Thursday, November 2, 2017

Power outage kit

As I was looking at my electric bill today, I noticed a page on being prepared for a power outage. Look here for details: 

And here's their suggested kit:

Outage Kit

  1. Matches
  2. A flashlight
  3. Extra blankets
  4. A battery-powered radio
  5. Batteries
  6. Bottled water
  7. Canned and dried foods
  8. A manual can opener
  9. A wind-up clock or battery-powered clock
  10. A telephone that doesn't depend on electricity
I'll need to check and be sure I have all of these in our 72 hour kit. 
I'm not sure about #9 & 10

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Amazing and Healthy Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies 
  • Author: 
4.8 from 5reviews


  • 2 cups zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup whole spelt flour (or an additional 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (I used a bag of Ghirardelli 60% Cocoa Chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
  2. Grate zucchini. Dump into a mesh colander and squeeze it with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Fluff it back up with a fork.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the wet ingredients (oil, eggs, honey and vanilla). Stir in the zucchini.
  4. In a separate, smaller bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (whole wheat pastry and spelt flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and cinnamon).
  5. Pour the dry mixture into the wet/zucchini mixture. Stir just until combined, and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared pan.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (mine was done baking at 30 minutes). Let cool completely

Friday, October 20, 2017

Simple shopping lists; Easy menus and no more shopping after the 15th (by me)

uy it.How do you do your shopping lists? I've found it's easiest by store. 
Sometimes I use my iphone under notes. Other times, I'm old school, like below. 
If I leave it behind on the fridge, I call my teenager or husband and have them send me
a photo of it attached to a text message. Boom, done. Not bad for someone in their 50s, right?

I put together my menus in a more simple way now too. I just do a list of all the main dishes my kids want to cook for the month. Then I put the date next to it when it's done. I make sure I have the ingredients for those meals by the 15th. 

This month, I told the family that I am not going to the grocery store again (after the 15th). I also said I have a $20 emergency fund for anything we need. But one of them has to go buy it. Guess what? It's the 20th and we're down to 1 gallon of milk. Yes - we drink about 2 gallons in 3 days around here. It'll be interesting to see if someone steps up and goes to get milk before Saturday at midnight.

Spring Cleaning tips

Quick and easy - I gotta try these. It seems like I finally get around to my Spring cleaning in October.
Oh well,....

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fish Tacos with great sauce

I'm the first to admit, I have only had one fish taco in my life. So, I don't really know what I'm doing. But I like the way these turned out.
Here goes...

I made the sauce a few days ago. The fish steaks were thawed. And the homemade refried beans I made awhile ago and were also thawed; ready to go. The rice was leftover from another meal and the cilantro was already chopped. The cheese was also shredded and ready. All of this prep made the meal a breeze.

See below for the original recipe:

I used 3 tilapia steaks and cut the pieces so that they were half as tall; into about the size of a thumb (hopefully that's not gory). I like the fact that there's no heavy breading
I just used the marinade and cooked the fish as instructed. I didn't do the slaw.

Placing the warmed up refried beans and rice on the table with all of the cold sides, everyone made their own taco - on flour tortillas.

It was marvelous!

The fish taco sauce was really good - nothing was too spicy.
Full disclosure: I did not use capers. I know, the post says that this is the best part of the sauce, but I just didn't want the extra expense.
See below for that recipe:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Garden #2

My garden this year was hideous. I mean, like really the worst one I've had in over ten years. Not only was I gone for most of the critical planting and harvesting weeks of the spring and summer, but it was really, really, really hot! Thankfully my teenager planted peas early and they were amazing. Unfortunately the last 1/3rd were wasted because we were gone when they should've been harvested.

I bought some cantaloupe, investing in plants which were already started and planted them with a lot of hope. They're doing well so far.

Then, on Saturday, I planted again. I'm hoping that the lettuce, spinach and radishes make it. I also planted zucchini. The four 2016 seeds would've probably not been good next summer, so, why not?

Wish me luck!

27 September update:  Cantaloupe looks good! radishes and lettuce still going. Not sure the zucchini will ever make it.

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