Love Those Rice and Beans!

Creamy Black Bean Soup

Just before Christmas one of the community Facebook groups that I’m a part of had a post from a family asking for assistance to help replenish their bare cupboards. There were several posts from people indicating that certain churches in the area had pantry assistance programs.

One post really stuck out to me: “Churches […]

Wood Stove Cooking

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With winter in full force we have a fire going in our wood stove pretty much all of the time. The wood stove is our main heat source. Originally we had planned to install a lovely antique wood cook stove but decided that while it would do the job for cooking it wouldn’t be […]

Menu Week of February 1, 2016

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I often find myself singing or humming part of a tune that fits the circumstances. We’ve been in Oklahoma for the last several months and many times the song “Oklahoma!” comes out of my mouth. My husband is often singing “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” or “Living on Tulsa Time“.

This week the […]

Menu Week of January 25, 2016

Creamy Carrot and Apple Soup

 

Menu Plan Monday ~ It’s back!

In my early days of blogging I posted a menu almost every Monday. This menu served two purposes: ideas for you and a great way to keep me on track.

When I stopped posting the menu I would *sometimes* type one out in a word document or […]

Menu Week of August 3 and Memories

Menu Week of August 3 and Memories

Just over two weeks ago my sister lost her dear husband. My niece lost her father. My husband lost his cousin. My children lost their uncle. We are still in mourning and shock over this death.

My sister was married for almost 24 years. At the wedding I acted as Maid of Honor. One of […]

Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

Creamy Carrot and Apple Soup

As I’m writing this post it’s late-June and I have a pot of soup on the stove for supper. Two days ago it was quite warm and more salad weather than soup weather but last night a storm came through and has left a cold dreary day behind. Once again perfect for […]

Menu Week of June 22

Creamy Black Bean Soup

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had great weather and were able to do many things outside that we’d been putting off like cleaning out the goat pen. 😉 It’s an exciting life around here sometimes.

Last week’s menu worked out super well and we had several great dishes. Including Spicy North […]

Menu Week of June 15

Sprouted Lentils

This week we’re still focusing on eating out of our food storage and enjoying the few items we produce ourselves. Our freezer is emptying out rather quickly which is normal for this time of year. We stock it up in the fall during hunting season and when processing chickens and ducks. At this point we […]

Menu Week of June 8

Menu Week of June 8

The last few weeks have been pretty busy and I’ve neglected sharing our menu plans. I’m still putting together a plan, scratched out on a slip of recycled paper or an old envelope. We’re being somewhat careful with our money right now since we’re building a cabin on our new property so the bulk of […]

Menu Week of May 11

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Snow on Mother’s Day! Yep. It wasn’t enough to stick around but it did snow off and on all day and was cold. Definitely a day to stay inside. Joe and I worked on our permaculture class and had a fairly quiet day. Overnight, the snow continued and we did wake up to a couple […]

Menu Week of April 13 & April 20

Eggs

We had some excitement over the weekend. Our Peanut goat had kids. She had them around 8 Saturday morning. I was outside getting my dog that escaped from the backyard when I heard Peanut making noise. I looked over and could see that one of the babes was part way out. I got the dog […]

Menu Week of April 6

Menu Week of April 7

Spring is on the horizon. We’re still waking up to snow some mornings but many of the days are quite nice. This weekend we started tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, pumpkin and jalapenos in the house. Joe also planted peas in the garden and got lots of the areas ready for planting when it’s time. Last weekend […]

Menu Week of March 30

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Whew-eee. Cold, snow and wind is what we woke up to. Yesterday we were outside working in short sleeves! We were very happy for the beautiful day and I even was able to get our three cold frame boxes planted with […]

Menu Week of March 23

Eggs

We’re celebrating! With the longer days the chickens and ducks have started laying again. We’re getting between 10 and 12 eggs a day which means I’ll be planning meals using eggs. After this long winter of almost no eggs, we’re pretty excited.

This week I’m trying lentils. I started an elimination diet back in December […]

Menu Week of March 16

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We’ve had a wonderful weekend visiting with my daughter that lives in Oregon and her fiance. The arrived mid-day on Saturday and left mid-day on Monday (which is part of the reason I’m late getting this menu together). I was able to meet Aaron, Sierra’s guy, last month when I was in Oregon but this […]

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