Stocked pantry~

Pantry Items:

These are the items I regularly keep on my pantry shelf, and items I need to make most of all my recipes. I may be forgetting a few.

Happy Cooking !!

Basmati Rice
Long Grain White Rice
Pearled Barley
Whole grain cereal

All-Purpose Flour – unbleached
Bread Flour
Corn Meal
Whole Wheat Flour

Baking supplies
Baking powder – Rumfords (no aluminum)
Cocoa Powder
Cream of Tartar
Sea Salt
Yeast (in bulk from Sam’s Club)

Powdered milk
Evaporated milk
Sweetened condensed milk


Brown sugar
Powdered sugar
Granulated sugar*
Maple syrup
Dark corn syrup

Vegetable or canola oil
Olive oil
PAM cooking spray

Canned chicken*
Canned tuna fish*
Canned salmon

Canned Fruits and Vegetables
(including Home Canned)
Apple juice*
Black Olives
Cranberry Sauce
Green beans*
Diced tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Mandarin oranges*
Green chilies*
Kidney Beans
Cream of mushroom soup*
Cream of chicken soup*
Apple pie filling (or use dried apples)
Cherry pie filling
Canned or boxed chicken stock
Tomato soup (or make your own with canned tomatoes)*
Canned chicken noodle soup*

Egg Noodles
Ramen Noodles
Spaghetti or angel hair noodles

Dried Fruits and Vegetables
Golden raisins
Dried cranberries
Dried apricots
Dried figs
Dried apples
Peanut butter
Potato flakes
Dried onions


Dried Beans
Alfalfa (for sprouting)
Black Beans
Great Northern Beans
Kidney Beans

Apple Cider vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Distilled vinegar
Red Wine vinegar

Sauces, Jams, etc.
BBQ sauce
Soy Sauce

Fun things to have on hand
Brownie Mix*
Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Syrup
Granola (you can also make it from scratch from things on this list)
Hard Candy
Hot Chocolate
Instant chocolate pudding mix (just add water)
Instant vanilla pudding mix
Krusteaz Pancake Mix
Malt O’ Meal
Macaroni and Cheese
Tortilla chips

Published in: on June 29, 2010 at 2:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Meal Planning ~

8 Steps to Organized Meal Planning
by Barbara Myers

1. Keep an ongoing grocery list. Most people can start one about five minutes after returning from the grocery store. Post it so everyone in the family can use it.

2. Take a sheet of paper and make three columns. First, list seven to 21 of your favorite quick and easy entrees. You might include grilled pork chops, chicken pot pie and several crock pot dishes. Keep a supply of beef, chicken and pork in the freezer.

3. List the vegetables your family enjoys on a regular basis. Frozen and canned varieties are the easiest to store. Include potatoes as well. Make sure you keep a good supply of each vegetable in your pantry/kitchen.

4. List bread possibilities. Refrigerated and frozen bread (dinner rolls and loaves) stay fresh for weeks. Just check the expiration dates before buying.

5. Before weekly grocery shopping, choose seven entrees for the week. Check your freezer inventory. Buy in bulk during sales to save money and time.

6. Keep in stock the basics you use regularly: broth, mushroom soup, rice, pasta sauce and jars of gravy. You will always be able to whip up a quick meal.

7. When your inventory is low on any item, add it to your grocery list. Buy more than one at a time to avoid running out.

8. Since your pantry/kitchen stays well-stocked, you can easily make a meal using your list. Throw some chops on the grill, along with dinner rolls wrapped in foil, and warm a bag of frozen corn on the stove. Bon appetit!

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I have found that the farther out I meal plan the more money I save. It also relieves alot of stress to not always be thinking, what’s for dinner?

Here are my top 5 reasons for meal planning
1-cutting down shopping trips saves gas, time and money (less likely to make last minute purchases
2-relieves day to day stress
3- less likely to go out or get take out if you know what’s for dinner at home
4- you eat healthier when you can plan in advance

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm  Comments (2)  

More swimwear~

I also own 2 of these suits and they are wonderful also. They are 2 pieces, top and bottom The skirt has built in shorts under it. They are a little shorter in length they come to about middle of the knee cap. She can make them longer if you request it. Hope you have a great summer !!!

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm  Comments (1)  

Modest swimwear~

Just wanted to pass this along to you ladies. I own 2 of these suits and they are wonderful. They wash well and hang dry. They do not cling to you when you are wet. Great for vacations !

They sometimes have clearance items be sure and ask.

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Icebox Pie ~

I have been making some delicious icebox pies this summer and they are easy. Hope you enjoy them as much as we have. I made 3 lemon last week and put them in the freezer. They freeze nicely. You can serve a slice and keep putting it in the freezer multiple times and it still taste great. For another flavor I add frozen sweetened strawberries instead of the lemonade. Top it with fresh sliced strawberries. Wow, do you get some excited family members interested in coming to the table.

Have a cool summer 🙂
~ Teresa

Teresa’s Easy Icebox (freezer) Pie

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in milk until blended. Beat in lemonade concentrate. Fold in whipped topping . Pour into crust. Cover and refrigerate/freeze until set. Yield: 8 servings.

Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm  Comments (5)  

Clean refrigerators~

This should be an area of great diligence for the woman of the house. We visit there many times a day. Others also visit many times a day. Have you ever seen a frig that needs a deep cleaning/ We own over a dozen rental houses and I am overwhelmed every time a tenant moves out and I have to clean them up. The stoves and refrigerators would make you scream!!! My thoughts are “how in the world did this family live with this filth” I want to encourage you today to open your ice box and take a critical look, Look deep. Look long!! Well, would Mr. Clean be embarrassed? The refrigerator needs to be on your weekly chore list of responsibilities. Remember this is a good one to assign the children. Good training.

Here is some tips from my book: The Caring Woman, a guide to Housekeeping by Sophie M. Sousoulas. This book is out of print but can be bought on Amazon or ebay. It is good resource book and has beautiful Victorian pics throughout. Only 56 pages and makes a great bridal gift 🙂 Very practical teaching.
Teresa ~

Clean the refrigerator regularly( once a week). Throw out old food.
A hot solution of baking soda and water clean and deodorizers well.
Remove all removable parts such as trays, racks, and bins, and wash in the sink.
Don’t forget to clean the top of the refrigerator.
Clean and polish exterior.

detach the metal plate at the base of the refrigerator and clean the dust that accumulates on the coils. The coils should be cleaned every three to four months.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm  Comments (5)  

Purity ~

Purity Storybook

I highly recommend this book for you to read to your dear children. It is a small hardback storybook of 30 pages. It is a story about saving your first kiss for your wedding day. The pictures are very beautiful. I also have the coloring book companion. The ISBN is: 0 87162 868 6 . Here is the description on the back cover:

” A loving king and queen present their daughter with a gift from God~
her first kiss~ to keep or to give away. The wise girl waits for the man
who is worthy of her precious gift. Where is he and how will she ever find him?
The surprising answer in this marvelous parable will touch the heart of parent and child alike.”

A beautiful gift for your daughters (and sons). A story of God’s gift of purity.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Childrearing tips ~

Wisdom for Mothers
January 30, 2010 | By In Bygone Days, Family |
From The Ladies’ Home Journal, February, 1905
By Gabrielle E. Jackson

Editor’s Note: These are 105 years old, but amazingly still apply today! I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did. If you are a mother, there is so much wisdom here for you.

1. Don’t fail to suppress ill-tempered rebellion in young children. Conquer with patience and firmness at the very outset if you are in the right, or look for greater trouble later.

2. Don’t use bribes to gain your end. You insult your child unless you teach him obedience for his own good and make him realize this.

3. Don’t allow lax government to reach the point when nothing short of corporal punishment will enforce obedience. Avoid that as you would the plague. It can be easily avoided by a wise beginning.

4. Don’t shrink from your child’s demonstrations of affection. Better twenty rumpled gowns that one bruised heart.

5. Don’t fail to begin early to establish orderly habits. They save endless trouble later.

6. Don’t fail to insist upon good table manners. They are so easily taught and promptly acquired.

7. Don’t make a promise unless you are sure you can fulfill it. Should some untoward reason prevent you from doing so, apologize to your child as courteously as you would wish him to apologize to you. Like begets like.

8. Don’t give your children a chance to question your absolute justice. Children have long memories.

9. Don’t deceive your children when a dentist or a physician is required. Tell them the truth and give them your moral support.

10. Don’t tolerate “whining” or “tale-bearing.”

11. Don’t fail to instill honor and truthfulness. To “face the music” often requires courage, but it pays.

12. Don’t fail to teach kindness to animals.

13. Don’t scoff at the tribulations of little people. They suffer very keenly.

14. Don’t forget that when the ten-year milestone is reached, the personal equation between mother and child should be very nearly perfect.

15. Don’t forget that school life opens up a new world. Fit your child to enter it morally as well as mentally.

16. Don’t send your children to the first school which comes handy. Remember that much depends upon this daily association.

17. Don’t fail to invite your children’s confidence. Live so close to their hearts that all sense of years is obliterated.

18. Don’t criticize first and inquire after. That wound is hard to heal.

19. Don’t fail to rejoice over every triumph of school life.

20. Don’t shrink from the creature who is liable to be all legs and arms. Don’t forget that, even though he conceals it well, he is sensitive. He is in a chrysalis state, and you may presently find that you have an object of beauty before you.

21. Don’t place yourself in a position to have your children say, “You would not dare to speak to me in this way if I were older!”

22. Don’t lavish gifts upon your children as a compensation for your own shortcomings. Some parents seem to feel that a five-dollar bill is a salve for all wounds.

23. Don’t fail to be present at all school functions in which your children are interested. If you only knew what your presence means!

24. Don’t permit your children to grow up with lax ideas upon money matters, no matter what your position in life may be. They can learn at an early age to take proper care of money, and a stated allowance each week helps wonderfully.

25. Don’t reproach your daughter for her natural girlish love for pretty things. Flowers turn toward the sun and are glorified by it. Show her the difference, however, between vanity and good taste.

26. Don’t forget how the world looked to you when you were fifteen.

27. Don’t force your children into certain pursuits. Find out those for which they are best adapted. A scientist cannot make a sculptor.

28. Don’t weep when your son or daughter meets “the one.” Remember that “I, in my girls will again be wooed, and go a-courting with my boys.”

29. Don’t fail to drop the “in-law” from the mother when the new wife or husband comes into the home. Make it “my son” or “my daughter.”

30. Don’t countermand your daughter’s or your son’s commands to their children. Such interference confuses and demoralizes children. Don’t fail to accept graciously the honor now offered you. “Grandma can outshine all other beings if she be wise.”

31. Don’t forget that you are never any older than you feel at heart. The mere name of “Grandmother” cannot add to your years.

32. Don’t forget so to live that your memory will be the tenderest and holiest upon earth to your children.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm  Comments (3)  

Organized vehicle~

If I have one thing that bugs me it is a trashy dirty vehicle. I believe that the condition our car is in says something about our person. Have you ever parked in a parking lot and looked over in the seats of the vehicle next to you and said ” What slobs” !!!! So much trash strolled you wonder how they even ride in it. I probably smells like stale hamburger onions a week old, haha !!!

But, ladies with all the other household chores to perform how on earth do we prioritize keeping the car or van clean? Simple, it has to matter to you!!! You are the one that controls this area of training in you and your children’s lives. Treat the car just like another room in the house. Put it on the to do list of chores for the week. Assign a child to it. Rotate if you have several children old enough to do a good job with it. Train them to clean their space when getting out of the car. The vehicle needs to be washed once a week, regardless!!! Drive through a 3 minute car wash or make it a family chore on the weekend, the key is to GET IT DONE. Put it on the calendar.

You will feel so much better driving around in an orderly well kept clean vehicle. The children will be trained to keep their clean as well. And those nosey folks peeking over into your floorboards will have nothing evil to say about you except ” boy I need to go home and get my vehicle in order” .

Here’s to you and your clean orderly ride !!! You CAN do it !!! Make it matter.

~ Teresa


~ Keep a crate or box in the trunk for ERRANDS — items to return to the store, dry cleaning to drop off, library books to take back, etc.
~ If you like to take care of “to-do’s” in the car carry a portable SUPPLY with you — pens, stapler, paper clips — whatever you need to do work on the road.
~ Keep the paperwork in your glove COMPARTMENT organized with a labeled expanding file — “maintenance, ” “registration,” “insurance.”
~ Take a minute each day to CLEAN your car out after a long day — toss out the trash and take important items in the house or office.
~If you carry any equipment or supplies back and forth to the car, put your “stuff” in a plastic portable CRATE with handles and a lid.
~You can keep your car a great deal neater just by keeping a small TRASH can in the floor of the back seat.
~ If you use your car for work, consider the many mobile OFFICE products that are available to help you be efficient in your vehicle.
~ Keep a road EMERGENCY kit in the car — blanket, flares, flashlight, jumper cables, jack, oil, ice scraper, etc.
~ Keep hand sanitizer in pocket behind seat.
~ An umbrella is always handy to keep in the car.

PS. Don’t forget you paddle or rod of correction, it never fails that you WILL need it while you’re gone. It is better to find a private place and use it while your gone than to forget to punish when you get back home. Also they act better knowing you have your “road side assistance” nearby 🙂

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm  Comments (3)  

Orderly closets~


~ If you haven’t worn it in the last 12 (or so) MONTHS, it doesn’t fit, it’s out of style, or you don’t feel good about yourself when you wear it — get rid of it!
~ Store your clothes according to SEASON — you can keep your “off-season” in a different part of the house if you run short on space.
~ You can organize your CLOTHING according to purpose (formal, casual), type (shirts, pants), style (short sleeve, long sleeve), and color (light to dark).
~ Separate out CATEGORIES of clothing — men’s / women’s, pants / shirts — by assigning each section to a different part of the closet or with rod divider discs.
~ Keep several BASKETS in your closet for laundry, dry-cleaning, and mending — hang up nothing that isn’t currently wearable.
~ You can HANG just about anything from hooks or racks attached to your closet walls — purses, belts, ties, tote bags — even jewelry.
~ Store your shoes on a RACK — either on the floor of the closet or the back of the door — to keep them protected, aired out, and visible.
~ If you have a lot of FOLDING clothes, install some open shelves, bins, or a drawer system in your closet for easy access

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment