Design a Sourdough Muffin

A few years ago I shared my basic muffin formula. This is an adaptation from the muffin formula in The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. I changed the original formula to allow for soaking the grains (in order to reduce the phytic acid and other anti-nutrients). I expanded on the details of this basic […]

Homemade Cracker Jacks

“Take me out to the ball game. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I don’t care if I ever come back…”

Do you like those Cracker Jack things that come in a box with a little prize? Or how about Fiddle Faddle? If those are something you enjoy, you will love this!

This […]

7 More Ways to Increase Food Storage- Real Food Style

When I went into town the other day, gas was 14 cents a gallon more than it had been the previous week. 14 cents! That is a huge jump in a short amount of time. I was reviewing some of my grocery receipts and in just a few months time, many of the regular items […]

How to fit 18 Chickens on one Shelf of a Side-by-Side Freezer

Recently, I wrote an article on food storage. I mentioned in that article that we use our freezer as part of our food storage plan. We have a large chest freezer and the side-by-side freezer that is part of the refrigerator/freezer combination. This past year to maximize our freezer space we decided to not just […]

Add This Incredibly Inexpensive Legume to Your Menu Plan and Food Storage

Last year, my friend Andi shared this post on sprouting. I was totally intrigued by the sprouted peas. Especially the cost of those peas. $8.05 for 25 pounds seemed like a steal! I had to try them. Like everything, the price of these peas has increased. I got mine through Azure Standard. Today’s cost is […]

8 Ways to Increase Your Food Storage- Real Food Style

My ‘Dream’ Pantry

Have you been working to increase your food storage but have stalled due to budget, lack of inspiration or just not sure what to do next?

Last year I did a post about Real Food and Food Storage. Having a well stocked pantry is something that is still important to us […]

Whoo-Hoo! January is National Oatmeal Month

Okay, so maybe it is not a big event but I do find it quite fun that someone designated January as National Oatmeal Month.

I really oatmeal so in honor of National Oatmeal Month I thought I’d share some of our favorite oatmeal recipes and uses.

At less than 55 cents a pound, oatmeal […]

Re-Visiting the Food Budget

> When I first began this blog, one thing that I did was share our monthly food budget and the results of achieving (or not) that budget. Toward the end of 2010 I stopped that sharing for reasons I can’t even remember.

Even though I haven’t been sharing our budget, we still have one and […]

Taco Soup

This is a delicious way to finish off a pot of beans. Usually by the end of my bean pot there are still some beans in it with quite a bit of the cooking liquid. Since I cook the beans in broth this is still a very nutrient dense liquid. We’ve talked about the […]


A couple of weeks ago one of my friends gave me a lesson in pressure canning. A different friend taught me how to water bath can a couple of years ago but pressure canning is totally new to me. My pressure canning lesson was on meat. Using this post with instructions we canned 7 […]

Pinto Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

Pinto Beans are prominently featured in my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan on 3 different weeks (as Stretchy Beans) in those 3 plus months.

Pintos have been a very familiar food for me since I was a child. My mama would make a big pot of pintos every Friday night and that was our […]

Menu Week of April 24

After a break from blogging and my 13 Week Rotating Menu plan, I’m back at both. Last week was an on purpose break unlike the previous week which was due to my lack of organization (you ever have days/weeks like that?). The challenge last week was having to figure out our meals since it […]

Garbanzo Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

Garbanzo Beans or Chick Peas are part of my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan. They are our Stretchy Bean for week 1. Garbanzo beans were not something I grew up eating other than occasionally on a salad ‘fresh’ out of a can.

When I started cooking with them a few years ago, we discovered […]

Garbanzo Beans and Sprouted Wheat

Looking for a new garbanzo bean recipe, I found a very promising one titled simply Garbanzo Beans and Bulgur. My only problem with the recipe was my lack of bulgur in the house. But I do have wheat that I thought might substitute well if I sprouted it. Boy did it! This recipe was […]

Food Prices and Menu Plan

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been sharing my rotating menu each week. The other day, I was listening to a video and was reminded just why I put together this menu plan. Why we have Stretchy Beans three nights a week on the plan. Why the bulk of our meals are based on […]