What’s On The Menu?

What’s on the menu today at your house? We are having: Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Teriyaki Mashed potatoes Roasted broccoli Slow Cooker Whole Grain Bread *The numbers in the recipes below correspond to products purchased from Azure Standard natural foods. Place the item number in the Search box. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken You won’t believe this […]

No-Shopping November Day One

It happens. Unexpected emergency expenses that catch you off-guard and threaten to knock you off your feet. Financial advisers strongly suggest having an Emergency Fund just for such situations, but if you’ve used your fund recently, or you are establishing it and don’t have enough saved to cover the emergency expense, or your emergency needs […]

From Dehydrated to Dinner

It’s no secret that I love dehydrating foods and consider it my favorite method of food preservation. Whether it’s putting up an abundance of fresh food, planning food for storage, packing food for travel, backpacking or camping, dehydrating can be done off-grid as well as with dehydrators. Dehydrated foods take up less space for travel […]

Preserve and Store Grain with Dry Ice

Adding whole grains (gluten or non-gluten) to your food storage? For long-term storage, intact whole grains (not already ground into flour) will not only last much longer, but will afford a greater diversity for cooking. Wheat berries as well as other whole grains can be purchased in bulk and when stored properly, has an unlimited […]

Sylvia’s Homemade Hamburger Helper

People of my age may not admit it, but most of us grew up eating Hamburger Helper, to be known henceforth simply as “HH.”  In fact, before I could cook from scratch, I made HH weekly as part of my “home cooking” and I thought I was doing great and my hubby loved it! Fast […]

Homemade Real Ginger Ale

Ginger is an amazing root. Our family has the problem of motion sickness and almost all of our children have suffered with this malady. Organic ginger in powder, candied crystallized ginger, ginger tea and ginger drink has helped us tremendously. For me during my 5 pregnancies, ginger helped ease the constant not-only-morning sickness that otherwise crippled […]

Refreshing No-Sugar Summer Coolers

Hot days equal big thirsts! Intense perspiration can cause dehydration quickly, especially in little bodies. Natural, refreshing hydration is the goal. While cold, pure water is an excellent choice, sometimes the children like to drink something with some flavor and I prefer to provide some extra nutrients to replace what’s lost from the body in […]

Versatile Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Muffins

Muffins are wonderful gems for breakfast, dessert, snacks, covered dish suppers, packed lunches and more. They are quick to mix together and get baked and muffins can be sweet, savory, filled with yummy fillings, or just plain. Take a plain muffin recipe and add veggies or fruit or chocolate chips for different occasions. I love this […]

Holidays Can Be Rough

Holidays can be wonderful, rich times overflowing with family, food, fun, laughter, meaningful celebrations, traditions and lasting memories. But for some of us, the holidays can be times of emotional upheaval filled with grief and/or loneliness. Whether feeling the loss of a loved one or the emptiness of not having a family to share the […]

10 things to buy every time you shop

Every time you enter a store with general items, whether it’s a grocery store, discount store, warehouse store or dollar store, think about picking up items for your non-food storage. Every time you shop. Make a list of your 10 most used / most important items (supplies, over-the-counter medications, hygiene etc.) Each family’s list will […]