Been on the run

Friday, October 17, 2014
Sorry that it has been sometime since I have posted. I have been on the run. My son started back to collage and I have been having to get up at Dark 30(5:30) so that I can get my DH to work and then have the car so that I can get my son to school. Along the way I have meet some great people. 
We have got the food cupboard stocked back up and my son bought me a dehydrator so that I could start putting more food away. I had to make him a batch of buffalo/ground chuck jerky but it was really good. I have also dried some corn and peas. I am going to try and make some fruit leathers this weekend if I can find the cutting sheets at the dollar store. 

I started vaping. This is smoking an e-cig. I think it is helping with my asthma a bit, for I have had no attacks in the two weeks I have been doing it. this is a lot cheaper than the medication that I am to take and it works for it is the same darn stuff that is in my inhaler. I can breath, I can laugh without have an asthma attack and I am doing 0 nic. Lot better than a cigarette that is for sure. My son quit smoking and is now vaping too. No more cigarette smell and the flavors smell great. I am even making some lanyards for the e-cigs that we use for the place we buy all our stuff at.

The chicken are on strike for the time, I am only getting one or two eggs a day if I am lucky, but then it is getting colder and they are molting. I just might have to break down and buy some.

I shut down my business for I was not making any sales and I could not keep going. Everything that was on my site can still be gotten at shop.com/stagingent. I even get my dogs PetHealth™ OPC Formula with Glucosamine for Dogs & Cats from them. My oldest dog takes this every night and she is able to walk and move a lot better. We found out just how well once we ran out of the first jar of it.

Slithering Time Last Night

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Last night when I went to gather eggs I found a 5 foot black snake in the nests boxes. No I really do not mind sharing some eggs with the snake, but leave when you are done so I do not know you have been there. I am getting more eggs than I can use and don't have many placed to get rid of them anymore. Most of my hens and the rooster are to big for the snake to bother. I mean there was a hen in the bottom next box and the snake was in the to with his tail going up the wall. I do not have all that good of light in the coop area but I saw that there was a snake in there and ran to the house to get my son to help me remove the snake.
The reason I do not mind the snake having a few eggs is that they also help with the mice and rats in the area and that is a good thing. Mind you I do have 6 cats but they can only do so much and they do there share. They even try to bring them in to the house to show us they are doing there job.

I hope to get a bit more cooking done this weekend. I would like to get some biscuits made and in the freezer. Some gravy mix made and some season packs. I make my own taco seasoning and chili seasoning. I really try to have stuff like this on hand and do not buy what it is the store. I know that they are not the same but they work for my family. In the fall and winter we eat more chili and soups so that is going to be what we will start to work on over the next few weeks. With the price of meat going up so much I have been cutting back on how much we each get to eat. We are adding more salad, fruit and cole slaw at dinner time. I make my own cole slaw dressing. I leave out the hot sauce and use bag cabbage and that. I also do not every have buttermilk on hand so I just use regular milk.

Sundays cook - a - thon

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Well on Sunday we got a bit of a late start on the cooking for the next two weeks. I started by putting the two chickens in the crock-pot to cook for 6 hours on high. I then taking some of the 3 lbs of bulk breakfast sausage and made 3 oz patties for my husband for his morning breakfasts, and placing them in the freezer to freeze a bit so I could put them in to a bag for next week. My son started with the 10 lbs of Ground meat(we use a 60/40 blend of beef/pork) first we used 4 lbs and make 6 1 lb meat-loafs. Yes 6 for with the other stuff in there you can stretch it to 6. After the meatloaf was partial frozen I wrapped in in plastic wrap and put them in a 1 gallon ziploc bag. Please do not ask me what we put in to them for we never us the same recipe for meatloaf. Then my son cooked down 5 lbs with some onion, and we got 3 1 lb bag of ready to use cooked ground meat. This can be used for tacos, sloppy joes, hamburger helper(homemade of course) and a number of other stuff. We used about 2 lbs of the ground meat to make mini meatballs for homemade hot pockets. My son made 3 batches of pizza dough for the hot pockets that were to be made. we made 8 meatball and 8 pizza for the freezer but two of the meatball got eat that night. We then made more pizza ones for dinner that night and some got put in the freezer. I shredded the chicken and place it in two bowls to make Chicken enchilada with, still have to make them tomorrow. We also have three packs of chicken breast for stuff like Chicken Alfredo, chicken nuggets and just to be fried up. This morning/afternoon I make a breakfast egg salad with hard boiled eggs, sausage and tater tots. My son and I can place some on an English muffin and run out the door with it.

I still have some meats that are left from the last few shopping trips that we will use on nights that my son and I are at home all day. He only has classes 4 days a week so we are home Friday and and the weekends. I hope that over time we will be able to build up a stock of stuff in the freezer, but with the change of power outage in the winter I don't like having the freezer to stock up. Here is October we will really be doing some stocking up on food. We do this twice a year so that I always have something to make no matter what happens.

New thing are coming.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Over the next few month we are in for some changes. With my son going back to college and us all being out of the house from dark 30 till between 6 and 7 PM we are  having to do dinner a different way. I have been look up "freezer cooking " or in other words having a freezer full of meals ready to go. A lot of what I am finding is not stuff that my family will eat. Having cooked chicken an hamburger in the freezer will be a big part of what we will have. Tonight my son made a large batch of pasta sauce. This is a sauce that we will use for pizza, lasagna, and other items that uses a pasta type sauce. I will give the recipe in a bit. Over the last week I made a roasted chicken and with the leftovers I made a Chicken a la king that can be use for Chicken Pot Pie or served over noodle or biscuits. I have placed the leftovers of this in a gallon zip lock bag and put it in the freezer.

We are going to work on a lot more stuff over the weekend and thru the week that we have left. One of the things that I would like to make are some hot pockets so that I have some lunch stuff. I will try to post what I can over the next few days, but there are a lot of blogs and sites about this type of cooking.

Now for that pasta sauce recipe.
Our pasta sauce

1 lb ground beef
1 28 oz crushed tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 14.5 oz cans of Italian style Diced Tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato Paste
3 Cans mushrooms
1 jar of store bought pasta sauce of your choice.
Italian seasoning, no measurement, use to taste
Parsley, no Mesaurement, use to taste
1/8 of a cup of sugar
Onion, We were out of fresh onions so we use some dehydrated minced, I would say a 1/4 cup
Garlic, 2 clover, you can use more if you like
Olive Oil, about a 1/4 cup

Brown the meat in a fry pan.
add onion garlic and olive oil to large pot and saute for about 5 minutes
dump the rest of the ingredients and hamburger in and simmer for about 30 minutes.

This makes about 3 qts of sauce.

sever over pasta and freeze what is left for a later time.




updates around here

Monday, June 23, 2014
The weather has been ok, a bit on the warm side and with out the AC to keep it dry, the humidity has really gotten to me. I had a hen go broody a time back and got two chicks out of it. I move the chicks into the house for the hen was not doing a good job of taking care of them. The one that hatched a week later than the first keep wondering off and mom hen would not care. They are both doing very good and seems there is one roo and a hen.
Was working out side this weekend since we had a break in the storms so that we could get the grass mowed, still did not get it all done. At one time I went to check for eggs since I have to more often than in the winter, and I found a 5 to 6 foot black snake in the nest eating eggs. It took a bit of time and work but we(my husband and I) got the snake out of the nest and out of the shop, but it moved off before we could kill it.
The garden is doing good. The cucumbers are all over the place and I have already gotten 4 and there are going to be a ton more. My okra never did do anything so no okra this year. The green beans are doing well, just wish I had got some tee-pee pole put up for them but, they are using the okra lattice I did not have many of my peas come up but, I will get my very first taste of fresh peas this year with the few that did make it.
Now for my business, It is going very slow. I have not had any sales. I now have a coupon till the end of the month for 10% OFF MA products alone with $5 shipping and FREE shipping for orders over $99. The coupon code is 10OFFMA. You will have to sign up as a preferred customer to get the shipping cost and that is also FREE.
I also started to give my oldest dog that has arthritics  PetHealth™ OPC Formula with Glucosamine for Dogs & Cats and it has helped her so much. She is now able to move easier than before.I see her playing a bit more than she use to. She will get up in the morning and go out and when she comes back in she lets me know that I have to give her her meds(that is what we call it) by get really excited. sice it is a powder that you sprinkle over there food she has no trouble taking it and she loves it.
I have also gotten the Motives® Hydrating Lip Balm and love it. My lips feel so much softer and smoother now. I also do not have to put it on all the time like with other lip balms. I now take Isotonix Daily Essentials Packets everyday and I am starting to feel great again. My knees no longer hurt and I cam do stuff that I have not done in some time. If you have any questions about any of what I have talked about or just would like to know more please call me or get in touch through Facebook, google+ or email. You can even leave a comment her at the blog and I will get it.