Archive for the ‘Stockpile’ Category

Thanks, Rach! Dinner was Yum-o!

March 10, 2009

I finally got around to making Rachael Ray’s Sausage-and-Zucchini Rice tonight for dinner.  What?  I only scheduled it for last Saturday, March 7th on my Menu Plan Monday…  3 days behind?!?  That’s not so bad!!

This dish was AWESOME!  It didn’t take long to prepare, the chopping of ingredients was minimal,  and it was super flavorful.  My husband ate two bowls!  He said that it’s by far his favorite meal that I’ve made lately (that includes Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Crock Pot Peanut Butter Asian Pork, both of which he really enjoyed). 

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I did make a few minor tweaks to the recipe….  I added mushrooms, I used more sausage and zucchini than called for, and I didn’t bother with the pine nuts. 

And the best part of the whole recipe?!?  The farmer’s market had zucchini for $0.49/ lb!!  Last week, it was $1.99/ lb at Kroger.  And I got to use a full carton of my stockpiled chicken broth!  It was a very successful meal……

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Sunday is for DOUGHNUTS!

March 8, 2009

After brunch today, my super-duper blog assistant (aka – my niece) and I made a batch of Christy Jordan’s (of Southern Plate fame) Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts.  WOW!  They were delicious!!  They were so easy to make and they definitely melt in your mouth.  It makes me glad to have a canned biscuit stockpile! 

Here is the finished product!!  (They *may* have turned out a little dark...)

Here is the finished product!! (They *may* have turned out a little dark...)

Tasting the fruit of her labor....

Tasting the fruit of her labor....

Oh yeah, they're GOOOOOOOOOOOD!

Oh yeah, they're GOOOOOOOOOOOD!

Next week, we tackle the Baby Boston Creme Pies…….

Teaming Up, Southern Style!

March 2, 2009

Jenny at Southern Saversannounced a new partnership with Christy at Southern Plate today.  The recipes that Jenny and Christy are featuring today cracked me up!!  How did they know that our refrigerator veggie drawer looks like this?!?!?!?   

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I’m looking forward to trying the Boston Creme Pies!

Blizzard ’09 – Survival on Stockpile

March 2, 2009

We got at least 3″ of snow yesterday!  We were quite confident in our ability to survive off our food stockpile for a while…..

The beginning of the BLIZZARD!

The beginning of the BLIZZARD!

And the Blizzard continues!

And the Blizzard continues!

Stockpile Storage Tour

February 28, 2009

 

In the process of getting our stockpile of goods at home started, I quickly became aware of the need to find a place (or multiple places!) to store everything.  The personal hygiene items (ie – shampoo, toothpaste, razors, medicine, etc) was pretty straight forward.  We have two large bottom drawers in our master bathroom vanity that work perfectly.  Granted, they’re not organized or orderly, but they hold everything we need them to right now. 

 

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Once I jumped on board the “free Cottonelle” at Kroger train, we needed a new place to store our TP stockpile.  It no longer fit underneath the bathroom sink.  I ended up moving it to the shelf above the coat closet in the downstairs hallway.  It’s right outside the master bedroom and it’s close to the guest half-bath.  It’s great! 

 

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We have some awesome cabinets in our laundry room.  They came in SUPER handy right after we first moved in and CVS had a fantastic deal on Purex liquid laundry detergent.  We had 7 bottles in our stockpile!  Now, 6 months later, we are down to our last bottle.  (Tangent – Need to find a good deal on laundry detergent soon!) 

 

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Finding places to store our non-food items was relatively easy.  Food, on the other hand, required a little bit of work to make the most of our stockpile…..

 

We have a great pantry in our kitchen.  It has 5 nicely-sized shelves.  In the world of pantries, it’s on the large size.  BUT! as our stockpile grew and I kept loading it all in there, it quickly got so full that I couldn’t see what was on each of the shelves.  I tried to organize it logically (here’s where the anal engineer in me comes out…), cereal on the top shelf, all baking items together, cans together and lined up alphabetically, boxed sides and pasta together, and a “catch all” miscellanous shelf.  After two big shopping trips, the pantry was a MESS!  The cans were stacked on top of each other and crammed together to fit on one shelf.  Was there a can of corn back there?  Any soup?  Who knew?!?!  You couldn’t see, let alone read, any of the cans.  The cereal was so smushed together with granola bars in front it made it impossible to get cereal boxes down.  We couldn’t get anything out of the pantry without causing an avalanche!   It was a complete mess and very user un-friendly.    

 

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Enter my MARVELOUS husband!  We have an odd shaped closet in our kitchen that is under the stairs.  The ceiling starts at regular height and ends up at about a 3′ elevation.  It was pretty much unusable space.  When we first moved in, I stored the vacuum cleaner and a small shelf that held our crockpot, blender, food processor, and a few other random specialized kitchen gadgets in there.  We decided some custom built shelves in the closet would be a perfect solution to our stockpile storage dilema.  My husband made and installed two shelves along the wall that hold 2 cans deep of food.  And he also made bigger shelves at the end of the closet for our specialized kitchen gadget storage.  We use the space under the shelves to store paper goods, serving dishes,  and bottles of juice.  I cannot express how much I LOVE THESE SHELVES!  I can very quickly see what items we are running low on and see what we have on hand to use for menu planning.  I can also get my crockpot out and put away with a minimal amout of fuss.  So so so AWESOME!

 

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Now it’s time for you to share about your stockpile storage!  Where do you store all of those fantastic deals you snag?