’s done. They give a patriotic one to each Veteran that comes there.

    Tonight is pork steak, potatoes, peas.

     

  • #7814

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Yesterday Jan 8th we had pinto beans made with the beans I soaked the night before.  Tonight is Taco Bell type border bowls made at home.  Last of leftover chicken, mashed leftover beans for refried, seasoned rice.  It’s even better than TB brand! I’m off work tomorrow since spouse is having hand surgery.  He doesn’t go in till late in the day so I’ll have some time to catch up on current projects.  I’ll finish the beeswax wraps and get some sewing done on the pads for my daughter.  Tonight I mixed up a batch of taco seasoning.  Tomorrow I’ll make chili seasoning and onion soup mix.

    Ozark Mama I’ve tried just about all the brands of freeze dried meats out there.  I think Thrive is about the best. I’ve been making up meals in a jar with a few cans and it has all turned out well. I don’t have a way to make cheese yet so I’ve put up a few cans of freeze dried cheese as well.  It’s all very good.

  • #7818

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    Canned bone broth yesterday. Today I made 2 crock pots full of dried pinto and kidney beans to put in the freezer and made fajita seasoning mix.

  • #7819

    Anonymous

    1/9/19

    Made usual shakes for breakfast and did chicken legs in pressure cooker.  Very tasty chicken.  I did not used to like chicken much but now depending on costs, we eat a lot of chicken and pretty much only in instant pot with various spices.

    Tried to make hand soap today but not too excited about the results.  Very watery.  I tried adding a few things that were not in recipe I found.  Any better recipes out there?

    what I found online and what I added:

    1/2 cup distilled water

    1/2 cup Castile soap

    1 Tablespoon Jojoba oil

    15 drops lemon grass essential oil

    1 Tablespoon of alcohol

    1 Tablespoon of Aloe Verra

    1Tablespoon of glycerin.

    The bold ones were my idea.

    Works ok as hand soap but way too watery.

    Have a nice night.

  • #7821

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    8greenbean….thanks for a new lead on my Altoids oil lamp!  I seem to remember reading that long ago.  This project does have me stumped.  Drained and threw out the denim strip.  Burned finger not at all sore or blistered after applying aloe immediately yesterday.  ….Sorry to hear of a death in your family.

    I woke too early due to unsettled digestive tract so I made oatmeal.  I’m using up some raisins that had dried out crispy at our elderlies house.  They’d throw them out so I took them home and boil them and walnuts in the water before I put the oatmeal in.  I’ve usually put in a bit of brown sugar but I think next time I’ll use some molasses.  We really like that.  Just a bit goes a long ways.  Feeling some better but not a lot today.  At least it does not feel like flu at all.  Keeping a wary eye on things tho.  More ginger/honey/lemon tea today.  JIC

    OldMtWoman

  • #7824

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Stormy again today- had to shovel out, took me longer than I thought it would then took  to a Dr. appt.  He is unable to shovel.  Visibility not so good so glad to get home again.  Leftover chicken, mashed potatoes and corn for supper.  Also made lime ade.  I like cold drinks even in the winter as well as hot ones.  Still working on gardening magazine stash.  Will file articles I keep for future reference.

    A different recipe for laundry soap that I like:  3 Tblsp borax,  3 Tblsp washing soda, 2 Tblsp original blue dawn dish soap, a tblsp oxyclean.  Use one gallon jug.  add two cups very hot water to dry ingredients to dissolve them, fill with water and add dawn dish soap last .  Mix & label.  I wrote down in my book that I use 1-2 cups per load but that seems like a lot so use your own judgment.  Last time I made laudry soap I made the powder.  I like either.

    Tonight I will soak beans for soup tomorrow.

     

  • #7840

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 10

    I posted this morning but it doesn’t show that I did, so if my post goes into a different area of the forum it’s not suppose to be in, I apologize

    Last evening I made homemade shampoo and it smell so nice and today I am going to make some homemade cleaners to use for cleaning this weekend.

  • #7841

    Beyond Blessed
    Participant

    So I  have definitely failed the challenge… Due to an ongoing sinus infection which I just cant seem to get rid of and which got worse for a few days, my husband ended up getting us a take out pizza on Tuesday night!   It was the first convenience food this month though, so that is an improvement for us.  Anyhow I have started the fight again to be more self sufficient.  Yesterday we ran out of mouthwash – Listerine and instead of buying more made one.  This is our individual recipe for the mouthwash, based on some generic information on several  internet sites, which Daisy and anybody else is welcome to use:  1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil;  125 ml 190 proof ‘Gem Clear’ alcohol; 500 ml distilled water.   Obviously it can be tweaked to individual’s satisfaction and different ingredients added but my husband seemed quite happy with it and he said he missed the color of the Listerine a bit, but that he felt it tasted “better” somehow. Today I made some bone broth with some turkey thigh bones and bits and pieces and some left over turkey meat and I will be making a cream sauce based sauce (milk, butter and flour from scratch) to add to it tonight and adding some peas for our evening meal.

  • #7844

    Ham and eggs for breakfast, pork ribs for lunch, quail eggs for dinner, with split pea and lentil soup cooking with leftover rib in it overnight. Makn cottage cheese now. My field peas and red wheat are sprouting, YEA! “So we sat in the house on that cold cold wet day. And we sat there we two. And we said how we wish there was something to do. Then along came thing one and thing 2” As close as i can remember after 20 -25 yrs

  • #7845

    Working on slippers too!

  • #7848

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    Today I made Vegan Sloppy Joes and Hubby made wholewheat hamburger buns. Served with homemade dill pickles.  January is “Veganuary” and I always find some interesting and tasty dishes.  One thing that concerns me is not being able to find meat if there is a crisis.  Plus I want to have shelf-stable foods and not rely on freezers.  So, I try Vegan dishes regularly.  We liked this one. I chose lentils because they were in the freezer and kidney beans because I had some canned.

    Servings 5Calories 384 kcal

    Author Alissa  https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/anything-goes-vegan-sloppy-joes/
    <h3>Ingredients</h3>

    • 1tablespoon olive oil
    • 1medium onion, diced
    • 1bell pepper, any color, diced
    • 1medium carrot, diced
    • 3garlic cloves, minced
    • 2(14 or 15 ounce) cans beans, drained and rinsed, OR 3 3/4 cups precooked beans, whatever variety you’ve got (see note!)
    • 3/4 to 1cup water
    • 1/3cup tomato paste
    • 2tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 2tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
    • 1tablespoon soy sauce
    • 2tablespoons brown sugar or turbinado or coconut sugar
    • 1teaspoon liquid smoke
    • 1teaspoon chili powder
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    <h4>For Serving</h4>

    • 5burger buns, toasted
    • Onion slices,optional (I sautéed mine)
    • Dill pickle slices,optional
    • Instructions
    1. Coat the bottom of a medium saucepan with oil and place it over medium heat.
    2. Add the onion, pepper, carrot and garlic. Sauté 5 minutes, until the onions are very tender and translucent.
    3. Stir in the beans, 3/4 cup water, tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sugar, liquid smoke and chili powder.
    4. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil.
    5. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is very thick and the veggies are tender, 15 to 20 minutes, adding a bit more water if needed during cooking.
    6. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Stuff buns with bean mixture. Top with dill pickle slices and onion slices. Serve.

    Recipe Notes

    For the beans, use what you’ve got. Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans, great northern beans, pinto beans, navy beans, black-eyed peas and brown lentils are all great choices. Use two of the same thing, or mix it up!

  • #7849

    Tartan Kitty
    Participant

    I’m in for this challenge. I just saw it and signed right up.

  • #7850

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Had to finish the snow dig out I started yesterday.  Took quite a while as I shoveled a while before breaking out the snow blower.  I had used a lot of ice melt in an area and it got slushy so I didn’t want to blow that part because I didn’t want it to freeze in the blower later.

    Made sandwiches with left over roast beef- put it in meat grinder, added onion powder (I prefer onions, DH doesn’t) and beef base for a little more flavor, mayo, pickle relish, pepper and it tasted pretty good.  We had already had leftovers with the mashed potatoes and gravy (hot beef sandwiches).

  • #7852

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I made a double batch of wheat crackers from scratch and roasted a whole chicken for meals for the next few days.

  • #7853

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    Had some leftover ring bologna so I ground it up and made a bologna sandwich spread for lunch. Made a chocolate buttermilk cake with a chocolate buttercream frosting and then made a pan of bars for a church funeral tomorrow for a member of our church who passed away earlier in the week. For supper I made Italian enchiladas since they are soft for hubby to eat. I was able to use home canned spaghetti sauce and salsa for the enchiladas.

  • #7854

    Anonymous

    1/10/19

    Made some egg noodles for the first time.  Had to do it by rolling pin so got them a little thick.  Still tasted ok when I put them into some chicken soup made from scratch.

    Had to fill out some forms online for some insurance stuff…took quite a while.

    Have a nice evening.

  • #7857

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    8Greenbeans – I am very sorry to hear of your uncle’s passing.  Hopefully, you have many good memories of your past times with him that can help ease the pain of your loss.

  • #7858

    Seagull
    Participant

    Finally made the sourdough pretzels. Uses 1 1/2 c of sourdough starter. Probably said that already. Here’s the link to the recipe. https://www.achickandhergarden.com/sinful-sourdough-pretzels/

    I didn’t do the egg wash. And maybe I was a little too generous with the salt, but overall quite tasty.

  • #7859

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Made scrambled eggs for breakfast.  Then fried onions and the rice I cooked last nite.  Added some frozen spinach too.  Mushrooms would have been nice…didn’t have any.

    Tonite I made a roast in an heirloom Dutch oven @ 400*.  I try to get it so the inside is rare….cuz we often fry it to reheat in other meals.  And it tastes better.  Just don’t let the inner temp rise above 160-165*. It will be for tomorrow…needed to get it cooked.

    First tho….I’d also sliced off several very thin strips from the roast to make stir fry for supper.  Added frozen broccoli/cauliflower; chopped onion, pineapple, spice/soy sauce/etc.  Finished rice from last nite.  {sigh}  I forgot I asked DH to bring up a can of pineapple….and ate mine before he came up.  End of a busy day…..  {roll eyes}

    Then since the oven was heated to 400*, decided to make one more thing.  Auuuugggh!  DH said he saw the oven at 450* and turned it down.  WHAT?  HOW did I manage that?????  I wish he’d thot to check and get it OUT of that overly hot oven.  Had to scrape a lot of dark brown off.  Well….it’s edible anyway but SO annoying when my brain goes on vacation briefly.

    OldMtWoman   ….see why I don’t can foods without supervision anymore?  Hmph!

  • #7867

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Hi, Tartan Kitty….this is an awesome group of folks….I’m learning so much from them….

    Thanks so much for the recipes ya’ll are sharing…I’m going to try the homemade laundry and hand soaps for sure….and the vegan sloppy joe recipe sounds yummy…

    I broke down and bought fresh milk when I ran out…I’ve some canned milk and dry milk in the pantry but my morning coffee addiction demands fresh milk, so since I’m not at a point in life where I want to stress my mind or body too much, I gave in. 🙂

    Excitement reigns – I finally broke down and allowed myself to purchase a new kitchen range! The old one, though like me a bit haggard and wrinkled with age, is still usable so I donated it to a private Christian school who were thrilled to get it. The new one will be delivered tomorrow. And, my dehydrator should arrive today so I will be spending quite a bit of time with my new toys. But, they’re practical toys, right? 🙂 I can see OldMtWoman grinning and rolling her eyes.

    Today’s from scratch meal will interesting to figure out as friends took my old stove out yesterday to prepare space for the new stove tomorrow…a bit awkward, but I think I have some cabbage rolls I made last month in the freezer and I can put them in the microwave.

    Traveling family are sending great pictures back but different time zone means they’re coming in during the wee hours of the morning.

    Everybody be safe if you are where bad weather makes driving tricky. We have some freezing rain headed our way this weekend I think. I stay off the roads during those times. Hopefully no power outages but if so, I’m a prepared prepper!..:)

  • #7868

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Not much accomplished yesterday since the day was spent waiting with spouse at the hospital for outpatient surgery.  I worked on knitting scarves.  No cooking yesterday.  We had homemade breakfast burritos in the freezer for a quick meal.  Today I can work on catching up on a few projects I got started this week.  I need to make laundry soap and more multi-purpose citrus cleaner.  Hopefully I can get to the sewing room to finish making the cloth pads for my daughter.

  • #7870

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    My days seem to be getting longer and loner these days with so much work to do. This morning I am using laundry detergent I made last evening with Dr Woods baby mild soap to wash all the bedding. Yesterday I made all purpose cleaner using cinnamon and tangerine essential oils and it really smells nice.

    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Recipe for laundry detergent</span>

     

    My compost bucket I started last week is looking ok, eventually I will get it in the big composter that tumbles and mixes everything, hopefully it will be ready to use in a Spring garden.

    I found in my pantry a stack of gallon size mylar bags and oxygen absorbers that I plan on using to vaccum seal macoroni for food storage.

  • #7879

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Forgot to post recipe for laundry detergent and cleaner

    1 cup baking, 1/2 cup baby mild soap (grated), 3/4 cup washing soda, 10 drops essential oil,

    Multi Purpose Cleaner

    3 cups warm water, 1 tbl baking soda, 1 tbl borax, 1 tsp glycerin, 10 drops cinnamon & 10 drops tangerine essential oil,  mix ingredients together in spray and shake to mix.

  • #7880

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Wow I am really having trouble checking in everyday.

    I have been working on making an index for our crafting supplies. This is how it came out. (Picture file is too big) anyway they turned out cute. I used some old plastic type folders, cut them to 4×3, and then used the punches on the them. Had to do a quick repair on the rotary cutter I was using. I am using some post attachments to keep them together. I hope this counts as ‘made from scratch’.

    Dinners were all ‘made from scratch’.

     

  • #7886

    Anonymous

    1/11/19

    Usual breakfast smoothies from scratch and added some sprouts to them that I had gotten started at home.

    I froze my leftover homemade noodles in piles and will put them into freezer bag tomorrow in portion size.  Have asked our super shopper daughter to go looking for a pasta machine at Good Will.  We tried today in Astoria and they said that the machines come in all the time but nothing at the moment.  Our daughter lives in a bigger city in Oregon so she may be able to get one fast.  After watching a video of a crank one going, it was obvious that I had not gotten my dough thin enough by like a 1000%.  So if we get a cheap…really cheap and get it working…I will branch out to something we could dry on a hanger or whatever and store that instead of the freezer which is getting a little full.

    Also made more thousand Island dressing and used some of my homemade mayonnaise 1/2 cup, 2 T of organic ketchup, 2 teaspoons of onion, 2 Tablespoons of relish, 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon of salt and a dash of pepper.  Also used 1 teaspoon of Truvia (Stevia plus sugar…)   Tastes pretty good and keeps my sugar down.  I have made several changes to recipe that I found on this website.

    https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/thousand-island-dressing-100355

    Also for dinner we had left over chicken soup and our salads plus we stopped off at a place that cooks Tuna similar to fish and chips.  We do not get the chips and I ate mine portion with homemade tartar sauce and homemade ketchup.  We did not fry the fish but they buy it down on the fishing docks in Astoria. Too expensive to buy the tuna on our own I think.

    Here is a picture of the boat that they sell this from.  It a style of boat called a bowpicker.  That is the name they have on the side.  It is on land but used to fish in river back in the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • #7887

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    I canned 9 pints of raspberry preserves today. House smells great.

  • #7889

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Yes, Muffy.  I’m grinning cuz you likely needed a new stove and you will have all sorts of fun with the dehydrator!  Keeping your family in my prayers.

    I cut off thin slices from last nite’s roast and made Adapted Stroganoff.  I didn’t have any egg noodles and tho I have done that with my mother’s recipe, this wasn’t a day to make them from scratch.  [see why I’m sitting in the back of the room?] 😉

    We’ve been having weather…and with animals ….  Anyway, we had some other type of pasta – tube shaped.  It works.  Made sauce from a packet but added more sauteed onions, and stuff.  Would have added frozen peas but…apparently we don’t have any up here.  Wishing for mushrooms but had dried and was running out of time and energy.  Small kitchen and constantly doing dishes to make room!  As it was, DH had to help with the last – cuz I was completely overheating!  It was good… tho we never have leftovers.

    OldMtWoman

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  • #7893

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Not much to say today.  Supper was cheesy potatoes and chicken leftovers redone with homemade cranberry sauce.  I could just eat a lot of the cranberry sauce by itself.                                                                                          Grind cranberries and a navel orange (the whole thing peel and all) and add sugar to taste and that’s it.  You can add apple chunks or whatever else you want also.

    Will pressure cook the chicken carcass tomorrow for broth. Also will make English muffins tomorrow.  Time to go to bed, so good night all.

  • #7913

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 12

    In my pantry I found sprinkles of sugar on the shelf from the sugar canister and now I have ants in the pantry,  so I have to clean out the pantry and spray it down with something to get the ants gone.  I am going to try a spray with tea tree and cinnamon essential oils to see if that works, if anyone knows a better way that is safe to use around food please post it.

  • #7933

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    I am trying to make mittens for a Grandson.  I used the matching chunky yarn Grandson’s hat was made from, and used a proper pattern for chunky yarn.   Well, they were so large they fit Hubby.  So, he gets a pair and I start over and try to make the mittens small enough.    I must use the same yarn and make the mittens smaller.  Now, the knitting skills come in to play…hopefully I have some; smaller needles and fewer stitches I think.

     

  • #7934

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    @grannyjsmith So sorry about the ant infestation!  Use peppermint oil to get rid of the ants and keep them away!  You may want to put a couple of drops around where the sugar was.  As long as you clean up the sugar, they will be gone and won’t come back for a while!

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  • #7939

    namelus
    Participant

    @granny’s moth

    Read this works super well 100 percent kill rate no toxin and cheap

    How to Kill Fire Ants, Carpenter Ants, and Termites with Mushrooms (a Mycoremediation Crash Course)

     

  • #8026

    Hi pain day yesterday, dont think i posted. Still did alot cuz i needed to be distracted. Made horseradish ( grated and put into white wine vinegar) found my calcium chloride ( thank god i made a good inventory) ate split pea and lentil soup all day yesterday and today. ( by the time i am sick of it it is gone) making my cheese now, boy does the cacl ever improves the yield. Want to make a pepper jack so i gotta get that going so it will be ready to add to the cheese b4 pressing. Am knitting slippers, havent fixed the well yet, since its still putting out water for the goats. Supposed to snow tonite, had to park my truck at the neighbors because of a bad corner. Getting low on hay will have to get on monday.

  • #8027

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Thanks for the info on the ant problem.  I mixed half water and half vinegar and sprayed in the pantry and will see how that works.  I don’t have any peppermint oil but I will get some next trip to town and I am sure interested in a product that will control or get rid of ants that seem to crop up here

     

  • #8028

    Loving Life
    Participant

    I haven’t posted in a few days as I had guests.

    Everyday this month, I have continued to heat the house via the wood stove. Fueling the wood stove with my property’s own wood, I figured that the wood stove saves me over $1800 each calendar year.

    My guests were amazed at my cooking on the wood stove. They all wanted to try their hand cooking on the wood stove. We/I made most of our breakfasts on the woodstove. This next week, I am going to try to expand my wood stove cooking to some lunch and dinner items.

    I have used the wood ash from the wood stove for its ice melt quality as we have had several inches of snow in the last few days. I amazed at how good the ash works as an ice melt. Using the wood ash for ice melt saves me at least $200 each calendar year.

    My guests brought lots of food and we enjoyed cooking from scratch every day. After they left, I have so much more food as my freezer and refrigerator is full of leftovers. I started a stew full of the veggies and added some leftover steak. I am heating it up on the wood stove. Yummy!

    This afternoon, I went to an essential oils class. I picked up some more information on cleaners. In the last couple months, I started to stockpile essential oils and just added them to my inventory list. I am very unsure about useage though as to calculate my inventory in months.

    This challenge has really made me aware of a few shortfalls in certain areas, including spices, baking supplies, and essential oils. With the money I have saved on continuing to cook from scratch and bounty left by my guests, I have added to my inventory in these areas.

  • #8029

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    It’s been a fairly quiet day around here.  I have been doing tons of research on many DIY projects.  Today I made up some fake jiffy cornbread mixes.  I used a couple of them tonight in our broccoli cornbread supper.  I add cheese and diced ham to the recipe to make it a one dish supper.  Everyone pretty much scavenged leftovers for the other meals of the day.  I found directions for reusable dryer sheets that I’m going to try to stretch the fabric softener I have left.  Take old washcloths and soak in the softener then let them dry.  You can just toss the dry cloth in the dryer.  According to the directions it can be reused about a dozen times until you have to soak it again. It’s worth a shot.

     

  • #8031

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Today we did a quick fix on the car, leaking radiator. We used some JB weld that we had. If it holds then we saved $600.00. Win-win. Didn’t cost anything and the car is working…so far.

    Nana Mike I would be interested in the recipe for the jiffy mixes :).

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  • #8033

    Tanja Verena
    Participant

    Made Spaetzle with mushroom sauce today. My son’s fav noodles. It’s an old Southern German recipe…uses flour, eggs, salt and water. We have 5 (very old) chickens, so have an egg or two per day . My good old Amish Spaetzle maker broke, so I had to do it the old way…with a wooden board and a long knife.   I always make any sauce myself..never actually used “sauce” in a package. All you need is melt some butter in a pan, add 1 TS of flour, mix while cooking, add milk or whipping cream..and cook while stirring for a min or so, until it’s thick, then add salt, pepper, garlic, maybe soy sauce..and whatever else you want, like mushrooms.

     

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  • #8037

    Anonymous

    1/12/19

    Made breakfast and dinner from scratch.  Cooked chicken in instant pot for dinner and also after that cooked some beans and ham that needed to be done or frozen and will now freeze that and try using later.  Would use it for tomorrow but we are heading south to a grandaughter’s birthday party after Church and then later after Church in the evening, we will travel further south to stay with my parents for a couple of days.

    For DIY today, I have a file that does not have a handle so I went to town and found a sale on a couple of old files that were fairly old and was able to refinish them today and keep one as it is but with refinished handle and the other holds my big file.  Saved money doing it this way without buying a new handle and the best part after that was the big handle was made out of oak and after sanding off the years of gunk and grease, it turned out super.

    Also working on a leather bag to make and am trying out my hand at carving leather.  It is a kit I got some time ago but it is a good learning experience for me.  After watching a video on it I found out that I needed a piece of granite to do my work on so I called a granite outfit here in Astoria and they gave me a small piece for free.  Saved money on that.

    Here are the two handles on the piece of granite

    Also due to having my smoothies and better dinners with less sugar, I was able to hit a milestone that is pretty big for me…I was able to go into a work clothing place here in town and buy a pair of jeans off the rack that actually fit me for the first time in about 20 plus years.  Helps you to stay committed to eating and living in a more healthy way.  Just like this website is working on this month.  Not eat the bad and go for the good as much as you can.

    Good night to all

    • #8065

      Molly Malone
      Participant

      @oldmansd Congratulations on buying the pair of jeans off the rack for the first time in 20 years! You must be really committed to your new way of eating and living!

  • #8038

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I cooked chili from scratch; I cooked about 2 pounds of ground beef and saved some to freeze.

    Today I continued my cleanse and took a brisk walk.  🙂

  • #8041

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Nana Mike..THANK you for the Jiffy recipe.  Went to that site and also copied down the “Betty Crocker” Fudge Brownies.  The comments below that one had a lot of alternate ideas…including the black bean addition which is supposed to be good.

    OldMansd…congrats on your milestone!

    Today was a MESS!  In many ways.  First…woke in the night with dog losing her last meal…all over.  We have a very big dog.  So later, in a less insane hour of this morning, she was wanting to eat!  Our way to ease her digestive tract back into eating – without causing a repeat performance – is to fry an egg with only spray oil. Chop it up.  Make a big pot of good Asian rice. Mix with some water for rehydration. Not a whole lot of rice the first time.  It goes down and doesn’t come back up.  In a couple hours, do same with a little more rice and just a bit of usual kibble.  Soak all of it in the water before feeding it.  Later, just rice and soaked kibble mix.  Eventually…when it’s safe…just soaked kibble.  We always water her kibble.  Helps her not to dehydrate as the kibble swells.  She is a free-feed dog and able to manage her own times/quantity of eating.  Unless this happens and then we monitor for a while.

    We also had eggs for our eventual breakfast.  Slept in different shifts.  Strange day.  For supper, mixed three different leftovers and it was quite fine.  Made more rice….JIC!

    OldMtWoman

  • #8050

    Halle Corrine
    Participant

    I don’t know that this counts as making it from scratch, but I just put up my own deer meat.  A friend’s father shot it for me and dressed it, but did not process it.  I don’t know how he thought I was going to do that, but he actually forced me to learn how to do it myself.  Thank God for You Tube and Prime shipping!   I was able to watch how-to videos and have a meat grinder delivered almost overnight.  Anyway, I divied the meat up, and put portions in the freezer.  I roasted the ribs and removed the meat and made BBQ for sandwiches (with sauce made from scratch).  I also made my own ground venison.  First ever in my life!  I am exhaused but proud of myself.  I’m sure the meat is not cut and processed like someone who knows what they are doing, but still it is edible, saves a bundle of money, and I will have enough meat to eat for a very, VERY long time.

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    • #8052

      Halle Corrine
      Participant

      I guess I should have started reading from the first post. Lol  Sorry!   I probably won’t post everyday.  I really don’t have a lot of time for “play” on the computer during the week.  I don’t really care about a prize anyway.  I think it is just fun to share and learn from others.  So, sure, I’m in.

    • #8062

      Molly Malone
      Participant

      @hallecorrine WOW that is so impressive that you taught yourself how to process deer meat in a day from You Tube videos! Congratulations!

  • #8061

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    So, I’m throwing in the towel for the challenge. Not that I don’t do a lot of stuff from scratch, just that dh wound up in the hospital on the 6th and with tests and not knowing what was going on, I haven’t been posting. I didn’t have the time to fight the internet and then try to remember everything that I did and what was from scratch. It’s a lifestyle for me and takes some effort to separate the bought from the taught. Hubby is home and doing better, they think it was a pulled abdominal muscle. The only thing I remember with distinct clarity is that I picked up a pizza on my way home, after being at the hospital all day, and it was horrid! Greasy, I mean thick grease in the box, and doughy. What ever happened to pride in a job well done?

     

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  • #8068

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Dh grew up eating venison so I learned how to butcher a deer.  When I ground it I liked to grind up bacon with it.  Congrats on teaching yourself!

    So yesterday I made broth with the chicken carcass and then soup with the broth.  Was going to make noodles but cleaned carpet instead.  That took a while.  What else did I do?  I don’t remember at this moment.  Went to church today so didn’t do much yet.

  • #8070

    Loving Life
    Participant

    @hallecorrine. Congrats on the deer. That is quite an accomplishment. Never sell yourself short; just keep progressing.

    I have learned so much from all these posts. @coffeegirl. Just hang in there as we all have those days and weeks. It is all about not throwing in the towel. Those little things add up. Just keeping following the posts. I hope your DH feels better and hesls quickly.

    A few months ago, I had never cooked on a wood stove. Today for lunch I made some wicked darn good grilled cheese sandwiches using a cast iron skillet (the key). For breakfast, I made a kitchen sink omlette (using leftovers).

    I made a very simple glass cleaner with my essential oils. 1 1/2 cups white vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 8 drops lemon. Mix ingredients in 16 oz spray bottle. I used it and it did a good job.

    Once again, this morning was wicked cold. It was -12 and I didn’t check the wind chill as I didn’t want to know. As usual, I used the wood ash for an ice melt. Normal salt has an effective temperature range, this bitter cold doesn’t seem to effect the wood ash.

  • #8071

    James Mitchner
    Participant

    For Christmas my wife gifted me a large hard-covered cook book titled “The Food Lab”.  Interesting book in that it explains how best to cook various foods and why, including chemical reactions and the physics involved..

    So this morning I tried my hand making a breakfast of eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce out of the book along with fried potato cakes using left-over mashed potatoes from last night’s meal.

    Well, it was edible.  Actually it was quite good.  The presentation was lacking, but what the hey.  First time.  Crafting hollandaise sauce for me was…. an experience.  Chefs and restaurants need not worry!  Poaching eggs wasn’t the easiest thing I’ver ever done in the kitchen, either.  But, my wife was kind enough to not comment on some of the screw-ups.  That was my “Make it from Scratch” adventure for today.

  • #8076

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Today I made time to start teaching my two and a half year old granddaughter how to make banana bread and egg bread from scratch and she loved doing it, she is very into learning all about cooking with granny.  This afternoon she will help me make hamburger casserole and spinach salad for supper.

     

  • #8078

    Made mayo with lime juice salt quail eggs and avocado oil. Added it homemade horesradish. Made wonderful egg salad biscuits with avocado. Now thats filling. After doing chores in the 8 inches of snow, i thought i deserved something special. Avocado and oil and lime, white wine vinegar is still storebought. My pepperjack cheese is being pressed. And i cleaned out the fridges and gave the dogs a nice morning treat.

  • #8080

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    This has been a meal prep day for me.  I’ve been assembling sausage biscuits for the grands to have for breakfast before school.  I also had a request to make more of those “awesome”  breakfast burritos.  I only have a pound of sausage left so the next batch of burritos will have diced ham and cheese with egg. I made some extra biscuit dough for freezer biscuits.  They are super easy to make and WAY cheaper than the store bought ones my daughter is used to buying.  Next I need to work on filling the cookie jar for afterschool snacks.  Chocolate chips were on clearance after Christmas so I stocked up.  This challenge has really shown me a lot of $$s that have been wasted on things we should be making at home. I always used to cook this way when my girls were little.  I don’t know why we got away from it.  We’ve eaten better for far less money than we have in quite some time.  Anyway supper tonight will be leftover soup.  I’ve collect any veggies or meat that’s less than a serving in a freezer container.  Once it’s full the whole thing goes in a pot of water adding whatever bits and pieces I want to save from dying in the back of the fridge and maybe some onion and whatever seasoning I think it needs.

  • #8082

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings.

    Someone mentioned mushroom soup and I remembered I had frozen and dehydrated mushrooms.  I was surprised at how easy the soup was.  Definitely added the Sherry!  I added homemade croutons it and it was delicious.  Hubby asked about “cream” of mushroom soup.  Next time, I’ll give him some cream cheese and he can have the soup the way he wishes.

    Hubby declared we need to have our kids help stock up in the event of a crisis that he thinks is coming due to current economic times!  So, today, I have been researching what we need to store for a real crisis.  (I have my lists and ideas, but an official printed copy for Hubby to use will be helpful.)  I have made pdf copies from the LDS book with the lists needed.  Tomorrow, I will go into the basement and clean up our pantry; after taking inventory, we can check against the recommended list.  I am sure it will be very enlightening for dear Hubby.  If not just finding our holes, but to see what I have managed to accomplish in the last 8 years.

    So, the big task for the week is to set up a binder and a way for him to keep the records.

  • #8084

    Flamingolady
    Participant

    I made egg salad for lunch but couldn’t add the celery since hubby is still recovering from dental surgery. I added celery seed as an alternative and he liked it. I also made roasted steak fries which turned out so golden brown and tasty. Not sure what I did differently but they were excellent. The last couple of days I went through my fabric stash and found some fabric to make a new pillow cover since mine fell apart when I washed it. I also found some fabric to make hand towels for over the kitchen sink to dry my hands and also to make potholders. I saved an old ironing board cover a while ago, which will come in handy for the potholders to help protect my hands from the heat when using them. For supper I am making au gratin potatoes from our canned potatoes. I also made apple muffins to use up some soft apples.

  • #8089

    Anonymous

    1/13/19

    on the road..went to Salem, OR for church with kids and bithday party for one of my grand daughters who turns 16 today. We did not go out but dinner made from scratch since mydaughter is on keto diet. I got some chicken to add to lunch that was cooked in the store but they will be able to use left overs.

    Afterwards we went to Goodwill and found a nice pasta maker for only $2.49.  Fantastic deal.  Looked it up online and all parts are there

    Headinf further south to be with my parents for a couple of days and then back home

  • #8092

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Thanks Nana Mike for the link.

    Old Mnt woman you can never have to much rice cooked up 🙂

    Today I spent most of the day collecting samples for my soil test. My extension only suggests testing every 5 years but had such dismal growing results last year I figure it wouldn’t hurt to test (started the garden 3 years ago). To do the test I made a extractor using a pvc pipe and a dowel.

    We put some more patch on the radiator to doubly seal the leak. I will be driving tomorrow so fingers crossed!

    Kudos to oldmansd, Halle Corrine, and James Mitchner for your accomplishments!

     

  • #8096

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Not much to report today. tried making the mozzarella cheese and it was major flop but I will try again. started day with homemade biscuits and they were rocks, but I ate one anyhow. quiet day. looking forward to better weather soon to get out of this sort-of slump the past few days. gray, rainy, cold days just do something to my overall energy level. why is that, I wonder? nite all….tomorrow will be better!!!

  • #8100

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Halle C ….whoa…that is great that you learned how to process a deer!  That’s meat from scratch even if you didn’t hunt it!!!  I’m impressed.

    CoffeeLady….don’t disappear.  I started this challenge knowing I can’t keep up with ALL scratch meals, even tho I do most things.  Just pop in when you’ve got something..and join a few of us “auditing” this from the back of the class!  😉  Besides…your dh in hospital IS a huge deal and that’s exactly when we take short-cuts.  Even when they taste bad cuz we’re not used to nasty convenience foods.  It’s a healthy sign when junk food tastes bad and makes us sick!  Hope your dh is doing better!

    James Mitchner…interesting approach for a cook book.

    Muffy…I vaguely remember doing Moz cheese with a friend over 6 yrs ago.  I’ve done a cream herbed goat cheese…easy.  Precipitate with …uh, vinegar?  I’ve forgotten.  I have the recipes tho.  Yogurt was easy.  Try again when you’re up to it!  Better weather is heading your way…we were dazzling bright sunshine today.

    Today my “from scratch” is…..stretching it a bit.  But since I’m “auditing this class”… 🙂  My friend [same one who made Moz cheese with me] makes body products and finally found a recipe for my very problematic hair.  I could not believe this stuff for my hair!!!  So she sent me a huge quantity that was a flopped batch that didn’t emulsify right.  [terms correct, I think]  All I have to do is shake really well before using each time.  Can do!  Well, I’m running out and somewhere in the depths of our basement chaos, I THOT I still had more.  Tonite I finally remembered to dig around.  Pulled some things together that had been scattered to dry…they were now dry and I got them back in box/put away.  But the shampoo wasn’t there…. however I DID find it!  I have plenty left.  Whew, I can’t even buy that anywhere.  🙂  Been meaning to search for it for the past two weeks!  One more thing crossed off list.  Two if I count getting that mess back into the box and put up.  A struggle to get simple things done.  Hmph!

    Oh…I did make “apple crisp type” oatmeal this morning.  Raisins, apple pieces from a limp apple needing to be used, walnuts, bit of molasses, bit of cinnamon, blip of vanilla.  Regular oats of course.  Then I remember we’re out of milk.  But it was fine without.

    OldMtWoman

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  • #8109

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 14

    For the make it from scratch challenge,  today I am making sweet & sour chicken with rice and I’m using packets that are made out of tin foil, it’s cold outside so they will go in the oven instead of the grill.

  • #8110

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    @lovinglife  I’ll pop in when I can.

    @oldmtwoman I won’t disappear, but I am out of the contest.  it’s a daily thing, and I haven’t been able to do that.  My hubby being in the hospital was a big deal.  First time overnite since his car accident 25 years ago.  Now I know how he felt when I was in the hospital almost two years ago.

    I have actually dehydrated a bunch of stuff.  My dehydrator has been going almost non-stop since the new year.  Right now, it’s orange slices and peelings.  The slices for baking and for teas and the peelings for baking and for orange infused vinegar for cleaning.  I have some zuchinni in the freezer yet, that needs dehydrated and then I’m going to dehydrate the older pickles in the pantry.  They make good snacks and if you grind them up, they can be added to dressings and salad for an extra punch of flavor.  I like it on popcorn.

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  • #8118

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Today, I went to my post office box. The US Mail doesn’t deliver to my address, so I have to pick up. I guess that means I am really rural. Lol! In my post office box, I had a gift from a friend. She sent me her manual pasta maker. (All because of DC , that @$$ thief. Karma will get him).

    With this new pasta maker (never used), I hurried home and yes I made pasta from scratch! I also made my famous Mama’s meatballs and gravy (for those non-Italians that red sauce with meat and tons of spices). I can’t give you the recipe as it’s a family recipe.

    No, I didn’t make it all on the woodstove, but next time I will attempt to make the sauce on the woodstove.

    Very cold and icy here, so I continued to use the wood ash as an ice melt.

    For those that are getting a little discouraged on the “contest” factor, the biggest prize is all the things you learn. Last month, I qualified for Selcos book, but I had previously purchased it. My prize is that this forum keeps me going on my road to further self sufficiency. Plus I get to read everyone’s adventures, especially @Muffy1938 and @oldmtwoman. Those gals keep me entertained and you never know what they will be up to next.

    PS I am auditting as I went to the dark side early in the month. I had a beer and munchies with a HOT law enforcement officer after target practice. @daisy, does it count if he picked up the tab? Lol!

  • #8123

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    From scratch today, a Keto recipe for cheeseburger meatloaf. New stove offers a bit of a challenge with different knobs and digital thingies…received big order from BePrepared.com…4 new 5 gallon water containers, some instant soup mixes, and some really cool 115 hour candle things with globe….they were on sale so I bought a bunch and they are really nice….trick is finding where to put all this stuff so I can remember where it is…I think somebody else mentioned needing to keep a record of where stuff is, maybe OldMtWoman…nite all

  • #8127

    Anonymous

    On the road and did our shakes for breakfast and instead of ordering pizza while we are staying with my mom and dad, I got chicken and cooked and made my salad but we did purchase BBQ sauce and I did not think about it untill I was getting ready to post and looked through the rules again and saw that we have to make all sauces from scratch…oops  So now pressure is off but even if I can not win, it is a lot of fun reading your posts.

     

  • #8130

    Marcyinnh
    Participant

    I’m in.

  • #8132

    Marcyinnh
    Participant

    Follow-up to previous post, wherein I figured out how to post to this forum.  That “submit” button is serious.  Yup, I’m in on the January challenge, but since I arrived mid-month, does that mean I owe you guys two posts a day to make up for the half-month I missed?   LOL   I have a good supply of food on hand — I’ve been prepping for a while — but invariably I run out of things, so this challenge will be fun and interesting.   Glad to get to know you guys.   🙂

  • #8134

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Ground some meat for our “hamburger’ equal amounts of brisket, boneless short ribs, and roast. We use 1 pound each.

    Made hamburgers for dinner.

  • #8142

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    For the challenge today breakfast was burritos from the freezer. I made a simple burger helper type one pot meal for supper. Used stuff we had on hand.  I keep cooked ground beef with onions in the freezer so it goes together pretty quickly.  My youngest grandson suffers from eczema and it’s flared up pretty bad inside his elbows and behind his knees.  Tonight I mixed up a simple salve with beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil.  Did some research and then added lemongrass and tea tree oils to give him some relief.  So far I’m enjoying the challenge but it’s tough convincing some members of the family to work with me on this.  We’ve got three generations living together and I can only do so much on my own.  Spouse is with me on this which helps.  We both opted out when daughter decided this was a good night to order Chinese. I’m hoping that if I can keep track of the money we didn’t spend on things this month it will make a difference.

  • #8144

    Beyond Blessed
    Participant

    So I am another one joining in occasionally, although its been very good for me to make the effort to do more things ,if not everything, from scratch.  I have found out that I definitely need more storage containers like mason jars to do this properly.  I made Basmati rice and also a beef and broccoli and pineapple stir-fry, instead of buying Beef and Broccoli Chinese take out, on Friday and I made so much that we ate it twice more over the week-end with some in the freezer too for the Husband’s packed lunch one day this week.  This challenge definitely saves me money!  Made homemade oatmeal (or “porridge” as I like to call it) from scratch today with milk and brown sugar on the top which was nice for a cold morning.   Planning to make some more cookies tomorrow… hopefully will get round to it…

  • #8147

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and rice from the pot I’d made previously.  Comment on rice storage:  This is how we do it….decide for yourself if it’s safe in your house/environment.  I don’t like to refrigerate leftover rice cuz it dehydrates it.  But I like to make some ahead and keep using it in different ways.  So I leave it in the aluminum  [transfers heat/cold very well….negative insulation value]  pot it cooked in.  I set the pot on a big slab of solid-frozen stuff you can use in camping coolers.  Then cover it with a thick towel.  [Could also use a small Styrofoam cooler but this is what I do.]  In OUR chilly house, it stays very nicely cold without the dehydrating affects of fridge.

    I keep a LOT of those freezer-bag things in the freezer.  I have a dangerous tendency to overheat rather suddenly/seriously.  So I can always have those and the gel-type for quick use.  [for summer, mostly]  Also, they’re available if we lose power in summer…in winter here there is no problem keeping food chilled.  Make ice in clean containers by setting it outside.  Create your own ‘ice house’ without sawing blocks from the nearest lake/pond like the old days.  LOL

    Also use winter frigid temps to kill off any bug/larvae in grain, etc you buy.  I try to always buy new grain/flour/legume buckets in deep winter and leave them inside a vehicle [after bears are hibernating!!!] for several days/nites.  This deep subZERO has to be good for something!

    Ok….we’ve been eating off the roast I did a couple days ago.  Shaving off thin slices and quick fry/brown for sandwiches…DH’s lunch at work.  He nearly always brings a lunch from home.  Unless I’ve really not thot ahead.  I had to quick package and send his breakfast with him too, today.  We were running late.  I’m still eating a soup/pasta thing that turned out ok but not remarkable.

    Speaking of using winter [for those of us in the middle of it] for making useful ice…I have a DIY.  Ice Luminaries.  Get a container about the size of a #10 can – but smooth-sided, not ridged.  Pour a couple inches of water in it and leave it outside to freeze solid.  Then find a smaller container [smooth sides] that will set inside the first one….leaving about 2″ open space like a doughnut all the way around.  Weight down the smaller container and fill the doughnut space with water and let it freeze.  Remove the smaller container – you can pour warm water inside it to release it.  Then remove the larger, outer container.  Might need to run under hot water too.

    Now you have an ice formation with a hole in the center.  You can make this very fascinating by coloring your water with food coloring before freezing it.  Don’t make it too dark tho.  Set a votive or tea light candle down inside and light it with a long something… a strand of spaghetti will light.  You may have to experiment with how high the sides are to protect the flame from winds outside.  {fairly deep}  And how wide your inner tube will need to be.  The outer wall needs to be thick enough to not be fragile.  It’s like the luminaries but made of ice.  Stable and safe.  Will last a long time and might light your way outside during a power outage.

    OldMtWoman….might do this again since it’s winter.  Lined up on the porch/deck railing, pretty from inside where it’s warm.  😉

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  OldMt Woman.
  • #8154

    Makn yogurt and buttermilk… again. My pepr jack didnt turn out, gave it to the critters. Making soup today, lotsa home dried veggies. Red onion, okra, squash, carrot, peas, 3 different kind of peppers, and pork broth for base. Oh and garlic. If i get kitchen squared away after all that, may try some homemade pasta to beef up the soup for dinner.

  • #8156

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    I don’t have to cook today since we have left overs of spinach salad, hamburger casserole, roast beef, potato pancakes, and baby lima beans with ham, it’s too cold and damp to get outside  so I’m getting the step ladder out so I can reach the top kitchen cabinets to organize, clean, and polish the cabinets, all with homemade cleaners..

     

  • #8157

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Muffy 1938,  could I have that recipe for the keto meatloaf?Have been trying to do more low carb for DH.The one I found on line was terrible, even my Miss Chloe kitty turned her nose up at it and she eats just about everything I eat IF she can snitch it from me, LOL.

     

    • #8196

      Muffy1938
      Participant

      MamaCando…here’s the recipe for Keto Cheeseburger Meatloaf I tried from Karrisa Longs’ Clean Keto Lifestyle: serving size for 1

      6 oz ground beef
      1 egg, beaten
      1/4 medium white onion, diced
      1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink salt
      1 teaspoon garlic powder
      1/4 cup cubed cheddar cheese
      2 tablespoons tomato paste
      1 tablespoon yellow mustard
      1 tablespoon coconut animos

      1. preheat oven to 350, line baking pan with parchment paper
      2. combine ground beef, egg, onion, salt, garlic and cheese
      3. mix gently with hands (over mixing will make meat loaf tough)
      4. form into loaf shape, put on pan and into oven for 30 minutes
      5. Whisk together tomato paste, mustard and coconut aminos and spread evenly on top of meat loaf; bake for an additional 15 minutes. (If you’re not total Keto, you can substitute regular soy sauce for the coconut aminos)

      I guess you can increase the amounts for an additional servings but the 6 oz ground beef made a fairly generous loaf for me…but then I don’t eat a whole lot of food at any one meal. I’m seriously working on cutting carbs out of my diet and have definitely noticed a major difference in how my tummy feels….not so much heartburn…

      Grannyjsmith…I hear you about slow going in getting chores completed…I think my decluttering efforts have paid off in somehow keeping housekeeping chores to a minimum….well, perhaps there’s a bit of dust here and there…but what’s the old saying about dust – it protects fine furniture, or something like that…

      Grandchild number 8 spent night with me last night so I made scrambled eggs, sausage and cinnamon rolls for breakfast…more than I usually do but she needs to eat before going to school…it’s fun having her here to break the sameness of my days..plus, at 11 years old she is a major computer/electronics nerd so I save all my questions or problems that need solving for when she comes…:) she attends a private Christian classical school so she is being trained to carry on intelligent conversations about life, issues, policy matters, ethics, philosophy…fun to pose interesting questions to her and hear her responses…

      Good to see OldMansd back home safely and on line…and OldMtWoman, what have you done to your arm? Sure hope it’s a temporary thing. I’m definitely going to try to do some vertical gardening this year…will make it easier I think for me to manage standing up rather than stooping down and trying to figure out how to get back up…harvested a few more little baby spinach leaves today, almost enough for a small salad…that little effort at growing something makes me smile…and at my age I am determined to concentrate on things that make me smile, no matter what the storm going on about me might be! Yeah! I figure if I’ve made it this far, I’m tough enough to see it through to the end with a smile…hugs to all ya’ll for adding to my smile quotient!!!

  • #8165

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Welcome Marcyinnh….this is such a cool group….I’m really learning a bunch of good things…my from scratch today was a Keto recipe, Pork Fried Rice…the rice is ground up cauliflower I had packaged and put in freezer last month…best part was being able to “harvest” some of my re-grown onion leaves from onion roots planted last November I think….love trying all these new-to-me ideas….

    OldMtWoman…how do you manage living at the North Pole…:) your lantern idea sounds lovely though I’d get so cold trying to do it, i’d probably give up…

    BeyondBlessed, I’m definitely saving money during this challenge as concerns regular monthly spending; however, I am spending money on some longterm items following the LDS guide for how to build up your supplies month by month…this month focuses on flour and fruit….so I ordered a case of Mandarin oranges which my grandchildren love…now to decide where on earth will I put these cans…:)

  • #8167

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Not really something “new”.  But I did something I don’t like to do.  I threw things away!!

    It is hard to be a Prepper and not a Hoarder.  I have been straightening up my “craft/sewing” room.  I came across a pile of clothes, intended to be mended, and decided that once done, they would be discarded.  Now, I need to check for a local charity that will take them.

    I also went through a box of papers, marked “critical” that had been sitting in the corner since we moved here 8 years ago.  I gave Hubby the items that I felt he should check and chucked the rest!  Recycled, sorry.

    Discarding bits of yarn and pieces of fabric is just not going to happen, though.  Since I am still actively sewing and crocheting, I have not reached that stage yet .

    Groceries tomorrow, so I chose some new recipes to try:  a vegan burger, a pork stew, and a lentil “Shepherd’s” Pie.  Still looking for non-meat dishes; I love to cook and try new things. Plus, my home-grown potatoes are sprouting and must be used.

    Tomorrow, perhaps I’ll look in the over-stuffed file drawer full of craft ideas to see what I can discard.  Maybe.

  • #8179

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Breakfast burritos…made from scrambled eggs, cheese of preference for each of us, and leftover rice.

    DH made supper….oven-roasted kale, slices of potatoes roasted on tray in oven [unfortunately they were kinda charred-which doesn’t usually happen to him-oops]  and slices of beef with a garlic, butter sauce.  He cooks fancier than me.

    I’m having ginger/honey/lemon tea cuz I suddenly got so cold…which is not helping the muscle spasms in shoulder.  Right arm is nearly in a sling today.  Muscle spasms from shoulder so bad I can’t do much…dominant arm.  Yowww.  What’s an herbal/whatever muscle relaxant?  Topically applied or whatever.

    I went off researching ‘wall gardens’…..tons of ways to make plants grow vertically.  We did some planting in 5 soda bottles stacked inside each other and water drips down to all of them.  It actually does work…setting in a window  This article had soda bottles hanging horizontally, tied with 2 strings…against a wall.  The hole was in the middle of the horizontal bottle.  I actually used the chain link dog kennel for some of the vertical ones – fastened tightly.  I’d have to do same for these in the WIND we have here.  Dangling from strings, even against a wall, would be a disaster.  But secured, it might work.

    Several ideas of putting lettuce, strawberries, etc in pockets in vertical pallets.  [all my pallets are used to store hay on….lol.]  Planting in recycled gutters was interesting to me…since I did save the old ones a few years ago.  They are currently being used in a water redirection of a different sort…keeping us from flooding the garage….{don’t ask…just another nightmare of these steep mountain sides}  But plants with short root systems might be protected from our rampaging voles and thieving bunnies.  The gutters can be fastened on a wall….a couple feet apart vertically.  I wonder tho, what metal and paint is used….toxic?  Could recycled gutters be painted with something non-toxic?  If it’s for edibles, that is.

    OldMtWoman

  • #8181

    Anonymous

    Just got back from trip to folks place and glad to be home.  Very trying to stay on schedule with food and such when gone several days.  We did our shakes all of the days and built them DIY…adding all kinds of good stuff.  For dinner tonight we had fought Portland Oregon traffic and had made it to within 1 1/2 hours to our home but those miles would be dangerous driving on one of Oregon’s deadliest roads,  Hy 30 that leads from Portland to Astoria..before we continued we stopped there to get dinner of some sort..decided to not go into a restaurant  but instead into a grocery store that makes pretty good chicken and got some of that and salad and did get some teriyaki Chinese stuff they make also.

    Then made it home.   So could have done better planning but with the area and days gone…I am ok with it, plus when I got home had lost two more pounds….Win

     

  • #8182

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Worked on making the index of stamps for my daughter. It is taking so long!! I am trying to get it finished for Saturday when I see her, Also trying to get some meals ready for my son which I can give to my daughter to pass along.

  • #8191

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 16

    Breakfast was homemade cinnamon French toast, scrambled eggs with sausage, orange juice.  Breakfast dishes are washed and put away and now I have to get busy doing other chores.

    One thing I did this morning was fix a squeaky front door that made a loud sound every time it was opened, my dh said he was going to have to take the door off to fix it, but I coated the hinges with oil and no more squeaking sound.

    My monthly cleaning list shows I am behind on many chores and jobs finished are getting checked off the list very slowly, wish I had the energy to do some of these chores at night but,  I am so tired I am asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

     

     

  • #8194

    Eatn soup two days in a row, feel like am catching cold. Have some ginger extract that i added to elderberry syrup i made last year. Hope that kicks butt. Taking teaspoon 4 x today and resting. Harvested a little, very little turmeric roots. Gonna add sprouts to my soup for dinner.

  • #8199

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Today, I made cheddar omlettes on the wood stove. Per my morning routine, I used my wood ash on the front walkway.

    I baked dog treats from scratch for my furkids. I received a four paws rating from each of my furkids.

  • #8200

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    4 paws rating…. That’s good, LovingLife.  🙂

    Muffy….spasms are common to my life.  But they are triggered by overuse sometimes.  Like 2 days of clearing snow from pathways.  Today, it’s still there but easing out without taking constant Nuprin like yesterday.  Nerve pain pushed me over the top yesterday.

    Today I woke up pretty much flattened.  [ In my case, that means extremely low stamina and coordination is scrambled.]  DH cooked us eggs and stuff.  Stayed propped up in bed and on computer for several hours…getting up and down to see how things are doing.  By tonite, I’m functioning but with stamina draining out after a short time.  THIS I can work with.  I often do things in spurts…then go rest muscles and go again later.  Its how I remain able …but within severe limits on some days.  Most days are not like this.  Tomorrow will probably be much more normal.   Well, MY normal.  😉

    I was able to stand on bed [hanging on to bookshelf] to remove the smoke detector that had chosen TODAY to start CHIRPING above my head.  GAAH!  Tossed it to DH and returned to bed.  He replaced battery and I’ll put it back up later tonite.  Even in this state, I balance better than he does.  LOL

    GrannyJ….you’re a fix-it-yourself too, huh?  Got to!

    This evening I was able to repair [for the second time] a good pair of reader glasses.  Let’s just say I have an XL hat size and readers are standard-made…but a tiny bit too narrow for me.  The springs on these are too tight, put pressure on the bow and it snapped.  Only bought them 3 mos ago.  I hate paying triple what I usually pay and get one fourth of usage!  I’ll return to the cheapo ones next time. They last longer.  If a corner of a plastic pair breaks, I superglue the whole juncture where the bow meets the front.  Can’t fold that bow afterwards but you can still use the readers.

    For this pair, I hobbled around to collect a few tools.  Splinted the bow by using black stretchy electrical tape around a cut-to-size recycled popsicle stick.  I always save those sticks in the tool drawer and kitchen ware drawer for various disposable uses.  The bow is a very dark blue so it doesn’t look too weird with black tape on one bow.  Like I really care anyway?  Gonna get my money’s worth out of these!  This is the second time I’ve repaired it…but didn’t cut the support stick long enough the first time.

    OldMtWoman  ….gradually feeling better tonite.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  OldMt Woman.
  • #8202

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Forgot ….Muffy, others….here is one of the articles with ideas for vertical planting.  These are only for root formations that are fairly compact.  Not tap roots ….tho you might get by with very short, stubby variety of carrot????    Copy/paste if it doesn’t come out as a link.

    Plants On Walls Vertical Gardens | Florafelt Living Wall Systems | Easy DIY Green Walls

    OldMtWoman…brain isn’t working at peak today either.  Hmph!

     

  • #8204

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Today I worked on getting more samples for my soil test. I worked on the index for my daughter. I emailed my son to find out if he needed anything from my stores. Made some White Lightening Chili for dinner.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  Dala Barnes.
  • #8213

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Its almost 11:30 and hard to remember what I did the last couple of days.  Breakfasts bacon and eggs, French toast, leftovers for most other meals so far this week.

    Today baked a couple loaves of bread, and cut my hair.  After I cut it a few times I just have to have it done right by someone who knows how to do it.  I could do a better job if only I could take my head off and put it in front of me.  I need to buy a mirror that I can hang on the wall and see the back of my head while I am cutting.  Now I just have to look, put the mirror down and cut blind.  Well its chopped a little but not so bad I put a bag over my head when I went out.

    Daisy read the article about vitamin C.  I have been thinking of trying pine or spruce needle tea.  Haven’t done it yet though but I will.  I like to make rose hip tea.  I just put the rose hips in water and let them soak till they are tea.  Not bad at all.  I don’t have any more rose hips right now though.  I do have peppermint that I saved from the garden last year and now I think I will go make a cup of tea.

    One thing we had with leftovers was “apple rings” made with cucumbers that I canned last year.  If anyone is interested I will look up the recipe.  Most people cannot tell the difference.

  • #8217

    Anonymous

    We made our smoothies from ingredients as usual and I finished this leather project that is a kit but I learned how to do leather carving on it.  Will use it for my sewing kit

    Dinner was fish and some fish sticks on the side.  salads and some of my home canned applesauce and shrimp peeled and fried in butter and some olive oil with a couple of spices.   Yum.

     

  • #8221

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 17

    Today I am making two homemade meals: pork chops, macoroni w/stewed tomatoes, fresh spinach and chocolate meringue pie, one meal for us and one for a family member in need.

  • #8230

    Made homemade paper towels out of cloth diapers and something else cant remember from walmart a yr or two ago. They almost all disappeared now. But were very $ cost affective at the time. I used them mostly for straining milk but now use gauze discs that are cheap.i really like the micro fiber towels that they sell now, mostly because of all the glass jars that i wash. Made cat food from tuna, eggyolk and oatmeal today, he likes it alot. Really have used azurestandard for getting bulk seed for my ” funny farm” the chicken winter wheat, oats, barley and ‘organic’50 lb bags of what i mostly used for seed. And it self sows, so i have alot of potential animal and human feed at my fingertips. Recently got a 50 lb bag of field peas and hard red wheat that sprouts wonderfully. Its important to have enough seed to be able to plant if 1st planting, second planting get hit by late freeze.like last yr. Have 3rd yr black aztec corn that grew wonderfully last yr. 3 weeks of bliss. Can you tell i have been into the seed catalogs again. I find it hard to pay 3 to 5 bucks for a one oz pkt of seeds. Guess i am getting old and set in my ways.

  • #8232

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    It’s been a busy few days here.  I’ve continued scratch cooking every meal at home.  I’m definitely going to have to think about how much pet food we keep on hand.  I think we’ll have enough to get to the end of this month but just barely.  We have one dog and two kittens.  The dog will eat just about anything so in a pinch we can feed him table scraps.  The cats aren’t too picky either.  Litter for the cat boxes is another thing I have to think about as well.  We have enough but just barely.  The kids have been enjoying the breakfast foods I’ve put in the freezer.  Supper last night was home canned beef stew.  Tonight it’s spaghetti.  One thing I’ve learned is that winter gardening has got to be a priority.  I miss fresh salads. I’ve put that on my list of stuff to learn about.  I’m so inspired by all the tips and ideas being shared during this challenge!  Spouse and I have decided to continue after this month.  We will use the money we’re saving to fatten our rainy day fund.

  • #8233

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Made another batch of English Muffins today and they turned out nicely. Supper was my favorite quick fish dinner with English peas and red peppers. Opened a new bottle of white wine, just lovely.

    I’m not buying any groceries…just using what I have and so far doing well. I did however buy another gallon of milk to give cheese-making another try tomorrow hopefully. But as someone else mentioned, I’m really wanting fresh things. I can harvest a bit of my baby spinach, but somehow that’s not enough…so planning to expand my indoor gardening efforts…a lot to learn.

  • #8237

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Today I finished making the index for my daughter. My son said he would appreciate anything and everything from my stores. I can make more and replace next month.

  • #8239

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Long day.  Prepping for another storm coming from the West.  Topped off water tank …again.  Hope we don’t get too much….my shoulder is just almost back to normal.  Sweeping/shoveling is not kind to it.

    Usual egg something this morning.  Can’t even remember if I cooked or DH.  ??  Tonite I shaved off strips of beef and fried…made beef/cheese burritos.  [or soft tacos?]  Whatever.  So many ways to use the rare-roasted beef.  Quick/EZ.

    SIGH….those reader glasses pulled apart again.  Just too much pressure from the tight spring.  The tape is sliding backwards from the pressure.  So I’ll have to sacrifice the hinge-function altogether.  Bind it all up.  At least I’ll be able to use them.  Might try to spring the hinge permanently….open it just a little and take the pressure off the bow that way.  The other pair of a different model and vision strength….bought the same day…is just a bit wider and is not having any trouble.  I’ll have to remember that when I buy more…as I inevitably will.  Maybe I should just turn these into those opera glasses you hold up with a stick on one side????  Hmph.  When I FIX something, I expect it to STAY FIXED!

    OldMtWoman

  • #8242

    Anonymous

    1/17/19

    Made both meals from ingredients.  Not everything from scratch but working on a few.  Made a chicken teriyaki  and brown rice dish in the instant pot.  Did use some sauce we have had on hand but no weird chemicals so we keep using it.  Tasted very good.  Even have leftovers from it and will eat tomorrow.

    Made another leather thing from scratch:  I bought a little pair for fiskars scissors from Good Will and found the lock broken so I made a little sheath for it and finished that today.

  • #8243

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 18

    Have macoroni w/tomatoes left from yesterday so I am going to make chili mac by adding ground beef and chili seasoning and have it for our evening meal along with homemade cole slaw and cornbread.

    Really enjoying this challenge and how it has made me think more on how to conserve and do more things homemade.

  • #8247

    Makn homemade pork and beans canned from mr. Simon in november. Added some homegrown garlic, and a chunk of ham. Tried out a cardboard candle wax tuna can in my rocket stove it smoked terribly so i put it in my attached greenhouse with a tea kettle of water. It burned hot for an hour, so is good for alternate cooking, but not heating the house. May put some rocks wrapped in aluminum foil next time for heatn my bed. The soot was bad so i just put a little foil under the kettle and had a nice pot of tea for the day. Am still fighting off something the elderberry seems to be helping, i can still work. Trimned a goats hooves this am, the dog really liked the trimming, i know, gross, but dog sometimes are. Going to trim my wheatgrass today and dehydrate it on a plate over the pilot on stove. Will probably trim it 3 more times then give the roots to the quail and chickens and start a new batch.

  • #8254

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    I canned some White Lightening chill for our son. I made him two loaves of bread. He will have to get his dairy and fresh vegetables but I am glad I had some stores to help him through.

  • #8255

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Busy today putting away a bunch of prepper stuff I ordered from Amazon and also Krogers…Being able to order things online and have them delivered to my door is how I hope to continue to live independently and alone in my little rural country home…I have great neighbors, too.

    Also, trying out an idea for repackaging dehydrated foods that came in #10 can…I simply don’t eat that much and once I’ve opened a #10 of something, even with the oxygen thingies that come in the cans, it seems the product begins to change…so, now that I have purchased a Food Saver vacuum sealer, I’m putting the required amount for 2 servings in a small ziplock snack bag…then I plan to put these smaller bags into a larger vacuum sealed bag that supposedly can be resealed…am I just adding work that isn’t going to make any difference, I wonder? Well, nothing ventured nothing gained.

    Oldmansd…love the leather things you are making…so practical

    Dala Barnes…sure hope whatever rough patch your son going through will sort itself out soon…:)

    My from scratch meal today is Southern fried cabbage with sausage and cornbread muffin…

    Am seriously thinking I need some sun shiny days…it’s been so gray and rainy here….of course, it’s winter and I know some of ya’ll are struggling with a lot of cold and snow….Be safe everybody…

  • #8256

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Tonight it was leftover spaghetti and beef stew.  Again not enough of either for a full meal so folks just got to choose whichever one they wanted. I added homemade biscuits from the freezer.  No complaints so far.  Tomorrow will have to be another food prep day.  I’ll be baking bread, making more biscuits and planning the menu for the week ahead.  This challenge has really helped me see how far I’ve gotten away from the frugal ways I used to do things when my kids were little and money was harder to come by.  Got a new seed catalog in the mail.  I’ve been planning the garden and saving milk cartons for winter sowing seeds. It’s finally gotten cold enough that I can start planting without too much worry that things will sprout too soon. There’s nothing like cold winter weather to make me long for a fresh vine ripened tomato straight from my own backyard. I’ve got a long weekend ahead so I’m hoping to catch on a few more projects. We’re down to the last bit of laundry soap so making that will be a priority.

  • #8257

    Anonymous

    1/18/19

    smoothies this morning and cooking a whole chicken tonight for dinner.  Having home canned peaches with it and salads…home made dressing for me.

    Did not make anything more in leather today…had to clean up table so living room does not look like war zone.

    Did have to chase a yellow jacket around my wife’s sewing room.  It was pretty active and I am allergic to those things so you would be laughing hard if you could have seen me.  My wife certainly was.  I kept missing it with the fly swatter  since our ceilings are pretty high and I just missed and then it would come after me.  Finally gave up on the fly swatter and I squashed it on a window sill with a HAMMER.   Worked great and I proudly showed my wife who started laughing even harder….not sure what is up with that.

    I put one of my belt buckles away in a “Safe Place” so you know what happened.  I was searching all over the house and still have not found it.  Anyone know of anything that helps short term memory?  I need it.

    Have a nice night.   Lord willing, we are heading down south on the coast to go to a carving show…at this point, probably without my favorite belt buckle…oh well.

  • #8260

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    OldMansd….your skill in stitching leather is improving!  Your last piece is verrry evenly stitched.  Likely that device you made is helping that…so the project holds still?  Yes….I KNOW about ‘safe places’.  I can’t even remember how many things are still on the MIA list…which I’ve resorted to tacking up on the fridge door.  Ack!

    Padded Cell Farmer…thanks for the report on the tuna-can-cardboard coil-wax cooker.  Smoke, huh?  Yeah, that’s going to kill the indoor usage.  I have the means for making some.  I even know WHERE that is in garage.  Just never got around to melting down the wax.  …….and our dogs have always gotten the horses’ hoof trimmings.  After all, they sell cow hooves in the pet stores…but it does give them bad breath.  I even have a steer horn…but it kinda shatters when I allow her to chew on it ….supervised.

    Muffy…repackaging the #10 can stuff is a good idea if there is usually just you eating.  The OXYGEN absorbing packet in the can is only a one-time-use.  After you open the can, you can throw it away.   The MOISTURE absorbing packets can be dried out …in sun or whatever…and used time and again, however.  Both O2 and moisture will degrade food product so repackaging for smaller scale use will work well.  Throw them back into the #10 for storage if there is room —-in my house, it would be so the mice wouldn’t get to them.  [haven’t seen/heard from them in a while….woohoo]

    Another topic for Muffy and anyone else that doesn’t function as well without the sunshine.  Like me!  Probably most folks have heard about Seasonal Affective Disorder  [appropriately labeled: S.A.D. ] This has been something I noted in my life for decades.  I’ve always hated the coming of “The Darkening”.  🙁    Then I was told to stop wearing sunglasses [light sensitive blue eyes]   and let the sun enter.  Wow.  BIG CHANGE!  Something about the sunshine triggers the pineal gland ….that sets off a chain of events that helps mood elevation and a lot of other body functions.

    I’m not a doc.  Look up what I’m talking about or just try to get sunshine on your skin [Vit D] and in your eyes.  NOT staring at the sun but just not hiding behind very good sunglasses constantly like I was.  It doesn’t take all that long… being in the sunshine.

    Some folks have purchased all spectrum lights to augment what the sun doesn’t give in certain seasons.  I haven’t done this and can’t speak for it or not.  I would think the all spectrum lights for growing things indoors might be the same products?  …… lol…..go sit with your spinach?  What’s good for the plants is also some of what we need too.

    This is a link to a general article I found about benefits of sunshine to our brain/body and an excerpt from it.  [BOLD is mine]

    https://philmaffetone.com/sun-and-brain/

    ” Of course, the sun is important because it offers us vitamin D for free, and is the major source of this important nutrient that has powerful effects throughout the body. Vitamin D allows one to more effectively use calcium, improves the immune system, helps prevents cancer, and is important for brain function. Yet, millions of people have insufficient levels of vitamin D, and rickets—a once common condition of brittle bones in children caused by vitamin D deficiency that was very rare—has made a big comeback. Much of the information about vitamin D can be found in my books and articles.

    In addition to the healthy affect on your skin, sunlight also provides another positive benefit. The human eye contains photosensitive cells in its retina, with connections directly to the pituitary gland in the brain. Stimulation of these important cells comes from sunlight, in particular, the blue unseen spectrum. A study by Dr.’s Turner and Mainster of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, published in the British Journal of Opthamology in 2008 states that, “these photoreceptors play a vital role in human physiology and health.” The effects are not only in the brain, but the whole body. ”

    And a second article:

    http://erinkrollpeacock.com/new-blog/2018/1/12/occqzcdhiuf8xajlp46g5bap7cz4md

    “Photoreceptor cells are also located in the retina, and when triggered by sunlight they also produce serotonin in tandem with the pineal gland.

    Scientists believe that some environmental light can pass through the skull to reach the pineal gland, but most of the stimulation occurs through the pathways between the eyes and nervous system.

    ==-=-=-=-=-=-=-==–=-=-=-=-

    After reading Daisy’s article about diseases like scurvy, beriberi, rickets, etc….I did some research and this S.A.D. information also has data about getting Vit D from the free source: sunshine.  So full spectrum light ….it’s a double win!

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==

    Some scary affects from being short on niacin [Vit B3].  Many articles about this deficiency.

    “<span id=”bcr_rptStory_cslStory_1”>Pellagra is a disorder caused by niacin deficiency, which includes mental symptoms such as irrational anger, feelings of persecution, mania, and dementia…..</span>

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

    Another thing I saw about absorbing from the sun concerned me tho.  Other articles stated that folks with genetically darker skin and darker eye color will not be absorbing the Vit D or the benefit thru the eyes as quickly as those who are pale skin and blue eyes.  Has to do with where our ancestors lived and adapted for….and in:  if you’re living in Norway, those that sucked in the benefits from the sun quickly, lasted longer.  If you’re in the tropics, sunshine is a lot more available.  But now we all live all over so keep that in mind too.  Our family has some darker tones and very light toned folks…so it caught my attention.

    OK….that’s been my research lately and Muffy’s comments about dark, dreary days caught my attention.  But we’re all affected by The Darkening – some more than others.  I certainly am!

    OldMtWoman

  • #8272

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 19

    This morning for breakfast I made grits, not instant grits, but stone ground grits, old time hickory smoked slab bacon and toast made from my homemade bread.

  • #8276

    Old Goat
    Participant

    Well as you can see we haven’t been on much this month due to the gov shut down. Have been working with family members to help get through instead. But then this is one of the things we prep for. One sister prepper has had to use up her supplies this last year due to sudden and then prolonged spousal illness that led to widowhood and being broke while caring for her grandchildren which left her supplies exhausted and she was only just started last month building up a reserve when they were hit with this shut down. the other sister moved to aid our mother and was misled about employment which exhausted her reserves so now the rest of us are working to try to fill in the gaps. But being scattered all over the place right now limits How we can cooperate.

    But I have been reading your posts to keep up. My son bought Selco’s book, it came yesterday and I read it last night in between playing Pete the Cat with the grandkiddie. It was well worth it, got it on Amazon. He will read it tonight and give it to his sister. Read a few thing out of it to my daughter which she heartily agreed made great  sense.

    Worked on a Faraday cage, got some more pieces to make the dehydrater and cut up the sheets for bandages but need to sew them and then sterilize them later but that was as far as I got this month other than cooking and getting seeds in, also planted the celery stub and put it on the window sill, and got some dyhydrating done with the electric dehydrater.  Have not been using the food reserves because of the shut down as I may have to feed more family members out of it since I expect the shut down to continue past this month, with their reserves all ready exhausted suspect we may have to feed others as the jobs become imperilled.

    See you later

  • #8283

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    Temperatures finally went below zero today.  We laid in plenty of wood so our wood stove will help keep things warm.

    Mountain Granny, you were talking about S.A.D. I have it and it can be serious.  I also have a lamp. I start using it before Halloween, actually nearly equinox to equinox.  I can tell when I have not had enough light.  It is easy to have the light on during breakfast and while I check my computer first thing in the morning.  NOTE:  If “you” get a SunBoxx, use it only in the morning.  If you use it later in the day, it could reset your biological clock.

    Yesterday, I made Flemish Pork Stew. Recipe from Pork Be Inspired.com.  Basically, just a pork stew with a bottle of beer added.  Hubby bought Stout for it.  It was really good. We will definitely do that one again.

    I keep recipes on my computer.  When we find one we like, I add it to a folder labeled “Our Favorites.”  So, in there it goes.  But not the tuna sandwich one.  It was fine, mix up the tuna with herbs and other stuff and fry it, with a pineapple slice.  It was not really worth the trouble of frying it.  But, if I have 52 cans of tuna, and if I need to eat one can a week, I need 52 different recipes.  Guess I keep looking.

    I am about ready to put together the Lentil Cottage Pie.  It smells good with Rosemary, Thyme, and Bay plus red wine.  It will make way to much for the two of us, so I am dividing it into bread pans so two can be frozen.  Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells.

    I spent time yesterday learning Morse Code.  There is an online class called “The Morse Whisperer.”  The instructor takes just 3 letters and one number for each lesson, and there are seven lessons.  I hope i will be able to “hear” the alphabet by the end of the month before our Ham Club’s Meeting.

    Nice chatting with everyone and reading your posts.  Hopefully this winter will go fast and the snow will stay away from those of you who have gotten more than you are used to.

     

     

     

  • #8306

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Its very cold here and one day is starting to run into another.  I went to town today for more supplies and got stuff to put into food stash that were on sale.  Oatmeal for breakfast.  I usually doctor up mine as I get tired of it easily.  Put pecan meal and dates in it as well as honey.  Got the mail, did laundry.  Yesterday blew out the snow in the drive and paths.  When I went to town I cheated and got hamburgers for supper- yeah I know I could have easily made them but I didn’t.  I also know I shouldn’t go to town hungry.

    I also read some of Selco’s book that I got on Amazon.  I appreciate Selco very much.  I like hard copies of things.  I keep a notebook of made from scratch as well as recipe box and a ton of cookbooks.  I have to weed them out.  I also keep a notebook labeled “where” when I put something away for a long time.  Helps me remember.  I have read that coconut oil is good to help memory and so is rosemary.  Getting enough sleep helps for sure.

    When I start to feel under the weather I take a teaspoon of bee pollen I got from the health food store and I know a nurse that does that too.  It really seems to work but if you are allergic you should probably try a very small amount to see how it might affect you.

    I am a ham- an extra but still not adept at morse code so practicing at a website- LCWO (Learn morse code online).  I use earphones so I can focus without driving anybody else nuts.

  • #8309

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    woodsrunner…I also have a What’s Where notebook.  This place is too small to organized by sensible means.  Where it fits….that’s where it goes.  {sigh}  But I also have things tucked away in my truck…BO stuff that I don’t see for a while.  My What’s Where notebook is probably out of date by now.  🙁

    I made scrambled eggs with cheese, ham, spinach, onions this morning.  We had leftovers of the beef, carrot, couscous, etc in Greek pitas.  That one is is winner.

    OldMtWoman

     

  • #8310

    Anonymous

    Had smoothies for breakfast and left over rice and chicken teriyaki.  Made more thousand island dressing.

    Drove to Lincoln City to see a wood carving show.  Saw some very nice carvings and my wife saw a little one she liked and now I have to try my hand at carving again.  We got the blank and will probably watch several you tubes to try and make it.

  • #8318

    Old Goat
    Participant

    Hieromma so glad it wasn’t cancer. Bless your daughter

  • #8319

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 20

    I have made homemade cleaning products along with shampoo and laundry detergent this month for this challenge and have used them and they work just as good as the commerical products, not to mention they smell great. I will never go back to using any commerical cleaning products, shampoo, or laundry detergent.  I spent the morning putting the recipes for all the homemade cleaners, shampoo, and laundry detergent in a notebook along with supplies needed to make them, can’t wait to see how much I save next month.

    Today I am baking chicken and using the stove top stuffing and gravy that I got last month for fifty cents, total cost for this meal, eight dollars and that includes homemade Coconut pie and will feed five people for supper tonight.

    I am so grateful to Daisy and all you’ll on this forum that lets me know and learn I can make things better in these financial trying times.

  • #8323

    Typical almost day. Eggs, cottage cheese, and pork and beans on todays menu. Making split pea bread now to warm the house up for eclipse watching. 2 c cooked mashed split peas,2 1\2 c whole wheat flour, t gr cinnamon,1\2 t nutmeg,and gr cloves,2 t baking soda, 1\2 t baking powder 2/3 c lard 3/4 c honey, 3 eggs, 1 c nuts and dried fruit 2 loaves 325 @ 40 – 45 min. Takn a break from doing biscuits……..

  • #8324

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Old Goat – I’m making a Faraday cage also 🙂  May I ask what you’re using to make yours?  (Mine is beng made from a large galvanized steel lidded trash can, with thin yoga mats cut up and glued with spray adhesive to the inside surfaces as a liner, and metal HVAC-type tape by 3m to seal the lid closed once my spare small electronic items, etc., are put inside).

    Muffy1938 – I accidentally posted the following information for you in the EveryDay Prep Check-In forum so I apologize if you’ve already seen it:  “I also re-seal whatever I don’t use up right away out of a No. 10 can of dehydrated or freeze-dried foods.  Usually I vacuum seal those (very dry) leftover items in glass canning jars using the attachment for my FoodSaver vacuum sealer.  I recently got a special vacuum-sealable lid called a “That Seals It!” that is designed to fit an opened No. 10 can.  You place it on top of the opened can and either use a small manual pump or an accessory hose and electric FoodSaver to pull a vacuum, thus re-sealing the can. It looks like a clever gadget but I haven’t tried it out yet.  If you want to see a video of how it works, you can go to YouTube dot com and search for “That Seals It! Manual Operation”.

  • #8326

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Amy Dixon – thank you so much for the ideas for using my Food Saver!!! I’m looking at the special attachments for sealing glass canning jars. My shelf space is not conducive to the #10 size cans so resealing in smaller sized units makes more sense for me.

    Today’s from scratch meal was beef stew using the meat I pulled from the soup bones I cooked yesterday and adding beef broth in place of water. Not great, but not bad…recipe I used says it freezes well so as I ended up with three large helpings, I’ll probably try freezing one serving and eating the other later this week. Cooking for one can become most challenging; hate to end up with too much left-over…gets boring before I can finish off.

    We had our first bonafide snow last night, so many churches closed this morning ’cause highways were so icy from earlier rain….maybe 3-4 inches but it seems to be melting pretty well on roads as sun finally popped out this afternoon!!!

    I love living where we enjoy 4 beautiful seasons….none last too long so by mid-March we’ll begin to see hints of Spring to come…yeah.

  • #8327

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Late breakfast after church eggs, sausage, toast and oranges and of course coffee.  Haven’t had supper yet.

    OldMtWoman- my what’s where is out of date too right now as I have moved some things.  One thought- I get so used to something being in a certain place that I automatically go there for it even if I moved it to a better place so a post-it note in the old place works till I get used to it again especially if its something not often used.

    Padded cell- I never heard of split pea bread.  What do the peas do for it and what does it taste like?

  • #8331

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Boiled eggs with bacon and toast for supper last night, baked chicken and rice tonight.  Made a batch of laundry sauce.  I usually make the powder but since moving to a house with old plumbing using powders is against the terms of our lease.  I like the sauce since it takes up less room and I only need a tablespoon per wash load.  It works great! Trying out ashes on the sidewalk for ice melt.  It works and no problem for the dogs paws.  AND it’s free!  win -win!  Off work tomorrow for the holiday so I’m looking forward to some sewing time.  I’ve collected a ton of tiny slivers of fabric that’s too small for even quilting, These along with small pieces of saved batting will be used for stuffing pet beds.  I’ve got a couple of old quilted furniture covers that I’ll use for covers that can be taken off the pet pillows and washed as needed.

  • #8336

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    January 19- I went to a card café and made 12 cards. Got my daughter to take the stores for my son. She lives closer to him than I do. Hopefully they will help him get through for a little while. I am going to make him some mixes that he can use for ‘make from scratch’.

    January 20-It was cold this morning so I didn’t ride my bike (40 degrees). Too cold for Florida. Made some more bread for the week. It warmed the house nicely and smelled good.

  • #8337

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    woodsrunner…..  LOL!  What you said about trying to remember when you relocate something — I think a post it note would be great.  My old brain loves to get stuck in ruts and is flummoxed when I’ve moved things and brain keeps saying that it USED TO BE HERE!  Note-To-Self might just fix that.  LOL  Love your creativity!

    Nana Mike….why can’t you use powdered laundry soaps?  How does it affect old plumbing…cuz we have that here.

    Made fried egg sandwiches.  I had some cereal early…a mix of several nearly gone boxes and some walnuts.  DH slept late…he got quite a shock last nite so I left him sleep.  I set up his lunch: sandwich/apple.  Showed him where it was and told him I was feeding animals for him this morning.  But I needed to know what changes…like for the OLD horse’s special feed.  He appreciated the break and was able to leave for work on time with breakfast eaten and lunch in hand.

    For supper I made spaghetti sauce from canned tomatoes, chopped onions/garlic, spices.  It’s cooking merrily when I remember I don’t have Italian sausage.  So I search upstairs fridge.  Headed outside to check downstairs fridge…..and RAN BACK UP TO PORCH QUICKLY!  Dog has set off with Important Barking and I wasted no time backtracking to her side.  WHAT’S out there?  The full moon was so bright she spotted a coyote on the road [could have been worse] but it was already leaving….quickly.  Her voice has command presence!   So I went back down to basement [exterior stairs are a pain!] and searched the second fridge and the small chest freezer.  Found many things to toss out and several things to bring upstairs.  I haven’t looked in these for a very long time.  DH brings home groceries and brings things up for me.  They need a better sorting out but I did some.

    Did not find sausage of ANY type.  Found bacon tho.  🙂  For breakfast, not spaghetti.  Finally remembered and I sliced up the last of that never-ending roast.  It works for tonite and uses that up.  Sometimes ya just gotta go with the flow.  DH can pick up sausage tomorrow….cuz I made a big pot for leftovers.  He’ll make a last shopping run for me….before he leaves on his trip.  [more in Jan. Check-In]

    OldMtWoman

  • #8338

    Anonymous

    Jan 20

    Made the usual smoothies with good ingredients.   Started some more sprouts and got some more today.

    Made pork chops in our instant pot tonight and tried a new recipe which tasted very good.  Did use some stuffing mix that has been here but have not eaten in a long time.  Very good.  Also finished off our peaches that we opened the other day.

    Working on a knife sheath for one of my grand sons.  He took a class on making his own knife and it turned out well.  A useful class that the home school co op had.  I have an exact picture of the knife with the dimensions so I mocked it up and came up with a good design.  Now I need the actual knife that they are sending me once the snows in Indiana settle down.

    Have a good night

  • #8343

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 21

    Today I am making Tater Tot Casserole and this will be a first for my making homemade tater tots, usually I buy the frozen ones, but this challenge is about learning and trying to do things homemade, so if the tots don’t turn out I can make the ground beef into sloppy joe’s are something else.

    Homemade Tater Tots Recipe

    8 med potatoes,  washed,  pealed and finely shredded,  dry the shredded potatoes and put into bowl and add 4 tbl flour, 1 tsp salt,  dash of pepper, make into balls and fry till brown.

  • #8354

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    “Day off” has been spent doing some deep cleaning on the lower level of the house.  Kitchen, bathroom and dining room.  Two of the grandsons are sick so I’m keeping an eye on them while their mama is at work.  So much for sewing day.  Got a large pork roast in the cast iron dutch oven.  It’s smelling good and keeping the lower level warm.  Between the oven and the fireplace the house is pretty warm.

    I’m getting quite a workout going up and down to the basement to do laundry.  OldMt Woman I think the problem with the pipes is the former tenants used powder and caused some clogged pipes.  I can believe it since it doesn’t seem to take much for a clog to happen around here.  Never seen anything like it.  Either way since that’s the rule, I’m using the laundry sauce to save on expensive liquids.  It uses the same ingredients as the powder but dissolved and whipped in the blender. I can put a link to instructions if anyone is interested.  It takes up less water than making a liquid and stores easier since it is so concentrated.

  • #8356

    Darn windstorm blew down my quail run, lost two. Made shea butter facial cream this am with 3 drops each frankincense and myrrh essential oils. The pea bread is wonderful, used twice as much dried cherries and skipped the nuts, oh my. The peas are just like any other veggie for quick bread, acts like applesauce.

  • #8363

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Tried a second time to make mozzarella cheese. Another total flop. I watch youtube demonstrations and it looks so easy…but for whatever reason I can’t get curds to develop….have tried now with raw milk and this time with store bought milk…same result….obviously, I’m either doing something wrong or my products are wrong…there are some Mennonite ladies in our community so I’m going to talk with them to see if possibly one of them might help me learn how to do this properly.

    Cheese-making effort seemed to take the bulk of my energy today so finished up stew from yesterday…and Monday is laundry day for me…I’ve found it’s good to keep basic routines as part of my life, rather than letting things go because there’s no real pressure to get things done…retirement has its benefits but can also put one in a “what difference does it make” unhealthy mindset…

    Sun is out beautifully today…finally!!! Snow didn’t stick around. Traveling family members all back on USA soil, I think…they’re traveling back in two groups so one may still be air bound but at least they’re headed back. Carolina did a FaceTime with her mother yesterday and she seems to be doing okay so far.

    Whoops, I may be putting these notes in the wrong forum…g’nite all

  • #8377

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Thanks, GrannyJ  ….for the tater tot recipe.  Copied/pasted.

    Woodsrunner…..Today I saw a NOTE-TO-SELF that I’d posted down near the Buddy Heater.  It directed me outside to where we store the fuel canisters for that thing.  I’d forgotten I did that but I thot of you immediately.  It works, obviously.  LOL

    Nana Mike…..hmmm, glad we don’t have ‘sensitive’ pipes in this old house.  Maybe there are roots impeding the ‘works’?  Good you know how to work around it!!

    Padded Cell Farmer…..awww!  Too bad about your quail!  Such unsettled weather around here and there.

    Muffy…..sorry your mozzarella didn’t turn out again.  Seeking out real live help from the M. ladies would be a great idea.  Tell us what went wrong when you get it figured out.  I can’t remember any specifics about the time I made that with a friend.  Other than hanging the cheesecloth with the cheese from her kitchen faucet to drain.  No help from me on this one.  Glad you family had good time and are [almost] back.  Praying for your GrD.

    I baked some more bacon I’d found in freezer during my search for sausage.  I’ll be adding sausage to last nite’s spaghetti sauce when DH gets home with it.  Late meal tonite.  Also thawed the freezer Ziplock of garlic.  Put it into jars for use in fridge.  I buy the big jars for price difference and save most of it in the freezer til needed.

    OldMtWoman

  • #8381

    Anonymous

    1/21/19

    Made Ranch dressing from scratch today.  Turned out good according to my wife who likes it.  I am a thousand island guy.

    Had to make the mayonnaise first that was good too.

    Have a nice evening

  • #8382

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    I made a nice Italian sausage soup today and rolls. I over baked the rolls so I cut them up for croutons. I had so much soup I decided to can 2 quarts for my son. Lost a jar (cracked while canning). It was not a very successful day for ‘made from scratch’ 🙁

  • #8384

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Cereal for breakfast.  Made pulled pork sandwiches later.  Baked bread.  Worked on decluttering again and caught up with important paperwork.  Cleaned out a few drawers.  Nothing special today.  Wrote some more how to recipes in my notebook (non-food).  I have a notebook (well , I have a lot of notebooks) that has three sections- one for food from scratch like ‘bisquick’ and salad dressings etc, one section for canning, and one for non-food.

    OldMtWoman- I’m glad the note method works for you too.  Another thing I try to remember to do is ask myself “where would I look for this?” when I put something new away.  Its a good day if I know where my keys, glasses and cell phone are.

  • #8386

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Muffy1938 – You’re very welcome for the info. about sealing dry foods in canning jars with the accessory attachment(s) for the FoodSaver.  I use mine all the time and love them!  If you want to have a back-up way of using them if the electricity goes out, I believe an automotive brake-bleeder manual pump can be hooked up to those jar-sealing accessories also.  Don’t get discouraged about the Mozzarella.  It’s not always as easy to make as some videos make it seem.  I can get curds to form but sometimes have trouble heating the curds to the proper temperature so they’ll stretch well.  If you haven’t already seen it, there is an online video called “Make Quick Mozzarella” that I have found to be quite helpful.  It features cheesemaker Mary Jane Toth and can be found on YouTube.  I’ll try to post a link to that free video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVrcz_k5q9c   Ms. Toth has some other very good, professionally produced,  cheesemaking (and Sour Cream making) videos on YouTube that are also worth checking out.  Here are the titles of those other videos:  “French Style Soft Cheese” (about making a chevre-like cheese that uses cow’s milk rather than goat’s milk), “How to Make Feta”, “Ricotta”, “Garlic and Chive” cheese, “Cottage Cheese”, and “Sour Cream”.  I think she explains the processes clearly and demonstrates them well.  Hope you like them too 🙂

  • #8389

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 22

    Pulling out the iron skillets today for making supper tonight of homemade buttermilk biscuits served with honey butter, strip steaks that were on sale a few weeks ago, a platter full of fried eggs, and peach cobbler.

  • #8401

    One of the quail made it back, yea. Had my split pea bread for breakfast, cottage cheese with apple and raisins for lunch, and pork roast and sweet potato for dinner. Knitted a pair of slippers , all done…..

  • #8402

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Today I experimented with making my own mixes. Tried chicken gravy. I mixed it all up then tried to make some. I must be using the wrong bullion. I don’t buy the granules because of the sodium but all recipes call for it. My friend recommended a different brand. It is a powder so hopefully I can get the results I want.

  • #8403

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Thank you so much Amy Dixon for the links to cheese-making youtubes!!! I will definitely watch those and hopefully my future efforts will turn out better.

    From scratch today, I made one of my favorite dishes, Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast. So good. Spinach, feta cheese mixed together with a bit of mayo and garlic, stuffed in large breast wrapped with a slice of bacon. Talk about good. I’m not much of a cook but this always turns out so nicely and with such good flavor…but then what doesn’t taste great wrapped in bacon….:)

    Spent part of day mixing up the dry ingredients for a basic bread loaf which can be flavored with blueberries, or bananas and nuts, or raisin and nuts…found it in the Dehydrating book…made enough for three loaves which I then put into bags and used my new Food Saver vacuum sealer. This will be so handy to have already made up when the mood strikes me to bake a sweet bread loaf.

    I think I may be in love with my Food Saver….:)

  • #8405

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I made whole wheat crackers from scratch and forgot the salt in the second batch. I had to put them away so that I would not eat half a batch . . .

  • #8411

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Red Carnation…if you have a cracker recipe that works, I’d love to see it.  I’ve tried various crackers and never had much luck.

    Today was snow removal.  Made usual eggs, bacon, cheese sandwiches after I’d been shoveling, trudging thru snow for an hour and half.  I was shaking…..just flat out forgot to EAT before venturing out into that mess.  Had leftover spaghetti much later.  Thinking of having another bite now….and forgot what I’d been thinking of eating.  So very tired.

    OldMtWoman  ….tired of the mountain today… 🙁

  • #8414

    Anonymous

    1/22/19

    made smoothies wit some sprouts in one, and made porkchops in instant pot but did use some barbecue sauce we have had in stock.  Tried to go out for a walk but weather was a lot wetter than yesterday, so we walked around some stores and I ended up the day with 3.2 miles which is not a lot for a lot of folks but for a guy with a cane and bad knee, I am pleased!

  • #8418

    Leftover pork and eggs for breakfast. Off to town to do laundry. Make my own soap borax super soda and bronners tea tree with few drops melaleuca apple dishsoap. Too cold to do laundry here, the pump in machine is probably frozen solid.

  • #8423

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 23

    I am making spaghetti, bread, and have a bowl of left over baby lima beans for supper tonight. Using sweet Italian sausage that I have in the freezer instead of making meatballs with the ground beef that I am saving to make meat loaf in a few days.

  • #8433

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Can’t think of a thing to make from scratch today….well, I did cook an omelet for breakfast….rest of meals today are left overs from other scratch meals – some pork and broccoli stir fry and an effort at rehydrating some potato soup mix which didn’t turn out well at all…

    I’ve not yet tried making the home-made toothpaste although I did purchase the peppermint essential oil I’ll need to use according to the recipe I found…still a bit of paste left in the current open tube so trying to use that up, plus I’m just not in the mood for doing the toothpaste project…

    Aside from cooking from scratch everyday, I’m going to have to come up with some more activities to finish out this month’s challenge…

  • #8436

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Jan 22nd

    Spent the day defrosting and inventorying the deep freezers.  Took out 30 pounds of chicken leg quarters and 4 packs of split breasts that need to be canned to give us some freezer space. Also got out some frozen cherries and berries that will make pie filling and jam.  We got two 8 piece packs of fried chicken for free at the grocery store.  Brought them home and made rice and gravy to go with and added some peas and carrots for veg.

    Jan 23rd

    Tonight we’re having homemade Salisbury steaks with mashed potatoes and gravy.  Home canned greens for veg.  Daughter is finally getting on board making cheddar biscuits to go with.  After supper I’ll be canning up the chicken I took out of the freezer yesterday.  It’s going to be a late night but it has to be done.  The family has enjoyed the variety of home cooked meals a lot more than they thought they would when I began the challenge.  I’ve enjoyed the savings.  Not running out for frozen pizza or packaged junk really appeals to me.

    The past couple of nights I’ve been able to put a few “tv dinners” in the freezer for lunch at work.  I already had some divided microwave containers.  Pulled them out of storage and made a couple of meals each night after supper.  Nothing is going to waste and it’s super easy to pull one out on the way to work.

  • #8439

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    OldMansd – 3.2 miles seems like a lot to me.  I think you did very well!

    Muffy1938 – You’re welcome!  Hope you enjoy those cheesemaking videos as much as I did.  If you want to see the written recipe Ms. Toth uses to make that Quick Mozzarella, I could probably post it in this forum for you.  I have a copy of her book “A Cheesemaker’s Journey” tucked away in one of my boxes of cheesemaking supplies, lol.

  • #8445

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Today had to go on a medication run for duh hub. Made a smashed potato soup for dinner. Used up the mashed potatoes from a couple of days ago. Read Daisy’s post for a ‘Cheapskates Guide to Survival Kit’. Didn’t really ‘make’ anything today 🙁

  • #8448

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 24

    Today I am organizing fabric and quilting material to make a crib quilt for the new baby.  I have left over material and quilt batting from other sewing projects, it’s cold outside and seems like a good day to stay in the house and do a fun project.

    Putting two seasoned beef roast in for all day cooking in the crock pot with onions and barbacue sauce to make shredded barbacue sandwiches, serve with potato salad and baked beans and I got supper.

     

  • #8455

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Made a beef, mac casserole. Fry up onions and add hamburger and brown. Then add tomatoes. Cook the shell mac. under normal instructions. When done, drain and add to hamburger and tomatoes. I also add peas to mine but you can add corn as well. Place it all in a casserole dish, add cheddar cheese on top of the mix. Then bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Also I use pepper but no salt as to hubby’s salt restriction. You can use any seasoning you like to use.

  • #8463

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Needed to do something with the cut up veggies from taco night and little bits of veggies from last couple of dinners . So I decided to make vegetable soup. Then DH said Why don’t you throw the left over beef I had cooked (about 4 slices) into it. Put a small can of beef stock into the pot, diced up the meat and added a can of sauerkraut w/juice to the pot, the chopped tomatoes, Borlati beans(type of Italian kidney beans) w/ their liquid. Peeled and diced one Russet potato and threw that in the pot as I thought it was a bit salty from the kraut. Then I used the “Better than Bullion mix for Beef with a cup of hot water to add some more flavor. Simmered on low for about 2-3 hours, covered.   DH said it was very good and had 3 bowls of it. I still had enough soup to put into 2  quart jars for another couple of meals. Cleaned the fridge out pretty good..Tonight is pizza night. Am trying a low carb,Keto recipe for the dough. DH is on a LOW carb diet and tries to stick to about 135-150 carbs a day for his diabetes. It’s been tough trying to make things he’ll eat. SO Far I found a couple of recipes for crackers, tortilla chips and bread. We usually eat pretty healthy but when you’re watching the carbs it’s a little tough.

     

  • #8472

    Leftover pork roast and veggies, i think i am ready for fresh chevon, just hate doing the killing part. Making shampoo tonite just enough to wash my hair once. Made sprouted wheat flour in my coffee grinder. Started some plants in the greenhouse. Bloodroot and california poppy. Brrrrrr baby its cold outside.

  • #8475

    Xant Dewit
    Participant

    @muffy1938 not sure if i post this in the right forum. Get a bit confused where to put what😬

    muggy this is a link with a couple of recipes that I tried and worked well for me. I haven’t tried the mozzarella though. But the 5 gallon cheese works for meals the time.

    https://fankhauserblog.wordpress.com/2003/02/02/a-cheese-making-course-syllabus/

  • #8479

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    I felt bad when I got up this morning. Didn’t take medication yesterday because of blood tests. Paid for it today.

    I still had to clean out the laundry room. I have another male cat trying to get to my cat’s food. Lots of screaming and meowing! Not to mention spraying. Had to take everything out of the laundry room, clean all of the urine and put it back. So worn out. I made a mix of 50:50 white vinegar and water to get rid of the smell.

    Made dough to do bread and rolls. I also made the noodle recipe that Daisy shared. Super easy!

     

  • #8481

    Anonymous

    1/23 and 24

    Not much yesterday…did a lot but nothing outstanding for DIY except did put up a cheap light that gives me more ability to see where I do my leather projects.  Made smoothies for breakfast and tried a new method of cooking meatloaf in instant pot while cooking potatoes at the same time on the bottom of the pot.  You put broth in and the cut up potatoes then put the little rack that comes with the thing then wrap meatloaf in foil on put it on the top.  Set pot to go and it took about 15 minutes to get to pressure then it runs by itself for what we set it on..25 minutes…the it cools down or pressure drops actually for about 15 minutes and the meatloaf is taken out and put BBQ sauce on it and put under broiler for about 5 minutes until it bubbles.  At same time we took cooked potatoes out of the pot and mashed then with added sour cream and butter….also did our salads at the same time.  so total time to do dinner including prep was 1 hour 5 minutes.  Best meat loaf I have ever had.

    Then we watched a short video about “oil pulling”  Had never heard of it but my wife has a thing called Lichen Planus in her mouth and we have been looking for something to ease the pain…lots of little sores.  This oil pulling is a funny way to say swish some coconut oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes then spit it out and wash your mouth out with water and then brush like normal.  I asked her today if it worked and she said the pain is better.  Got better as she swished she said.  And better today.   Only the first day but good indications so far.

     

    1/24/19

    Made another sheath today that turned out pretty good.  Love working with leather.  Did our normal smoothies and am cooking chicken legs in instant pot right now.

    Have a good evening.

  • #8485

    Now i remember, made reusable paper towels with flour sack cloth. Just cut and hem to keep from unraveling. Only lasted a yr though.

  • #8486

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I attempted to make crepes from scratch, but I did not read the part of the recipe that said to let the batter sit 15 minutes before you fry them.  Ugh – two of them turned out terribly, and part of my husband’s breakfast was no more. The rest of the batter went into the fridge . . .

  • #8490

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Removed snow from end of driveway where snowplow had plugged it up.  Used the scoop instead of cranking up the blower.  Wished I had used the blower because I rammed scoop into hard icy snow and it bounced back and got me.  Still very sore.  Stormy tonight and more snow.  I will have to blow it out tomorrow.  Didn’t do much today.

    Dana- I had a cat that sprayed and used vinegar.  It didn’t work but this recipe does work.  You can use it for skunk odor too.  quart or hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup baking soda, and tsp dish soap.  Safe to use and it works but you can’t bottle it or it might blow up.  You could just mix aa much as you need cutting down recipe using pint bottle of peroxide instead.  Works on a dog who tangled with a skunk too.

  • #8496

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Ate leftovers [thankful to have them on such a strenuous days] on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Today, the work load was much easier so I made a roast in crock pot and used part of that to make Clean-Out-The-Freezer-Beef-Stew.  FINALLY got rid of that frozen turnip!  LOL  Leftover couscous too.  Have enough to…..freeze some.  LOL  So I’m putting stuff back into freezer.  Oh well, it will be packaged in Instant Meal sizes!

    OldMtWoman

  • #8498

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    I’ve been canning the past two nights.  Still have more to do after work tonight.  So far I’ve got 7 quarts of chicken, 7 quarts of bone broth and 7 pints of cherry pie filling.  Last night pulled small bits of meat off the cooked chicken bones.  There’s enough of it to put in a chicken pot pie tonight.  It’s almost like a bonus meal for us.  Plenty of leftover veggies to fill up the pie with yummy goodness.  I’ll be glad when I get the last of this canning done.  30 pounds of chicken when I have to work all day takes a lot of time especially when I still have to feed the family before I get started.  This has been quite the learning experience.  In the past I’d have sent out for pizza to keep the kitchen free for canning after work. It takes a lot more planning when scratch cooking.  I pulled out the divided dishes earlier in the week and made some homemade tv dinners with leftovers.  I think I made may one or two each night.  Next time there’s a canning session planned for the evening there can still be a homemade meal without the added work of preparing a meal first.

  • #8500

    Reading doom and bloom guide ” the survival medicine handbook” came across a source for antibiotics, wanted to know which for what and best bang for the buck. Have various berberine tinctures for fallback, and am growing echinacea, wormwood and comfrey. Hope to be the neighborhood herbal remedies go to. Am already lol. Gifted with box of parsley and bag of citrus so will be making probiotic lemonade-6 lemons juiced,half cup sugar and whey in a half gal jar let sit 2 days, let “breathe. Lemoncello- zest from 5 lemons and 2 whole lemons, pour vodka over and shake daily for 1 month. Strain and add simple cold syrup, half cup suar and water- . Add zest from 2 more lemons. Age 24 hrs. Strain and label. Freezing whatever is left over. Making parsley pesto and freezing without the parmeson(can add that when it thaws to use-if i can find some without cellulose in it.

  • #8506

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 25

    Repurposing a large homemade table to put on my front porch by cleaning and painting the legs on it to match the shutters on my house, don’t know if I can afford to put new Formica on it or just clean and polish the old Formica that is on it.  I pan to shop some thrift shops tomorrow while out to restock on food to find some old chairs to use with the table.

  • #8513

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Thanks woodsrunne! The roaming cat came back last night (uugghh) because it was back to square one-the smell was overpowering today. It definitely was clean smelling yesterday. I will try your recipe tomorrow. I will just make up the whole batch and then move onto the back porch-the stinker was out there too. I wish there was a way to deter him but my cat needs access. I had to move my kitty’s food into the laundry room because the possums and strays were eating all his food in the garage. Now the strays have figured out where it is.

     

     

     

  • #8516

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Thankful for leftovers.  Reheated the rest of yesterday’s oatmeal in milk.  Made egg for more protein.  Heated a portion of the stew.  Froze a portion and another portion will be tomorrow’s meal.  Can’t remember if I even ate anything else today.  Tired.

    OldMtWoman  … the animals and I are still alive….  {roll eyes}

  • #8517

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    OldMtWoman   Glad you are okay today.  You really had a hard day the other day.  Its expected to be around zero or below for the next week here.  Aahrg.  Winter is hard here- had to remove snow from blizzard and still sore from getting hit with the bar on the snow scoop.  A neighbor helped me out by plowing most of it and also brought fresh just fried fish for lunch.  They went ice fishing.  Can’t beat good neighbors.

    Today made macaroni, tomatoes, hamburger and onions- winter comfort food.  Also cole slaw.  Tomorrow have to get some baking done.

  • #8522

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Xant Dewit – Thank you for posting the link to the interesting articles and recipes for cheesemaking!  I read the one about how to make your own animal rennet.  I don’t need to do that now, of course, but it’s nice to know how it is done, just in case.  You must have a very large stockpot or cheese vat to make such large batches of cheese!  I have only made cheese from 2-gallons of milk at at time, so far 🙂

    Mama cando – What an interesting idea to put sauerkraut and its juice into your beef and vegetable soup.  That must have given it a good depth of flavor.  I will be trying that recipe myself sometime!

     

  • #8524

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 26

    Picked up six dozen eggs and three pounds of bacon while out today.  Have blueberries and sausage in the freezer, buttermilk to make biscuits and pancakes, grits and oatmeal in the pantry, so I have enough breakfast items to finish this month out and didn’t spend much money.  I am using what meat I have in the freezer for suppers this week and then I have to restock on meat, vegetables, and a few other things.

    I really want to challenge myself in February after reading Daisy’s story “How To Feed Your Family When You’re Flat Broke” to see if I can do what others do on 400.00 per month for food and essentials for my whole family. I will be blessed if I have 400.00 in February for food because we are feeding extra family members with babies that need diapers and baby milk.

  • #8527

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Amy Dixon. It did,  didn’t have to use salt either. Told my sister what I did and she said “That’s Nanny’s recipe” I totally forgot our great grandmother making vegetable soup that way. She said it was Great Grandad’s mother’s German soup recipe.  No wonder It tasted so good LOL The things you pick up when you’re little do stay with you, I guess.

  • #8530

    Found a chicken egg today, they must be getting ready to lay regular. Bacon and eggs for breakfast and a big pot ofsoup to eat the next 3 days. My pork broth is perfect, has just a little fat to make meals more satisfying.

  • #8534

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I made soup with leftover chicken and made beans, rice, and beef with leftover beans.  We enjoyed both meals!

  • #8535

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    DH came home tonite.  🙂  I remade the spaghetti by mixing it all in a fry pan…add layers of cheese. Kind of a “spaghetti lasagna”.  Made salad.  He’d been eating thru airports today and enjoyed that meal.

    OldMtWoman

  • #8544

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I started reading on my phone, decided to join up when I could get to computer, started sprouts, asked a friend to teach me how to knit socks, (we already ate very little pre-made food so that part was going to be easy) and then I slipped on the ice where I thought there was ground so I will be dealing with my own January challenges and am not even going to offer an invitation to anyone else to join me :).

    But I wanted to reply to Cinnamon Granny’s request for vegan cheese and felt so bad that I hadn’t been able to respond to two separate requests she made.

    Joanne (or Jo) Stepaniak has a small paperback about making vegan cheese  <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>The uncheese cookbook: creating amazing dairy-free cheese substitutes and classic “uncheese” dishes</span>
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    There are also cheesy sauce recipes online – two versions are

    https://www.oatmealwithafork.com/cheese-less-cheeze-sauce-nut-free-yeast-free/ (I had a friend say the potatoes were noticeable in a similar recipe she used)

    Easy vegan cheese sauce recipe | ready in 3 minutes!

    Or just search for vegan cheesy sauce

    BUT my all time favorite is from a recipe in a cookbook for my instantpot  It uses cauliflower and my (not even a vegetarian) son kept going back for more. I don’t use all the seasonings she uses, just the carrots, cauliflower and cashews (which I’m fairly certain you could steam until veggies are soft and cashews are pliable -if you don’t have an instant pot or pressure cooker) and the tomatoes, salt and nutritional yeast.  I don’t even use Ro-Tel tomatoes- just canned, diced ones.  to me the flavor was reminiscent of the Velveeta dip my mom made ages ago.  The book is <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>The ultimate vegan cookbook for your instant po</span>t by Kathy Hester.  It is so good that if I never made anything else from the cookbook or in my instant pot it would still be one of my best purchases ever!  Ask your library to get it through inter-library loan.

    And even better:  I found that the recipe from the book is online at and it looks like she posted it so no copyright infringement.  goto:

    https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/instant-pot-vegan-cauliflower-queso

    I copied some recipes from various posts on the forum for non-food items and when I am functioning again will add them to my activities  Right now I’m a one-handed typist and can’t do many things I did before but I am getting by and that’s what it’s all about in the long run)

    I’m just glad we still have hospitals and surgeons and this forum is all just a challenge, not a real life disaster.

    Daisy – I haven’t seen cinnamon grammy posting here lately (I finally got to read the rest of the month’s postings last night) so if she doesn’t get on here would you please email her and let her know there’s an answer.

     

     

     

  • #8545

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Goodness, I’ve managed to lose 3 days since posting here? Well, I’ve done from scratch cooking everyday but that’s about it. Yesterday, I had to do my once a month grocery shopping to pick up fresh veggies primarily. By using up what I had on hand when this month started and items from my pantry and freezer, it’s amazing how little I’ve spent on food this month. But then there’s only myself and I don’t eat that much. I have spent money, however, on purchasing longterm food storage items as I’m following the list I found in the LDS book. I’ve decided whatever resources I use to stock-pile a year’s worth of food for one adult is money well spent – particularly if things ever get really crazy and paper money loses its value; and of course it’s there for my family when I no longer reside in this earthly tent….Christians on this forum will know what I mean.

    Today I’m trying dehydrating cabbage and carrots…my first attempt using my new machine. Yesterday, was trying to vacuum seal some chicken breast but the new Food Saver just wouldn’t cooperate. Not sure what the problem was so will ask my helper who comes in tomorrow and knows how these things work.

    Sure hope all ya’ll experiencing all the bad weather will stay safe.

  • #8547

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings All.

    You are right, I have not posted.  I am reading your posts via email and forgetting to check-in.  I have been saving your ideas and recipes/directions in a document appropriately names “January Scratch Challenge.  We continue to cook from scratch each day: homemade pancakes, homemade bread, homemade stir-fry, making new dishes from our pre-canned foods.  And a big one-using foods that are in the large freezer!  I discovered a ham!

    To Columbia River.  Thank you for the link to Vegan Cheese.  Since this is “Veganuary”, an attempt by the vegan community to invite non-vegans to enjoy their lifestyle, I have found many recipes that sound delicious.  Most of the cheese recipes use raw cashews to make it creamy, plus nutritional yeast.  Our grocery carries neither and we are 30+ miles away from any “healthy” store that does.  Hubby has asked local store employees to search and they have no idea what he is talking about.  I like the idea of the one you posted with cauliflower, especially the dip aspect of it.  As soon as we get into the big city again, I am searching for more appropriate ingredients.

    Perhaps Columbia River can answer a question, though:  do the cashews need to be raw?  Will just normal salted, store-bought cashews work?

    I am continuing to crochet.  I have made three hats, one pair of mittens, and a scarf – above what I posted before.  My problem with the hat patterns is the yarn I have is not the same gauge as called for in the pattern.  So, according to time and stitches, I probably made three times more hats that I finished because I had to keep taking them apart to get the right size.  I am saving the “best” for last.  My daughter wants lined, flip-top mittens. For that I will need to concentrate.

    Meanwhile, I am spending part of every day listening to Morse Code.  I am trying to learn it and using an online course, The Ham Whisperer, as my teacher.  Hubby just smiles when I drum on the arm rest trying to remember the differences between letters such as R .-. and  W .– and K -.-   . This is slow going.  But, we are retired and it is a cozy thing to do while sitting near the wood stove. He is working on his next level license, General.

    Meanwhile, I have finished mending that has been sitting around since last winter and clearing the sewing room so I can finish a corduroy shirt that I started last winter.

    Plus, I am seeing things through new eyes and saying, “I don’t need to save that.” and trying to stay away from the hoarding aspect of my behavior.  (I am a neat hoarder, though, except in the sewing/craft room.)  I have passed boxes on to Hubby to finish the pare down of documents we have not looked at in ten years – recycle or shred.

    So, for a February Challenge, I suggest a Pare Down.  We must find at least one item a day to recycle, sell, donate, pass on, etc.  A box of papers to recycle, or a box of clothes, would be just one item.  It could be the chess-board challenge.  lol  We would have nothing left by the end of the month.

    I hope everyone is safe from the extreme cold and the snow.

    Cinnamon Grammy

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • #8554

      Columbia River
      Participant

      salted cashews are usually fried in oil then salted and the texture (crunchy) is different than raw (softer).

      also raw cashews need to be rinsed well.  some recipes use no cashews – check the ingredients list

      I’ve ordered from Azure Standard and a place called terrasoil  you could also use amazon.   when we lived in another part of the country many years ago I used a food coop out of Arkansas that made deliveries to several states like Azure does in the northwest

  • #8549

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    January 26- Made up some of the cat spray cleaner that woodsrunne suggested. Worked like a charm. The recipe is 1 qt. hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 c baking soda, 1 tsp. dish soap. I used it all up because I found out stinker kitty was also on the front porch.

    Made a turkey/cranberry ring for dinner. It is based on a taco ring but I used a different filler. DH loved the flavor profile.  I am going to try a corned beef/sauerkraut mix next month.

  • #8551

    Columbia River
    Participant

    One thing I noticed is people talking about making bread.  I used to make all our bread by hand and had a wonderful ceramic bowl I used for letting it rise.  due to various things my husband now makes our bread in a machine.  If you look, you can find them almost brand new at thrift stores.

    The biggest difference in our bread making is that I measured by volume and then would add more flour as necessary to get the correct texture (when the dough is fully kneaded and you pat it, it should feel about like a baby’s bottom)  we found that volume doesn’t work nearly as well in a machine as does measuring by weight.  so we bought a small kitchen scale (also at the thrift store).  The bread is almost always perfect now.

    we grind our own flour and when there is a change from one batch of wheat to a different batch there is some small difference occasionally, but nothing like the differences even with the same flour before he stated weighing the ingredients using the amounts given in the manual for whole wheat bread.

    so, if you want to start making your own bread, find a machine (you can get instructions on line if you get a machine without instructions).  it is so much cheaper, better and makes the house smell great.  well — it may not be cheaper than clearance smush bread, but  it’s cheaper than good bread

    you can buy all purpose flour (no bran).  if you want whole wheat flour there is hard red winter and hard white winter (which is what we use)  there is also soft wheat which is used for quick breads and cookies

    you can always add making bread by hand to your list for next year, but you’ll be starting on homemade bread now.

    happy baking

  • #8553

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 27

    I tried to post earlier about making a notebook of breakfast menus, recipes, and ingredients to keep in my kitchen and to take shopping with me, I want to get back to shopping a month at a time, so if it comes I double posted just dismiss it.  Made a fast supper of refried beans, Mexican rice, and mesquite grilled chicken.

  • #8559

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Buttermilk pancakes for breakfast.  Salmon patties for supper- salmon, eggs, cracker crumbs (was a little short on cracker crumbs so added bread crumbs).

    Yesterday made cheesecake with cherries and Spanish bar cake.

    Copied some more recipes from taste-of-home online.  Just doing usual stuff.  Went to church this morning in a storm.  I think the kitchen drain is frozen but can’t deal with that today.  Also made dogfood today with brown rice, chicken and green beans.  Dogs don’t want to be out very long at all in zero weather.

  • #8562

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I made beans/rice/chicken for lunch and in the evening cornbread to accompany tomorrow’s meals. Since I did not have eggs, I substituted for them with oil, baking soda, and water.  It seemed to turn out just fine. 🙂

    Here is the recipe if anyone is interested. https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/ben-mims-perfect-cornbread

  • #8568

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    To add one thing to Columbia River’s comments on making bread in bread machine.  Before it leaves the MIXING period, I poke it lightly with my finger.  If some of it sticks to my finger, a bit more flour is needed.  It if feels like a rubber ball…it’s too dry.  If it KISSES your finger [holds on but then releases] but with no residue, its good to go.  😉

    Used up the last OLD apple in the oatmeal this morning.  Scrambled eggs with bacon, onion, spinach, cheese for lunch.  Added more garlic to the stew tonite.  We’re battling a microbe attack…but will win.

    OldMtWoman

     

  • #8574

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Yesterday I made a black bean burger.  While it tasted good, it did not hold together.  The flax flour was not enough to make it sticky, I suppose I should have made the chia-egg replacer.  I am now encouraged to try some more veggie burgers.  When I try a new recipe, I always make the recipes according to the directions.  After that, I feel free to make my changes.

    I also made French Fries. I had boiled potatoes earlier in anticipation of this.  After making “fry” shapes, I deep fried them in the cast iron pan for just long enough to get warm, them removed them.  Turned up the heat under the pan and put the potatoes back in again.  We had crispy fries!  Sprinkled with SeasonAll by Morton; could have added more onion and garlic powder to it.

    For some reason, I love trying new recipes.  That is an issue for me.  I have too many cook books.  Something I need to work on reducing.

  • #8577

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 28

    Taking care of the grandbabies today since their mom is sick, so not much I can get done today,  just adding a few more recipes for Kolaches and sweet breads to my breakfast notebook. Took some pork chops out for supper and have left over potato salad and baked beans to go with the pork.

  • #8582

    Soup went quicker than i expected. Made goat stew from canned goat from dec 2017. The last qt. Gonna make liver based cat and dog food from pork liver, egg, and oatmeal ohh and milk.and parsley.

  • #8590

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Made spaghetti using my canned hamburger and homemade pasta sauce that I canned. Added onions and green peppers that I had frozen from my garden. Made garlic bread from some leftover french bread I had.

  • #8592

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Busy today. Lady who helps me came and we did some major heavy-duty stuff. She also helped me finish vacuum sealing the chicken breast. I think I wasn’t making the bags large enough. I had put cabbage and carrots in the dehydrator yesterday. They were dry so I thought to see how effectively rehydrating the cabbage would be and it worked perfectly, so I made fried cabbage, bacon and onion for lunch. The shredded carrots went into a vacuum sealed bag. I plan to rehydrate them perhaps tomorrow just to see how these will taste in some carrot cake muffins. I’m having fun! Totally new activity for me and appeals to the squirrel in me I guess. Oh, yes, I did find a web site that offered pen and paper templates for keeping the pantry inventory up to date, so printed out those forms to start working on them maybe tomorrow also. And, drum-roll, I ordered some heirloom seeds and they arrived today!!! Yeah. Gardening. Prepping. I can stay a busy lady doing something positive and not allowing myself to just mold over. One day at a time…..nite all

  • #8593

    Scratch
    Participant

    Fried up 5  1 lb. packages of Hamburger. Put it into quart jars and pressure canned it. I used homemade Chicken Broth for the liquid.  I received 72 of the 8 oz packages of Sliced Mushrooms, which I spent drying in the oven for 2 days. I now have almost 3 of the 1 gallon bags of dried Mushrooms. I also got 45 Oranges, of which I’m saving all of the Orange Zest from the peelings. I also received 28 Apples, of which I’m saving all of the peelings in a bag in the fridge. Can I still make Apple Cider Vinegar if the peelings have been in the fridge for a week or two?

  • #8594

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Another busy few days around here. Canned up the rest of the chicken and broth.  Still scratch cooking every night.  We’ve had chicken chili, chicken pot pie and chicken soup. Tonight we’re having breakfast cause we’re pretty tired of chicken. For a real treat we made a dump cake for desert last night.  Deserts are something that has been kind of scarce this month without running to the grocery every other day.  It hasn’t bothered me but the grands have been a little grumpy about it.  I noticed how much more appreciative they were after going without for a couple of weeks.  That’s not a bad thing.

    My daughter has been using the laundry sauce I made a week or so ago. It’s not as smelly as she likes but she’s not complaining. It’s cheap and it works! Last night I pulled out a ton of plastic grocery sacks that we had stored to cut up to make “plarn”. I decided to crochet some mats to go outside the doors. While I’m at it I’m thinking I may also cut up some old t-shirts to make a new bathmat since the old one is pretty ragged.

  • #8596

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Wow, Muffy….you’re really trying a lot of new things.  And yes, it’s important that we keep learning and trying ….lest we fall into a stupor!  Right?  Sounds like you’re having fun!  🙂

    Scratch….a hello but sorry, don’t know the answer to your question.

    Nana Mike…..”plarn”  I never heard it called that but have seen products made from those bags.  How quickly do they wear out/decompose?  Seems like they are getting thinner and one can’t get groceries to the kitchen without tearing them.  Do you use a big bunch of plastic and a large crochet hook or thin strips with smaller hook?

    Same ole here.  We’re feeling better but not enough to be too inspired.  Eggs and a canned meat from storage for breakfast.  Last of stew for lunch.  Slices of the roast, rice, and cauliflower for supper.  Even made gravy cuz I’d done that roast in the crockpot with lots of juice.

    OldMtWoman

     

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  • #8601

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Its so cold here I’m really not inspired.  Its a chicken soup and reading kind of day.

    Cinnamon Granny I do the same thing with recipes.  Try it the way its written first then tweek it.  Also have a ton of cookbooks- must have about 400.  Gotta thin them out.  I really like the old Farm Journal cookbooks.  Buy them when I see them.  I bought one new about 40-50 years ago and its literally falling apart.  I highly recommend them if you find them.

  • #8614

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 29

    It’s a cold day here so I am staying in making chicken & dumplings and chocolate cake, figure that a comfort supper for a cold winter evening.  Ordering first aid supplies because we are totally out except for the small kit I keep in the truck,  also including more disposible gloves, adult and child flu masks just to be prepared.

  • #8621

    High pain day. Leftover goat stew all day. Got the truck fixed by neighbor- the exhaust system needed multiple welds.knitting slippers, still trying to perfect this style a neighbor showed me, then will make tube socks on dpn. Then will get mohair spun by a friend and do mohair socks. Cut part of the angora yesterday and today. Just 1 lb so far.
    Leaving the prime sides until it gets a little warmer.

  • #8622

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Didn’t cook any dinner tonight but did have leftovers in fridge. Neither of us were hungry as we had a big lunch. Cooked eggs, sausage, homemade biscuits and homemade sausage gravy. Hubby ate to much and we really didn’t want any dinner. Big breakfast with us all day. Had to go to funeral home this evening as a friend from our sunday school class passed away. She had been battling Alzhelmers for about 3 or 4 years. But she is living it up in heaven now. No more illness.

  • #8625

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Maybe I shouldn’t even post today.  I went to town and it started storming before I got back- could hardly see the road so very glad to get back home.  I already blew the contest earlier so today we ate canned tamales and store bought donuts and the dogs ate homemade dogfood.  Will do better tomorrow.

  • #8631

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Woodsrunner..so happy you made it home safely! Those of you in the really bad weather areas hopefully can just stay in. I’m in West TN and all we’re getting is some below freezing temps but no snow or ice this go round.

    Today I got creative with some packing materials Kroger is using in shipments to me…a brown paper with some amazing cutouts creating a very lacy look. I gathered it around the base of a plain jar, secured it with a rubber band, tied some pretty ribbon around the base and stuffed some artificial flowers inside the jar. A cool arrangement from “scratch” using recycled materials.

    My favorite breakfast from scratch – a toasted English muffin, covered with cooked spinach, topped with a poached egg, a dab of mayo and sprinkled with smoked paprika. V-8 juice on the side.

    Last of chili for lunch and friend brought me some chicken and dumplings for supper.

    Stay warm all….night

  • #8639

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Had to make up another batch of woodsrunne’s cat spray. The little bugger won’t go away. I did have to go to town for the hydrogen peroxide.

    Made a tenderloin and potato salad for dinner.

    Good Luck to all you guys in the deep freeze of winter. Stay safe and warm!

  • #8642

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Had eggs/rice this morning.  Crackers and cheese/apple for lunch.  DH felt well enough to help put together a simple stir fry tonite…..carved more off the roast, veggies, had the rice already.  He created the sauce.

    OldMtWoman  …holding on…

  • #8648

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Thanks, Muffy.  Very stormy today,  Not going out on the road.  Dala, that cat has to be frustrating, glad the spray is working.  IS it a stray?

    Oatmeal for breakfast, went out to start the snowblower, couldn’t do it, may have flooded it so will go out later and try again.  Will make something hot for supper and bake some more bread and hamburger buns.  Have been going thru old gardening clipping in file.  Goal this winter is to get my house organized (do I hear laughing? You might if knew me).  Anyway, making some progress.

  • #8649

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 30

    Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge and I have enjoyed reading everyone’s post and hope Daisy does another teaching challenge. Don’t have to cook supper this evening for I have left over chicken & dumpling and pork chops.

    Doing a little cleaning and organizing today,  getting things together for a Spring yard sale which in Texas is only a month away before it gets nice and warm. Have a ton of  baby things, furniture and some antiques for the yard sale, I would love for our home to be minimalist,  if I could just get my dh and kids to agree.

    I took inventory in the freezer and found enough food to go another week before restocking, so that is helping me with some extra money needed for a toddler’s birthday party this weekend.

  • #8657

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Woodsrunne-yes it is a stray. Unfortunately it is also male. My male cat is outside so there is lots of meowing, and yowling then the spraying. He is coming in for my cat’s food. I cannot close off the laundry room as that is where my cat is. The stray is friendly. I think the neighbors moved and didn’t take him-so sad.

    Today I made chicken, homemade noodles, and homemade gravy.

     

  • #8659

    Leftover pork liver for breakfast, didnt use all of the liver for dog food. 18 quail eggs hard boiled used for egg salad, some for tomorrow. Made mayo with the big chickens eggs. Just a dash of salt, tablspoon lemon juice ,dash of dry mustard, 2 egg yolks and a whole egg in bottom of immersion blender, my last cup of avocado oil on the top and voila instant mayo. About 20 seconds max with immersion blender. Made cottage cheese yesterday and today, want some yogurt culture, but ran out. Shoulda kept a quarter cup from the last batch. Gotta get hay tomorrow am down to a half bale. Now that i got truck running can get a months worth in one trip, yea.

  • #8663

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Padded Cell Farmer….we’ve been getting hay 3 at a time on roof rack.  And we’re both so short to deal with that..esp. lifting it up.  Trying to get delivery but haven’t caught the feed store lady yet.  Hate to be low on hay….too many variables in winter to chance it but ….here we are this year.  🙁

    Dala….can you just catch or live trap the stray and turn in to a shelter?  It needs a good home and with your male, your home isn’t it!  What a persistent mess and noise. 🙁   Good luck.

    We did our usual eggs and stuff sandwich.  Then were in the city alllll day.  Well, most of that was transit time.  But….a good, productive day!  Might get some health issues settled.

    OldMtWoman

     

  • #8674

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Making from scratch today…stuffed mushrooms…also, roasted some red peppers I had in the freezer since last September that were taking up a lot of room….have put them in refrig so will look for a recipe or two that calls for them.

    Is this the last day for this challenge? I’m pleased with my mostly cooking from scratch efforts this month as I didn’t come up with any other ideas that seemed more pressing than what I’m doing trying to get better organized with my prepping supplies.

  • #8678

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    January 31

    It is always a tiring day for me when I have to go to the city and today I am just ready to call it a day.  I made chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy for supper, but doing the dishes will wait till morning.

  • #8679

    Dala Barnes
    Participant

    Today is the last day so I am making my homemade pizza.

    Besides cooking from scratch everyday I did do some repairs to keep the rancho running but not daily. I hope this counts as completing the challenge.

    OldMint Woman-I got so tired of cleaning up after that cat that I did catch him this morning. I moved him to a friend’s house where he will be happier. He is getting cozy there.

  • #8680

    Other than egg salad for breakfast, i totally did fast food today. Got hay and supplies b4 long term rain event starting tonight. I got pizza pringles for snacking while my bought chicken cooks with all the leftover stuff from the fridge is cooking, so i guess that counts as sorta scratch cookn. Dont have roof rack for pathfinder, put 2 in the back usually. Got pickup truck fixed but only got 4 bales cuz price is so durn high.18.99 Could probably get 12 bales on it, usually get 6- 8. Got some turkey feed for the quail, but i use mostly organic goat feed from azure for goats, chickens and quail.

  • #8686

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Last week I made potato soup with some leeks a friend gave us, garlic (last of the fresh), coconut milk, marjoram, dill, salt & some water.  it was pretty good, so this week I made it again with the potatoes that needed to be used up, onion instead of leeks and dried garlic instead of fresh.  Unfortunately I put a little too much water (or not quite as many potatoes).  It’s good but not quit yummmmm.  I sort of made it.  I have a hard time using a knife or anything that requires 2 hands right now so maybe we’ll say I thought of it and DH did most of the work.

    Most of my month has been recuperating from my ice excursion.  But I’ve thought of several things.

    Like a couple of others on here I have A LOT of cookbooks.  Because almost everything is in storage right now due to a transition, I can’t access some of my favorite (but not memorized) recipes — so when I get my books back, I’m going to copy anything I really like (especially those once a year special recipes) and put them in a 3 ring binder.

    Another thing I thought of (& still working on) is taking all of DH’s holy socks (he absolutely hates to throw them out because he “can still use them”) and cut them into rags.  nice terry cloth type on one side for the foot part.  think i’ll leave the ankle ribbed part intact and see what I can come up with for them.  MAYBE he’ll go for it because we are really trying to quit using paper towels.  We don’t use them often but I would be glad to save them for power outages or real disasters. We got into the habit while my mom lived with us because she insisted on using them for everything.  This is obviously a delicate topic so I have to plan my strategy well.

    I used to make my own laundry detergent and always added vinegar to the rinse water because otherwise things get yucky after a while.  That was another thing that went away while Mom was here because she only wanted her special type detergent.  So when the surgeon releases me in a couple of months I’m starting back on that and using the fabric softener recipe I got from this challenge.

    So thanks for the encouragement.   Looking forward to the next challenge and more dexterity to participate.

    Stay warm

     

     

  • #8688

    Columbia River
    Participant

    And yes I bought cleats for my boots

  • #8690

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Dala….so glad he now has a home…far from you and your male!!  Whew, they do stink!

    Today started with pain/fatigue from our excursion to the city yesterday.  Still in pain tonite so I’m hurrying to type.  /Too uncomfortable!!!

    Made eggs and pancakes for breakfast.  It was a Complete pancake mix but I added apple and walnut bits to make it taste better.  The “blueberry” bits included in that mix make it taste “off”.  I usually make my own but …pain was not gonna let that happen today.  Should have my own mix made up/on hand for these days.  The additions made it taste better.

    Had liver sausage sandwiches for lunch.  For supper, freshened up the second half of last week’s stew [had frozen in freezer] ..by adding diced tomato and a lot of garlic cuz DH is still sick.

    OldMtWoman

  • #8693

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    I’m also glad that cat has a home.  I’m a cat lover (as well as a dog lover).  Kudos to you guys who made it thru the challenge.  I blew it although I enjoyed it and will continue with making a LOT more from scratch consistently.

    I’m still sore from getting whacked with the bar on the snow scoop.  Way below zero tonight.  I’m sitting here with a fleece shirt on and blanket thrown over shoulders.  I did make my own “bisquick mix” for making fast pancakes etc.  Don’t remember if I posted the recipe but there are a lot of them on the web.  I’m very impressed with all the work you guys did- especially with taking care of animals too.

    Today make bean soup with ham bone and great northern beans along with cornbread.  A good soup day.Now waiting to see what the Feb challenge will be.

  • #8700

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Well, the make it from scratch month is over.  In once sense, I passed  because we always cook from scratch.  You will find NO prepackaged foods in our house except for one cereal that Hubby eats at night.  Vegan black burgers, Vegan sloppy Joes, and Flemish Pork Stew will be added to our cook book. I knitted and crocheted from new patterns and used my noggin to alter them, and made it through 5 of 11 online classes of Morse Code. I use homemade laundry detergent.

    I have a list of items to purchase from a “Whole Foods” type store, since non are available near me,  to continue the journey to prepare non-meat dishes.  We are not going meatless, just greatly reducing the meat in our diet.  Interestingly, after shopping on Wed., and seeing the beautiful butternut squash, I purchased hamburger to make meatloaf, and used our sprouting potatoes.  Hubby looked at the meatloaf when it came out of the oven and actually asked what it was made of. What kind of beans?  lol He could not identify that it was beef nor did he  care.  Success.

    On the other hand, I would not say I passed this challenge because I did not really try anything new.  Oh, yes, I did cook some new recipes, but, I do that every  month.  What I really needed to do it try something really off my daily routine and comfort level.

    I did save the creative things you all came up with in a word document so I can refer to them.  I always save things to my computer.  Never to the cloud.  I do not want to be unable to retrieve “cloud items” in case we lose power, or satellite connection, for whatever reason.

    So, on to the next challenge.  Two more months before we go outside to prepare the garden for 2019, so I am ready to expand my brain.

    Best wishes to all of you.

  • #8701

    Josefina Arenas
    Participant

    Found a great vegetable soup recipe…actually, the woman who teaches a cooking class found it!  I’ve made it twice now and eat it for lunch at work:

    https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/vegetable_soup_with_sweet_basil/

     

     

  • #8709

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    The challenge is over and I have to say I enjoyed it very much.  I cooked from scratch every night except for the free chicken night and all the sides were homemade.  I got a little creative as we got low on things around here. It was actually kind of nice getting back to basics.  The challenge helped me realize just how lazy we’ve gotten with convenience products that cost too much and aren’t so good for us.  Repurposing things has been eye opening and enjoyable.  I’ve got a long list of things I want to learn to do. All in all it was a worthwhile experience and I intend to continue the scratch cooking.  The family enjoys it and the grocery bill has been much lower.

  • #8714

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Josefina: that soup looks good. Will have to try that one.

    I really didn’t do much cooking today. Hubby and I were both tired as he was at market yesterday cooking collards for the store. He has to be there by 6am. He cooks 6 bushels at a time. He is known around here as the collardman.  I was so tired from cleaning and going through things yesterday that we both slept in till 10am. Something we don’t do often but it sure felt good to sleep in this morning. So I got up and got dressed, cleaned up and then put on coffee. Then I made waffles from scratch. of course by that time it was more like brunch. Didn’t cook any dinner. We had a do it yourself night. So whatever there is to eat without having to fix a big meal, then we just each go and fix whatever is in fridge or maybe a can of homemade soup that I made last fall. Hoping tomorrow I will have more energy.

  • #8794

    Scratch
    Participant

    I’ve been wanting a wood type Bread Box. So today I went to the garage and the shed to find some pieces of 2×4 scrap wood. And a piece of 1×6. I used the 1×6 to make the bottom and the dome-shaped ends. I used my table saw to cut the 2×4’s into strips, drilled holes in the ends, and made a nice looking Bread Box. I used all of those little screws that I had saved from other projects to hold the strips on it. It looks nice, and was worth the 4 hours that it took to make it.

     

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  • #8801

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    So.  like I knew it would.  January got away from me.  I absolutely failed at posting for the challenge.  I make from scratch most days.  I can loads of different things, and that is what we live on, mostly.  I have, however, stopped to pick up fast food on the way home from work, on occasion.  Going back to work has been hard on my body.  I am definitely out of shape and in need of a good weight loss program.  It feels good to be back out in the public, even if it is exhausting.  I have continued with the dehydrating at this point.  It is relaxing, on my days off, to prep food for the dehydrator.

    Our lifestyle is such that most things are made from scratch.  I was raised that way and have tried to do that most of my life.  I will continue to do so as long as I can.  Congratulations to those of you who have the stamina and time to work, take care of house and animals, make everything from scratch and then sit down and post it!  Especially those with small children.  You are Americans greatest treasures!

    I will not enter the next challenge, even though I prep constantly, it is a way of life also, it has to be.  But, I will will following those that do.  Good luck!

     

  • #8430

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Another recipe for dish soap      2 bars grated Octagon soap (could be another brand)                                                                                                  1 cup baking soda                                                                                                                                                           1/4 cup washing soda                                                                                                                                                      1/4 cup lemon juice                                                                                                                      Put shredded soap in 4 1/2 to 5 quarts of water and melt on stove.  Turn off heat and add other ingredients.  Sit.  cool. pour into sealed containers.  Doesn’t suds much but gets dishes very clean.

    This recipe was from countyside magazine in the column where readers sent in letters.

  • #20979

    DeannaEppers Eppers
    Participant

    l’m in ! Can’t wait !

  • #23224

    Ana Pirs
    Participant

    Hi!

    I see smoothie here!)) I like it!)

    Here is my favourite – Kale Banana Smoothie  https://mygreencookbook.com/kale-banana-smoothie/

    Try)

  • #7556

    Abbie Doe
    Participant

    Technically I  should have already  posted my daily challenge since it is  another day, but i am just winding down my day so I hope this still counts.  Today (ok, really yesterday) I made miracle salve with rosemary, lavender, and peppermint and a little olive and coconut oil.  Boy did it smell good.  But better yet I tried it on my wrist and the pain was diminished considerably. within an hour.  I have to admit I was a little sceptical but no more

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